30 Business Support Agencies Coming to Thurles

Over 30 business support Agencies and Organisations will be available on 14th May to meet with individuals thinking of starting or developing a business at the aptly named ‘Who To Talk To’ expo. The event will run from 2.00pm to 8.00pm at the Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre, LIT Campus and feature information desks, food focussed seminars and funding workshops. According to the County Manager, Mr. Joe Mac Grath “The success of the inaugural “Who to talk to” event held in the Civic Offices, Nenagh last year has both prompted and encouraged the holding of the event again this year. Over 300 persons participated in the event in 2012 and the decision to convene in a mid county location this year will hopefully assist those who could not attend last year. Job creation and the nurturing of an enterprise ethic are key drivers of this event which is inspired by the Government “Action Plan for Jobs”.” It is hoped that “Who to talk to “ will nurture further job creation and provide a basis for addressing unemployment locally.

Over 30 business support Agencies and Organisations will be available on 14th May to meet with individuals thinking of starting or developing a business at the aptly named ‘Who To Talk To’ expo. The event will run from 2.00pm to 8.00pm at the Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre, LIT Campus and feature information desks, food focussed seminars and funding workshops. According to the County Manager, Mr. Joe Mac Grath “The success of the inaugural “Who to talk to” event held in the Civic Offices, Nenagh last year has both prompted and encouraged the holding of the event again this year. Over 300 persons participated in the event in 2012 and the decision to convene in a mid county location this year will hopefully assist those who could not attend last year. Job creation and the nurturing of an enterprise ethic are key drivers of this event which is inspired by the Government “Action Plan for Jobs”.” It is hoped that “Who to talk to “ will nurture further job creation and provide a basis for addressing unemployment locally.

The event will open to the public at 2.00pm with a series of short funding workshops presented by the Irish Exporters Association, Failte Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, InterTrade Ireland, Microfinance, North Tipperary Leader Partnership and the Tipperary North County Enterprise Board. Following the funding workshops and official opening address at 3.10pm, by Tom Doorley, the Seminar series will commence. The Organisers have added a new dimension this year which will involve 5 seminars all focussed on the food sector. The main stakeholders in this sector will be in attendance including Bord Bia, Failte Ireland, Kantar World Panel, Teagasc, Food Safety Authority, UCC Food Industry Training Unit, HSE Environmental Health Office and more.

Of particular interest will be a display/ showcase of locally produced food products by the Tipperary Food Producers Network. This is guaranteed to provide inspiration and act as a catalyst to potential food entrepreneurs.

If you are thinking of self employment or already in business and looking for inspiration, advice, grants, loan finance, training or other supports, the ‘Who To Talk To’ Event should meet your needs in one location. If you would like more information contact the Tipperary North County Enterprise Board, Connolly Street, Nenagh at 067 33086, e-mail: info@tnceb.ie, visit www.tipperary.com or to book your place at the food seminars visit www.tnceb.ie/training.htm. While admission to the seminars is free advance booking is essential due to space restrictions. Agencies involved in the ‘Who To Talk To’ initiative include North Tipperary County Council, North Tipperary VEC, North Tipperary Leader Partnership, Teagasc, LIT Tipperary, the local Enterprise Boards and Enterprise Ireland.