- Ireland is an excellent location in which to do business but there is still plenty of room for improvement. Legacy cost issues from boom time excesses need to reflect current realities. Energy, local authority charges and regulated wages are significant concerns for business. These issues are particularly relevant for the SME sector. Unless they are adequately tackled, they will limit the growth and employment potential of this crucial sector of the economy.
- Many of Ireland’s competitors are improving their attractiveness as places to invest and do business. Unless we continue to improve the business environment, we will slip further down competitiveness rankings.
- Education is the single most important investment block for Ireland’s future growth and prosperity. Outcomes have slipped over the past decade and this decline must be immediately reversed through innovative and radical reform.
- Promote policy and legislation reform to reduce business and employment costs
- Prioritise education and R&D as the essential drivers of productivity
- Advocate a growth and job friendly approach to tax policy
- Ensure that business and, in particular, SME leaders have excellent management capacity.
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