• 8% increase in SMEs reporting benefits of economic recovery over two years
  • Just 3% of SME’s believe the State encourages and fosters entrepreneurs
  • 40% of SMEs have yet to see an upturn in business

In a survey of 250+ business owners/managers throughout Ireland, 40% said their business is still waiting to feel the positive impact of Ireland’s upturn in economic fortunes. This was one of the findings of the nationwide survey carried out by Big Red Cloud, a leading supplier of online accounting software to the Irish SME market.


In the survey, respondents were asked their views pertaining to 2 key issues

  • Business performance following the Recession
  • Ireland’s attitude towards the self-employed


Speaking of the findings, Marc O Dwyer, CEO of Big Red Cloud,

What’s interesting is that 8% of SMEs have reported a change in their economic fortune for the better over the last two years. Worryingly, 40% revealed that they are still struggling – though encouragingly perhaps, 20% of these businesses believe they will be in a better position by the end of 2018.

From a macro perspective, all figures for Ireland point to strong economic growth. While this is to be welcomed, this broad brush cannot be swept across the nation, as it is not reflective of the fortunes of all of Ireland’s SMEs. Our business landscape is made up of a myriad of different entities –  businesses operating in import and export led industries, and within that we have big business, medium sized business, small business and start-ups. We wanted to drill down to get a better understanding of how Ireland’s SMEs are feeling – and how this compares with the sentiment they expressed this time 2 years ago when we put the same question to them”.

Marc continued,

When asked their feelings on Ireland’s treatment of the self-employed the response was pretty clear with 97% reporting dissatisfaction to some extent – but to varying degrees. Given the importance of small businesses in Ireland to job creation and economic growth, the Government would do well to listen to those at the coal-face and to turn their attention to looking at how the can foster a more encouraging environment for SMEs”.


How would you describe Ireland in terms of its attitude towards self-employed?

  • It encourages and fosters entrepreneurs (3%)
  • It encourages the self-employed to an extent but there’s a lot more that could be done (38%)
  • It stymies entrepreneurial spirit (12%)
  • The enhanced social welfare benefits are welcome but tax treatment of the self-employed in Ireland is still unfair (47%)


About Big Red Cloud

Big Red Cloud is a leading supplier of online account’s software to the SME market in Ireland. 50,000 companies use their award-winning suite of products.