Taking Care of Business: 19 State bodies come together for one-stop-shop free event for small businesses

9th September, 2013

Taking Care of Business: 19 State bodies come
together for one-stop-shop free event for small businesses

9th September 2013

·        Event will allow
small business owners to informally ask questions and get advice from a diverse
mix of Government Agencies

·
Presentations will focus on key regulatory
requirements and the assistance available to help entrepreneurs develop their
businesses

·        Event is supported by SFA, Chambers Ireland, ISME, RGData, ACCA and
the Hardware Association of Ireland

The
Minister for Small Business, John Perry T.D., today (Monday) launched a
one-stop-shop event for existing and potential entrepreneurs called ‘Taking Care
of Business’. This free event will take place on Thursday 22nd
October in the Printworks Conference Centre in Dublin Castle.

The half-day event is specifically
targeted at people thinking of starting a business and small business owners and
managers. Attending the event will allow entrepreneurs to:

·        Better understand the
key regulations that affect them so that they can focus on the main task of
running their business;

·
Meet experts from a broad range of public bodies
in an informal setting;

·
Find out about advice and supports that are
available from across the public sector.

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 key regulatory requirements as well as assistance available to help
entrepreneurs develop their businesses. Experts will be available at the
information stands to speak directly to attendees and answer questions
throughout the event.

This initiative of
the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will bring together 19 State
bodies in one location and builds on a pilot event last year which saw a small
group of agencies attend a Health and Safety Authority event for small
businesses.

Minister Perry said: “It is
essential for SMEs to make the most of the advice and supports available to them
so I encourage entrepreneurs and those thinking of starting a business to
capitalise on this chance to hear from a wide variety of agencies, in one
location.

“This will also be a great
opportunity for people to ask questions and raise individual concerns
face-to-face with staff from across the public sector. My Department is
committed to engaging with the small business community and this event will help
SMEs to better understand the regulatory environment. We hope to build on this
initiative by holding similar events in the future.”

The State offices and agencies represented will provide information
across a wide range of areas, including:

·        Tax, employment and Health
& Safety obligations;

·
Legal requirements for setting up and running a
business;

·        Requirements in areas such as food and environmental safety;

·        Advice on
government procurement and intellectual property;

·        Assistance and supports from
enterprise agencies and Local Authorities.

A number of representative
bodies from industry are supporting the event and will be available to talk to
attendees on the day. ‘Taking Care of Business’ will be opened by Senator
Feargal Quinn, who will also Chair the first set of presentations. Heather Ann
McSharry, an IDA board member and Eamonn Kielty, ISME Chairman, will Chair the
remaining sessions.

Speaking at the
launch Senator Quinn said: “This event will allow small business owners to
informally ask questions and get advice from a diverse mix of government
agencies; Ireland needs small businesses to thrive and so I welcome efforts such
as this to demystify government regulation and tell people about the supports
available to them.”

To register for the
event and for more details including the running order of presentations and the
full list of State Bodies attending, please visit
www.takingcareofbusiness.ie.

Early booking is
strongly advised as there are a limited number of places available
.