Potential for over 200 jobs created by county grants

By Maurice Garvey 

CLOSE to €800,000 was approved by the South Dublin County Local Enterprise Office (LEO) in 2017, creating the potential for over 200 jobs.

According to South Dublin County Council’s report for 2017 published this week, the evaluation and approvals committee of the county’s LEO approved €780,000 for 28 projects, creating 48 new jobs immediately, with the potential to create 228 new jobs.

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Over 1,000 clients attended LEO training courses and mentoring services in 2017, while 340 local business people attended business support fund training programmes.

Up to 33 Trading Online vouchers were approved in 2017 – a scheme that offers small businesses the opportunity to develop their website or digital marketing strategy.

Up to 11 applications for a Technical Support Grant for export assistance were accepted in 2017.

A number of new business support programmes got underway last year including the Food Academy, which commenced in February 2017, with three local participants.

Four South Dublin LEO clients began on a new Accelerate Programme in December 2017.

New approaches and opportunities for access to business support grant financing were agreed at Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) and council meetings for 2018.

Business Support Fund area improvement works were completed in Cookstown Enterprise Park, Old Belgard Road with further projects progressing in Ballymount and Merrywell.

Meanwhile, in relation to budget management, SDCC the county underwent a complete rates revaluation in 2017.

Income was tracked through the production and review of monthly billing and collection statements to ensure income maximisation.

A three-year capital programme incorporating projects of €383.5m was produced for 2017 – 2018 while the council adopted a 2018 revenue budget of €232m in November.

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