SFA E-Zine – The Tuesday Edition
 

Dear Member,

In this week's e-zine we bring you information on the SFA National Small Business Awards 2016, the Living Wage Forum, the CPA Report on Small Business and the Multinational Sector in Ireland, the Government's Advisory Group on Small Business, the SFA meeting with AIB's new CEO, upcoming events and recent 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 directly at Tel: 01-605-1602 or e-mail: patricia.callan@sfa.ie or tweet: @SFA_Irl or visit www.sfa.ie.

Kind Regards,

Patricia Callan
SFA Director. 


NEWS
Boost your Business through the SFA National Small Business Awards 2016
 
The SFA National Small Business Awards 2016 are open for applications and are free to enter. The aim of the Awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland...
The aim of the Awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to the Irish economy.

The Awards competition is open to all companies in Ireland with up to 50 employees and there is a wide range of categories to suit all sectors – including a category for companies with under five employees and newly formed businesses.


The Awards are free to enter and the prize package for ALL finalists includes: 

  • An exhibition stand at the SFA National Small Business Showcase in Dublin Castle in February 2016
  • A strategic management masterclass weekend
  • A voucher for a Skillnets ManagementWorks management team/CEO course
  • Broad-ranging national and local media coverage, valued at €50,000

Finalists also receive five complementary tickets to the Gala prize giving ceremony which will take place in March 2016 when the category winners and overall winner will be announced. The category winners will be presented with a trophy and free membership of the Small Firms Association, and the Overall Winner will also receive a bursary of €5,000 to present to a charity of their choice (funded by the 2013 Overall Winner, Megazyme International Ireland).

Entries to the awards will be accepted until 5.30pm on Friday, October 30th and entry forms are available online at www.sfa.ie/awards . 


If you would like more information on the Awards please visit www.sfa.ie/awards or email awards@sfa.ie or Tweet about the Awards using #SFAAwards2016

Living Wage Forum
 

The SFA will be participating in Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash, TD’s “Living Wage Forum”, which is taking place on Wednesday, 30th September in Dublin Castle...


The SFA will be participating in Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash, TD’s “Living Wage Forum”, which is taking place on Wednesday, 30th September in Dublin Castle.  In attendance will be industry leaders from a wide range of sectors, senior trade union representatives, academics and representatives from Civil Society.  The SFA Council has decided to adopt a position of opposition to the Living Wage, which we will be voicing at the Forum.

This initiative is being promoted by Minister Nash and the trade union movement and community and voluntary pillar.  They state that the “Living Wage” is an independently assessed and agreed measure of the income necessary to meet basic needs – housing, food, utilities, clothing, transport, health care, childcare and minimal recreation.  We believe that the concept and measurement is flawed. It is important to note that the Living Wage is different to the minimum wage, which is the statutory pay floor beneath which no worker should fall.  It is not something that the Government is planning to legislate for.

In advance of the Forum, Ibec/SFA is hosting a Roundtable with members to explore different employer perspectives on the issue. Maeve McElwee, Ibec Head of Industrial Relations and Human Resources will open the event with an overview of the development of the living wage concept and observations on the operation of the living wage charter in the UK.  Panellists will present their perspective and views and questions will be taken from the floor.  This discussion will take place on Monday, 28 September from 10-12 noon in Ibec, 84-86 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.  You can register to attend here.

RTE would like to speak to a business owner about the living wage concept, in advance of the forum, about the challenges they would face in meeting a living wage rate of pay. It would be a TV interview for a report for television news, which would be intended for broadcast either on the day of, or in advance of the forum. It would involve filming the business owner in their company or place of work, filming some workers and activity in their business, and doing a short interview, from which a short clip would be used to run as part of a broader piece.


Please contact Patricia Callan at Tel: 01-6051602 or e-mail: patricia.callan@sfa.ie if you would be willing to participate in the RTE interview.

CPA Report on Small Business and the Multinational Sector in Ireland
 
The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA) officially launched their report on “Charting a Course for Growth – What Irish SMEs can learn from their multinational neighbours” on Wednesday, 16 September...

The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA) officially launched their report on “Charting a Course for Growth – What Irish SMEs can learn from their multinational neighbours” on Wednesday, 16 September, with Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine and Defence, Simon Coveney, TD. 

Multinationals based in Ireland procure €80bn of goods and services globally, but only €11bn is spent in Ireland.  This report explores how Irish small businesses can increase their share of this market by understanding and learning from the MNCs based here and through greater government assistance. 

