Regional enterprise centres target Brexit relocation small firms


In a major survey conducted as part of a new national strategy launched by the National Association of Community Enterprise Centres (NACEC), some 60% of the group’s members believe Britain’s departure from the European Union presents an opening to lure small UK and Northern Ireland companies to their centres as tenants. A majority of community […]

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SMEs face tougher 2020 even without Brexit – forecast


Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) face a more difficult trading environment even without the imminent threat of Brexit, according to a new analysis. Today’s SME Market Monitor surveyed a host of data pointing to a cooling economy beset by worries beyond Brexit. These include a recent rise in unemployment and decline in tourism. The report […]

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Ireland is 5th place among EU countries for aspiring entrepreneurs


Ireland now ranks 5th highest among European countries for rates of early stage entrepreneurship. This is according to the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Survey of Entrepreneurship in Ireland which was this week.  The annual study, which is sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, with the support of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation also found […]

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1M sales generated by Irish SMEs taking part in eBay pilot programme


eBay has announced that €1 million in sales has been generated by Irish businesses taking part in its Retail Expansion Programme, an initiative launched to support Irish SMEs. The programme, which commenced in March, was developed by eBay, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, the Design and Crafts Council Ireland and We are Dublin Town, to […]

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Government announces two funds worth €3m to help SMEs


The first of two new Government funds is worth €2.5m, while the second is worth €500,000. The Irish Government announced the development of a major new SME policy as part of Future Jobs Ireland from the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD; Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys, TD; and […]

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Personal health data three times more valuable to hackers than credit card info


A new report from a global cybersecurity company has found that healthcare organisations are being inundated with cyberattacks. As the rate of cyberattacks and leaks of personal information appear to be increasing exponentially, a new report published by Carbon Black has shone a bright and worrying spotlight on what is happening to our personal health information (PHI). […]

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Unemployment at lowest rate since 2005


The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that the unemployment rate fell to 4.4% in May, down from a revised 4.6% in April, and a revised 5.9% 12 months ago. The seasonally adjusted number of people unemployed fell by 3,100 between April and May and by 33,200 compared to a year ago. […]

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Ireland has fastest growing economy in EU for the fifth consecutive year


Ireland’s gross domestic product grew 6.7% in 2018, making it the European Union’s fastest-growing economy for the fifth consecutive year, although the figures were flattered once again by statistical distortions. The relevance of using the conventional measure for economic performance as an accurate measure for such an open economy diminished when 2015 GDP growth was adjusted […]

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