Press Releases - 2018

Small firms to gather at Business Connect 2019

12/12/2018 - SFA Business Connect event takes place on Thursday, 7 February 2019 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 National Small Business Awards 2019 Finalists announcement

04/12/2018 - The finalists in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2019 have been officially announced by Sue O’Neill, SFA Chair and Chair of the SFA Awards Judging Panel. 38 companies have been selected as finalists, from 14 different counties, across 8 categories. .. Read more


Sue O’Neill re-elected as Chair of the Small Firms Association

29/11/2018 - The Small Firms Association (SFA) is pleased to announce that Sue O’Neill has been re-elected as Chair by the SFA National Council, for a 2-year term. Sue O’Neill has served as the Association’s Chair since 2016. .. Read more


SFA calls on Christmas shoppers to spend locally on Small Business Saturday

28/11/2018 - The Small Firms Association has called for 1 December 2018 to be ‘Small Business Saturday’ and has called on shoppers across the country to support small businesses in their communities. .. Read more


SFA Annual Lunch 2018 - Comprehensive tax policy needed for small firms

16/11/2018 - In advance of the Small Firms Association Annual Lunch today, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, SFA Chair, Sue O’Neill stated: “Our latest small business survey found that compared to this time last year, there is a softening of confidence amongst our members. .. Read more


SFA recommends significant tax changes to support small business

18/10/2018 - The SFA is calling for a whole-of-government national Small Business Strategy, with a roadmap towards significant policy goals: increased productivity, export diversification etc. Despite the recently announced tax changes in Budget 2019, additional changes to our tax policies would support the achievement of these goals .. Read more


SFA REACTION TO BUDGET 2019

09/10/2018 - The Small Firms Association (SFA) has today welcomed the increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit announced as part of Budget 2019 but expressed disappointment with the missed opportunity to relieve business costs on small firms and maintain competitiveness as Brexit approaches. .. Read more


SFA Employment Law Conference comes to Cork on 26 September

12/09/2018 - The challenges facing employers are changing all the time. Small businesses have a strong desire to create positive workplaces with their staff but struggle to keep up with the many changes in employment law obligations. .. Read more


An Taoiseach Launches 15th SFA National Small Business Awards

03/09/2018 - The SFA National Small Business Awards 2019 have been officially launched by Awards Patron, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD. 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 community to the Irish economy. .. Read more


Small Firms Association Budget 2019 submission

20/08/2018 - Launching the Small Firms Association’s Budget 2019 submission, Sven Spollen-Behrens, SFA Director, said: “Budget 2019 must focus on the small businesses in Ireland and support this important sector to fulfil its potential. In doing so, the Government would reduce the risk on our economy from over reliance on foreign direct investment while seizing an important opportunity to future proof our economic model. .. Read more


Further increase in the minimum wage unacceptable

18/07/2018 - Sven Spollen-Behrens, Director of the Small Firms Association, today responded to the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission on the National Minimum Wage (NMW), stating: "The recommended increase in the minimum wage is unacceptable for the small business community." .. Read more


Government should not fuel business cost rises by increasing the minimum wage

16/07/2018 - In advance of the Low Pay Commission delivering its recommendations on the National Minimum Wage, the Small Firms Association said that costs for small businesses are already shooting up and that Government should not add fuel to the fire by imposing a further increase in the minimum wage. .. Read more


Government's focus must shift to small, homegrown businesses - SFA

27/06/2018 - At the National Economic Dialogue in Dublin Castle today, Wednesday 27 June, the Small Firms Association (SFA) called on Government to shift its focus from multinationals to small, indigenous businesses in Budget 2019. .. Read more


Banded Hours Bill out of touch with small businesses - SFA

11/06/2018 - The Small Firms Association (SFA) today criticised the draft Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017, which is currently before the Dáil. SFA Director Sven Spollen-Behrens stated: “The so-called ‘Banded Hours Bill’ is completely out of touch with the reality facing many small businesses. .. Read more


Small business sentiment down 9 points in past six months

24/05/2018 - Speaking at the Small Firms Association (SFA) Annual Conference 2018, in partnership with Ulster Bank and sponsored by One4all, on Thursday, 24 May, Sven Spollen-Behrens, SFA Director stated: "Confidence among small business has dampened in the last six months, with 53% now believing that the business environment is improving, compared with 62% in November 2017. .. Read more


Action needed to increase spillovers from multinational firms to indigenous businesses - SFA

25/04/2018 - Launching the Business Connect Report, a new guide from the Small Firms Association (SFA), SFA Director, Sven Spollen-Behrens, stated: “Ireland has a unique business ecosystem with almost a quarter of a million small firms operating alongside some of the world’s largest corporations. .. Read more


SFA Chair meets Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach

20/04/2018 - Despite moving in the right direction, we have not seen the "leap forward in the capacity and performance of our enterprise sector" aspired to in the Programme for Government. Such a "leap forward" will not happen as a by-product of piecemeal changes. .. Read more


SFA welcomes Brexit Loan Scheme but close monitoring needed

28/03/2018 - The UK’s vote to leave the EU has already posed considerable challenges to Irish businesses and significant further difficulties may be coming down the tracks. This scheme is an important element of Ireland’s response to Brexit. It will allow small firms to borrow for working capital or investment at low interest rates, ensuring businesses that are viable in the long-term can survive the challenges ahead. .. Read more


GDPR readiness in Munster lags rest of country

12/03/2018 - Munster businesses know that GDPR is coming, with 88% either very aware or having some awareness of the changes that will take effect on 25 May 2018. However, with the ‘go live’ date less than three months away, readiness among Munster firms is lagging the rest of the country. It is worrying that almost one in five Munster small businesses do not yet have a plan in place in relation to GDPR and 56% say that they have only started preparing. .. Read more


Good awareness of GDPR among small firms but more action needed - SFA

09/03/2018 - Small businesses know that GDPR is coming, with 89% either very aware or having some awareness of the changes that will take effect on 25 May 2018. .. Read more


Extreme weather phenomenon highlights the challenges facing small business

02/03/2018 - According to the Small Firms Association, this week's extreme weather has caused massive disruption for businesses around the country. Sven Spollen-Behrens, SFA Director, said: "Our members were better prepared this time as many were caught out in Storm Ophelia. Despite the adverse weather conditions a small number of businesses managed to stay open and provided important services to their local communities." .. Read more


Businesses should plan now to ensure safety and minimise weather disruption

27/02/2018 - Businesses should plan now to ensure safety and minimise weather disruption .. Read more


Briody Bedding wins overall award at SFA National Small Business Awards 2018

22/02/2018 - Briody Bedding has won the Overall SFA National Small Business Award 2018. 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 winners were selected from hundreds of applications received for the 2018 programme. .. Read more


B2B procurement could inject billions into domestic businesses - SFA Business Connect

01/02/2018 - Multinationals currently source 18.1% of their total spend on goods and 7.3% of their total spend on services from indigenous suppliers. Today’s Business Connect event launches a long overdue conversation about how to increase these figures. .. Read more


Small Firms Outlook 2018 - Small firms cautiously optimistic as they enter 2018

02/01/2018 - The mood amongst the small business community at the start of 2018 is cautiously optimistic, with nearly two-thirds of owner-managers believing that the business environment is improving, up from 50% one year ago and 61% in May 2017. .. Read more



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