Being in business for yourself doesn’t mean you have to be in business by yourself.
Ireland doesn’t produce enough start-up firms and not enough small companies make it big. Many EU countries have a much stronger indigenous SME base, while Irish-owned firms account for only about 15% of total exports.
Finance, access to export markets and the ease and cost of doing business all remain significant hurdles for Irish business.
We need a business environment that supports entrepreneurship and rewards innovation and risk taking. Much more must also be done to help Irish companies scale up.
- Improve credit flow to business by enhancing tax-based investment schemes, state-backed capital funds, EIB support and the venture capital environment.
- Address business costs, such as the government element of labour costs, utilities and government charges
- Prioritise entrepreneurial attributes and skills at all levels of the education system
- Improve the innovation and technology supports for SMEs
- Ensure Ireland’s R&D tax credit model is world-class
- Enhance the links between business and higher education
Read about the other campaign prioritiesBetter government - Extend Ireland's global reach - Invest in the future - Reduce the tax burden
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