Re­turn­ing em­i­grants get help with busi­ness

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

AN ini­tia­tive to help re­turn­ing em­i­grants start and de­velop busi­nesses in Ire­land is look­ing for par­tic­i­pants from Sligo to ap­ply be­fore the dead­line of Fri­day, Jan­uary 25

The Back for Busi­ness en­tre­pre­neur men­tor­ing pro­gramme runs over six months and there is no charge for those se­lected to par­tic­i­pate. It is funded by the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade.The pro­gramme was run on a pi­lot ba­sis last year to sup­port en­tre­pre­neur­ial ac­tiv­ity among those re­cently re­turned or plan­ning to re­turn to live and set up busi­ness in Ire­land.

The call is open for ap­pli­ca­tions for the 2019 pro­gramme, which will run from Fe­bru­ary to July 2019. One past par­tic­i­pant is Sligo-man Adam Kennedy-Ripon from Surf­str and he would urge oth­ers to ap­ply for the pro­gramme. Surf­str is a dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing com­pany which con­nects west­ern brands to a Chi­nese speak­ing au­di­ence on lo­cal Chi­nese dig­i­tal plat­forms.

“Back for Busi­ness has al­lowed me to open a new door, walk through and make my dreams come closer to re­al­ity,” says Adam.

Back for Busi­ness is specif­i­cally de­signed for re­cently re­turned em­i­grants who have lived abroad for at least a year and have re­turned in the last three years. Those plan­ning to re­turn in the near fu­ture will also be con­sid­ered. Those in­ter­ested in learn­ing more can CHECK www.back­for­busi­ness.com.

Adam Kennedy-Ripon with As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs Ann Derwin and fel­low Sligo par­tic­i­pant Sarah-Jane Harte

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