In this issue
SFA Annual Subscription 2015
SFA National Small Business Awards 2015 Winners
St Patrick's Day Public Holiday and Easter Holidays 2015
SFA Submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation on Low Pay and the Living Wage
SFA meets Public Accounts Committee on Public Procurement
Intertrade Ireland Funding for Growth Service
The Importance of a Paper Trail in Employment Situations
New Internship Scheme Launched
National Workplace Wellbeing Day - 27th March 2015
Rehabilitation and Return to Work
Events
SFA Webinar – Succession Planning
 
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SEAI Energy Show
 
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Smart Business Show
 
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SFA in the Media
 

During the last few weeks the SFA featured in the media discussing topics such as supporting the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs Campaign on finding out what supports are there for small companies.  AJ Noonan, SFA Chairman, stated “Our sector needs every support it can get if we are to contribute to the economic recovery and the creation of jobs. This campaign will ensure small business owners are aware of the various supports available to them.”  To read the press release on this, please click here.

Alan Sherlock, SFA Executive featured in the media talking about the cost of absenteeism to small business in Ireland.  He stated, “absenteeism still has a significant impact in terms of direct costs for small firms, but the results do show an improvement for small compared to big business. For large businesses the average absenteeism rate is 2.34% or 5.4 days where as in businesses with less than 50 employees the rate is 2.06% or 4.7 days.”  To read the full press release, please click here.

On Tuesday, 3rd March, Patricia Callan SFA Director appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation making a case that the National Minimum Wage (€8.65) be frozen at its current rate for another 3 years.  She stated, “Small businesses truly are the engines of our economic recovery. We have a vital role to play in terms of employment generation, especially in regional towns and villages and rural Ireland. Increasing business labour costs without productivity gains, will not only dampen this recovery, but will ultimately lead to both the prevention of job growth and to job losses across the sector.”   To read a copy of the submission please click here.

Patricia Callan also featured on RTE1 TV “The Week in Politics on Sunday, 15th February discussing low pay issues, to see the debate please click here and on TV3 “Tonight Show with Vincent Browne” on Monday, 2nd March.  To see the debate, please click here.

The SFA National Small Business Awards 2015 Winner was announced at a Gala event on Wednesday, 4th March in the RDS Concert Hall.  Clevamama were the overall winner.  It was a fantastic event attended by 300 finalists and guests.  To read the press release, please click here.

An SFA delegation met with the Public Accounts Committee on Public Procurement on Thursday, 5th March.  SFA Chairman, AJ Noonan commented: “It is essential that the procurement system is subjected to scrutiny by PAC to ensure that it is achieving real value for money, and that contracts are awarded with a whole economy perspective in mind, in particular an assessment of the impact of lost jobs in micro enterprises in all towns and villages around the country, who have lost contracts under the new system.  The system should be redesigned from a think small first perspective, as recommended by the EU, and actions should be put in place to remove the barriers raised against small businesses winning public contracts. To read the full press release, please click here.