Local Business

Local School to be represented at National Ploughing Championships

Thursday, August 3, 2017
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Local Enterprise Office plans to boost the profile of Irish small businesses and start-ups at Europe’s largest outdoor event – the National Ploughing Championships - were launched by An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. and Minister for Business, Pat Breen, T.D.

From 19-21 September LEO Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (LEO dlr) will be represented at the Ploughing Championships Local Enterprise Village by ROC Protection. The three students from Clonkeen College in Blackrock, Carl Cullen, Ross Byrne and Cormac Spain, were national winners in the LEO Student Enterprise Awards earlier this year. The trio, all aged 17, invented a hurling protection base layer and won the prize in the national competition that involves 22,000 secondary school students. 

Announcing the plans for the Local Enterprise Village, An Tánaiste said, “Through the LEOs, this Government continues to be committed to supporting and sustaining the development of micro and small businesses. For the 280,000 people expected at the National Ploughing Championships in September, I would encourage them to pay a visit to the Local Enterprise Village to support Ireland’s start-ups and small businesses.”

Commenting on the role of the LEO with small businesses, Minister Breen said, "The Local Enterprise Village is another important initiative by the LEOs who are central to delivering on the ambition of helping people to help themselves, building a culture of entrepreneurship and enterprise, to enable small businesses to grow sales and expand, creating more jobs across every county in Ireland. 

Georgina Sweetnam, A/Head of Enterprise with LEO dlr, said "The National Ploughing Championships are the ideal opportunity to raise the profile of local small businesses and start-ups to a mass audience.  The Local Enterprise Village is unique because it offers every visitor a chance to meet the person behind the company and to buy directly from them, to help support jobs in small businesses all over the country.”

For more on ROC Protection see www.rocprotection.com

More details around the Local Enterprise Village and the supports on offer through the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) are available at www.localenterprise.ie.