SFA Objectives in 2024

January 16, 2024

In 2024, the Small Firms Association (SFA) stands on the threshold of a pivotal year. Reflecting on the tumultuous journey of 2023, marked by economic uncertainties, rapid technological changes, and supply chain upheavals, the SFA and Small Business Community has emerged not just resilient but more determined. Our mission remains steadfast: to be the resounding "Voice of Small Business" in Ireland, advocating for and supporting the vibrant sector that forms the backbone of our economy.

In 2023, small businesses faced unprecedented challenges, yet, through collaboration and adaptability, they showcased remarkable resilience. The SFA, in its unwavering commitment, played a crucial role in navigating these challenges, offering support, resources, and advocacy. As we start into 2024, the SFA renews its dedication with clear objectives and an invigorated vision.

As Director of the SFA, I have set out three key objectives to support our Small Business Community in 2024

Amplifying the Voice of Small Business

In 2024, our primary vision is to ensure that the voice of small business is heard loud and clear, irrespective of the outcome of the next election. We are committed to intensively lobbying all political parties in the coming months. This strategic approach aims to place the needs and concerns of small businesses at the forefront, ensuring that their interests are effectively represented and addressed in governmental policies and decisions.

Regional Growth of Membership

Another key focus for the SFA in 2024 is to spend more time supporting the regional expansion of our membership. This started with our decision to hold our flagship SFA Business Connect Conference in the Killashee Hotel in Kildare this year on the 8th of February. Recognizing the diverse landscape of small businesses across Ireland, we endeavour to extend our support and foster a stronger small business community across a broader array of regions, bringing under our umbrella a wider community of entrepreneurs and business owners. This is about strengthening our collective voice and enhancing the support network that is the symbol of the SFA.

Continue to be Small Businesses’ Trusted Advisor and First Port of Call

Continuing our tradition, the SFA will remain your trusted advisor and the first port of call for any business challenge. Whether it's navigating new market trends, adapting to digital transformations, or tackling operational hurdles, we are here to provide tailored advice, practical resources, and unwavering support. Our goal is to ensure that every member feels equipped and confident to face the dynamic business landscape of 2024.

In conclusion, as we look ahead to 2024, the SFA is not just optimistic but proactive in shaping a future where small businesses can thrive. We believe in the power of collective strength, innovation, and resilience.

For those facing increased cost pressures and, unfortunately, struggling to stay in business, we are committed to providing unwavering support and assistance during these challenging times.

The SFA’s commitment to being a prominent advocate, a catalyst for regional growth, and a reliable advisor underlines our promise to each member. We stand ready to journey with you through 2024, embracing challenges and seizing opportunities.

Thank you for your trust and partnership. Together, let's make 2024 a year of growth, success, and collective triumph for Ireland's small business sector.

I'm looking forward to a year ahead where our Small Business community thrives and your business reach new heights of success.

To talk more about the SFA objectives for 2024 and what we should include in SFA's lobbying efforts, contact SFA Director, David Broderick.