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Bruton rolls out programme to help small businesses

The Minister for Jobs said small businesses should be a “powerful engine” for recovery.

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

A NATIONWIDE PROGRAMME to help the owners and managers of small businesses has been launched by Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton.

Based on a “successful” pilot programme, the Accelerate training scheme aims to teach Irish entrepreneurs the skills they need to grow their businesses.

It will form part of the training offered by local enterprise boards at a city and county level. Some 27,103 small business managers received training from enterprise boards last year – an increase of more than 3,300 on the 2010 figure, Bruton said this morning.

Speaking at the launch, he added:

Irish businesses are central to our plan for jobs and growth. If we are to create the jobs we need, we must create a powerful engine of indigenous business, and that is why the Action Plan for Jobs focuses on a range of improved supports for Irish businesses.

He added that the Accelerate programme would deliver “practical supports” on how to improve a small business.

The six- to nine-month scheme, which the Government has said is based on international best practice,  includes modules called “Finding and Keeping Customers”; “Managing the Money; and “Why am I in business?”

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