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Minister Perry meets with Irish Ambassadors for Female Entrepreneurship

Pictured at the meeting were, from left, Liz Cassidy, Audrey Kinahan, Carmel Brennan, President Galway Chamber, John Perry, TD, Minister for Small Business, Grainne Byrne, Chris Winning, Krishna De.
Small Business Minister John Perry today met with Irish Ambassadors for Female Entrepreneurship who have been appointed by the European Commission to promote and encourage more women to become entrepreneurs and set up businesses.

Following the meeting Minister Perry said:

The recently launched Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Report for Ireland for 2010, recognised that fewer women than men are active as entrepreneurs with the rate of early stage entrepreneurship among men at 9.5% compared to 3.9% for women.

It is therefore vitally important that we provide the right environment to foster the development of this untapped female entrepreneurial talent across all sectors of Irish business. 

I have asked the Ambassadors to attend meetings of the Small Business Advisory Group, as appropriate and I have assured them of an “open door” policy in terms of meeting them on a regular basis. I also have asked them to identify the three most important issues impacting on female entrepreneurs.

 Read the full press release here.