Local Enterprise Offices support Cork businesses create 549 extra jobs – Buttimer

Friday, 17th April 2015

The creation of an extra 549 jobs in Cork demonstrates the success of Local Enterprise Offices.

Setting up Local Enterprise Offices was all about helping to create jobs and it is great to see that in Cork this is now delivering real results. In the first year of operation LEOs in Cork have supported the creation of an extra 549 jobs. This is great news for the businesses involved, for the local economy and more importantly for people who have secured new jobs.

The success of LEOs in Cork is not just about creating new jobs, they are also important in supporting businesses and existing employment. In Cork 466 businesses that create direct employment for more than 2,700 people have received support from LEOs.

The success of LEOs in Cork mirrors the success of these offices across the country. Nationally over 6,000 companies that directly employ more than 31,000 people have been supported. In twelve months alone this has created an 7,305 new jobs.

Start-up businesses and entrepreneurs drive growth in our economy and are responsible for creating two thirds of all jobs. Supporting these enterprises has the potential to support jobs growth in every town and village in the country. That is why Government have placed start-ups and entrepreneurs at the centre of our jobs plans.

Our Action Plan for Jobs is working with over 90,000 jobs added since its launch in February 2012. More jobs is the number one priority of Fine Gael in Government. We’re aiming for 40,000 extra this year and a return to full employment by 2018, two years ahead of target.

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Posted under Cork, Cork City, Employment, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, National Work

€200 million for local authority housing will reduce waiting lists in Cork and create jobs – Buttimer

Wednesday, 1st April 2015

  • €200 million allocated for local authority housing in Cork.
  • Funding forms part of the Government’s €3.8 billion social housing strategy announced last November. 

In Cork, over €200 million has been allocated to the City and County Councils for local authority housing. This will greatly reduce waiting lists and provides hope for the thousands of families who are waiting for suitable housing.

Cork City Council is to receive €124 million for local authority housing which is expected to meet 21% of housing needs in the City. The County area is to receive over €80 million, which is expected to meet 25% of the total demand. This is not even including the Housing Assistance Payment which will help to further reduce demand on our housing waiting list.

Along with all local authorities, both Councils in Cork have been asked to bring forward the housing unit targets and specific building projects it has planned for now to 2017. As part of the strategy, targets had to be agreed with each local authority in 2015. It is expected that this funding will help create 2,566 housing units in Cork City and County.

In total across the country, over €1.5 billion will be invested in a combination of building, buying and leasing schemes by local authorities designed to accommodate 25% of those currently on the housing waiting lists in social housing. Approximately 300 separate building proposals by local authorities are currently being assessed by the Department of Environment and will be announced in a number of phases starting this month. Construction is already underway for social housing in approximately 33 sites throughout the country.

Across Cork this funding will help to create and sustain approximately 1,600 jobs in the construction sector which was so badly affected by the economic crash of recent years. This is a really important part of the Government’s plan to spread job creation and economic recovery to all counties around Ireland so that everyone can feel the benefit.

Local Authority

Provisional Funding Allocation

Targets 2015 – 2017

Impact on Housing Need Assessment Numbers %

Approx Jobs Figures

Cork City Council

124,390,671

1349

21%

995

Cork County Council

80,555,618

1217

25%

644

National Total

1,505,351,200

22,882

12043

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Development, Douglas, Employment, Environment, National Work

New tourism policy must be basis for marketing Cork as a single destination – Buttimer

Wednesday, 25th March 2015

  • Cork must be marketed as a single tourist destination.
  • New national tourism policy, People Place and Policy – Growing Tourism to 2025, can be the basis for new approach.

Cork must be marketed as a single destination and as the gateway to all Munster counties when it comes to attracting tourists. The new national tourism policy, People Place and Policy – Growing Tourism to 2025, which was launched this week, must be the basis marketing Cork as a single region.

The new policy provides for a central role for local authorities in marketing their region. This opportunity must be used to market Cork as a single region over the next decade. Recently there have been attempts to do this but very little has been achieved. Last year Cork INC was established but little has been heard from it. Fáilte Ireland has set up a group to put together a strategy to market Cork but it will be nine months before anything is heard about its plans. Clearly, marketing Cork as a single destination has not been treated with the urgency it deserves.

At the moment both Cork City and County Councils focus on marketing their own areas. This only leads to confusion as locals, let alone tourists, don’t realise where the boundary is between both Councils. Even the simple issue of one website for Cork hasn’t been addressed, Cork City Council uses the cork.ie and Cork County Council uses visitcountycork.com. This only adds to the confusion for anyone looking to visit Cork.

The urgency of a new approach to marketing Cork is clearly evident when the issue of the continuing decline in passenger numbers at Cork Airport is considered. If the difficulties at Cork Airport are to be addressed it requires a comprehensive marketing strategy to be in place for the entire Cork region and we must begin to sell Cork as the gateway to all southern counties. An urgent focus on marketing Cork as a single entity will help the airport and all businesses based across the county.

A new tourism policy provides the basis for a fresh approach when it comes to marketing Cork. But if this is going to be delivered then it needs to be led by Cork City Council, Cork County Council and Fáilte Ireland working with other stakeholders.

ENDS

Posted under Cork, Cork City, National Work, Tourism