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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?

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'

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

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

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'

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?

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'

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

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

From Business ETC ‘Bosses need to be treated equally to – if not better than – employees’ Self-employed

‘Bosses need to be treated equally to – if not better than – employees’

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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'

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

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

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

Small firms 'prohibited' from government work

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

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

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

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

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

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’.

# small-firms-association - 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.

# small-firms-association - 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.

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

Small and medium businesses could* deliver 20,000 jobs

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'

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

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

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

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

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

Nine things you need to know this morning….

One in five small firms hiring staff in next three months

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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