ISME, the Irish SME Association, is the only independent representative association for Small and Medium Enterprises and currently has in excess of 10,500 members nationwide. Uniquely in Ireland, ISME is independent of big business, big banks and government and gives voice to the issues facing SME owner-managers.
ISME is owned, funded and managed by SME owner-managers, representing the sector through its Members. Therefore, we can rightly claim to be the true independent voice of the Irish SME. ISME is a not-for-profit membership organisation whose National Council is made up of elected owner-managers of SMEs from all over Ireland and from a variety of sectors.
We exist to support SME owner-managers by lobbying on their behalf, providing advice and information, and offering discounts on products and services through our ADVANTAGE - Affinity programme. We provide learning and development programmes with ISME Skillnet and business development and promotional opportunities through the ISME website, publications, digital channels and networking at events. In addition we offer products that will support members and their employees such as the ISME Wellness Programme - partnering with Laya Healthcare and Spectrum.Life, providing Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) for Members, their employees and families and the ISME Finance Finder - using Swoop technology to offer loan options in minutes, streamlining the funding application process.
The tax-deductible membership is a cost-effective way for SME owner-managers to network with like-minded business people and to be continually updated on issues that impact on their business
The mission of ISME:
The mission of ISME, the independent organisation for the Irish Small & Medium business sector, is to:
To represent the best of what is best in the SME sector
To anticipate and decisively articulate the needs of the sector
To be vigilant, decisive, and direct in defending the interests of all small and medium businesses
To be beholden to no interests, other than the members
To ensure that what is urgent does not detract from what is important to the members
To help Members better manage their business through the provision of accurate, timely and pertinent information
To drive down members costs through the co-ordinated strength of the sector