There was much to be excited about if the Minister for State John Perry’s sentiments ring true following the launch of the new Longford Enterprise Office.
The event which took place at council headquarters on Tuesday morning will see the new office come under the remit of Longford Co Council and place local entrepreneurship at the heart of the county’s community.
“Small business is big business now,” the Minister added. “It provides an opportunity for the restructuralisation of economic recovery. It generates a positive vibe and there are great companies out there who are putting every effort into creating jobs in the local economy.”
Minister Perry, who is a Sligo based TD and a small business owner himself, also eluded to the fact there was never as a good a time in Ireland as now to encourage, grow and nurture business development in every county across the State. “Small businesses have a critical role to play and never in the history of our State has there been such change at local government level,” he continued. “The role of integration and the creation of jobs in Co Longford is now to the fore. We need to deal decisively with foreign investment; there are currently 200,000 small businesses in Ireland that are creating over 750,000 jobs and it is this that is the backbone of our economic recovery.”
Meanwhile, Manager and former CEO of County Longford Enterprise Board, Michael Nevin, pointed to the benefits of incorporating the new office into the functions of the local authority. “We are now at the heart of local government,” he said, adding “we also have an excellent group of councillors who I hope will support us in our endeavours to get Co Longford back to work”.
Cllr Mark Casey (Ind), who carried out his first official role as Cathaoirleach of Longford Co Council on the day, pointed to necessity of growing small business so that unemployment could be addressed directly. “We have high unemployment which has brought about the economic downturn; it is vital that we grow our small business sector so we can all get back to work,” he concluded.