Are small firms feeling the recovery?

The annual SFA conference was dominated by the issue of pay increases and the experiences of those climbing out of recession

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
14th June, 2015
William Despard of the Bretzel Bakery

Ireland’s economic recovery is much talked about, and much needed, but it hasn’t reached Caroline Horgan of Abbeylands Furniture in Navan. Not yet, anyway.

The way she describes it, the last five years have been an exercise in survival for Horgan and her company, which manufactures soft furnishings and textiles.

“We lost probably €2 million in sales in one year alone, with manufacturers just closing everywhere in 2009,” she said. And...

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