Local Enterprise Offices provide a range of complementary supports to support people who want to start up or grow a business. The supports range from providing an initial "First Stop Shop" service where individuals can receive advice on the steps involved in setting up a business, to the provision of grants for feasibility studies, provision of financial support for the establishment of new businesses or expansion of existing ones and the provision of a range of soft supports such as training and mentoring.
A key aspect of the LEO supports is the capability development of clients to help them scale, grow employment and drive exports. This is provided through management development programmes and training and mentoring supports focused on their individual business needs.
Financial supports are available to qualifying businesses only, in the establishment and/or growth phase of their business and who employ up to ten people. Businesses operating in the domestic market (regardless of numbers employed) such as sole traders, micro businesses and small and medium sized companies may avail of the soft supports available from the Local Enterprise Office, such as First Stop Shop, Mentoring and/or Training programmes.
The range of supports is designed to assist businesses to grow by being able to provide targeted, and appropriate, assistance at each stage of their development. These supports are outlined in more detail below.
Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) provide a range of financial supports designed to assist with the establishment and/or growth of enterprises (limited company, individuals/sole trader, cooperatives and partnerships) employing up to ten people.
These financial supports are designed to provide a flexible suite of supports to LEO clients and potential clients.
The Mentor Programme is designed to match up the knowledge, skills, insights and entrepreneurial capability of experienced business practitioners with small business owner/ managers who need practical and strategic one to one advice and guidance. The mentor contributes independent, informed observation and advice to aid decision making.
All applications for mentor assistance are dealt with individually and are preceded by a business needs analysis to assess the key needs of the business and determine the most imperative mentoring objectives.
The Mentor Programme is open to both new and existing businesses located withìn the LEO region.
The Role of Mentor:
- Advise and provide direction
- Help the promoter identify problems and suggest areas for improvement
- Discuss solutions and innovative ways of improving business activity
- Help with the decision making process
- Share experience and knowledge
- Provide structure and context for discussion
- Offer assistance in compiling a business plan
Areas of involvement typically include:
- Business Strategy
- Financial Planning
- Market Research
- Marketing & Promotion
- Production Planning
- Corporate Organisation
- Website Planning & Design
The Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) provide an extensive range of supports to local business communities. Our confidential advisory service is open to anyone exploring self employment as an option or for those who are currently operating a business.
To assist the small business community in meeting the challenges of the business world, LEOs provide a wide range of high-quality training supports which are tailored to meet specific business requirements. Whether it is starting a business or growing a business there is something suitable for everyone.
Contact your Local Enterprise Office at:
Roscommon www.localenterprise.ie/roscommon - 09066 26263
Mayo www.localenterprise.ie/mayo - 094 9047555
Galway www.localenterprise.ie/galway - 091 509090