Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes has announced that a full-time Business Development Manager is to be appointed to Clonmel Development Business Park in an effort to grow business in the community. The announcement comes following confirmation from the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation that South Tipperary was to receive one of 37 managers being appointed nationwide under a new €2 million programme.
The announcement relates to a key commitment under Action Plan for Jobs 2012.
“The people appointed to these positions will be responsible for managing Community Enterprise Centres, building business links and driving entrepreneurship locally. A key part of the Government’s plan for sustainable jobs and growth is a drive to support enterprise in the community. There are countless examples of communities coming together to focus on job creation. These efforts can often have a much greater impact on the local economy than Government ever could” Tom Hayes said.
“The newly appointed Development Manager will be responsible for facilitating and providing training programmes for companies in the community enterprise centre, as well as facilitating companies to graduate from the centre once their employment levels rise. They will also manage co-operation with other business development stakeholders locally such as entrepreneurs, third level institutions, CEB’s, Local Authorities and Chambers of Commerce, as well as collaborating and networking with other Community Enterprise Centres in the region.
“What today’s announcement ultimately means for the entrepreneurs of South Tipperary is that they will now have more support as they seek to start businesses and create jobs. As a result, we expect to see around a dozen jobs created in the local Clonmel area in the near future. I hope to see more good news on the jobs front both locally and nationally as we continue to implement initiatives such as these, as laid out in the Action Plan for Jobs” concluded Tom Hayes