Press Releases - 2017

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