SFA Comment on Action Plan for Jobs 2015

Thursday, 29 January 2015

SFA welcomes Action Plan for Jobs 2015
30% of small firms to create new jobs in 2015
Tax & Social Welfare Reform must follow


The Director of the Small Firms Association, Patricia Callan has welcomed the publication of the Action Plan for Jobs by the Government this morning, which “contains many measures and proposals submitted by us, on behalf of our members, to enhance the small business environment, and make it easier to do business”. In particular, she welcomed the forthcoming awareness campaign on the supports that are available “as many small businesses are confused by the myriad of agencies and programmes that are there to help them, and thus don’t avail of them.” She also welcomed the new focus on regions “which will be critical to ensuring that the benefits of economic growth reach all in society”.

The SFA’s recent “Small Firms Outlook 2015 Report” shows that one-third of small businesses plan to create new jobs this year. According to Callan, “it is imperative that these actions are now fully delivered in the timeframes planned.” However she also stated that “the Government must ensure that the tax system reward work and entrepreneurship and that discrimination against the self-employed and proprietary directors and the social welfare trap is tackled.”

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For further comment, please contact:
Patricia Callan, SFA Director Tel: 01 605 1602 / 087 6999 345, e-mail: patricia.callan@sfa.ie
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