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# Small businesses

All time
# off the rails
Most consumers ‘not comfortable’ shopping on high street until Covid-19 is under control
68% of consumers reported spending more online in 2020 than they did in 2019.
# Financial Support
DMG Media launches €1 million advertising fund for small businesses
Throughout the fund, 200 small businesses will be given a tailored advertising package worth €5,000 each.
# Small businesses
Brexit and wage increase lead to drop in confidence for Ireland's small businesses
The Small Firms Association is calling for a national Small Business Strategy to improve small business performance.
# Overcrowded
Tour groups must book visits to English Market or 'traders could be in jeopardy'
The English Market, a fresh food venue and meeting place, is over 200 years old.
# more red tape
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.
# doley cow
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…
# Absenteeism
Sick days cost €490 million last year but which area had the highest rate of absence?
Back pain, anxiety and depression were the biggest contributors to absenteeism in 2014.
# tricolour discount
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.
# give me a sign
Dublin City Council explains sandwich board sweep in Temple Bar today
Protecting the public or stifling SMEs?
SMEs call for Budget 2015 to focus on competitiveness
ISME also says keeping the 12.5% corporation tax is essential to the recovery.
# Fraud
Businesses in Northern Ireland fall victim to 'sophisticated credit card scam'
Police said a number of business people have already been defrauded out of significant sums of money.
Some businesses aren't feeling a strong recovery according to this survey
The manufacturing sector is proving to be a “cause of concern”.
# Credit where it's due
AIB approves nine out of ten of SME loans
State owned bank put €4.2bn into the market last year.
# Examinership
This TD claims his bill could save thousands of jobs - and create thousands more
Stephen Donnelly wants to amend the Companies Act to facilitate an easier examinership process.
# sponsored by HSA
How much could an accident in the workplace cost you?
And more importantly – how can they be prevented?
# Loans
Just 90 loans approved by government scheme for small businesses
The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said it is working to promote greater awareness of the scheme in the business community.
# Minimum Wage
‘Put her back in her box’: ISME slams Burton’s call to raise minimum wage
The small and medium-sized firms’ body says increasing the minimum wage forces employers to pay more than the going rate.
# Your Say
Poll: Should we increase the minimum wage?
Minister Joan Burton has called for a rise in the current wage of €8.65 per hour. Do you agree with her?
# Small businesses
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.
# Investment
NPRF announces €850m investment in funds for small businesses
The funds will be used to invest in both healthy businesses seeking to grow and those that are under-performing.
# Small Business
Feargal Quinn the most admired entrepreneur among Irish SMEs
The Superquinn founder and independent senator tops a survey of Irish small and medium enterprises.
# Satisfaction
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.
# Small Firms
€3.78 million funding to small businesses to 'create and sustain 550 jobs'
A number of County and City Enterprise Boards have been granted additional funding to meet demand.
# Lending
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.
# SMEs
Bruton rolls out programme to help small businesses
The Minister for Jobs said small businesses should be a “powerful engine” for recovery.
# Referendum
A 'Yes' vote likely says poll of small firm owners
Small Firms Association survey states that 83 per cent believe a yes vote likely but members would welcome a growth package.
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.
# Lending
One-third of Irish businesses prevented from growing by credit shortage
Almost half of businesses in the InterTradeIreland study were either shrinking, struggling or winding up entirely.
# Pay Freeze
Pay frozen as small businesses look to sustain jobs
New results from the Small Firms Association show that seven per cent of firms decreased pay in the past year.