Small firms stand at a crossroads after budget

Small firms stand at a crossroads after budget
Eamon Gilmore and Enda Kenny at the launch of Action Plan for Jobs 2012 in Dublin last July. Photo: PA

Reduced consumer spending could render useless any budgetary gestures towards small businesses, writes Brian Keegan.

We seem to persist in the belief that what we could afford to spend in 2007, we should still be able to afford now. None of us is terribly happy, therefore, with this budget's tax and expenditure measures.

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