Buttimer: Taking Care of Business seminar an opportunity for Cork enterprises

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. 

Taking Care of Business Logo and TaglineThe ‘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.

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Douglas, Economic, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, National Work

Buttimer welcomes inclusion 47 Cork schools in Summer Works Scheme

20 March 2014

  • Forty seven Cork schools included in the Department of Education Summer Works Scheme 2014.
  • Scheme which includes 386 projects nationally and will benefit almost 100,000 students.

I am pleased to welcome that seven schools in Cork South Central will get to carry out either mechanical or electrical work this coming summer.  The schools approved for the scheme include four primary and three post primary schools.  In total more than 2,600 students in Cork South Central will return to school in September 2014 with improved facilities as a result of this scheme.

In Douglas St Columba’s National School with facility for deaf children will now be able to undertake mechanical works.  St John’s Girls National School in Carrigaline will now be able to carry out electrical works.  In the city both Greenmount and St Mary’s of the Isle have been approved for works under the scheme.

At secondary level Coláiste Chríost Rí has been included and so has St Peter’s Community School in Passage West.  The other school that will benefit is Coláiste Daibhéid on South Terrace.

The Summer Works Scheme is important for many schools as it helps them carry out much needed maintenance and repairs.  I welcome the inclusion of forty seven Cork Schools in the 2014 scheme, this will benefit almost 12,000 students across the county.

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Douglas, Education, National Work, South Central, South East

Buttimer encourages Councils to apply for funding to renovate vacant houses

12 March 2014

  • €15 million in funding being made available to renovate local authority houses.

I am delighted by the announcement of Minister O’Sullivan this week and am greatly encouraged, to see that renewed importance is being applied to social housing with an aim to developing a sustained level of living standards for all people.  Given the scale of vacant local authority homes, particularly in the city, it is vital that Cork City Council and Cork County Council apply for this funding before the deadline of March 28 so that Cork can access its fair share of the money available.

Addressing the social housing problem has always been a main priority of this Government, and this is now being demonstrated. Today’s announcement of €15 million in funding will bring over 500 vacant properties into use.

This is part of a €68 million fund, which will also see the approximately 500 new homes built over the next two years, also giving a well needed boost to the construction sector within the country and getting people back to work. We need now for the local authorities to make sure they avail of this funding in order to ensure this much needed assistance is given to the most vulnerable in our society and are given the help they need.

Both Cork local authorities should submit detailed proposals that highlight the full extent of vacant properties.  This funding is to benefit the many people on the housing list and will ensure that some of the housing stock is not left unnecessarily vacant.  The Minister hopes to allocate these monies as soon as possible and timely applications by local authorities will assist in this process.

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Douglas, Environment, National Work