WELCOME DECREASE IN BANK REFUSAL RATES

7th December 2017 Loan refusal rates decrease from 39% to 32%. SME demand for credit increases from 34% to 38%. 51% stated that banks are making it more difficult to access finance. Businesses waiting on average 6 weeks from decision
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THE REAL COST OF OUR COMPENSATION CULTURE

30th November 2017 Excessive pay-outs are cultivating a compo culture Future local events damaged by unjustified claims ISME, the Irish SME Association, today (30th November) highlights the real cost of our compensation culture on everyday life and the other costs
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SMEs NEED POLITICAL CERTAINTY

28th November 2017 Government is distracted from vital EU negotiations Root cause of current political scandal remains unaddressed ISME calls for the immediate filling of the Ministerial vacancy in DBEI ISME, the Irish SME Association (28th November) welcomes the fact
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CONSUMERS ENCOURAGED TO BUY LOCAL THIS CHRISTMAS

With the release of the CSO retail sales figures for October today (28th November), ISME, the Irish SME Association, encourages Irish shoppers to buy local and support indigenous SMEs when shopping for Christmas. The Association reminded consumers that buying goods produced, manufactured, and sold locally
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BUSINESSES NEED BETTER CASH FLOW CERTAINTY

22 November 2017 Credit days improve from 61 to 57 days for businesses.  Businesses in Leinster waiting longest to be paid. 69% of businesses are experiencing delays of 2 months or more. 73% of SMEs would favour a statutory 30
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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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