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Fund will aid firms for future.

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ENTERPRISE Ireland This article or section needs sources or references that appear in reliable, third-party publications. Alone, primary sources and sources affiliated with the subject of this article are not sufficient for an accurate encyclopedia article.  is setting up a fund to help firms improve their competitiveness, it emerged yesterday.

Last year, more than 100 businesses applied for grants from the Productivity Improvement Fund to upgrade innovation and technology and for staff training.

Enterprise Minister Micheal Martin said: "I would encourage any small or medium-sized firm considering making an investment to improve productivity to examine if they are eligible."

Insisting the programme will protect jobs, he added: "A total of 122 companies availed of this fund in 2007. They cover a wide range of sectors including engineering, chemicals and seafood."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 2, 2008
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