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# small-firms-association - Tuesday 11 October, 2016

"Not Brexit-proof" - there's a deal of good news for the self-employed today, but is it enough?

"Not Brexit-proof" - there's a deal of good news for the self-employed today, but is it enough?

Oct 11th 2016, 3:29 PM 8,124 Views 0 Comments

However the earned income tax credit still lags behind the €1,650 automatic deduction available to PAYE workers.

# small-firms-association - Monday 22 August, 2016

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

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

Aug 22nd 2016, 9:30 AM 23,972 Views 62 Comments

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

# small-firms-association - Monday 21 March, 2016

Survival of small businesses 'hangs in the balance' if Brexit becomes a reality
# More Red Tape
# More Red Tape

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

Mar 21st 2016, 6:00 AM 10,018 Views 41 Comments

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

# small-firms-association - Monday 14 September, 2015

The single biggest engine room for Irish jobs is starting to fire up
# Back In Business
# Back In Business

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

Sep 14th 2015, 12:37 PM 27,434 Views 17 Comments

Together these businesses account for half the private workforce.

# small-firms-association - Monday 25 May, 2015

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

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

May 25th 2015, 10:54 AM 13,450 Views 57 Comments

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

# small-firms-association - Tuesday 17 February, 2015

Sick days cost €490 million last year but which area had the highest rate of absence?
# Absenteeism
# Absenteeism

Sick days cost €490 million last year but which area had the highest rate of absence?

Feb 17th 2015, 6:30 AM 26,530 Views 39 Comments

Back pain, anxiety and depression were the biggest contributors to absenteeism in 2014.

# small-firms-association - Saturday 7 February, 2015

'Opening a business is risky. It's time self-employed people had a safety net'
# RISKY BUSINESS
# RISKY BUSINESS

'Opening a business is risky. It's time self-employed people had a safety net'

Feb 7th 2015, 10:15 AM 11,376 Views 28 Comments

The Small Firms Association wants self-employed people to be allowed make voluntary contributions to PRSI.

# small-firms-association - Tuesday 20 January, 2015

'Bosses need to be treated equally to - if not better than - employees'
# Self-employed
# Self-employed

'Bosses need to be treated equally to - if not better than - employees'

Jan 20th 2015, 10:01 AM 14,621 Views 26 Comments

The Small Firms Association wants an end to ‘discrimination’ against the self-employed.

# small-firms-association - Monday 10 November, 2014

Been knocked back for a business loan? Well, here's some good news
# Wrong Answer
# Wrong Answer

Been knocked back for a business loan? Well, here's some good news

Nov 10th 2014, 5:49 PM 7,624 Views 7 Comments

The Credit Review Office has been overturning a lot of rejected applications.

# small-firms-association - Tuesday 5 August, 2014

Irish 'stigma' around failure is hurting entrepreneurship - SFA
# Fail Better
# Fail Better

Irish 'stigma' around failure is hurting entrepreneurship - SFA

Aug 5th 2014, 5:02 PM 7,532 Views 25 Comments

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

# small-firms-association - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

Call for more scrutiny on bank lending to SMEs
# Funding Woes
# Funding Woes

Call for more scrutiny on bank lending to SMEs

Jul 16th 2014, 4:38 PM 4,073 Views 6 Comments

An Oireachtas Committee wants the Central Bank to find out just what the true approval rate for SME loans is.

# small-firms-association - Wednesday 11 June, 2014

Irish companies to get helping hand from global business leaders
# Mentoring
# Mentoring

Irish companies to get helping hand from global business leaders

Jun 11th 2014, 2:54 PM 6,769 Views 12 Comments

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

# small-firms-association - Tuesday 10 June, 2014

How are small businesses feeling about the next few months?
# Confidence
# Confidence

How are small businesses feeling about the next few months?

Jun 10th 2014, 7:30 AM 4,440 Views 61 Comments

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

# small-firms-association - Monday 2 June, 2014

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

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

Jun 2nd 2014, 10:15 AM 19,445 Views 16 Comments

Taking lessons from the pitch to the boardroom.

# small-firms-association - Tuesday 27 May, 2014

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

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

May 27th 2014, 3:58 PM 6,945 Views 17 Comments

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

# small-firms-association - Sunday 25 May, 2014

Speed-dating (networking) for business: 'It's time to get out of your comfort zone'
# Making Connections
# Making Connections

Speed-dating (networking) for business: 'It's time to get out of your comfort zone'

May 25th 2014, 8:45 AM 7,790 Views 3 Comments

Want to make 15 business connections in less than an hour – here’s how.

# small-firms-association - Sunday 20 April, 2014

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

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

Apr 20th 2014, 8:15 AM 5,893 Views 7 Comments

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

# small-firms-association - Tuesday 8 April, 2014

Small firms 'prohibited' from government work
# Crowded Out
# Crowded Out

Small firms 'prohibited' from government work

Apr 8th 2014, 7:15 AM 7,276 Views 31 Comments

Larger companies forcing down prices for government work.

# small-firms-association - Tuesday 3 December, 2013

Shoppers should be encouraged to buy Irish this Saturday, says SFA
# Retail
# Retail

Shoppers should be encouraged to buy Irish this Saturday, says SFA

Dec 3rd 2013, 7:30 AM 7,322 Views 35 Comments

An initiative like “Small Business Saturday” could raise as much as €30 million, the Small Firms Association believes.

# small-firms-association - Wednesday 9 October, 2013

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

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

Oct 9th 2013, 7:20 AM 4,167 Views 17 Comments

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

# small-firms-association - Wednesday 21 August, 2013

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

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

Aug 21st 2013, 6:45 AM 4,124 Views 11 Comments

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

# small-firms-association - Monday 27 May, 2013

5 steps to tackle youth unemployment outlined by SFA
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

5 steps to tackle youth unemployment outlined by SFA

May 27th 2013, 6:30 AM 6,997 Views 20 Comments

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.

