Kildare Nationalist – New promotional video and social enterprise regeneration program launched for Kildare


County Kildare LEADER Partnership (CKLP) has launched a new promotional video on social enterprise in County Kildare. The video showcases four examples of highly innovative and successful social enterprises in the county, including The Old Hardware in Narraghmore Village, Sensational Kids, McAuley Place in Naas Town and Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park. These four businesses were developed in response to local needs and have a strong social impact.

The video produced by Sam Whelan-Curtin also highlights the role of the County Kildare LEADER partnership in supporting social enterprises over the past decade. This included a very successful training program in 2018, and the approval of grant support to several social enterprises under the LEADER program, as well as support for social enterprises to benefit. the small investment grants program funded by the Department of Community and Rural Development (DRCD). The County Kildare LEADER partnership also offered a training and mentoring program in 2020 and 2021, funded by DRCD as well as SICAP, Tús and the Rural Social Scheme.

Speaking at an online social enterprise networking session to launch the video, Pat Leogue, CEO of CKLP, said: “The County Kildare LEADER partnership has supported social enterprise for ten years. and we plan to continue supporting existing and new social enterprises as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that social enterprises will take advantage of our supports and network as we move forward.

CKLP also launched a new Social enterprise regeneration program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with funding approved under the Dormant Accounts Fund. Training and mentoring support is now available for social enterprises, particularly in the following areas: social enterprise networking, financial management, business planning, income diversification, digital and online marketing, and health and safety .

All social enterprises in Kildare are invited to participate and benefit from these supports and are invited to contact Brian Kelly or Mary Minogue at County Kildare LEADER Partnership at 045-895450, [email protected] Where [email protected]



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