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Pictured at the launch: Minister for Small Business, John Perry, TD, Senator Feargal Quinn &
Tara Buckley, Director General, RGData

State offices and agencies come together to help small businesses

On Monday 9th September, Minister for Small Business, John Perry TD, launched a unique event for existing and potential entrepreneurs called ‘Taking Care of Business’. This free event will take place on Tuesday 22nd October in the revamped Printworks Conference Centre in Dublin Castle.

The event is specifically targeted at people thinking of starting a business as well as small business owners and managers to help them:
  • Better understand the main 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 the public sector.

The half-day event will open at 8.30am with opening remarks by Senator Feargal Quinn at 8.50am. 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 and assistance available to help entrepreneurs develop their businesses. Experts will be available at the information stands to speak directly to attendees and answer questions.

This free initiative of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will bring together 19 State bodies in one location; the event will be an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs, business owners and managers to learn about the broad range of advice and support that is available. This will also give attendees the chance to communicate with public bodies about their business concerns.

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 company
  • Requirements in areas such as food and environmental safety
  • Assistance and supports from enterprise agencies and Local Authorities

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.

‘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.”

Register & book your place 

Early booking is strongly advised as there are a limited number of places available.
You may register by visiting
The website provides full details of the event including the running order for presentations and the full list of bodies attending. NSAI will be there, come and meet us at our stand.

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