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Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# ISME

Last year
2022
# bank holliers
Explainer: What does Ireland's new public holiday actually mean for workers and employers?
For the vast bulk of workers within the State, a new public holiday will entitle them to an extra day’s paid leave.
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# omicron
'We can get through Omicron and overcome it' - Taoiseach
All restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres must close at 8pm until 30 January.
All restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres must close at 8pm until 30 January
There is speculation that further restrictions could be introduced in the coming weeks
The Taoiseach has said that data on Omicron will be the "key consideration" around restrictions
EU health watchdog approves fifth Covid vaccine
New Covid restrictions come into effect in Ireland as almost 40% of over-18's receive booster
# essential or non-essential
Explainer: What exactly are the rules for essential and non-essential retailers and how can they be enforced?
What penalties are in place for businesses that break the rules?
# Equality
Legal test case to be taken against the Irish government over the way private pensions are taxed
Chairman Ross McCarthy says ISME is taking the action to solve “inequality” between public and private pensions.
# social distancing
Ibec urges government to change social distancing requirement to one metre
Business group representatives have met the Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee today.
# ISME
Anxiety remains for small business owners despite government recovery plans
Some €2 billion has been promised to SMEs through credit guarantee scheme.
# Job Losses
Calls to push ahead with capping insurance payouts as government criticised for taking too long to act
ISME boss says a referendum is not needed on payouts and calls for action before businesses close down.
# ireland 2029
It could make people happier and healthier - but would a four-day week work in Ireland?
Proponents say there are a wide range of benefits to the idea – but not everyone is convinced.
# hard brexit
'Shockingly low' number of smaller businesses helped by Brexit scheme
The Brexit Loan Scheme aims to minimise the impact Britain leaving the EU will have on businesses.
# Dangerous
'Simply a cop-out': Should businesses be forced to shut during a red alert warning?
People were being urged to stay indoors, but business groups say it should be up to individual employers whether to close.
# Crime
Courts should hand down tougher sentences for crimes against businesses, say company owners
The latest national survey finds a quarter of businesses were impacted by crime last year.
# Benefits
Unemployment benefits are top of the wish list for the self-employed
However, the head of ISME says the government needs to show some leadership on the issue.
# surprise
Business owners are not happy about the new minimum wage
The wage increased from €8.65 to €9.15 per hour last week.
# crime survey
More members of staff are stealing from their employers
The most common crime reported by businesses was burglary.
# counting pennies
The UK's minimum wage has just gone up...
Only by 20p though. Is Ireland about to follow the UK’s example? And by how much if so?
# Jobs Jobs Jobs
Irish unemployment is THIS CLOSE to dropping below 10%
The live register hasn’t seen figures this low since February 2009
# positive waves
Happy days - there's lots of good news out there today if you own a small business
Ireland’s guarantee scheme for small companies is being extended, while crowd-sourcers LinkedFinance announced a new €250 million SME loan fund
# Ouch
Eircom slammed for 'excessive' and 'opportunistic' price rises
Fees will be nearly €100 a year higher for some residential customers.
# Your Say
Poll: Should teachers be banned from going on strike?
Second level teachers are set to stage another day of strike action later this month.
# ISME
Small business employees can forget about a wage hike this year
This follows an IBEC survey earlier in the week suggesting a 2% wage hike across
# christmas crime
Organised gangs are flying into Dublin to shoplift your belongings this Christmas
Retailers want courts to crack down harder on shoplifting.
# Angel Investors
Ireland needs more backers to get 'skin in the game' for business to grow
Owner-operators are far too dependent on banks for finance… and it’s getting worse.
# Business Poll
Business Poll: So this year's coming to a close - but how is 2015 looking?
Is it going to be a bumper year or is trade still in the doldrums?
# not a good little earner
Ireland's economy might be picking up, but workers' earnings are still going backwards
Workers in the public sector get nearly 50% more on average than those in private companies.
# sbci
SMEs will soon to able to access €800m from Ireland's newest bank
The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland is hoped to be up and running by the end of the year.
# motor-vated
Cars, furniture and electrical goods: These are a few of our favourite things
Products that people stopped buying during the recession are back on shopping lists.
# gobshite-free zone
'Sack the gobshites'... And a few other things one entrepreneur has worked out so far
Business advice, Jerry Kennelly style.
# in disneyland
There are too many second-rate colleges in Ireland with 'Mickey Mouse courses'
Why one Irish entrepreneur hired staff from India, Portugal and Sweden over local workers.
# the money trail
Is Ireland really 'the best small country in the world in which to do business'?
These are the bills which are making it hard for owner-operators to compete in the global market.
# budget... meh
'Uninspiring' budget continues tax discrimination against self-starters
The self-employed are still paying more tax than everyone else.
# budget 2015
'Be business focused not jobs focused' - government told
Owner-operators should have their costs cut in the budget to create long-term jobs, ISME says.
# cough up
The government's 'charade' on late-payment laws is hurting small business
A quarter of SMEs are waiting more than 3 months to get paid and the problem is costing jobs, ISME says.
# falling debt
SMEs dipping back into loans from 'bailed-out banks'
But total borrowings for small business are still headed south.
# Tackling debt
Life after debt: advice for heavily-burdened SMEs
ISME is to run a series of free advice sessions for struggling business owners.
# Fraud Squad
'Increasingly sophisticated' scams on the rise, warns ISME
Business owners are being warned of ‘new and ingenious’ methods of defrauding them.
# business studies
Enterprise culture "lacking" in Irish schools
ISME says students are encouraged to look for a job, not start a business.
# Criminal
Business owners aren't reporting crimes because they don't trust the legal system
Almost one in five owners don’t report crimes, a survey has found.
# Different fortunes
Foreign multinationals are thriving while Irish businesses go to the wall - ISME
The small business association has lashed out against Government “complacency”.
# SME
SMEs call for Budget 2015 to focus on competitiveness
ISME also says keeping the 12.5% corporation tax is essential to the recovery.
# Shadow economy
Consumers still 'afraid to spend' in climate of uncertainty
The Irish Small and Medium Enterprise Association have hit out at a number of government policies impeding customer spending.