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
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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SFA in the Media

During the month of June, the SFA featured in the media announcing the results from our Q1 2014 Business Sentiment Survey.  Commenting on the figures, SFA Director, Patricia Callan said, “Business confidence levels have shown further improvement in the first quarter of 2014 and while the environment remains challenging, the business performance is encouraging and companies are looking to the future with an increasing sense of optimism.”  To see the results of the survey and to read the press release on it, please click here.

On the 11th June, the SFA and the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) launched our “Mentors Without Borders” programme.  Speaking at the launch, SFA Chairman, AJ Noonan stated “The mission of the programme is to connect leaders and entrepreneurs from countries around the world in active dialogue about challenges in their business, enabling them to create and implement solutions. Participants will develop the skills that one can’t find in the classroom – sharing the challenges mentors have faced and their lessons learnt throughout their careers and working to find solutions to current problems for Irish small business owners.”  To read the full press release, please click here.

We also spoke about the issues of SME access to credit and the supports available.  To see one of our press clippings on this please click here.