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# isme - Saturday 9 May, 2020

Anxiety remains for small business owners despite government recovery plans

Some €2 billion has been promised to SMEs through credit guarantee scheme.

# isme - Saturday 19 October, 2019

Calls to push ahead with capping insurance payouts as government criticised for taking too long to act

ISME boss says a referendum is not needed on payouts and calls for action before businesses close down.

# isme - Wednesday 26 June, 2019

It could make people happier and healthier - but would a four-day week work in Ireland?

Proponents say there are a wide range of benefits to the idea – but not everyone is convinced.

# isme - Sunday 29 July, 2018

'Shockingly low' number of smaller businesses helped by Brexit scheme

The Brexit Loan Scheme aims to minimise the impact Britain leaving the EU will have on businesses.

# isme - Saturday 3 March, 2018

'Simply a cop-out': Should businesses be forced to shut during a red alert warning?

People were being urged to stay indoors, but business groups say it should be up to individual employers whether to close.

# isme - Monday 15 August, 2016

Courts should hand down tougher sentences for crimes against businesses, say company owners

The latest national survey finds a quarter of businesses were impacted by crime last year.

# isme - Monday 8 August, 2016

Unemployment benefits are top of the wish list for the self-employed

However, the head of ISME says the government needs to show some leadership on the issue.

# isme - Monday 4 January, 2016

Business owners are not happy about the new minimum wage

The wage increased from €8.65 to €9.15 per hour last week.

# isme - Monday 17 August, 2015

More members of staff are stealing from their employers

The most common crime reported by businesses was burglary.

# isme - Wednesday 18 March, 2015

The UK's minimum wage has just gone up...

Only by 20p though. Is Ireland about to follow the UK’s example? And by how much if so?

# isme - Wednesday 4 March, 2015

Irish unemployment is THIS CLOSE to dropping below 10%

The live register hasn’t seen figures this low since February 2009

# isme - Monday 23 February, 2015

Happy days - there's lots of good news out there today if you own a small business

Ireland’s guarantee scheme for small companies is being extended, while crowd-sourcers LinkedFinance announced a new €250 million SME loan fund

# isme - Wednesday 14 January, 2015

Eircom slammed for 'excessive' and 'opportunistic' price rises

Fees will be nearly €100 a year higher for some residential customers.

# isme - Tuesday 13 January, 2015

Poll: Should teachers be banned from going on strike? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should teachers be banned from going on strike?

Second level teachers are set to stage another day of strike action later this month.

# isme - Sunday 4 January, 2015

Small business employees can forget about a wage hike this year

This follows an IBEC survey earlier in the week suggesting a 2% wage hike across

# isme - Tuesday 16 December, 2014

Organised gangs are flying into Dublin to shoplift your belongings this Christmas

Retailers want courts to crack down harder on shoplifting.

# isme - Friday 12 December, 2014

Ireland needs more backers to get 'skin in the game' for business to grow

Owner-operators are far too dependent on banks for finance… and it’s getting worse.

# isme - Friday 5 December, 2014

Business Poll: So this year's coming to a close - but how is 2015 looking? Business Poll This post contains a poll

Business Poll: So this year's coming to a close - but how is 2015 looking?

Is it going to be a bumper year or is trade still in the doldrums?

# isme - Tuesday 25 November, 2014

Ireland's economy might be picking up, but workers' earnings are still going backwards

Workers in the public sector get nearly 50% more on average than those in private companies.

# isme - Friday 31 October, 2014

SMEs will soon to able to access €800m from Ireland's newest bank

The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland is hoped to be up and running by the end of the year.

# isme - Wednesday 29 October, 2014

Cars, furniture and electrical goods: These are a few of our favourite things

Products that people stopped buying during the recession are back on shopping lists.

# isme - Monday 27 October, 2014

'Sack the gobshites'... And a few other things one entrepreneur has worked out so far

Business advice, Jerry Kennelly style.

# isme - Friday 24 October, 2014

There are too many second-rate colleges in Ireland with 'Mickey Mouse courses'

Why one Irish entrepreneur hired staff from India, Portugal and Sweden over local workers.

# isme - Saturday 18 October, 2014

Is Ireland really 'the best small country in the world in which to do business'?

These are the bills which are making it hard for owner-operators to compete in the global market.

# isme - Tuesday 14 October, 2014

'Uninspiring' budget continues tax discrimination against self-starters

The self-employed are still paying more tax than everyone else.

# isme - Wednesday 1 October, 2014

'Be business focused not jobs focused' - government told

Owner-operators should have their costs cut in the budget to create long-term jobs, ISME says.

# isme - Monday 29 September, 2014

The government's 'charade' on late-payment laws is hurting small business

A quarter of SMEs are waiting more than 3 months to get paid and the problem is costing jobs, ISME says.

# isme - Friday 5 September, 2014

SMEs dipping back into loans from 'bailed-out banks'

But total borrowings for small business are still headed south.

# isme - Monday 25 August, 2014

Life after debt: advice for heavily-burdened SMEs

ISME is to run a series of free advice sessions for struggling business owners.

# isme - Monday 18 August, 2014

'Increasingly sophisticated' scams on the rise, warns ISME

Business owners are being warned of ‘new and ingenious’ methods of defrauding them.

# isme - Wednesday 13 August, 2014

Enterprise culture "lacking" in Irish schools

ISME says students are encouraged to look for a job, not start a business.

# isme - Monday 11 August, 2014

Business owners aren't reporting crimes because they don't trust the legal system

Almost one in five owners don’t report crimes, a survey has found.

# isme - Thursday 7 August, 2014

Foreign multinationals are thriving while Irish businesses go to the wall - ISME

The small business association has lashed out against Government “complacency”.

# isme - Tuesday 29 July, 2014

SMEs call for Budget 2015 to focus on competitiveness SME

SMEs call for Budget 2015 to focus on competitiveness

ISME also says keeping the 12.5% corporation tax is essential to the recovery.

# isme - Monday 28 July, 2014

Consumers still 'afraid to spend' in climate of uncertainty

The Irish Small and Medium Enterprise Association have hit out at a number of government policies impeding customer spending.

# isme - Wednesday 9 July, 2014

There are green shoots in SME employment, but recovery is 'far from guaranteed'

ISME said that its members are feeling more positive on the jobs front, but said the Government must stay the course on austerity.

# isme - Monday 7 July, 2014

Small business satisfaction with Government on the slide

The economy may be on the way back, but small businesses are still hurting according to ISME.

# isme - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

Almost 3,000 extra young people were signing on last month

Overall, the number of people on the Live Register decreased by 4,400 in June.

# isme - Monday 30 June, 2014

Government 'charade' in ISME crosshairs over late payments

The waiting period for payment climbed again in the last three months, with big business abuses and government indifference blamed.

# isme - Friday 27 June, 2014

Retailers struggle with costs despite 6.2% sales bump this year

Despite a fourth straight quarter of growth, ISME warned that shop-owners are still under pressure

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