Government drive to promote uptake of SME supports

Eighty programmes on offer to Sligo enterprises

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Tony McLoughlin, TD. Fine Gael.
Tony McLoughlin, TD.
Fine Gael.

Take-up of a raft of supports the government has rolled out for the SME sector is low in the North West. That is according to Fine Gael Sligo-Leitrim TD, Tony McLouglin.

Commenting following the launch of a major campaign to highlight the some 80 programmes on offer to local enterprises, Deputy McLoughlin said the project today announced by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton is designed both to inform and encourage greater take-up of the various schemes both in Co. Sligo and elsewhere.

He said evidence has shown that over 90% of Irish start-ups and SMEs have a very low awareness of what’s available, which is why the campaign was urgently needed.

“By making more businesses aware of what the State can do for them we can support more to start-up, grow, and create the jobs we need.”

Noting that SMEs give work to 650,000 people in Ireland, with start-ups accounting for two thirds of all new jobs, they were, he said “the engine of our economy providing employment for people in every town and village in the country.”

The government’s awareness campaign is set to include national and
local radio advertising, online ads and the launch of a new website.

Urging everyone involved in business in the area to log on to and use the “Supporting SMEs” online guide through which they will be able to get the information and apply directly, he added “we want to see SMEs in Co. Sligo and across the country, not only survive, but thrive, as we work towards our goal of returning the country to full employment by 2018.”