Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces €45,000 funding for micro-enterprises in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

Minister-Mitchell-O-ConnorMinister Mitchell O’Connor announces €45,000 funding for micro-enterprises in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

A reallocation of funding ensures Local Enterprise Office Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown is receiving €45,000 for LEO clients

 

Minister Mitchell O’Connor today welcomed the announcement that Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown will be receiving a further allocation of €45,000 in capital funding to assist micro enterprises in creating local jobs. The funding is part of a further allocation of €1.85m in Capital funding for 15 LEO offices throughout the country. These funds are being made available to meet identified demand for financial assistance for projects that can be initiated this year.

 

The funding will be available for use by LEO Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown to provide direct Capital grant assistance to micro-enterprises within the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown area. These supports are aimed at assisting enterprises to start-up or expand their business. It is expected that the funding will assist micro-enterprises to create or sustain jobs across the Dun Laoghaire area. Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown LEO supports almost 229 clients which last year created 164 new full and part-time jobs.

 

Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomed the announcement stating that: “I am pleased to be able to further support enterprise development in Dun Laoghaire, through my Department. The LEO Dun Laoghaire has identified a pipeline of demand for financial assistance from people who want to start a business or grow an existing one. This €45,000 in funding has the potential to support additional jobs within the area. It’s another example of how well the Local Enterprise Office in Dun Laoghaire has been working to promote entrepreneurial activity at local level around the area. I would encourage all interested businesses contact the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown LEO office”.

 

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Good News from Local Enterprise Offices’ Food Academy Programme

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A survey by the Local Enterprise Offices shows that 281 small food and drink producers, members of the Food Academy Programme who employ 1,131 people, have made the break-through into the retail market. Those same businesses expect to create a further 373 jobs over the next 12 months, bringing the total number of jobs supported to just over 1,500 across the country.

At an event organised in Dublin by the Local Enterprise Offices today, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D. met with food producers from eight different regions, who are among the 281 producers to have successfully made the break-through into the retail market. Run over a series of workshops, the programme is an initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices, Bord Bia and SuperValu to nurture new start-ups in the food and drink sector and it focuses on areas such as business planning, understanding consumer trends and raising finance.

Minister Mitchell O’ Connor met with producers from Cork, Donegal, Limerick, Kildare, Westmeath, Galway, Tipperary and Dublin at a Food Academy Start showcase in Dublin’s City Hall, where she encouraged more ‘early-stage’ food and drink producers to apply for the programme. The Minister said: “The Food Academy Programme has been running very successfully for the last three years by the Local Enterprise Offices in partnership with Bord Bia and SuperValu. This programme has already enabled almost 300 small food businesses to start and grow, creating valuable jobs across every county and region. One of my priorities as Minister is creating an environment where job growth can thrive, particularly in rural Ireland. I want to thank Bord Bia and SuperValu for their support and I want to thank the LEOs for their endeavours in developing this opportunity”.

The businesses receive one to one mentoring and also pitch for a chance to trial their products in a SuperValu store. Since the programme began in 2013, over 1,100 products have been successfully trialled and are now on sale through the Irish supermarket chain. According to SuperValu, consumers in Ireland are expected to spend €25 million on Food Academy products in their stores in 2016.

Start-ups and small businesses in the food and drink sector are supported by Local Enterprise Offices through measures such as financial assistance, mentoring and on-line trading supports. Oisin Geoghegan of the Local Enterprise Offices said: “By equipping owners and managers of food businesses with industry knowledge and skills, they have a better chance of succeeding in business. The goal of the Food Academy programme is to help more food producers to start selling through supermarkets, as well as through farmers’ markets and to provide them with the supports, information and advice to scale up and achieve this retail break-through. According to research undertaken by the Local Enterprise Offices, the Food Academy producers already support 1,131 jobs across every region. Over the next 12 months, these producers are planning to create an additional 373 new jobs.”

Aidan Cotter, the CEO of Bord Bia highlighted how the programme helps new food producers understand market positioning and ‘Unique Selling Points.’ He said: “Bord Bia is delighted with the success of the Food Academy programme. The partnership approach with the Local Enterprise Offices and SuperValu has created a real opportunity to cultivate sustainable small food companies by supporting them through the initial challenging phases of growth. These small innovative and dynamic food businesses play an important role in Ireland’s agri-food sector both locally and nationally. The producers receive a combination of commercial and marketing insight from Bord Bia as well as expert advice in branding, market research, distribution and business development, which arms them with the tools to strengthen their chances of future success. The programme has consistently delivered tangible benefits resulting in job creation and sustainable local food businesses.”

Commenting on the announcement, Martin Kelleher, SuperValu Managing Director said: “As the number one supporter of the Irish food industry, we are committed to sourcing from local suppliers and helping to create the next generation of Irish food entrepreneurs. By supporting these Food Academy producers, we are bringing community based start-ups to market and providing them with the potential to grow their business as well as providing employment within the local community. We are proud to nurture the energy and passion of these entrepreneurial producers, which in turn contributes to the prosperity of local economies across Ireland.”

