Press Releases - 2017

Rising minimum wage is a barrier to job creation

18/07/2017 - The Small Firms Association (SFA) today criticised the recommendation of the Low Pay Commission for the National Minimum Wage to increase to €9.55 per hour... .. Read more

Entrepreneurs need level playing field in order to generate jobs, innovation and regional growth

28/06/2017 - At the National Economic Dialogue in Dublin Castle today, the Small Firms Association (SFA) called on Government to introduce measures in Budget 2018 to encourage entrepreneurship and business formation... .. Read more

Investment in small firms increasing despite Brexit concerns

08/06/2017 - The Small Firms Association (SFA) today released new data on the finance and investment priorities of small firms. Launching the new data, SFA Chair, Sue O’Neill, stated: “It is very positive to see that 51% of SFA members are growing and 72% intend to invest in their business over the coming year... .. Read more

Small business confidence increasing, but remains below pre-Brexit levels

24/05/2017 - Speaking ahead of the Small Firms Association (SFA) annual conference, sponsored by One4all, taking place on Wednesday, 24 May, Linda Barry, Acting Director of the Small Firms Association (SFA), stated... .. Read more

Competitiveness key to public sector pay debate

09/05/2017 - Reacting to the report of the Public Service Pay Commission published today, Linda Barry, SFA Acting Director, stated “The report correctly identifies the States ability to pay and maintaining sustainable national finances and competitiveness as the key concerns in any negotiations on public sector pay.. .. Read more

Time for tangible Brexit supports for small business

04/05/2017 - Addressing the Seanad Special Select Committee on Brexit today, the Small Firms Association called on the Government to move on from the analysis phase to introduce tangible Brexit support measures for businesses. .. Read more

Brexit - SFA warns Small Firms to Prepare for the Worst

29/03/2017 - Following the triggering of Article 50 by the British Government today, the Small Firms Association has published a toolkit for small businesses to help them to practically prepare for Brexit in their own business... .. Read more

SFA Condemns indefinite strike by Bus Eireann unions

24/03/2017 - The Small Firms Association (SFA) has condemned the announcement by the 5 unions at Bus Eireann that they plan to engage in an indefinite strike, with just 9 hours notice. Patricia Callan, SFA Director, commented: "Thousands of commuters all around the country will face severe difficulties in getting to and from work... .. Read more

Fundamental reform of social welfare needed to make work pay

14/03/2017 - The Small Firms Association (SFA) has called for a complete review of the social welfare system to ensure that work always pays more than welfare. Linda Barry, SFA Assistant Director, stated: “Small businesses frequently encounter difficulties in getting people on social welfare to take up a job or increase their hours... .. Read more

"Ventac” wins Overall SFA National Small Business Award 2017

02/03/2017 - Ventac has won the Overall SFA National Small Business Award 2017. Winners were selected from over 500 applications received for the 2017 programme... .. Read more

SFA partners with Government to combat late payment culture

28/02/2017 - The Small Firms Association (SFA) is partnering with the Government on the new Prompt Payment Code Portal, which is being officially launched today, Monday, 27 February 2017, by the Minister for Small Business, Pat Breen TD... .. Read more

SFA Pay & Conditions Survey Report

20/02/2017 - The SFA Survey on Pay and Conditions of employment in 576 small companies (with less than 50 employees drawn from manufacturing, distribution, retail and services), employing 12,903 employees has established the following main findings... .. Read more

SFA welcomes Action Plan for Education

06/02/2017 - The SFA welcomes the Action Plan for Education 2017, published today, 6 February. Linda Barry, SFA Assistant Director, said: “The Small Firms Association welcomes the holistic and strategic approach of the Action Plan for Education 2017... .. Read more

SFA Comment on National Planning Framework

02/02/2017 - The Small Firms Association today welcomed the launch of the public consultation for the National Planning Framework, ‘Ireland 2040 – Our Plan’... .. Read more

Action Plan for Jobs 2017 - Small firms poised to create 20,000 jobs

01/02/2017 - The Small Firms Association welcomes the Action Plan for Jobs 2017, launched today, 1 February, by An Taoiseach and Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor. 64% of SFA member companies plan to take on additional staff in 2017 and, with the new measures outlined in the Action Plan for Jobs 2017, we estimate that small businesses will create over 20,000 new jobs. .. Read more

SFA National Small Business Showcase - Need to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice

01/02/2017 - Finalists from the Small Firms Association National Small Business Awards 2017 will gather in Hall 3 (Serpentine Hall), RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 from 12.30pm to 6:00pm today, Wednesday, 1st February to showcase their businesses. The event is open to the public and is free to attend... .. Read more

PM May's Brexit approach threatens Irish small firms

17/01/2017 - Patricia Callan, SFA Director, stated that “In today’s speech, Prime Minister May has set out objectives that pose serious threats to small business in Ireland. By embracing a ‘hard Brexit’, she has signalled very difficult times ahead for those firms that rely on selling to the UK market... .. Read more

SFA National Small Business Awards Finalists Masterclass takes place in Athlone

12/01/2017 - 30 of the best small businesses in Ireland, from 13 different counties, are undertaking a Strategic Management Masterclass in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, this weekend, as part of their €50,000 prize package for being short-listed as finalists in the “SFA National Small Business Awards 2017.” .. Read more

Small Firms Outlook 2017

04/01/2017 - The mood amongst the small business community at the start of 2017 is cautious, the Small Firms Association (SFA) found in its ‘Small Firms Outlook 2017’ survey report, published today. 50% of owner-managers feel that the business environment is improving, down from 77% one year ago and 66% in May, with 18% indicating that it is disimproving.... .. Read more