Thursday 14 December 2017

Just over half of company leaders believe Government doing good job

The poll shows 54pc of directors surveyed say the Government has performed well since last year's elections. Photo: Thinkstock
The poll shows 54pc of directors surveyed say the Government has performed well since last year's elections. Photo: Thinkstock
Thomas Molloy

Thomas Molloy

A SMALL majority of senior business leaders believe the Government is doing a good job, according to a poll carried out by the Institute of Directors.

The poll shows 54pc of directors surveyed say the Government has performed well since last year's elections. A further 35pc believe it needs to improve its performance while 9pc say the Government is no better than the last one. Directors of organisations with fewer than 35 employees are more critical of government policies.

The survey also shows that 70pc of directors surveyed are confident the eurozone will still be intact next year, with three- quarters of directors whose companies are headquartered outside of Ireland signalling their confidence in the eurozone. Those involved with medium- to large-sized companies tend to be more confident.

"Confidence in the eurozone is high among those at director level in Ireland and this is encouraging," said Institute of Directors boss Maura Quinn.

Just over half of all directors said they were satisfied with the Government's efforts to support business. The country's most important sectors were ranked as food and agriculture, exports, foreign direct investment, the workforce, technology and tourism.

"At a local level, the Government's efforts to support business growth appear to be finding favour with those at the helm of business in Ireland. However, directors are keen to see a focus on our agri-food and exporting businesses as a means of supporting economic recovery," Ms Quinn added.

The survey of 127 directors was carried out in May by Behaviour & Attitudes.

Irish Independent

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