In this issue
SFA Annual Subscription
Amendment to the EU Late Payments Directive
SFA National Small Business Awards 2013
Parental Leave Entitlement has been increased to 18 Weeks
Microfinance Fund & Credit Guarantee Scheme
Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 Application Process Now Open
Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA)
Linked Finance – Could this be the Future of Business Borrowing in Ireland?
Scam Alert – EU Business Register
Events
SFA Health & Safety Workshops 2013
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SFA Annual Conference – Date for the Diary
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Welcome to the April News Update 2013

Dear Member

In this months issue we discuss the amendment to the EU Late Payments Directive, legislation increasing Parental Leave Entitlement to 18 weeks, scams members should be aware of and the Microfinance Fund and Credit Guarantee SchemeCould Linked Finance  be the future of business borrowing in Ireland?

Also included in this issue is information on the Innovation Voucher Scheme worth €5,000 and Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA).

We also provide information on up and coming events such as our Annual Conference,  SFA Business Bytes - "What you need to know about making loan and funding applications" and various Management Training Programmes.

The SFA National Small Business Awards 2013 was held in Trinity College Dining Hall, congratulations to Megazyme International Ireland who was our overall winner.

Please do keep us informed of any issues that concern you.

Kind regards
Avine McNally
SFA Acting Director

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SFA Annual Subscription
 

SFA membership is an important asset to your business and if you have not already done so, could I ask you to please remit your annual subscription by return. My sincere thanks to the many companies who have already responded with their 2013 subscriptions...

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Amendment to the EU Late Payments Directive
 
The EU Late Payments Directive was amended on the 16th March with the Government’s aim to get credit following within the economy by encouraging prompt payment for all business transactions.  Under the Directive the interest rate...
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SFA National Small Business Awards 2013
 
The SFA National Small Business Awards Ceremony took place in the Trinity College Dining Hall on Thursday, 7th March 2013.  Minister for Small Business John Perry, TD, was the Guest of Honour and made the presentations...
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Parental Leave Entitlement has been increased to 18 Weeks
 

As of the 8th March 2013 Parental Leave has been increased from 14 to 18 weeks.  Some other changes under the amended legislation are...

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Microfinance Fund & Credit Guarantee Scheme
 
The €90mn Microfinance Fund and the Credit Guarantee Scheme are open for applications...
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Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 Application Process Now Open
 

If you own or manage a small limited company with a company registration number and you have a business opportunity or problem that you want to explore, applications for the Innovation Voucher Scheme worth €5,000 is open from...

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Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA)
 
SEPA is a European Union Regulation that will simplify financial transactions as it will standardise euro payments across 32 countries in Europe. It will mean that companies can make and receive payments seamlessly, collect a direct debit on any euro account or make a credit transfer to any euro account within SEPA...
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Linked Finance – Could this be the Future of Business Borrowing in Ireland?
 
Linkedfinance.com recently launched Ireland’s first Crowd Funding initiative offering a new way to borrow for a business.  This is a real alternative to the banks for companies that want loans that are...
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Scam Alert – EU Business Register
 
Members should be aware of a fraudulent scam that is being carried out by a company claiming to be the EU Business Register in the Netherlands...
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