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# sfa - Last year 2021

Leigh Griffiths charged for kicking a lit flare into a stand of away fans
# Excessive Misconduct
From The42
# Excessive Misconduct

Leigh Griffiths charged for kicking a lit flare into a stand of away fans

Sep 29th 2021, 1:41 PM 3,987 Views 1 Comment

The Dundee striker, on loan from Celtic, claimed he had only meant to remove the item from the pitch.

# sfa - All time

Brexit and wage increase lead to drop in confidence for Ireland's small businesses
# Small Businesses
# Small Businesses

Brexit and wage increase lead to drop in confidence for Ireland's small businesses

Jul 4th 2019, 6:20 AM 5,324 Views 0 Comments

The Small Firms Association is calling for a national Small Business Strategy to improve small business performance.

'It's a huge football country' - Sven Goran-Eriksson keen on the Scotland job
# Hat Into The Ring
From The42
# Hat Into The Ring

'It's a huge football country' - Sven Goran-Eriksson keen on the Scotland job

Apr 25th 2019, 2:04 PM 3,025 Views 3 Comments

The SFA are looking to replace Alex McLeish, who was sacked earlier this month.

'People are holding onto land with no intention of developing it and just hoping for the best'
# Capital Gains Tax
# Capital Gains Tax

'People are holding onto land with no intention of developing it and just hoping for the best'

Aug 22nd 2016, 9:30 AM 24,037 Views 62 Comments

The Small Firms Association wants the government to bring in a scheme to encourage landowners to sell up.

Survival of small businesses 'hangs in the balance' if Brexit becomes a reality
# More Red Tape
# More Red Tape

Survival of small businesses 'hangs in the balance' if Brexit becomes a reality

Mar 21st 2016, 6:00 AM 10,043 Views 41 Comments

Some 200,000 people are employed here due to trade between Ireland and the UK.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths fined over 'refugee' song about Rudi Skacel
# Punishment
From The42
# Punishment

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths fined over 'refugee' song about Rudi Skacel

Sep 29th 2015, 6:51 PM 5,527 Views 3 Comments

The Scottish striker has been fined and given a suspended two-game ban.

The single biggest engine room for Irish jobs is starting to fire up
# Back In Business
# Back In Business

The single biggest engine room for Irish jobs is starting to fire up

Sep 14th 2015, 12:37 PM 27,455 Views 17 Comments

Together these businesses account for half the private workforce.

Tensions mount as Scottish FA chief blasts John Delaney - 'We do things the right way'
# Battle Lines Drawn
From The42
# Battle Lines Drawn

Tensions mount as Scottish FA chief blasts John Delaney - 'We do things the right way'

Jun 10th 2015, 12:00 PM 13,176 Views 30 Comments

The relationship between the SFA and FAI has been strained since November.

Forcing people to pay for their own retirement will 'put many jobs and businesses at risk'
# Pensioned Off
# Pensioned Off

Forcing people to pay for their own retirement will 'put many jobs and businesses at risk'

May 25th 2015, 10:54 AM 13,474 Views 57 Comments

The government wants a universal pension system – but not everyone thinks that’s a good idea.

Could the self-employed be about to get equality on social welfare?
# Doley Cow
# Doley Cow

Could the self-employed be about to get equality on social welfare?

Mar 26th 2015, 2:30 PM 21,693 Views 89 Comments

The next budget is gearing up to be pretty generous one. It’s the latest in the pre-election extravaganza…

Happy days - there's lots of good news out there today if you own a small business
# Positive Waves
# Positive Waves

Happy days - there's lots of good news out there today if you own a small business

Feb 23rd 2015, 6:28 PM 13,712 Views 15 Comments

Ireland’s guarantee scheme for small companies is being extended, while crowd-sourcers LinkedFinance announced a new €250 million SME loan fund

Irish businesses could cut the state's €8.5 billion spending bill
# Tricolour Discount
# Tricolour Discount

Irish businesses could cut the state's €8.5 billion spending bill

Dec 15th 2014, 12:47 PM 9,990 Views 18 Comments

But owner-operators say they are still taking far to long to get paid when they do get contracts.

SMEs will soon to able to access €800m from Ireland's newest bank
# Sbci
# Sbci

SMEs will soon to able to access €800m from Ireland's newest bank

Oct 31st 2014, 7:35 PM 7,979 Views 12 Comments

The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland is hoped to be up and running by the end of the year.

'Uninspiring' budget continues tax discrimination against self-starters
# Budget... Meh
# Budget... Meh

'Uninspiring' budget continues tax discrimination against self-starters

Oct 14th 2014, 6:15 PM 5,389 Views 22 Comments

The self-employed are still paying more tax than everyone else.

'Jobs lost here at home' as foreign firms cash in on Ireland's public purse
# Bye Bye Money
# Bye Bye Money

'Jobs lost here at home' as foreign firms cash in on Ireland's public purse

Oct 8th 2014, 3:58 PM 14,244 Views 24 Comments

The government should “think small first” and keep more tenders in Irish hands, SFA says.

We should back female and elderly entrepreneurs better: small-business lobby
# Left Out
# Left Out

We should back female and elderly entrepreneurs better: small-business lobby

Sep 30th 2014, 7:30 AM 3,740 Views 7 Comments

They’re among the groups under-represented in business which could be targeted in a national policy for entrepreneurs.

