AIB is to make €100 million available for lending to enable Irish SMEs to radically lower their energy bills - and the bank will take into account the projected savings from energy efficiency projects when calculating the borrower's repayment capacity.
The Irish Small and Medium Enterprise Association has provided a snapshop of readiness for the introduction of the Single Euro Payments Area on 1 February 2014 after a survey of 980 members.
Eircom has stolen a march on the other operators by announcing that its 4G service is now available for iPhone users via its eMobile and Meteor brands.
An Irish HR provider is offering advice to help employers ensure that their staff Christmas parties go off smoothly.
Regus is offering free workspace at its three central Dublin centres for the month of December.
Mr Waffle in Galway has been chosen by eircom as the first winner of its Digital Boost competition for 2013.
According to the latest statistics published by insolvencyjournal.ie, corporate insolvencies from January to November 2013 amounted to 1,236, a 20% drop on the same period in 2012.
The rate of unemployment fell sharply to 12.8% in the third quarter, from 13.6% in the second quarter, according to figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
Online retailers are being urged to expect a proliferation in sales on Monday 2 December, otherwise known as Cyber Monday.
Sandwich chain Subway has confirmed plans to open 40 new stores in Ireland in 2014.
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Dublin-based Vermillion Design Consultants scooped the top two national awards for digital app design at the annual Institute of Designers of Ireland awards ceremony.
Golf marketing company, Golfgraffix, has signed a multi-year deal with Nicklaus Design, the design firm owned by golfer Jack Nicklaus. The deal will see the Dublin firm take its suite of interactive digital marketing products to the US and China.
The new Personal Insolvency legislation may not achieve its objectives of relieving debt for the great majority of distressed borrowers. For the legislation to work there may be a requirement for a state funded or creditor/bank funded insolvency service.
No you don't. Office supplier Viking has announced a new partnership with delivery specialists Parcel Motel to offer a convenient new delivery service for customers ordering from their website.
Irish charity Camara Ireland has issued an appeal for donations of laptops for use in Irish schools.
PayPal has been named as Multinational Employer of the Year at the 2013 Fingal Excellence in Business and Corporate Responsibility awards.
Vodafone Ireland and Spotify have announced an exclusive partnership in the Irish market.
Dublin-based TCAS Online, a leading provider of student accommodation management software, has raised €650,000.
Business confidence in Ireland has risen substantially over the past six months, according to the latest Business Confidence Index published by workspace provider Regus.
Adare-based Samco Agricultural Manufacturing was hailed Overall Business of the Year at the 2013 Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards last night.
Deutsche Bank has confirmed plans to create 700 jobs in Dublin over the coming years.
There was a 5% drop in the value of exports to €7.31bn in September, according to preliminary figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
The Irish government has decided that Ireland will exit the EU/IMF programme in December without a pre-arranged precautionary credit facility.
The Central Bank of Ireland has alerted businesses to be prepared for the changes to electronic credit transfer and direct debit payments due to come into effect on 1 February 2014.
Twitter's self-serve advertising platform is now open to small and medium sized businesses in Ireland.
Ryanair has announced it will open new new routes from Dublin from April 2014 as well as increased frequencies on eight existing routes.
Waterford-based Dawn Meats has picked up a prestigious Green Apple Environment Award in Britain in recognition of the firm's environmental credentials.
Ezetop, the company which enables people living or working abroad to instantly top up mobile phones of friends and family back home, has achieved top spot in this year's Deloitte Technology Fast 50 awards for the second year running.
A new pilot programme has been launched to help up to 50 small businesses in Dublin to start trading online.
Ireland's economy is experiencing a modest recovery and while the outlook remains challenging, it is more positive than it has been since 2008, according to Friends First chief economist, Jim Power.
Apple has announced that the iPad Mini with Retina display is now available.
The European Central Bank has reduced the base rate by 25 basis points to 0.25%. Concern about deflation is explantion, though the the real intent was to halt the euro's upward march against the dollar
Irish consumers will each spend an average of €894 this Christmas, according to a survey by Deloitte.
The shortlist for the eircom Spider Awards 2013 has been announced. The number of entries increased by 40% this year marking the highest number of entries since the awards began in 1996.
Danske Bank has been appointed to provide payments services infrastructure to Credit Unions.
DCU says that its Open Innovation scheme, which aims to make it as easy as possible for companies to do business with the university, is proving very popular with Irish firms.
Saongroup, the online recruitment company owned by Denis O'Brien and Leslie Buckley, has been acquired by international jobs board business StepStone for an undisclosed sum.
Professional network LinkedIn said it has added its one millionth member in Ireland.
Following the announcement in Budget 2014 of the new Home Renovation Tax Incentive Scheme, Bank of Ireland has launched a new €75million fund to support homeowners seeking to make improvements to their home.
Cluey, the Irish developer of cross-platform, cloud-based Point of Sale (POS) and CRM software for bars, cafes and restaurants is launching its innovative new system at the Web Summit on October 30.
