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






You can also avail of a sponsorship opportunity, or a chance to sponsor your branded merchandise at the lunch by contacting

You can include a dedicated message in our commemorative program, which will be available in print as well as in soft copy, by contacting

If you would like to be a focal contact to invite members from your local area or county, we can contact members near you and give them your email address to facilitate this.

Lastly, the lunch commemorative program will contain a QR code which will direct delegates to a short commercial bio, detailing goods and services that our guest businesses buy or sell. This is your opportunity to connect with like-minded SMEs and larger businesses with whom you might like to trade in the New Year virtually. There is no charge for this facility for guests attending the lunch. To add your business, please click on the button below and fill the form or contact [email protected]


For any other queries please contact [email protected]