The National Council of ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association, has elected Eamonn Kielty of Money Plus in Sligo, as chairman. He will succeed John Ryan of Certification Europe.

Kielty is founder director of Kielty Cashel and Money Plus – one of Ireland’s best known financial brokers. He has served as ISME vice-chairman for the past two years.

Commenting on his appointment, Kielty said: “I am honoured to be elected Chairman of the Association and I am committed to continuing the successful work of ISME, which occurred under the chairmanship of John Ryan and past chairmen, and to addressing the issues of most concern to our 9,000 member companies.

“It is my intention to ensure that ISME is at the forefront in tackling issues that impact on the SME sector. Particular areas of concern include, the unsustainable costs of running a small business in Ireland, the lack of access to badly needed finance and excessive red tape and bureaucracy, issues that continue to limit the growth of thousands of businesses. These challenges, together with ensuring that the SME agenda is given priority status by Government, will influence my agenda over the next number of years,” he concluded.

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