Press Releases - 2013

SMEs will create 20,000 jobs in 2014, given the right environment

31/12/2013 - In an end of year statement, Chairman of the Small Firms Association, AJ Noonan has said “we would all acknowledge that this has be a very difficult time for small business, with entrepreneurship undergoing reassessment. However, 2014 must place small businesses at the heart of economic policy .. Read more


SFA Welcomes medium term economic plan

18/12/2013 - The Small Firms Association has welcomed the Government’s medium term economic plan, however stated that the plan should have placed small businesses at the heart of economic policy. “we would all acknowledge that this has been a very difficult time for business, especially with entrepreneurship undergoing reassessment .. Read more


SFA National Small Business Awards 2014 Finalists

04/12/2013 - The finalists in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2014 have been officially announced by AJ Noonan, SFA Chairman and Chair of the Awards Judging Panel. The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to Irish industry .. Read more


SFA calls for 7th December to be Small Business Saturday

03/12/2013 - The Small Firms Association has called for Saturday December 7th to be called “Small Business Saturday” and for people across the country to show their support for small businesses and the communities they help to keep thriving. “This Saturday is traditionally a busy shopping day and consumers .. Read more


SFA Comment on SME Credit Demand Survey December

03/12/2013 - The Small Firms Association, has welcomed the Department of Finance “SME Lending Demand Survey” report. Demand for credit has fallen and remains low only 36% of SMEs are now seeking credit, of which 64% of applications have received full/partial approval by the banks .. Read more


SFA Annual Lunch 2013

01/11/2013 - The Chairman of the Small Firms Association, A J Noonan addressing over 650 members and guests at the SFA Annual Lunch, sponsored by Zurich Insurance, said small business are key to the social and economic wellbeing of the country and he asked Guest of Honour Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar to clearly outline what the Trokia departure and regaining our economic sovereignty will mean for small business. With one in four .. Read more


SFA Employment Law Survey 2013

30/10/2013 - “‘Lack of knowledge’ is not a defence in employment law cases – the only defence is to be prepared!” Avine McNally, Acting Director, SFA. The Small Firms Association National Employment Law Survey shows that employment law remains a significant problem for small business .. Read more


SFA Budget 2014 Reaction

15/10/2013 - Reacting to the Budget 2014 announcement today, the Small Firms Association said there were positives and negatives for business. The increase in the lower rate of PRSI and other taxes to the economy will impact detrimentally on the domestic economy .. Read more


SFA Welcome Examinership Lite

11/10/2013 - The Small Firms Association has welcomed the announcement that legislation to allow businesses to apply to the Circuit Court for examinership is to be fast-tracking. Avine McNally, SFA Acting Director, said “this plan recognises that viable small firms are being held back by legacy debt problems. Today’s announcement will make it cheaper and easier for .. Read more


Mental Health in Small Firms

09/10/2013 - “One in five people of working age experience a mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression. Owner managers should put the right structures in place to support themselves and their employees.” A J Noonan, Chairman, Small Firms Association. .. Read more


SFA Comment on Live Register Figures September 2013

02/10/2013 - Commenting on the live register figures for September the Acting Director of the Small Firms Association, Avine McNally said, “Today’s figures indicate a stabilisation of employment within firms; however, the figures remain higher than desired .. Read more


SFA Welcomes Credit Review Office Report

26/09/2013 - A key challenge moving forward is for the banking sector to effect real and meaningful debt restructuring where there is a substantive viable core business. Avine McNally, Acting Director, SFA .. Read more


An Taoiseach launches the SFA National Small Business Awards 2014

06/09/2013 - The SFA National Small Business Awards 2014 have been officially launched by Awards Patron, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny at Government Buildings. The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to the Irish economy. The 2014 programme marks the 10th year of the Awards .. Read more


SFA Slams PRSI Proposed Hike for Self Employed

06/09/2013 - The Small Firms Association stated that the announcement today by the Minister regarding the proposal to increase PRSI Class S for the self employed shows “a Minister who does not understand the challenges being faced by small business owners in Ireland today.” .. Read more


