Welcome to Better Business - the spring 2018 digital edition.

Better Business is a magazine dedicated to the small business community, brought to you by the Small Firms Association.   

We have dedicated much of this issue to the SFA National Small Business Awards. At the Gala Ceremony on 22 February, seven category winners and five emerging new businesses were announced. Briody Bedding, a fantastic family business from Co. Meath, scooped the overall award and you can read all about their plans for the future in this quarter’s cover story.


As this issue is the first of 2018, check out our Small Firms Outlook 2018 to gauge current business sentiment and the main trends for the coming year. As staffing and talent are big concerns for businesses, two articles take different angles on the gig economy and engaging contractors, giving you tips and flagging risks.


Elsewhere in this edition you will find guidance on using social media for your business, pitching like a pro, entering into contra deals and how to help employees to avoid personal financial stress. Our sector spotlight delves into the undertaking industry, we give you a roundup of the inaugural Business Connect event and share the key messages from the SFA’s submission to the Low Pay Commission on the National Minimum Wage.    

Click here to read the digital edition, featuring SFA member companies such as Aalto Bio Reagents, TheTaste.ie, The Aternative Board, 5 Quests, CA Compliance, Drury| Porter Novelli, Hero Recruitment, Vermillion Design and many more. 

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From all the team at SFA