SDLP Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Tommy Gallagher has urged the government to give stronger support to small firms after a report showed that smaller companies have little awareness of how to access help.
Mr Gallagher said: “In Fermanagh and Tyrone there is great potential for the small businesses sector to grow faster but a clearer support mechanism needs to be put in place by government in order for them to expand.
“Many of our small companies have had to go it alone when setting up having been told that they didn’t meet the criteria for financial support.
“Some of them have now become the mainstay of local economies.
“The Department of Employment and Learning must take this report on board and create a better source of advice for small enterprises.
“Investment in our small firms will provide a good return for government by getting more people jobs, preventing our young people moving out of the area and by putting boosting the local economy.
“We can’t afford for any more of our small businesses to close down.”