Limerick City and County Enterprise Boards set to be replaced

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

THE Limerick City and County Enterprise Boards are to be dissolved and replaced with a new micro-enterprise support structure, according to government plans.

THE Limerick City and County Enterprise Boards are to be dissolved and replaced with a new micro-enterprise support structure, according to government plans.

Despite creating more than 300 jobs last year through companies it supported, the Limerick City Enterprise Board is to be wound up, with a new ‘One Stop Shop’ which will operate within Enterprise Ireland.

This new unit will work with local authorities to establish a network of Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in each Local Authority.

These offices will carry out the combined work of the enterprise boards and the Business Support Units of the Local Authorities.

However, Eamon Ryan, chief executive of the City Enterprise Board has welcomed the changes - and reassured those firms who have secured support they remain open for business.

He said: “Since our formation in 1993, we have played a huge role in the economic life of Limerick City in terms of supporting job creation through grant aid and the provision of business supports for small businesses. We would like to reassure all of our clients that we are still open for Business and look forward to continuing our work under the new arrangements.”

Since 1993, Limerick City Enterprise Board has assisted in the creation of 1,160 new jobs and overall, 225 businesses in the City, supported by the Board, now employ 1499 full time and 535 part time staff.