Nearly 40 jobs are being created by three small businesses who are backed by the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) in Limerick.
The Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D. has announced the creation of 38 new jobs for Limerick and 106 new jobs in total across the Mid-West region, spread across nine small businesses supported by Local Enterprise Offices in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.
Thirty-eight new full-time jobs are being created by three Limerick-based companies Black Bear Software, Celignis Ltd and ABS Engineering Control.
A further 26 jobs are being created by three Clare companies (AiP Thermoform Packaging Ltd, Core Optimisation and Vanderlust Campervans) and 42 full-time and part-time jobs are being created by three companies in Tipperary (Mack Engineering, Horizon Offsite Ltd and Phil Purcell Engineering Ltd).
Speaking at the announcement this afternoon, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr James Collins said: “These jobs are very welcome. I would like to congratulate the entrepreneurs for their vision and drive in taking an idea and developing it to a level where today where they are creating a significant number of jobs for people in their locality. These are very important announcements for LEO Limerick, which is surpassing all its targets set for supporting businesses so far this year.”
“Events like today’s shows that there is a very ambitious and talented entrepreneurial sector in the Limerick city region that is being nurtured and encouraged by a very active local LEO team. SMEs play a crucial role in our economy and in our growth prospects and they need to be supported as they continue to expand.”
Minister Pat Breen added “I warmly welcome these 38 Local Enterprise Office supported jobs by three Limerick companies. In a challenging business environment, LEO clients have contributed substantially to economic development throughout the country and I want to pay tribute to the company owners and their teams on their performance to date.”
“I would also like commend Local Enterprise Office Limerick on the tremendous work they do and the supports they provide to nurture these businesses throughout the county. The Government, through the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, is investing heavily in regional development and I am delighted to see that this investment is helping small businesses and start-ups in Limerick to grow, create more jobs and enter new markets.”
Recruitment for the new jobs began over the summer and all roles are due to come on stream by December 2020 across engineering, digital marketing, software and packaging industries.
Eamon Ryan, Head of Enterprise with LEO Limerick said: “Helping small businesses start and grow is at the very heart of what Local Enterprise Offices do and this jobs announcement is very positive for Limerick. Three locally-based small businesses are bringing 38 valuable jobs to communities across the city and county and the Local Enterprise Office wants to acknowledge their hard-earned success and congratulate them on their job creation achievements.”
“Through financial assistance, mentoring and training supports, Local Enterprise Offices help hundreds of start-ups and small companies every year to grow their businesses throughout the region. Last year in the Mid-West alone, over 3,000 people were trained around starting and growing a business, 530 mentoring assignments were organised and 4,800 people were employed in 820 LEO-backed companies.”
Congratulating the Limerick companies on their performance, Mark Christal, Manager of Enterprise Ireland’s Regions and Entrepreneurship Division, said: “Achieving strong regional growth is a key focus for Enterprise Ireland under the Regional Action Plans for Jobs and these 38 Local Enterprise Office-supported jobs for Limerick demonstrate the benefits of this approach. The supports that are in place to boost job creation, including these new jobs being announced today, underpin the successful collaboration between the Local Enterprise Offices, Local Authorities and Enterprise Ireland that help more Irish companies realise their global ambition.”
Anna Marie Delaney, Chairperson of the County and City Management Association EECC Committee, welcomed today’s announcement, saying: “These new jobs are a fantastic boost for the mid-west area, and a great example of how small and developing businesses are contributing to regional jobs growth and balanced economic recovery. Today’s announcement is an opportunity to recognise and highlight the variety of industries and job opportunities that exist around the country. A key focus for local authorities is on making great places to live and work and creating attractive environments for businesses to establish and flourish.”
The 31 Local Enterprise Offices are located in each county and provide a ‘first stop shop’ of supports and expert advice for entrepreneurs, start-ups, micro enterprises and small businesses providing training, mentoring and financial supports. Funding for the Local Enterprise Offices, working in partnership with the local authorities and Enterprise Ireland, is provided by the Government of Ireland through the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.