In this issue
SFA Annual Subscription
Action Plan for Jobs 2014
Update on Workplace Relations Reform
Dealing with Stress in the Workplace
SFA National Small Business Awards 2014 - Winners Announced
AIB Economic Quarterly Update for SFA members
SME Examinership Guide
Events
Date for your diary – SFA Annual Conference “Think Global, Keep Local”
 
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SFA Webinar Series – The What Where & How of Business Supports for Small Business
 
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Taking Care of Business
 
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DSP Employer Briefings on Access to Financial Support
 
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Welcome to the March News Update 2014

Dear Member

In this month's issue we give advice on Dealing with Stress in the Workplace, we inform you about the Action Plan for Jobs 2014 report which was recently published, we update you on the Workplace Relations Reform bill and where it is currently at in the restructuring process and the new SME Examinership Guide which was published due to recent legislative changes.

Also included in this months edition is an Economic Update for the first quarter of 2014 and we announce the Winners of the SFA National Small Business Awards 2014 Programme.

Other items of interest to you are our up and coming events such as, the date for your diary for the SFA Annual Conference, the SFA Webinar Series - The What Where & Now of Business Supports for Small Business, and regional roadshows by 25 State Bodies on the services they provide to you, called Taking Care of Business and Briefings from the DSP on Access to Financial Support for hiring long-term unemployed people.  We also keep you abreast of all our recent activity in the media.  

Please do keep us informed of any issues that concern 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 responded with their 2014 subscriptions.  If you have not...
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Action Plan for Jobs 2014
 
The Action Plan for Jobs 2014 was recently published.  The Plan, which contains 385 actions to be implemented in 2014 by 16 Government Departments and 46 agencies, will build on the progress made in 2012 and 2013.  The third instalment of the plan is aimed at...
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Update on Workplace Relations Reform
 
The drafting of the workplace relations reform bill is reported to be at advanced stage.  They are establishing a two-tier workplace relations structure to
replace the current five bodies.  There has been a reduction in...
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AIB Economic Quarterly Update for SFA members
 
AIB have produced their quarterly economic update for SFA members. The guide provides economic information on...
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SME Examinership Guide
 
PwC has published a new Guide called “SME Restructuring, A formula for growth”.  The publication is designed to outline the examinership process, particularly for owner managers of SMEs, given the recent legislative changes.  Its purpose is to...
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Dealing with Stress in the Workplace
 
With the recent economic difficulties that small companies have had to face, employees in the workplace may have had to take on additional work duties, work longer hours and harder than ever before.  They are faced with increasing...
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SFA National Small Business Awards 2014 - Winners Announced
 
The SFA National Small Business Awards Ceremony took place in the Trinity College Dining Hall on Thursday, 6th March 2014.  An Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore, TD, was the Guest of Honour and made the presentations.  The event...
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