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# sfa - Tuesday 2 September, 2014

From Business ETC More jobs coming as Irish firms get ‘back on feet’ Jobs

More jobs coming as Irish firms get ‘back on feet’

Small businesses are expecting to hire extra staff this year… and to have to pay more for them.

# sfa - Wednesday 27 August, 2014

From TheJournal.ie The SFA is warning the new small business minister to steer clear of wage hikes Paid The Cost

The SFA is warning the new small business minister to steer clear of wage hikes

This afternoon Ged Nash said that businesses should try and award pay increases where possible.

# sfa - Wednesday 20 August, 2014

From Business ETC Nearly half of SMEs with Celtic Tiger property debts are defaulting Debt Hangover

Nearly half of SMEs with Celtic Tiger property debts are defaulting

Jobs in the SME sector could be threatened by bad property debts, according to the Central Bank.

# sfa - Tuesday 5 August, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Irish ‘stigma’ around failure is hurting entrepreneurship – SFA Fail Better

Irish ‘stigma’ around failure is hurting entrepreneurship – SFA

The trade group is calling for the introduction of improved supports for struggling and failed businesspeople.

# sfa - Wednesday 11 June, 2014

From Business ETC Irish companies to get helping hand from global business leaders Mentoring

Irish companies to get helping hand from global business leaders

Three SMEs will get international mentoring from senior executives at global companies, including VISA.

# sfa - Tuesday 10 June, 2014

From Business ETC How are small businesses feeling about the next few months? Confidence

How are small businesses feeling about the next few months?

Pretty good, a survey reveals, with 48 per cent expecting the overall business environment to be ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

# sfa - Tuesday 3 June, 2014

From Business ETC SME groups welcome EU report but warn they are still in ‘survival mode’ No Derailment

SME groups welcome EU report but warn they are still in ‘survival mode’

The EU Commission report found that lending to SMEs still remains weak.

# sfa - Monday 2 June, 2014

From Business ETC What I learned: Keith Wood on leadership in rugby and business Leadership

What I learned: Keith Wood on leadership in rugby and business

Taking lessons from the pitch to the boardroom.

# sfa - Tuesday 27 May, 2014

From Business ETC Government supports for SMEs ‘designed not to be used’ – SFA Locked Out

Government supports for SMEs ‘designed not to be used’ – SFA

The small business lobby group has called for reform of the Government’s ‘daft’ policies.

# sfa - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

From Business ETC “They’ve replaced the tellers with plants” – are banks interested in lending to small business? Don't Bank On It

“They’ve replaced the tellers with plants” – are banks interested in lending to small business?

Domestic banks are failing to support a vital segment of the economy, lobby groups have said.

# sfa - Thursday 8 May, 2014

From Business ETC Noonan should know better than to listen to banks – ISME Priority

Noonan should know better than to listen to banks – ISME

ISME chief’s comments come after the Minister said SME debt is far down his list.

# sfa - Friday 2 May, 2014

From Business ETC Why isn’t this government support for SMEs working? Microfinance Ireland

Why isn’t this government support for SMEs working?

Microfinance Ireland has approved just €3 million from a €90 million lending budget.

# sfa - Sunday 20 April, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Restrictive, badly marketed and poorly explained: Government finance scheme for SMEs is not working Not Adding Up

Restrictive, badly marketed and poorly explained: Government finance scheme for SMEs is not working

The EIIS programme is poorly explained and flawed, trade bodies say.

# sfa - Thursday 10 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Over 1,200 employers and 2,400 jobseekers register for JobsPlus scheme Back To Work

Over 1,200 employers and 2,400 jobseekers register for JobsPlus scheme

The new initiative that rewards employers for taking on the long term unemployed was launched during the summer.

# sfa - Wednesday 9 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Business people avoid discussing mental health due to fear of appearing weak Mental Health

Business people avoid discussing mental health due to fear of appearing weak

The SFA is urging employers in small businesses to address mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

# sfa - Friday 6 September, 2013

From Business ETC ISME: Plans to increase PRSI for self employed “utter madness” Social Insurance

ISME: Plans to increase PRSI for self employed “utter madness”

The proposed rise in Pay Related Social Insurance is being considered by Minister Joan Burton.

# sfa - Wednesday 21 August, 2013

From Business ETC One in 10 small businesses use debt collection agents to get money owed Money Money Money

One in 10 small businesses use debt collection agents to get money owed

Small businesses are having to wait an average of 62 days to get paid by creditors.

# sfa - Monday 27 May, 2013

From Business ETC 5 steps to tackle youth unemployment outlined by SFA Unemployment

5 steps to tackle youth unemployment outlined by SFA

The Small Firms Association says the lack of job opportunities has impacted on young people more than any other group in Irish society and called on the government to face the problem head-on.

# sfa - Monday 29 April, 2013

From Business ETC Three months on and small firms feel more confident about business SFA

Three months on and small firms feel more confident about business

Results also show that 30 per cent of respondents rate the current overall business environment as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’.

# sfa - Monday 15 April, 2013

From TheJournal.ie SFA warn of €6 billion cost of black economy, urge government action Black Economy

SFA warn of €6 billion cost of black economy, urge government action

The Small Firms Association is to meet with the Joint Oireachtas on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation tomorrow and outline measures which they believe will help tackle the issue.

