10 small businesses receive €133,000 in grant funding


5 Nov 2010

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An Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD will give a welcome boost to small businesses in North Dublin today when he presents grant approval status to 10 businesses to the total tune of €133,000.

These are the first companies to benefit from the new €3.3m allocation in funding announced for the County and City Enterprise Boards in October.

Later this afternoon, Cowen will travel to the Fingal County Enterprise Board offices in Swords where he will meet with the 10 companies and new business start-ups, who are aiming to create up to 47 full-time and five part-time jobs in Fingal over the next 12 months.

Presenting approval for funding of €133,000 through the Fingal County Enterprise Board, Cowen will be joined by the chairman of the board, Joe Harford.

“These 10 businesses have demonstrated that they have the ability to create employment immediately and in the coming year,” he says. “Each of them are very exciting and innovative business ideas that have strong prospects to become very successful enterprises in Ireland and internationally.

“It is imperative that our small businesses and those with entrepreneurial flair are provided with as much encouragement and support as possible. That is where the Enterprise Board plays a major role, through the provision of practical supports and initiatives targeted at our new and aspiring entrepreneurs,” he adds.

Cowen will also meet with three award-winning entrepreneurs from Fingal, who have all successfully grown their companies in recent years, despite difficult trading conditions. These businesses continue to expand and create new employment.

Suzanne Carroll from Tone At Home in Swords, a fitness equipment hire company with franchisees all over Ireland, won the Fingal Enterprise Award in September; Ann McGee Consulting in Baldoyle provides regulatory compliance services to the worldwide pharmaceutical sector and was the 2009 winner of the Fingal Enterprise Award; and Sé Pardy, from Simtech Aviation, operates Ireland’s only centre for aviation excellence near Dublin Airport, which won the Fingal Enterprise Award in 2008, going on to secure the overall National Enterprise Award in the same year.

Welcoming today’s announcement, Oisin Geoghegan, CEO at the Fingal County Enterprise Board, said: “Now that the businesses have been approved for funding, the Fingal County Enterprise Board will work closely with each of them to help them maximise the return on this investment. Our goal with all micro-enterprises and new business start-ups in Fingal is to help them identify and create as many new business opportunities as possible and to enable them to grow.”

Information about the supports on offer to small businesses in Fingal is available at www.fingalceb.ie 

Article courtesy of Bizstartup.ie