21 March 2014
- ‘Taking Care of Business’ event, Tuesday April 1, Silversprings Hotel from 8.30am to 2.30pm.
- 25 Government agencies will be available offering advice on how small businesses can access supports.
The ‘Taking Care of Business’ event on April 1st is great opportunity for entrepreneurs and business people in Cork to find out about the supports that are available to them and how they can access the resources to help them grow their business. This free half day event brings together 25 Government agencies including Enterprise Ireland, the Revenue Commissioners, Microfinance Ireland and the Office of Government Procurement. Each will present information on the supports available to entrepreneurs, and representatives will also be on hand to answer any questions.
Small and medium enterprises are the driving force that can lead the regeneration of our domestic economy. In terms of job creation the growth of SMEs is vital; two out of every three new jobs created come from start-up businesses in the first five years of their existence, so it’s really important that we fully support new businesses and help them to get off the ground.
The Government is acutely aware of the hugely important role small businesses play in creating employment in the local community and has put in place many supports to help entrepreneurs. However when someone is busy growing and running their business they may not have the time to find about these supports. Some of the supports that are available include a series of schemes to help small businesses and start-ups to gain access to credit. The ‘Taking Care of Business’ event is an opportunity for business people to find out about the full range of supports in one easily accessible location.
Communicating with businesses and listening to their concerns are an important part of making sure that the supports that have been put in place are being utilised and are having the desired impact. The interaction between State agencies and businesses at events like this is an important part of that process of communication and mutual understanding.
This is a great opportunity for Cork enterprises to get direct advice about what is on offer to help them to continue to expand and create employment. I encourage all people involved in SMEs in Cork to go along to the event and see what supports are available that might be of help to their business.