BUSIN€SS MAT TERS

Denis Naughten TD – Newsletter for the Business Community
BUSIN€SS MATTERS
I hope this newsletter will be of
assistance to you in supporting your
existing levels of employment and
exploring new opportunities for
expansion.
Just before the summer I organised
a very successful public procurement
seminar in Athlone which has allowed
a number of local businesses to explore
new options for expansion
I hope that you find this newsletter of
benefit and I would be delighted to
receive feedback on its content.
Also during the year we come across
supports or business opportunities
which may be of interest to you and if
you wish to provide us with a contact
e-mail to [email protected] we
can keep you updated.
As always if I can be of assistance to
you at any stage please don’t hesitate
to contact me.
Denis
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Galway: tel: 091 565269 e: [email protected]
Leitrim: tel: 071 9650420 e: [email protected]
• Enterprise Ireland: A chance to compete for feasibility
funding, seed funding and equity partners. Visit www.
enterprise-ireland.com
• The
website
www.selfemployedsupports.ie
has
information on the services & entitlements available if
you are self-employed and setting up a business.
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Visit www.localenterprise.ie/smeonlinetool and answer
a few simple questions to find out what supports are
available to help your business. It helps you navigate in one
location and provides information and guidance on over 80
government business supports.
Thinking of starting your own business? There is help out
there:
• Local Enterprise Office: Training, mentoring, loans, and
grants where the company has export potential.
Roscommon: tel: 090 6626263/26765
e: [email protected]
• Seed Capital Scheme: if you are a PAYE worker and start
up and work full-time in your own company, you can get
tax relief on the capital you invest in the equity of the
company. The relief is a refund of the income tax you paid
on an equal amount of income in any of the previous six
years. The maximum investment on which relief can be
claimed is €600,000. For further information visit www.
Revenue.ie
• Three Year Corporate Tax Exemption: New companies
get relief from Corporate Tax for the first three years of
up to €5,000 per employee (max €40,000 Tax Credit). For
further information visit www.Revenue.ie
• Competitive Start Funding: The Competitive Start Fund
offers early stage enterprises with significant potential
the opportunity to compete for an investment of €50,000
towards the start-up and market launch process.
Successful starts can graduate to the additional supports
available for “High Potential Start-Ups”
E-mail: [email protected] or Tel: 01-7272202
for further information.
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funded by InterTradeIreland who will help you identify crossborder markets/customers across the island and win new
business.
Equity Investment
InterTradeIreland holds monthly regional clinics aimed at
Denis pictured with representatives of InterTrade Ireland
helping companies seeking equity investment. The clinics
during a recent seminar on tendering.
will be delivered by a venture professional. This service is
provided free of charge with pre-screening undertaken in
advance to ensure companies using the service meet the Throughout each event programme, there are a number of
opportunities to meet with public sector buyers from across
minimum criteria.
the island at the ‘Buyer Stands’.
Meet the buyer events
The Meet the Buyer events provide SMEs with an overview For more information visit: www.InterTradeIreland.ie
of the all-island public procurement market and the
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How to get a
slice of the €9bn
available in public
contracts
Just 1% of local businesses win a share of the €9 billion
available in public sector contracts. I recently organised
a seminar attended by 50 businesses who heard
experts in the field of public procurement share tips to
dramatically boost SMEs’ chances of success and show
how working with other SMEs can be an effective way to
win tenders.
Access some of these tips by logging on to: http://ow.ly/
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Denis Naughten in Ballinasloe where he has called on the IDA
to make greater effort to promote job creation
Other support:
If you are thinking of exporting for the first time contact
Enterprise Ireland’s First Time Exports Division who can
offer practical advice and support (Email [email protected]
enterprise-Ireland.com or Tel: 01-7272325 for further
information).
Employ your spouse
Two income families can earn far more before they fall into
the higher rate of tax and higher levies, where one spouse
who runs their own business employs the other. The reality
is that both spouses usually contribute to the running of a
business so by splitting the income they can maximise the
amount of income tax paid at the lower rate.
Upskill for free
Interested in upgrading your skills or doing a course in
Chinese, law, computer studies or business skills from the
comfort of your own home and at your own pace?
And all for free!
That’s the idea of Massive Open Online Courses, which are
opening up free educational opportunities to millions of
learners worldwide with top universities including Harvard
and Stanford.
One of the biggest such free online education providers is
Irish based ALISON.com
This information is brought to you by
Denis Naughten TD
If you would like to discuss any matter with Denis, please contact him at
t: 076 100 2200
e:[email protected]
w: PuttingPeopleFirst.ie
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Denis with Tony Corrigan, founder of TenderScout,
during the recent public procurement seminar offering
support & advice to local businesses.