Make 24th May your business

In advance of the Local Elections on Friday, 24 May 24 the SFA launched a new policy paper entitled ‘Getting Local Economies Brexit Ready’.


Getting Local Economies Brexit Ready highlights, the growing concern amongst small business that not enough is being done by local authorities to address the continued competitiveness erosion of our towns and villages or to help local small businesses address the uncertainty of Brexit.


The SFA is calling for local authorities and candidates in the 2019 local elections to:

  • Ensure local authorities are Brexit ready;
  • Progress on local authority and commercial rates reform;
  • Framework for Town Centre Renewal to be adopted by all local authorities;
  • Local authorities to work alongside government to deliver key infrastructure projects including broadband; and
  • Continued support and investment for green initiatives.

We encourage you to access both the press statement and a pdf copy of 'Getting Local Economies Brexit Ready


Ahead of the European Elections the association is supporting Ibec’s ‘Be the Voice’ campaign.


The EU is central to our future success. The 2019 European Parliament elections are an opportunity to shape that future. An opportunity to put strong Irish voices into one of Europe’s key institutions.


The needs of business must be to the fore. Why? Because the success of businesses, large and small, will determine the ability of the EU to grow and prosper, improve job opportunities and living standards and generate the resources for public services and infrastructure investment.

We need more cooperation in areas where there is a clear collective benefit. This includes completing the single market, digitalisation and global trade. In other areas, such as taxation, labour market and social legislation, individual governments can best tailor policy to domestic needs.


The elections are an opportunity to strengthen Ireland’s influence in the European Parliament, in its political parties and on its policy committees. An opportunity to send out a strong, positive message about Ireland’s future at the centre of a dynamic, sustainable and prosperous EU.


Members can access both the press statement and a pdf copy of Ibec’s European Parliament elections 2019 campaign via this link.

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