Patrick Joy, the founder and chairman of Suretank Group, has been named as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013. Last July Norwegian company Hitecvision bought a two-thirds stake in Suretank for €35 million.
A new study conducted by online HR software provider BreatheHR has lifted the lid on sick day absenteeism in the workplace, by examining exactly when, why and how often employees in SMEs call in sick.
Ineffective document management processes are costing Irish businesses €1.6bn annually, according to a study by Ricoh Ireland.
Enterprise Ireland has teamed up with Select Strategies to launch a new initiative aimed at helping digital startups to monetise their business ideas.
Host Ireland Business Broadband has announced plans to move into a new multi-million euro office complex in Dublin.
Budget 2013 introduced a new film tax relief scheme which was due to apply from tax years 2016 to 2020. The introduction of the scheme has now been brought forward to apply from 2015.
The Research and Development ('R&D') Tax Credit regime has been reviewed by the Department of Finance. Based on this report, finance minister Michael Noonan has made a number of changes to the scheme.
Ireland is lower than the EU and OECD averages in setting up new business. To encourage individuals to start their own businesses, Budget 2014 has provided for a new CGT incentive.
A bottle of vodka would cost €3 if there was no tax on it, according to the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI).
Over half (58%) of business leaders said that Budget 2014 struck the right balance between achieving our fiscal targets and boosting confidence in the economy.
George Maloney of accountancy firm Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon has welcomed the announcement that legislation to introduce Examinership in the Circuit Court is to be fast tracked by the government.
Food and drink SMEs from the border regions of Ireland are being invited to join a series of free workshops aimed at helping them grow their business overseas.
Pretty damning, as you might expect. Michael Martin is obviously relishing the opportunity to play to the hilt the role of negative Opposition. Read on....
In Budget 2014, finance minister Michael Noonan has introduced a Start Your Own Business (SYOB) measure aimed at encouraging individuals who are long-term unemployed to start their own unincorporated business.
Fast 4G mobile broadband has arrived in Ireland, but so far not for owners of Apple iPhones. It seems that Apple is stalling on 'switching on' 4G for current generation 5 series iPhones until the new 5s and 5c models are launched here on October 25.
Algebalance, a new educational video game app for iPad, which teaches the basics of algebra before children learn it in school, has been launched by Irish technology startup, Rongella.
The green shoots of economic recovery haven't yet become a lawn, but Irish businesses are walking on it with a surer step, according to the latest KBC/Chartered Accountants Ireland Business Sentiment Survey.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has launched a new centre at Dublin City University which will work directly with Irish family firms to address the challenges they face.
Apple has announced that the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available in Ireland from Friday October 25.
Vodafone Ireland will switch on 4G mobile broadband services on Monday October 14 in six cities and 23 towns across the country.
A new business has been set up to help SMEs win a greater share of public sector contracts.
New research has been undertaken to investigate the economic and psychological reasons why persons who hold residential buy-to-let investments in Ireland do not sell.
Cork Chamber, in partnership with Vodafone, is seeking entrants from Cork-based firms for its company of the year awards.
Aer Lingus has launched WiFi access and mobile phone services on A330 operated Transatlantic flights.
Four companies are establishing new operations in Cork and Dublin with the creation of a total of 83 new jobs.
A lack of career progression is the primary reason for leaving a job, according to a survey by recruitment consultancy Robert Walters.
Despite good underlying letting and sales activity during the first half of 2013, there has been little change in retail high street vacancy rates over the last six month period, according to commercial property consultants CBRE.
Castleknock Hotel & Country Club in Dublin, part of FBD Hotels & Resorts, has been named AA Hotel of the Year. AA inspectors said they were impressed by the consistent standards of excellence, innovation, attention to detail and service to guests.
On 15 October, Michael Noonan will deliver Ireland's seventh austerity Budget since 2007.
The government has announced the establishment of a new €20m Irish venture capital fund.
Government departments, local authorities and state agencies will stop accepting and sending cheques in their dealings with businesses on 19 September 2014.
Cash-only buyers now account for more than half of all residential property sales. As is the case in London, investors are bidding up the housing cost for first time buyers and families.
Two Kilkenny restaurants - Campagne in Kilkenny City and the Lady Helen at the Mount Juliet Hotel in Thomastown - have been awarded Michelin stars in the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2014
The CSO has released its latest Residential Property Price Index (RPPI), covering the month of August. The headline RPPI recorded its fifth consecutive monthly increase (+0.9% m/m) and its third successive annual increase (+2.8% y/y). However, this headline rate masks a 'two-tier' Irish residential property market, with Dublin's performance leaving the rest of the country in the shade.
Mairead O'Grady, taxation partner at accountancy firm Russell Brennan Keane, has put together a list of numerous ways in which individuals can legitimately and sensibly reduce their taxes.
eircom has launched Ireland's first 4G mobile service offering superfast mobile data speeds that are up to 10 times faster than previously available. Menawhile Vodafone says it will roll-out its 4G service from mid-October.
