Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), act as a “First Stop Shop” for anyone seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in Ireland. The role of the LEO is to drive the development of local enterprise, putting micro and small business at the heart of job creation. We support business start-ups and work to increase the job potential of new and existing micro and small businesses with information, advice, training, mentoring, seminars and selective financial support.
The services of the Local Enterprise Office can be set out in the following areas:
- Business Information & Advisory Services;
- Enterprise Support Services;
- Entrepreneurship Support Services;
- Local Enterprise Development Services.
In delivering on its First Stop Shop for businesses our activity in 2017 will include:
- Supporting entrepreneurs, owners and manager in accessing financial supports and enabling them to plan, grow and sustain productivity, innovation and competitiveness;
- Providing access to training & mentoring supports to an increased number of participants;
- Supporting business in accessing and participating in exhibitions, seminars and networking events;
- Promotion of the Microfinance Ireland Loan Fund;
- Promotion of Trading Online Vouchers;
- Liaising directly with Enterprise Ireland regarding the progression pathways for new and existing clients;
- Referring enterprises to other relevant support services;
- Supporting sectoral networks to promote the development of clusters;
- Promoting the National Enterprise Awards;
- Engaging in Enterprise Education within primary, secondary and third level education sectors;
- Collaborating and ongoing work with other agencies and our protocol partners.
The LEOs are a network of 31 offices located throughout Ireland and within Cork County Council there are two LEOs, full details of which are set out below. We would invite you to visit our full service websites to see further details of all that is currently available from the LEOs in Cork.
Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West
Phone: 022 43235
Blackwater House, Mallow Business Park, Gouldshill, Mallow, Co. Cork
Phone; 023 8834700
8 Kent Street, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Local Enterprise Office South Cork
Phone: 021 4285200
Business Growth Hub, County Hall Campus, Carrigrohane Road, Cork