Taking Care of Business: one-stop-shop free event where 27 State bodies come together to meet small businesses in Dublin

  • Event will allow small business owners to informally ask questions and get advice from a diverse mix of Government Agencies.
  • Presentations will focus on key regulatory requirements and the assistance available to help entrepreneurs develop their businesses
  • Event is supported by SFA, Chambers Ireland, ISME, RGData, ACCA and the Hardware Association of Ireland
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15th September, 2014  

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D., together with the Minister for Business and Employment, Gerald Nash T.D., today (Monday) launched a one-stop-shop event for SMEs, start-ups and potential entrepreneurs called ‘Taking Care of Business’.

This free event will take place on Thursday 16th October in the Printworks Conference Centre in Dublin Castle.

The half-day event is specifically targeted at people thinking of starting a business as well as small business owners and managers. Attending the event will allow entrepreneurs to:

Better understand the key regulations that affect them so that they can focus on the main task of running their business; Meet experts from a broad range of public bodies in an informal setting; Find out about advice and supports that are available from across the public sector.  

This initiative of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will bring together 27 State bodies in each location and builds on a pilot event in October 2013 in Dublin Castle, which was attended by over 500 people. The feedback from the pilot event was overwhelmingly positive. 

The State offices and agencies represented will provide information across a wide range of areas, including:

  • Tax, employment and Health & Safety obligations;
  • Legal requirements for setting up and running a business;
  • Requirements in areas such as food and environmental safety;
  • Advice on government procurement and intellectual property;
  • Assistance and supports from enterprise agencies and Local Authorities.  

Minister Bruton said: “Two thirds of all new jobs come from start-ups in their first five years of existence, and we are putting in place a range of measures through the Action Plan for Jobs to provide better supports in this area. One crucial area is awareness – the Government has a range of great schemes to support start-ups and small businesses, however many business are simply unaware of them. As part of our drive to encourage more start-ups and support more SMEs, we are determined to better promote these schemes and encourage more businesses to take them up.

Taking Care of Business

“Taking Care of Business” is part of a wider effort to communicate better with business and promote awareness and understanding of the full range of Government supports that are available for start-ups and the SME sector. This event will allow small business owners to informally ask questions and get advice from a diverse mix of government agencies. I urge businesses to take part and look forward to being involved on 16th October.”

Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash said: “It is essential for SMEs to make the most of the advice and supports available to them so I encourage entrepreneurs and those thinking of starting a business to capitalise on this chance to hear from a wide variety of agencies, in one location.

“This will also be a great opportunity for people to ask questions and raise individual concerns face-to-face with staff from across the public sector. The Department is committed to engaging with the small business community and this event will help SMEs to better understand the regulatory environment”.

A number of representative bodies from industry are supporting the event and will be available to talk to attendees on the day. ‘Taking Care of Business’ will be opened by Minister Richard Bruton. Donal de Buitléir, Director of Publicpolicy.ie will Chair the first set of presentations. Gina Quinn, CEO of Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Senator Feargal Quinn will Chair the remaining sessions.

To register for the event and for more details including the running order of presentations and the full list of State Bodies attending, please visit www.takingcareofbusiness.ie. Early booking is strongly advised as there are a limited number of places available.


For further information please contact, 

Dept of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Press Office, 01 631 2200 or press.office@djei.ie

Photographs to follow from Fennell Photography, 01 668 9766, picturedesk@fennell-photography.ie