Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown has approved over €540,000 in financial support to 27 start-up and expanding small businesses since the start of the year.
The local businesses were approved for feasibility study, business priming and business expansion grants. The investment will lead to the creation of 44 jobs immediately with the potential for this figure to rise to over 100 positions over the next 12 months.
Cllr. Cormac Devlin, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, welcomed the investment, commenting;
“Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is committed to supporting the needs of our local small businesses. By making this investment, our Local Enterprise Office is helping entrepreneurs in our county to take advantage of emerging commercial opportunities and to become ever more competitive in markets at home and overseas”.
Dearbhla Lawson, Director of Economic, Community and Cultural Development in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, added: “The businesses we have assisted trade from towns and villages right across Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and are led by people who are bringing exciting innovation to their chosen sector whether it is software development or fashion, ecommerce or tourism. We look forward to following their ambitious plans in the coming years, as small businesses such as these are imperative to the on-going development and growth of our local economy”.
Amongst those businesses supported are WhiteandGreen.ie, a Rathmichael-based family business selling Ireland's first brand of 100% Organic, Fairtrade-certified luxury cotton bed sheets, throws and scarves and Thefreebirdclub.com, a Dundrum-based peer-to-peer travel website for over-50s which connects people who have unused rooms with those looking for a place to stay.
Dun Laoghaire’s Carraighill Capital specialises in the production and sale of market analysis reports to blue chip financial services clients across global markets while Allied Consultant Engineering is a start-up based in Sandyford that offers structural engineering services to the wireless communications industry.
Head of the Local Enterprise Office Eibhlin Curley added: “Our County is hugely entrepreneurial and this year we have seen continued strong demand for the range of business support programmes that we offer; business advice and one-to-one business mentoring, management development training programme, monthly business networks and trade show opportunities. We encourage people to contact us to learn about how we can help their business.’
Further information about the enterprise supports available to small businesses by Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown is available through www.localenterprise.ie/DLR