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CONFIDENCE IN THE SME SECTOR IMPROVES

17th November 2017 Increase in 9 out of 12 confidence indicators. 34% of businesses will not increase pay this year. 62% of Owner-managers will not increase pay this year. 31% of businesses claimed inadequate broadband. 51% of companies find it
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ISME MAKES TEN RECOMMENDATIONS TO RECTIFY THE KEEP PROGRAM

KEEP will not succeed in its current guise Restrictions imposed are too excessive to allow it to work ISME, the Irish SME Association today (15th November) submits 10 recommendations to the Minister of Finance to rectify the current impracticalities with
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STATE INFLUENCED COSTS CONTINUE TO RISE

9th November 2017 Housing, education, health and transport up Reduction in motor insurance welcome ISME, the Irish SME Association at the release of the CSO inflation figures today (9th November) remains concerned at the increase in Government-influenced costs. The Association
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LIMERICK COMPANY PICKS UP SME AWARD

8th November 2017 Wild Orchard winners of the Seán Hannick Award The award embraces ‘community’, ‘innovation’ and ‘business’ ISME, the Irish SME Association (8th November) was delighted to present Limerick based food and drinks production company ‘Wild Orchard’ with the
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ISME CONFERENCE 2017: A DAY OF STORYTELLING

Growing your business through storytelling An Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald spoke about the importance  being Brexit-ready Wild Orchard wins the Sean Hannick SME Award   ISME, the Irish SME Association held its annual conference in the Citywest Hotel on November 3rd.
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BUSINESS COSTS CONTINUE TO IMPACT TRADE

27th October Consumer sentiment and spending wanes VAT reduction of 23% to 21% would stimulate retail sector ISME, the Irish SME Association at the release of the CSO retail sales index is concerned with the latest decline in monthly retail
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Payment for Employees during Storm Ophelia

The late upgrade of Storm Ophelia to category red on Sunday, and the subsequent shut-down of most businesses on Monday, raised a number of issues for Employers. Most obviously, the issue of whether employees need to be paid for non-attendance
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ISME Advice for Employers regarding Hurricane Ophelia and Working Arrangements

As employers have a duty of care for all employees under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act, their key consideration needs to be whether it is safe to ask their employees to travel to work, and if they
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GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED COSTS CONTINUE TO RISE

12th October 2017 Ireland is second most expensive EU state for goods and services ISME, the Irish SME Association today (October 12th) at the release of the latest Consumer Price Index figures called for a reduction in Government-controlled costs. The
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BUDGET 2018 SCORECARD

10 October 2017 Brexit loan scheme welcome New Key Employee Engagement Programme (KEEP) Earned Income Tax Credit increased ISME, the Irish SME Association today (October 10th) responds to Budget 2018. The Association has compiled a score card on the main
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