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Kennelly criticises state jobs quango's 'needless bureaucracy'

Harry Leech

Published 13/02/2011 | 10:14

Jerry Kennelly, one of Ireland's most successful entrepreneurs, has launched a scathing attack on the State's job creation agencies, claiming "endemic waste", "inefficiency" and "needless bureaucracy" as major barriers to creating an entrepreneurial culture in Ireland.

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"Enterprise Ireland and all of the state support agencies need to be re-examined, from the point of view of the customer.

"There's a mish-mash of different government agencies out there creating a lot of waste and they desperately need to be consolidated."

The serial entrepreneur, who successfully sold his companies Stockbyte and Stockdisc to Getty Images for €110m, said that although now was the ideal time for entrepreneurs to try new ideas, small businesses were facing "an unfair burden" of high rates and government bureaucracy.

"We have to ask ourselves as a society, are we going to make it harder to create jobs, or easier? Small businesses need a fair crack at it."

Mr Kennelly's new design business, tweak.com, supplies design services to small and medium sized enterprises, which he says will "democratise the whole process of design and print, supplying an amazing design service at a low cost."

Tweak will employ 50 people in Ireland between Killorglin, Co Kerry, and Dublin and a further 30 at offices in London, New York, San Francisco, Delhi and Manila.

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