An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD,
announced the annual results of the LEOs for 2021 which showed that LEO
supported companies created 7,440 jobs around the country in 2021, with 85% of
these jobs outside of Dublin.
Senator Garret Ahearn said, “236 new jobs were created last year in Tipperary, while
the net jobs created by LEO supported clients across the county last year was 81.
“During a very difficult year for many small businesses, this is hugely positive news
for Tipperary and highlights the determination and hard work of business owners and
workers across the county.
“A total of 1,345 people employed in small businesses across Tipperary benefited
from LEO support over the past year.
“With a total of 268 clients, the Tipperary LEO provides vital support to many of our
local businesses, offering advice, mentoring, and training, and providing much
needed financial backing with programmes such as the Trading Online Voucher,
Lean for Micro and Green for Micro.
“This support proved particularly valuable over the past almost two years as many
businesses were forced to pivot their offerings online or adapt their services to make
it through the pandemic. I want to pay tribute to these Tipperary businesses which
have persevered through some of the most difficult times and continued to provide
jobs and contribute to our local economy and community.”
The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD
said, “Over 35,000 people employed in small businesses around the country have
been helped in some way by our Local Enterprise Offices. They are at the heart of
communities in every county, and have proved invaluable throughout the pandemic,
during which I know a huge amount of people relied on their local office.
“Last year, businesses supported by LEOs created nearly 3,000 net new jobs, which
is remarkable given the year we just had. I’m really pleased to see that 85% of these
jobs were outside of Dublin, indicating the Government’s focus on balanced regional
development is working.
“These numbers a real boost today and will contribute to our overall target of having
2.5m people in work by 2024. Thank you to all our LEO staff for your phenomenal
work over the past year.”