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SME and Entrepreneurship Strategy Conference 2019

  • Announcement made as the Government hosts a high-level conference on Ireland’s SME and entrepreneurship strategy with the OECD

  • Conference is the culmination of a consultation exercise, which will feed into the development of the new SME policy

  • Initiative is a key part of Future Jobs Ireland, the new whole-of-Government plan to prepare our economy, businesses and workers for the future

  • Minister Humphreys announces two new funds worth €3 million to enhance the productivity of our smallest indigenous firms

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, TD, Heather Humphreys, TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, and Pat Breen, TD, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market, and Data Protection today (12 July) announced that the Government is developing a major new policy on SMEs and entrepreneurship under Future Jobs Ireland.

They made the announcement as they hosted a conference to discuss a draft roadmap for SME and entrepreneurship policy, which was prepared by the OECD for the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. The draft was informed by extensive consultation and is the precursor to a wider review by the OECD.

The review, which will be published in October, will provide comprehensive analysis and recommendations to the Government to inform the development of the new policy. It will include comparisons with international best practice.

The conference brought together SMEs, policy makers, programme providers and international experts to look at a range of policy interventions in the area. Conversations had a particular focus on improving productivity among indigenous SMEs, a cornerstone of Future Jobs Ireland.