Since Posude was first started, the LEO Roscommon has been a great support to me. I’ve worked with them several times over the years. When I started creating blog content and picking guests to interview, Enda Cannon from the LEO was a no-brainer. This blog is all about helping other Irish SMEs and the LEO was one of the biggest aids in my business journey.
So who are they?
The LEOs across Ireland have multiple supports available to businesses, from training to mentoring, to funding. They assist businesses at every level, from start-ups to established companies. I sat down with Enda Cannon, of the LEO Roscommon, to chat about the supports that are available.
Let’s get into the details!
- Financial Supports
The LEO has a wide range of financial supports available for businesses at all levels. These aim to assist businesses with either establishment or growth. There are a variety of different supports available.
These are designed to help new and existing businesses research the market demand for their product or service. It also examines the sustainability of that product or service.
These are start-up grants, for businesses that are within the first 18 months of start-up.
- Business Expansion Grants
This grant is designed to help a business in the their expansion stage, ie. after the first 18 months.
- Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters
This grant partly funds the costs that can be incurred investigating and researching export markets, e.g. exhibiting at Trade Fairs, preparing marketing material and developing websites specifically targeting overseas markets.
- New Agile Innovation Fund
With a fast-tracked approval and application process, this fund helps companies develop new products, processes and services. The aim is that investment in Irish innovation will drive global performance.
For more details on these funding opportunities, stay tuned for the rest of our blog series! We’ll delve deeper into each one.
Watch the two-minute clip below to get an introduction to LEO supports.