SFA Fortnightly Update

Dear Member, 


Welcome to this edition of the SFA e-zine.


If you haven’t already done so, we would like to invite you to participate in a short online survey (5 mins max) we are conducting to help shape the Champion Green initiative, a project to encourage consumers to support and shop local. Please click here to start the survey. Completed entries will be entered into a Prize Draw to WIN one out of five €100 Kilkenny Design vouchers (or donate equivalent value to a charity of your choice).


We have two upcoming webinars that are not to be missed: register to learn about ISO 9001 and how it can benefit your company, taking place tomorrow, and ensure you are equipped to handle workplace bullying on Thursday.


Learn about the changes to the employment permits system which will address the skill and labour shortages in the healthcare and nursing home sectors. You can also read the SFA's response to Government’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan 2021.


Read about the legal right of employees to demand redundancy, and be sure to check out the article on the small business sentiment which has risen 20 points since summer 2020.


Qualifying businesses can now apply for the next phase of the Small Business Assistance Scheme through their Local Authorities. Finally, don't forget to check out our latest 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: sven@sfa.ie or tweet: @SFA_Irl or visit our website.


Kind regards, 

Sven Spollen-Behrens

SFA Director


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In this issue
SFA Fortnightly Update
SFA in the media
Government announced comprehensive Recovery Package
Redundancy Trigger
Employment permits system update
Next Phase of Small Business Assistance Scheme launched
SFA Business Sentiment Survey Summer 2021
ISO 9001- What it is & What are the Benefits for My Company?
How to deal with Workplace Bullying
The Roadmap to 90%
SFA Skillnet Ireland Masterclasses