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Home » News today announces the launch of its most innovative device yet, the new Nettl :ring. This is the year of wearable technology, and with the imminent launch of Watch and Band, technology giants Apple and Microsoft are betting this trend is going to be big.

US-based testing company Prometric has announced a three-year research partnership with DCU, which will help create 40 new jobs in Dundalk.

Carlyle Cardinal Ireland has finalised the terms of its investment in Carroll Cuisine, backing a management buy-out of the company from Aryzta AG.

The government has announced a number of rule changes governing Microfinance Ireland in a bid to boost take-up of loans by business.

Over €900m worth of Irish investment property was sold in the first quarter of 2015, with 95% of the transactions for Dublin assets, according to JLL.

Tickets have gone on sale for Taste of Dublin in the Iveagh Gardens taking place over the four days Thursday June 11 to Sunday June 15. Corporate Hospitality tickets are priced at €95 plus VAT.

Corporate insolvencies in the first quarter of 2015 rose by 13% compared with the previous quarter, according to statistics released by Deloitte.

Waterford tech company nearForm will create 100 new jobs at its newly opened headquarters in the county over the coming year.

Bord Bia and Compass Group Ireland have partnered to create a new initiative to help SMEs get their products listed in the foodservice market.

The deadline for this year's Digital Boost initiative from eircom Business Solutions has been extended to April 30.

Heineken is launching a new cider brand in Ireland on May 1, though the name has not yet been released. The company says it intends to spend €20m over the next five years to establish the brand.

Dublin-based e-learning startup KnowledgeBase has launched a new online learning resource that provides professionals with detailed information on a range of important legal, regulatory and business subjects.

The volume of retail sales in February (ex-motor) was up by 0.7% on the previous month and 4.8% compared with the same month last year, according to the CSO.

A plan to develop what will be the biggest city centre real estate project outside of Dublin for the next decade received the green light today (March 27).

Front-line managers spend as little as 25% of their time effectively managing, according to an extensive study carried out by the BearingPoint Institute.

Cortechs, a Dublin-based health tech startup that measures brain activity, has been named as the winner of the FutureHealth programme, announced at a function in the NDRC.

Preparations are ramping up for the introduction of Eircode, the new postcode system for Ireland, which will be operational by the end of summer 2015.

Recruitment plans by privately owned businesses in Ireland will continue apace through 2015, with 81% of firms planning to increase headcount, according to a survey carried out by KPMG.

The sale of Realex Payments to Global Payments for €115m has minted over a dozen millionaires at the online payments processor

The latest innovations in energy-efficient practices are currently on display in the RDS, as part of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland's Energy Show 2015. The event runs over March 25 and 26.

The Residential Property Price Index for February from the CSO shows that Irish residential property prices fell by 0.4% from January, the second successive monthly fall in the index.

Ad agency ICAN picked up two significant campaign wins recently for its digital media services.

Lagan Brick is to create 30 jobs in Kingscourt, Co Cavan, on the site of the firm's old facility, which closed down three years ago due to the recession.

Former TV presenter Bill O'Herlihy is to merge his PR company O'Herlihy Communications with Insight Consultants led by Michael Parker.

Education publisher CJ Fallon has been sold by UK private equity house Lonsdale Capital Partners to Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm.

Finance minister Michael Noonan has nominated six people to the board of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland. But what does the SBCI actually do?

Nearly half (47%) of Ireland's employers are providing facilities to promote physical activity or healthy diets amongst their workforce - but less than half of the employees use them. Subsidised canteens, however, are the exception; usage there stands at 80%.

Cork-based e-book distribution firm ePubDirect has secured €840,000 in a new tranche of funding from EII investors, following a €676,000 EII cash injection raised in December 2013.

Tech cluster it@Cork has signed a business roaming agreement (BRA) with a range of businesses abroad that will allow the group's 250 members to avail of office space and equipment in the participating businesses without charge.

