Half of EU business leaders cut UK investment over Brexit


Britain’s looming departure from the European Union has led nearly half of big companies from the rest of the bloc to cut investment in the country, a poll of 800 executives released two years after the Brexit referendum found. The survey, by law firm Baker & McKenzie, also found that three quarters of bosses wanted […]

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Competitive Start Fund for Irish Fintech and Deep Tech Start Ups


Enterprise Ireland will today launch a new €750,000 Competitive Start Fund for Fintech and Deep Tech start-up companies that have the capacity to succeed in global markets. The fund is designed to enable recipient companies working in areas including fintech, proptech, artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented and virtual reality, the internet of things, blockchain and […]

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Two thirds of Irish companies fear gender pay gap reporting will damage their reputation


Two thirds of companies in Ireland are concerned that proposed legislation requiring them to reveal their gender pay gap could be a risk to their reputations, with a third of companies (34%) fearing that they will underperform relative to Ireland’s average gender pay gap of 13.9%*. In 2017, a mandatory gender pay gap reporting legislation […]

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Credit Guarantee Scheme supports Irish SMEs with over 88m in lending says Minister


The latest Quarterly Report from the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) on its operation, on behalf of the State, of the Credit Guarantee Scheme (CGS) for SMEs, shows that for the first quarter of 2018, CGS Facilities were sanctioned for 30 Irish SMEs, for a total of over €4.4 million in funding that will […]

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Three quarters of Irish SMEs say Brexit is having no impact so far


AIB has today released its latest Brexit Sentiment Index for the first quarter of 2018. The index shows that three quarters of Republic of Ireland SMEs and two thirds of those in Northern Ireland say Brexit is having no impact so far, with concerns around future impact and visibility. AIB’s Brexit Sentiment Index conducted by […]

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Technology Digital companies account for 70% of office market take up in N Ireland


Take-up by technology, digital and media occupiers has dominated the office market within Northern Ireland throughout the first quarter of 2018. This is according to a new report by commercial property agents, Lisney. The data shows that these companies accounted for 70% of office take-up, equating to 189,917 sq. ft. of the quarter’s record breaking […]

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57% of Irish people claim smart phone is their main source of news


Fifty seven percent of Irish people say their smartphone is their primary source of news. This according to Three Ireland who today launched the second edition of The Three Connected Ireland Report – a quarterly research report that examines the ways in which mobile technology is changing how we interact with each other, businesses and government, and […]

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Irish Government e-invoicing move could set the stage for blockchain evolution


It may be e-invoicing today, but blockchain ledgers tomorrow. Ireland has been signed up as a PEPPOL (Pan-European Public Procurement Online) Authority member in what is a critical first step towards e-invoicing. What this effectively means is that the Irish Government is putting in place a structure for modern e-invoicing. This could speed up transactions between Government […]

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