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Ireland : Small Businesses need more than financial support to succeed!

Microfinance Ireland marks European Microfinance Day, October 20th, by highlighting the benefits of mentoring service for Irish businesses.

Understanding all aspects of managing a business is essential to its success, and mentoring support can be a valuable aid in gaining this knowledge, according to Garrett Stokes, CEO of Microfinance Ireland. Mr. Stokes was highlighting the upcoming European Microfinance Day, (on 20th October, 2016), by showcasing the benefits of Microfinance Irelands mentoring service to businesses both new and established.

The Microfinance Ireland mentoring service, delivered through the Local Enterprise Offices, is aimed at both start up and expanding businesses that employ fewer than ten people. Microfinance Ireland, set up four years ago as a government funded, not-for-profit lender to help get more people starting businesses, has already helped to support, sustain and create more than 2,300 jobs.

Microfinance Ireland offers expert mentoring assistance to approved loan applicants, which is provided through the Local Enterprise Offices. Feedback from those who have availed of mentoring has been excellent, many saying that they couldnt believe how much their mentors had helped their businesses.

Garrett Stokes commented further: While businesses constantly tell me that getting funding support for their business is very important, I believe our mentoring assistance is more critical to many new businesses. Many business people are experts in their own sector but they are weak in other areas such as finance, marketing and planning. This is another valuable aid to helping small businesses succeed.

Pat Breen T.D, Minister for Employment & Small Business, said: Microfinance Ireland, as a not -for-profit lender operating in every county in Ireland, plays a critically important role in providing loans to small businesses to give them the financial support they need to either set up or grow their business. The added support of mentoring services greatly assists the sustainability and success of these businesses and supports overall economic development and growth. Since Microfinance Ireland was established they have approved loans to more than 1,000 businesses, located across every county in Ireland, helping sustain and create over 2,300 jobs. I would encourage microenterprises to apply for loans from Microfinance Ireland.

On October 20th, events will be taking place across Europe for European Microfinance Day. It is organised by the European Microfinance Networks in co-operation with all network members, including Microfinance Ireland. This years theme focuses on the importance of non-financial services to help small businesses, such as mentoring.

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