In this issue
SFA Annual General Meeting Notice
Christmas Closing Arrangements
Ensure Your Company Social Events are Enjoyed Safely
Seasonal Workers – Key Considerations for Employers
Credit Review Office Fourteenth Report
SME Credit Demand Survey
SME survey on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP
Ebola Guidance for Employers
Irish Water Stakeholder Forum
Audit of Craft Manufacturers
Events
SFA Member Christmas Drinks
 
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Going for Growth - Free Programme
 
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The Pendulum Summit
 
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Welcome to the November News Update
 
Welcome to the November edition of the SFA News Update.  Covered in this month's edition is notice of the SFA Annual General Meeting, the Christmas closing arrangements in different sectors, advice to employers on enjoying company social events safely, seasonal workers and an Ebola guidance document.

Also featured is the Credit Review Office's fourteenth report, the Department of Finance's SME Credit Demand Survey results, the SME Survey on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Irish Water Stakeholder forum and the Audit of Craft Manufacturers.

We also invite you to attend the SFA Christmas Member Drinks taking place on Monday, 8th December in the Cliff Townhouse.  We hope to see you there.


Kind regards

Patricia Callan
SFA Director
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SFA Annual General Meeting Notice
 

I would like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting, which will be held at our offices at 84-86 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 at 1.30pm on Wednesday, 10th December 2014 to consider the following resolutions:

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Christmas Closing Arrangements
 
The following represents the Christmas holiday arrangements being applied in various sectors.  Christmas Day falls on Thursday, 25th December, St Stephen’s Day falls on Friday, 26th December and New Year’s Day falls on Thursday, 1st January 2015.  These three days...
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Ensure Your Company Social Events are Enjoyed Safely
 
Many members may be having a Christmas work celebration.  Company social events can be an effective means of acknowledging employees’ contributions within the organisation.  However, they also have the...
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Seasonal Workers – Key Considerations for Employers
 
In the run up to Christmas many employers are recruiting seaonal staff to cover this peak trading period.  It is important for employers to be mindful of
the fact that even when an individual is hired for only a few weeks or months, they still have certain rights and...
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Credit Review Office Fourteenth Report
 
The credit review office has released their fourteenth report outlining some of the main issues affecting the SME sector.  They are pleased to have observed that 2013 saw the adverse domestictrading conditions bottom out, and...
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SME Credit Demand Survey
 
The SME Credit Demand Survey covering the period April – September 2014 has been published by the Department of Finance.  It is the most comprehensive survey of SME Credit Demand in Ireland, covering...
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SME survey on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP
 
The European Commission is running an on-line SME survey in the context of TTIP negotiations to collect information regarding the trade barriers faced by European industries and individual companies when...
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Ebola Guidance for Employers
 

The Ebola pandemic appears low risk to Ireland but it is still important for businesses to have a business interruption or pandemic continuity plan in place just in...

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Irish Water Stakeholder Forum
 
The SFA is participating in the Irish Water Stakeholder Forum.  At a recent meeting, we emphasized the importance of clarity for commercial water users going forward.  Irish Water confirmed that current water rates will...
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Audit of Craft Manufacturers
 
Dolmen Design Consultancy on behalf of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, is involved in compiling a national database of craft suitable manufacturing facilities in Ireland.   This would include precision...
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