A new campaign by the Local Enterprise Offices, which was launched this week, is asking consumers in County Carlow to look local when they are shopping for products, services and experiences this Summer. The Look for Local campaign, supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities, aims to raise awareness of the benefit of spending in your local area.
Research that was carried out as part of the first Look for Local campaign which was run by Local Enterprise Office Carlow in November and December 2020 showed that Irish consumers were 83% more likely to look local for products and services in 2021.
This campaign aims to strengthen that sentiment and to educate consumers on the domino effect that local spending has throughout their community. Every €10 spent in Carlow on Irish products and services generates more than €40 of benefit to Carlow in terms of employment*.
The Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, said; “It’s more important than ever to look for local and support the small businesses in your community. Whether you’re thinking of buying a gift, new clothes, a service of some sort – whatever it is, your local business would be delighted with your custom.
“It’s wonderful to see so many small businesses reopen recently, after what has been an exceptionally difficult period and as our vaccine programme ramps up further, we hope to see many more open their doors.
“Thank you to our Local Enterprise Offices for all they have done to help companies over the last 16 months. No matter what challenge your business is facing, your nearest LEO is on hand with advice and financial support.
“We’re hoping for a really busy summer for our small businesses across the country. Over one million people are employed by a small business in Ireland more than the public sector and multi-nationals combined. I encourage everyone to support these jobs and look for local in their own community.
The Local Enterprise Office’s “Look for Local” campaign, which is funded by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and the local authorities, will run across the summer on national, local and online / digital media and will promote small businesses across the country and the benefit of spending with them.
Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council Cllr. Fintan Phelan speaking about the supports provided to the business community said “Since the onset of Covid-19, the Local Enterprise Offices have been working closely with small businesses across the country to help sustain them with financial supports, training, mentoring and consultancy for all areas of their business. Now it’s our turn as consumers to Look for Local with the economy reopening.
Every Euro you spend with a local business is an investment in the community around it and the quality of goods, services and experiences on our doorstep is second to none. Not only that but it makes a positive environmental, economic and societal impact. This Summer we are asking everyone to Look for Local and support businesses and jobs in their community.”
In 2020 the Local Enterprise Offices approved over 13,000 Trading Online Vouchers which enabled small businesses to set up an online trading presence. This was up over 950% from the year previous (1,218) and helped small businesses to keep the virtual doors open, when the physical ones were shut. This supplemented with training, mentoring, sector & issue specific consultancy and financial supports helped thousands of businesses to continue to trade and sustain themselves ahead of this Summers reopening.
Mayor of Carlow Municipal District, Cllr. Ken Murnane said “In Carlow Town we have many examples of local family businesses who need our support now and I urge people to consider the power of choosing local and supporting the businesses which provide employment which is part of the fabric of our rural communities”. Concluding the Mayor said “As more options open up, we cannot afford to overlook the people and businesses who have been there when we needed them most during the pandemic.”
Pierce Kavanagh , Economic Development Officer with Carlow County Council – Local Enterprise Office said “Local authorities are providing a range of supports for businesses to help them get back on their feet but the support of the public is crucial for those businesses and for our local economies. Small businesses and retailers are the lifeblood of our cities, towns and villages, providing vital economic activity and employment opportunities. Local enterprise has so much to offer from top quality products to unique experiences, and the coming months are a great opportunity to take advantage, so please ‘Look for Local’, if you can.”
The campaign will run for across the Summer on media and profiling will continue until the end of the year to help spotlight local businesses across the country and encourage people to Look for Local. For more information on the campaign go to www.LocalEnterprise.ie/LookforLocal and agencies, businesses and consumers will also be encouraged to use #LookforLocal on social media to help support the campaign.
*ISME Shop Local Report 2020
For further information contact Kieran Comerford on 086/8252037
Caption: Ken Tucker , Douglas Jewellers Carlow with Cllr. Fintan Phelan , Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council , Cllr. Ken Murnane , Mayor of Carlow Municipal District , Kathleen Holohan , Chief Executive & Pierce Kavanagh , Economic Development Officer