Network Kildare conference at Keadeen

The Director of the Small Firms Association, Patricia Callan addressed members and guests at a recent meeting of Network Ireland Kildare, the organisation for women in business, the professions and the arts in the Keadeen Hotel.

The Director of the Small Firms Association, Patricia Callan addressed members and guests at a recent meeting of Network Ireland Kildare, the organisation for women in business, the professions and the arts in the Keadeen Hotel.

Her speech covered “Grants, Resources and Assistance for your Business”, focusing in detail on Government Policy Incentives. Patricia told the Network Ireland group about her proposed briefing to the Oireachtas on sick Pay proposals, claiming that placing additional sick leave pay costs on small firms will add further pressure and cost jobs.

“Small businesses are struggling to maintain jobs, and any measures that add directly to the cost of employment will result in job losses; will act as a strong disincentive to job creation and may force employers to revisit any sick pay policies which they offer,” she said.

A survey carried out in early September 2012 shows the impact that the possible introduction of mandatory sick pay would have on the small business sector:

• 88% would be affected by cashflow;

• 69% stated it would restrict their future recruitment and

• 61% indicated that it may lead to job losses.