Below are some testimonials from members of the SFA.
The IHF has been a member of the SFA for many years. Membership to the SFA is a very valuable asset to our business. The SFA provide an excellent service and have an extremely efficient, helpful and friendly team that deal with our queries very promptly.
Pauline O'Carroll, Irish Hairdressers Federation
We have often turned to SFA for advice on areas of business and regulatory adherence. Their in house expertise is available whenever needed, and this alone makes the membership fee worth every cent. SFA also provides a networking forum for small and medium businesses, where examples and advice are also often freely available from other members.
Gerard Healy, Elemex
Being shortlisted as finalist with the SFA Awards 2019 has been instrumental to our business. From the first meeting with the SFA committee and members we feel we have got to meet some inspirational entrepreneurs and really network.
This is our first year being members of the SFA and we look forward to all the opportunities it has opened for us. The SFA has raised our companies profile enormously. We have learnt some key tools to taking our business to the next level and feel we will do this now as we have extra support and confidence as members of the SFA.
Carmel Smith, M&C Hybrid Energy Ltd.
SFA has helped our business through providing business support, networking opportunities, training, information and legislation updates.
Cora Barnes, Three Q Perms and Temps
SFA helps us cope with regulation, HR issues and anything that arises in terms of running a business. A quickly responded to email or phone call allows us deal with issues as they arise rather than waiting and having to follow up.
Margaret Ferguson, Fergusons Hearing Aid Clinic
I see the SFA as an integral part of our business, especially on the HR side. When you run your own business you suddenly have to be experts in all these area's and you are relying on your gut, it can be nerve racking. With the HR issues I consult the SFA first, it gives me confidence in the decisions I am making.
Tara Doyle, SupportIT
The services provided by SFA are exemplary, especially with regards to advice, templates, procedures and policies on employment law and Human Resource Management. While Veterinary Ireland HQ staff can provide a first line of assistance to members on such matters, the back-up provided through documentation and personal advice from SFA is a major service to both our HQ staff and to our Veterinary Ireland members. One aspect not to be ignored is the network of contacts which SFA can provide. Having moved to Ireland in 2001 from overseas service, through attending SFA meetings, conferences and network events over the past twelve years I have built up a wide range of contacts in all walks of life and business, more than I would have ever hoped to achieve going it alone. Personally, of all the services provided by SFA it is this networking which I find most useful in my day-to-day business.
Peter Bishton, Veterinary Ireland
I use the SFA quite a lot on a variety of employment law issues. I find them to be extremely helpful and always get a response to my query in a timely manner. I think they provide an invaluable service to small firms and I would highly recommend becoming a member to any organisation.
Olivia Ormonde, Custom House Fund Services (Ireland) Limited
Over our time in Ireland, we have always turned to SFA for anything to do with business law and in particular, employment law. The staff of SFA are very professional and extremely helpful.
Barry McCleary, Megazyme International Ireland
MarTone Design & Print have been members of the SFA for about ten years. We have found them to be efficient, professional and courteous at all times. They always have the back up information that every business needs from time to time. Their support is invaluable.
Yvonne Malone, Martone Design and Print
I have just joined the SFA and I am excited at the prospect of all it can offer. Having HR support is fantastic and it provides me with a whole new network. They have already published an article for me and I hope to be able to reach many of the members and help them find great candidates as part-time roles are a great way for SMEs to get the talent they need at a reduced cost.
Jane Downes, Part-time.ie
The SFA has been great at offering business advice and networking opportunities. They have been instrumental in lobbying important issues for small business in Ireland.
Roisin McNamara, CCP Recruitment Ltd
The SFA has helped mainly in two ways. In the first instance we have been able to avail of the expertise of staff in the SFA when faced with HR and employment issues such as how to deal with redundancies, parental leave and so on. We have also benefited very considerably from advice and assistance in securing funding for various business purposes, especially in the last 3 years.
Imelda Shanahan, TMS Environment Ltd
As a new member, the SFA has opened up avenues of contact to other businesses and people that Liquid Finance would like to work with. A start-up business can be a lonely place and the SFA can assist with networking.
Tadhg O'Connell, Liquid Finance
SFA has introduced us to businesses like ours that are shooting for the stars.
SFA has enabled us get our name better known mainly through our attendance at the annual conference, but also at other networking events.
Pat Shortt, ETC Consult
SFA has helped me grow in a personal development way. I have attended many of the events being held and have networked where possible. SFA is a safety net for our members with the problem solving experiences.
Jo Somerville, Cosmetic Association Ltd
I am a new member
Muireann Fitzmaurice, MarketingCoach.ie
I have attended a number of presentations which I found very helpful. I also sought the help and advice of a number of the experts in SFA and the advice I received was on point which helped me out dramatically
Valerie Deasy, Alliance Insurance Brokers
The SFA are a constant support for our business. As well as providing excellent research results on all aspects of the business world in Ireland they provide a real advisory type service whenever new issues arise. Good examples would be HR or Contractual matters. The SFA team are very responsive to requests for help or information and also are very willing to act as a sounding board when critical issues arise. The SFA Newsletters and their website are a great source of information for companies. Over the years we have attended many member events and never miss the SFA Annual Lunch which is always worthwhile. We have made many friends and business contacts through these SFA events. The SFA represent small business very well in the media and also lobby Government on our behalf.
Dave Byrne, Dualtron Limited