SFA Mid Year Survey on Late Payments

21/08/2013 - “Getting paid on time is a never ending problem for small businesses. Late payment causes serious cash flow problems; requires firms to extend overdraft facilities and consumes a great deal of management time.” Avine McNally, Acting Director, Small Firms Association .. Read more


SFA Comment on July Inflation Figures

08/08/2013 - The Acting Director of the Small Firms Association, Avine McNally, said that the 0.7% inflation rate for July is a concern. “In general we are seeing inflation becoming quite subdued. A concern for many small firms is the external factors such as energy costs which may cause a risk to the inflation rate this year .. Read more


Bus Strike will Cost €4m for Small Business

06/08/2013 - SFA has said that huge business losses will arise as a result of the Dublin Bus strike. The strike will result in €4m lost productivity as people will be delayed arriving for work. .. Read more


SFA Comment on Live register Figures July 2013

31/07/2013 - “If Government is forthright in their ambition to address unemployment then they must not increase the cost of employment in Budget 2014.” Avine McNally, Acting Director, Small Firms Association. Commenting on the live register figures for July the Acting Director of the Small Firms Association, Avine McNally said, “Today’s figures indicate a stabilisation of employment within firms; however, the figures remain higher than desired .. Read more


SFA Quarter 2 Business Sentiment Survey

30/07/2013 - “Business confidence levels show further improvement through the second quarter of 2013 and while the environment remains challenging, the business performance is encouraging.” Avine McNally, Acting Director, Small Firms Association .. Read more


SFA Pre-Budget Submission 2014

25/07/2013 - “The introduction of a more equitable local property tax, where an individual will not pay tax on monies which they are already paying interest on, will release additional disposal income to drive consumer spend.”AJ Noonan, Chairman, SFA .. Read more


SFA Briefs Oireachtas on Concerns Over Access to Public Contracts

03/07/2013 - “New Government buying policies have the potential to eliminate small businesses from the tendering process, resulting in business closures, job losses, regional imbalance and ultimately less competition in the marketplace.”, AJ Noonan, Chairman, Small Firms Association .. Read more


SFA Comment on the Live Register Figures June 2013

03/07/2013 - “For jobs to be created the Government must provide greater certainty to consumers and the business community; stimulate the domestic economy and prioritise rising business costs.” Avine McNally, Acting Director, Small Firms Association .. Read more


SFA PR on Youth Unemployment

28/06/2013 - “Just a quarter of people aged between 15 and 24 are working, down from half before the recession. Active labour policies are only part of the solution, reducing youth unemployment is not possible without a strong commitment and focus on education and growth.” AJ Noonan, Chairman, Small Firms Association. .. Read more


SFA Comment on SME Credit Demand Survey

26/06/2013 - It is critical that in providing finance to the small businesses that the cost of credit is not too high and that loan terms and conditions are clear and manageable and do not act as a deterrent for business survival and investment.” Avine McNally, Acting Director, SFA .. Read more


SFA Welcomes Credit Review Office Report June

14/06/2013 - A key challenge moving forward is for the banking sector to effect real and meaningful debt restructuring where there is a substantive viable core business. Avine McNally, Acting Director, SFA .. Read more


SFA Annual Conference 2013

11/06/2013 - “Our recovery must be based on reducing the cost of doing business, boosting productivity, restoring a sound macro economic base and ensuring the delivery of world class performance standards across our public service.”, AJ Noonan, Chairman, Small Firms Association .. Read more


SFA Comment on Live Register Figures May 2013

06/06/2013 - “For jobs to be created the Government must provide greater certainty to consumers and the business community; stimulate the domestic economy and prioritise rising business costs.", Avine McNally, Acting Director, Small Firms Association .. Read more


SFA Calls for Action on Youth Employment

27/05/2013 - SFA Calls for Urgent Action to Address Youth Unemployment, Strong commitment and focus on education, and growth necessary .. Read more


SFA Concerns Over Access to Public Contracts

06/05/2013 - The Small Firms Association Chairman AJ Noonan has expressed concerns that small firms will effectively be prohibited from tendering for public contracts, in the move to centralise Government procurement into large-scale contracts that they will be ineligible to apply for .. Read more


SFA Spring Business Sentiment Survey Reveals

29/04/2013 - “Improvement in small business sentiment and business activity levels is encouraging and indicates that a gradual recovery is taking hold.” Avine McNally, Acting Director, Small Firms Association .. Read more


