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Weekly update from the ISME CEO

Dear Members and Friends,

As you would expect questions are still coming into our HR Advisor about COVID-19 and the impact on business. Cait has compiled a list of FAQs which answers everything from employees heading abroad on summer holidays to staff who refuse to return to work. Some areas also covered are redundancy and safety protocols for the return to work. Read in full here

SME Recovery have asked that you please complete this COVID loss assessment survey in advance of meeting Leo Varadkar and other senior officials. We need a sample size of at least 1000. So please share with your network. Complete the survey here.

Following on from Governments release of the Return to Work Protocol on 8th May 2020, ISME Skillnet held a great webinar this week on your COVID-19 Compliance Responsibilities. The Protocol requires all types of businesses to implement certain measures when re-opening their workplaces to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can watch the webinar back in full here.

Our next Back to Business: Pitch My Business – a virtual networking event will be held on Thursday 16th July at 11.30 am. It is free and open to all (Members and Non-Members alike) where you can network and promote your company. Attendees are invited to speak for 3 minutes about their business while company details and logo appear on the screen behind. You can watch back the last session and register for next week’s session here.

ISME Skillnet continues to provide free online training to help you navigate these uncertain times­­. Tomorrow and next week they will run these free courses:

A full listing of free webinars can be found here.

If you have difficulty logging into the ISME website to access any of this information or other resources, please email [email protected] to reset your information or to assist you in setting up a new account.

Finally, ISME gets nowhere without the lobbying power of YOU. We are working very hard to ensure that the ‘July Stimulus’ includes adequate measures to save SMEs. But this will require your help. We are asking you to reach out to your local TDs and let them know we need ACTION before it’s too late. I have drawn up a sample email for you [HERE] which you can cut-and-paste into an email to your TD. Please do it TODAY!

Thank you,

Neil McDonnell,