In this issue
SFA National Small Business Awards 2015
Budget 2015 Analysis
Monday 27th October Public Holiday
Department of Finance/ESRI “Funding SMEs in Recovery”
Overview of Consumer Trends
Recruiting Staff for the Busy Season Ahead? - Key Considerations for Employers
Weathering the Storm: How Irish Businesses have Navigated the Recession
Top Tips Social Media Guide
Action Plan for Jobs 2015 - SFA Submission
Events
Grow My Business Conference
 
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SFA Webinar Series – Investigation Meeting Top-Tip
 
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SFA Member Christmas Drinks
 
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Welcome to the October News Update
 
Items that maybe of interest to you covered in this months edition of the SFA news update are the SFA National Small Business Awards 2015 programme which are now open for applications until the 31st October, post Budget 2015 analysis, the October Public Holiday entitlement, the SFA Submission on the Action Plan for Jobs 2015 and the Department of Finance / ESRI "Funding SMEs in Recovery".

Also included is the new Ibec Consumer Monitor 2014, considerations for employers who maybe recruiting additional staff for the busy season coming upon us, a CPA recent report called "Weathering the Storm: How Irish Businesses have Navigated the Recession" and a Top Tips Social Media Guide to assist small companies with digital marketing.

Other items of interest are our up and coming events such as the Investigation Meeting Top Tips, Investigation and Disciplinary Hearings and the SFA Member Christmas Drinks.


Kind regards


Patricia Callan
SFA Director
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SFA National Small Business Awards 2015
 
The eleventh SFA National Small Business Awards was officially launched on the 4th September by Awards Patron, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD.  The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to...
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Budget 2015 Analysis
 
The SFA gave a broad welcome to Budget 2015, which introduced many of the measures called for in our pre-budget submission and pledges support for further items in our submission in forthcoming budgets.  SFA Chairman, AJ Noonan,
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Monday 27th October Public Holiday
 

Monday, the 27th October was a public holiday.  A public holiday is a statutory entitlement, as set out in the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997.   The following employees are entitled to public holidays...

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Department of Finance/ESRI “Funding SMEs in Recovery”
 

SFA Director, Patricia Callan, gave a presentation at the Department of Finance/ESRI conference on “Funding SMEs in Recovery” on 26th September.  At the conference...

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Overview of Consumer Trends
 
Ibec have published its new Consumer Monitor 2014. This comprehensive overview of consumer trends, details how rising employment, strong consumer sentiment and recovering retail sales now point to a solid recovery in the domestic economy.  The export recovery has now also...
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Recruiting Staff for the Busy Season Ahead? - Key Considerations for Employers
 
Now is the time of year when certain sectors are recruiting staff in the run up to Christmas and the January sales. Although an individual may only be hired for a short number of weeks, the worker still has certain rights and entitlements under...
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Weathering the Storm: How Irish Businesses have Navigated the Recession
 
CPA Ireland has launched its latest report called “Weathering the Storm: SME Lessons from the Crisis”.  This report sets out the lessons which can be learned from Irish SMEs who survived the recession, and includes...
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Top Tips Social Media Guide
 
In order to assist small firms, the SFA in partnership with the Digital Marketing Institute have produced a guide to provide members of the SFA with an introduction to Digital Marketing. Social Media is an incredible resource for small business, allowing...
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