Local Enterprise Office Laois jobs figures for 2018 show that 67 jobs were created locally by LEO-supported companies last year.
The figures were announced by Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Pat Breen, Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection.
This is an increase of 12% since 2017.
This is the 5th year of employment growth for the Local Enterprise Offices, with 3,656 net jobs created nationwide in 2018.
The Local Enterprise offices now support over 36,000 jobs in 7,000 LEO client companies all over Ireland.
Since the LEOs were established in 2014 their clients have created over 18,000 jobs in small businesses across the country.
The Local Enterprise Offices also approved €18.2million worth of financial assistance to 1,259 projects.
In 2018 the Local Enterprise Offices worked successfully with 171 of their client companies to help them transfer to Enterprise Ireland along with 796 associated jobs. This was up from 60 companies making the transition in 2017.
Last year was a particularly strong year for Local Enterprise Office Laois who were recognised by the European Commission for their innovative work on enterprise promotion in Laois when they came runners up in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards in Graz, Austria.
Minister Humphreys said, “The Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) are a hugely important part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in this country.
“They do Trojan work in every county right across the country and these 2018 jobs figures highlight the significant contribution they make to the economy as a whole.
“This is the fifth year in a row of employment growth for the LEOs, which support our indigenous businesses to create jobs locally. Not only are they helping small businesses to plan, start and grow, but they are also working closely with their 7,164 client companies to minimise their Brexit exposure.”