The Work it Out! team arrives in Tipperary town on May 1st to launch six new (free!) personal development and business support programmes
Des McCabe and Jimmy Ryan will be leading two initial workshops on May 1st (10am) and May 2nd (7pm) at the Excel Centre where they will launch the full range of Work it Out! initiatives and support programmes available. Tickets are FREE and are available on a first come, first served basis.
The programmes are delivered with the support of Tipperary County Council and the Department of Rural and Community Development. Mr. Pat Slattery (Director of Services for Economic Development and Enterprise, Community Development) at the Council stated.
‘The Council is delighted to bring the Work it Out! team to Tipperary Town. We are aware of their recent successes in Clonmel and Carrick on Suir and across Ireland and the UK and are keen to build on this locally with the full range of Work it Out! initiatives to support local people, businesses and community groups.
Jimmy Ryan, Director of Work it Out! outlined the programmes which will be launched at the workshops.
1. Work it Out! How to find the work you really want to do!
This is our hugely successful 6- week training programme (one evening or morning / afternoon per week) dedicated to helping individuals to find the work they really want to do. It’s a great opportunity to test your business idea, bolt-on extra income or discover a whole new career! FREE!
2. Approved ‘Work it Out!’ Mentor Development programme (8 months p/t)
We have 10 opportunities for new and established Mentors. We offer training support and real clients, and it’s FREE!
3. Everlasting Grants – Practical help for community groups (6-month development programme for 10 organisations)
We will be helping community groups to build a social enterprise culture and totally transform their finances. We have 10 free places available on our ‘Everlasting Grants’ development programme to help organisations to become financially sustainable.
4, Local Business Teams (4 months network support)
We’ll be supporting and facilitating local small business teams participating in the Work It Out! Process. These are free practical hands-on support groups for start-ups and small / family businesses (40 places only).
5. Professional support for your business
Individuals and teams will benefit from our Collaborative Coaching methodology providing free help and guidance with self-employment activities or their small business initiatives over the next three months.
6. License your Training Courses
If you have a product or service that others could deliver in other parts of the country or internationally then come along and find out how to get your first licensees on board.
Attendees can sign-up at the workshops for ANY of the above programmes.
To view feedback from participants of previous Work It Out! Programmes have a look at Eventbrite! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/work-it-out-2-earn-more-income-grow-your-…
Des McCabe, bestselling author of the book ‘Work it Out! added
‘The Work it Out! initial workshop is ideal if you
• would like to earn more income or create new income streams
• are thinking of a business idea or looking for new ways to grow your business
• want to help your community group to earn more income
• would like to become a trained Mentor and help other businesses and individuals
• are ready for a fresh career move, a job change or keen to try something different
• want to explore new options for what you might do in the future
• would like to see how licensing could dramatically grow your business’
There is already strong demand for places so booking is essential. You can book online at workitout.inf or contact Jimmy Ryan at 086 259 7275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
IFA Raises Payment Concerns with Dept at Charter of Rights Meeting
Speaking at a Charter of Rights meeting with the Department of Agriculture this week, the IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe said it’s absolutely essential that the maximum number of applicants in tranche 19 of TAMS are approved as soon as possible to provide certainty to farmers who are planning to carry out work.
IFA Rural Development Chairman Michael Biggins welcomed confirmation that payment of the ANC balancing payment will commence next week.
He stressed the importance of paying the remaining farmers as soon as they meet their stocking density requirements, which the Dept confirmed happens on a weekly basis. Farmers will be paid as soon as they meet the required stocking density, which in some cases will run to the end of the year.
Michael Biggins also called on the Dept to pay the ANC to farmers who omitted in error to tick the ANC box on their BPS application this year. “A system where a farmer has to ‘opt out’ rather the ‘opt in’ would ensure there are fewer errors when submitting applications,” he said.
IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe welcomed the payment of the BPS balancing payment which commenced this week. “The Dept also confirmed the issue around transfer of entitlement, which held up payments of around 1,000 farmers, has been resolved for most at this stage and the remaining ones will be resolved in the next week,” he said.
IFA National Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden has welcomed DAFM facilitation of farmers who made ‘Draft applications’ to BEEP-S scheme and who had operated under the impression they were participating in the scheme by carrying out measures on their farms. IFA had raised this issue directly with the Department of Agriculture and the acceptance of these farmers into the scheme is the right decision.
Regarding the Beef Finishers Payment, Brendan Golden again called for cattle exported for slaughter in the reference period to be paid on from the surplus in the Beef Finishers Payment fund.
IFA Launches Guide to Personal Insolvency Arrangements
IFA National Farm Business Chair Rose Mary McDonagh and Martin Stapleton, Chairman of the IFA Debt Support Service, have launched a Guide to Personal Insolvency Arrangements (PIA).
IFA Debt Support Service was established following the last recession to provide specific support to farmers in arrears.
The confidential service is comprised of an experienced team of IFA volunteers working with professional support to provide assistance to IFA members in financial difficulty.
Martin Stapleton said IFA has worked with over 500 farmers over the last few years. While the numbers in difficulty are reducing, recent weeks have seen an increase in activity from vulture funds since the COVID-19 Payment Breaks came to an end.
“This guide is available on IFA’s website and will serve as a useful resource for farmers in arrears seeking to protect their family home and farm land,” he said.
A Personal Insolvency Arrangement (PIA) is a debt resolution mechanism outlined in the Personal Insolvency Act, which acts as an insolvency solution for people with unsecured and secured debt.
Rose Mary McDonagh added that a PIA can provide a debtor with protection from their creditors and on completion, a debtor will return to solvency.
At present, the Oireachtas is considering one of two Bills which will reform the area of personal insolvency and amend the current eligibility requirements for a PIA. Rose Mary McDonagh said the definition of relevant debt should be expanded to include debt prior to 2015, and debt secured in or over a debtor’s income reliant/core asset.
The IFA Debt Support Service can be contacted, in confidence, at 1890 924 853.
EU Must Complete an Impact Assessment of Green Strategies
Speaking after a meeting of European Farm Leaders (COPA) with EU Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans yesterday, IFA President Tim Cullinan said that the EU must complete a full impact assessment of the EU Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies.
“I told the Commissioner a full impact assessment is needed to determine how much implementing these strategies will cost,” he said.
“Frans Timmermans has threatened to withdraw the Commission’s own CAP proposal if it doesn’t take more account of the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies. Yet he has no idea how much these strategies will cost or who will pay for them,” he said.
“People are quoting all these targets without any consideration for their impact on output or on production costs of farmers. Farmers cannot be left to carry the can on this,” he said.
“We also need Teagasc to do an assessment of the impact in Ireland. We are currently deep in discussions on the Agrifood 2030 strategy, but again we have a data vacuum,” he said.
“It’s incredible that the Economic Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture has examined the impact of ‘Farm to Fork’ Strategy on farm incomes, output and trade and neither the EU nor Ireland has,” he said.
“The US report predicts that as a result of the strategy, farm incomes would be reduced by 16%. This is as a consequence of the expected loss of production by 12% across the EU which would not be offset by the 17% increase in market prices.”
“If these measures were implemented, the report predicts a loss in output at an EU level which would cause exports to fall by 20% and imports would increase by 2%. The knock-on effect of these changes in trade is predicted to increase the cost of food by €132 per person in the EU.”
“If these figures are correct, they would be devastating for European farmers. Yet the EU Commission doesn’t know, or won’t tell us, what their assessment of the impact will be,” he said.