Business Development Managers have been approved for the Drumshanbo Enterprise Centre and the Drumshanbo Community Council/The Food Hub as part of the Government’s €2m programme aimed at growing businesses in communities around the country.
The fund will finance the employment of a Business Development Manager at each facility for a period of two years and is worth €50,000 to each centre.
Although approval has been given for the positions no appointments have yet been made.
Nationally Business Development Managers were announced for 37 Community Enterprise Centres.
Welcoming the news Minister for State for Small Business, John Perry TD said “Jobs are a top priority for Government and local communities play a central role in supporting economic development and enterprise at local level.
“At the end of the day, it is not the Government working alone that is going to lead our economy to recovery. It is business leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers - people who are willing to innovate and take chances.
“The Community Enterprise Centres Scheme has supported the development of local entrepreneurship in urban and rural locations since 1989 and the Business Development Managers will help to continue the success of the CECs by building business links, driving entrepreneurship locally and thereby help to create an environment where employment can grow in communities across the country,” he said.
His party colleague and fellow Sligo/North Leitrim TD, Tony McLoughlin also welcomed the news.
“The people appointed to these positions will be responsible for managing CECs, building business links and driving entrepreneurship locally.
“By implementing this, we forecast that over 30 will be created in County Leitrim,” he told the Leitrim Observer.
“The two local Enterprise Centres currently employ over 40 people in the Drumshanbo area and I look forward to the future with confidence for both these centres.”
Local Fine Gael Councillor and Chairman of Drumshanbo Community Council, Enda McGloin has also welcomed the Minister’s announcement and he expressed his gratitude to Ministers Bruton and Perry for selecting the two centres in Drumshanbo for inclusion in this scheme and to Deputy McLoughlin for his representations to Government.