Irish Local Development Network

Promoting and supporting the work of Local Development Companies in Ireland

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LDCs & Enterprise

Local Development Companies play a key role in supporting local communities and entrepreneurs to develop new business ideas and to enhance existing enterprises.

Typical enterprise supports which LDCs provide will include:

  • Enterprise training courses in areas such as starting your own business, business planning, bookkeeping, sales and marketing, costing and pricing, health and safety, online strategy, social media.
  • One to one mentoring and support from Enterprise Officers.
  • Advice and provision of LEADER grant aid for micro-enterprises.
  • Creation of business / entrepreneur networks.
  • Organisation of networking events for business owners and entrepreneurs.
  • Support to avail of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance.
  • Women in Enterprise programmes.

LDC Impressive Results in Supporting Enterprise

ILDN’s Employment, Enterprise and Training Sample Survey shows that in 2011 the 46 respondent companies:

  • Provided self-employment supports including training and guidance to 12,343 individuals.
  • Supported 4,347 individuals to avail of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) to assist in starting their own business.
  • Supported 778 individuals to avail of the Short Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA) to assist in starting their own business.

ILDN’s 35 rural member companies delivering the LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme also have a significant track record in creating jobs and supporting enterprises in rural communities. The figures below detail the employment and enterprise outputs from LEADER in 2010 and 2011:

  • In 2010, 521 full-time jobs were created and 1,349 enterprises were assisted under the Rural Development Programme (LEADER).
  • In 2011, 634 full-time jobs were created and 1,644 enterprises were assisted under the Rural Development Programme (LEADER).
  • In 2012, 563 full-time jobs were created and 1,339 enterprises were assisted under the Rural Development Programme (LEADER). During the same period, a total of 653 tourism actions, and 1056 village/community enhancements took place under the programme also.

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