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Tóibin welcomes climbdown by government on changes to support for small business

21 November, 2012

Today the Minister for Jobs announced that he is to undertake a consultation with small business on changes to the supports offered by County Enterprise Boards.
Peadar Tóibín TD, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said:
“Last year when the Government unveiled plans to do away with County Enterprise Boards I raised a number of concerns and believed that the proposals were being rushed and could lead to a potential vacuum in supports to our local business. It is now clear that the minister drove ahead with this policy over the past year without consulting with our taking on board the views and experiences of the small business sector.
“After almost a year on the minister has now accepted that the views of the SME sector are central to the development of new supports and structures and initiated a consultation process.
“We remain concerned that this consultation is coming at the end of the process and may amount to window dressing. It is clear that business supports need to resourced and restructured. It is clear that the SME sector is central to this. It remains to be seen if the government will heed to needs of small businesses.”

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