As part of the Government’s “Action Plan for Jobs: Regional” initiative, Minister Bruton announced funding for a competitive process to drive enterprise and employment growth in all regions. Of the overall €50 million which was announced, €5million was allocated for the Community Enterprise Initiative Scheme to support collaborative proposals to promote entrepreneurship, create jobs, foster innovation and enhance export opportunities for small business. Secondly, a €5 million Competitive Fund for Local Enterprise Offices to fund initiatives impacting on and supporting micro-enterprise throughout the country. The deadline for expressions of ideas is 12 noon on Friday 11th September.   Further information is available via the following link: EI-Enterprise-Initiatives-18x3-126-copy-(1)