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There are green shoots in SME employment, but recovery is 'far from guaranteed'
# On The Up
# On The Up

There are green shoots in SME employment, but recovery is 'far from guaranteed'

Jul 9th 2014, 5:01 PM 3,113 Views 9 Comments

ISME said that its members are feeling more positive on the jobs front, but said the Government must stay the course on austerity.

Small business satisfaction with Government on the slide
# Can't Get No
# Can't Get No

Small business satisfaction with Government on the slide

Jul 7th 2014, 6:31 PM 4,839 Views 5 Comments

The economy may be on the way back, but small businesses are still hurting according to ISME.

Almost 3,000 extra young people were signing on last month
# Live Register
# Live Register

Almost 3,000 extra young people were signing on last month

Jul 2nd 2014, 1:17 PM 10,281 Views 74 Comments

Overall, the number of people on the Live Register decreased by 4,400 in June.

Government 'charade' in ISME crosshairs over late payments
# Paid Up
# Paid Up

Government 'charade' in ISME crosshairs over late payments

Jun 30th 2014, 10:54 AM 4,022 Views 6 Comments

The waiting period for payment climbed again in the last three months, with big business abuses and government indifference blamed.

Retailers struggle with costs despite 6.2% sales bump this year
# Shopping Not Dropping
# Shopping Not Dropping

Retailers struggle with costs despite 6.2% sales bump this year

Jun 27th 2014, 12:50 PM 3,985 Views 10 Comments

Despite a fourth straight quarter of growth, ISME warned that shop-owners are still under pressure

'Now is not the time for wage rises' - ISME
# Cash Demands
# Cash Demands

'Now is not the time for wage rises' - ISME

Jun 13th 2014, 4:19 PM 6,276 Views 43 Comments

The small business trade body said that an increase in wages could force many businesses under.

SME groups welcome EU report but warn they are still in 'survival mode'
# No Derailment
# No Derailment

SME groups welcome EU report but warn they are still in 'survival mode'

Jun 3rd 2014, 12:55 PM 3,165 Views 2 Comments

The EU Commission report found that lending to SMEs still remains weak.

The funding 'hunger march': over half of companies refused bank credit
# SMEs
# SMEs

The funding 'hunger march': over half of companies refused bank credit

Jun 3rd 2014, 10:14 AM 4,595 Views 15 Comments

Banks are ‘sugar-coating’ the acceptance figures, while the Government watches on, ISME said.

Rates freeze would see 'return to bustling main streets'
# Big Freeze
# Big Freeze

Rates freeze would see 'return to bustling main streets'

May 29th 2014, 10:32 AM 8,190 Views 17 Comments

Call on newly-elected councillors to drive recovery in “busy main streets”.

The government has launched a new €500m bank for SMEs. But what does it mean?
# Explainer
# Explainer

The government has launched a new €500m bank for SMEs. But what does it mean?

May 22nd 2014, 3:11 PM 9,520 Views 50 Comments

SMEs have been crying out for a new source of finance – and here’s what the Government have come up with.

"They've replaced the tellers with plants" - are banks interested in lending to small business?
# Don't Bank On It
# Don't Bank On It

"They've replaced the tellers with plants" - are banks interested in lending to small business?

May 13th 2014, 4:06 PM 9,387 Views 29 Comments

Domestic banks are failing to support a vital segment of the economy, lobby groups have said.

Noonan should know better than to listen to banks - ISME
# Priority
# Priority

Noonan should know better than to listen to banks - ISME

May 8th 2014, 5:45 AM 3,885 Views 7 Comments

ISME chief’s comments come after the Minister said SME debt is far down his list.

Why isn't this government support for SMEs working?
# Microfinance Ireland
# Microfinance Ireland

Why isn't this government support for SMEs working?

May 2nd 2014, 7:10 AM 5,506 Views 18 Comments

Microfinance Ireland has approved just €3 million from a €90 million lending budget.

