The Government said it will expand the mandate of Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) to provide direct grants to firms who employ more than 10 people. The measure is intended to support new exporters and will target companies in the manufacturing and internationally traded services sector. Until now, LEOs were only mandated to support micro enterprises employing 10 people or fewer. The changes announced this week are aimed at streamlining the transition from LEO to Enterprise Ireland supports for business, while expanding the role of LEOs so they can help with further job creation at a local level.