Dublin City Local Enterprise Office is open for business

Dublin City Local Enterprise Office is open for business – Minister Bruton

More than 700 submissions received for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD today (Wednesday) officially opened the Dublin City Local Enterprise Office.

Today’s announcement means that from today, people thinking of starting or expanding a business in every part of Dublin city will be able to access the full range of State supports provided by different Government bodies – for example Dublin City Council, Enterprise Ireland, Revenue, the Department of Social Protection, the Credit Review Office, training bodies – in one easily accessible location within the local authority.

The announcement comes as latest figures show that more than 700 entrepreneurs and business-people across the country have made submissions for the new Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition, with 392 completed applications received. Given this level of demand, the application date has been extended by a month to 31st July next. Information and application forms can be found at www.localenterprise.ie

The establishment of the LEOs will mean that all categories of business – including sole traders, micro businesses and small and medium sized companies – will have access to Government supports and advice. Previously some businesses – for example, companies who were too large to access CEB supports, but were not exporting and therefore did not qualify for Enterprise Ireland supports – fell through the cracks between different agencies.

Local Enterprise Office Dublin City is a new resource, staffed with professional people with business training, to assist budding entrepreneurs and existing businesses. The Local Enterprise Office is for anybody interested in starting up a new business, or already in business, including;  first time or young entrepreneurs, early stage promoters, start-ups and micro and small businesses looking to expand. The Local Enterprise Office will encourage people to think positively about starting and growing a business locally, in particular motivating young people to start their own business.

LEO Dublin City is the business connection into the Local Authority, Enterprise Ireland and all State agencies that can help grow your business.   New protocols have been developed with key agencies, such as Revenue, Department of Social Protection, Education and Training Boards, Skillnets, Microfinance Ireland and the Credit Review Office to ensure you will have access to all Government supports.  It aims to bring more streamlined service for Entrepreneurs.  Business advice clinics, training, mentoring, financial support, networking and enterprise education, are just some of the services available to those thinking of starting their own small business, or, those already in business but in need of back up.

Minister Bruton said:
“The Dublin Local Enterprise Office will deliver more services and better services to the start-ups and small businesses across the county that we rely on to create the jobs we need – with more staff and more funding. Today is a good day for business in Dublin”.

“A key part of our Action Plan for Jobs is supporting job-creation across every region of the country. It is encouraging that over the past two years we have seen real progress in Dublin, with more than 30,000 extra people at work. However we must do more to ensure that SMEs and the domestic economy in particular see more benefits from this progress, and that is why were are making changes like establishing the Dublin City LEO and a new competition to find the best young entrepreneur in Dublin. It is hugely encouraging to see the level of applications for this competition, and I urge anyone interested to get involved before the extended deadline of 31st July.”

“I am convinced that with the right support by Government, we can build on the progress we have made and help create the jobs we need in Dublin”.

Speaking at the launch, Dublin City Council’s Chief Executive Owen Keegan said,

“Supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs will foster the creation of jobs locally. It is these new companies employing small numbers of people that will make the biggest difference in driving a jobs recovery. I am especially pleased that the new LEO Dublin City in addition to continuing the work of the former Dublin City Enterprise Board will also be the focus for the City Council’s economic development activities.”

Ciara Troy of Oishi Foods was very thankful to the Dublin City Enterprise Board. “The complete fit out in Smithfield wouldn’t have been possible without the help of LEO Dublin City” said Ciara. Oishi Foods will feature as a case study at the National Women’s Enterprise Day on 23rd October 2014. Case study - http://bit.ly/CiaraTroyCaseStudy

David Gargan of Brave Media, a Digital Marketing Company based in the capital said “Our first year in business would have been a lot more difficult without the support of the LEO Dublin City. Moving from a home office into a city centre office location was vital for us and this would not have been possible otherwise. We currently receive a Priming Grant from DCEB and are in the process of taking advantage of their mentoring services”.  http://bit.ly/DavidGarganCaseStudy

Our LEO Dublin City mission statement is to promote entrepreneurship, foster business start-ups and develop existing micro and small businesses to drive job creation and to provide accessible high quality supports for individuals and companies with business ideas. We aim to overcome the typical barriers to success that small businesses face, such as lack of access to finance or lack of management, marketing and planning skills.

Whether just starting out, growing a business or seeking outside help, a well-thought-out business plan is the vehicle needed to get you there. Your LEO Dublin City office can provide start-ups with the support to help you embark on that journey.  For information on upcoming events, clinics, workshops etc. check out https://www.localenterprise.ie/DublinCity/

Call into our LEO Dublin City office at Block 4, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay , Dublin 8, or contact us at info@leo.dublincity.ie  or call 01 2225611 and begin the journey to put that plan into action.




Notes to the Editor:
The Government introduced this new improved system of LEO’s in each local authority to replace the City and County Enterprise Boards. There are now 31 dedicated teams across the Local Authority network in Ireland providing more funding, more staff and more services. Funding for the LEO’s is provided by Enterprise Ireland, under a Service Level Agreement with Dublin City Council.

For further information on Dublin City’s Local Enterprise Office log onto: https://www.localenterprise.ie/DublinCity/

Please see below some of the events taking place in the coming months:

  • 12/07/2014         Ideas Generation Workshop      
  • 14/07/2014         Networking to Generate Sales Leads -Enterprise Network for Women
  • 12/08/2014         Start Your Own Business Course              
  • 20/08/2014         eMarketing Workshop
  • 03/09/2014         Taxation for Beginners