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Toscana City Centre serves up quality Italian fare made from farm-fresh produce
Working Lunch: March 2014
Though the retail industry generally is still under the cosh, some retail brands are in expansion mode on the high streets
Decline In Sales Value Across Most Retail Sectors
Advertisers are missing a trick in not trying harder to connect with older consumers
Media and Marketing: March 2014
Electricity prices in Ireland are way out of line with the rest of the EU. Switching supplier is one way to reduce the cost
Switch To Save On Electricity Costs
Social media and digital marketing have spawned a host of job titles that didn't exist a few years ago
Hacking Growth From The Digital Thicket
BMW uses its own 'bank' to provide car finance for its own brand and other marques as well
Banking On BMW
Carlow used to be renowned for sugar beet. Now the town is home to a server farm as Blacknight expands its global business
Mark Little's startup Storyful delivered a happy ending for investors who backed the former news anchor's idea
There's a one in two chance that your company will be subject to some type of Revenue inquiry this year
Fastnet Oil and Gas shares were marked down in 2013 and chairman Cathal Friel is hoping for some good luck in Morocco this year
Fastnet Oil and Gas shares
A review of Italian restaurant Toscana City Centre
Working Lunch: February 2014
Ireland's economic downturn has had no impact on the growth of Google's advertising business here
Media & Marketing: February 2014
Banks will have to alter their attitude if the localised examinership process is to meet government objectives
Citroen is responding to European austerity by targeting new markets and tailoring its brand
Businesses are warming to better economic prospects, even though more jobs were lost in state-funded companies last year than in 2012
Dublin Airport enjoyed strong passenger growth in 2013 but it was a different story at regional airports
Working out the tax treatment of pension benefits has become fiendishly difficult after Budget 2014
With deposit rates on the floor, equities that pay dividends are an increasingly attractive option for investors
Tony Ryan's story illustrates the fact that even exceptional businessmen can make catastrophic mistakes
Tony Ryan Biography
Thomas Byrne was convicted of Ireland's largest ever bank fraud. But what did the swindler do with the money?
Where's The Money?
Barry Dixon of Davy picks ten stocks with promise for 2014
Irish Stock Picks 2014
Launched in the trough of the recession, Radio Nova has made good progress in a crowded market
Crowded Media Market
Drill bits specialist Mincon Group has raised €50m with a rare Irish IPO. Sponsoring broker Davy is hoping that other successful SMEs will take note
Mincon Group IPO
Advertising spend was soft early in the year but there has been an improvement in the second half
The business model for financial advisers that relies on upfront commissions is under increasing threat
Experts from PricewaterhouseCoopers summarise Budget 2014's main measures and their impact on business and incomes
On the centenary of the 1913 Lockout in Dublin, historian Andy Bielenberg profiles the businessman who stood up to Jim Larkin
William Martin Murphy
Mortgage default is a contagion that is still spreading. Central Bank data reveals why so many borrowers have stopped paying back the bank
Hong Kong-owned Three is set to jump from number four to a number two position in Ireland's mobile market after agreeing terms to purchase O2
Three Gobbles Up O2
Google's tax avoidance strategies are perfectly legal. But the company's ethics are under increasing scrutiny
Google's Tax Avoidace
When car dealer George Mordaunt's business went bust, he owed the banks €17m. Here he describes the 'resolution' process
Dealing With Debt
The clamour against austerity is growing louder across Europe. But what's the alternative?
Television and radio programme makers enjoy an enormous annual public subsidy, even though much of their output is for tiny audiences
BAI Sound & Vision
Establishing the Daily Mail in Ireland required a large investment. Not all the money was well spent, admits managing director Paul Henderson
Irish Dail Mail
The social insurance system provides great value for self-employed people on average earnings. Now they'll have to chip in a bit more
Self Employed PRSI
The bosses who run Ireland's plcs: how much do they earn and and how have their shares have been performing
Depositors benefited more than bond holders when the state bailed out Ireland's banks in 2008
The contributory state pension currently has an actuarial value of €300,000. Self-employed people have to be careful about maintaining a history of PRSI contributions
New State Pension Rules
Sean Quinn Junior was jailed as a consequence of Anglo Irish Bank allegedly lending money to prop up its share price. There's an irony in there somewhere,
Inside the battle for control of Claridge's, The Connaught and The Berkeley hotels in London
McKillen v. The Barcalys
Such is the scale of the National Dent that the government can't afford to lose the referendum on the fiscal compact treaty.
