Enterprise back in fashion

More and more Irish people are interested in starting a business today, leading to an innovative support programme, writes Ryan Howard.

26th May, 2012
Gillen Joyce, owner of the Titanic Experience in Cobh, with Ryan Howard, chief executive of SECAD, and Pa Twomey, founder of Farm Fresh Foods. Photo: Diane Cusack

At South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD), we have seen a massive increase in the numbers of people showing an interest in starting a business, either to create a job for themselves or to generate additional income.

Five years ago, we would have had over 20 people per year looking to get support for enterprise start-ups. Now, we are dealing with six or seven times that number.

In addition to the normal run of entrepreneurs,...

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