Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (171)

Robert Troy


171. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of meetings of the advisory group for small business in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if she or the Minister of State in her Department chaired and attended each such meeting. [40716/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

Meetings of the Advisory Group for Small Business were held on the following dates in the years 2016 - 2018



Chaired By


27 January

Minister Ged Nash

20 July

Minister Pat Breen

13 September

Minister Pat Breen

1 November

Minister Pat Breen

6 December

Minister Pat Breen


14 February

Minister Pat Breen

12 April

Minister Pat Breen

6 September

Minister Pat Breen

19 October

Minister Pat Breen


27 March

Minister Pat Breen

1 May

Minister Pat Breen

The new SME & Entrepreneurship (SMEE) Consultation Group superseded the Advisory Group on Small Business in 2019. It involves over 40 SME and entrepreneurship-related stakeholders including business owners, representative bodies, policy makers and Government agencies.

The inaugural meeting of the new Group was held on 27 March 2019, and was chaired by Minister Breen. The Group next met in the format of the SME and Entrepreneurship Strategy Conference at the Aviva Stadium on 12 July 2019, which was attended by both myself and Minister Breen. The Group will next convene on the occasion of the launch of the OECD Review of SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Ireland on 23 October next.