Micro Businesses in Ireland

Micro-Businesses in Ireland: From Ambition to Innovation

On April 3rd, Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh officially launched the Micro-Businesses in Ireland: From Ambition to Innovation report at National University of Ireland, Dublin 2. 

Micro businesses play an important role in the Irish economy in terms of stimulating innovation, employment & growth. In Ireland, micro-businesses, with 1-9 employees, comprise over 90 per cent of all businesses. However, this important segment of the business population is often excluded from official surveys. Therefore, our knowledge of what motivates micro-businesses is relatively limited. In addition, we know little about innovation activities, work practices & digital technology adoption within micro-businesses. In order to support micro-businesses to innovate & grow, we first must have an in-depth understanding of this important section of the business population. This report, using new survey data of 1,500 Irish micro-businesses, presents new information on the ambitions - business and personal – of the owners, as well as innovation activities and digital technology adoption within micro-businesses.

This report was authored by Dr. Jane Bourke and Prof. Stephen Roper and represents a collaboration between the Spatial and Regional Economics Research Centre (SRERC) at Cork University Business School, University College Cork and the UK’s Enterprise Research Centre (ERC).  
The report can be downloaded using the following link  Micro-Business in Ireland Report

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