Business Bytes - The what, where and how of grants, loans, tax savings and other government supports


SFA Business Bytes, with the support of Bord Gáis Energy, offer unparalleled access to a wide range of high quality training events which are entirely free of change to attend.

Small business are missing opportunities to avail of government supports for their business due to lack of information and confusion. Understanding what supports your business qualifies for, where to apply for them and how to avoid some common pitfalls could be the key to sustaining your business or taking it to the next level.

The seminar on 14 October 2015 covered:

  • The Supporting SMEs online tool
  • The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland
  • Microfinance Ireland
  • The Credit Review Office
  • Job Bridge and Jobs Plus
  • The Family Income Supplement

Damien English TD, Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation, launched the Business Bytes 2015-2016 season. He was joined by the Director of the Small Firms Association and experts from across government and state agencies who engaged with members on the details of the various schemes. The speakers were:

  • Patricia Callan, Director, Small Firms Association
  • Nick Ashmore, CEO, Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland
  • Michael Johnson, CEO, Microfinance Ireland
  • Catherine Collins, Deputy Credit Reviewer, Credit Review Office
  • Caitriona Bracken, Head of Employer Engagement, Department of Social Protection

The slides presented by the speakers are available below for those who would like to review the content.