Clonmel Chamber CEO Brian Cleary met with Minister of State for Small Business John Perry TD yesterday to discuss a number of issues of concern to businesses. The meeting in Dublin focused on costs to business owners, the upcoming jobs budget and the restructuring of the County Enterprise Boards.
During the meeting the Minister spoke about how the new government was aiming to reduce red-tape and to make it easier for SME’s to tender for public business. This is an area that has already been investigated by Clonmel Chamber through its ‘How To Tender For Public Sector Contracts’ seminar.
“I definitely came away with the sense that the new government want to reduce a number of the more onerous burdens faced by businesses. We also spoke about the need for viable businesses to be able to access finance. He agreed that more had to be done to help the SME sector. These companies employ 900,000 in this country and a large number of successful SME’s are being put in a precarious situation by lack of access to credit or temporary finance” said the Chamber CEO.
The meeting ended with the Minister of State being invited to Clonmel to meet with Chamber members later in the year.
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