The 2015 Social Media Awards will be held on June 3 in the RDS, organisers have announced, and will be hosted by 2FM DJ Rick O'Shea.

MiWadi, Ireland's number one dilute brand, has introduced a sugar-free product with the promises that each glass contains five calories or less.

eircom Business Solutions has become an official sponsor of the 2015 Irish Open, which takes place in Royal County Down Golf Club from May 28 to 31.

Maximum Media, the firm behind websites, and, has launched into the UK with

Ethiopian Airlines will be the first operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Dublin Airport. Its new route will operate Addis Ababa-Dublin-Los Angeles three days a week.

BDO has appointed former Ryanair deputy CEO and CFO, Howard Millar, as an independent non-executive chairman.

IT security firm IDT911 is to set up a base for its European operations in Galway, where it plans to hire an additional 60 staff over the next five years.

Irish Dragons' Den star Peter Casey has launched an online interviewing company which he claims will change how the recruitment sector operates.

Funds of more than €150,000 have been awarded to 17 Irish companies in the first round of eircom Business Solutions Digital Boost seed fund.

Eleven tech startups have made it through to the Lab353 fund and accelerator programme, following a day-long competitive pitching process held in eircom's Dublin headquarters.

Irish web software firm TerminalFour has secured €1m in funding as it continues to expand its North American operations.

CheckVentory, a 2013 startup that has developed a real-time audit system for banks and finance houses, has won top prize in the PwC 2015 Docklands Innovation Awards.

eircom Business Solutions has launched new telecoms packages called Advantage Bundles that have been built especially with small businesses in mind.

ESB International has secured a three-year contract with the Saudi Electricity Company valued at €2.4m.

Independent News & Media will clear all its debt with the proceeds from the €115m sale of its stake in APN, the Australia and New Zealand media company.

Irish search engine firm SeeSearch has agreed a partnership with a Middle East learning company to provide it with search and discovery services for customers.

Mobile payments company Payleven has launched its services for SMEs in Ireland, which allows business owners to handle card payments without fixed costs, contractual obligations or minimum sales through a chip and PIN reader.

A new top-level domain, dot Irish, now makes it possible to put the word 'Irish' after the dot in a web address in the same way .com or .ie are used.

Software security firm Malwarebytes is to base its EMEA headquarters in Cork, creating 50 jobs there over the next three years.

Rent levels for office space in the prime Dublin office market are expected rise by 20% this year and a further 9% in 2016, according to a HWBC office market review.

The 2015 Social Media Awards will be held on June 3 in the RDS, organisers have announced, and will be hosted by 2FM DJ Rick O'Shea.

Supply chain company Cold Move has completed a management buyout in a €4.5m deal structured by Donworth Capital and part funded by Bank of Ireland.

UCD has launched its Aspire Scholarship Programme for 2015, which will award up to three MBA and nine MSc scholarships to eligible participants.

Paddy Cosgrave's Web Summit is branching out into standalone conferences in Ireland, the first two of which will be held in Belfast this June.

Crowdfunding site Linked Finance has secured €2.5m in funding from Frontline Ventures Loans. The cash injection will be used to double Linked Finance's headcount, as well as expand the business and improve its IT.

Irish businesses paid their bills three days faster in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with the same period in the previous year, according data furnished by information services firm Experian.

AIB has partnered with global trade credit insurer Euler Hermes to provide a new export credit insurance product for Irish SMEs.

University College Cork has joined universities and incubator centres from Denmark, Germany, Greece, Poland and Spain in a new project aimed at tech entrepreneurs.

The Irish Exporters Association has partnered with ABP, AIB, DHL, Euler Hermes, PwC, Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia to launch a new initiative for exporters.

Danish retail brand Tiger continues its aggressive Irish expansion with a fifteenth outlet, which will employ six people and is due to open in Sligo's Quayside Shopping Centre on March 25.

