# small-firms-association - Today’s News
# small-firms-association - Tuesday 5 August, 2014
The trade group is calling for the introduction of improved supports for struggling and failed businesspeople.
# small-firms-association - Wednesday 16 July, 2014
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
Three SMEs will get international mentoring from senior executives at global companies, including VISA.
# small-firms-association - Tuesday 10 June, 2014
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
Taking lessons from the pitch to the boardroom.
# small-firms-association - Tuesday 27 May, 2014
The small business lobby group has called for reform of the Government’s ‘daft’ policies.
# small-firms-association - Sunday 25 May, 2014
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# small-firms-association - Sunday 20 April, 2014
The EIIS programme is poorly explained and flawed, trade bodies say.
# small-firms-association - Tuesday 8 April, 2014
Larger companies forcing down prices for government work.
# small-firms-association - Tuesday 3 December, 2013
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
The SFA is urging employers in small businesses to address mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
# small-firms-association - Wednesday 21 August, 2013
Small businesses are having to wait an average of 62 days to get paid by creditors.
# small-firms-association - Monday 27 May, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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However, an industry association said the environment is still very challenging for small businesses.
# small-firms-association - Tuesday 27 September, 2011
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
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
Absenteeism rates are around twice the national average among nurses at several units, HSE figures show.
# small-firms-association - Tuesday 19 July, 2011
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
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
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
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
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
Surprise! People take fewer sick days when there are fewer other employees to cover their work.
# small-firms-association - Monday 18 October, 2010
Confidence among small firms picked up between July and September – but access to credit remains a problem.
# small-firms-association - Thursday 16 September, 2010
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.