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Laois County Council Promote Business At National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Convention 2020

On the 29th and 30th of January 2020 the Business Support Unit returned to the National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition(National MSC) in Citywest for the second year running. The National MSC is the largest convention of key decision markers in Irish manufacturing and supply chain with 100’s of companies from Ireland, the UK and Europe in attendance and visited by over 7,500 delegates each year. Laois County Council attended the event to promote the Connect2Laois brand which promotes Laois as a strategic business investment location. These activities are managed by Laois County Councils Business Support Unit (BSU). This year the BSU was joined by Bernie Everard CEO of the newly re-established Laois Chamber and Paddy Buggy Centre Manager of the Webmill digital hub based in Mountmellick. The BSU were once again raising awareness of the new J17 National Enterprise Park which is currently in development on the Junction 17 roundabout situated on the M7/M8 National Motorway with easy access to Dublin, Cork and Limerick. J17 National Enterprise Park is focused on heavy, light and ICT industry, trade warehousing, distribution, logistics and other uses associated with the transport industry. The new national enterprise park is proving to be a popular location with Glanbia already investing €130 million to build a new cheese manufacturing facility that will enter production this year. Glanbia have recently been joined by the hugely successful Plaza Group run by Supermacs owner Pat McDonagh and expanding local business Alpha Drives. The National MSC was a huge success for Laois as a number of multinational companies dropped by to find out more about the county and the great business location on offer. A number of Laois businesses and commuters were also present at the event and showed great interest in the Laois Jobs Fair and the smart working options available in County Laois. Further information on the J17 National Enterprise Park and its infrastructure is available: https://laois.ie/departments/business-and-economic-development/j17-national-enterprise-park/ For enquiries about available space, supports and incentives contact our Business Support Unit: T: 057 86 64000 E: businesssupport@laoiscoco.ie For more information the Laois Jobs Fair can be found on their website: https://laoisjobsfair.ie/ Why not follow us on twitter @connect2laois to stay up to date with the latest news on Economic Development and Business Incentive Schemes in Laois. Want to learn more about the Business Incentive Schemes we have to offer click here for more information.

Over €2 Million in Funding Announced for Low Carbon Centre of Excellence in Portlaoise

On the 8th of January funding of € 2,050,560 under Call 3 of the Regional Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) was announced by Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan towards a Low Carbon Centre of Excellence based in Portlaoise. The Centre which will trade as ‘The CUBE’ will be the first dedicated low carbon facility in the region and will support and stimulate the creation of 260 jobs over the next 10 years. The Cube at Portlaoise will be a multi point incubation hub for the development of a Low Carbon Centre of Excellence, assisting in attracting and developing companies with a low carbon focus. The overall estimated cost of the new Centre of Excellence is €2.56 million with the balance of funding to be provided by Laois County Council and other partners. Located on Church Street, overlooking the old fort of Maryborough in the cultural quarter of Portlaoise, the CUBE will assist in bringing vibrancy back into that area of the town and will form part of Laois County Council’s overall plans for the regeneration of Portlaoise. The CUBE will act as a catalyst in supporting the adaptation and development of industry to meet the targets under “Climate Action 2040”. It will encourage business and industry in the region to analyse their operations in a manner that will increase efficiency and ultimately lead to sustainable employment and competitive advantage. Chairman of Laois County Council, Willie Aird, remarked that ‘Portlaoise is the ideal location for this new Centre which will be of significant benefit to the region, attracting companies seeking to deliver innovation and employment under the low carbon agenda’. In welcoming the announcement John Mulholland, Chief Executive of Laois County Council said “The CUBE will act as a focal point for the development of new business and economic activity and in turn will support and assist a transition to a low carbon economy. This is a new and challenging concept in business development not alone for the Portlaoise area but also in a national and international context.” The Regional Enterprise Development Fund is an open national competitive call to support regional development and is provided by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, through Enterprise Ireland. Why not follow us on twitter @connect2laois to stay up to date with the latest news on Economic Development and Business Incentive Schemes in Laois. Want to learn more about the Business Incentive Schemes we have to offer click here for more information.

