Those who completed the ACORNS pilot in 2016 were offered the opportunity to participate in a further development phase. 98% availed themselves of the opportunity presented for further support through ACORNS. The progress of these 43 entrepreneurs since their first involvement in ACORNS is very impressive.
- Their combined sales increased by just over €2 million over the 15 months to the end of 2016 to €4 million (103%).
- The number of exporters increased to 11. One in four of the ACORNS pilot participants are now exporting.
- Their combined employment increased over the 15 months by just over a third to 107.
- The participants are confidently projecting further growth in sales, exports and employment by the end of 2017.