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    John Perry is the minister for small businesses has just been interviewed and he was asked repeatedly what could be done to aid small businesses. His answer was nothing. Support local businesses was the size of it. Nothing on rates. Red tape will stay. Absurd health and safety won't be touched. Even the interviewer seemed stunned at the sheer lack of initiative. What is this guy for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clanrickard View Post
    John Perry is the minister for small businesses has just been interviewed and he was asked repeatedly what could be done to aid small businesses. His answer was nothing. Support local businesses was the size of it. Nothing on rates. Red tape will stay. Absurd health and safety won't be touched. Even the interviewer seemed stunned at the sheer lack of initiative. What is this guy for?
    Himself it seems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clanrickard View Post
    John Perry is the minister for small businesses has just been interviewed and he was asked repeatedly what could be done to aid small businesses. His answer was nothing. Support local businesses was the size of it. Nothing on rates. Red tape will stay. Absurd health and safety won't be touched. Even the interviewer seemed stunned at the sheer lack of initiative. What is this guy for?
    You run a small business, don't you? (Electronics store if I recall)

    What small changes would you introduce that would make a real difference to you?

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    If it were up to me, I'd be offering all small start ups rent free office space in their choice of (currently idle) NAMA owned office buildings for one year, so long as they pay for maintenance themselves.

    It'd cost the state nothing, and the state gets their nama assets maintained by someone else ensuring that they don't fall into a bad state. I would also change the minimum wage laws so that gigantic multi nationals like Tesco for example, have to pay staff, say 9.50 p/h where as small start ups can pay 7.50 p/h.

    I would also reform immigration to make it easier for Irish people to take low skilled jobs. This would involve refusing non EU nationals a visa for low skilled labour and introducing a cap on the number of EU nationals that can work here, giving preference to those with skills. There are lots of Irish people looking for part time work either as students or to supplement their family income, they should be encouraged.

    Alas the government wouldn't be keen on any of these proposals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clanrickard View Post
    John Perry is the minister for small businesses has just been interviewed and he was asked repeatedly what could be done to aid small businesses. His answer was nothing. Support local businesses was the size of it. Nothing on rates. Red tape will stay. Absurd health and safety won't be touched. Even the interviewer seemed stunned at the sheer lack of initiative. What is this guy for?
    The lack of imagination in the area of help for small business is stunning.

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    How about applying rates at a penal rate (after a grace period if advisable) to empty commercial buildings?
    Would prevent people sitting on commercial property and make it cheaper to rent a premises as nobody would want to sit on an empty unit for too long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clanrickard View Post
    What is this guy for?
    (i) He was not a bad appointment, considering he himself has a shop, a hardware store, an undertaking business, a farm, some woodlands, and a hotel presumably with a licence, and various apartments! It sounds a bit Frank Fahey-esque!

    (ii) He isn't known for great radio performances, but this is an improvement on his previous form of just hanging up...

    http://www.politics.ie/forum/fine-ga...-ocean-fm.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roll_On View Post
    I would also change the minimum wage laws so that gigantic multi nationals like Tesco for example, have to pay staff, say 9.50 p/h where as small start ups can pay 7.50 p/h.
    That would probably fall foul of the equality laws as the Ombudsman interprets them so rigidly. Mind you, it is a good idea.

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    John Perry? A complete unknown. Banish him to the backbenches.
    Boycott the "Irish" Sun rag.

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    The problem is that our politicians have absolutely no understanding of how businesses are run and the obstacles they face. This isn't an attack on the current government (the previous ones were equally inexperienced), but look at those at the top.

    Kenny, Noonan and Howlin were all teachers. Absolutely no business experience whatsoever.
    Richard Bruton did economics at college and worked PJ Carrroll and CRH for a couple of years before becoming a TD at 28. Again no experience of running a business.

    Until our public representatives have on the ground experience of what it take to run a business and the obstacles that business face, there will be no improvement and jobs will continue to be lost.
    Thank you for the six thousand likes.

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