Monday, 25 January 2016
SFA calls for small business to be at the epicentre of Election 2016
Launching the SFA’s four-point plan for Election 2016, AJ Noonan, Chairman of the Small Firms Association, said: “Governments do not create jobs – businesses do – but the next Government must put the right policies in place to increase the ease and attractiveness of doing business in Ireland. If it does so, a thriving small business community will create employment, reinvigorate towns and villages around the country and make a significant contribution to the Irish economy. For this, we need a cabinet that understands and values the contribution of the small business community and we need to reintroduce a Small Business Minister.”
AJ Noonan continued: “The biggest risk currently facing the Irish economy is loss of competitiveness. Internationally, exchange rates, oil prices and interest rates are all in Ireland’s favour, but these are aspects over which we have little control. The Irish Government and Irish businesses must ensure that our underlying competitiveness is not eroded and bring Ireland into the top 10 most competitive countries in the world.”
The SFA calls on parties and candidates to adopt these small business priorities for Election 2016:
2. Tackle the rising cost of doing business:
3. Help small firms to compete for and win public contracts:
The SFA believes that these changes would improve the environment for small firms and help to create a culture that recognises and values entrepreneurship and business ownership. This culture can also be promoted by embedding key skills such as resilience, critical thinking, intelligent risk-taking and collaboration across the curriculum from primary to higher education.
In conclusion, AJ Noonan stated: “Every party and candidate contesting the 2016 General Election must recognise the important role of small business in job creation, enhancing local communities and driving economic progress. The next Government, whatever its makeup, must put small business at the heart of its policies by tackling discriminatory taxation, rising business costs and unfair public procurement practices.”
For further comment or interview, contact AJ Noonan, SFA Chairman, at tel: 086 259 2610
The Small Firms Association is the trusted partner of small business in Ireland, with 8,500 members and six affiliated organisations in all sectors and parts of the country.
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