Oisín Geoghegan, New Chair of LEO Network
9th July 2018
Oisín Geoghegan, Head of Enterprise at Fingal Local Enterprise Office, has been appointed as Chair of the Network of 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs).
Established in 2014, the Local Enterprise Offices are the ‘first stop shop’ for anyone seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in Ireland.
Based within every Local Authority, LEOs are operated on a partnership basis by Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities and their parent Departments – the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
As the chair of the Network, Geoghegan will act as the representative of the 31 LEOs at national level and a key priority for the year ahead is to drive awareness levels of LEO supports through new marketing and communications campaigns.
He brings many years of experience to the role, having served in Fingal as Head of Enterprise and previously Chief Executive at Fingal Enterprise Board, for the last 18 years.
A Master of Business Studies graduate from UCD, Oisín previously worked in Sales and Marketing management roles in Ireland and the UK, for Irish and Scandinavian manufacturers of industrial equipment and production management systems.
Geoghegan is enthusiastic about the new role, which he will take on whilst continuing to head up the Local Enterprise Office in Fingal, saying: “I am really looking forward to working with my colleagues around the country and our partner organisations to ensure that Local Enterprise Offices are consistently delivering excellent business support services. Local Authorities, through the network of LEOs, have a crucial role to play in helping start-ups and small businesses to access the practical supports they need to grow and flourish. Ireland is a very exciting place to start a business and I want to make sure we work as efficiently and effectively as possible to deliver relevant and practical services to cultivate and stimulate enterprise.”
Funding for the Local Enterprise Offices is provided by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland. You can find out more here>>