Welcome to this edition of the SFA e-zine.
With Budget 2020 taking centre stage this week with implications for employers and small businesses we take you through some of the key changes, new measures and supports coming your way.
The level of Financial Literacy and the importance of financial planning for micro, small and medium sized businesses is at the heart of our latest research that we conducted together with our partners in TU Dublin, Microfinance Ireland, Skillnet and the SBCI.
In this week's newsletter we also highlight the importance of complying with the National Minimum Wage Act when employing interns, we look at the potential customs implications of Brexit and SFA Skillnet is organising an interesting briefing series with Brett Bruen, Barack Obama's former foreign policy adviser - well worth attending!
As part of our diversity series we are holding a webinar on age diversity on 23 October. Our Employment Law seminar in Dublin is fast approaching so don't miss out and register today. And finally, bookings are still open for the SFA Annual Lunch on 15 November 2019 with keynote speaker David Meade.
Just a reminder that the 2019/2020 SFA Awards programme will close for applications on 18 October. You can apply either yourself or you can nominate a small business that you believe will be a worthy winner of Ireland's next ‘Best Small Business Awards’. The SFA Awards are open to all small businesses whether you are a member or non-member. Check out what category suits your business best.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet: @SFA_Irl or visit: www.sfa.ie.