SFA Fortnightly Update

Dear Member, 


Welcome to the latest edition of the SFA Newsletter.


The SFA community offers our support and solidarity with Glenisk at this awful time for their business. We ask that you show support if you can with a donation to Self Help Africa with Glenisk in mind for their partnership with the One Million Trees campaign, which plants one native tree in Ireland and ten more in Africa to help combat climate change.


This Thursday we are hosting the first virtual event as part of the SFA National Small Business Awards - make you register for the B2B Networking Event to learn how you can accelerate your growth, as well as expand your network by meeting with other small business owners and experts.


We are delighted to note that Minister Donohoe confirms that EWSS will remain in place and unchanged for the month of October 2021, see the press release here.


We were proud to partner with MediaPlanet for their CSR Making a Difference campaign; learn more about the impact of the pandemic on societal attitudes and how this has created an ethical shift in business and consumer decision making across Ireland.


There is a new UK tax on plastic packaging coming into effect from 1 April, 2022. Make sure you also read our article on a recent Norwegian case where an employer inappropriately forwarded employee’s emails which cost the company €40,000, serving as a helpful guide on best practice when it comes to data protection and data protection compliance.


Finally, .IE has updated their free e-books for 2021 which cover a range of topics for SMEs to guide them on their digital journey, enabling them get online and thrive online, and don't forget to check out our latest press coverage.


As always, we’d love to hear from you about any queries you may have, issues you wish to have raised with Government or other stakeholders and your ideas on how we can improve the business environment for us all. Please contact me on tel: 01 605 1602 or e-mail: sven@sfa.ie or tweet: @SFA_Irl or visit our website.


Kind regards, 

Sven Spollen-Behrens

SFA Director


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In this issue
SFA Fortnightly Update
SFA in the media
Lack of legal basis under GDPR
UK Government Introduce Plastic Packaging Tax
CSR & Making a Difference Campaign
.IE Guides for SMEs
B2B: A virtual networking event for small business
Why automation of the finance function is vital for SME success
Explaining the Small Company Administrative Rescue Process (SCARP)
SFA Skillnet Ireland Masterclasses