Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Ceisteanna (70)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

70. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the supports in place for businesses though the local enterprise office in County Donegal; the additional funding made to same in 2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49962/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

The Local Enterprise Office in Donegal is the First Stop Shop for anyone seeking information and support on starting or growing a business. The Local Enterprise Office is for people interested in starting up a new business or already in business including entrepreneurs, early stage promoters, start-ups and small business looking to expand.

The role of the Local Enterprise Office is:

- To drive the development of local enterprise, putting local micro and small business at the heart of job creation in Ireland;

- To drive and support business start-ups and promote a ‘can-do’ business culture;

- To increase the job potential of new and existing micro and small businesses;

- To increase the number of innovative businesses with potential to export; and

- To be proactive in response to the needs of our clients.

In addition to the above the Local Enterprise Office provides funding for a range of programmes, training, workshops and sector specific events as well as actions to promote entrepreneurship.

The following table shows the range of actions and outputs delivered by the LEO in Donegal since 2014 and is a good indicator of the continuing support the LEO in Donegal offers to its clients.

 

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019   Year to date

No of clients

159

171

183

200

214

Data not available until Q1 2020

Total Jobs (FT   + PT)

1223   (748 + 475)

1132   (777 + 355)

1358   (842 + 516)

1193   (819 + 374)

1294   (870 + 424)

Gross Job   Gains (FT + PT)

361   (184 + 177)

370   (223 + 147)

364   (143 +221)

255   (169 + 86)

360   (207 +153)

Gross Job   Losses (FT + PT)

316   (138 + 178)

144   (83 + 61)

114   (52 + 62)

155   (81 + 74

157   (60 + 97)

Net new Jobs   (FT + PT)

45

226

250

100

203

Grant aid   Approved

€374,693

€233,088

€393,798

€458,895

€599,982

€341,961

No. of   Projects Paid

29

25

33

34

45

35

Training   Participants

984

1311

1362

1615

1,536

1,564

Mentoring   Participants

36

32

26

38

93

105

IBYE   Applications

36

59

65

51

N/A

54

Trading Online   Vouchers Approved

28

34

25

48

47

28

MFI   applications submitted

6

4

10

14

11

4

The final distribution of the funding provided in Budget 2020 between the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, its Enterprise Agencies and Regulatory Bodies is determined through the 2020 Revised Estimates Volume (REV) process which is currently nearing completion. It is expected that finalisation and publication of the 2020 REV allocations will be completed in early December 2019.