Various Information to Assist Small Business

Webinar - get the most out of your SFA membership

Playback the SFA webinar on getting the most out of your SFA membership... .. Read more

The SFA / Trinity Business School Internship Program - Summer 2018

SFA and Trinity Business School have launched a new programme allowing you, a small business owner to gain access to the Trinity Business School student interns for Summer 2018... .. Read more

SFA Webinar - Building Greater Value in Your Business

Playback a SFA webinar on the delivered by Gerard O'Reilly of Crowe Horwath on how to build greater value in your business... .. Read more

Lobbying Act - your business may need to register

The Lobbying Act is explained, including who is a lobbyist and a Designated Public Official and what is a relevant matter. Advice is provided for small firms on how to comply with this legislation .. Read more

SFA Webinar - SFA Review 2016 and Outlook 2017

Playback a webinar on the SFA Review 2016 and Outlook 2017, presented by Sue O'Neill, SFA Chair and Patricia Callan, SFA Director... .. Read more

SFA Webinar - Data analytics can lead to big things for small business

Playback a SFA webinar on data analytics for small businesses. In this era of 'data and big data', data driven decision making is not just the prerogative of large organisations but an opportunity for smaller businesses... .. Read more

Programme for Government – Small business issues

The Programme for Government contained commitments to many policy initiatives that will benefit small businesses. However, continuing engagement will be critical to ensuring that these are implemented effectively, with no unintended consequences. The SFA will also be continuing to draw attention to important issues for small business that were overlooked in the Programme for Government... .. Read more

Election 2016 - Small Business Manifesto

Here is an outline of what the small business community wants from the next government. Does your candidate want the same? Raise these issues on the doorstep to find out. Click on the print version at the bottom of the page for a copy to keep beside your front door. .. Read more

Advice on PABX Security

A private automatic branch exchange (PABX) is an automatic telephone switching system within a private enterprise. The exchange is subject to fraud and Irish Telecommunications Security Fraud Forum has put together some customer tips to combat this fraud... .. Read more

Audit of Craft Manufacturers

Dolmen Design Consultancy on behalf of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, is involved in compiling a national database of craft suitable manufacturing facilities in Ireland. This would include precision engineering firms, textile manufacturers, design for manufacture designers, CAD CAM providers, 3D printing/product developers, wood engineering companies, casting & mould making experts, ceramic tile manufacturers, engineering companies offering milling and machining, CNC Woodworking companies, glass .. Read more

Consumer Rights Directive - make sure you comply

The Consumer Rights Directive (CRD) came into force in 2014 and introduced a number of important changes to consumer law. It provides consumers with increased protection in distance selling (e.g. online) and off-premises (e.g. doorstep sales) contracts. The CRD was implemented in Ireland as Regulations. These have introduced a number of new provisions and changes to existing obligations which traders must comply with, including an extended withdrawal period. .. Read more

Hidden Economy Report Form

The scope, scale and extent of the hidden economy is causing serious problems, by diverting spend away from legitimate businesses. Small businesses are also effected with leakage to the hidden economy now estimated to be as high as 14% of GDP or half a billion euro each month. To allow all companies compete on a level playing field, the Revenue Commissioners have designed a form .. Read more

New European Commission Stakeholder Questionnaire for Business

The aim of this questionnaire is to engage with businesses and to gather information on the remaining obstacles to a fully functioning Single Market for Services in the EU. ( e.g. the problems experienced by business when providing services in the EU .. Read more

New Guide to Assist Small Businesses in Difficulty

Many small business owner-managers are living day-to-day, concerned for example, about their ability to pay wages or creditors. In these circumstances, an increasing number of small businesses facing difficult challenges will fail unless speedy corrective action is taken. When problems arise- they need to be tackled. Therefore, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, together with the Minister of State for Small Business, John Perry TD, has launched “Managing Out of The Crisis”, a simple guide to assist small businesses in difficulty. The guide, which .. Read more

Services & Entitlements for Self-Employed

The Citizens Information Board has developed a dedicated site which provides information on the services and entitlements available to self-employed people who’s income is reduced. The CIB has dealt with over 800,000 callers and over a million queries in their services in 2011 and have seen a substantial increase in the number of self-employed people using their services. Many would have never accessed social welfare supports previously but with fall-offs in their business and income over recent years are finding it difficult to make .. Read more