Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (245)

John Lyons

Question:

245. Deputy John Lyons asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his plans for a one-stop-shop website for small and medium-sized enterprises to allow access to all information on supporting their business such as access to finance and other Government schemes; and when this website will be completed. [15176/14]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

Later this month, the new Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) will be established countrywide and they will become the 31 First-Stop-Shops for new entrepreneurs and existing micro and small business owners at local level.

In preparation for the new support structure, a new LEO website, comprising a gateway and 31 sub sites, has been designed. The design and development of the new website is a key component of the roll out of the LEOs and the project will deliver a powerful resource which will ensure that a level of web capability is available to all LEOs in the country. The website will incorporate signposting to other Government schemes, including a self-assessment tool for access to finance, as well as how to guides etc. The website will go live when the LEOs are launched in mid-April.