Small Firms’ Association warns: “Employers must be aware that the party venue is basically an extension of the office and that they remain responsible for the... behaviour of employees during such events.”

This week’s edition of the regular e-zine sent by the Small Firms’ Association to its members has “some practical advice for employers regard(...)

Outgoing Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan: ‘Irish banks mispriced credit risk before . . . are we sure they’re not mispricing in the other direction now?’ Photographic: Jonathan Crosby/Reuters

Irish banks may be too risk averse, outgoing Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan has said, while also highlighting the relatively high interest r(...)

KPMG, the liquidator to Clerys’ operating company OCS Operations, is due to hold a meeting of creditors today to appoint a committee of inspection to oversee the liquidation

Lorraine Sweeney, whose LS Catering company owned the cafes at Clerys, says she is preparing legal action against several parties involved in the rece(...)

Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, delivering last year’s Budget. Small businesses across Ireland want to see the Minister cut the rate of capital gains tax in this year’s Budget. (Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times)

Reducing the rate of capital gains tax (CGT)from 33 per cent to 20 per cent will unlock investment and make Ireland a more attractive place to sell a(...)

Lorraine Sweeney: “We also didn’t think we were dealing with vultures.”

When the clock stopped ticking for Clerys workers in such brutal fashion last Friday, it raised the hackles of one of Ireland’s most prominent small b(...)

Patricia Callan, director of the Small Firms Association, said smaller firms are at the heart of the system for the first time.  Photograph: Gary O’ Neill

A new Companies Act expected to cut red tape for businesses in Ireland comes into effect today. The Small Firms Association (SFA) welcomed the Act, w(...)

The Small Firms Association chief executive Patricia Callan: says Ireland’s younger population relative to its European peers means there is no need to act now on a mandatory pension

The Small Firms Association is affiliated to employers’ lobby group Ibec. On that basis, it might not seem too surprising to hear it coming out strong(...)

Small Firms’ Association director Patricia Callan: ‘The willingness of both employees and employers to accept compulsory pension savings is seriously questionable.’ Photograph: Gary O’ Neill

The Small Firms’ Association has said it is against the introduction of a mandatory pension system in a submission to the Department of Social Protect(...)

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(...)

Credit reviewer John Trethowan would like the Government to consider an expansion of the microfinance loans scheme limit to at least € 50,000, and possibly € 100,000. Photograph: Alan Betson/THE IRISH TIMES

Distressed small and medium sized companies which are now recovering and are potentially viable continue to find it difficult to obtain finance, accor(...)