Press Releases - 2020

SFA reacts to further Covid restrictions

22/12/2020 - SFA respnds to new Christmas Covid restrictions... .. Read more

SFA responds to Government Action Plan for Insurance Reform

08/12/2020 - SFA responds to the Government's Action Plan for Insurance Reform which seeks to make lasting changes to Ireland's costly insurance sector... .. Read more

National Small Business Awards 2021 Finalists Announcement

30/11/2020 - Today we announced the finalists for the National Small Business Awards 2021....... .. Read more

SFA welcome reopening plan but testing times lie ahead

27/11/2020 - SFA reacts to Christmas reopneing plan for Christmas 2020.. .. Read more

SFA Welcomes New Brexit Business Loan for Small Business

23/11/2020 - Microfinance Ireland launches new Brexit Business loan for small business owners ahead of UK leaving the EU at the end of December 2020. .. Read more

Small firms advised to review financial positions as COVID disruption continues and ahead of Brexit

19/11/2020 - Small firms advised to review financial positions as COVID disruption continues and end of Brexit transition period nears .. Read more

Champion Green Challenges Irish Public to Turn Black Friday Green This November

04/11/2020 - Irish Adults Encouraged to Spend €50 Online to Boost the Economy .. Read more

Failure to invest in Ireland’s 5G network could result in €12.6BN GDP loss

28/10/2020 - "5G Future SME Report”, examines the role 5G will have in Ireland’s economic rebound in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic..... .. Read more

SFA Reaction to Budget 2021

13/10/2020 - SFA Reaction to Budget 2021 announced by Minster for Finance Paschal Donohoe and and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath .. Read more

Small business sentiment highlights two-speed recovery

12/10/2020 - The new small business sentiment survey highglights the gap between small firms doing well and those facing difficulties due to Covid-19 .. Read more

SFA calls for extension to Restart Grant Plus closing date

28/09/2020 - Ahead of the closing date for the Restart Grant Plus SFA called for it to be extended in order to support small firms stuggling to reopen and facing local restrictions... .. Read more

Online business support programme launched to help SMEs overcome business challenges

17/09/2020 - MentorsWork, an initiative of Skillnet Ireland and the Small Firms Association (SFA), to support business recovery and deliver long-term growth for SMEs .. Read more

MentorsWork - free business support programme

16/09/2020 - Free 8-week business-support programme for SMEs is designed to provide the skills and supports to help business owner-managers and leaders sustain and improve their business .. Read more

SFA National Small Business Awards 2021 launched

14/09/2020 - An Taoiseach Launches SFA National Small Business Awards 2021 .. Read more

SFA welcomes latest Brexit supports

09/09/2020 - SFA welcome Brexit Readiness Action Plan and additional business supports.... .. Read more

SFA priorities for Budget 2021

03/09/2020 - Budget 2021 must back small businesses and entrepreneurs to boost the economy and bring confidence back to our villages, towns and citiies.... .. Read more

SFA welcomes July stimulus measures

23/07/2020 - SFA welcomes newly announced Government measures to further support small firms impacted by COVID-19... .. Read more

Industry asks Consumers to Champion Green and Support Local - Champion Green

25/06/2020 - Supported by Kilkenny Design, Visa, Retail Excellence, Small Firms Association and Chambers Ireland, Champion Green is a consumer marketing initiative backed by a €1M investment to drive support for local business and enterprise .. Read more

Skillnet Ireland launches initiative to help enterprises bounce back safely

17/06/2020 - ReBound Initiative to support business owners implement Return to Work Safely .. Read more

COVID-19 income supports extended

05/06/2020 - SFA responsed to the Government's decision to extend the COVID-19 income supports .. Read more

Small firms welcome Government’s additional COVID-19 economic measures

02/05/2020 - SFA respond to new COVID-19 economic measures announcement... .. Read more

Free mentoring programme launched to guide Irish SMEs through current business challenges

09/04/2020 - Check out our new Skillnet Programme: MentorsWork, the free mentoring initiative is designed for SME owner/ managers and senior leadership teams across all industries in Ireland... .. Read more

Small Firms Association calls for greater supports to get small firms reboot ready

08/04/2020 - Small Firms Association publishes paper calling calling for greater supports to get small firms reboot ready following COVID-19 crisis. .. Read more

SFA reaction to latest COVID-19 package

25/03/2020 - Read the SFA's reaction to the latest COVID-19 package from the Government to support small businesses... .. Read more

Local Authorities must do the right thing for COVID-19 affected small businesses

20/03/2020 - Local authorities should agree to defer rates payments due from the most immediately impacted businesses until end-May.. .. Read more

KORE Insulation named overall winner of the SFA National Small Business Awards 2020

13/03/2020 - The winners of the SFA Awards 2020 have been announced.. .. Read more

Small business welcome Revenue assistance to help with cashflow difficulties

13/03/2020 - Small business welcome Revenue assistance to help with cashflow difficulties .. Read more

SFA Awards 2020 Gala Cancelled

11/03/2020 - The SFA Awards 2020 Gala to be held on Thursday, 12 march has been cancelled .. Read more

Next government must make access to public contracts easier for small firms

07/02/2020 - Over 400 small and large businesses gathered at the Aviva Stadium for Business Connect 2020. SFA's Business Connect event provides a platform for small firms to learn how they can win contracts with larger companies... .. Read more

Small business face additional challenge from rising minimum wage rate

29/01/2020 - Ahead of the increase in the National Minium Wage on February 1st, the SFA believes that small businesses will face additional challenges from this rise. .. Read more

Small firms to gather at Business Connect 2020

24/01/2020 - SFA Business Connect 2020 takes place on Thursday, 6 February in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin 4. Business Connect is an exciting marketplace event designed to give delegates a window into the decision making and purchasing processes of Ireland’s leading companies .. Read more

SFA launches its ‘Small Business Manifesto’ for Election 2020

21/01/2020 - Ahead of General Eelction 2020, on February 8th, the SFA launched its ‘Small Business Manifesto’. .. Read more

Small business sentiment sours in 2019

09/01/2020 - Release of SFA Small Business Sentiment Survey Winter 2019. The survey results show that small business sentiment decreased in 2019. .. Read more