Domestic economic growth in 2019 is likely to be close to 5.9% and members of the Small Firms Association (SFA) see this as the biggest opportunity for their business in the coming year, despite the external backdrop. 

In the past five years, small businesses have created 75,000 jobs and two thirds of SFA member companies plan to take on additional staff next year in a wide variety of sectors, in villages, towns and cities across the country.

For this job growth to be realised, concrete steps must be taken in 2020, the SFA say. The Association is calling for the immediate launch of the agreed new national SME and Entrepreneurship Strategy, which was promised by government before the end of 2019.

In his end of year statement, Chair of the Small Firms Association (SFA), Graham Byrne said, “2019 has been a challenging but successful year for small businesses. Brexit, difficulties in attracting talent and a slowing economy are the main obstacles for small businesses in Ireland. However, as the decade draws to a close, feedback from members shows our still healthy economy continues to fuel ambition for the year ahead.”

Article Source: Business World