SFA welcomes EIB €200m funding for SMEs

29/04/2013 - The Acting Director of the Small Firms Association, Avine McNally, welcomed the announcement that €200m will be provided by the EIB to Irish SMEs through AIB. “It is good news that the financial institutions are taking further action to obtain funding to assist their small business customers.” .. Read more


SFA Comment on OECD Pension Scheme

22/04/2013 - SFA says cost of mandatory pensions would far outweigh benefits. The Acting Director of the Small Firms Association, Avine McNally has said that the OECD report on the Irish pension system proposing a compulsory pension scheme will prove costly to business, employees and the Exchequer without any associated benefits in the long-term. .. Read more


Black Economy Impacting Small Firms

15/04/2013 - SFA issues warning on growth of “black economy, SFA says informal economy is worth €6 billion a year. "As the recession continues, the level of black market activity is increasing. When this activity reaches a point where it is impacting on jobs, legitimate businesses and society action must be taken.” A J Noonan, Chairman, Small Firms Association. .. Read more


SFA Comment on Live Register Figures March 2013

04/04/2013 - “For jobs to be created the Government must provide greater certainty to consumers and the business community; stimulate the domestic economy and prioritise rising business costs.” Avine McNally, Director, Small Firms Association. .. Read more


Spring Economic Statement 2013

02/04/2013 - In its Spring Economic Statement, the SFA says, SMEs must be positioned at the heart of economic policy, No additional cost on employment, Government deliverables – confidence, cashflow & costs .. Read more


SFA Jobs Sentiment Survey First Quarter

19/03/2013 - 65% of small firms will retain employee numbers in 2013 while 11% will reduce employee figures and 1 in 4 small firms hope to increase employee numbers in 2013 .. Read more


SFA Announce National Small Business Award Winners 2013

07/03/2013 - Megazyme International Ireland has won the Overall SFA National Small Business Award 2013. Megazyme International Ireland is a cutting edge biotechnology company based in Bray Co Wicklow employing 34 people. They are involved in the development and supply of innovative analytical test kits and reagents for the agricultural, food, wine, dairy and biotechnology industries. The six category winners were .. Read more


SFA Welcomes Jobs Plan

22/02/2013 - SFA Welcomes Action Plan for Jobs. For this action plan to deliver jobs, it is vital that all proposals are acted upon and delivered, only then will we move in the direction of restoring business & consumer confidence and creating economic and job growth”, Avine McNally, Director, Small Firms Association .. Read more


SFA Comment on January Inflation Figures 2013

21/02/2013 - SFA Calles on Government to tackle business costs. “Government needs to tackle firm action to reduce the costs it imposes on the economy… by taking action Government will contribute directly to the viability of small businesses.” Avine McNally, Acting Director, SFA. .. Read more


SFA National Small Business Awards 2013 - Finalists Showcase

07/02/2013 - SFA Firms Exhibit Excellence, 37 Irish small firms gather to showcase their businesses .. Read more


SFA Meets Minister Hayes Regarding Public Procurement

24/01/2013 - SFA Meets with Minister Brian Hayes. New Public Procurement System will be detrimental to local small businesses around the country. “New Government Policy on Procurement has the potential to eliminate small .. Read more


SFA National Small Business Awards Masterclass - Athlone

18/01/2013 - Thirty one of the best small businesses throughout the length and breadth of Ireland are undertaking a Masterclass in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone this weekend, as part of their prize-package for being short-listed as finalists in the “SFA National Small Business Awards 2013” competition. Patricia Callan, SFA Director commented: “Participants will be .. Read more


SFA Welcomes National Pensions Reserve Fund

09/01/2013 - The Small Firms Association has welcomed the announcement of the National Pensions Reserve Fund to provide loans and help restructure troubled SMEs. Avine McNally, SFA Assistant Director, commented.. .. Read more


SFA Late Payments Survey

06/01/2013 - Significant efforts must be made to change the late payment culture through the introduction of a Voluntary Private Sector Prompt Payment Charter; the extension of the voluntary 15-day payment period to all Government Agencies including the HSE; and the... .. Read more



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