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SFA Annual Subscription 2015
SFA Annual Conference – Video Highlights
Workplace Relations Act 2015
SFA Members Connect Area on
Public Consultation on Tax and Entrepreneurship
National Rounding Scheme to reduce small coin costs
Ibec Global Graduates
Grievance Procedures
Force Majeure Leave Refresher
New Customs Rules
Dublin 2020 – European Capital of Culture Focus Group
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Building Your Brand – Driving Business Growth – FREE Workshop
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SFA Employment Law Conference 2015 – Your Essential Road Map
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SFA Annual Lunch – Date for your Diary
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SFA in the Media in June

During the month of June, the SFA featured in the media drawing attention to a number of topics that may directly impact on Small firms in Ireland.   The SFA welcomed the commencement of the Companies Act on the 1st June.  Patricia Callan, SFA Director, stated: “The new Companies Act represents a simplification and modernisation of company law in Ireland. It has the potential to reduce red tape and make it easier to operate a business in Ireland, with potential benefits for current and aspiring owner managers and for our economy and society as a whole.  To listen to an interview on Newstalk’s Lunchtime Show on 1st June, please click here or to read the full press release, please click here.

On the 3rd June, SFA Director, Patricia Callan, participated in a panel discussion on RTE Radio 1 “The Late Debate”, discussing the public sector pay deal.  Click here to listen.  She also wrote an Opinion Piece on this for the Sunday Business Post on 31st May.

The SFA Annual Conference entitled “BOOST” - your confidence, your team, your business, your profits” took place on Wednesday, 10th June 2015 in the Clyde Court Hotel, Dublin 4.  Speaking to over 300 delegates at the SFA Annual National Conference, sponsored by RaboDirect, the Chairman of the Small Firms Association, Mr AJ Noonan said that a return to ‘a business as usual attitude’ for Government is not an option. “Managing costs, supporting capital investment and engaging in real tax reform, is essential to maintaining Ireland’s competitiveness.”  He also gave an interview on Newstalk Business Breakfast Show and on RTE Radio 1 “Morning Ireland Business News” about the Conference and discussing the theme of it.  To read the full press release, please click here.  He also called for tax cuts.  Click here to read about this.  To see a short video of the overview of the conference please click here.

On 24th June, SFA Director, Patricia Callan, featured on Newstalk’s Breakfast Show opposing the potential introduction of 2 weeks mandatory paid paternity leave.  Click here to listen.

The SFA also called for a 1- year bankruptcy period as opposed to 3 years at present.  SFA Director, Patricia Callan, stated, “Creating a culture of entrepreneurship and risk taking is essential to driving economic growth and job creation. Central to this is an acceptance of failure and the existence of an environment conducive to starting again. In Ireland, however, the social stigma of failure stifles second chance entrepreneurship and the bankruptcy regime remains overly-punitive. The SFA strongly believes that Government policies should encourage entrepreneurs back into business as
quickly as possible after bankruptcy.”  To read the full press release on this, please click here.