He paid tribute to the work of the Local Enterprise Office to support businesses in the Midlands.
Junior Business Minister Damien English visited Offaly yesterday to inspect the work of the Local Enterprise Office.
The Meath-West Fine Gael TD, who is Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, met officials from Offaly County Council, as well as members of the Offaly LEO team and some of their corporate clients.
He was met at Birr Civic Center by Offaly County Council’s Leas Cathaoirleach, Councilor Tony McCormack; general manager, Anna Marie Delaney; and business leader, Orla Martin.
Minister English was then introduced to this year’s Offaly Enterprise Awards finalists before enjoying a demonstration of VEX Robotics by local children.
The Minister then met with members of the LEO team and members of the Assessment and Approval Committee to learn more about the work underway in the county as well as their priorities and future plans.
Minister English said:
“The importance of the LEO network to local businesses cannot be overstated. They provide a vital service in business support, whether through training, mentoring or other important support. Our new Regional Business Plans are very region specific, building on local strengths, and in this regard, LEOs have an extremely important role to play in their success and in helping to drive economic activity here at Offally.
Minister English then visited Birr-based LEO client company Applied Concepts Ltd, which was established in 2007 by Mark Clendennen. The company designs and manufactures high quality sandblasting machines as well as various sandblasting parts and accessories and is a market leader in the industry.
The Minister then traveled to Ferbane to visit Euram Air Leases, a company created by John Odlum, also in 2007. The company specializes in civil aircraft, engine and inventory trading, consignment management and sales.
At the end of his visit to Offaly, Minister English said;
“I am delighted to have visited Offaly to meet so many enterprising people and hear about their exciting projects. I am regularly impressed by the diversity of companies that engage with our LEO teams across the country. Today, I met a local company that is a market leader in the sandblasting industry and another that is successfully trading in the global airline industry. The willingness of companies like these to seize opportunities is essential to ensure regional growth and job creation, and the government will continue to support this innovation and this ambition to ensure our economic growth.