Local Enterprise Week is taking place this week with just under 400 events planned for small businesses around the country.

Local Enterprise Week aims to increase awareness of the range of supports and services available to micro enterprises from the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in every county across the country. 

The Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) events will cover a broad range of topics such as ethical entrepreneurship, spotting mega trends and getting ready for Brexit.

Over 10,000 attendees are expected to attend the various events over the week. 

About 36,666 people were employed by 7,164 Local Enterprise Office-supported companies last year. 

This marked the fifth year of employment growth for the Local Enterprise Offices, with 3,656 net jobs created in 2018. 

There has been an 11% jobs creation increase in current companies within the LEO portfolio since 2017.  

Since the LEOs were established in 2014 their clients have created over 18,000 jobs in small businesses across the country.  

Some successful companies that have worked with Enterprise Ireland Local Enterprise Offices to forge their businesses are Beats Medical, founded by Dr Ciara Clancy; Offbeat Donuts, founded by Brian and Sandra O' Casey and Irish Fairydoor Company, led by Niamh Sherwin.