Fingal Libraries and LEO team up to support local business

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Fingal Local Enterprise Office (LEO) has announced plans to roll out a series of business information workshops and other business services through local libraries. This will enable small businesses in the region to access valuable information and business advice directly from their local library. 

Commencing in Blanchardstown Library on Tuesday 17th May, a series of one to one business clinics will provide a confidential advisory service for anyone seeking to start-up a new business in the area. In addition, workshops geared at helping new start-ups to access information will be provided. 
Starting with “Investigating Your Business Idea” on 8th June, the workshops are aimed at stimulating enterprise in the locality. Betty Boardman, Fingal County Librarian(Acting) welcomed the initiative: “The Business, Enterprise and Employment Centre at Blanchardstown Library together with Europe Direct, supports local economic initiatives and developments by providing meeting spaces, information resources and networking opportunities for anyone starting or growing a business. 
Opening of Donabate Library with Mayor Cllr. Kieran Dennison
This joint initiative between Fingal LEO and the Libraries Department to hold business advice clinics at Blanchardstown Library is a great opportunity for local entrepreneurs and start-ups to meet with experienced business advisers”. It is planned to make these supports even more accessible with the help of the Fingal Library Services by running a number of Business Advice Clinics in several libraries. 

Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Enterprise in Fingal, emphasised the importance of being able to access business information locally: “Whether you are already in business or starting a new business you need to be able to access information and supports as easily as possible. Libraries provide a great opportunity for us to ensure that local people and local businesses can get the help they need on their doorstep”. He continued: “Libraries have huge expertise in information provision. 

The Local Enterprise Office has a broad range of supports to help new and existing businesses. By entering into this collaboration our clients will benefit from convenient access to business advice and support services”. The business advice clinic is a confidential service open to anyone either considering a new business or those currently operating a small business. 

To avail of a Free Business advisory clinic it is necessary to make an appointment prior to attending by calling Fingal Local Enterprise Office on 01-8900 800. Workshops will also be organised to assist those seeking to set up their own business and information is available from the LEO website

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