More jobs coming as Irish firms get 'back on feet'
# Jobs
# Jobs

More jobs coming as Irish firms get 'back on feet'

Sep 2nd 2014, 6:45 AM 7,553 Views 7 Comments

Small businesses are expecting to hire extra staff this year… and to have to pay more for them.

The SFA is warning the new small business minister to steer clear of wage hikes
# Paid The Cost
# Paid The Cost

The SFA is warning the new small business minister to steer clear of wage hikes

Aug 27th 2014, 5:53 PM 6,619 Views 35 Comments

This afternoon Ged Nash said that businesses should try and award pay increases where possible.

Nearly half of SMEs with Celtic Tiger property debts are defaulting
# Debt Hangover
# Debt Hangover

Nearly half of SMEs with Celtic Tiger property debts are defaulting

Aug 20th 2014, 12:58 PM 5,220 Views 4 Comments

Jobs in the SME sector could be threatened by bad property debts, according to the Central Bank.

Irish 'stigma' around failure is hurting entrepreneurship - SFA
# Fail Better
# Fail Better

Irish 'stigma' around failure is hurting entrepreneurship - SFA

Aug 5th 2014, 5:02 PM 7,582 Views 25 Comments

The trade group is calling for the introduction of improved supports for struggling and failed businesspeople.

Irish companies to get helping hand from global business leaders
# Mentoring
# Mentoring

Irish companies to get helping hand from global business leaders

Jun 11th 2014, 2:54 PM 6,781 Views 12 Comments

Three SMEs will get international mentoring from senior executives at global companies, including VISA.

How are small businesses feeling about the next few months?
# Confidence
# Confidence

How are small businesses feeling about the next few months?

Jun 10th 2014, 7:30 AM 4,457 Views 61 Comments

Pretty good, a survey reveals, with 48 per cent expecting the overall business environment to be ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

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.

What I learned: Keith Wood on leadership in rugby and business
# Leadership
# Leadership

What I learned: Keith Wood on leadership in rugby and business

Jun 2nd 2014, 10:15 AM 19,578 Views 16 Comments

Taking lessons from the pitch to the boardroom.

Government supports for SMEs 'designed not to be used' - SFA
# Locked Out
# Locked Out

Government supports for SMEs 'designed not to be used' - SFA

May 27th 2014, 3:58 PM 6,995 Views 17 Comments

The small business lobby group has called for reform of the Government’s ‘daft’ policies.

"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 9,388 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 3,886 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.

Over 1,200 employers and 2,400 jobseekers register for JobsPlus scheme
# Back To Work
# Back To Work

Over 1,200 employers and 2,400 jobseekers register for JobsPlus scheme

Oct 10th 2013, 10:29 AM 9,135 Views 43 Comments

The new initiative that rewards employers for taking on the long term unemployed was launched during the summer.

Business people avoid discussing mental health due to fear of appearing weak
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Business people avoid discussing mental health due to fear of appearing weak

Oct 9th 2013, 7:20 AM 4,186 Views 17 Comments

The SFA is urging employers in small businesses to address mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

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.

One in 10 small businesses use debt collection agents to get money owed
# Money Money Money
# Money Money Money

One in 10 small businesses use debt collection agents to get money owed

Aug 21st 2013, 6:45 AM 4,172 Views 11 Comments

Small businesses are having to wait an average of 62 days to get paid by creditors.

5 steps to tackle youth unemployment outlined by SFA
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

5 steps to tackle youth unemployment outlined by SFA

May 27th 2013, 6:30 AM 7,015 Views 20 Comments

The Small Firms Association says the lack of job opportunities has impacted on young people more than any other group in Irish society and called on the government to face the problem head-on.

Three months on and small firms feel more confident about business
# SFA
# SFA

Three months on and small firms feel more confident about business

Apr 29th 2013, 9:27 AM 3,255 Views 9 Comments

Results also show that 30 per cent of respondents rate the current overall business environment as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’.

SFA warn of €6 billion cost of black economy, urge government action
# Black Economy
# Black Economy

SFA warn of €6 billion cost of black economy, urge government action

Apr 15th 2013, 6:30 AM 5,839 Views 34 Comments

The Small Firms Association is to meet with the Joint Oireachtas on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation tomorrow and outline measures which they believe will help tackle the issue.

Economic activity needed to solve 'fiscal and unemployment crisis' - SFA
# Small Businesses
# Small Businesses

Economic activity needed to solve 'fiscal and unemployment crisis' - SFA

Apr 2nd 2013, 8:48 AM 3,392 Views 16 Comments

The Small Firms Association has said that a lowering of the cost of employment along with strong political leadership is required for economic recovery.

Small firms being 'strangled' by late payments - SFA
# Money Money Money
# Money Money Money

Small firms being 'strangled' by late payments - SFA

Jan 7th 2013, 6:45 AM 4,424 Views 8 Comments

Companies are now waiting an average of 62 days to be paid, according to a survey by the Small Firms Association.

Bad blood: Levein launches legal action over Scotland sacking
# Scotch Wrath
From The42
# Scotch Wrath

Bad blood: Levein launches legal action over Scotland sacking

Dec 19th 2012, 5:38 PM 626 Views 0 Comments

The Scots are winless in a ramshackle bid to qualify for the World Cup in 2014.

Over 40 per cent of small firms plan to create new jobs
# Small Business
# Small Business

Over 40 per cent of small firms plan to create new jobs

Aug 7th 2012, 6:30 AM 1,776 Views 8 Comments

However, there are still barriers to employment opportunities including a lack of business and unrealistic salary expectations.

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