Global political uncertainty and taxation among key concerns for Irish entrepreneurs
On 7th December 2016, Dublin played host to The Sage Business Builders Debate which was attended by government representatives together with a range of Ireland’s top entrepreneurs and Business Builders with the aim of addressing the key challenges facing Irish businesses. The event was officially opened by officially opened by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny before two lively panel debates took place.
Research conducted by Sage in advance of the forum revealed that political uncertainty, both globally and locally, is the most pressing cause of concern for almost half of Irish small and medium-sized businesses (45%) facing into the new year.
Opening the Sage Business Builders Debate, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, said: “Supporting SMEs and entrepreneurs is a key priority for the government to pave the way for continued jobs growth right across the country. It forms part of our Regional Action Plan for Jobs and we will sustain the rate of increase in new start-ups and entrepreneurship across the country through the work of the Local Enterprise Offices and Enterprise Ireland. I would like to recognise the contribution made by our business builders to the Irish economy."
Jacqueline de Rojas, MD, Northern Europe, Sage added: “Entrepreneurs and business builders are the powerhouse of the Irish economy. What came across loud and clear today was that Irish businesses are passionate about what they do and want the government, and other experts, to help them knock down some of the barriers to doing business in Ireland today.
“A gear change is urgently needed on digital to maximise trading opportunities both at home and exporting overseas. 68% of the businesses we surveyed are currently not equipped to sell online. Embracing technology and the cloud will help these businesses negotiate the changing landscape whatever changes a post-Brexit world brings.”
The Sage Business Builders Debate featured two lively panel debates, chaired by Denis Staunton, London Editor, Irish Times with panelists including: Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA; Bobby Kerr, Chairman, Insomnia Coffee Company and presenter of Newstalk’s Down To Business; Brian Crowley, CEO, TTM Healthcare; Jerry Kennelly, founder and ex-CEO of Image Library Stockbyte; Paula Fitzsimons, National Director, Going For Growth; David Walsh, Co-Founder and CEO, Netwatch; John Dunne, Partner, PwC and AJ Noonan, Chairman, Small Firms Association, Niamh Bushnell Dublin Commissioner for Start-ups.
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