Press Releases - 2019

SFA Annual Lunch - Government must deliver new strategy for small firms

15/11/2019 - SFA Chair, Sue O’Neill called on Government to publish the OECD recommended SME and Entrepreneurship Strategy by the end of the year, at the SFA Annula Lunch 2019. .. Read more

SFA welcomes announcement of new national SME and Entrepreneurship strategy

31/10/2019 - The SFA welcomed the announcement of new national SME and Entrepreneurship strategy. .. Read more

Manage your business in challenging times breakfast briefing

11/10/2019 - SFA to host free breakfast with former Director in Obama administration on Wednesday, 16th October at the Bank of Ireland Workbench Branch Blanchardstown .. Read more


08/10/2019 - The Small Firms Association has welcomed the combined supports in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit announced in Bueget 2020 and the increased in the Earned Income Tax Credit... .. Read more

Budget 2020 must address tax policy and tax administration issues for small firms

03/10/2019 - SFA launches tax policy document in advance of Budget 2020 .. Read more

SFA survey reveals less than half of Ireland’s small business owners believe they have good or expert knowledge of financial literacy

26/09/2019 - The Small Firms Association has launched a ‘Financial literacy amongst Irish micro, small and medium-sized businesses’ report, in collaboration with TU Dublin, Microfinance Ireland, SBCI and Skillnet Ireland. .. Read more

SFA Employment Law Seminar comes to Limerick on 3 October

11/09/2019 - SFA Employment Law Seminar takes place in Limerick on 3 October in the Castletroy Hotel, from 9am-4pm. The seminar examines recent developments in the areas of family leave and employment contracts... .. Read more

An Taoiseach Launches SFA National Small Business Awards 2020

06/09/2019 - The SFA National Small Business Awards 2020 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 2020 submission

06/08/2019 - The Small Firm’s Association Budget 2020 submission calls on government to nurture entrepreneurship and give small businesses the opportunity to enhance their productivity and increase resilience… .. Read more

SFA welcomes funding to enhance productivity of small firms

12/07/2019 - The SFA welcomes the announcement of €3 million LEO Funds to enhance the productivity of small firms in every region, as part of the Future Jobs Strategy, announced today, by Minister Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation... .. Read more

Small business sentiment slumps in first half of 2019

04/07/2019 - Confidence among small business owners has slumped, according to the latest ‘Small Business Sentiment Survey’ report from the Small Firms Association (SFA), published today. Only 45% of SFA members feel that the business environment is improving, compared with 59% in November 2018... .. Read more

Government's focus must shift to small, indigenous businesses

27/06/2019 - At the National Economic Dialogue in Dublin Castle today, Thursday 27 June, the Small Firms Association (SFA) called on Government to shift its focus from multinationals to small, indigenous businesses in Budget 2020 .. Read more

Increase in the minimum pay rates for workers in the construction and electrical contracting sectors disappointing

10/05/2019 - The Small Firms Association said that the decision by Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen TD to approve the recommendations from the Labour Court for new minimum pay rates in the construction and electrical contracting sectors is disappointing. .. Read more

Small Firms Association calls for greater supports to get local economies Brexit ready

07/05/2019 - Small Firms Association has launched a new policy paper entitled ‘Getting Local Economies Brexit Ready’. Highlighting the growing concern amongst small businesses that not enough is being done by local authorities to address the continued erosion of competitiveness within our towns and villages or to help local small businesses address the uncertainty of Brexit. .. Read more

Small business to gather for Smart Business Conference

02/05/2019 - Over 300 companies to gather for the Small Firms Association’s (SFA) Smart Business Conference this morning at the Aviva Stadium. Ahead of the event, sponsored by Vodafone, DeCare Dental, An Post, One4All and SFA Skillnet, Sue O’Neill, SFA Chair, said "Investment in digitalisation and upskilling by small businesses is needed to enhance innovation, productivity, competitiveness, and to reduce the country’s increasing reliance on multinationals”. .. Read more

Parental Leave and Benefit Bill 2019 to add costs to small business

23/04/2019 - The proposed Parental Leave and Benefit Bill 2019 correctly identifies the need to improve family leave within the first year. Nevertheless, given the current skill shortages small businesses are struggling to find replacement staff and the proposals in this Bill will place greater administration burden and more confusing laws on the country’s small firms. .. Read more

Small businesses encouraged to improve employee wellbeing

09/04/2019 - Small Firms Association in partnership with DeCare Dental, launches its Wellness in the Workplace platform, encouraging small businesses to improve employee wellbeing. .. Read more

Small businesses welcome launch of Future Growth Loan Scheme

27/03/2019 - SFA Director, Sven Spollen-Behrens stated “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 investments that will ensure their businesses are viable in the long-term and can survive the challenges ahead. .. Read more

SFA welcomes UK vote for Article 50 extension

15/03/2019 - Responding the to the UK Parliament’s vote on the possible Article 50 extension SFA Director Sven Spollen-Behrens said: “A long extension to the Article 50 process is now needed to safeguard against the untold damage of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit on 29 March. An extension will hopefully allow the UK Parliament to reach a consensus on the way forward .. Read more

SFA National Small Business Awards 2019 Winners Announced

08/03/2019 - Blueacre Technology named overall winner at the SFA National Small Business Awards 2019 .. Read more

350 businesses gather for “Business Connect” summit

07/02/2019 - The Small Firms Association is today bringing over 350 small and large businesses together at a special event in the Aviva Stadium. “Business Connect” provides a platform for companies to learn how they can win contracts with larger companies and how to position themselves correctly to deliver value... .. Read more

Louth small businesses invited to ‘Smart Business’ workshop at The Mill, Drogheda

22/01/2019 - Small Firms Association (SFA), Vodafone and have partnered together to deliver a series of ‘Smart Business’ regional workshops starting in The Mill, Drogheda on Thursday, 24th January. .. Read more

SFA launches Grow, Scale, Succeed online platform

17/01/2019 - SFA launches Grow, Scale, Succeed online platform as part of its National Grow, Scale, Succeed campaign to empower small firms to recruit and retain the right people. .. Read more

SFA welcomes funding to support small business develop ecommerce platforms

10/01/2019 - The SFA welcomes the announcement to support a further 1,000 small/micro businesses with funding and 2,000 with training to develop their online capabilities in 2019 under the Trading Online Voucher Scheme. .. Read more

SFA and Vodafone Ireland launch campaign to help businesses stay ahead in a changing environment

07/01/2019 - Vodafone Ireland today announces the launch of ‘Smart Business’ regional workshops, in conjunction with the Small Firms Association (SFA), to help Irish businesses grow, scale and succeed in a changing business environment... .. Read more

Small firms cautious as they enter 2019

02/01/2019 - The mood amongst the small business community at the start of 2019 is cautious, according to the latest ‘Small Business Sentiment Survey’ report from the Small Firms Association (SFA), published today. 59% of SFA members feel that the business environment is improving, down from 62% one year ago. .. Read more