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Enterprise Ministers also launch public consultation to assess the current environment for entrepreneurial activity.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD has announced the establishment of a small Entrepreneurship Advisory Forum to advise and support his Department and to influence policy in the area of entrepreneurship. The Forum will be chaired by entrepreneur and investor Sean O’ Sullivan.

Minister Bruton and the Minister for Small Business John Perry TD have also launched a public consultation inviting interested parties to make submissions as part of an assessment of the current environment for entrepreneurial activity. The deadline for receipt of submissions from interested parties is close of business on Friday June 7 2013.

Minister Bruton said it is time to develop the next phase of the Government Action Plan for Jobs and “that is why I have asked Sean O’Sullivan to chair a forum to advise on new policies”. With regard to the public consultation, he said engagement with interested parties and stakeholders “will ensure that the issues we prioritise are the right ones, and we will publish our plan by the end of the year.”

Minister for Small Business John Perry said, “We need to ensure that we foster the development of an entrepreneurial culture that supports entrepreneurs to identify new business opportunities, establish successful companies and generate employment. I strongly encourage interested stakeholders to participate in the consultation process.”

Mr O’Sullivan said he expects “we will deliver some substantial recommendations out of this Forum and consultation process.” Entrepreneurship, he added, “is about creating something from nothing, about growth and change and the kind of disruption that improves people’s lives. It is effectively a kind of magic that impacts the entire economy. We need to look at what the government can do to draw out this magic, to support it and develop it, and where necessary to simply stand aside and let people get on with it themselves.”