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(...)

The SFA claims
 the Government has broken a promise to end the 3 per cent USC charge imposed earlier on the self-employed.

The Small Firms Association is urging its members to lobby TDs in the hope of reversing what it sees as an unfair aspect of the budget.The association(...)

President Michael D Higgins, who is guest of honour at the SFA annual lunch, which is taking place in Dublin today. Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The chairman of the Small Firms Association, AJ Noonan, has called on the Government to ensure that risk-takers and workers are supported in Budget 20(...)

The fear of failure among the Irish entrepreneurial adult population has risen from 35 per cent in 2006 to 45 per cent in 2013, according to the GEM report.

The introduction of a “second chance” entrepreneurial support programme could help remove the stigma that surrounds business failure and help entrepre(...)

The committee’s recommendations on better access to finance for SMEs have been largely welcomed by the business community

Independent verification of lending rates across the banking sector is one of 25 recommendations contained in a new report on access to finances for S(...)

Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath said yesterday he believed there was a need for a bank which could focus on investing in capital projects and small and medium enterprises.

The Government has been urged to establish, as a matter of urgency, the strategic investment bank which was promised in the Programme for Government.U(...)

Paul Rawlins, co-founder and MD, Celtic Rider motorcycle rental and tours: “You can’t say ‘I’m only going to work a certain number of hours’.” photograph: sasko lazarov/photocall ireland

What distinguishes your business from competitors?We were the first motorcycle rental company to set up in Ireland. It was not possible for overseas t(...)

Dublin city business may have lost between €2 million and €4 million yesterday due to the bus strike, business representative groups have claimed.The (...)

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