Help for Laois to prepare for Brexit

Free business seminar this week in Portlaoise run by Enterprise Ireland

Lynda Kiernan

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Help for Laois to prepare for Brexit

Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon

Enterprise Ireland will hold a Brexit Advisory Clinic in Portlaoise this Thursday, February 22.

The clinic will support companies affected by Brexit in Laois and the surrounding areas. It aims to strengthen their capabilities in financial and currency management, strategic sourcing, and customs, transport and logistics.

This full-day event is free to attend. Companies can speak one-to-one with independent experts.

The event will conclude with a panel discussion with local business leaders who will share best practice tips in the three key areas, and the actions they have taken as a response to Brexit.

It takes place at 8am in the Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise, run by Anne Lanigan, Brexit Unit manager, Enterprise Ireland.

In her visit to Laois last week, Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland outlined their supports.

"It is essential that Irish companies look to improve their competitiveness and review their supply chain, sourcing and customer base.

“Enterprise Ireland is actively working with its clients to face the challenges posed by Brexit. It has also developed a range of supports to help companies prepare,” she said.

These supports include a Brexit SME Scorecard tool to help companies self-assess their exposure and give advice, and several types of grants to help companies adapt to new markets, assess skills gaps, and to hire key talent.

Ms Sinnamon said they want more start-up companies in Laois.

“Earlier this week we launched a new €500,000 competitive start fund for regionally based projects. In addition, we will be announcing the second tranche of funding under our Regional Enterprise Development Fund at the end of the March which entrepreneurial projects in Laois can apply for," she said. “A key focus of the meeting was to ensure that local representatives and business people in the county are aware of the full range of Enterprise Ireland supports and can make best use of our enterprise infrastructure and I look forward to seeing more Laois companies work with Enterprise Ireland.”

Ms Sinnamon with IDA Ireland had met the Laois County Council CEO and Laois TDs to discuss driving entrepreneurship, and building client companies in Laois.

EI backed companies in Laois that had an 8% job growth in 2017 – one of the highest levels in the country. It invested €2.5m directly in companies in Laois between 2014-2017.

“In addition, we co-funded 3 Community Enterprise Centres in Portlaoise, Portarlington, and Mountmellick and 2 projects with Laois based partners were funded under the LEO competitive fund," the CEO said.

See www.prepareforbrexit.ie