EURES Ireland organises Irish-Polish business start-up seminar

27.06.2011

Over 80 Irish and Polish nationals attended a one-day seminar and workshop for budding entrepreneurs interested in starting a business in either Ireland or Poland. The workshop, held in Dublin in May 2011, was the first in a series of business start-up workshops for mobile workers and Irish citizens organised by EURES Ireland together with the Dublin City Enterprise Board.
Over 80 Irish and Polish nationals attended a one-day seminar and workshop for budding entrepreneurs interested in starting a business in either Ireland or Poland. The workshop, held in Dublin in May 2011, was the first in a series of business start-up workshops for mobile workers and Irish citizens organised by EURES Ireland together with the Dublin City Enterprise Board.          
 
Although the intention is to provide similar sessions for nationals of other countries living in Ireland, “we decided to offer the workshop to Polish nationals first as they represent the second largest number of mobile workers living in Ireland,” explains Frances Dunne, Assistant Manager with FÁS International Employment Services and the EURES Coordinator.
 
According to Ireland’s Department of Social Protection, at the height of workers’ mobility in 2006, over 93 700 new Polish nationals registered with a social security number and were eligible for work. Although the number dwindled to just over 8 700 new registrations in 2010, many of those who had previously arrived have remained in Ireland making them the second largest community of mobile workers in Ireland. They have also been among one of the first groups to be affected by the economic crisis.
 
“In an economic downturn people become very creative as they look for different ways of working and making a living. It is often the best time to engage in entrepreneurial activities. This why we decided to help people start up their own businesses by providing them with the advice and information that they need to get started,” says Frances.
 
Dublin City Enterprise Board presented information on starting a business in Ireland, including the procedures and barriers for non-Irish entrepreneurs, together with the financial support available. The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development was also on hand to provide similar advice for anyone wishing to set up a business or joint venture in Poland.
 
Participants could also attend “individual mentoring clinics” during which they could discuss their business ideas and obtain more tailored advice from the experts present.
 
“We are now hoping to roll this concept out to nationals of other EU countries who are living in Ireland,” concludes Frances.
 
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