Michelle Gildernew, Sinn Fein MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, has highlighted the importance of expert advice for SMEs and owner-managed businesses in the region. She attended an event at Enniskillen Castle, hosted by Fermanagh’s Ross Boyd, the owner of chartered accountancy firm RBCA.
Gildernew said, “Despite the current climate, it is encouraging to see local entrepreneurs establish and grow businesses and continue to create employment opportunities across the Fermanagh and South Tyrone region. SMEs and owner-managed businesses are the backbone of the local economy in the North and the positive impact they have on communities cannot be underestimated.
“I was delighted to attend Enniskillen Castle and meet with the RBCA team – a refreshing group of talented individuals who clearly care passionately about the economic future of the North. This type of proactivity and commitment is needed. Job creation is critical to a healthy economy and businesses who offer sound business advice, despite the challenges of Brexit and a growing myriad of complex economic conditions in recent years, should be applauded for supporting growth.”
Gildernew met with a group of young professionals from the RBCA team and heard about their ongoing counsel and practical support to local businesses. Ross, who lived in Enniskillen until he moved away for University, said he was delighted to bring his team to his hometown as part of the company’s talent development programme.
He said, “Each year, we invest in a range of team building and skills development courses in stunning venues around Northern Ireland. This year is the 10th year of the programme so coming back home was important to me – not only to reflect on a decade of supporting the next generation of business advisors, but to look ahead to new ideas for growth in 2024 and share our thoughts on supporting a positive growing economy throughout the island of Ireland.”
RBCA recently announced ambitious expansion plans to support various departments across the business as demand accelerates.
Ross continued, “Having seen a surge in demand last year, we have taken all the necessary steps to ensure that we remain geared to offer the best possible support and guidance to owner managed businesses. Our planned expansion is designed to support our clients’ requirements and ensure that we can strategically help them navigate the ongoing challenges of running a business in this economic climate.”
RBCA was established in 2010 and remains a completely independent, fully regulated chartered accountancy practice. The organisation offers proactive advice and consultancy to support privately owned businesses and the public sector across the UK and Ireland.
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