9 projects in the Mid West Funded through Enterprise Ireland's LEO Competitive Fund and Community Enterprise Initiative

1st June 2016

Enterprise Ireland today (Wednesday 1 June) announced the allocation of €5m in funding for local and regional initiatives to support new businesses and jobs across the country. €2m was awarded to collaborative projects between LEOs under the LEO Competitive Fund and €3m was awarded through the Community Enterprise Initiative to Community organisations working in partnership with other regional organisations to deliver new job creation projects.

This funding is the beginning of a new approach to supporting job creation initiatives at local and regional level in support of the Regional Acton Plans for Jobs. In line with the commitment in the Programme for Partnership Government to create jobs in every region of the country, this €2m allocation will support ‘bottom up’ projects where the Local Enterprise Offices will group together to create collaborative projects in their region

Welcoming the funding allocation, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, said:

“Every parish, county and region knows it has particular strengths that can create jobs. The Government is committed to supporting that effort. In my first few weeks as Minister, I am impressed by the commitment of everyone involved in the Regional Action Plans for Jobs. Local and regional organisations, public and private, have committed to work together in the drive for jobs and to create the opportunities for people to live and work in their local communities. I am determined to support these regions to help them to achieve their potential and their ambition. In that regard, I am particularly pleased that Enterprise Ireland will issue a 2nd call later this year and work with interested groups to deliver quality projects in their regions.”

Funded Projects in the Mid West are detailed below:

Limerick City Build (Regen) Limited
Limerick City Build Ltd (LCB) provides direct employment, bespoke training, and employment placement and enterprise incubation facilities for those who are longer term unemployed.

Ballyhoura Development Limited, East Limerick and North Cork
Development and management of a community led cluster of food enterprise activities and infrastructure

Tipperary Culinary Delights Company Limited By Guarantee
Feasibility to assess the viability of a Food Centre of Excellence in Tipperary

Irish Smart Ageing Exchange Limited, Co. Limerick
To conduct a detailed Feasibility Study –for establishing three key elements of the wider Smart Ageing Exchange; A Smart Ageing SME Cluster, A Smart Ageing Test-Bed & A Smart Ageing Design Shop

Kilkee Tourism Limited
Kilkee Geocentre Enterprise Facility. This centre will have a training facility, hotdesk facility to foster entrepreneurs in the locality. The educational facility has the capacity to expand its educational offering beyond geology to ornithology, botany and archaeology

Kantoher Development Group Limited
Put in place a full-time Business Development Executive to drive economic activity around a cluster of community enterprise centres in the West Limerick area namely Kantoher Business Park, Broadford Enterprise Centre, and the Red Door Business Incubation Centre with a particular focus on the opportunities that can be created in the agri-food / agri-tech sector

International Aviation Services Centre & Shannon Commercial Properties
Development of a facility for the setting up of - the Aerospace and Aviation Enterprise & Incubation Centre in Shannon offering facilities and support to entrepreneurs and start-up companies.

Hospital Food Units Limited, Rathkeale, Co Limerick
In Autumn 2013 Andersen Ireland Ltd announced 169 redundancies and that the business in Rathkeale, Co Limerick was going into liquidation. Innovate Limerick are now applying to Enterprise Ireland for grant assistance towards the cost of sub-dividing the former Andersen Factory into incubation and enterprise space.

LEO Tipperary and LEO Wicklow
Develop a strong Digital Media and Gaming corridor linking the Mid West and the South & East Regions, building on existing strengths, heighten awareness of the potential of the creative industries and assist in diversifying the current employment base.