Welcome to our Food and AgriBusiness Report 2020

This report is based on the insights provided by 190 owner-managers of food and agribusinesses from across Ireland

6 out of 10 SMEs utilised one or more of the Covid-19 supports;

the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme was utilised by 39% of businesses.

Are Irish SMEs Worried about Brexit?

Only 48% of SMEs believe they are prepared for Brexit. Almost 1 in 5 are not prepared at all

Optimism levels have dropped to a 3-year low;

 51% of businesses reported a decline in turnover up from 19% in 2019

51% of businesses reported a decline in turnover up from 19% in 2019

  9 out of 10 businesses intend to maintain or grow employee numbers over the next year

9 out of 10 businesses intend to maintain or grow employee numbers over the next year

34% of food businesses see sustainable packaging as the top trend impacting their food business;

34% of food businesses see sustainable packaging as the top trend impacting their food business;

when dealing with climate change 71% are purchasing sustainable packaging and reducing use of plastic, 78% are managing waste and by-products, 61% are working with environmentally conscious suppliers and 56% are investing in energy-saving initiatives.

Nearly one-third of respondents would consider selling their business in the next 5 years

a 60% increase on the 2019 figure

A third of businesses have tried to access bank finance in the past 12 months with 87% succeeding

2% of businesses are funded by

re-investing profits

6 Out Of 10 Irish Food & AgriBusiness SMEs using Covid supports

In the midst of Covid-19 and with Brexit around the corner, our 2020 Food and AgriBusiness Report explores the latest trends, concerns, and goals for Irish food and agribusiness SMEs in 2020.

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6 Out Of 10 Irish Food & AgriBusiness SMEs using Covid supports

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At ifac, we use our financial expertise and sectoral knowledge to support and help drive growth throughout this sector. We believe our annual Food and AgriBusiness Report is packed with timely advice for SMEs to help plan the way forward for their businesses. Taking the time to plan how your business will evolve and grow is worthwhile and will make a sustained difference to your future

David Leydon, Head of Food & AgriBusiness