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Business version of speed dating

BUSINESS ideas to beat the recession were on the menu as Taoiseach Enda Kenny paid a flying visit to Enniscorthy last week. The State's leading politician arrived in his Mercedes to listen to the entrepreneurs who have units at the Enniscorthy Enterprise Centre in Bellefield.

In a business version of speed dating, Mr. Kenny spent a couple of minutes in turn with each of the tenants. In his circuit of the main room in the centre, he was given an introduction to topics ranging from web page design to meat exports as he chatted to them in turn.

Among those who made their pitch were accountant Olubukoye Abidoye and energy consultant Francis O'Brien. The Taoiseach learned about monitoring stress in the work place from Jim Martin of Stredia and about making the most of video from Ronan Kavanagh of Flexomedia.

Star performers at the centre are Sonru, founded by Edward Hendrick who traced the meteoric rise of his company since it moved into the centre in 2009. Sonru's on-line video interviewing software is now in such demand around the world that the firm, which has eight staff in Enniscorthy, also has offices in the UK and Singapore.

Edward Hendrick indicated that he expects his award winning business to double in size over the next year and a half. The Taoiseach also heard from Karl Fitzpatrick and John Conway of Chevron Training whose mobile classroom has a prominent spot in the car park outside the enterprise centre.

'Every time I come here there's a buzz,' remarked Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe, who accompanied the Taoiseach along with Senator Michael D'Arcy. 'I am sure there will be many more success stories here. style of the enterprise centre.

'Every job that's created is a job nearer prosperity and away from recession,' said Enda Kenny.