SFA to call for more focus on job creation
THE Small Firms Association (SFA) will criticise the State's procurement policies today, telling the Government to focus less on cost and more on other factors such as job creation.
"By spending a little bit more on Irish products it would make a big difference to industry," SFA president Ian Martin said last night ahead of his association's annual conference.
The SFA believes the state tendering process looks too much at the price offered by companies tendering for business and does not take other factors into consideration.
Mr Martin will also call for reform of the social welfare system to help business owners. At present, business owners who lose their jobs cannot claim the dole. This should change for owners willing to pay a voluntary additional PRSI payment.
Mr Martin will also call on Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton to bring forward a long-planned credit-guarantee scheme and create a one-stop shop for all state support services available to small firms.