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#SFA

# sfa - Monday 22 August, 2016

'People are holding onto land with no intention of developing it and just hoping for the best'

The Small Firms Association wants the government to bring in a scheme to encourage landowners to sell up.

# sfa - Monday 21 March, 2016

Survival of small businesses 'hangs in the balance' if Brexit becomes a reality

Some 200,000 people are employed here due to trade between Ireland and the UK.

# sfa - Tuesday 29 September, 2015

From The42 Celtic's Leigh Griffiths fined over 'refugee' song about Rudi Skacel Punishment

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths fined over 'refugee' song about Rudi Skacel

The Scottish striker has been fined and given a suspended two-game ban.

# sfa - Monday 14 September, 2015

The single biggest engine room for Irish jobs is starting to fire up

Together these businesses account for half the private workforce.

# sfa - Wednesday 10 June, 2015

From The42 Tensions mount as Scottish FA chief blasts John Delaney - 'We do things the right way' Battle Lines Drawn

Tensions mount as Scottish FA chief blasts John Delaney - 'We do things the right way'

The relationship between the SFA and FAI has been strained since November.

# sfa - Monday 25 May, 2015

Forcing people to pay for their own retirement will 'put many jobs and businesses at risk'

The government wants a universal pension system – but not everyone thinks that’s a good idea.

# sfa - Thursday 26 March, 2015

Could the self-employed be about to get equality on social welfare?

The next budget is gearing up to be pretty generous one. It’s the latest in the pre-election extravaganza…

# sfa - 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

# sfa - Monday 15 December, 2014

Irish businesses could cut the state's €8.5 billion spending bill

But owner-operators say they are still taking far to long to get paid when they do get contracts.

# sfa - 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.

# sfa - Tuesday 14 October, 2014

'Uninspiring' budget continues tax discrimination against self-starters

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

# sfa - Wednesday 8 October, 2014

'Jobs lost here at home' as foreign firms cash in on Ireland's public purse

The government should “think small first” and keep more tenders in Irish hands, SFA says.

# sfa - Tuesday 30 September, 2014

We should back female and elderly entrepreneurs better: small-business lobby

They’re among the groups under-represented in business which could be targeted in a national policy for entrepreneurs.

# sfa - Tuesday 2 September, 2014

More jobs coming as Irish firms get 'back on feet'

Small businesses are expecting to hire extra staff this year… and to have to pay more for them.

# sfa - Wednesday 27 August, 2014

The SFA is warning the new small business minister to steer clear of wage hikes

This afternoon Ged Nash said that businesses should try and award pay increases where possible.

# sfa - Wednesday 20 August, 2014

Nearly half of SMEs with Celtic Tiger property debts are defaulting

Jobs in the SME sector could be threatened by bad property debts, according to the Central Bank.

# sfa - Tuesday 5 August, 2014

Irish 'stigma' around failure is hurting entrepreneurship - SFA

The trade group is calling for the introduction of improved supports for struggling and failed businesspeople.

# sfa - Wednesday 11 June, 2014

Irish companies to get helping hand from global business leaders

Three SMEs will get international mentoring from senior executives at global companies, including VISA.

# sfa - Tuesday 10 June, 2014

How are small businesses feeling about the next few months?

Pretty good, a survey reveals, with 48 per cent expecting the overall business environment to be ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

# sfa - 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.

# sfa - Monday 2 June, 2014

What I learned: Keith Wood on leadership in rugby and business

Taking lessons from the pitch to the boardroom.

# sfa - Tuesday 27 May, 2014

Government supports for SMEs 'designed not to be used' - SFA

The small business lobby group has called for reform of the Government’s ‘daft’ policies.

# sfa - 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.

# sfa - 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.

# sfa - 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.

# sfa - 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.

# sfa - Thursday 10 October, 2013

Over 1,200 employers and 2,400 jobseekers register for JobsPlus scheme

The new initiative that rewards employers for taking on the long term unemployed was launched during the summer.

# sfa - Wednesday 9 October, 2013

Business people avoid discussing mental health due to fear of appearing weak

The SFA is urging employers in small businesses to address mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

# sfa - 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.

# sfa - Wednesday 21 August, 2013

One in 10 small businesses use debt collection agents to get money owed

Small businesses are having to wait an average of 62 days to get paid by creditors.

# sfa - Monday 27 May, 2013

5 steps to tackle youth unemployment outlined by SFA

The Small Firms Association says the lack of job opportunities has impacted on young people more than any other group in Irish society and called on the government to face the problem head-on.

# sfa - Monday 29 April, 2013

Three months on and small firms feel more confident about business SFA

Three months on and small firms feel more confident about business

Results also show that 30 per cent of respondents rate the current overall business environment as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’.

# sfa - Monday 15 April, 2013

SFA warn of €6 billion cost of black economy, urge government action

The Small Firms Association is to meet with the Joint Oireachtas on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation tomorrow and outline measures which they believe will help tackle the issue.

# sfa - Tuesday 2 April, 2013

Economic activity needed to solve 'fiscal and unemployment crisis' - SFA

The Small Firms Association has said that a lowering of the cost of employment along with strong political leadership is required for economic recovery.

# sfa - Monday 7 January, 2013

Small firms being 'strangled' by late payments - SFA

Companies are now waiting an average of 62 days to be paid, according to a survey by the Small Firms Association.

# sfa - Wednesday 19 December, 2012

From The42 Bad blood: Levein launches legal action over Scotland sacking Scotch Wrath

Bad blood: Levein launches legal action over Scotland sacking

The Scots are winless in a ramshackle bid to qualify for the World Cup in 2014.

# sfa - Tuesday 7 August, 2012

Over 40 per cent of small firms plan to create new jobs

However, there are still barriers to employment opportunities including a lack of business and unrealistic salary expectations.

# sfa - Thursday 31 May, 2012

Column: 'Self-employed people need a safety net too'

Patricia Callan of the Small Firms Association says in order to encourage entrepreneurs, self-employed people should get as much protection as their employees if a business fails.

# sfa - 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.

# sfa - Monday 30 April, 2012

And they're off: Campaigning for referendum to get underway

The Environment Minister Phil Hogan is expected to sign the referendum order today, kicking off just over a month of campaigning.

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