On Monday 3rd February, the Minister for Small Business, John Perry TD, launched a series of events for existing and potential entrepreneurs called ‘Taking Care of Business’.
These free events are specifically targeted at people thinking of starting a business as well as existing small business owners and managers. Areas covered will include:
- Supports from enterprise agencies and Local Authorities;
- Access to Finance programmes;
- Requirements in areas such as food and environmental safety;
- Tax, employment and Health & Safety obligations;
- Requirements for setting up and running your business.
These half-day events will be run during spring 2014 in the following locations:
- Limerick on Tuesday March 11th in the Strand Hotel;
- Galway on Tuesday March 25th in the Radisson Blu Hotel;
- Cork on Tuesday April 1st in the Silver Springs Moran Hotel.
There will be two separate strands running concurrently with presentations from State bodies in one area and information stands manned by staff from these bodies in a separate area. The concise presentations will focus on assistance available to help entrepreneurs develop their businesses and key regulatory requirements. Experts will be available at the information stands to speak directly to attendees and answer questions in an informal setting.
This free initiative of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will bring together 25 State bodies in one location and builds on a pilot event in Dublin Castle attended by over 500 people in October 2013; feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive with organisation of regional events the most frequent suggestion for future events. A Government Minister will open each event and a mix of local and national figures from business will chair the presentation sessions; one session in Cork, for example, will be chaired by Bobby Kerr, entrepreneur and founding ‘Dragon’ on RTÉ’s Dragon’s Den. Information stands will be open throughout the events, allowing you to talk to public bodies about your business concerns. ‘Taking Care of Business’ will be an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs, business owners and managers to learn about the broad range of advice and support that is available from State bodies. A number of representative bodies from industry have also come together to support the event and will be available to talk to attendees on the day.
Early booking is strongly advised as there are a limited number of places available. You may register by visiting www.takingcareofbusiness.ie. The website provides full details of each event including the running order for presentations and the full list of bodies attending.
The Beacon Initiative, consists of a Grow Programme to provide SME’s with specific Management Expertise and a Retail Programme for participating towns. Both initiatives are available in the Cork county region.