Free advice clinic for small business

Cashel Chamber of Commerce will host a free advice clinic for new and existing small to medium size enterprises in Halla Na Feile on Friday, January 21, between 12 noon and 5pm.

Cashel Chamber of Commerce will host a free advice clinic for new and existing small to medium size enterprises in Halla Na Feile on Friday, January 21, between 12 noon and 5pm.

In the current economic climate the Chamber has been made aware of difficulties local businesses are experiencing either setting up or maintaining/expanding their enterprises. The aim of this clinic is to provide business people with an opportunity to seek free advice regarding problems they may have to establish or grow their business.

If you are thinking of starting a business there are a number of issues you need to consider. Different supports and regulations apply, depending on particular situations. You may be employed, unemployed or someone who is coming from outside Ireland to set up a business or an existing business person looking to maintain or expand.

The Chamber is fortunate to have retained the services of many local businesses who will be present at the clinic to advise on a wide variety of issues which must be considered. Local financial institutions will be present to advise on what type and extent of business loans are available to new and existing enterprises.

A business can be set up as a sole trader, as a partnership or as a limited company. The type of structure you choose depends on the kind of business you are running, with whom you will be doing business and your attitude to risk. There will be a solicitor and an accountant on hand to advise on the structure for your business. Business Plans are essential to starting up a business and/or obtaining loans so advice will be available through a qualified accountant. If you are starting up a business and decide to recruit staff you must find out what are your obligations and duties as an employer and what the rights of employees are so there will be a Human Resources expert on hand to advise. These are just some of the considerations when starting up or expanding a business.

Advice will be available on the day for business loans, e-marketing, legal, business plans, human resources, planning requirements, business grants, training subsidises, insurance requirements and available local premises for purchase/rent.

The Chamber is grateful to the following companies / organisations for participating in the event and offering their advice free, Allied Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland, BNI (Business Network International), Campion Insurance, Cashel Credit Union, Dynamic Web Marketing, Fortress Planning, Johanna Lacy Solicitors, John M. Lacy Accountants, Kennedy HR Services and Support, Sherry Fitzgerald Auctioneers, South Tipperary County Enterprise Board, South Tipperary Development Company and South Tipperary Skillnet.

The Chamber would also like to thank Eibhlin Ni Riain and the Halla Na Feile Management Committee for making the hall available for the event free of charge.

For more information log onto www.cashel.ie.