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Small Firms Association

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

From TheJournal.ie Call for more scrutiny on bank lending to SMEs Funding Woes

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

From TheJournal.ie Restrictive, badly marketed and poorly explained: Government finance scheme for SMEs is not working Not Adding Up

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

From TheJournal.ie Business people avoid discussing mental health due to fear of appearing weak Mental Health

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

From TheJournal.ie SFA warn of €6 billion cost of black economy, urge government action Black Economy

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘Self-employed people need a safety net too’ Opinion

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

From TheJournal.ie A ‘Yes’ vote likely says poll of small firm owners 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.

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

From TheJournal.ie Employers warn that Burton’s sick pay proposals will result in job losses Sick Pay

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

From TheJournal.ie Small firms “confident” about 2012 outlook Business

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

From TheJournal.ie SFA calls on consumers to buy Irish this Saturday Small Business Saturday

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

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Tuesday 9 At 9

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

From TheJournal.ie Pay frozen as small businesses look to sustain jobs 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.

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

From TheJournal.ie More than 100 HSE staff off sick every day – at just one hospital Sickies

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

From TheJournal.ie Small Firms Association criticises coalition proposal to reverse minimum wage cut Minimum Wage

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.

# small-firms-association - Friday 3 December, 2010

From TheJournal.ie Cold snap costs businesses €7m a day Employment

Cold snap costs businesses €7m a day

If every employee leaves work 15 minutes early, companies lose 49,300 days of work, according to the Small Firms Association.

# small-firms-association - Tuesday 26 October, 2010

From TheJournal.ie Small firm workers take fewer sick days – survey Absenteeism

Small firm workers take fewer sick days – survey

Surprise! People take fewer sick days when there are fewer other employees to cover their work.

# small-firms-association - Monday 18 October, 2010

Confidence of small firms up in third quarter

Confidence among small firms picked up between July and September – but access to credit remains a problem.

# small-firms-association - Thursday 16 September, 2010

Loan guarantee scheme on the way for small firms

Enterprise minister Batt O’Keeffe says the government is carrying out detailed work on a government-backed scheme.

# small-firms-association - Friday 13 August, 2010

UNIONS HAVE called on the government to be fair when considering how to get more people to contribute to the social insurance fund, RTÉ reports

They have said that the government must bear in mind how much a lower-paid person is able to pay, and that the scheme must return guaranteed benefits.

The statement comes as the state announced plans for the co-called universal social contribution fund into which everyone in society would be required to pay contributions – even on “unearned income” like investments and share options.

The Department of Social Protection are considering:

  • Standardising PRSI between employees and self-employed workers – the self-employed currently pay 3% PRSI, others 4%
  • Reforming employers’ PRSI to lower the cost of employees earning less than €500 a week
  • Introducing a minimum earnings threshold for access to the full range of PRSI benefits, and
  • Abolishing the PRSI ceiling of €7,500

Paddy Keating of IMPACT said PRSI payments ought to be made on non-earned income like share options and rental income, however he stressed that this should be done on a equitable basis.

Both the the Irish Property Owners Association and the Small Firms Association (SFA) were less enthusiastic about the proposals.

The Irish Landlords Association said that such new costs would could stretch some landlords to the limit and may force them out of business, which would result in the value of the rental property market taking a hit.

SFA said that plans to concerned about any plans to charge PRSI on share options or investments, saying great progress had been made on the tax treatment of such employee incentives in recent years.

However, SFA said that an increase in the PRSI contribution rate for the self-employed would be welcomed – providing self-employed people were then entitled to the same benefits as everyone else.