ISME 30 Years

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Celebrating 30 Years of ISME


ISME members,

1993 was a special year for small enterprise in Ireland. It was the year seven business owners,  frustrated with the lack of Government engagement on key business issues, decided to set up a trade association to fearlessly represent the interests of small and medium enterprise owners. Since then, ISME has grown to accommodate over 10,000 direct and affiliated members across all sectors of the Irish economy. Our representation is particularly strong in professional services, retail, manufacturing, construction, and personal services such as grooming, childcare and nursing homes.

ISME has been by far the most muscular and successful trade association in the SME sector, which is by far the largest part of Ireland’s business demography. Our more recent lobbying successes include last year’s increase in the PAYE threshold to €40,000, the introduction of a statutory offence of perjury, the enactment of the Personal Injuries Resolution Board Act 2022, the introduction of reduced damages for personal injuries by the judiciary, and the enactment of the Companies (Rescue Process for Small and Micro Companies) Act 2021 (or “SCARP”), to provide for affordable insolvency resolution for small business. We deliver for small business. We look forward to many more years of lobbying success for Ireland’s SMEs.

We will mark our 30th anniversary with a business lunch in the Clontarf Castle Hotel Dublin on 17th November. This will be a signature event for some 300 business owners and their staff. Comedian Barry Murphy will provide guests with some “Après Lunch” entertainment. We look forward to seeing members and non-members alike in Clontarf in November.


Tickets are now available (but strictly limited)


ISME 30 Years Business Lunch

Date: Friday 17th November, 1.00pm -5.00pm

Venue: Clontarf Castle, Dublin 3




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