19/02/2015 BUSINESS FINANCE NEWS POLITICS Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the SBCI funding for SMEs, at The Liffey Trust, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Irish firms gave the Government a positive satisfaction rating for the first time since the crash, according to a survey by Isme, the Irish Small and (...)

Isme chief executive Mark Fielding said the latest survey results gave cause for concern

Business confidence is waning with SMEs feeling increasingly pessimistic about the economy, according to the latest quarterly business trends survey b(...)

The Companies Act 2014 is expected to provide significant benefits to companies, in particular smaller firms, by reducing red tape

It’s not often new legislation comes along that is warmly welcomed by the business community. But the Companies Act 2014, which comes into effect in J(...)

The survey shows that SMEs are keen to access funding from the new State-backed Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI)

SMEs are finding it easier to access credit but many face long delays in getting loan approvals, according to a new study.The latest Isme quarterly ba(...)

Isme chief Mark Fielding said the national minimum wage, which is currently set at €8.65, had failed in its stated task of addressing poverty.

The national minimum wage should be scrapped, a business lobby group has urged.Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association chief executive Mark Fie(...)

Small Firms Association director Patricia Callan says “small firms have now moved from survival mode, to focusing on how they can grow their market share”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Two-thirds of small firms are optimistic of growing this year, with just 6 per cent reporting continuing retrenchment in their business, according t(...)

SME representative association ISME has warned its members about following the lead of larger companies by increasing wages

Irish small and medium sized enterprises are being urged to hold wages level, despite growing momentum favouring wage hikes.In its wage rate expectati(...)

“You get these inflated titles that don’t explain much but make the person sound more important than they are,” says Dublin-based organisational psychologist Sean Ruth.

It used to be so simple. Job titles emerged as a way to let us know what sort of work people did. The benefit was that we knew who to turn to when we (...)

Mark Fielding of Isme called for the Government to amend the legislation. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ireland’s prompt-payment legislation has failed according to Isme, and stronger legislation needs to be introduced. The Isme Credit Watch Survey has f(...)

Few dispute that those stuck on low wages are struggling to make ends meet. But there are sharp differences of opinion over who is responsible for imp(...)