The confidence trick

To plan ahead, it helps to look back. In this report, the Irish SME Association (Isme) shares the findings of its latest trends report, covering considerations such as business confidence and Brexit uncertainty

27th January, 2019

Brexit worry peaked for SMEs in 2018, and this is likely to heighten in the days and months ahead. As business confidence dropped to 1 per cent, the challenge for the government in 2019 is to directly address some of the issues facing the SME sector with more measurable specifics. While the Keep (Key Employee Engagement Programme) scheme was tweaked in Budget 2019, it has failed to engage SMEs to date, and so it will...

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