In this issue
SFA Annual Subscription
E Day – 19th September 2014
Managing Employees Annual Leave
Government Jobs Campaign – Skills to Work
4 Weeks Unpaid Work Placement Opportunities – DCU/Oscail MSc
Ibec Consumer Monitor 2014
AIB announces €200 million fund to support exporting companies
Green Enterprise Funding Proposals Now Open for SMEs
Workplace Dress Code during the Hot Weather
Late Payments Legislation - Interest Rate Change as of the 1st July 2014
Events
SFA Annual Lunch 2014 – Guest of Honour President Michael D. Higgins
 
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SFA National Small Business Awards 2015
 
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Meet the Buyer Event – Wednesday 13th August
 
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Welcome to the July News Update 2014

Featured in this months edition of the news update we inform you about E-Day approaching and advise companies to prepare for it, with the hot weather we speak about appropriate dress attire in the workplace, we answer many questions surrounding managing employees annual leave and Skills to Work Campaign - a new government initiative to inform people about what options are there for them if they want to re-skill.

We also inform you of AIB’s recent announcement of a €200 million fund to support exporting companies, Green Enterprise is now open for funding proposals for SMEs, the most recent edition of the Consumer Monitor which studies consumers behaviors is available and the recent Late Payments interest rate change that companies need to be aware of.

Also featured is the SFA Pre-Budget Submission 2015 “The Path to Growth”, which outlines our priorities for what the Minister for Finance should take heed of for SMEs in the up and coming budget 2015 in October.  We keep you updated on our media activities over the last month and brief you on up and coming events of interest that you should pencil into your diary.

Please do keep me 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...
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E Day – 19th September 2014
 
E-day 19th September 2014 is the date, after which, the public sector will no longer write cheques to businesses or accept cheques from businesses.  The focus of E-Day will be to encourage SMEs to migrate from cheque usage. E-Day will not directly...
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Managing Employees Annual Leave
 
The area of annual leave for some companies can be a confusing matter with questions arising such as what if an employee joins a company during the year, what if they are not taking their annual...
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Government Jobs Campaign – Skills to Work
 
Skills to Work is a new Irish Government jobs campaign aimed at making it easier for employers and jobseekers to know what Government skills initiatives are available to them. If you are...
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4 Weeks Unpaid Work Placement Opportunities – DCU/Oscail MSc
 
Springboard are looking for companies to host DCU/Oscail MSc Springboard students for a 4 week unpaid placement opportunity.  All participants on these programmes are mature, self-directed, motivated and many have extensive work experience in commercial environments.  They will be...
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Ibec Consumer Monitor 2014
 
Rising employment, strong consumer sentiment and recovering retail sales all now point toward a solid recovery in the consumer economy. For the latest data on the Irish consumer...
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AIB announces €200 million fund to support exporting companies
 
AIB Exports Outlook Report was recently published which shows that exports account for almost 40% of total SME turnover last year, a total of 65% of respondents expect improved export sales, while 30% plan to export to new markets in 2014. Almost 40% of the SMEs say that...
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Green Enterprise Funding Proposals Now Open for SMEs
 

Green Enterprise challenges organisations & companies to produce goods and provide services in more environmentally friendly ways and to minimise emissions through cleaner production methods. The objective is to achieve a balance between economic activity and environmental protection.  The long-term aim...

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Workplace Dress Code during the Hot Weather
 
If your employee’s workplace summer attire starts looking more like a day at the seaside than a day at the office, it may be time to re-enforce your dress code.  Most company dress codes depending on...
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Late Payments Legislation - Interest Rate Change as of the 1st July 2014
 
Under the Late Payment in Commercial Transactions Regulations, interest at the rate of the European Central Bank rate plus 8% can be applied to payments made after a 30 day payment period has expired (in the absence of a written contract specifying an alternative payment period).  As of 1st July 2014, the current rate is...
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