Business development managers have been appointed to Community Enterprise Centres in Kilkenny and Carlow under a €2 million government programme designed to protect and create more jobs in local communities, according to Deputy John Paul Phelan.
The appointments are among 37 nationwide that are designed to create over 5,000 jobs in 800 companies across the country as part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2012.
“Under this announcement, €1.6 million of funding has been allocated to support the management infrastructure within the national community enterprise centre network, managed by Enterprise Ireland. The successful centres, which include Kilkenny Community Enterprise Centre and Carlow Community Enterprise Centre, were selected from applications received from Community Enterprise Centres following a call for proposals made by Enterprise Ireland in March 2012,” the Fine Gael TD explained.
“A second call for proposals for a further €400,000 will be published in 2013. The people appointed to these positions in Kilkenny and Carlow will be responsible for managing Community Enterprise Centres, building business links and driving entrepreneurship locally.”
Jobs supported by this initiative in Kilkenny stand at 18 and will grow to 24, he said.
The business development managers will be responsible for providing training programmes for companies in Community Enterprise Centres, facilitating companies to graduate from the centre once their employment levels rise, managing cooperation with other business development stakeholders locally such as local entrepreneurs, third-level institutions, Community Enterprise Boards, local authorities and Chambers of Commerce, and collaborating with other Community Enterprise Centres in the area.