I was delighted to launch to the Seanad Public Consultation Committee Report on Small & Medium Sized Businesses in Ireland of which I was the rapporteur.I hope that the Government will action all the recommendations proposed as soon as possible.
This research underpins the development of recommendations provided throughout the report on the following key areas: fostering specific sectors in which SMEs play a significant role; developing a regional ecosystems approach; promoting female entrepreneurship; creating effective business ecosystem conditions; managing a changing macro-economic and political landscape internationally; and finally, formulating an Irish SME strategy.
In particular a cornerstone of the recommendations is the creation of a Ministerial role to execute the strategies proposed in this report in fostering growth of SMEs.
As an entrepreneur I am passionate about encouraging & supporting a positive culture where people can start, scale & develop their own business. We have an obligation to provide the environment in facilitating & supporting people to take that leap and get more involved in creating their own enterprise so that they can contribute to their community and society. Many family businesses measure success beyond profit & growth to long-term commitment to their communities and employees.
The overall aim of this process was to create the basis for an integrated national strategy proposal document supporting the fostering, growth & sustainability of indigenous Irish SMEs in becoming a solid foundation for the long-term success of the Irish economy & our people.
Full report available here: https://bit.ly/2W6SJDJ