Roscommon LEADER Partnership and Meath Partnership are community based companies with responsibility for delivering a number of major rural, economic and social development programmes throughout their respective counties. The principal economic development resource through which both the Roscommon and Meath partnership companies can offer support to micro-enterprises is the EU Rural Development Programme better known as LEADER.

LEADER is designed to improve the quality of life in rural areas for all rural dwellers by encouraging diversification of economic activity through the development of rural enterprises, tourism, village enhancement and environmental initiatives. LEADER can provide a full suite of supports including direct capital investment through grant aid; technical support and expertise for feasibility studies and idea development; and a wide selection of bespoke and tailored accredited training programmes with built in specialised mentoring as required.

Roscommon LEADER Partnership and Meath Partnership have a strong commitment to inter-territorial co-operation under the Rural Development Programme so we were delighted to get the opportunity to work together to develop the 101 Green Business Ideas Toolkit and Web Portal. The aim of this inter-territorial project is to create a web-based information resource through which up-to-date, practical and industry-relevant information, case studies, learning resources and opportunities for networking and engagement will be made available and accessible to existing and budding entrepreneurs involved in the green sector. No such dynamic resource currently exists for entrepreneurs and business developers involved in the green sector, which incorporates on-line and face to face networking and information sharing, best practice sampling and practical, up-to-date and relevant business start-up information.

To find out more about the green business development supports available from Roscommon LEADER Partnership or Meath Partnership contact:

Meath Partnership on 046 9252334, or email info@meathpartnership.ie or visit our website at www.meathpartnership.ie

Roscommon LEADER Partnership on 090 6330250, or email info@ridc.ie or visit our website at www.roscommon.ie