If you want quality business advice, don't go to amateurs
Bizarre for me that there is no mention - or recognition - of the role of professional business advisers in this report.
The expert business mentors in the County Enterprise Boards are not mentioned, the professional business mentors and consultants in the private sector are not acknowledged.
Where is the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers www.imca.ie in the report? A professional institute with several hundred members, half of whom work with SMEs.
A key element of improving competitiveness should be acknowledging business advisers who work daily with Startups & SMEs.
Instead of setting up a plethora of state funded schemes that compete wth private sector business consultants, Richard Bruton should ask his department to ally itself with quality business advisers and to lessen it's intervention in a well catered for sector.