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2014-02-24 12:09:00 - Entrepreneurs, business owners and managers throughout Limerick will have an opportunity to discover the broad range of advice and support that is available from State bodies at an event being held at the Strand Hotel in Limerick City on Tuesday, March 11th.

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, supported by Limerick City and County Council, will host the half-day event, called ‘Taking Care of Business

Among the more than 25 State bodies and offices participating in the event are Enterprise Ireland, Revenue Commissioners, Local CEBs, Micro-Finance Ireland, Credit Review Office, Competition Authority, EPA, HSA, Companies Registration Office, Office of Government Procurement, Equality Authority, NSAI and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

The free event will feature advice and information on the supports available from enterprise agencies and Local Authorities; access to Finance programmes; requirements for food and environmental safety; tax, employment and Health & Safety obligations; and requirements for setting up and running a business.

Minister for Small Business, John Perry TD, explained the

event is specifically targeted at people thinking of starting a business as well as existing small business owners and managers.

“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 he said.

The Minister added: “This will also be a great opportunity for the Limerick business community 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

Speaking ahead of the event, Oliver O’Loughlin, Director of Services for Economic Development & Planning, Limerick City and County Council stated: Taking Care of Business’ provides an ideal opportunity for entrepreneurs, business owners and managers throughout Limerick to meet with the State bodies that can help get them their business ideas off the ground or enhance their existing operations

He continued: “The event will feature 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 of the Strand Hotel’s conference facility. The concise presentations will focus on assistance available to help entrepreneurs develop their businesses and key regulatory requirements

“We would urge persons or companies interested in attending to register as soon as possible as there are a limited number of spaces available Mr. O’Loughlin added.

The upcoming event is supported by Limerick City and County Council, along with Chambers Ireland, SFA, ISME, IBEC, RGData, ACCA and the Hardware Association of Ireland.

‘Taking Care of Business’ takes place in The Strand Hotel, Limerick City, on Tuesday March 11th. 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

Mark Dunphy

Mark Dunphy
Phone: 00353868534900

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