Welcome to this edition of the SFA e-zine.
I hope 2019 has gotten off to a good start for your business. Keep an eye out for your copy of the latest edition of the SFA magazine, Better Business which should be arriving in the post shortly. You can also view the digital version of the magazine.
As part of our Grow, Scale, Succeed campaign, we have prepared a guide to help you source new employees to combat those recruitment struggles. This week we look at what companies need to do if they wish to satisfy the Labour Market Needs test when hiring non-EEA nationals under some types of employment permits.
We bring you advice from Revenue on how you can prepare your business for Brexit. We invite you to take part in our National Minimum Wage Survey 2019 which will allow us to collect up-to-date information on the impact of changes to the minimum wage on members’ businesses and prepare our submission to the Low Pay Commission on the appropriate minimum wage rate for 2020.
Tickets are limited for our Business Connect event taking place on 7 February in the Aviva Stadium so book your place now. We have a great line-up of speakers who will discuss how to stand out from the crowd, our connected world post-Brexit and case studies of successful cooperation models between big and small businesses. After a successful event in Drogheda last week the next stop in our Smart Business Workshops is Gorey on 15 February.
Now is the time to plan your training calendar for 2019 – to make sure that vital upskilling does not get usurped by the urgent but non-important day-to-day distractions. Take a look through our 'Training Matters' training courses to identify what courses are needed to enhance key skills in your business. Our three digital marketing masterclasses have been rescheduled, the first event on social media fundamentals for small businesses is now on 21 February. 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.