Press Releases - 2017

SFA Annual Lunch 2017 - Small business strategy needed for the sector

10/11/2017 - Addressing small businesses and stakeholders at the SFA Annual Lunch sponsored by Bank of Ireland, SFA Chair, Sue O’Neill today (10 November) stated: “Six out of ten SFA member companies are growing, three quarters of us will invest in our businesses in the coming year and an incredible 71% will take on additional staff... .. Read more


Ireland is a high cost location for small firms

17/10/2017 - Addressing the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Linda Barry, SFA Assistant Director, stated: “Ireland is a high cost location for entrepreneurs and established businesses... .. Read more


Budget 2018 is a step in the right direction for small business

10/10/2017 - The Small Firms Association (SFA) has welcomed Budget 2018 as a step in the right direction for small business. SFA Director, Sven Spollen-Behrens, commented: “Budget 2018 is a signal of support for the small businesses of Ireland... .. Read more


SFA Employment Law Conference 2017 - Compliance is a growing burden on small businesses

09/10/2017 - Speaking at the opening of the Small Firms Association (SFA)'s annual Employment Law Conference, in Clontarf Castle, Dublin, today, SFA Director Sven Spollen-Behrens, stated that "The establishment of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in 2015 was a major change in the employment law landscape, one that small firms have been adapting to over the past two years. We are very pleased to welcome Oonagh Buckley, Director-General of the WRC, to speak directly to SFA members and listen to their concerns.. .. Read more


The countdown is on to major changes for business under the General Data Protection Regulation

12/09/2017 - The countdown is on to major changes for business under the General Data Protection Regulation .. Read more


An Taoiseach Launches SFA National Small Business Awards 2018

05/09/2017 - The SFA National Small Business Awards 2018 have been officially launched by Awards Patron, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD. 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 community to the Irish economy .. Read more


Sven Spollen-Behrens appointed Director of the Small Firms Association

01/09/2017 - Sven Spollen-Behrens has been appointed the new Director of the Small Firms Association (SFA), effective from 1 September 2017 .. Read more


Economic growth cannot be taken for granted - SFA priorities for Budget 2018

28/08/2017 - Launching the SFA’s pre-Budget 2018 submission on 28 August, Sue O’Neill, SFA Chair, said: “Continued economic growth cannot be taken for granted. If our country is to prosper over the coming years, it is vital to create an environment supportive of small business. Small businesses have been major contributors to growth, job creation and regional economic recovery and will continue to be, if the right choices are made in Budget 2018.” .. Read more


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



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