# sfa - Tuesday 2 April, 2013

From Business ETC Economic activity needed to solve ‘fiscal and unemployment crisis’ – SFA Small Businesses

Economic activity needed to solve ‘fiscal and unemployment crisis’ – SFA

The Small Firms Association has said that a lowering of the cost of employment along with strong political leadership is required for economic recovery.

# sfa - Monday 7 January, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Small firms being ‘strangled’ by late payments – SFA Money Money Money

Small firms being ‘strangled’ by late payments – SFA

Companies are now waiting an average of 62 days to be paid, according to a survey by the Small Firms Association.

# sfa - Wednesday 19 December, 2012

Bad blood: Levein launches legal action over Scotland sacking

The Scots are winless in a ramshackle bid to qualify for the World Cup in 2014.

# sfa - Tuesday 7 August, 2012

From Business ETC Over 40 per cent of small firms plan to create new jobs Small Business

Over 40 per cent of small firms plan to create new jobs

However, there are still barriers to employment opportunities including a lack of business and unrealistic salary expectations.

# sfa - Thursday 31 May, 2012

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘Self-employed people need a safety net too’ Opinion

Column: ‘Self-employed people need a safety net too’

Patricia Callan of the Small Firms Association says in order to encourage entrepreneurs, self-employed people should get as much protection as their employees if a business fails.

# sfa - Wednesday 9 May, 2012

From TheJournal.ie Column: Tough, lonely and very risky – welcome to life as an entrepreneur Opinion

Column: Tough, lonely and very risky – welcome to life as an entrepreneur

Unemployed people who start companies are branded “involuntary entrepreneurs” – but they should be hailed as heroes, writes business owner Peter Faulkner.

# sfa - Monday 30 April, 2012

From TheJournal.ie And they’re off: Campaigning for referendum to get underway Referendum

And they’re off: Campaigning for referendum to get underway

The Environment Minister Phil Hogan is expected to sign the referendum order today, kicking off just over a month of campaigning.

# sfa - Friday 27 April, 2012

From TheJournal.ie Would-be bombers jailed for Celtic campaign Terrorism

Would-be bombers jailed for Celtic campaign

Two men in their forties have received prison terms for sending parcel bombs to public figures and groups associated with Celtic FC, including manager Neil Lennon.

# sfa - Tuesday 20 March, 2012

From TheJournal.ie Crime costs for small businesses increasing – survey Crime

Crime costs for small businesses increasing – survey

Reported crimes – in all forms – have increased over the past two years despite over €2 billion being spent on security measures.

# sfa - Monday 20 February, 2012

From TheJournal.ie Employers warn that Burton’s sick pay proposals will result in job losses Sick Pay

Employers warn that Burton’s sick pay proposals will result in job losses

The Small Firms Association and the Irish Business and Employers Confederation have condemned the government’s plans to shift the burden of sick pay on to employers.

# sfa - Monday 9 January, 2012

One-hit wonder: Carling Nations Cup set to be abandoned

IFA President Jim Shaw has said that he does not envisage the home nations tournament happening again.

# sfa - Monday 19 December, 2011

No rift with Scottish FA over Carling Nations Cup debt, insist FAI

Abbotstown chiefs insist they are negotiating with Scottish FA for a ‘downward adjustment’ of their tournament fee.

# sfa - Tuesday 29 November, 2011

From TheJournal.ie SFA calls on consumers to buy Irish this Saturday Small Business Saturday

SFA calls on consumers to buy Irish this Saturday

The Small Firms Association is calling on consumers to spend their Christmas money with small businesses this Saturday.

# sfa - Tuesday 1 November, 2011

From Business ETC One in five small firms hiring staff in next three months Jobs

One in five small firms hiring staff in next three months

However, an industry association said the environment is still very challenging for small businesses.

# sfa - Monday 22 August, 2011

From TheJournal.ie Pay frozen as small businesses look to sustain jobs Pay Freeze

Pay frozen as small businesses look to sustain jobs

New results from the Small Firms Association show that seven per cent of firms decreased pay in the past year.

# sfa - Tuesday 19 July, 2011

From Business ETC Superquinn workers retain conditions, while suppliers fear for payments Superquinn

Superquinn workers retain conditions, while suppliers fear for payments

Terms and conditions of employment at Superquinn will stay the same under new owner Musgrave, while the Small Firms Association says it fears for smaller suppliers.

# sfa - Monday 27 June, 2011

From Business ETC More than one in five companies now planning to hire new staff Jobs

More than one in five companies now planning to hire new staff

There has also been a dramatic drop in the number of small firms warning of compulsory redundancies.

# sfa - Tuesday 31 May, 2011

From TheJournal.ie FIFA scandal ruffles the feathers of big brand sponsors FIFA

FIFA scandal ruffles the feathers of big brand sponsors

Coca-Cola, Adidas and Visa are among the companies who’ve expressed concern over allegations of corruption at the world’s football governing body.

# sfa - Tuesday 23 November, 2010

Irish refs may be asked to pass Scottish picket line

Scottish football chiefs look to Irish refs as SPL whistlers set to strike this weekend.

# sfa - Monday 18 October, 2010

From Business ETC Confidence of small firms up in third quarter Small Firms

Confidence of small firms up in third quarter

Confidence among small firms picked up between July and September – but access to credit remains a problem.