Technology and data analytics firm LexisNexis will establish a data analytics centre in Dublin, creating 70 new jobs as a result over the next three years.

InterTrade Ireland has launched a new advisory service for SMEs that aims to inform them on new and alternative sources of finance.

The Rubicon Centre in Cork has sent forth the first batch of graduates from its inaugural Exxcel programme for females in the STEM sectors - one of the first female-focused initiatives of its kind in Ireland.

Limerick tech company Arralis has secured a potentially lucrative contract with the UK Ministry of Defence to develop antennae and geo-location technology.

Carlyle Cardinal Ireland, the Irish private equity fund founded by Carlyle Group and Cardinal Capital, has agreed to buy Payzone from Duke Street. The change in ownership will have no impact on the day-to-day business operations of Payzone in Ireland.

The finalists in the Irish Franchise Awards 2015 were will compete for titles in the Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin on March 27.

Over 100 companies from across Ireland have received 'Best Managed' recognition from accountancy firm Deloitte.

Some 85% of Irish businesses were either stable or growing through the last quarter of 2014, according to a survey carried out by InterTrade Ireland.

Growth rates in the Irish construction sector continued to slow sharply during February, evident across activity, new orders and employment, while sentiment eased to the lowest since October 2013.

Inflection Biosciences has raised €725,000 in a second financing round from new and existing private investors. The company announced its first round of financing in June 2013, bringing the total raised thus far to €1.2m.

An Irish software research centre and The Open University have partnered to develop a new model designed to strengthen user privacy on social media. It forms part of a €2.5m research programme due to be presented to MPs at Westminster today (March 9).

We read so much in the media these days of cyber attacks and massive data breaches. People often have a misconception that the bad guys are after money. Some are, but most realise that Data is the New Cash.

Almost half of Irish women born between 1980 and 1995 believe that they can reach the top management levels with their current employer.

US financial services firm Northern Trust is planning to create up to 300 jobs in Limerick over the next three years as part of an expansion plan in the county.

AIB took possession of residential properties in debt default at the rate of one a day through 2014, according to the bank's annual report. The bank said the majority of the properties taken into possession were by way of voluntary surrender or abandonment.

Google Ireland is taking 20 startups under its wing for a 90-day programme of mentoring sessions.

Baby products firm Clevamama has won the overall title in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2015. Winners were selected from over 500 applications.

A new service has been launched for SMEs that provides them with practical support and guidance for their responsible and sustainable business practices.

Mergers and acquisitions activity in Ireland through 2014 rose sharply when compared with 2013, with a total of 115 deals completed - a jump of 37%. By contrast, European M&A volume grew by only 9% in 2014.

Microsoft has unveiled plans to build a new campus style building in South County Business Park in Leopardstown to bring the company's 1,200 staff in Ireland under one roof.

Cloud software company LogMeIn has opened its newly extended EMEA headquarters in Dublin, and plans to triple its workforce with the creation of 90 new jobs in the capital over the next three years.

Davy has acquired independent outsourcing firm Trusted Advisor Group, a startup established by Paul Sutton in 2011.

Over three-quarters of large businesses expect to award pay increases in 2015, according to a survey carried out by PwC.

Pepper Asset Servicing has been named as the 'National Public Champion for Ireland' in the 2014/2015 European Business Awards.

Vienna is the city with the world's best quality of living, according to the Mercer 2015 Quality of Living rankings, while Dublin, at 34th, is the highest-ranking city across the UK and Ireland.

Peer-to-peer business support forum Plato is looking for fresh recruits, as 80 owner-managers of small businesses graduate from the programme.

KBC Bank Ireland has launched its Bright Ideas initiative for 2015, through which community groups can secure funding for innovative projects in their localities.

Microfinance Ireland has raised an additional €15m in loan finance to lend to micro-enterprises, which was secured through its parent company, Social Finance Foundation.

Aramark has announced plans to expand is Irish facility services business, which will involve the creation of 17 new jobs.