A business bootcamp for aspiring entrepreneurs with guest speakers from the motoring industry, television and the technology sector, will be first on the agenda at one of this year's biggest enterprise weeks.
The government needs to do more to help SMEs grow and expand into new export markets.
Failte Ireland has published a comprehensive examination of the adventure tourism market, examining key activities and illustrating where the future potential lies in this fast-growing tourism demographic for Ireland as a destination.
National Pen, which specialises in the marketing and manufacture of promotional products, has announced that it is to create 200 permanent jobs at its international HQ in Dundalk over the next five years.
A Senior Enterprise Forum is taking place in Trim, Co Meath on 14/15th October with workshops for people thinking about starting a business, those who may have recently started and individuals considering becoming volunteer mentors.
German company SQS, which specialises in testing software, has confirmed plans to create 75 new jobs in Ireland over the next three years.
The Royal Bank of Scotland and Michels & Taylor, the hotel asset management company, have today announced their intention to launch a new hotel brand for Ireland under a joint venture arrangement.
Minister Simon Coveney today officially 'turned the sod' on the new Tullamore pot still whiskey and malt whiskey distillery being built by William Grant & Sons in Tullamore, Co Offaly. The facility, which opens in autumn 2014, will bring whiskey production back to the town 60 years since the original distillery closed in 1954.
Rents for private accommodation in the Dublin region increased in the second quarter of this year, driven by strong growth in the apartments sector, but outside the capital rents fell slightly. These findings come from the latest Quarterly Rent Index of the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB), which is compiled for that body by the Economic and Social Research Institute.
The Milano chain of pizza restaurants has launched a dedicated business arm to facilitate corporate incentives with plastic gift cards. The idea is that large and small companies can use Milano gift cards either as staff or customer rewards or as incentives for sales.
Apple has upgraded its iPhone smartphone, with a new flagship, the iPhone 5s. The 5 model was a bit of a departure from iPhone4, insofar as the case was slimmed down and the screen was enlarged. The 5s just tweaks the existing model, though a new range called the 5c, which will also launch soon in Ireland, is different, with a polycarbonate body rather than metal.
The annual entrepreneurial competition, AIB JumpStart 2013, has been launched at the Learning and Innovation Centre (LINC) at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. Entrepreneurs have the opportunity to compete for a prize worth €25,000.
Investec's monthly Services Purchasing Managers' Index for August highlights continued positive momentum in Ireland's services sector. The headline PMI, at 61.6, indicates a 13th successive month of growth and a multi-year high, with the pace of expansion accelerating from July's 57.6 reading.
KBC Bank Ireland has launched a new current account to customers in the Irish market. KBC has also announced it will open eight new banking hubs over the next 18 months and launch a new mobile bank as part of its expansion strategy.
Activity in the Irish manuafcturing sector picked up for the third month running in August, with companies reporting stronger demand in both domestic and export markets.
The Irish Brewer's Association (IBA) has called on the government to reverse last year's excise increase on beer and cider which it said is creating significant challenges for publicans in Ireland.
O2 has launched a cloud services platform and suite of digital solutions for businesses called O2 Digital Solutions.
Women accounted for over 55% of the total number of business people who participated in training from the Enterprise Board network in 2012.
Music chain HMV will return to Irish streets next month with the re-opening of four stores.
Cork Innovates, an initiative aimed at driving entrepreneurship in the Cork region, has announced an increased bursary of €30,000 this year to give one lucky entrepreneur a major boost to their business.
Revenue have issued comprehensive guidance on LPT issues that employers need to to be aware of in operating this new payroll deduction for employees who have opted to pay the tax through a monthly deduction from their net pay.
SMEs in Ireland are waiting an average of 62 days to be paid, according to the latest figures from the Small Firms Association (SFA).
The differing fortunes of the housing markets inside and outside the capital continues to be key feature of the latest official CSO residential property price index, according to Goodbody Stockbrokers.
Accenture announced today that it plans to add 140 new jobs to its Irish workforce over the coming year.
Eircom, operators of Ireland's largest WiFi network, now has over 2,300 eircom WiFiHub hotspots around the country. Dillon Dental, in New Ross in Wexford was recently WiFiHub enabled making it the 2,300th eircom WiFiHub hotspot. Eircom also revealed some key statistics around usage and locations for its WiFiHub service.
Paul Hackett, CEO of ClickandGo, explains how the heatwave in Ireland has spelt ruin for some players in the package holiday market out of Ireland this summer.
UPC is making faster and more consistent internet connectivity available to small and medium sized businesses with two new 'Symmetrical Bandwidth' products.
Why is the Dublin Bus fleet off the road? Because its financial subsidy from the public purse has been shrinking in recent years. The subsidy is still massive, but it's not enough to plug the gap between the company's income and expenses. Something has to give and now management is attempting cost reduction.
Despite being Ireland's most popular website, with 1.6 billion page impressions in 2012, RTE still can't turn a profit from its digital activities, writes Nick Mulcahy.
The Irish Government has decided that Ireland will exit the EU/IMF programme in December without a pre-arranged precautionary credit facility.