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SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN LOAN REFUSAL RATES FOR SME’s

20th June 2018 Loan refusal rates increase from 24% to 36%. SME demand for credit remains the same at 31%. 54% stated that banks are making it more difficult to access finance. Businesses wait on average 8 weeks from decision
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ISME’s PRE-BUDGET 2019 SUBMISSION

31st May 2018 Spending on infrastructure should be prioritised Current Further Education and Training regime is not consistent with activating a bigger workforce Implement in full the 20 key tax recommendations made by the Irish Tax Institute   ISME, the
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GOVERNMENT SATISFACTION CONTINUES TO IMPROVE

31st May 2018 Small sized enterprises most satisfied with government Micro businesses least satisfied with government performance Governments handling of business costs ‘unsatisfactory’ Services and Construction sectors least satisfied with government Medium sized enterprises experiences the biggest drop in support
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LEITRIM BASED BUSINESS ‘THE SHED DISTILLERY’ PICKS UP ISME MEDAL

ISME, the Irish SME Association on Friday (May 25th) held its Annual Lunch in the Hogan Mezzanine Suite in Croke Park. ISME Chair Ciaran Murtagh opened the event and was delighted to introduce long-time member Patrick J Rigney to deliver
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BUSINESS CASH FLOW CONTINUES TO IMPROVE

22nd May 2018 Credit days improve from 55 to 52 days for businesses. Businesses in Dublin wait longest at 54 days to be paid. 61% of businesses are experiencing delays of 2 months or more. 69% of SMEs would favour
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ISME ASKS THE CENTRAL BANK TO RECONSIDER ITS REFUSAL TO PUBLISH THE BLUE BOOK

15th May – No excuse for withholding Blue Book data – Blue Book data is vital for policy holders and consumers   ISME, the Irish SME Association today (May 15th) expresses its concern and disappointment at the Central Bank’s refusal
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CONFIDENCE IN THE SME SECTOR DECLINES

4th May 2018 10 out of 12 confidence indicators decline. Business confidence drops by 8%. 32% will increase pay by 2.5% to 5%. 34% of businesses will not be in a position to increase pay. 84% of businesses report an
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THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC EXPENDITURE AND REFORM MUST STAND FIRM ON PUBLIC SERVICE PAY DEMANDS

27th April 2018 We must not repeat the mistakes of the past Ireland’s public servants are among the best paid in Europe Resisting unjustified public service pay demands is absolutely essential ISME, the Irish SME Association today (April 27th) published
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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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