CIT’s Hincks Centre Publish Research on SME growth in Ireland

CIT’s Hincks Centre Publish Research on SME growth in Ireland

Published on: Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Accountancy Plus, the official journal of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Ireland has published research conducted by the Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship in CIT.  The aim of the study was to provide a comprehensive understanding of the key characteristics of growing SMEs, the impact on job creation and performance, the barriers to growth of these firms and the supports required to achieve their growth goals. 


The study involved primary research with incubator and non-incubator firms along with incubation centre managers and enterprise support agencies.  The results provide empirical evidence of what determines growth in SMEs in Ireland.  More importantly, for those firms that have not grown to their potential, this study provides insight into the specific issues that are constraining growth and the specific supports that are required to overcome these barriers.


Funded by CPA, the findings of the research will allow a deeper understanding of the determinants of growth in the SME sector and contribute to changes in policies and supports available to meet their needs, in turn stimulating the Irish economy.


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