Welcome to this edition of the SFA e-zine.
I am delighted to announce that Blueacre Technology was the overall winner of the SFA National Small Business Awards 2019. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists.
This week our Brexit update focuses on the possible impacts for food business operators. We also link to the European Commission Preparedness Notices, which aim at preparing citizens and stakeholders for the withdrawal of the UK.
I am pleased to announce that the SFA has successfully secured Skillnet Ireland funding to provide subsidised training to small and medium sized enterprises. The newly established SFA Skillnet training network aims to improve the competitiveness and productivity of Irish companies through training across three core areas.
We provide you with a series of FAQs around the St Patrick’s Day 2019 public holiday entitlement and advise on your requirements under the Employment (Miscellaneous) Provisions Act which came into force on 4 March. We also link to a new global CEO survey by PwC which finds growth in an uncertain world.
Our Business Bytes series returns tomorrow from 5.30-7.30pm looking at how to use consumer research and market insights to grow your business. Limited places are still available to book. Our next Smart Business Workshop is taking place in Cork on 21 March, register to attend now.
You are invited to a practical Energy Saving Breakfast hosted by SEAI, SFA and Chambers Ireland at the SEAI Energy Show on 27 March. Bookings are now open for the SFA Smart Business Conference taking place on 2 May. The theme of this year's conference is innovate or expire and through a series of expert speakers and case studies, the conference will help future proof small businesses for a rapidly changing environment and see how technology can help navigate these changes.
The second of our three digital marketing masterclasses is happening on 25 March and will focus on search marketing. Find out more about our upcoming training courses on filming your business video on a smartphone, management and employment law. We also provide a summary of recent press coverage.
As always, we’d love to hear from you about any queries you may have, issues you wish to have raised with Government or other stakeholders and your ideas on how we can improve the business environment for us all. Please contact me on tel: 01 605 1602 or e-mail: email@example.com or tweet: @SFA_Irl or visit: www.sfa.ie.