The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has announced the creation of a new partnership of Ireland’s 31 Local Enterprise Offices with the Enterprise European Network (EEN).
The EEN says the initiative will provide Irish SMEs with access to up to 10,000 new business networks and opportunities.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said: “This new partnership between the Enterprise Europe Network and the Local Enterprise Offices will provide Irish companies with an important gateway into the EU and a bigger footprint globally.”
“I am confident that this new partnership will help our companies forge new international partnerships which will contribute to a boost in Irish exports,” he added.
Tom Hayes of Enterprise Ireland said of the initiative: “Today’s announcement will open doors for Irish companies to foster new partnerships and access up to 60 international markets.”
While the new service has been announced for SMEs, it will also be made available to other businesses including universities and research centres.
The Limerick branch of the Local Enterprise Office is situated on Patrick Street in the city centre.
Oisin Geoghegan, of Local Enterprise Offices of Ireland commented: “Local Enterprise Offices across the country can now support SMEs in becoming more knowledgeable and competitive in global markets, leading to greater international business opportunities”.