CONFIDENCE IN THE SME SECTOR WANES

21st July 2017 Decrease in 7 out of 12 confidence indicators. 36% of businesses will not increase pay this year. Export Expectations drop by 24%. 55% state Brexit will have a negative impact on their bottom line. 43% of companies
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The Case for a Perjury Act

• ISME calls on Dáil to introduce a Perjury Act • A perjury statute will change judicial culture ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association today (June 22nd) launched its policy document on the need for a Perjury Act.
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INCREASE IN BANK REFUSAL RATES DISAPPOINTING

16th June 2017, Loan refusal rates increase from 23% to 28%. Significant drop in formal applications. SME demand for bank credit increases from 31% to 34%. 52% stated that banks are making it more difficult to access finance. Banks must
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ISME WELCOMES COMPANIES ACCOUNTING ACT 2017

9th June 2017, Act will lighten the burden for many SMEs Administrative burden impacts on many small enterprises   ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association today (June 9th) welcomes the passing into law of the Companies (Accounting) Act
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COST COMPETITIVENESS REMAINS THE PRIORITY

Government must focus on our competitiveness Cost of doing business continues to rise Consumer prices 22.5% above the Euro area average. At the release of the CSO inflation figures for May today (8th June) ISME, the Irish Small and Medium
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ISME Annual Lunch 2017

Entrepreneur and co-founder of Riverdance, Moya Doherty delivered the keynote speech and was also presented with the ISME Medal by James Coghlan, outgoing Chair of ISME’s National Council.

GOVERNMENT MUST ACT ON NCC FINDINGS

Budget 2018 must create a more competitive Ireland
Rising rents and house prices forcing wage demands
Costs impacting significantly on the SME sector

PRO-BUSINESS POLICIES KEY TO JOB CREATION

30th May 2017 Insurance, rates and wages are main areas of concern Government must priorities cost reduction to assist job creation   ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association at the announcement of the monthly unemployment figures today (May
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