In this issue
SFA Value Statement 2014
SFA Annual Subscription 2015
SFA Chairman Re-elected
SFA Director Addresses EU Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
SFA Meets Troika
SFA National Small Business Awards 2015 – Finalists Announced
Low Pay Commission – Applications sought from small companies
Study into the Prevalence of Zero Hour and Low Hour Contracts
Retirement Age and Discriminatory Dismissals
Late Payments Legislation - Interest Rate Change
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SFA National Small Business Awards Showcase Exhibition
 
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Happy New Year and Welcome to the SFA January News Update
 
Dear

The SFA would like to wish all our members a very Happy New Year and we look forward to working with you and supporting your business throughout 2015.  We also thank you for your on-going support and for keeping us abreast of all the issues that affect your business.  It is this input from members that allows us to represent your needs.

Covered in this months edition of the news update is the SFA Value Statement for 2014 that informs you about the SFA activities during 2014, the SFA Annual Subscription 2015, AJ Noonan from Rhonellen Developments has been re-elected as SFA Chairman for another two year term,  SFA Director Address EU Parliament on Industry, Research and Energy and the SFA met with the Troika.

We also inform you of the companies who have been announced as the finalists in the SFA National Small Business Awards Programme 2015,  the Low Pay Commission and applications are being sought from small companies for it, the study into the Prevalence of Zero Hour and Low Hour Contracts, Retirement Age and Discriminatory Dismissals and the Late Payments Legislation - Interest Rate Change. 

If you have any issues or thoughts of concern please continue to send them on to me directly either by: Tel: 01-6051602 or e-mail: patricia.callan@sfa.ie or Tweet: @sfa_irl.

Kindest regards

Patricia Callan
SFA Director
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SFA Value Statement 2014
 
2014 was another very busy year for the SFA.  You can view our value statement which includes full details on services provided, representational and media work by clicking...
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SFA Annual Subscription 2015
 
Firstly, can I thank you for your continued membership and support throughout 2014, it’s very much appreciated. We hope that your business is benefitting from being part of the Small Firms Association and the support we have provided in what has been a very significant year for business in Ireland.  We...
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SFA Chairman Re-elected
 

Following the SFA AGM on the 10th December 2014, the SFA Council elected Mr AJ Noonan as the Chairman of the Small Firms Association for another two-year term.  Originally from Westport in Mayo, Mr Noonan runs Rhonellen Group, a Healthcare Company involved in the provision...

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SFA Director Addresses EU Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
 
On 3rd December, Patricia Callan, SFA Director was invited by the EU Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy to give a presentation on SMEs in Ireland.  In her presentation she
stated that, “Irish SMEs are certainly the driving force in Europe, but despite much progress, the...
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SFA Meets Troika
 
On Tuesday, 19th November, the SFA Chair & Director were invited to meet the Troika during their second post bailout review.  At the meeting, we discussed our concerns around SME financing generally, but welcomed the launch of the SBCI.  We also...
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SFA National Small Business Awards 2015 – Finalists Announced
 
The short-list of finalists in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2015, were officially announced on the 8th December.  A total of 33 companies have been short-listed...
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Low Pay Commission – Applications sought from small companies
 
The Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash TD, is calling for people from worker and employer backgrounds, civil society and labour market experts to apply for membership of the new Low Pay Commission. The Low Pay Commission is being established to advise the Government on the appropriate rate of the National Minimum Wage on an annual basis.  It was...
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Study into the Prevalence of Zero Hour and Low Hour Contracts
 

The Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash TD, has issued a call for tenders to carry out a study into the prevalence of zero hour and low hour contracts and the impact of such contracts on employees.  Zero hour contracts of employment are contracts typically where the employee is available for work but does not have specified or guaranteed hours of work.  These types of contracts are usually found in sectors such as retail, hospitality, health and education.  The key objectives of the study are...

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Retirement Age and Discriminatory Dismissals
 
Recent cases before the Equality Tribunal on the age related ground reaffirm that if a company wishes to impose a compulsory retirement age, it must be objectively justified, for instance, making way for the...
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Late Payments Legislation - Interest Rate Change
 
Under the Late Payment in Commercial Transactions Regulations, interest at the rate of the European Central Bank rate plus 8% can be applied to payments made after a 30 day payment period has expired (in the absence of a written contract specifying an alternative payment period).  With effect from 1 January 2015 the late payment interest rate is...
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