Despite the difficult economic times, one man is trying to buck the trend with a new start-up business in Kea-Lew Business Park.
Tom Keane has applied to Laois County Council to change one of the storage units or warehouses in Kea-Lew into a commercial business. According to the planning application, Mr Keane believes that his new business, providing a cafeteria and a sandwish delivery service to businesses in the area, will serve a niche market.
He hopes his new business will bring a small, but welcome boost to the jobs market, employing 4/5 people in the first instance.
Mr Keane proposed to provide cafeteria type facilities for business in the immediate vicinity of Kea-Lew, where there is around 150 employed.
He also plans to provide a mobile or off-site facility for supplying confectionary, sandwiches and other items to business in the wider area, including the Portlaoise National Enterprise Park which employs in the region of 1,000 people.
The premises will operate during usual trading hours, Monday-Saturday from 9am to 6pm and will utilise redundant/empty storage space, which architect John Delaney points out there is an abundance of in Portlaoise.
A decision is due on the planning application by the end of next month.