Welcome to this edition of the SFA e-zine.
Despite the ongoing uncertainty we must continue to be ready for Brexit. In this edition we provide members with information on funding available to support future working capital requirements, innovation, change or adaptation of the business to mitigate the impact of Brexit. We link to Q&As related to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU with regard to industrial products, medical devices and cosmetics and advice from the UK Government for companies exporting to the UK in the case of a no deal Brexit. Ibec are hosting a special Brexit briefing with Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney on 6 March. Find out more and register to attend.
As part of our Grow, Scale, Succeed campaign, we put together a checklist that business should consider if they plan to introduce remote working in the workplace as well as a sample policy on flexible working arrangements. Find out more about our recent submission to the Low Pay Commission calling for the minimum wage to remain unchanged in 2020. As of 4 March, the sub-minimum rates for trainees under the National Minimum wage will be abolished, we provide a simplified version of the rates. We also bring you details of An Taoiseach's recent visit to Ibec to discuss a range of business concerns.
Our next Smart Business Workshop is taking place in Cork on 21 March, book your place now. Business Bytes is taking place on 13 March which focuses on how small companies can use consumer research and insights to benefit their business.
The second of our three digital marketing masterclasses is happening on 25 March and will focus on search marketing. Find out more about our upcoming training courses on performance management and appraisal and running effective disciplinary processes. We also provide a summary of recent press coverage.
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.