SOUTH EASTERN CREATIVE CORRIDOR SEES €120,000 FUNDING AWARDED CREATING A POTENTIAL 86 NEW JOBS
Leading industry experts share valuable insights at successful AV bootcamp event in the South East.
The announcement that over €120,000 has been awarded by the Local Enterprise Offices to participants of the South Eastern Creative Corridor (SECC) Initiative was made at a crowded Bootcamp Event held in VISUAL Carlow this week.
Led by the Local Enterprise Office in Wicklow and supported by Enterprise Ireland under the Regional Action Plan for Jobs LEO Competitive Fund, the SECC initiative offers over seventy participants from across the South East region a year of supports including business development and mentoring. In addition, participants had the opportunity to compete for business investment and it is envisaged that 86 new jobs will be created as a direct result.
Speaking of the impact securing this funding will have on her business SECC Participant Caoimhe Doyle said ‘It will help improve the quality of the work that I can do and immediately expand opportunities to International Clients. It will also help provide specialized training opportunities to more Irish people’.
Caoimhe was one of 15 businesses in the region to be successful in an award of funding through the SECC initiative.
“Content creation industries are at the cutting edge of the 21st century, undergoing considerable change, especially as a result of increased digital technologies worldwide” said Sheelagh Daly, Head of Enterprise of the Lead Partner, LEO Wicklow. “The Creative Corridor is a powerful initiative to build capacity within regional businesses and to facilitate the development of a regional cluster in this sector. This funding will lead to significant job creation and to increased viability and scaling of the businesses.”
The innovative boot-camp event in Carlow saw seventy-five participants travel from all over the southeast to hear renowned thought leaders share the latest trade knowledge fresh from international film festivals.
Ann Mulroney, CEO Visual Carlow welcomed participants. Prominent creative industry guest speakers included Paul Young – CEO Cartoon Saloon, Jane Kelly – Big Mountain Productions and Larry Bass, Shinawil Ltd.
James Moxey Director of CIRIC, Swansea College of Art also shared valuable insights and added an international perspective to the discussions.
The event featured further valuable contributions from Orla Clancy, Media Desk Europe and John McDonnell of Fantastic Films, Frankie Fenton – Director of ‘It’s not yet dark” and The Good Reactor”; Kathryn Kennedy – Kennedy Films and Producer of My Name is Emily.
The MC for the event was Noel Davidson of The Entrepreneurs Academy who are the delivery partner for the year long Initiative.
Bringing the successful boot-camp to a close, Kieran Comerford – Head of Enterprise with Carlow Local Enterprise Office said, “Our vision is to build upon our internationally recognised audio visual industry, particularly in the south-east, which is already showing real potential. The audiovisual and film sector in this region is one that has huge potential to grow, generating world-class enterprises, while creating additional jobs. In addition to direct jobs in the industry, the Irish audiovisual industry benefits the local economy when areas of the country are used as a filming location. I’m delighted to see so many established Industry experts willing to share their own learnings and insights at this important event.”
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About the South Eastern Creative Corridor
The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) in Wicklow, in collaboration with Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford, Waterford and Tipperary Local Enterprise Offices succeeded in winning funding under the LEO Competitive Fund to implement the ‘South Eastern Creative Corridor’ programme in 2016. The overall objective of the year-long initiative is to encourage and support entrepreneurs and established SMEs who can sell services or products to the audio visual industry or are operating in the sector, to grow their businesses, internationalise and create new jobs in the region. The participating companies are being supported through an extensive networking, mentoring and training programme including the opportunity to access the funding announced today.
About the Local Enterprise Offices
The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Wicklow promotes the development of enterprise in County Wicklow by focusing on the creation of enterprise awareness, providing management training and mentoring services for small business and by providing a range of financial incentives.
Partner LEOs in the South Eastern Creative Corridor programme are:
- LEO Wicklow (lead partner). Contact: Sheelagh Daly firstname.lastname@example.org Mob: 087 289 9574
- LEO Carlow, LEO Kilkenny, LEO Wexford, LEO Tipperary, LEO Waterford
The LEOs are the ‘first-stop-shop’ for providing advice and guidance, financial assistance and other supports to those wishing to start or grow their own business. The LEO function is carried out by 31 Local Enterprise Offices in a partnership between Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities. For further information on the supports available see www.localenterprise.ie
About the LEO Competitive Fund
The purpose of the €5million LEO Competitive Fund is to support LEOs to collaborate within their national network to fund initiatives focused on clearly defined opportunities, weaknesses or business challenges impacting micro-enterprise locally, regionally and nationally in order to grow and sustain employment and scale micro-enterprise. Priority has been given to new approaches that build on, and strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the country. A prerequisite for proposals was the need to demonstrate innovative solutions to fostering and creating employment. In-line with the national remit of LEOs, the specific objectives of this fund are:
- To strengthen microenterprise locally, regionally and nationally in order to create jobs, grow enterprise and support the progression of LEO clients to Enterprise Ireland.
- To foster increased collaboration, networking and a joined up approach to national, regional and local micro-enterprise capability building, growth and job creation.
- To achieve additionally in terms of job creation and enterprise growth through connecting the LEO network regionally and nationally.
- To generate new actions that will support the Government’s National Action Plan for Jobs, Action Plan for Jobs Regional and the National Policy Statement on Entrepreneurship in Ireland.