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#Mark Fielding

# mark-fielding - 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?

# mark-fielding - 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

# mark-fielding - Wednesday 31 December, 2014

"Loose talk" of higher pay from the Government not helpful, says business group

The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association’s (ISME) estimate that the SME sector could create 60,000 jobs in 2015.

# mark-fielding - 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.

# mark-fielding - Wednesday 13 August, 2014

Enterprise culture "lacking" in Irish schools

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

# mark-fielding - 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”.

# mark-fielding - 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.

# mark-fielding - 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.

# mark-fielding - 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.

# mark-fielding - 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.

# mark-fielding - Tuesday 3 June, 2014

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.

# mark-fielding - 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.

# mark-fielding - 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.

# mark-fielding - 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.

# mark-fielding - 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.

# mark-fielding - Monday 17 September, 2012

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin to hold 'think-ins' before Dáil return

The two main opposition parties will both begin their pre-parliamentary discussions in Dublin before the Dáil comes back tomorrow.

# mark-fielding - 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.

# mark-fielding - 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.

# mark-fielding - Monday 26 March, 2012

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.

# mark-fielding - Wednesday 20 October, 2010

Buxom young woman comments were "completely inappropriate", says head of ISME Maternity

Buxom young woman comments were "completely inappropriate", says head of ISME

Mark Fielding has apologised for his comments concerning the employment prospects of young women under new proposed maternity -leave laws.