AIB: Guidance and support are crucial for growth

AIB's 'Big Drive for Small Business' initiative aims to help SMEs survive and thrive during the current difficult economic times, writes John Cradden.

31st March, 2012
AIB: Guidance and support are crucial for growth
John Beggs, chief economist, AIB: 'We must be prepared to adopt any measures that will support employment' Photo: Tony O'Shea

The green shoots of economic recovery in Ireland may be driven by the export sector, and particularly by multinationals, but the continuing decline in consumer spending means that many thousands of SMEs will still face serious challenges in the years ahead, says AIB's chief economist, John Beggs.

As AIB begins a new campaign to engage more with its SME customers, entitled The Big Drive for Small Business, no one is under any illusions about the...

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