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Minister urges Irish entrepreneurs to promote Ireland

Minister urges Irish entrepreneurs to promote Ireland

Minister urges Irish entrepreneurs to promote Ireland

John White, managing partner, Beauchamps Solicitors; Minister Richard Bruton TD and Eugene Forde, co-chair IIBN London and Economic Counsellor at the Irish Embassy in London

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD has urged Irish entrepreneurs with bases abroad to become part of the effort to promote Ireland as a destination for investment.

Speaking to around 100 business professionals from Ireland and the UK at an event in Beauchamps Solicitors last night, he said the Government has designed a number of incentives to encourage business and investment for Ireland and would like the Irish business diaspora to be part of the promotional effort. 

He was speaking to members of the Irish International Business Network (IIBN), which is made up of 700 Irish entrepreneurs and professionals with chapters in London, Dublin and New York.

“We want the Irish abroad to be aware of the Government’s new incentives, to promote them and to work with agencies such as the IDA and Enterprise Ireland in sourcing business for Ireland,” he said. 

“Enterprise Ireland has put in place world class start-up support programmes which provide high-calibre entrepreneurs with mentoring, incubators, export support, training and networking.”  

The Minister also noted that Ireland has among the highest per capita availability of seed and venture funding at over €800m. 

“Last October Enterprise Ireland launched a €10m fund to attract start-up investment and earlier this year a new start-up visa scheme was announced.  In a separate move, the newly published Finance Bill provides for tax relief for key employees to move to Ireland to facilitate expansion or new activity such as product development,” he said.