The official opening of the Leeson Enterprise Centre, Altamont Street, Westport takes place this evening. Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development, will perform the opening at 5.30pm.
The centre is located in the former Friel Motor Factors building, and has been developed by Westport Multi-Agency Enterprise Group (MAEG) and funded by Enterprise Ireland, Mayo County Council (and former Westport Town Council), Westport Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
The Centre is now at 85% occupancy providing space for a number of start-up businesses both in private units and hot-desk areas. Approximately thirty people now work in the Centre and support and mentoring is provided to the start ups by Enterprise Ireland, the Local Enterprise Office and IiBC.
Welcoming the opening Mr. Peter Hynes C.E. Mayo County Council said “there is a strong spirit of entrepreneurship in this County and the provision of this facility will help to strengthen the enterprise eco system for our budding entrepreneurs”
The Leeson Enterprise Centre takes its name from the 18th century architect William Leeson. On March 17th1767 the 2nd. Earl of Altamont Peter Browne-Kelly placed an advertisement in Faulkner’s Dublin Journal seeking tradesmen to build the new town in Westport to the plans of William Leeson. As a legacy to the memory of William Leeson and to celebrate the 250th anniversary the new town of Westport, it was agreed that the centre should bear the name Leeson.