• ISME recommendations included in plan. • Government to be judged on jobs targets.
ISME, Thursday 29th January 2015.
At the release of the Action Plan for Jobs 2015 today (29TH January), ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprise Association, called on Government to use the plan to implement innovative and real reforms which will have a positive impact on the business community. The Association cautioned that the plan must be focused on new initiatives and not merely a re-hash of the business-as-usual processes (BAU) currently being worked on, which can be easily ‘ticked off’.
The Association broadly welcomed the plan and was pleased to see that many of their recommendations had been included and will work with the relevant actors to turn the plan into reality.
Mark Fielding, ISME CEO, commented, “We certainly welcome the inclusion of performance measurement, as previous plans have omitted this essential element. This version must concentrate on disruptive reforms to address the issues stifling the SME sector such as high business costs, red tape and social welfare traps which diminish competitiveness”.
“If Government wants to create jobs they must help companies to grow and develop to the point where they have the capacity and requirement for more staff.
If Government wants to encourage more people to become entrepreneurs and to be job-creators they must treat entrepreneurs fairly in the taxation system.
Ireland must strive to be a great place in which to establish a start-up, not a place where we face significantly higher taxes for daring to be self-employed.”
The key economic policy imperatives for this Government must continue to be:
• The re-establishment of competitiveness in the economy.
• The re-establishment of a functioning banking system.
• The reform of the social welfare system.
• The restoration of consumer and business confidence.
• The continued improvement in Ireland’s international reputation.
• The creation of a sustainable public finance situation.
• Supporting the protection and creation of jobs.
“Business will create jobs when the environment is right. The Action Plan for Jobs 2015 sets out a general road-map. The task for both Government and industry is to introduce and reach specific, measurable targets which, when achieved will result in higher levels of employment and a stable financial and economic environment, on which this Government will be judged”, concluded Fielding.