Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (980)

John McGuinness

Ceist:

980. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the budget allocation for each local enterprise office in 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [31841/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

The LEOs are the ‘first-stop-shop’ for advice and guidance, financial assistance and other supports if you intend to start or grow your own business.

The LEOs can offer direct grant aid to microenterprises (10 employees or fewer) in the manufacturing and internationally traded services sectors which, over time, have the potential to develop into strong export entities. Subject to certain eligibility criteria, the LEOs can provide financial assistance within three main categories: Feasibility Grants; Priming Grants and Business Development Grants for existing businesses that want to expand. In addition, there is a Technical Assistance Grant available for eligible micro-exporter applicants who are seeking to explore alternative markets for their product or service.

For anyone interested in starting or growing a business, the LEOs may be able to offer ‘soft’ support in the form of training (e.g. a Start Your Own Business course); a mentor to work with the business proposer; or targeted programmes such as Lean for Micro (to help boost business productivity and competitiveness).

The following table details the budget allocation for each individual local enterprise office in 2018 and to date in 2019.

LEO

2018 Allocation

2019 Allocation

Carlow

954,426

1,046,208

Cavan

873,855

979,597

Clare

998,313

1,015,158

Cork City

1,018,330

1,158,195

Cork North/West

1,373,140

1,448,718

Cork South

1,173,606

1,099,255

Donegal

1,207,855

1,139,052

Dublin City

1,766,339

1,879,195

Dublin South

1,211,394

1,257,591

Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown

1,330,591

1,101,383

Fingal

1,238,777

1,316,458

Galway

1,277,507

1,272,210

Kerry

915,891

962,262

Kildare

1,229,921

1,399,566

Kilkenny

845,791

972,715

Laois

782,222

834,504

Leitrim

755,742

809,447

Limerick

1,425,642

1,438,267

Longford

753,034

820,853

Louth

886,236

901,971

Mayo

927,979

1,033,490

Meath

1,062,538

1,055,505

Monaghan

766,449

910,744

Offaly

824,285

862,369

Roscommon

761,392

830,476

Sligo

881,441

848,509

Tipperary

1,345,212

1,274,575

Waterford

1,287,569

1,366,324

Westmeath

1,132,555

1,207,848

Wexford

934,308

964,862

Wicklow

861,077

960,210

TOTAL

32,803,415

34,167,517