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Carlow launches new partnership business development programme

Carlow County Council and their Local Enterprise Office yesterday announced the launch of The LEO DUO Programme

The DUO programme is an innovative new programme developed by Carlow County Council Local Enterprise Office to support the growth of business partnerships in the County. It has been designed to optimise and de-risk the partnership process by strengthening the partners ability to work together strategically, harmoniously and productively in order to achieve growth. It will nurture greater alignment between individuals who have entered into business partnership within the past 3 years.

The programme will be designed and delivered by the Entrepreneurs Academy and speaking about the programme Lorraine Bowen, Head of Innovation and Impact at the Entrepreneurs Academy said

“too often we witness the impact that partnerships can have on both the business and the personal lives of partners. We were excited to craft this pilot programme on behalf of LEO Carlow, to support participants in building their businesses by investing in the development of the working relationship between partners and in working together to build a strategy for growth”

A briefing session for potential participants will be held on 24th May 2021 @ 12 noon. To book a place log onto

Speaking about the programme , Kieran Comerford , Head of Economic Development & Enterprise with the Local Enterprise Office said

“In the Local Enterprise Office we understand that the partnership process can be challenging in one sense and provide opportunities in another and this programme has been designed to support both”. Comerford concluded by saying, “this programme has been designed to build on our many examples of partnerships and family-based types of businesses in the County and we look forward to delivery of the programme”.

Welcoming the project , Cllr. Tom O’Neill , Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council says,

“I welcome this new programme designed to support partnerships in business”. The Cathaoirleach continued to say “While the challenging environment still exists programmes like this help local businesses to quickly to adapt and survive and we in Carlow County Council are committed to supporting our business community in a variety of ways over the coming years”


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