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Agency plans short on detail

Published 25/11/2010 | 05:00

THE four-year plan contains many references to closer co-operation between business and government agencies -- but there is little detail and many of the programmes named appear to be reheated plans rather than something new.

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The plan includes the usual pledges to help companies export as well as commitments to help companies win public procurement tenders and develop a greater online presence.

Other concrete ideas include as a suggestion that the Government gives entrepreneurs or business start-ups some of the vacant office space currently owned by the State to use as incubation centres.

The plan says the State will continue to operate the existing innovation voucher system to help small firms acquire cost-effective research and development.

It also promises that Enterprise Ireland will introduce a new approach to providing seed capital and other supports to innovative start-ups.

But how this will differ from the state body's existing strategy is not explained.

Enterprise Ireland will also help Irish firms to maximise export potential through programmes for chief executives, mentoring and trade missions and will launch a campaign to attract overseas entrepreneurs to locate in Ireland.

Irish Independent

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