Laois Taste Provenance Scheme puts the focus on Local

The Laois TASTE Provenance Scheme certifies Laois food producers and also service & retail sector businesses that sell Laois made produce. The aim of the Laois TASTE Producers Provenance Scheme is to encourage local provenance and to create opportunities for new food businesses, support the capacity of existing food businesses in the County while also promoting the Laois Food Industry to a wider audience.  The Laois TASTE Brand is a mark of origin and allows consumers to identify food which is produced in Laois or businesses which sell Laois made produce. As part of this fantastic initiative, Laois Taste along with Local Enterprise Office Laois & Laois County Council, were delighted to officially launch the scheme at The Pantry, Portlaoise. The Pantry have long been a strong supporter of local Laois Produce and they have now become the first Laois Cafe to commit to the scheme! With a growing list of local Laois produce making its way onto their menu, including speciality jams & preserves from G’s Gourmet Jams, delicious Organic Oats from The Merry Mill, Fresh Milks & Creams from The Village Dairy, and DV8 Liqueur from 1721 Spirits, they are helping to fly the flag for local food & drink and showcasing the amazing produce available in County Laois. Laois Taste are now welcoming  all local Producers/ Retailers/Food Service Operators to sign up to the scheme and join us in bringing Laois Food & Drink to the forefront and establishing our County as a top food destination in Ireland. Producers at The Pantry, Portlaoise for the launch of the Laois TASTE Provenance Scheme, from left: Kevin Scully, The Merry Mill; Noel Barcoe, Village Dairy; Laois TASTE chairperson Helen Gee, GÕs Gourmet Jams; Mark Healy, The Pantry and Brian Brennan, BrennanÕs Old House Gin. Photo: Alf Harvey. No reproduction fee. Who are Laois Taste: Laois Taste is a diverse group of 19 Laois based Food & Drink Producers dedicated to promoting the Laois Food & Drink Sector through the Laois TASTE brand, locally, nationally and internationally. Founded in 2019 as a collaborative effort between Laois Food & Drinks Producers, Laois County Council, Local Enterprise Office Laois and Laois Partnership to support and promote local provenance, quality, growth and development of the Laois food sector, Our aim is promote local provenance, strengthen the Laois food industry and transform Laois into one of Ireland’s top food destinations. Pictured at The Pantry, Portlaoise…

First Laois Jobs Fair a Huge Success!

The first Laois Jobs Fair was a phenomenal success judging by the numbers in attendance and the reaction from employers and employees alike. The event, organised by Laois Chamber of Commerce, saw 2,500 people descend on the Midlands Park Hotel, as employers and employees alike sought to strike up positive working relationships. 40 companies exhibited at the fair with approximately  350 jobs on offer. Companies like Supermac’s, Glanbia Cheese , Nuvo , Greenfield Global and Enva were in attendance, as well as CJ Sheeran and Fingleton White, together with staff  from Solas, the governing body for apprenticeships in Ireland. The 6 Digital Hubs operating were in Laois were also represented. The Laois Jobs Fair organised by the Laois Chamber of Commerce in the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise. Photo: Alf Harvey, no reproduction fee. CEO of Laois Chamber of Commerce, Bernie Everard said “I am really overwhelmed by the response. Everybody, from employers to employees spoke so positively and the great thing is that real connections were made and jobs are expected to be offered .For example Supermac’s, which is opening its new Portlaoise Plaza on Junction 17 in May, has 120 roles to fill and is confident of filling a sizeable number of these from connections made at the Jobs Fair. Also many interviews have been set up with other companies, with many reporting that they have already identified possible matches for positions they had been struggling to fill”. “The one thread that ran through the reaction from companies was the quality of the job seekers. They were so impressed by them and so many said they were truly blown away by their experience, track record and professionalism”. “Laois has enormous potential with employers and employers both needing the links that were made at the Jobs Fair. People are fed up with long commutes impacting on their quality of life and employers need the calibre of the workers they met. It’s a win win for everybody”. Erin Hooban, HR Manager with Enva was just one of the attendees who could vouch for the difference working and living locally has made to her life. “I was on the road with my job for years, I was constantly driving and it did take a toll,I was married to the N7. I am do delighted to be able to work and live locally. This Laois Jobs Fair has totally exceeded my expectations; the…

