Small business have muted expectations on their outlook for 2022


The latest Small Firms Association “Business Sentiment Survey, Winter 2021′ published today shows confidence among small business owners has taken a tumble in the last quarter of the year.  The small business community has muted expectations on their outlook for 2022, with 41% of small business owners being optimistic in winter 2021 compared to 55% in summer 2021. […]

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How businesses can start their digital transformation journey


Enterprise Ireland’s John Durcan shares his advice for SMEs on how to start and succeed in their digital transformation journey. Business leaders have been talking broadly about digital transformation for years. But for smaller companies, the journey can be a little more difficult and it can be hard to know where to start. However, the […]

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37% of business leaders say return to office won’t happen until mid-2022


According to the Institute of Directors, only 8pc of those surveyed think all staff will return to work in the office in January. Almost two in five business leaders in Ireland have said they do not believe the majority of their staff will return to the workplace until the second quarter of 2022. That’s according […]

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The virtual meeting will continue to proliferate Irish organisations


A survey from the newly rebranded Compliance Institute (formerly the Association of Compliance Officers of Ireland) has found that even when employees are free to return, a hybrid model is most likely to be adopted by the majority of employers. Most organisations (67%) say those employees working from home will still need to visit the office […]

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60% of employees want to work remotely some of the time – CSO


A new survey from the Central Statistics Office show that of those who could work remotely, 28% said they would like to work that way all the time while 60% said they would like it some of the time when all pandemic restrictions are lifted. The CSO’s latest Pulse Survey – Our Lives Online – […]

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91% of Irish employers faced recruitment challenges in past year


New research has found that 91% of Irish-based employer have experienced recruitment challenges in the past 12 months.  These skills shortages have had significant material impact for Irish businesses, impacting productivity, growth, and profitability, according to recruiting experts Hays Ireland.  The research, published as part of the Hays Ireland Salary & Recruiting Trends Guide 2022, surveyed […]

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Social Media a key channel for Irish retailers this Christmas


Meta, formerly Facebook, published new research that shows Irish shoppers are using social media to inform purchasing decisions and to communicate with Irish SMEs they want to buy from. The survey was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs from April 6 through May 23, 2021. Within Ireland, the sample included 1,064 adults. Nearly half of the […]

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Data has become a burden rather than an advantage for most Irish businesses


A study published today at the virtual Dell Technologies Forum this week has revealed that the proliferation of data has become a burden, rather than an advantage for most Irish businesses. The recent study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dell Technologies has found that while almost two-thirds of respondents in Ireland (63%) say […]

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