A major step forward in the provision of unified support for job creation in Tipperary was taken on Tuesday with the official launch by Minister John Perry of the Tipperary Local Enterprise Office at Ballingarrane, Clonmel.
Elected Representatives, members of the Oireachtas, Development Agencies and the business community attended the official launch of the new service.
The role of the Local Enterprise Office is to promote entrepreneurship, enterprise and job creation and it will be the first-stop-shop for anyone starting a new business in addition to those wishing to expand or develop an existing enterprise. The Local Enterprise Office is head quartered in Clonmel with front line services and a full staff complement also available at the civic offices in Nenagh.
The event was attended by Ministers John Perry and Tom Hayes, Seamus Healy TD, Councillor Michael Fizgerald, Cathaoirleach and members of the new Tipperary County Council, Chief Executive Joe Mac Grath, the Regional Director of Enterprise Ireland Jerry Moloney in addition to representatives from other support agencies.
Minister Perry stated that “The Government wants to make economic recovery local. That means supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs to create local jobs. We will do this through the new network of LEOs. Jobs are the top priority of the Government. The LEOs will be in the front line in making recovery local.”
County Council chairman Michael Fitzgerald said the presence of the LEO in Ballingarrane represents a further step in a commitment towards the development of enterprise along with the QUESTUM building located adjacent to the LEO, which would be completed shortly.
Rita Guinan, Head of Local Enterprise, said that “the new Local Enterprise Office will be to the forefront in delivering business supports on the ground and will collaborate with other agencies and the private sector to maximize opportunities, funding streams and inward investment