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4 May, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Fein MEP Bairbre de Brún has encouraged local small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and young people to get involved with a range of events to mark European SME week, that runs from 6-14 May.

Ms de Brún said:

"SME week seeks to provide information about what the EU and regional authorities are offering to support small businesses, to motivate existing SMEs to broaden their horizons and help them grow their business. There are a number of events to enable our local businesses and budding entrepenuers to float ideas and share their experiences. This initiatve will also highlight the role that the EU can play in offering support and advice.

"On Wednesday 6 May, North Down Borough Council will hold a workshop seminar in Bangor as part of the SIGNAL "Steps to Success" programme and Belfast City Council in conjunction with QUB will hold an enterprise fair at Queens where people will be able to meet young entrepreneurs and business support agencies. "And on 17 May, The Enterprise Europe Network, Enterprise Ireland and Invest NI will host a "Bridging the Border" seminar in Enniskillen.

"We are facing challenging economic times; not least for our small businesses, whose future is fundamental to the economy. The European Commission's Economic Recovery Plan includes concrete proposals of particular interest to SMEs and there are real opportunities in developing our green economy.

"How we respond to the challenges facing our small businesses will be crucial. Our small businesses represent 98% of the business environment and employ some half a million people in the north." ENDS

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