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Minister Pat Breen welcomes Taking Care of Business Event to Midwest

Attending the Taking Care of Business event were Frank Murray, Managing Partner of the Linkage-Partnership, Helen Downes, Chief Executive, Shannon Chamber, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protectionand Michael Cantwell, CEO, Innovate, Limerick.
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Minister Pat Breen welcomes Taking Care of Business Event to Midwest

Over 200 small-business owners, managers and those interested in starting their own business attended a one-stop-shop event for SMEs, Taking Care of Business, in The Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa on the Ennis Road, Limerick.

This free half-day event was an initiative of the Government of Ireland and organised by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation – in conjunction with the Health and Safety Authority and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland – to provide people thinking of starting a business, and existing entrepreneurs, with the information they need from across the public sector. Taking Care of Business brought together 29 state and public-sector bodies, agencies and services in two strands, with presentations in one area and information stands in a separate area. Nearly 2,500 people have attended events such as this since 2013 to learn about key regulatory requirements and assistance available to help entrepreneurs develop their businesses.

Giving the keynote speech at the event, the Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen, T.D., said “I believe that Taking Care of Business is a further demonstration of our commitment to reach out to the business community, and to promote awareness of the full range of supports available to the SME sector, start-ups and entrepreneurs. It is also a sign of our commitment to regional development. 

“We all need small businesses to thrive, so I welcome efforts such as this to provide advice on so many aspects of regulation and tell people about the supports available to them.”

The State bodies represented to deal with a wide range of areas including access to finance for SME, assistance and supports from enterprise agencies, tax, employment and health & safety obligations, legal requirements for setting up and running a business, requirements in areas such as food safety, advice on government procurement and intellectual property. 

This ‘Taking Care of Business’ Mid-West event was also supported by the Small Firms Association, Chambers Ireland, Shannon Chamber, Limerick Chamber, Ennis Chamber, County Tipperary Chamber, ISME, RGDATA, ACCA, IBEC, IDA Ireland, the Construction Industry Federation, the Hardware Association of Ireland, the Linkage-Partnership, and Innovate Limerick.

A number of representative bodies from industry supported the event and were available to talk to attendees on the day. The three sessions of presentations in Taking Care of Business were chaired by Helen Downes, Chief Executive of Shannon Chamber, Frank Murray, Managing Partner of The Linkage-Partnership and Mike Cantwell CEO of Innovate Limerick.

For more details including the running order of presentations and the full list of State bodies attending, please visit the website. It is also intended to have the presentations on the DBEI website in due course.


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