Business News

New one-stop-shop events for entrepreneurs

By Business & Finance
03 February 2014

The Minister for Small Business, John Perry TD, today launched a series  of  one-stop-shop  events  for existing and potential entrepreneurs called  ‘Taking  Care  of  Business’.

Attending one of these free half-day events will allow people thinking of starting a business and existing small business owners and managers to find out about what advice and supports are available  from  across  the public sector and to meet experts from a broad range of public bodies in an informal setting.

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 as well
as   key   regulatory  requirements.  Experts  will  be  available  at  the information  stands  to  speak  directly  to attendees and answer questions throughout the event.

Minister Perry  said: “’Taking Care of Business’ is part of a wider effort to communicate better with business and promote awareness and understanding of  the  full  range  of Government supports that are available for the SME sector.  Two  thirds  of  all new jobs come from start-up businesses in the first  five  years of their existence, so it is essential for Government to support new businesses in order to grow employment.

“The 2014 ‘Taking Care of Business’ roadshow follows on from the successful 2013 pilot, which took place in Dublin in October last year.  Following the pilot  we  received  extremely  positive feedback from attendees. This year ‘Taking Care of Business’ will again bring together, 25 Government agencies for  free  half-day events in Limerick, Galway and Cork. These free events will  provide  local  business  start-ups  and  small  businesses  with the information  they  need  on the extensive range of advice, grants and other supports that are on offer to SMEs from Government agencies, to help people start and grow their businesses.”

The  events  will  take place during the spring with the involvement of a range of ministers as well as local and national figures from business:

Limerick, March 11th, The Strand Hotel

  • Opening  remarks by Brian Hayes TD, Minister for Public Reform and the Office of Public Works
  • Helen  O’Donnell  – entrepreneur, chairperson of Limerick Tidy Towns  and Limerick Person of the Year 2012 – will chair one of  the presentation sessions.

Galway, March 25th, Radisson Blu Hotel

  • Opening remarks by Ciaran Cannon TD, Minister for Training and Skills
  • Declan Dooley – managing director of the Galway Independent and vice president of Galway  Chamber of Commerce – will chair a presentation session.

Cork, April 1st, Silver Springs Hotel

  • Opening remarks by Sean Sherlock TD, Minister for Research and Innovation
  • Bobby Kerr – entrepreneur, businessman and founding ‘Dragon’ on RTÉ’s Dragons’ Den – will chair a presentation session.

A  further  ‘Taking  Care of Business’ event will be held in the Printworks Conference Centre in Dublin Castle on October 16th.

To  register  for one of the regional events and for more details including the  running  order  of  presentations  and  the  full list of State bodies attending, please visit