The achievements of small businesses were put in the spotlight by the Local Enterprise Offices at the National Ploughing Championships as the winners of the first-ever Local Enterprise Village Awards were presented by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D.
A total of 84 small businesses, all of which were showcasing their products and services inside the Local Enterprise Village, took part in the awards competition and there were six winners. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown based business ‘The Irish Workshop’ was one of six winners to take home an award, winning best ‘Consumer Service’ Award.
Presenting the awards at the Local Enterprise Village, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D. said:
I want to congratulate The Irish Workshop on winning the Consumer Service Award and I would like to encourage more people to start their own business and become entrepreneurs. More start-ups will lead to more quality jobs right across Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and support is available from your Local Enterprise Office.
Last year, small businesses achieved sales and orders worth nearly €645,000 as a direct result of participating at the Ploughing. Kieran Comerford, Chair of the Network of Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities is predicting that the small businesses inside the Local Enterprise Village will generate sales and orders worth up to €1million this year.
Also taking place at the Ploughing Championships, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Minister Simon Coveney, T.D. officially launched the first round of each Local Authorities’ six-year Local Economic and Community Plans.
In consultation with communities and business interests and working in conjunction with the Local Community Development Committee, agencies and development bodies Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’s Local Economic and Community Plan describes how different strands of local economic, social and community development work will be brought together to best serve the County.
Director of Economic, Community and Cultural Development, Dearbhla Lawson, said,
“We are satisfied that this comprehensive Plan reflects the primary issues of individuals, businesses and communities across the County. It is our priority now to proceed with implementing the actions identified in the Plan, and help realise our ambition to provide a high quality of life and well-being to all who live, work, do business, invest in and visit Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown”.
Copies of the DLR, Local Economic and Community plan are available in County Hall, Dún Laoghaire, or online at www.dlrcoco.ie
Further details around the Local Enterprise Village, are available through The Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and by searching #localenterprise on social media.