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# 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

# isme - Friday 13 June, 2014

'Now is not the time for wage rises' - ISME

The small business trade body said that an increase in wages could force many businesses under.

# isme - Tuesday 3 June, 2014

SME groups welcome EU report but warn they are still in 'survival mode'

The EU Commission report found that lending to SMEs still remains weak.

The funding 'hunger march': over half of companies refused bank credit

Banks are ‘sugar-coating’ the acceptance figures, while the Government watches on, ISME said.

# isme - Thursday 29 May, 2014

Rates freeze would see 'return to bustling main streets'

Call on newly-elected councillors to drive recovery in “busy main streets”.

# isme - Thursday 22 May, 2014

The government has launched a new €500m bank for SMEs. But what does it mean?

SMEs have been crying out for a new source of finance – and here’s what the Government have come up with.

# isme - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

"They've replaced the tellers with plants" - are banks interested in lending to small business?

Domestic banks are failing to support a vital segment of the economy, lobby groups have said.

# isme - Thursday 8 May, 2014

Noonan should know better than to listen to banks - ISME

ISME chief’s comments come after the Minister said SME debt is far down his list.

# isme - Friday 2 May, 2014

Why isn't this government support for SMEs working?

Microfinance Ireland has approved just €3 million from a €90 million lending budget.

# isme - Sunday 20 April, 2014

Restrictive, badly marketed and poorly explained: Government finance scheme for SMEs is not working

The EIIS programme is poorly explained and flawed, trade bodies say.

# isme - Monday 14 April, 2014

Some businesses aren't feeling a strong recovery according to this survey

The manufacturing sector is proving to be a “cause of concern”.

# isme - Thursday 27 March, 2014

Self-employed treated like "second-class citizens" in social welfare system - ISME

ISME is calling for self-employed person to have the option of paying a higher rate of PRSI in order to entitled them to the same social welfare payments as their PAYE counterparts.

# isme - Friday 20 December, 2013

German bank's low interest loans set to benefit Irish SMEs

German bank KfW will be giving out loans at interest rates lower than SMEs can currently access with Irish banks.

# isme - Monday 9 September, 2013

ISME: Delays in bank lending decisions a 'cynical smokescreen'

Latest figures show a 57 per cent refusal rate by banks to small- and medium-sized firms.

# isme - Friday 6 September, 2013

ISME: Plans to increase PRSI for self employed "utter madness"

The proposed rise in Pay Related Social Insurance is being considered by Minister Joan Burton.

# isme - Sunday 18 August, 2013

Banks loaned just €3m to scientific research SMEs since 2010

The SME sectors that fared the best as regards loans over the last three years were agriculture and property investment and development.

# isme - Monday 1 July, 2013

Big businesses are 'the main culprits' in late payments

ISME praised the adoption of a voluntary code on prompt payments by SMEs – but says big business must be forced to agree to the code in order to improve the cash-flow of smaller operations.

# isme - Thursday 27 June, 2013

Nearly one in eight commercial properties in Ireland is unoccupied

Limerick City has the country’s highest rate of vacant commercial units at 17.2 per cent.

# isme - Monday 10 June, 2013

Loan refusals for businesses at the lowest in four years

The ISME survey found that delays in decision making by banks has improved with the average wait down to four weeks from the five.

# isme - Wednesday 17 April, 2013

ISME propose tax and social welfare amnesty for black market operators

The Irish Small Firm and Medium Enterprises Association believes that the temporary amnesty would help individuals to legitimise their “hidden economy” tax/earnings status.

# isme - Friday 29 March, 2013

Survey: Small businesses waiting around 67 days to be paid

The figure is slightly better than it was a few months ago – but one third of businesses are still waiting more than three months to be paid.

# isme - Wednesday 19 December, 2012

Retailers warned as €155,000 stolen every hour

ISME has said that shoplifting costs businesses a total of €44 million over the Christmas period.

# isme - Monday 17 December, 2012

The 9 at 9: Monday

Every morning, brings you the nine things you need to know as you kick off your day.

SMEs remain broadly dissatisfied with Government performance - survey

The latest ISME survey of its members shows a slight improvement in satisfaction, but still wide antipathy.

# isme - Saturday 1 December, 2012

What should the government do about sick pay? Here's three suggestions

The government has made it clear that it isn’t happy to keep footing the bill for employee sick pay – so we’ve asked Sinn Féin, TASC and IBEC what they think should be done about it.

# isme - Thursday 4 October, 2012

Sharp rise in numbers taking part in back-to-work schemes

More than 57,000 people are now taking part in the various schemes for long-term unemployed.

# isme - Friday 28 September, 2012

Retail sales figures continue to improve in August

Preliminary figures from the CSO show that both the volume and value of retail sales increased last month.

# isme - Wednesday 22 August, 2012

Banking Federation rejects report on lending to small businesses

IBF chief executive Pat Farrell says he had not seen the report but rejected the findings which are reported this morning.

# isme - Wednesday 25 July, 2012

Booming black economy killing small business

Dramatic increase in black economy is costing the State €5 billion, says the Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association.

# isme - Wednesday 4 July, 2012

Consumer confidence up in June

However consumers unlikely to step up their spending, as just 12 per cent believe their financial situation will improve in the coming year.

# isme - Monday 25 June, 2012

Central Bank 'pressing Ulster Bank to resolve situation'

The Central Bank has said it is pressing the bank to ensure that customers are treated fairly as it tries to resolve the current situation.

Ulster Bank should waive fees, says ISME

One customer tells that he has seen his bank balance today for the first time in a week.

# isme - Monday 18 June, 2012

Over half of loan applications refused by bailed-out banks, says ISME

The quarterly bank survey has prompted an angry response from the SME sector.

# isme - Thursday 7 June, 2012

Government criticised as employment at lowest level in nine years

Figures from the CSO’s Quarterly National Household Survey put unemployment at its highest level since the financial crisis.

# isme - Tuesday 29 May, 2012

ISME: Hot weather 'doesn't lead to rise in sick leave'

However, its chief executive said employers are concerned about another summer event – Euro 2012.

# isme - Wednesday 9 May, 2012

Column: Tough, lonely and very risky – welcome to life as an entrepreneur

Unemployed people who start companies are branded “involuntary entrepreneurs” – but they should be hailed as heroes, writes business owner Peter Faulkner.

# isme - Monday 26 March, 2012

The 9 at 9: Monday 9 At 9 This post contains videos

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things to know this morning…

Small businesses being 'thrown to the wolves' by late payments - ISME

A survey of small businesses found it takes an average of 71 days to receive payment – and ISME is blaming big businesses and government agencies.

# isme - Monday 12 March, 2012

Half of SME applications for bank loans refused in last quarter – report

A new ISME survey says that although more companies are seeking credit, lenders are still reluctant to put up their cash.

# isme - Thursday 9 February, 2012

Ireland above EU average for innovation - study

A Europe-wide study rated us highly for research and skills – but noted a lack of financial support for innovative products.