- Increase in 9 out of 12 SME Business Indicators.
- Exports figures sound warning for SME economy.
- Indigenous SME employment levels still need to be incentivised.
- Economic uncertainty main concern followed by reduced orders and access to finance.
ISME, Tuesday 2nd April 2013.
The first Quarterly SME Business Trends Survey for 2013, launched today (2nd April) by ISME, the Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association, shows all 9 out of 12 indicators moving in a positive manner. However, the Association sounded a note of caution, based on the SME export statistics, which showed a marked decline in the quarter both in actual and expected exports. There is no doubt that the current business environment remains challenging, with weaker demand from the UK and Eurozone economies taking its toll on exporters which may delay the expected spill-over to the domestic economy. Read the rest of this entry »