IT consultancy firm E-Mit Solutions has launched a new Dell-developed firewall as a service, which it says will provide Irish businesses with a cloud-managed unified threat management system and real-time security intelligence.

Data centre provider Telecity Group has commenced construction on its new data centre in Blanchardstown, which will open in the summer of 2015 and provide ten new roles in engineering.

Veronica's Snacks has secured €465,000 in equity investment from Enterprise Ireland, AIB Seed Capital, the Boole Investment Syndicate and chartered accountant Brian McGann.

Winners from 25 different categories have been announced at the 2015 Digital Media Awards.

Airbnb has begun hiring for 200 new positions at its Dublin operation. The roles cover customer service, human resources, finance, trust and safety, and IT.

Investment company iNua Hospitality has completed the purchase of the five-star Muckross Park Hotel and Spa in Killarney, in a deal costing over €6m.

Irish people area satisfied bunch, largely speaking, particularly when public transport is up to scratch. So say the findings of the 'VitalSigns 2015' survey of Irish satisfaction levels, just published by the Community Foundation for Ireland.

Medical diagnostics firm Cirdan Imaging has received a significant investment from Kernel Capital, through the Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Growth Fund.

Apple is to build an €850m data centre in Athenry, Co. Galway, which will be the company's largest such centre in Europe, providing 300 jobs during its multiple phases.

Vodafone Ireland has extended its 4G coverage to 90% of the population, with Trim becoming the 500th town to be included in its range.

Estimates of labour force participation from the Central Statistics Office indicate that fewer people moved into employment in 2014 than during 2013.

IDA Ireland has launched a new five-year plan with the aim of boosting FDI in Ireland by over 40% and creating 80,000 jobs.

Ireland's four health insurance providers are in the midst of rolling out a new wave of yellow pack health insurance policies ahead of the introduction of age-loading on May 1.

The Low Pay Commission in Britain has recommended to the government that the the National Minimum Wage should rise by 3% to £6.70 (€9.09) from October 2015. Meanwhile ISME has urged that the minimum wage in Ireland should be scrapped.

A National Youth Council of Ireland report on JobBridge has concluded that the internship scheme needs significant reform to benefit participants and help them into employment.

Liffey Valley Shopping Centre is to get a €26m extension, bringing new stores and 450 new jobs to the development.

Ulster Bank is rolling out fingerprint identification technology to allow its customers to log in to its mobile banking app.

Ryanair has announced details of a partnership with Vodafone Ireland, which will see the firm support Ryanair's communications and IT needs across Europe, including its ticketing, check-in, ground crew, inflight crew and pilot systems.

AIB is to cut 2% off its standard variable business loan rate as part of €200m in new funding for Irish SMEs. The new rate - 4.5% per annum variable - was confirmed today (February 19).

Cork-based fuels company Inver Energy has secured €100m in new financing facilities to fund the growth of its fuel import and marketing business in Ireland and the UK.

Netwatch Ireland is to establish operations in Newry, with initial plans to hire 15 staff, which the hopes to grow to 50 over the next three years.

Incidents of commercial crime in Dublin fell by 3.5% in 2014 compared with the previous year, but the capital remains a crime hotspot, according to data furnished by Netwatch.

Irish SMEs raising VC funding enjoyed their most successful year in a decade in 2014, according to the annual Irish Venture Capital Association.

Cork-based life science compliance firm GxP Systems has been acquired by SRCL, a division of Stericycle Inc.

Ged Nash, Minister for Business and Employment, has named the line-up of the new Low Pay Commission which will decide on the appropriate rate of the National Minimum Wage.

Absenteeism costs small Irish businesses over €490 million a year, while employees in the west of Ireland are the biggest culprits, according to the Small Firms Association's Absenteeism Report 2014.

Communications group Core Media is to create ten new jobs through its first graduate recruitment programme, which it launched today (February 16).

