Thursday, 14 November 2019

Ceisteanna (107)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

107. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the name and location of each community enterprise centre by county, in tabular form; the current and capital budget allocation for community enterprise centres in each of the years 2016 to 2020, in tabular form; and the number of staff employed in each community enterprise centre on account basis. [46992/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

My Department is committed to supporting enterprise development throughout the country. Enterprise Ireland (EI), has approved funding to enable community groups throughout the country to develop the entrepreneurial talent in their area and support innovative business ideas to create jobs.

In the period 2016 and to date in 2019, Enterprise Ireland has supported community enterprise centres under the following three competitive schemes:  

- Community Enterprise Centre Scheme;

- Community Enterprise Initiative Scheme; and

- Regional Enterprise Development Fund

Community Enterprise Centre Scheme

Enterprise Ireland has co-funded, with local enterprise development groups, a total of 164 Community Enterprise Centres across the country with payments totalling €44 million. There is now a Community Enterprise Centre located in every county. Table One in the following link provides details of each of these Community Enterprise Centres by County.

Table 1 Community Enterprise Centres by County

In January 2012, the agency provided €2m, via competitive competition, to support the role of a Business Development Function/Manager in Community Enterprise Centres.

The CECs collectively employ approximately 6,000 people across 1,200 companies and are key hubs of enterprise activity in many areas.

Payments made by Enterprise Ireland to Community Enterprise Centres under this scheme in the period 2016 to date in 2019 was approximately €1.16 million. Details of payments made by Enterprise Ireland to each centre is outlined in table two.

Table 2: Payments under the Community Enterprise Centre Scheme during the period 2016 to date in 2019.

Community Enterprise Centre

County

2016

2017

2018

2019 to date

Castlecomer Enterprise Group Company Limited By Guarantee

Kilkenny

€30,607.95

Leitrim County Enterprise Fund

Leitrim

€11,112.76

Firies Community Enterprise Development Ltd

Kerry

€22,723.65

Brookpark Enterprise Centre Company Limited By Guarantee

Cork County

€87,939.49

€189,224.39

€67,982.84

€82,005.81

Westport Multi-Agency Enterprise Company Limited By Guarantee

Mayo

€445,536.00

Drogheda Enterprise Centre Company Limited By Guarantee

Louth

€175,382.85

€28,976.47

Mitchelstown Community Forum Company Limited By Guarantee

Cork County

€25,853.99

 

Enterprise Ireland’s Regional Team monitor the progress of funded Community Enterprise Centres.  However, employment figures for each funded centre are not available as Enterprise Ireland does not collect information on the number of jobs per Community Enterprise Centre.  

Community Enterprise Initiative Scheme

This competitive scheme was open to new and existing organisations, groups and alliances, who collaboratively seek to promote entrepreneurship, create jobs, foster innovation and enhance export opportunities for small business. In 2016, Enterprise Ireland approved 32 Community Centres for funding under this scheme. A total of €1.9 million has been paid by Enterprise Ireland to community enterprise centres under this scheme during the period 2016 to date in 2019.   Table three provides payment details by Centre.

Table 3: Payments under the Community Enterprise Initiative Scheme during the period 2016 to date in 2019.

Community Enterprise Centres

County

2016

2017

2018

2019 to date

Crafts Council Of Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee

Kilkenny

€60,623

€185,377

Ballyhoura Development Company Limited By Guarantee

Limerick

€25,000

€18,390

Ird Kiltimagh Company Limited By Guarantee

Mayo

€25,000

€35,482

€8,435

Bailieborough Development Association Company Limited By Guarantee

Cavan

€9,152

€13,275

Innovate Dublin Communities Company Limited By Guarantee

Dublin

€50,000

€36,142

€2,885

Convoy Enterprise Centre Company Limited By Guarantee

Donegal

€25,000

€25,000

Creative Spark Company Limited By Guarantee

Louth

€25,000

€51,843

Ballinasloe Area Community Development Ltd

Galway

€24,500

€25,500

Meath Enterprise Centre Company Company Limited By Guarantee

Meath

€50,000

Enniscorthy Enterprise & Technology Centre Ltd

Wexford

€25,000

€35,000

Arklow Business Enterprise Centre Ltd

Wicklow

€50,000

Ferbane Business And Technology Park Company Limited By Guarantee

Offaly

€17,500

€64,421

Sccul Enterprises Company Limited By Guarantee

Galway

€59,431

€25,000

€45,907

Dungarvan Enterprise Centre Company Limited By Guarantee

Waterford

€45,540

€4,668

Hospital Food Units Designated Activity Company

Limerick

€175,017

Kantoher Development Group Company Limited By Guarantee

Limerick

€23,500

€23,771

Action Community & Enterprise Company Limited By Guarantee

Dublin

€37,630

€38,758

€13,777

Limerick City Build (Regen) Limited

Limerick

€54,611

Tipperary Culinary Delights Company Limited By Guarantee

Tipperary

€20,488

U-Casadh Company Limited By Guarantee

Kilkenny

€21,000

€21,000

Irish Smart Ageing Exchange Company Limited By Guarantee

Limerick

€25,000

Kilkee Enterprise Development Company Limited By Guarantee

Clare

€15,600

Offaly Innovation And Design Centre Company Limited By Guarantee

Offaly

€23,010

€41,000

Sustainability Matters Company Ltd By Guarantee

Dublin

€23,715

€23,917

Galway City Innovation District CLG

Galway

€125,000

€25,000

€6,273

Shannon Commercial Enterprises Designated Activity Company

Clare

€94,904

 

Regional Enterprise Development Fund

Enterprise Ireland has approved funding totalling €59.5 million to 42 projects under the Regional Enterprise Development Fund. This fund supports significant collaborative regional initiatives to build on specific industry sectoral strengths and improve enterprise capability, thereby driving job creation. Under Call 1 and Call 2 of this fund, 9 Community Enterprise Centres were approved for funding in 2017 and 2018 respectively. To date over €250,000 has been paid to Community Enterprise Centres by Enterprise Ireland under this fund. Table four outlines details of payments to Community Enterprise Centres.

Table 4: Payments to Community Enterprise Centres under the Regional Enterprise Development Fund during the period 2017 to date in 2019.

Community Enterprise Centres

County

2017

2018

2019 to date

Ardee Community Development Co Ltd

Louth

€8,130

Cavan Innovation & Technology Centre Ltd (Feasibility)

Cavan

€9,625

Dublin Enterprise & Technology Centre Company Limited By Guarantee

Dublin

€8,107

Firies Community Enterprise Development Ltd (Feasibility)

Kerry

€3,275

Galway City Innovation District CLG

Galway

€5,570

Galway Technology Centre Designated Activity Company

Galway

€16,650

Leitrim County Enterprise Fund

Leitrim

€8,213

€27,733

Meath Enterprise Centre Company Company Limited By Guarantee (Feasibility)

Meath

€11,025

Monaghan County Enterprise Fund

Monaghan

€81,780

Mountmellick Development Association Company Limited By Guarantee

Laois

€64,934

Thurles Community Enterprise Centre Ltd

Tipperary

€11,600

As part of Enterprise Ireland’s regional strategy Powering the Regions and to build on the agency’s investment in this space to date, the agency has an ambition to support 10,000 co-working and incubation spaces in regional locations.