Restrictive, badly marketed and poorly explained: Government finance scheme for SMEs is not working
# Not Adding Up
# Not Adding Up

Restrictive, badly marketed and poorly explained: Government finance scheme for SMEs is not working

Apr 20th 2014, 8:15 AM 5,925 Views 7 Comments

The EIIS programme is poorly explained and flawed, trade bodies say.

Some businesses aren't feeling a strong recovery according to this survey
# ISME
# ISME

Some businesses aren't feeling a strong recovery according to this survey

Apr 14th 2014, 6:30 AM 6,592 Views 10 Comments

The manufacturing sector is proving to be a “cause of concern”.

Self-employed treated like "second-class citizens" in social welfare system - ISME
# Jobseekers
# Jobseekers

Self-employed treated like "second-class citizens" in social welfare system - ISME

Mar 27th 2014, 7:30 AM 15,211 Views 68 Comments

ISME is calling for self-employed person to have the option of paying a higher rate of PRSI in order to entitled them to the same social welfare payments as their PAYE counterparts.

German bank's low interest loans set to benefit Irish SMEs
# Thanks Angela
# Thanks Angela

German bank's low interest loans set to benefit Irish SMEs

Dec 20th 2013, 6:30 AM 6,484 Views 54 Comments

German bank KfW will be giving out loans at interest rates lower than SMEs can currently access with Irish banks.

ISME: Delays in bank lending decisions a 'cynical smokescreen'
# Credit
# Credit

ISME: Delays in bank lending decisions a 'cynical smokescreen'

Sep 9th 2013, 6:00 AM 2,725 Views 4 Comments

Latest figures show a 57 per cent refusal rate by banks to small- and medium-sized firms.

ISME: Plans to increase PRSI for self employed "utter madness"
# Social Insurance
# Social Insurance

ISME: Plans to increase PRSI for self employed "utter madness"

Sep 6th 2013, 2:44 PM 7,544 Views 107 Comments

The proposed rise in Pay Related Social Insurance is being considered by Minister Joan Burton.

Banks loaned just €3m to scientific research SMEs since 2010
# Lending
# Lending

Banks loaned just €3m to scientific research SMEs since 2010

Aug 18th 2013, 7:45 AM 3,120 Views 13 Comments

The SME sectors that fared the best as regards loans over the last three years were agriculture and property investment and development.

Big businesses are 'the main culprits' in late payments
# PAY DELAY
# PAY DELAY

Big businesses are 'the main culprits' in late payments

Jul 1st 2013, 11:20 AM 3,860 Views 6 Comments

ISME praised the adoption of a voluntary code on prompt payments by SMEs – but says big business must be forced to agree to the code in order to improve the cash-flow of smaller operations.

Nearly one in eight commercial properties in Ireland is unoccupied
# Commercial Breakdown
# Commercial Breakdown

Nearly one in eight commercial properties in Ireland is unoccupied

Jun 27th 2013, 2:12 PM 6,053 Views 33 Comments

Limerick City has the country’s highest rate of vacant commercial units at 17.2 per cent.

Loan refusals for businesses at the lowest in four years
# Bank Lending
# Bank Lending

Loan refusals for businesses at the lowest in four years

Jun 10th 2013, 12:00 PM 3,544 Views 15 Comments

The ISME survey found that delays in decision making by banks has improved with the average wait down to four weeks from the five.

ISME propose tax and social welfare amnesty for black market operators
# Black Market
# Black Market

ISME propose tax and social welfare amnesty for black market operators

Apr 17th 2013, 6:30 AM 6,101 Views 28 Comments

The Irish Small Firm and Medium Enterprises Association believes that the temporary amnesty would help individuals to legitimise their “hidden economy” tax/earnings status.

Survey: Small businesses waiting around 67 days to be paid
# Pay Up
# Pay Up

Survey: Small businesses waiting around 67 days to be paid

Mar 29th 2013, 4:30 PM 4,901 Views 15 Comments

The figure is slightly better than it was a few months ago – but one third of businesses are still waiting more than three months to be paid.

Retailers warned as €155,000 stolen every hour
# Shoplifting
# Shoplifting

Retailers warned as €155,000 stolen every hour

Dec 19th 2012, 7:15 AM 5,898 Views 27 Comments

ISME has said that shoplifting costs businesses a total of €44 million over the Christmas period.

