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New LEADER Programme Update
Local Development Strategy approved for Co Monaghan
Monaghan Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) in partnership with Monaghan Integrated Development as the Implementing partner and Monaghan County Council as Financial partner for the new LEADER programme in the county are delighted to announce that their LEADER Local Development Strategy has been recently approved by Government.
The new LEADER programme for Monaghan will bring much needed funding into the county for the development of enterprise and tourism, community and social inclusion and environmental projects with an indicative funding allocation of €7.6m.
It just remains for the LEADER programme to be launched nationally and contracts to be signed by the partners with the Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD over the coming weeks. It is expected that the new LEADER programme will be formally launched shortly and funding calls will issue soon thereafter. All the partners involved are looking forward to seeing the continued positive impact of LEADER on the rural communities of county Monaghan.
The Monaghan Local Action Group for LEADER is an initiative of Monaghan Local and Community Development Committee (LCDC) in partnership with Monaghan Integrated Development Ltd (MID) and Monaghan County Council.
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Monaghan Business success at ILDN Border Region Enterprise Awards
Innovation and job creation were to the fore as the achievements of 14 start-up businesses were recognised at the second ILDN Border Region Enterprise Awards. This initiative pays tribute to and acknowledges the remarkable achievements of those individuals, previously unemployed who set up new businesses, creating employment for themselves and others using the DSP Enterprise Allowance schemes. All the businesses were started with the support of their local development company and used the DSPs Enterprise Allowance Schemes to help them get established.
Three of the fourteen businesses were selected to progress to the first ever ILDN National Enterprise Awards in Dublin this September. These were online marketing business ‘Pro SEO Ltd’ from Monaghan, ‘Tastys’ Fast Food outlets from Inishowen and ‘Simply Natural Health’, a Letterkenny based company that sells frozen wheatgrass shots and operates a local Artisan Food & Craft Market.
The presentation of the awards took place in the Cavan Crystal Hotel on Friday night 27th May. The awards were presented by Sean Quinn & Jim Slevin Chairman of the ILDN Border Region Network. A short biography of each business was read and Sean Quinn presented an award to the business owners present. The Monaghan nominees were:
Gráinne O’Hagan – Sound Haven Music Therapy.
Gráinne holds a BA in Music & Philosophy from NUIM and a Masters in Music Therapy from UL and has become a pioneer for the use of music therapy in the Northeast.
Gráinne’s company, Sound Haven Music Therapy works with various groups/individuals, including those with Autism, physical disability, mental health needs, learning disabilities, Downs Syndrome and Dementia or related Alzheimers. Gráinne includes the client in their own therapeutic process and no prior musical experience is needed to avail of the service.
Derek Dolan – Pro SEO Ltd
Derek Dolan has established a highly successful search engine optimization and online marketing business. This includes SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), Google Adwords, Web Design, Social Media, Selling B2B (Business to business), Increasing Customer Traffic and Sales. He has grown this business from his bedroom to occupy offices in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan and Dublin City Centre. Pro SEO currently employs 6 full-time staff, 2 Salesmen operating on commission and has 2 part-time positions, one an Intern and the other a trainee developer. Derek intends to expand the business into the UK and European markets and will recruit 3 new staff in the year ahead to help him do so.
All the nominees had high praise for the DSPs Enterprise Allowance schemes and the support received from their local development company. Derek Dolan stated “Without the BTWEA scheme and the support of the team in the local development company, it would not have been possible to start the business”.
Jim Slevin Chairman of the ILDN Border Region Network said, “The awards have brought fourteen businesses into the limelight but there are many more that could also have been on the shortlist. All the businesses were started by people who found themselves unemployed. These awards are about recognising their achievements in overcoming adverse circumstances to establish a successful business. It is also about giving hope to people who are unemployed and saying there’s something out there for them.”
Sean Quinn joked that he had started his business in 1973 with £600 and said “I probably have less now!” He expressed his admiration for those receiving awards on the night. He said he knew personally how tough business can be and stated that the border region needed people like those being recognised to ensure it had a vibrant economic future.