Small businesses from across the country will have an opportunity to promote themselves at the National Ploughing Championships from September 20-22 in Rathiniska in Co Laois.

The initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) will see 31 small businesses, one from each LEO, take a stand in the Local Enterprise Village at the Ploughing Championships.

This will open their businesses up to almost 300,000 prospective customers across the three days of the event.

The Local Enterprise Village was launched by Damien English, the Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail today.

Minister English emphasised how positive it is to have this opportunity back for small businesses.

"The Local Enterprise Village at the Ploughing Championships will showcase the very best of our small business community from across the country," Mr English said.

"I look forward to joining with almost 300,000 people at the Ploughing and have the opportunity to meet with some of the businesses embedded in our communities and who are the drivers of local economic growth and job creation," he said.

"Visitors to the Village can expect to see the depth and diversity of amazing small businesses who are supported by Government through their Local Enterprise Office," he added.

Kieran Comerford, from the Local Enterprise Offices, said that small businesses very rarely get an opportunity like this and it could be a significant event for them all in the growth of their business.

"They will be at the very heart of the action at the Ploughing Championships getting the chance to tell their stories and sell their products and services to a massive new audience, an audience that will be excited to be back following a two-year break," he added.

The companies taking part are:

LEO Carlow – Jo Browne – Natural skincare, perfume and interiors
LEO Donegal – Bernie Murphy – Irish designer specialising in clothing and textiles
LEO Fingal – DesignWorks – Portrait photography studio specialising in "Magical" portraits
LEO Kerry – The Busy Botanist – 100% natural pet skincare products "Holistic Hound"
LEO Kilkenny – The Cookie Co-Op – An artisan confectionary company
LEO Longford – Ebroadband Comms – Broadband and fibre broadband company
LEO Louth – Esker Fields – Handmade natural skincare and essential oils
LEO Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown – Mummy Cooks – Portable portion pots and food flasks for small children
LEO Wicklow – Brady's Coffee – Speciality coffees and teas
LEO South Dublin – Lucy & Me – Handmade wooden furniture and interiors for children's rooms
LEO Westmeath – DCodeDyslexia - A reading programme to teach dyslexic and struggling readers to read
LEO Cavan – - The platform supports players to work and live around home, stay connected with and play for their local Club and County Teams
LEO Clare – Moher Cottage – Irish gift products store
LEO Cork City – Rebel City Distillery – Craft distillery producing gin and absinthe
LEO Dublin City – Concept Dairy – Tech platform bringing price transparency to the dairy supply chain
LEO Galway – Galway Homeopathics – Veterinary products
LEO Kildare – - Online platform for Producer Organisations & Farm-to-Farm Livestock
LEO Laois – The Merry Mill – Organic oat manufacturer and retailer
LEO Leitrim – Prime Signs - Safety signs, excavator decals, auctioneer boards, front and back lit letters, temporary and permanent road signs
LEO Limerick – Juspy - An Irish food-tech company that creates lifestyle nutraceuticals for health conscious consumers in a busy world
LEO Mayo – Velvet Cloud - Fresh sheep’s milk yogurt, soft sheep’s milk cheese, semi hard three-month mature sheep’s milk cheese
LEO Meath – Zarasyl - Innovative silicate technology for the management of skin issues for animals
LEO Monaghan – Old Carrick Mill - Small batch distillery making premium gin and irish whiskey
LEO Offaly – Acoustic Interiors - Acoustic Interiors design, manufacture, supply and fit sound insulation and room acoustic treatments to the commercial, educational, entertainment and residential sectors
LEO Roscommon – MegaFab – Agricultural products
LEO Sligo - SUIP Manufacturing - Manufacture of Sprayer Attachment for Ride On Lawnmowers & ATV’s
LEO South Cork – Niamh’s Larder - BKultured Water Kefir is a light, delicious and refreshing fermented drink.
LEO Tipperary – Eco Green Resources - Solar (PV) Photovoltaic for Generating Electricity, Hot Water Heating, Battery Storage, Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, LED Lighting Systems
LEO Waterford – Mac Safety Signs - Supply and install display stands into hardware and Agri stores through the country
LEO Wexford – BodiBro - Quarter Zips, Jerseys, Hybrid Jackets, Gilet Jackets, Skinny Track Pants, Socks, Shorts, Leggings, Workout Tops

Established in 2014, the Local Enterprise Offices are the essential resource for any entrepreneur looking to start a business or any small business that is looking for support or advice to help them grow.

Since 2014, the Local Enterprise Offices have helped create over 20,000 jobs across the country and work with thousands of client companies in a diverse range of sectors offering mentoring, training, expert advice and financial supports to small businesses.