At the Food Academy showcase today, the Minister met with the producers behind eight different Irish brands including Emerald Oils – Tipperary, Kilbeggan Organic Foods – Westmeath, Wellnice Pops – Limerick, The Galway Food Company, Irish Fish Canners – Donegal, Loughbeg Farm Foods – West Cork, Nutraplenish – Kildare and HiRó by Róisin – Dublin City.

The Food Academy Start programme is delivered through the Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities and details around the next programme are available through www.localenterprise.ie

Article from Business World on my visit to announce 150 new jobs at Sigmar Recruitment

Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor arrives at Sigmar offices in Dublin 2

Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor arrives at Sigmar offices in Dublin 2

Job Announcement

Sigmar Recruitment yesterday announced the creation of 150 new jobs to service its new Centre of Excellence.

The announcement was made by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD.

These new positions will more than double the workforce by the end of 2018. Sigmar Recruitment is on track to deliver 50 of these new jobs by the end of this year, with another 50 by the end of 2017 and a further 50 by the end of 2018.

The jobs are in recruitment, sales and digital marketing at both experienced and graduate levels with a significant number of positions available in locations outside of the capital to include Cork, Galway and Kerry.

The new positions are announced as part of the company’s expansion plan to deliver a wider portfolio of services globally and will bolster the position of the company as Ireland’s leading independent recruiter.

The establishment of the Centre of Excellence is largely due to an uplift in demand for talent by US companies who are expanding internationally from Ireland.

Successful candidates will be eligible for the company’s own Recruitment MBA, which is run in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin and Notre Dame, the first transatlantic executive programme of its type in the country.

According to Sigmar CEO Adie Mc Gennis the net effect of this announcement is far greater than the 150 jobs, he commented, “As recruiters by their very nature have a huge impact on job creation, the end effect of a creation of 150 jobs will have an enormous effect in terms of the actual number of jobs being created in Ireland over the next number of years. Everyone at Sigmar is proud and excited to share our expansion plans. We have experienced very strong growth and this confirms our confidence in the recruitment sector, the Irish economy and most importantly in all of our people to continue Sigmar’s success.”

Minister Mitchell O’Connor added, “These new jobs will contribute greatly to the prosperity of communities across the country. Sigmar is a great example of the type of company Enterprise Ireland is working with. I warmly congratulate Adie and his team and wish them continued success for the future.”

Source: www.businessworld.ie

 

 

 

 

Minister Mitchell O’Connor receives the Low Pay Commissions Recommendation on the National Minimum Wage

 19th July 2016

The Low Pay Commission is recommending an increase in the national minimum wage of 10 cents per hour. In its second report a majority of the members of the Commission recommend that the appropriate rate of the national minimum wage should rise to €9.25 per hour.

The current rate of the minimum wage is €9.15. The minimum wage was last increased on 1st January 2016, following Government acceptance of the Low Pay Commission’s first recommendation, made in July 2015, that the rate increase by 50 cents an hour from €8.65.

In a report submitted to Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, the Low Pay Commission sets out a range of data it has considered in recommending the increase. The Commission also sought submissions from interested parties and consulted directly with workers on the minimum wage and employers in relevant economic sectors. The Report relies on data available in the period up to 1 July 2016.

Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen TD said, “I also welcome the Report and would like to thank the Commissioners for their service in producing a full and comprehensive report.   I look forward as well to receiving the Reports from the Commission later in the year on the ‘Related Matters’ which they have been asked to study, namely the appropriateness of the sub-minima rates, which have not been reviewed since their introduction, and the reasons behind the preponderance of women on the NMW.

Both Ministers expressed their full support for the independent work of the Commission both in terms of the work it undertakes on an annual basis in relation to making a recommendation on the appropriate rate for the NMW and also for the work it is undertaking on related matters.  They also thanked all who had responded to the Commission’s call for submissions on the NMW, and those who had shared their experiences of employing minimum wage workers, or living on the minimum wage, in meetings with members of the Commission.

The report can be found on the link below

http://www.lowpaycommission.ie/here-.pdf

 

Minister welcomes announcement of approval for Dún Laoghaire Shopping Centre redevelopment

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, has today welcomed the news that a €10 million redevelopment of the landmark Dún Laoghaire Shopping Centre has been granted planning permission.

The redevelopment, due for completion mid-2017, will see the creation of two large anchor stores fronting on to George’s Street and Marine Road.

Speaking on the issue, Minister Mitchell O’Connor said “Dún Laoghaire Shopping Centre is a major landmark in the centre of the town and I am delighted to hear that plans to redevelop it have been given the green light.

This is great news for Dún Laoghaire and the surrounding areas. Not only will the new stores create jobs, but they will also help to put Dún Laoghaire on the map as a shopping destination. We cannot underestimate the boost to the local economy that the increased footfall will bring. “