South Tipperary Development Company chief executive Niall Morrissey said he was convinced that local development companies provide the best and ideal option to assist social enterprises to grow and develop, thereby providing essential services to communities, while at the same time providing the potential for local employment opportunities.
“If we can provide vital supports at the start up stage and allow these enterprises to flourish, in time they will become net contributors to the economy”, he told Friday’s launch of the company’s annual report at the STDC-supported glamping business, Caravantasia in Killenaul.
“The Company certainly has played its part in reducing the rate of unemployment in Tipperary, as we continually strive to prepare people experiencing unemployment to be “job ready” and to be equipped with the appropriate skills to ensure they can avail of employment opportunities as they arise.”
Mr Morrissey continued - “The Cooleens Community Field project in Clonmel is one such example with the residents now leading a number of key projects for their community. The Tús and Local & Community Development Programme Teams continue to support the development of the capacity of this community, including the negotiation and agreement with Tipperary County Council and An Garda Siochana for a CCTV system for their estate. The Men’s shed project in Cooleens is also a great example of collaboration between the LCDP and Tús. This project will act as a ‘gateway’ for services specific to men in this community.
“Each year our Information Expos for the unemployed have gone from strength to strength as we ensure that we provide relevant information and contacts for people experiencing unemployment. In excess of 450 people attended the Expos which were held in Carrick-On-Suir, Clonmel and Tipperary.
“During 2014 South Tipperary Development Company supported 58 people to secure employment. The Company assisted 29 individuals to establish their own businesses.
“The Company provided training and education opportunities to 1,296 people during 2014.”