SFA E-Zine – The Tuesday Edition

Dear Member,

Many thanks to those members who have already paid their 2016 membership fee. I would ask all others to please remit their 2016 subscriptions as soon as possible. There are a range of payment options available.

In this week's ezine we present the advantages and disadvantages of performance related pay and detail the progress report of the High Level Group on SME Access to Public Procurement.

Throughout 2016, the SFA will offer training programmes tailored to small firms at affordable prices, view the schedule for 2016. Book now for a one-day 'Performance management and appraisal skills' programme in Dublin on 28 January.


Each week in the SFA e-zine, we will profile a different government support available to small businesses, in this edition we bring you details on the Tendor Advisory Service which provides rapid responses to queries and complaints about live tenders. 

If you missed last week’s webinar on government supports for small business you can watch it back on our website. 

Book your place at the first SFA / Vodafone Speed-Networking event of the season kicking off in Limerick on 28 January. The National Small Business Showcase event is on 1 February where the finalist companies in the SFA National Small Business Awards will be exhibiting. This event is free to attend and is open to the public with keynote speaker Rasmus Ankersen, who recently spoke at the Pendulum Summit. 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 directly at tel: 01 605 1602 or 

e-mail: patricia.callan@sfa.ie or tweet: @SFA_Irl or visit www.sfa.ie.


Kind Regards,

Patricia Callan
SFA Director

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In this issue
SFA E-Zine – The Tuesday Edition
SFA membership subscription 2016
The advantages and disadvantages of Performance Related Pay
SFA launches 'Train to Gain' training courses for small firms
Rapid responses to queries and complaints about live tenders
Progress Report of the High Level Group on SME Access to Public Procurement
Webinar playback
Speed-networking - Limerick
Small Business Showcase
Press coverage
Performance management and appraisal skills for small firms