‘One-stop-shop’ at Laois county hall

County Hall, Portlaoise.Picture: Alf Harvey/hrphoto.ie
COUNTY Hall could soon be a “one-stop shop” for local business advice and guidance.

COUNTY Hall could soon be a “one-stop shop” for local business advice and guidance.

The claim was made at Laois County Council’s monthly meeting last week after it was confirmed that the Laois Partnership Company is set to relocate to the seat of local authority by setting up offices within the building at James Fintan Lawlor Avenue in Portlaoise.

The news that the agency that gives grants to businesses and community groups is to lease ground floor offices for five years at a cost of €25,000 per year was welcomed by Laois County Councillors.

Cllr Mary Sweeney praised the Laois Partnership Company as a proactive organisation and said it was very positive to have them under the aegis of the council.

Cllr James Daly said that County Hall is a state-of-the-art building which will now become “a one-stop shop” thanks to the Partnership’s presence.

And Cllr Tom Mulhall remarked that the new arrangements will benefit him as a board member of the Partnership, as now he can do all his business under one roof.

The deal was struck through the disposal of land under section 183 of the Local Government Act 2001, with the lease in the name of the Laois Community and Enterprise Development Company trading as Laois Partnership Company.

The 254 square metre property is located on the ground floor offices in block two of county hall. It contains offices, a meeting room and a training room.