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New scheme for migrant entrepreneurs in Louth

Last update - Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 10:45 By Metro Éireann

Are you an immigrant living in the Dundalk area and interested in starting your own business in Ireland?

Are you an immigrant living in the Dundalk area and interested in starting your own business in Ireland?

If so, a new business support programme for members of ethnic and minority communities living in Co Louth and the Newry/Mourne area may be of interest to you.

From March, Louth County Enterprise Board (LCEB) will deliver a new ‘Ethnic Entrepreneur Programme’ as part of the current Peace III Phase II plan for Co Louth. The project aims to support a wide range of entrepreneurs from start-up stage to those already running established businesses.

Organisers say participants will benefit from a tailored training programme on all aspects of starting, running and growing a business in Ireland.

Courses will be run in both Drogheda and Dundalk and all participants will complete a business plan with the potential for Fetac Level 6 business planning module accreditation.

In addition, interested entrepreneurs can also avail of one-to-one specialist mentoring and attendance at five networking events with local business networks over the next eight months.

In a previous peace and reconciliation programme run by LCEB there was high demand for several information sessions run on understanding business culture in Ireland, demonstrating a clear need for more targeted support.

This was relayed to the Co Louth Peace & Reconciliation Partnership who included extra measures to address this in the current programme.

LCEB chief Ronan Dennedy said: “Over the last few years we have seen a steady increase in the number of people contacting our office in relation to starting their own business, and we are delighted to be in a position to offer such a comprehensive programme of support to members of the ethnic minority communities living in the county.”

Those interested in participating in the project can find out more on or by contacting Sarah Mallon at

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