Management Training

Half of all companies fail in the first five years – an alarming statistic that may seem overwhelming to many starting out in business. Studies show, however, that this failure rate could be reduced by half through investment in management capacity.

Training and upskilling are not only issues for new companies. Overall, Irish domestic firms rank second last internationally for management practices.

In the SFA Training Survey, you responded in large numbers to identify the skills that you and your employees need to make your business more efficient, sustainable and successful. Based on your responses, we have designed a range of training opportunities for small firms.

1. 'Training matters' suite of training courses

In 2019 the SFA is offering courses designed to address the needs of small businesses. Important versus urgent is a key distinction for small firms, but one which is not always easy to make.

Is too much of your time spent on tasks and meetings that seem urgent but are not important for the future of your business? At SFA, we’re here to help you create time for things that can make a real difference, like developing management capacity and other skills for you and your staff. The SFA training offering for 2019 contains an interesting mix of courses – online and off-line - to enhance key skills in your business.

They are delivered by expert trainers with many years of industry experience. Based on your feedback, the courses are short, so that you can get on with running your business. Now is the time to plan your training calendar for 2019 – to make sure that vital upskilling does not get usurped by the urgent but non-important day-to-day distractions.

More information is available in the brochure attached at the bottom of this page. Bookings can be made here.

2. SFA Business Bytes

We provide member companies with access to FREE monthly training in the form of SFA Business Bytes seminars. These one-hour evening sessions give members access to a high calibre of speaker with a view to contributing to personal development and ultimately their effectiveness within their businesses. The sessions combine networking, member spotlights, the expert presentation and an extensive question and answer session. These events are held on a monthly basis on the second Wednesday of the month from October to May.

Information on upcoming Business Bytes events can be found here.

3. Customised training

In-house training can also be organised to suit your company needs. We provide you with best-in-class management training delivered by top quality training providers. Please contact