Social Enterprise Development Initiative

OLDC supports voluntary groups all across Offaly who are running, or who are thinking of setting up a social enterprise. A social nnterprise is a business run by a group of volunteers who charge for a product or service, where all traded income is reinvested in sustaining and developing the business, and where the product or service provided is a response to a local relevant social need. 

OLDC recognise the potential that social enterprises can offer, and across Offaly we have very successful, profitable, social enterprises managing services and facilities that are strengthening the local economy, supporting local jobs, giving vital training experiences, and providing varied opportunities at affordable prices in their local community. Examples include Birr Swimming Pool, Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, and Clara Swimming Pool. 

We support these enterprises, or any new communities considering creating an enterprise, at whatever stage they are at in this process. This involves providing relevant training and mentoring in these communities along the social enterprise journey from idea identification, through business planning, legal compliance, funding options, to ongoing corporate governance and daily operational structures. 
If your group has an idea or has identified a relevant need, please feel free to contact us to  discuss how we can help you on this journey

For further information contact:
Sarah Kennedy on 087-6312676.