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SFA Annual Subscription
Absenteeism Due to Inclement Weather Conditions
Entrepreneurship Forum Report Published
EU Access to Finance Day – Conference Material
Inability to Pay Redundancy Payment
New Completion Date for Migration to SEPA Announced
Examinership ‘Lite’ – A positive option for insolvent SME Companies
Change to Rates Legislation
New DSP Provisions to ease Transition into Retirement
Eye Tests – How often are Employers Obliged to Pay for them?
SFA Webinar Series – Redundancy and Alternatives
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DSP Employer Briefings on Access to Financial Support
The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, TD, will be hosting a series of employer briefings at a number of locations around the country between...
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Building Financial Capabilities in SMEs Programme
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Taking Care of Business
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SFA in the Media

On Monday, 13th January the SFA Assistant Director Avine McNally issued a press release on the most recent business sentiment survey results.  “The survey indicates that the economy has stabilised, the challenge is now when the economy will commence to grow in a meaningful way. However, the business performance is encouraging and companies are looking to the future with an increasing sense of optimism.” To read the full press release please click here.

The weekend of the 17th January the SFA National Small Business Awards Masterclass took place in the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone.  “Thirty of the best small businesses throughout the length and breadth of Ireland undertook a Masterclass for being short-listed as finalists in the “SFA National Small Business Awards 2014”.  Avine McNally stated “In these challenging times, it has been great to see so many small companies positively focused on the growth of their businesses which really gives me confidence that small business will be the vital force in our economy in the coming years”.  To read the full press release please click here.

On Tuesday, 21st of January Avine McNally issued a press release on the SFA survey results on Late Payments in Ireland.  She stated that late payments in Ireland are compounding a difficult financial environment for many small firms. With the average payment in Ireland taking 62 days.  “Getting paid on time is a never ending problem for most small businesses. Late payment causes serious cash flow problems; requires firms to extend overdraft facilities and consumes a great deal of management time. This in turn affects the ability of the business to compete, be profitable and grow.”  Read the full press release by clicking here.

On the 23rd of January the SFA Chairman, AJ Noonan, welcomed the publication of the Entrepreneurship Forum Report.  He states “In the past many outstanding reports have simply become rhetoric because of the failure of the political system to embrace the entire thrust of what was being proposed. That type of response to this report will result in a piecemeal approach to addressing the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses.  There are now 200,000 small businesses in Ireland, with 13,000 new businesses being established each year. Entrepreneurship is alive and well, but must be nurtured and developed with a renewed focus from both agencies and government.”  Read the full press release by clicking here.

Patricia Callan, SFA Director appeared on RTE’s Morning Edition on the 3rd of February talking about the SFA National Small Business Awards Showcase Exhibition.  Also interviewed were two of the finalists of the awards for this years programme.  To see and hear the full interviews please click here.  (Interview is 1 hour, 32 minutes into the show).

Please click here also to see photos from the day of the Small Business Showcase with all the finalist companies exhibiting their stands to the awards judges.