106 new jobs were created across Laois in 2021 by 138 small businesses supported by the Local Enterprise Office (LEO).
An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD, announced the annual results of the LEOs for 2021.
According to Laois TD Charlie Flanagan, these showed that LEO supported companies created 7,440 jobs around the country in 2021, with 85% of these jobs outside of Dublin.
Deputy Flanagan said: “106 new jobs were created last year in Laois, while the net jobs created by LEO supported clients across the county last year was 47.
“During a very difficult year for many small businesses, this is hugely positive news for Laois and highlights the determination and hard work of business owners and workers across the county.
“A total of 689 people employed in small businesses across County Laois benefited from LEO support over the past year.
“With a total of 138 clients, the Laois LEO provides vital support to many of our local businesses, offering advice, mentoring and training, and providing much needed financial backing with programmes such as the Trading Online Voucher, Lean for Micro and Green for Micro.”
Concluding Deputy Flanagan said: “This support proved particularly valuable over the past almost two years as many businesses were forced to pivot their offerings online or adapt their services to make it through the pandemic.
“I want to pay tribute to these Laois businesses which have persevered through some of the most difficult times and continued to provide jobs and contribute to our local economy and community.”