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MEANINGFUL ENGAGEMENT IS NEEDED FROM THE OIREACHTAS ON INSURANCE REFORM

18th April 2018 Reform of our personal injuries system is glacially slow Oireachtas must engage meaningfully with the Alliance for Insurance Reform ISME outlines six actions the Oireachtas should take ISME calls on the members of the Joint Committee on
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ARE EMPLOYERS DOING ENOUGH TO EMPLOY PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY?

6th April 2018 Misconception that employing people with disabilities is costly. Investment in diversity and inclusion increases revenue for all businesses. Launch of the ‘Employer Peer Network’.   ISME, the Irish SME Association is a consortium partner of the ‘Employer Disability
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ACCESS TO FINANCE MUST BE LESS RESTRICTIVE FOR SMEs

26th March 2018 Loan refusal rates decrease from 32% to 24%. SME demand for credit drops from 42% to 31%. 49% stated that banks are making it more difficult to access finance. Businesses wait on average 6 weeks from decision
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EXTREME WEATHER BILL WOULD MAKE BAD LAW

16th March Bill does not consider impact on SMEs We cannot regulate everything by law   ISME considers the introduction of an offence of ‘Dangerous activity in public place,’ which would modify the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994, to
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ISMEs STATEMENT ON THE PSO LEVY REVIEW

15th March The PSO levy has increased by over 270% since 2013 Independent review into the efficacy of wind generated power and a thorough investigation of viable alternatives needed   ISME notes that the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities
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REPORTS HIGHLIGHT IRELAND’S CURRENT MACRO-ECONOMIC PROBLEMS

14th March 2018 Ireland’s tax base is too narrow and the taxation system requires change National competitiveness is an issue Ireland needs better targeted government expenditure ISME, the Irish SME Association today (March 14th) highlights the significance of two recently
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ISME WELCOMES ACTION PLAN FOR JOBS 2018

12th March 2018 Introduction of a new apprentice programme & 4000 traineeships welcome Focus on regional growth vital Greater emphasis is needed on the SME sector   ISME, the Irish SME Association today (March 12th) welcomes the recent publication of
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ISME CONCERNED AT HIGH COURT RULING AGAINST A CORK SUPERMARKET

7th March 2018 Concern that ruling could have implications for the business sector Quantum of the award appears to breach previous Supreme Court and Court of Appeal guidance on general damages   ISME, the Irish SME Association today expresses great
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EMPLOYERS ADVISED TO UPDATE PLANS FOR COLD SNAP

Employers advised to put measures in place to reduce business impact Employers have a duty of care for all employees under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act   Employers must remain vigilant for the rest of this week
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SME SATISFACTION WITH GOVERNMENT AT TWO-YEAR HIGH

27th February 2018 Medium sized enterprises most satisfied with government Micro businesses least satisfied with government performance Governments handling of business costs ‘unsatisfactory’ Wholesale and Construction sectors least satisfied with government ISME, the Irish SME Association, published the results of
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