Friday, 22 February 2013
SFA Welcomes Action Plan for Jobs
“For this action plan to deliver jobs, it is vital that all proposals are acted upon and delivered, only then will we move in the direction of restoring business & consumer confidence and creating economic and job growth”, Avine McNally, Director, Small Firms Association.
The Small Firms Association has welcomed the Action Plan for Jobs announced today. Avine McNally, SFA Director, said “this plan recognises the key role that small firms play in the economy by focusing on initiatives to assist start ups and indigenous business to grow.”
“The proposed Government lending schemes and increasing the lending targets for the pillar banks, will assist firms accessing credit and financing facilities to support expansion and cashflow.”
According to McNally, “tackling unemployment is undoubtedly a key challenge facing Ireland, and this needs to be reflected in the measures to support SMEs. However, if both Government and agencies are forthright in their ambition to create jobs then they must do everything to reduce the cost of employment. When employment costs rise small firms are less likely to take on new staff.”
“Ireland's small business sector is deeply embedded in the Irish economy; if the small business sector is given the right economic conditions they will generate the growth needed to create jobs, overcome our debt burden,” said McNally.
McNally concluded “for this action plan to deliver jobs, it is vital that all proposals are acted upon and delivered, only then will we move in the direction of restoring business & consumer confidence and creating job growth.”
For further comment, please contact: Avine McNally, Director, Small Firms Association Tel 01 087 645 02 05.