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Friday 25 April 2014

Government satisfaction rating rises among SMEs

THE Government's satisfaction rating has increased among small and medium enterprises, the latest survey from business lobby group ISME shows.

A survey of over 800 businesses shows a combined improvement rating of -57, going up from -62 in autumn 2012.

The survey was conducted in the week ending December 14, the week after the Budget, and reflected the general positive business reaction to it.

Over half (59pc) of the companies surveyed said they saw the Budget as "fair".

However, there was general dissatisfaction with the Government's performance on jobs, banking, business costs and dealing with the troika.

Mark Fielding, CEO of ISME, said the results ''indicate business desire for a renewed effort from government to take the tough decisions to renegotiate the Croke Park Agreement and to tackle the self-interest of the bailed-out banks. Then we will see a faster restoration of our competitiveness, an increased access to finance, leading to job retention and creation."

Satisfaction on the Government's jobs initiative has also improved, from -66 to -57.

Irish Independent

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