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Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP) purchased and redeveloped the old Krups factory as a hub for enterprise, employment, training, education and economic and social inclusion in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Limerick city. LEDP is a multi-stakeholder local partnership, led by the private sector, operating as a social enterprise. The risks taken have come to fruition, with LEDP providing a critical mass of economic activity and community-based services to support inclusive growth.

Executive summary

Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP) is a private sector-led multi-stakeholder partnership that supports social and economic inclusion in poor neighbourhoods on the south side of Limerick city. LEDP, initiated by local business personalities, was developed in response to a local employment crisis resulting from the loss of over 500 jobs with the closure of the Krups-Moulinex factory in 1999. The factory was subsequently purchased from Moulinex-Krups by seven local partners, including a private sector organisation, the city and county authorities, the PAUL Partnership, Shannon Development (the regional development agency) and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Limerick. The partnership is a good example of community-led development. The purchase and refurbishment costs were met by a combination of bank borrowings, government grant aid and philanthropic funding.

LEDP, now located in the redeveloped factory, houses a range of education, training, enterprise and social projects. During its 12 years of operation, LEDP has achieved significant results, bringing investment and jobs into this part of the city, creating an education and training infrastructure and developing local services. Thus, it has a long track record. Social and community projects are funded via a combination of surpluses from the rental income of LEDP and funding from public agencies and philanthropic sources. Over the years, the partnership has broadened its activities to work with new stakeholders, as well as the original partners, in a wide range of local projects. Sustaining the partnership has been a challenge but the challenges encountered have been met successfully to support inclusive growth based on education, up-skilling via training and new job opportunities in the social economy and the private sector located at LEDP, including new micro-enterprises set up by disadvantaged social groups.

The ongoing deterioration of the neighbourhoods targeted, despite the impressive achievements, is a disappointment for LEDP and shows that local action needs a wider supportive policy context, especially to deal with the complex social problems that exist in most disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The neighbourhoods targeted are now the focus of a major urban regeneration programme in Limerick city. The regeneration programme seeks to address the crises of social disorder and extreme deprivation that exist on the social housing estates. This is now taking shape in more difficult conditions linked to Ireland’s deep economic and public funding crisis. LEDP is an important stakeholder in the regeneration programme. Despite the more difficult circumstances, LEDP has maintained the same levels of reinvestment of surpluses in the local communities and its efforts to promote inclusion

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Technical information


Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership

Member State and Region

Ireland, Southern & Eastern Region, Limerick

Duration of project

LEDP duration, 156 months; Family Tree Crèche, 78 months


Family Tree Crèche total budget: 1 080 000 € – ERDF contribution 540 000 €.

LEDP: €8.8 million. Total of approximately €10 million

Cohesion Policy Objective


Managing Authority

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

CCI nr of OP

2007IE162PO002 Regional OP for the Southern & Eastern Region


Liam McElligott, Chief Executive, LEDP.

Tel: +353 61 469065;

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Social infrastructures, Social inclusion, Management and capacity building