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SFA Annual Subscription
SFA Annual Conference “Spotlighting SME Success – insights for business on achieving growth in a new world”
Easter Holidays 2014
Mentors Without Borders – Opportunity to receive evaluation of your business
Ibec Quarterly Economic Outlook – Quarter 1
Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2014 Report
Guides to Assist Bereaved Colleagues
Return to Work Interviews
Do you have Bullies in your Organisation unknown to you?
Mental Health Campaign 2014
Events
SFA Webinar Series – Contracts
 
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Retail Ireland MasterCard Annual Conference 2014 - Learn how to grow and improve your business
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SFA Annual Lunch 2014 - date for your diary
 
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Welcome to the SFA April News Update

Dear Member,



Covered in this month's edition of the SFA news update we ask you to put a date in your diary for the up and coming SFA Annual Conference “Spotlighting SME Success – insights for business on achieving growth in a new world” which is taking place on Tuesday, 27th  May in the Clyde Court Hotel, Dublin 4.  We talk about the Easter Public Holidays, we inform you about a programme called Mentors Without Borders which gives you the opportunity to receive a free evaluation of your business.  We have also included Ibec's recent Economic Outlook publication on the recent quarter gone of 2014. 

Also included in this month's edition is The National Competitiveness Council “Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2014” report, Guides for Owner Managers to assist them support a work colleague when they suffer a bereavement, Carrying out Return to Work Interviews after an employee has been absent from work, having Bullies in your Organisation unknown to you and the See Change Mental Health Campaign 2014.   

We also inform you of other up and coming events and the SFA’s recent activity in the media.

Please do keep me informed of any issues that may affect you.

Kind regards.

Patricia Callan
SFA Director

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SFA Annual Subscription
 
SFA membership is an important asset to your business and if you have not already done so, could I ask you to please remit your annual subscription by return. My sincere thanks to the many companies who have already...
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SFA Annual Conference “Spotlighting SME Success – insights for business on achieving growth in a new world”
 
The SFA Annual Conference will take place this year in the Clyde Court Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, on the morning of Tuesday, 27th May 2014.  The title of this year’s Conference is “Spotlighting SME Success – insights for business on achieving growth in a new world” and it will focus on how to...
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Easter Holidays 2014
 
Easter Monday falls on Monday, 21st April and is a public holiday.  A public holiday is a statutory entitlement, as set out in the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 and should not be confused with "Bank Holidays" e.g. Good Friday, which are not covered...
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Mentors Without Borders – Opportunity to receive evaluation of your business
 
The SFA is partnering with the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) in launching an innovative new programme for small business owners “Mentors Without Borders”.  Mentors Without Borders is a unique mentorship programme that...
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Ibec Quarterly Economic Outlook – Quarter 1
 
Ibec have published a new Quarterly Economic Outlook covering months January to March 2014.  This newsletter edition discusses Ibec’s revised upwards 2014...
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Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2014 Report
 

The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) has launched its Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2014 report.  The report finds that Ireland’s costs base has improved across a range of...

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Guides to Assist Bereaved Colleagues
 
The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has launched a resource pack aimed at helping owner managers to support their colleagues affected by bereavement.  In Ireland, it’s estimated that one in 10 of the Irish workforce each...
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Return to Work Interviews
 
Carrying out return to work interviews is one of the most effective measures employers can take to reduce absenteeism from the company.   The purpose of conducting a return to work interview is...
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Do you have Bullies in your Organisation unknown to you?
 
Bullying within companies does not have to mean an aggressive bawling type behaviour from one individual to another.  It can come in the form of subtle digs which can just be as...
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Mental Health Campaign 2014
 
See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership and its 80 partner organisations are rolling out a month long national green ribbon campaign to get people talking openly about mental health problems in...
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