View a copy of the report. 

Government’s Advisory Group on Small Business
 
SFA Director, Patricia Callan, attended a meeting of the Government’s Advisory Group on Small Business (AGSB), which is chaired by Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash, TD, on Wednesday, 16 September...

SFA Director, Patricia Callan, attended a meeting of the Government’s Advisory Group on Small Business (AGSB), which is chaired by Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash, TD, on Wednesday, 16 September.  She presented an overview of the SFA’s top priorities for inclusion in the Action Plan for Jobs 2016. 

We are currently finalising our submission with over 40 suggestions of measures for inclusion, and if you have any additional suggestions, please e-mail them to linda.barry@sfa.ie or Tel: 01-6051626 by this Thursday, 24 September.  Other items on the agenda included a discussion on economic recovery in rural communities and the Start-Up Gathering Week.  For further information, please e-mail: patricia.callan@sfa.ie or Tel: 01-6051602.

SFA meets AIB CEO
 
SFA Chairman, AJ Noonan and SFA Director, Patricia Callan met with Bernard Byrne, the recently appointed AIB CEO on Monday, 21 September, to discuss members’ current experiences of the banking and broader financial sector and the general state of the economy
SFA Chairman, AJ Noonan and SFA Director, Patricia Callan met with Bernard Byrne, the recently appointed AIB CEO on Monday, 21 September, to discuss members’ current experiences of the banking and broader financial sector and the general state of the economy.  If members have any issues that they would like raised with AIB or another financial institution, then please contact Patricia Callan at Tel: 01-6051602 or e-mail: patricia.callan@sfa.ie
EVENTS
SFA Employment Law Conferences 2015 - Dublin & Limerick
 
Dublin - 24th September 2015
Limerick - 1st October 2015

You need to protect your business interests while ensuring that you are acting in line with best practice and are in compliance with the law.  Irish employment law is in a state of flux, with fundamental reform of employment rights bodies through the Workplace Relations Act.  Small business owners and managers continue to navigate this ever-changing landscape. This year’s employment law conference tells you what you need to know about upcoming changes in the law, learning from lessons in case law while providing a useful reminder of the pitfalls to avoid.  

There are two SFA Employment Law Conferences taking place one on Thursday 24th September in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, Dublin 9 and on the 1st October in the Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick.  It is a full day event including all refreshments and a sit down lunch.  The cost to attend is €190 + 23% = €233.70.

For further information on this and to book your place please click here or email marie.keogh@ibec.ie or Tel: 01 605 1645.

Start Up Gathering 2015
 
5th - 10th October

Ibec/SFA is a proud supporter of the StartUp Gathering 2015. During the week we will be hosting over 20 free events in 5 cities (Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Waterford and Galway) from 5th-9th October. These include Speed Networking, HR for Start Ups and Techbrew series for software entrepreneurs.

Events will be open to companies of all sizes, all sectors and at all stages of development and will form part of the wider event programme in each City.

Visit the Ibec website for more information and to book an event. 

SFA Annual Lunch 2015 - Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohon
 

6th November 2015


Please hold a date in your diary for the SFA Annual Lunch which will take place in the Convention Centre Dublin 1 on Friday 6th November 2015.  We are delighted to announce that the Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohon is our Guest of Honour this year, and will deliver a special message to the small business community. This represents a fantastic networking opportunity and I would urge all member companies to be represented. Further details will be available soon on www.sfa.ie/events.

SFA IN THE MEDIA
This Week's Press Coverage

SFA Jobs Survey, Welfare Disincentive to Work and Living Wage were in the media 


The SFA Jobs Survey featured in the Limerick Post on 19th September and in Hot Press on 30th September. SFA Director, Patricia Callan was interviewed on Northern Sound Business Show and Tipp FM.

SFA Director, Patricia Callan debated the OECD Report on the Welfare Disincentive to Work in Ireland with Brid O'Brien, INOU on LMFM.

Living Wage Concept
RTE would like to speak to a business owner about the living wage concept, in advance of the Living Wage forum, about the challenges they would face in meeting a living wage rate of pay. It would be a TV interview for a report for television news, which would be intended for broadcast either on the day of, or in advance of the forum. It would involve filming the business owner in their company or place of work, filming some workers and activity in their business, and doing a short interview, from which a short clip would be used to run as part of a broader piece.


Please contact Patricia Callan at Tel: 01-6051602 or e-mail: patricia.callan@sfa.ie if you would be willing to participate in the RTE interview.