Flanagan concerned at long term impact of ‘Go for It’ Tender Award
Sinn Féin Enterprise Spokesperson Phil Flanagan has said that he is extremely worried about the long-term impact that the decision not to award a contract to Enterprise NI to deliver the ‘Go for It’ programme will have.
Speaking after Enterprise NI appeared at this morning’s ETI Committee meeting, Mr Flanagan said:
“As someone who has taken part in the Go for It programme in recent years, I can testify first-hand how beneficial the programme is for those trying to start their own business.
“Not only is the initial training and advice exceptional, but there is also the reassurance for entrepreneurs that ongoing support and guidance will be provided for free by the Local Enterprise Agency.
“Whilst only getting around 3% of the total budget of Invest NI, Enterprise NI have delivered fantastic results with regards to job creation.
“There is currently an element of complacency with regards to job creation emanating from the Enterprise Minister and this is something that needs to be challenged.
“Enterprise NI play a key role in our local social economy, particularly with regards to the promotion of an entrepreneurial spirit amongst people from rural and disadvantaged areas, young people and females, as well as the good work they do in developing cross-border trade and exports out of Ireland.
“I am very concerned at the long term impact that this decision will have, as any new training provider will find it very difficult to get into these hard to reach areas.”