The ad agency charged with drumming up SME awareness of the government's Action Plan for Jobs booked a €50,000 net profit in the year to January 2014.

Ireland saw a 2% increase in the value of exports in 2014 when compared with the previous year, according to CSO data.

UPC Ireland's Q4 and year-end results for 2014 showed strong growth for the company, with total subscriptions increasing by 5% to over 1.1m during the year.

QE and Greece are weighing heavily on the minds of business owners, according to the results of France Ireland Chamber of Commerce's (FICC) first business sentiment survey.

I.T. Alliance Group has announced 100 job vacancies ahead of its attendance at Career Zoo in the Convention Centre, Dublin on February 21.

Professional job vacancies in January were up 24% compared with the same month last year, according to Morgan McKinley's latest Employment Monitor.

Enterprise Ireland is to launch a series of new competitive funding initiatives with the aim of generating more enterprise in the regions.

Sixt Leasing has launched a corporate car sharing service in Ireland, which the firm said is the first such service to be offered here.

UCD spin-out Parameter Space has secured an €800,000 contract from the European Space Agency to fund a three-year project addressing big data challenges in space.

The National Software Centre (NSC) in Cork has completed a €100,000 upgrade of its telephony system.

The government's latest Action Plan for Jobs includes tax incentives and networking events to promote startup growth, but more action is needed to reduce the barriers to entrepreneurship, according to a report by the OECD.

Ethiopian Airlines will commence three weekly flights from Dublin to Addis Ababa on June 19, and from Dublin direct to Los Angeles.

Tayto Park is recruiting for 150 full- and part-time positions, ahead of the venue's reopening on March 26.

Ireland's first home-grown taxi app, Lynk, has been launched in Dublin.

Software firm SolarWinds won top prize at that Cork Company of the Year Awards, which were announced over at Cork Chamber's annual dinner.

IBEC group Retail Ireland said that the economic recovery is starting to gain traction, but warned that the retail recovery is still in its infancy, with many pressures remaining.

Irish renewable energy company BioCore has built its first 'gas to grid' facility near Beccles in Suffolk, UK, which will fuel thousands of local homes with gas made from home-grown crops.

Monaghan-based forklift manufacturer Combilift is to create 200 jobs over the next five years as part of a €40m investment in a new green-field manufacturing site.

The number of jobs advertised in Q4 2014 in Ireland increased by 26% year-on-year, according to recruitment agency Robert Walters, the largest year-on-year increase in advertising volumes across Europe.

Lero, a Limerick-based software research centre, is the sole Irish winner in Google's 2015 RISE Awards competition.

Some €500m is lost to the Irish economy every year in expensive bank currency fees and charges, according to Irish foreign exchange firm Transfermate Global Payments.

The 38 finalists in the Small Firms Association Small Business Awards are gathering in the Printworks Conference Centre, Dublin Castle, today (February 5) to showcase their businesses.

The BDO Development Capital Fund has invested €5m in the Lifes2good Group, one of Ireland's fastest growing healthcare companies.

Eircom has launched new apprentice and graduate programmes that will create 375 new jobs in the company over the next five years.

Nine arts, business and social entrepreneurs are in contention for the 2015 David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Award, the winner of which will be announced on February 17.

Sales and customer service specialists SalesSense International is to create up to 100 new jobs this year following the opening of its new customer engagement centre in Dundalk.

The recovery of the Irish economy is still heavily dependent on strong export performance, which is likely to slow this this year when compared with 2014, according to the Central Bank.

Management and tech services consultants Accenture is planning to add 250 new staff to its operations across Ireland this year.

IT distributor Data Solutions has signed a deal with US storage vendor Nimble to distribute its solutions to the Irish market.

A new app idea, Savetastic, that would use customers' banking information to offer them savings on utility bills, travel and shopping took the top prize at Ireland's first dedicated banking hackathon.

