Minister for Small Business Mr. John Perry TD addressed members of the business community in Mullingar

Minister for Small Business Mr. John Perry TD addressed members of the business community in  Mullingar on the topic of licensing for Irish business and how he plans to simplify the method of which businesses can apply for various licenses.

The event organised by Mullingar Chamber of Commerce and chaired by Pat Whelan took place in the Annebrook House Hotel on the morning of the 13th June and aimed to help businesses of Mullingar obtain a greater understanding of the new proposed application process.

Minister for Small Business Mr. John Perry discussed how currently there are 158 different licenses required throughout Ireland and there are 34 different places to apply for these. The new proposed application process aims to create a “one stop shop” for business licensing which is to be done through EnterpriseIreland.

“There needs to be a cutting down of red tape” says Minister Perry who later went on to discuss how businesses should approach banks when seeking a loan.

“First get endorsement from EnterpriseIreland and then go jointly with your accountants and  EnterpriseIreland’s support/approval before approaching banks”

The event was concluded by a Q&A with Minister Perry and various business owners/managers from Mullingar to discuss the topics addressed.

The Minister concluded by saying he would love to return to Mullingar later in the year to meet with a forum of bankers and local businesses.



Pat Whelan President of Mullingar Chamber of Commerce
Christine Charlton – Westmeath County Enterprise Board
John Perry TD Minister Small Businesses
John Humphries – President of Midland Gateway Chamber




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