J17 National Enterprise Park Wins Innovation Award At LAMA All Ireland Community & Council Awards

The All Ireland Community and Council Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA, highlight and recognise communities and councils working together, bringing national recognition to projects and developments that may otherwise go unrecognised. Town, Borough, City and County Councillors across the island of Ireland nominate projects across 20+ categories that demonstrate the work implemented through unique projects that enhance their local area for the good of the community. The 2020 winners were announced at a Gala Awards Ceremony on February 15th, 2020 in Croke Park Stadium. Laois Council were nominated for the Best Local Authority Innovation for Attracting Inward Investment with J17 National Enterprise Park. J17 is located directly on the M7/M8 Motorway making Portlaoise a key economic location within the Midlands Region and for accessing Dublin Airport & Port and is focused on heavy, light and ICT industry, trade warehousing, distribution, logistics & other uses associated with the transport industry. Further information on the park and its infrastructure is available: here Why not follow us on twitter @connect2laois to stay up to date with the latest news on Economic Development and Business Incentive Schemes in Laois. Want to learn more about the Business Incentive Schemes we have to offer click here for more information.

Business Incentive Scheme Extended To Durrow

Laois County Council has extended the popular Business Incentive Scheme to Durrow, with a designated area within the town now eligible to apply for the scheme. Last year the Business Support Unit distributed €127,529 in grant funding to businesses across the County through the Business Incentive Scheme and Early Payment Incentive Scheme. A further €9,573 was also distributed to businesses through the Shop Front Improvement and Accessibility scheme. The Business Incentive Scheme encourages the use of vacant commercial units in designated areas to assist new businesses to set up in the traditional retailing, commercial and social heart of the town. The scheme offers eligible businesses a rates reduction of 75% of rates in Year 1, 50% in Year 2 & 25% in Year 3 (on premises which have been vacant for six months or more). The purpose of the scheme is to provide a grant incentive for new businesses to locate in premises that have been vacant for a period exceeding six months and to encourage diversity of retail opportunities within a designated area. This grant can provide the financial assistance that makes it attractive for new business to consider setting up in areas where there are a number of vacant shop units. Further information on the Business Incentive Scheme is available: here Further information on the Shop Front Improvement Grant Scheme is available: here Why not follow us on twitter @connect2laois to stay up to date with the latest news on Economic Development and Business Incentive Schemes in Laois. Want to learn more about the Business Incentive Schemes we have to offer click here for more information.

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Laois County Council Promote Business At National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Convention 2020

On the 29th and 30th of January 2020 the Business Support Unit returned to the National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition(National MSC) in Citywest for the second year running. The

Over €2 Million in Funding Announced for Low Carbon Centre of Excellence in Portlaoise

On the 8th of January funding of € 2,050,560 under Call 3 of the Regional Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) was announced by Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan towards

Laois Taste Provenance Scheme puts the focus on Local

The Laois TASTE Provenance Scheme certifies Laois food producers and also service & retail sector businesses that sell Laois made produce. The aim of the Laois TASTE Producers Provenance Scheme is

First Laois Jobs Fair a Huge Success!

The first Laois Jobs Fair was a phenomenal success judging by the numbers in attendance and the reaction from employers and employees alike. The event, organised by Laois Chamber of

J17 National Enterprise Park Wins Innovation Award At LAMA All Ireland Community & Council Awards

The All Ireland Community and Council Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA, highlight and recognise communities and councils working together, bringing national recognition to projects and developments that may otherwise go unrecognised. Town, Borough,

Business Incentive Scheme Extended To Durrow

Laois County Council has extended the popular Business Incentive Scheme to Durrow, with a designated area within the town now eligible to apply for the scheme. Last year the Business

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