# sfa - Monday 23 February, 2015
Ireland’s guarantee scheme for small companies is being extended, while crowd-sourcers LinkedFinance announced a new €250 million SME loan fund
# sfa - Monday 15 December, 2014
But owner-operators say they are still taking far to long to get paid when they do get contracts.
# sfa - Friday 31 October, 2014
The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland is hoped to be up and running by the end of the year.
# sfa - Tuesday 14 October, 2014
The self-employed are still paying more tax than everyone else.
# sfa - Wednesday 8 October, 2014
The government should “think small first” and keep more tenders in Irish hands, SFA says.
# sfa - Tuesday 30 September, 2014
They’re among the groups under-represented in business which could be targeted in a national policy for entrepreneurs.
# sfa - Tuesday 2 September, 2014
Small businesses are expecting to hire extra staff this year… and to have to pay more for them.
# sfa - Wednesday 27 August, 2014
This afternoon Ged Nash said that businesses should try and award pay increases where possible.
# sfa - Wednesday 20 August, 2014
Jobs in the SME sector could be threatened by bad property debts, according to the Central Bank.
# sfa - Tuesday 5 August, 2014
The trade group is calling for the introduction of improved supports for struggling and failed businesspeople.
# sfa - Wednesday 11 June, 2014
Three SMEs will get international mentoring from senior executives at global companies, including VISA.
# sfa - Tuesday 10 June, 2014
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
The EU Commission report found that lending to SMEs still remains weak.
# sfa - Monday 2 June, 2014
Taking lessons from the pitch to the boardroom.
# sfa - Tuesday 27 May, 2014
The small business lobby group has called for reform of the Government’s ‘daft’ policies.
# sfa - Tuesday 13 May, 2014
Domestic banks are failing to support a vital segment of the economy, lobby groups have said.
# sfa - Thursday 8 May, 2014
ISME chief’s comments come after the Minister said SME debt is far down his list.
# sfa - Friday 2 May, 2014
Microfinance Ireland has approved just €3 million from a €90 million lending budget.
# sfa - Sunday 20 April, 2014
The EIIS programme is poorly explained and flawed, trade bodies say.
# sfa - Thursday 10 October, 2013
The new initiative that rewards employers for taking on the long term unemployed was launched during the summer.
# sfa - Wednesday 9 October, 2013
The SFA is urging employers in small businesses to address mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
# sfa - Friday 6 September, 2013
The proposed rise in Pay Related Social Insurance is being considered by Minister Joan Burton.
# sfa - Wednesday 21 August, 2013
Small businesses are having to wait an average of 62 days to get paid by creditors.
# sfa - Monday 27 May, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
The Scots are winless in a ramshackle bid to qualify for the World Cup in 2014.
# sfa - Tuesday 7 August, 2012
However, there are still barriers to employment opportunities including a lack of business and unrealistic salary expectations.
# sfa - Thursday 31 May, 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
IFA President Jim Shaw has said that he does not envisage the home nations tournament happening again.
# sfa - Monday 19 December, 2011
Abbotstown chiefs insist they are negotiating with Scottish FA for a ‘downward adjustment’ of their tournament fee.
# sfa - Tuesday 29 November, 2011
The Small Firms Association is calling on consumers to spend their Christmas money with small businesses this Saturday.
# sfa - Tuesday 1 November, 2011
However, an industry association said the environment is still very challenging for small businesses.