Tuesday 15 October 2019

THE READY BUSINESS PODCAST: The 2017 Ready Business Year in Review and what Irish businesses really want in 2018

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For the final Ready Business podcast of 2017, Brian Purcell looks back on the business year that was and looks ahead to 2018 - a year that could see more uncertainty and headwinds for Irish business owners.

Joining Brian on the Ready Business panel was economist, Jim Power, business coach, Paul Fagan and ISME's Eilis Quinlan, while up for discussion were topics ranging from Brexit and Trump to tax and public services.

All agreed that Brexit is creating a lot of uncertainty but Paul Fagan believes, as a business owner, you must focus only on what you can control.

“Focus on the things you can address,” he says. “Focus on the day to day operations you can look after. You can spend a lot of time worrying about the uncertainty which means it’s impossible to plan for.”

GDPR was also flagged as a potential obstacle that many SMEs are unprepared for in 2018, the next Y2K? While Jim Power wants to see the end of ‘new politics’ and a return to strong leadership and tough decision-making.

Finally, the panel asks, why does the government only get multi-nationals and why is there not more being done for Irish SMEs?

“There is a dearth of business savvy in the government,” says Eilis Quinlan. “There’s still too much focus on the short term thinking of the next election.”

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