New car sales for January 2015 are up over 25% on the same period in 2014. The industry registered 28,750 new vehicle sales in January, an increase of 5,820 units on 2014 figures.

A unique work-life campus has been launched in Dublin, aimed at fostering a healthy balance of lifestyles, work, home and the environment for residents and employees at Central Park, Leopardstown.

A new guide to support potential exporters based on the island of Ireland has been launched via a partnership initiative from Chartered Accountants Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year competition for 2015 has officially opened for nominations, following a function held in Dublin last night (January 29), attended by over 100 entrepreneurs.

Independent News & Media is seeking up to 30 redundancies from its editorial staff across its newspaper titles, ensuing from further integration of print and digital news operations.

Outsourcing firm Icon is to develop a global innovation hub that will create 200 jobs in Ireland.

The government's Action Plan for Jobs 2015 was released today (January 29), which promises specific measures to promote regional job creation, startups, lessen red-tape distractions and improve exports.

The value of retail sales through December increased marginally by 0.1% when compared with November 2014, according to figures released by the CSO.

The finalists for the Digital Media Awards 2015 have been announced, ahead of the awards ceremony itself, which will take place on February 20 in the DoubleTree by Hilton in Dublin.

Tesco Mobile said it grew customers by 40% through 2014 to 300,000, making it the largest MVNO in Ireland.

Irish fintech startup Fenergo is to create 30 new jobs in its Dublin, Boston and Sydney offices. The firm has also debuted on the Chartis RiskTech 100.

A food producer showcase, featuring over 30 Dublin-based firms and around 50 trade buyers, will be held in DIT Aungier Street tomorrow (January 29).

Invoice finance provider Bibby Financial Services has announced details of €70m in working capital facilities available for Irish businesses through invoice finance.

MasterCard is inviting innovative startups from across Europe to apply for the next edition of its Start Path Europe initiative.

Sky Media Ireland has created an ice-themed ad break to mark the network premiere of Fortitude on Sky Atlantic this week.

Dublin Port Company has officially opened its newly completed Alexandra Quay Container Terminal, following a €35m investment.

IT and cloud services provider MJ Flood Technology is to create 20 new jobs as it expands its Microsoft Office 365 syndication services business into the UK and Germany.

The Board of Directors of Aer Lingus said it is prepared to accept an offer from International Airlines Group which values each Aer Lingus share at €2.55.

Law firm William Fry said that it will hire an additional 50 staff during 2015, continuing a recruitment programme that saw the firm add 54 employees over the last 12 months.

Ticket sellers viagogo Group is to double its workforce in Ireland to 200 over the next three years, announced at the opening of its new operations centre in Limerick.

The IE Domain Registry (IEDR) will accept entries from businesses for its Optimise e-commerce website development programme 2015 from March 2.

Nearly two thirds of Irish people get distracted from completing work thanks to emails, web browsing and social media, while 54% of people are dissatisfied and unhappy as a result of the loss of productivity.

Dublin-based firm Brite:Bill is to create 100 new jobs over the next two years as part of a major recruitment drive.

Details of the ECB's quantitative easing (QE) programme have been announced by the bank's president, Mario Draghi, which will see the ECB purchase public and private sector securities worth €60bn every month until the end of September 2016.

A kitty of €70,000 in EU funding is still available for Irish entrepreneurs looking for help to get their businesses running, under the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs business exchange programme.

Microfinance Ireland has partnered with the Ignite Graduate Business Innovation Programme to ring-fence €250,000 in funding for young entrepreneurs on the programme.

Over 36,000 Irish denizens download illegal movies or television every day, according to new research.

More than half of Irish firms (51%) experienced a data breach in the last 12 months, according to a survey commissioned by the Irish Computer Society (ICS).

Laya Healthcare has been bought by international insurance organisation AIG for an undisclosed sum.

A new financial support programme for small food, drink and horticulture businesses has been launched by Bord Bia.

ISME has announced details of its forthcoming series of briefing sessions, which will be held in various locations nationwide over the coming weeks.

