Tallaght firms which export to the UK are being offered supports to prepare for Brexit and protect jobs, according to Dublin South West TD and Independent Minister, Katherine Zappone.
A special website has been developed which will help small and medium sized companies employing thousands of people in Tallaght to put in place extensive business plans.
In addition those firms who are clients of Enterprise Ireland are also being offered grants of €5,000 to prepare strategies for when Britain leaves the EU.
Minister Zappone said:
“Small and medium sized local business are the backbone of the Tallaght economy. They employ thousands of people. Many of those jobs are dependent on business with Britain.
“While there has been much discussion on the impact of Brexit on big business we must ignore the implications for these local businesses. They employ more people in our communities and generate more cash.
“Tallaght business people who are worried about the exit of Britain from the EU should check out www.prepareforbrexit.ie – a new Government website which gives essential planning advice.
“The website allows businesses to measure their preparations in sales, finance, people management and much more.
“It will save local firms money by providing this support for free.
“In addition those companies which already have the support of Enterprise Ireland can access grants through the site of up to €5,000 to turn the plans into reality.
“As Minister I have also asked that Local Enterprise Offices, including the one in Tallaght, would be ready to support our employers.
Brexit is real. It is going to happen. By beginning to plan now Tallaght firms can, with Government support, safeguard their business and jobs.”