SUPPORTS FOR RURAL ENTERPRISE

Note that funding is fully allocated under this measure at present – please get in touch to discuss opportunities under the forthcoming programme. 

 

Laois Partnership offers a range of training, mentoring, research and development and capital supports for new and existing businesses to develop or diversify.

Capital support for research and development or investment in premises or machinery is available to eligible businesses with less than ten employees and under 2 million turnover under the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.

 

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Sample Project – Support for innovative service provider to the Forestry Sector

 

Seamus Whelan of Ballymaddock, Abbeyleix approached Laois Partnership in 2012 with a proposal to expand his forestry related training business and also to develop a forestry extraction service targeted at inaccessible and environmentally sensitive areas of forestry.

On the back of a successful application he received funding to:

1) Purchase a customised mobile training unit for delivery of forestry related training in situ within forestry sites. ( Seamus is s qualified to offer training to the industry accepted standards i.e. City and Guilds, NPTC and Lantra Awards.)

2) Purchase a mini forwarder to develop a forestry extraction business. This innovative is enabling Seamus to provide a forestry service to onwers of previously inaccessible and commercially non-viable areas i.e. environmentally sensitive areas, wetlands and peatlands

Seamus Whelan exhibiting his Mobile Training Unit and Mini Forwarder at the Forestry Expo at Stradbally Estate in Laois.

Seamus Whelan exhibiting his Mobile Training Unit and Mini Forwarder at the Forestry Expo at Stradbally Estate in Laois.

 

 

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