National Debt Crisis
The income tax paid by 7,340 of Ireland's most successful business people is the same amount as the income tax paid by 1.5 million of their fellow citizens.
Are the banks lending to SMEs or not? They are, but most of the lending is restructuring of existing debt, and the amount of outstanding credit is still contracting.
The Irish government's pledge to pay Anglo Irish Bank's liabilities is a huge annual drain on Exchequer resources. How Michael Noonan kicked the can down the road
Promissory Note Shuffle
Nama is trying to pull the rug from under flamboyant property developer Johnny Ronan and his business partner Richard Barrett. But the duo like nothing better than a legal scrap.
Siteserv plc was loaded down with €150m borrowings from Anglo Irish Bank. Now that the debt has disappeared, new owner Denis O'Brien has a nice little earner
The pace of Ireland's property bust, which started nearly five years ago, has accelerated in recent months
The Long Bust
Brian Cowen continues to get a media kicking but the former Taoiseach deserves some credit for taking tough decisions
Distressed Anglo Irish Bank borrowers will be watching with interest the outcome of the bank's lawsuit against Tom Browne
Anglo Irish v. Tom Browne
Inside the Wexford TD's €40m development spree that came unstuck
The report of the Moriarty Tribunal unpicked every step of the mobile phone licence award to Esat Digifone in 1995. The findings provide a fascinating insight into how Denis O'Brien landed the big prize
Moriarty Tribunal Report
Fianna Fail suffered its worst ever drubbing in General Election 2011. Former minister Conor Lenihan why and how it all went so terribly wrong
Fianna Fail's Meltdown
One of the unresolved puzzles surrounding Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme fraud is how he got away for it for so long. Yanky Fachler has been delving into some of the many books written about the scam
Brian Lenihan insists there is no alternative to the huge burden on Ireland's public finances caused by the banking bailout. But the bond markets fear the next government will think differently
The Banks Guarantee
A small minority of income earners pay most of the income tax collected in Ireland. What's fair about that, wonders Nick Mulcahy
The yield to maturity on Ireland's government bonds is among the highest in the developed world. But can you trust the Republic to cough up?
What Price Irish Bonds?
Fairness to taxpayers demands that the government should cut payment rates for welfare entitlements and handouts before they bankrupt the country
Sean FitzPatrick was once a very rich man. Then he embarked on an investment splurge that ended in ruin.
Seanie's Bonkers Deals
The global recession was triggered by the financial crisis. But American economist Robert Brenner argues that it is symptomatic of a more fundamental crisis in the capitalist system.
The Long Downturn
John Sweeney reflects on the positives from the Celtic Tiger years, why nobody in government saw the bust coming and why public sector workers should cease seeking scapegoats
What Did We Do Right?
Experts in credit control reveal how they they collect on outstanding invoices
Effective Credit Control
Farmers would be in the poor house without handouts from the EU and Irish taxpayers. Yet still they voted to banjax Europe's progress
Twitter may prove to be a fad, but it's the easiest of social networking sites to use and lots of companies are making their presence felt. Business Plus explains the potential benefits and what's involved
Ryanair is the most notable Irish business success story of the past decade, and it wouldn't have happened without chief executive Michael O'Leary, our pick as CEO of the Decade. But where does he go from here?
While investors who parked their cash with Breifne O'Brien seek to recoup their money, Anglo Irish Bank has fought its way through the courts to the head of the queue. Nick Mulcahy follows the money
Indian-born academic CK Prahalad recently topped a respected ranking of the world's Top 50 management gurus. Yanky Fachler explains why Prahalad is so influential, as well as listing his top ten thinkers
2006: Business Plus asked some leading executives and entrepreneurs about the best piece of advice they received during their business careers
The Best Advice I Ever Got
2009: Years of national pay agreements and benchmarking have resulted in the gap between private and public sector pay widening dramatically
The Public Pay Premium
2008: Even though it has its supporters, such as DCU professor Brian McCraith, what benefit has the economy reaped from the €1 billion ploughed into Science Foundation Ireland?
Science Foundation Ireland
Business Plus canvassed the views of top managers in large corporates and SMEs about what single business mantra they've come to appreciate and follow