The Chairperson of Dublin City Council’s Enterprise and Economic Development Committee, Cllr Paul McAuliffe, has said a major gathering of start-up companies in Dublin next week is an opportunity to highlight the need for better supports for entrepreneurs.

Cllr McAuliffe is encouraging anyone who is considering setting up a company or is in the early stages of establishing one to get involved in events at the City Council’s offices on Wood Quay from 5th to 10th October.

“This is about highlighting the success of some fantastic Irish start-up companies that will pass on their wisdom and expertise to emerging entrepreneurs. These are companies in the technology, food, web and creative industries that have grown into successful and profitable businesses in Dublin city,” said Cllr McAuliffe.

“This is an important event in terms of encouraging more perspective entrepreneurs to take the leap and go out on their own. There will be advice on the supports available for start-ups and on the best route to take when establishing your own company.

“I believe this is an important opportunity to shine the light on the additional measures that are needed to encourage entrepreneurs, support start-ups and even the playing field for self-employed workers. There are currently far too many barriers to entrepreneurship in Ireland. We need equal treatment for the self-employed in the PAYE system. We also need to dismantle the barriers in the social protection code which discourage enterprise. And we need to reform the commercial rates system to make it more responsive to the needs of small businesses and to encourage greater use of vacant sites.”