# small-firms-association - Monday 29 April, 2013

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

Three months on and small firms feel more confident about business

Apr 29th 2013, 9:27 AM 3,246 Views 9 Comments

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

# small-firms-association - Monday 15 April, 2013

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

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

Apr 15th 2013, 6:30 AM 5,809 Views 34 Comments

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.

# small-firms-association - Tuesday 2 April, 2013

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

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

Apr 2nd 2013, 8:48 AM 3,376 Views 16 Comments

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

# small-firms-association - Friday 28 December, 2012

Small and medium businesses could* deliver 20,000 jobs
# Jobswatch
# Jobswatch

Small and medium businesses could* deliver 20,000 jobs

Dec 28th 2012, 6:45 AM 2,837 Views 11 Comments

The Small Firms Association makes optimistic prediction for 2013 – *but only if SMEs are “placed at the heart of economic policy”.

# small-firms-association - Thursday 31 May, 2012

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

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

May 31st 2012, 7:00 AM 29 Views 43 Comments

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.

# small-firms-association - Monday 28 May, 2012

A 'Yes' vote likely says poll of small firm owners
# Referendum
# Referendum

A 'Yes' vote likely says poll of small firm owners

May 28th 2012, 3:33 PM 1,980 Views 53 Comments

Small Firms Association survey states that 83 per cent believe a yes vote likely but members would welcome a growth package.

# small-firms-association - Monday 20 February, 2012

Employers warn that Burton's sick pay proposals will result in job losses
# Sick Pay
# Sick Pay

Employers warn that Burton's sick pay proposals will result in job losses

Feb 20th 2012, 6:46 PM 6,551 Views 43 Comments

The Small Firms Association and the Irish Business and Employers Confederation have condemned the government’s plans to shift the burden of sick pay on to employers.

# small-firms-association - Friday 30 December, 2011

Small firms "confident" about 2012 outlook
# Business
# Business

Small firms "confident" about 2012 outlook

Dec 30th 2011, 9:30 AM 1,002 Views 1 Comment

But comprehensive enterprise and a jobs support package is needed to avoid a ‘double-dip’ recession, says the Small Firms Association.

# small-firms-association - Tuesday 29 November, 2011

SFA calls on consumers to buy Irish this Saturday
# Small Business Saturday
# Small Business Saturday

SFA calls on consumers to buy Irish this Saturday

Nov 29th 2011, 7:00 AM 1,403 Views 20 Comments

The Small Firms Association is calling on consumers to spend their Christmas money with small businesses this Saturday.

# small-firms-association - Tuesday 1 November, 2011

The 9 at 9: Tuesday
# 9 At 9
# 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nov 1st 2011, 8:19 AM 2,842 Views 7 Comments

Nine things you need to know this morning….

One in five small firms hiring staff in next three months
# Jobs
# Jobs

One in five small firms hiring staff in next three months

Nov 1st 2011, 8:00 AM 289 Views 2 Comments

However, an industry association said the environment is still very challenging for small businesses.

# small-firms-association - Tuesday 27 September, 2011

Government must do more to help small firms - SFA
# Small Firms
# Small Firms

Government must do more to help small firms - SFA

Sep 27th 2011, 8:56 AM 238 Views 4 Comments

Small Firms Association chairman Ian Martin will today identify three areas that government must work on to assist businesses.

# small-firms-association - Monday 22 August, 2011

Pay frozen as small businesses look to sustain jobs
# Pay Freeze
# Pay Freeze

Pay frozen as small businesses look to sustain jobs

Aug 22nd 2011, 9:14 AM 208 Views 2 Comments

New results from the Small Firms Association show that seven per cent of firms decreased pay in the past year.

# small-firms-association - Tuesday 2 August, 2011

More than 100 HSE staff off sick every day - at just one hospital
# Sickies
# Sickies

More than 100 HSE staff off sick every day - at just one hospital

Aug 2nd 2011, 11:37 AM 2,525 Views 23 Comments

Absenteeism rates are around twice the national average among nurses at several units, HSE figures show.

# small-firms-association - Tuesday 19 July, 2011

Superquinn workers retain conditions, while suppliers fear for payments
# Superquinn
# Superquinn

Superquinn workers retain conditions, while suppliers fear for payments

Jul 19th 2011, 4:51 PM 436 Views 6 Comments

Terms and conditions of employment at Superquinn will stay the same under new owner Musgrave, while the Small Firms Association says it fears for smaller suppliers.

# small-firms-association - Monday 23 May, 2011

Loan approval rates nearly halved in three years - CSO
# Statistics
# Statistics

Loan approval rates nearly halved in three years - CSO

May 23rd 2011, 12:55 PM 269 Views 0 Comments

90 per cent of all business loan applications were approved in 2007, but only 50 per cent were given the thumbs-up by 2010.

# small-firms-association - Monday 7 March, 2011

Small Firms Association criticises coalition proposal to reverse minimum wage cut
# Minimum Wage
# Minimum Wage

Small Firms Association criticises coalition proposal to reverse minimum wage cut

Mar 7th 2011, 1:57 PM 513 Views 0 Comments

The SFA is cautiously welcoming the programme for government which is its says is “good and bad for small firms”.

# small-firms-association - Monday 24 January, 2011

1 in 10 small firms planning to recruit in first quarter
# Jobswatch
# Jobswatch

1 in 10 small firms planning to recruit in first quarter

Jan 24th 2011, 7:06 PM 370 Views 0 Comments

The Small Firms Association says its survey of businesses show intention to maintain and increase staff levels in 2011.

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