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Carlow County Council

Carlow County Council are committed to the provision of high quality relevant services in an open and responsive manner.
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  • Incentive Schemes to Promote the Revitalization of Carlow Town

    Street Paint and Shop Front Improvement Scheme ( pdf 2mb )

    Carlow Town Centre Incentive Schemes ( internal link )

    Pop-Up Shop Initiative ( internal link )

    Carlow Town Council in collaboration with Carlow Town Team are committed to the economic revitalization of the Town Centre. Carlow Town Council has introduced a number of schemes to assist the business community.

  • Minister Bruton welcomes major retail revitalisation programme for Carlow

    Minister Bruton, Mr. Tom Barry ( Carlow County Manager ) and the Carlow Town Team

    Press Release ( pdf 16kb ) ( 04 February, 2014 )

    Carlow Town Investment Prospectus ( pdf 1.6mb )

    Carlow Town Centre Incentive Schemes ( internal link )

    The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. has today ( February 4th ) welcomed a major retail revitalisation programme for County Carlow, which aims to bring more retailers and new jobs to South Leinster.

  • Carlow Local Authorities Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth Mr. Phil Hogan T.D. and Mr. Tom Barry ( Carlow County Manager )

    Mr. Phil Hogan T.D. and Mr. Tom Barry ( Carlow County Manager )

    Areas of Support and Specific Actions Supporting Economic Recovery 2012 ( pdf 52kb )

    Press Release ( pdf 48kb ) ( 30 April, 2013 )

    LGMA Publications ( external link )

    County Manager, Mr. Tom Barry, today welcomed the report ‘ Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth-Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 ’ which was published by the County and City Managers’ Association. The report which was launched by Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Phil Hogan T.D., identifies over two thousand plus separate actions, projects and activities undertaken by local authorities across the country in 2012 to contribute towards job creation and economic development.

  • A Guide to Starting-Up your Own Business ( pdf 26mb )

    This booklet has been produced by your local Enterprise Board as an aid to those people who are trying to set up in business. As the title suggests a business has to be built and just like a house there is a need for a firm foundation. The firm foundation for your business should be a solid business plan supported by good business advice.

    This booklet will help you think through all the areas you need to consider before going into business and it will help you produce your own business plan. You are welcome to work through the booklet on your own, but you can always approach your local Enterprise Board for help at any stage. The contact details of the Board and of many organisations which may be of assistance to you are at the back of this booklet.

  • Saluting Ireland’s top eCounties ( pdf 20kb )

    Multinational corporation Google visited Carlow this week to present Tom Barry, County Manager, with the 3rd place in Ireland E-County Award as part of the inaugural Google Ireland eCounties Awards. The Google eCounties Awards celebrate the counties in Ireland whose businesses are growing online and contributing to future economic growth.

  • Commercial Reports ( Sunday Business Post )

    Carlow, a County doing its bit for the Country ( pdf 2mb ) ( 25 November, 2012 )

    Giving Business ideas the help they need ( pdf 2mb ) ( 18 November, 2012 )

    Tom Barry, Carlow County Manager, said that while the last two years had been challenging for everyone, he was quietly confident that Carlow would continue to secure new investment as there are so many reasons why Carlow is such a great pro-business environment. Follow success to Carlow.

  • Carlow Local Authorities economic brochure ( pdf 1mb )

Did you know that Carlow is one of the fastest growing counties in Ireland. Significant retail investment is taking place throughout the county and the overall buoyancy of Carlow is reflected also in the large number of residential developments. Sustainability of the local economy in Carlow is a key policy goal for Carlow Local Authorities in addition to stimulating economic development and job creation opportunities. Carlow Local Authorities have identified that commuters represent an enormous opportunity on which to build a strong local economy as they contain a rich variety of employment skills and experience.

Commuting to Work

The commuting population has increased dramatically over the past few years and an estimated 6,000 people now commute on a daily basis from the county. The profile is one of a young, well educated, professional commuter who has moved to Carlow for reasons to do with housing, relationships or work. They commute an average of 86 miles per day. Most commuters are working in Dublin city or county and the majority travel by road. They work in a variety of professions with a large variety of job titles, in areas such as Financial services, Insurance, IT, Software and Marketing.

Apart from foreign direct investment, Carlow Local Authorities have taken the lead with Carlow County Development Board in targeting Dublin based businesses for re-location. Many companies operating in congested urban areas, particularly Dublin, are incurring high costs and experiencing difficulty sourcing labour due to the high cost of living associated with their location. With modern information communication technology, many of these companies could locate all or part of their operations in County Carlow. Carlow Local Authorities are targeting such companies with a view to having them re-locate expansion led growth or part or all of their operation in the county.

Carlow is progressively pro-business and the county welcomes and is fully supportive of investment in industrial, commercial and office development.

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