SMEs positive on outlook
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MORE than half of Irish SMEs believe that their businesses are now in better financial shape that they were before the economic crisis, while 87pc are positive about the outlook for the country's economy in the year ahead.
However, some 27pc of the SMEs said their finances are in a worse state than before the recession while 28pc said finance is easier to obtain.
Our picture shows Simon McKeever of the Irish Exporters Association, Domini Kemp of Itsa Bagel, and PwC's Brian Bergin launching the report.