A full-time Business Development Manager has been appointed to the Ferbane Business and Technology Park.
The appointment is part of a €2 million programme of appointments to Community Enterprise Centres across the country which is aimed at protecting and growing businesses in the local community.
A Business Development Manager has also been appointed to the Portarlington Enterprise Centre in County Laois, who will work on a job-share basis with the Portlaoise Community Enterprise Centre.
“Creating jobs is the number one priority for this Government, and this announcement proves out continued commitment to ensuring that Ireland will return to a sound financial footing and will be the best small country in which to do business by 2016,” said Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy who welcomed the appointments.
The Fine Gael Deputy said that small business has been, and will continue to be, “the lifeblood” of the Irish economy, and any measures which are aimed at supporting local entrepreneurs and community efforts at job creation should receive “full support at both local and national level.”
The new Business Development Managers in Ferbane and Portarlington/Portlaoise will be responsible for managing CEC’s, building business links and driving entrepreneurship locally.
“These appointments will help to boost job creation locally, and I am delighted to be associated with any measures which help to create jobs” said Deputy Corcoran Kennedy.
Minister for Small Business John Perry said “When it comes to promoting prosperity through job creation, the role of new enterprises can hardly be overstated. Entrepreneurship activity provides the Irish economy with increased levels of innovation in the market place, increased productivity, cost efficiency as well as employment.”