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PAY GAP WIDENS

26th May 2017 Inequality between public and private sector pay continues Unions must show solidarity with all workers, not just public servants 35% of SMEs will not increase pay   ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association, at the
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ISMEs RESPONSE TO THE EUROPEAN SEMESTERS COUNTRY SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS

25th May 2017 ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association at the release of the 2017 National Reform Programme (May 22nd) by the European Commission supports some of the measures recommend in the report, but highlights its concern with
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BUSINESS COSTS MUST BE REDUCED

At the release of the CSO inflation figures for April, today (11th May) ISME, the Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association warns against the continued rise in the cost of doing business. The Association calls on the Government to reduce costs on businesses.

GENERAL IMPROVEMENT IN GOVERNMENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

May 10th, 2017 Government’s handling of the jobs situation improves Small enterprises least satisfied with government Handling of business costs most unsatisfactory Construction sector most satisfied with the government ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association, published the results
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ISME’s LOCAL AUTHORITY COMMERCIAL RATES SURVEY RESULTS

4th May, 2017 61% of SMEs to see an increase to their rates On average these increases will be 95% 54% to appeal rates evaluation 92% of respondents make up small businesses Ulster businesses on average pay the highest in
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HIGH BUSINESS COSTS HURT JOB CREATION

 3rd May, 2017 Rising commercial rates, insurance and wages reduce job creation Government must prioritise business and cost-of-living reductions ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association today (May 3rd) acknowledges the reduction in the unemployment rate, but highlights the
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ISME WELCOMES UEAPME PRESIDENT RABMER-KOLLER TO DUBLIN

28th April, 2017 ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association today (April 28th) was delighted to welcome UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller to its offices in Dublin. The meeting addressed a full agenda, exploring businesses networking opportunities for ISME members
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NO IMPROVEMENT IN PAYMENTS TO SME’s

27th April 2017 Credit days remain unchanged at 59 days. Dublin businesses waiting longest to be paid. 70% of businesses experience delays of 2 months or more. 83% of SMEs would favour a statutory 30 day payment regime. The ISME
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ISME’s BUSINESS TRENDS REPORT

24th April, 2017 Increase in 5 out of 12 confidence indicators. 35% of businesses will not increase pay this year. Current Exports down & Export Expectations drop by 19%. Brexit biggest concern among SMEs.   The results of the ISME
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GOVERNMENT ACTION NEEDED ON EU TENDERING OPPORTUNITIES

20th April, 2017 Government must assist SMEs in EU tenders Nominate one agency to drive international tender openings Last month, ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association identified that billions of euro in tendering opportunities would open in the
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