Focus must be on our competiveness and attractiveness for FDI.
At the release of the Action Plan for Jobs 2017 (February 1st) ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association welcomed the new plan which gives an added new focus on the challenges and opportunities of Brexit. The Association welcomes the Governments commitment to delivering 45,000 jobs this year, which is achievable providing the right environment is created. The Association was also pleased to see ISMEs recommendations in supports for SMEs impacted by Brexit included in the Action Plan.
Commenting on the launch, ISME, CEO, Neil McDonnell said “We welcome many of the measures announced in the Action Plan for Jobs, particularly those that focus on enhancing innovation and competitiveness, and dealing with Brexit. The Government’s commitment on delivering 45,000 new jobs by the end of this year is achievable, provided the right environment is created for businesses. This is attainable by reducing the cost of living, creating better access to finance and removing burdensome business costs”
“Brexit has created uncertainty for many businesses, particularly SMEs. Many of our members are experiencing a decline in business confidence, dropping from 23% Q3 to 16% in Q4”.
“SMEs need leadership, support and certainty to deal with the precarious nature Brexit. The measures introduced in the Action Plan for Jobs such as the additional €3m for Enterprise Ireland in dealing with Brexit and the financial supports introduced to help exporting firms mitigate the impact of Brexit are positive”. Concluded McDonnell