Enterprise Ireland, the Government agency responsible for developing Irish business globally has reported a nine percent increase in the number of Laois based jobs created by Enterprise Ireland supported companies in 2019.
1,769 people are now employed in companies based in the county and supported by the agency.
Welcoming the results, Enterprise Ireland Regional Director in the Midlands, Michael Brougham said, “A nine percent increase in employment in Laois over the past twelve months is positive.
“These companies make a significant contribution to the local economy and helping more Irish businesses to create sustainable regional jobs for the future through innovation and competitiveness is the objective for the year to come.
“The challenges that Brexit and other global trading factors present concerns for businesses across the midlands.
“However, we continue to see opportunities for indigenous companies to expand their reach and grow exports in markets overseas.
“We are committed to helping Irish companies, through a wide range of funding and advisory supports, to build scale domestically and compete internationally with the view of creating and sustaining high skilled employment in the Midlands.
“The regional response team will be working hard in collaboration with all stakeholders across the public and private sector over the next twelve months to continue this positive trend of innovation and growth to achieve an even greater boost in employment in 2020.”