At the budget meeting in November, Councillors agreed to exte4nd the existing Business Supports Scheme. This means that the number of rate payers in the county to benefit from the scheme will now be 85% of businesses, compared to 72% in 2017. The extended scheme applies to rate payers with a rates bill of €20,000 or less in 2018, compared to a previous ceiling of €10,000 in 2017.
This is part of dlr’s ongoing commitment to support businesses and enterprise in our county.
Also, did you know that the Council, through its Local Enterprise Office (LEO dlr), can provide a one-stop-shop for advise and business support grants, no matter what stage your business is at. The wide variety of grants and other supports on offer help to foster and develop economic activity in our local area.
These supports include:
· Feasibility Grants
· Business Priming Grants
· Business Expansion Grants
· Export Marketing Assistance
· Trading Online Voucher
· Management Development and Business Analysis
· One-to-One Mentoring
One of the lastest national LEO initiatives saw 5 local dlr businesses successfully secure a total of €125 in funding as part of the Innovation Investment Fund. As part of the application programme, all businesses received one-to-one mentoring and pitch training. At the conclusion, all 5 were successful in their formal pitch to an investor panel to secure the LEO grant.