Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said huge opportunities exist in Europe to help small businesses develop and grow.
Speaking at a Gateway to Funding event in Fermanagh organised by Sinn Féin and attended by the four Sinn Féin MEPs, Ms Anderson said;
“Small businesses are at the heart of our economy across the island of Ireland and Sinn Féin is committed to supporting them to develop and grow.
“Huge opportunities exist in Europe in terms of funding and support for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), particularly in terms of growing the all-Ireland economy.
“I, along with Michelle Gildernew, Phil Flanagan and my Sinn Féin colleagues in the European Parliament, Lynn Boylan, Liadh Ní Riada and Matt Carthy, organised this event in Fermanagh to highlight the possibilities and opportunities Europe presents for SMES, sporting and community groups.
“As the largest Irish delegation in the European Parliament, Sinn Féin MEPs work day and daily to support the regeneration of our economy across the island.
“Representatives of more than 30 groups from a range of sectors including business, leisure and tourism from both sides of the border will benefit from today’s engagement.
“Businesses and community organisations in Belcoo in Fermanagh are facing the same challenges as those just down the road in Blacklion in Cavan, but those challenges are compounded by the border.
“Accessing European funding is vital to overcoming those challenges and with the support of Sinn Féin, businesses across Ireland, but particularly in border areas, can avail of that funding and the opportunities it brings.
“Sinn Féin is committed to ensuring our SME sector benefits from our membership of the European Union, both in terms of funding opportunities and access to new markets.
“Our team of MEPs will continue to provide support and encouragement to help deliver fair economic growth.”