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TIMING IS EVERYTHING FOR SMEs (Bank Survey)

2nd December 2016,  Loan refusal rate decrease from 36% to 30%. SME demand for bank credit reduced from 38% to 36% Formal applications decline. ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association, released its Quarterly Bank Watch Survey (Q4) today
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GOVERNMENT ENGINEERS PERFECT STORM OVER WATER FUNDING

190,000 households are on group schemes. Equity between rural, urban and business necessary The Commission on the Future Funding of Domestic Water Services issued its report on 29th November. It suggests that most domestic water provision should be funded via
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REDUCE THE COST OF LIVING

29th November 2016,  Government controlled costs continue to increase. Youth unemployment still too high. The monthly unemployment figures released by the CSO today (29th November), show that unemployment figures have dropped. This is good news for Irish workers, but highlights
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CONSUMERS ENCOURAGED TO BUY LOCAL

Consumers should support Irish businesses to help create new jobs. Sterling devaluation and sentiment impacting sales.  With the release of the CSO retail sales figures for October today (28th November), ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association, encourages Irish
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PUBLIC SERVICES BEFORE PAY RESTORATION

25th November 2016,  Inequality between public and private sector widens. Government must invest in public services. ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association, at the release of the CSO Earnings and Labour costs figures today (25th November), called on
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RISING COSTS OF MOTOR INSURANCE (Committee Report)

24th November 2016, Report fails to address systemic reasons behind insurance increases Small businesses particularly impacted The Joint Committee on Finance, Expenditure and Reform and Taoiseach today launched its report on ‘The Rising Costs of Motor Insurance.’ ISME is delighted
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MAXIMISING ROI WITH PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING PROGRAMME

 23rd November 2016, Launch of new Archimedes Problem Based Learning Programme Tailored Online Solutions for SMEs Minister Pat Breen, TD, launched the Archimedes Problem Based Learning Programme for SMEs in conjunction with ISME on Wednesday, 23rd November in Buswells Hotel,
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UNION PAY DEMANDS UNJUSTIFIED

22nd November, 2016. Union pay demands unsustainable. Reduce state controlled cost to put money back into workers pockets. ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association is delighted to see the improved jobs figures at the release of the Quarterly
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STATE CONTROLLED COSTS RISING

ISME, 10th November 2016,  Education and Health costs increase. High services inflation driven by insurance, banking and legal fees.  At the release of the CSO inflation figures for October, today (10th November) ISME, the Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association
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Retail Press Release 2

BUSINESS COSTS STILL THE ISSUE

ISME, Friday 4th November 2016. Competitiveness is key to our continued recovery.  While welcoming the increased Retail Sales figures for September, from the CSO, released today (4th November), ISME, the Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association highlighted how more could
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