Firms supported by Local Enterprise Offices created 7,440 new jobs last year

Companies being supported by the country's Local Enterprise Offices created 7,440 new jobs last year, a 9% increase on the figure in 2020.


More than 35,700 people were employed by LEO-backed firms last year - with the vast majority of the roles based outside of Dublin

It brought to 35,729 the total employed by LEO-supported firms at the end of last year, and marks an eighth successive year of employment growth.  The vast majority - 85% - of those jobs are based outside of Dublin.  Employment in LEO client companies increased by a net 2,999 last year, according to the network of Local Enterprise Offices.  That includes jobs lost in the 12 months, as well as the impact of some companies being transferred to Enterprise Ireland.

Last year 131 companies transferred from LEOs to Enterprise Ireland.  The network also said it provided training and mentoring to thousands of other firms, as well as supports like the Trading Online Voucher and the 'Green for Micro' programme, which encourages businesses to become more sustainable.

"When faced with adversity, they have adapted, pivoted, upskilled and did whatever it took to sustain themselves," said Padraic McElwee, chair of the network of Local Enterprise Offices.  "The figures show that companies have seen the opportunities in the challenging trading conditions they have faced," he added.  "We are seeing new opportunities for Irish businesses here and as always with tough economic periods we see new ideas and companies emerge and flourish," Mr McElwee said.

Source: RTE

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