Thursday, 12 July 2012

Questions (34)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

32 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will report on the recent announcement of the awarding of funding for business development managers at 37 community enterprise centres across the country; when the funding will be made available in order that local job and business support agencies including a council (details supplied) can appoint a new business development manager; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33772/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation)

I recognise the importance of a business development function within community enterprise centres and I recently announced funding to support the appointment of Business Development Managers to 37 community enterprise centres as part of a €2m Programme managed by Enterprise Ireland. This announcement follows on from a Government commitment under Action Point 2.5 of the Action Plan for Jobs 2012. This initiative is aimed at protecting and growing businesses in the community.

I understand that the particular Council to which the Deputy is referring has been allocated funding to support the employment of a Business Development Manager and was notified in writing by Enterprise Ireland last month. It is now a matter for the Council concerned to pursue the appointment or the retention in employment of a Business Development Manager as appropriate.