During 2020, Wexford Local Community Development Committee in partnership with Wexford Local Development awarded LEADER grant aid of €1.58m to twenty-six businesses in the county to facilitate business expansion and diversification. This was in addition to a further €2.8m awarded to fifty-four businesses between July 2017 and December 2019.
Successful businesses come from a diverse range to include niche food producers, tourism enterprises, creative industries and specialised engineering services. Feasibility studies for potential new tourism developments around the county have also been grant aided.
In summary, this grant aid is supporting the creation of 250 new jobs in the county as well as sustaining 725 existing jobs in the grant-aided businesses. This has a significant impact on the economy of County Wexford and is certainly in keeping with the main aim of LEADER to strengthen the rural economy and to improve the quality of life in rural areas.
Wexford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) in partnership with Wexford Local Development has responsibility for the delivery of LEADER funding in the county under the remit of the Department of Rural and Community Development. Through LEADER, Wexford LCDC focuses on supporting local economic development, including diversification of the rural economy and the creation of employment opportunities in the county. WLD LEADER staff, Tom Bermingham and Helena Dempsey are the contact points for the business sector in the county.