I watched tonight’s TV programme with dismay, as one entrepreneur after another – people at the head of sizeable companies – recounted their depressing experiences dealing with the State agency responsible for supporting our national industries.
These were highly competent and highly qualified people, every one of them a high achiever, and each one looking like a defeated schoolboy in the face of governmental inertia.
As one businessman said, they only wanted to get me off the phone.
I had an idea. What about these clever people getting together and setting up a parallel support agency?
I’d like to set up a business and I’d like to talk to one of these smart, practical people. I know they wouldn’t ask me a hundred negative questions designed to suck the life out of my idea. They’d look for the good in it. They wouldn’t be thinking of getting me off the phone.
How about that for an idea? How about putting the future of Irish enterprise in the hands of Irish enterprise?
How about people with ideas for business talking to people who have actually run a business successfully?
Is that such a radical notion?