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Work of SMEs in Northern Ireland examined by study


A new survey has been launched into the key role that small and medium-sized businesses play in the Northern Ireland economy.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has commissioned the Ulster University Business School to conduct the research into the SME sector here.

It will examine how firms play key roles in a host of areas, including social, political and economic life in Northern Ireland.

The new research will "rely upon the input from small business owners" who are being urged to get involved, the FSB's Northern Ireland policy chair, Wilfred Mitchell explained.

"Often when reporting on issues relating to the local economy, it's highlighted small businesses make up 99.9 % of the private sector in Northern Ireland," he said.

"The FSB has commissioned this research to delve further into that figure and demonstrate the extent to which small business contributes value to the political, social and economic dimensions of Northern Ireland."

The survey opens today and will run until Friday, June 12.

Kirsty McManus of Ulster University Business School said it was "delighted to work with one of our key industry partners, the Federation of Small Businesses, on this important survey".

She added: "We would encourage as many small businesses as possible to complete the survey to ensure their voice is heard."