Fiscal and taxation policies versus Environmental Sustainability
Fiscal and taxation policies versus Environmental Sustainability
  Property taxation policy running counter to the SDGs Commercial rates penalise those businesses which develop and improve town-centre premises Urban areas such as Dublin, Cork and Galway worst affected Real opportunity to reform commercial rates and local property taxes...
SMEs dissatisfied with Government throughout Q’3 18
SMEs dissatisfied with Government throughout Q’3 18
ISME, the Irish SME Association published the results of its latest Government Satisfaction report today (14th January). SMEs overall satisfaction with the Government worsened in Q3’18. ISME emphasises the need for greater action on business costs and access to finance....
Business Confidence Drops and Brexit fears increase
Business Confidence Drops and Brexit fears increase
Business Confidence Drops and Brexit fears increase Brexit worry reaches its highest point for SMEs Business Confidence drops to 1% 67% of businesses have inadequate broadband 71% of businesses expect to increase wage rates of employees 22% of owner managers...
Increased payment delays for Ireland’s SME sector
Increased payment delays for Ireland’s SME sector
Payment time for SMEs worsens from 55 to 59 days Businesses in Ulster are waiting longest to be paid at 70 days 69% of businesses are experiencing delays of 2 months or more ‘Unacceptable’ that 36% of big businesses are...
ISME slams playground closure over compensation claim
ISME slams playground closure over compensation claim
  Insurance premium increases from €2,500 to €8,300 for community amenity in Carlow Personal injuries system is broken and needs radical overhaul Reform process stalled by aggressive lobbying from legal sector Legislative cap on general damages should be introduced immediately...
ISME slams Ash Wednesday insurance payout
ISME slams Ash Wednesday insurance payout
  Absurd Claim should have been thrown out of court Excessive insurance costs impacting businesses and consumers Legislative Cap on Damages must be urgently introduced As local businesses work towards their final trading weekend before Christmas, ISME, the Irish SME...
Work Christmas Parties and Shopping Local
Work Christmas Parties and Shopping Local
  Weekend weather likely to affect shopping numbers ISME launch Survey on recent Shop Local Campaign The Work Christmas Party – Employers take care!  With 11 days until Christmas, ISME, the Irish SME Association today (14th December) is appealing to...
Regional Campaign highlights the need to Shop Local
Regional Campaign highlights the need to Shop Local
  Brexit, larger retail giants, and online shopping pose a significant threat to the future of our towns Irish consumers need to support retailers and local businesses Irish manufacturers, producers and retailers are significant employers Quality, traceability and value for...
ISME expresses concern at the CCPC investigation of the Restaurants Association of Ireland
ISME expresses concern at the CCPC investigation of the Restaurants Association of Ireland
  Imposition of a no-show fee would be strongly pro-consumer No-shows deprive restaurant staff of income and increase the cost of eating-out CCPC risks being perceived as heavy-handed against SMEs   ISME, the Irish SME Association   wishes to express its...
ISME urges people to Shop Local and Buy Irish this Christmas
ISME urges people to Shop Local and Buy Irish this Christmas
ISME urges people to Shop Local and Buy Irish this Christmas Larger online retail giants pose a significant threat to the future of our towns Irish consumers need to support retailers and local businesses Irish manufacturers, producers and retailers are...