SMEs remain broadly dissatisfied with Government performance - survey
# Satisfaction
# Satisfaction

SMEs remain broadly dissatisfied with Government performance - survey

Dec 17th 2012, 6:30 AM 5,239 Views 18 Comments

The latest ISME survey of its members shows a slight improvement in satisfaction, but still wide antipathy.

What should the government do about sick pay? Here's three suggestions
# Who Pays?
# Who Pays?

What should the government do about sick pay? Here's three suggestions

Dec 1st 2012, 9:15 AM 7,677 Views 31 Comments

The government has made it clear that it isn’t happy to keep footing the bill for employee sick pay – so we’ve asked Sinn Féin, TASC and IBEC what they think should be done about it.

Sharp rise in numbers taking part in back-to-work schemes
# Back To Work
# Back To Work

Sharp rise in numbers taking part in back-to-work schemes

Oct 4th 2012, 5:09 PM 5,194 Views 34 Comments

More than 57,000 people are now taking part in the various schemes for long-term unemployed.

Retail sales figures continue to improve in August
# Retail
# Retail

Retail sales figures continue to improve in August

Sep 28th 2012, 2:02 PM 3,218 Views 15 Comments

Preliminary figures from the CSO show that both the volume and value of retail sales increased last month.

Banking Federation rejects report on lending to small businesses
# Lending
# Lending

Banking Federation rejects report on lending to small businesses

Aug 22nd 2012, 8:53 AM 2,700 Views 27 Comments

IBF chief executive Pat Farrell says he had not seen the report but rejected the findings which are reported this morning.

Booming black economy killing small business
# Black Economy
# Black Economy

Booming black economy killing small business

Jul 25th 2012, 12:41 PM 6,663 Views 68 Comments

Dramatic increase in black economy is costing the State €5 billion, says the Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association.

Consumer confidence up in June
# Consumer Confidence
# Consumer Confidence

Consumer confidence up in June

Jul 4th 2012, 12:01 PM 2,033 Views 1 Comment

However consumers unlikely to step up their spending, as just 12 per cent believe their financial situation will improve in the coming year.

Central Bank 'pressing Ulster Bank to resolve situation'
# Ulster Bank
# Ulster Bank

Central Bank 'pressing Ulster Bank to resolve situation'

Jun 25th 2012, 6:36 PM 5,626 Views 13 Comments

The Central Bank has said it is pressing the bank to ensure that customers are treated fairly as it tries to resolve the current situation.

Ulster Bank should waive fees, says ISME
# Bank Chaos
# Bank Chaos

Ulster Bank should waive fees, says ISME

Jun 25th 2012, 12:31 PM 4,734 Views 10 Comments

One customer tells TheJournal.ie that he has seen his bank balance today for the first time in a week.

Over half of loan applications refused by bailed-out banks, says ISME
# Recession
# Recession

Over half of loan applications refused by bailed-out banks, says ISME

Jun 18th 2012, 6:30 AM 2,203 Views 9 Comments

The quarterly bank survey has prompted an angry response from the SME sector.

Government criticised as employment at lowest level in nine years
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

Government criticised as employment at lowest level in nine years

Jun 7th 2012, 9:31 PM 4,155 Views 37 Comments

Figures from the CSO’s Quarterly National Household Survey put unemployment at its highest level since the financial crisis.

ISME: Hot weather 'doesn't lead to rise in sick leave'
# Sick Leave
# Sick Leave

ISME: Hot weather 'doesn't lead to rise in sick leave'

May 29th 2012, 9:47 AM 2,856 Views 12 Comments

However, its chief executive said employers are concerned about another summer event – Euro 2012.

Column: Tough, lonely and very risky – welcome to life as an entrepreneur
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Tough, lonely and very risky – welcome to life as an entrepreneur

May 9th 2012, 7:00 AM 72 Views 16 Comments

Unemployed people who start companies are branded “involuntary entrepreneurs” – but they should be hailed as heroes, writes business owner Peter Faulkner.