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ISME WELCOMES THE FIRST REPORT OF THE PERSONAL INJURIES COMMISSION

8th December 2017 Move towards international benchmarking is timely We must introduce a moral hazard for those refusing PIAB awards ISME, the Irish SME Association today (December 8th) welcomes the first report of the Personal Injuries Commission, which is confined
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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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BUSINESSES REMAIN DISSATISFIED WITH GOVERNMENT’S HANDLING OF BUSINESS COSTS

December 1st 2017 Medium sized enterprises most satisfied with government Handling of business costs still a concern Retail sector least satisfied with Government performance Improving business costs is key to our competiveness ISME, the Irish SME Association, published the results
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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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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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