There are almost 200,000 small firms in Ireland, with on average 12,000 new businesses being established each year. They employ 655,000 people, more than half of the private sector workforce.
Small businesses around the country are a showcase of all that is good and vibrant in Irish society and have clearly demonstrated that challenges can be overcome and success is indeed possible, in every sector and region even in turbulent economic times.
The Better Business Show epitomises how large and small businesses can work together to achieve a positive outcome for the owner managed sector. Our partners view sharing advice and information with smaller companies as vitally important to the entire business community and are committed to helping small firms find new ways to improve every aspect of their day to day operations.
Many companies have successfully stabilised their operations during the last few years and are now looking to grow their business. Key to this will be their ability to access new markets and develop and launch new products.
It can be common for management to forget about good business practice when they are focusing on the business growth, and the ideas provided by the partners will assist any business become more sustainable.
Entrepreneurial business that are well structured and well managed will see opportunity in uncertainty. However, success will depend on an owner-manager being able to stabilise, restructure and reposition the company as they identify and exploit new opportunities, find new markets and create new offerings.