• 10 year plan for Irish business welcomed.
• Indigenous, non-exporting SMEs must not be ignored.
At the launch of the 'Enterprise 2025: Ireland's National Enterprise Policy 2015 - 2025' today (12th November), ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association, noted the inclusion of measurable metrics and timescale in the plan. The Association stated that an ambitious and focused approach to indigenous businesses was essential in order to meet the targets set.
Mark Fielding, ISME CEO, commented, "We are pleased to see the inclusion of measurable metrics and timelines in this plan, something which has been sorely lacking from previous government plans. This strategy model should now become the template for all future Government policies".
"ISME welcomes the target of increasing the number of start-ups by 25%, sustaining a top 5 EU position in productivity rankings and a top 3 in the most competitive small countries in the world. This increased productivity, in particular, will assist in improving Ireland's competitiveness."
"It is important that priority is given to SMEs, who currently employ 70% of the private sector workforce and who are responsible for 9 of every 10 jobs created. While exports are important, it is essential that indigenous non-exporting SMEs are included as an integral and equally important actor in all aspects of the strategy.
The success of this plan will depend on the administration's attitude to enterprise and their ability to encourage an entrepreneurial environment. To that end it is encouraging that the document acknowledges that the policies require a 'whole of government' commitment. This goes from the local enterprise office to the minister in charge and the cabinet."
"It is also essential that small businesses are involved and consulted in this process. ISME will work with Government on this plan and the actions required for the resurgence of the SME sector over the next decade," concluded Fielding.