Telco company ShoreTel has launched a new unified communications platform for the Irish SME market, which the firm claims can reduce communications costs by 40%.

Small firms generally are optimistic about the year ahead but micro firms with five staff and under are less confident, according to the inaugural Magnet Regional Business Barometer.

Financial services company Acorn Life is to add 125 new employees to its workforce this year, joining 75 other recruits that were hired in 2014.

Mulley Communications, the team who run the successful Web Awards and Social Media Awards, have launched the 2015 SME Awards.

Data centre and cloud computing solutions firm AMAX has opened its European manufacturing facility in Shannon, with plans to provide 100 jobs over the next five years.

AIB Chief Executive Officer David Duffy has told the board that he is leaving the bank to join Clydesdale Bank in the UK. Duffy has been with AIB for three years.

Business owners love their smartphones - nearly half of them rate the device as the single most important piece of technology allowing them to do their job, according to a survey commissioned by Three Ireland.

The Consumer Price Index for December 2014 shows that prices on average were down by 0.4% in the month, while the annual CPI inflation figure was -0.3%.

Healthcare firm Zimmer is to create up to 250 jobs over the next five years at its facility in Oranmore, Co. Galway.

HMV in Ireland, which also owns the Xtra-Vision chain, said total sales increased by 15% in 2014 despite the lack of blockbuster movie releases.

Enterprise Ireland is accepting applications for a €200,000 fund aimed at helping entrepreneurs in the south-east region. The deadline is January 20.

The euro is set to weaken even further against the dollar and sterling as a result of the recent positive ruling from the European Court of Justice about the legality of a possible QE programme. This was evidenced today after the Swiss National Bank abolished its euro peg.

Year-end take-up in Dublin's industrial market for 2014 was comparable to the peak levels seen in 2007, according to research by Jones Lang Lasalle

A new support programme to prepare IPO candidate companies at the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) has been launched.

Almost one third of SMEs in Ireland have never changed their finance provider, primarily due to constraints rather than choice, according to a survey by Close Brothers.

Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan has told the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry that, with the benefit of hindsight, the liquidation of Anglo Irish Bank in September 2008 "should have been more favourably considered".

US firm ABEC, which services the biopharmaceutical industry, is to establish its European headquarters and manufacturing centre in Fermoy, Co. Cork, with plans to create up to 100 new jobs over the next two years.

Companies from the retail and grocery sectors are being invited to sign up to the Skills for Work Week 2015, before the January 19 deadline for applications.

NDRC's portfolio of companies secured €37m in follow-on investment in 2014, according to a year-end trading update from the Dublin-based early-stage investor.

Panda Recycling is to create 50 jobs in Dublin over the next six months as part of a major expansion of the firm.

Ireland's biggest media buyer has moved into the education sphere with Core Knowledge, which offers three-hour courses at a price point of €295.

The first episodes of Red Rock, TV3's new soap drama, did exceptionally well with the upmarket AB demographic, according to Ruth Payne, Media Director with Javelin Advertising.

Vodafone Ireland customers can now enjoy 4G while roaming in 33 countries, so long as they are opted in for RED Roaming.

UPC has launched an unlimited 240MB fibre power broadband, which the firm says delivers three times the claimed speed performance of rival Sky's fibre broadband product.

Honda plans to launch a number of new motorcycles and scooters in the Irish market at the Carole Nash Irish Motorbike and Scooter Show at the RDS on February 27.

Turkish Airlines will be providing a double daily service from Dublin to Istanbul starting from 29 March 2015.

Guidewire Software Inc, a global provider of software products to the general insurance industry, is planning to hire 60-80 new staff in Dublin in 2015/2016.

Jobs posted in Q4 2014 in the four main employment sectors grew by 30% - the strongest rate of growth recorded since January, according to Cpl's employment market monitor for the quarter.

Recruitment agency Clark has launched its annual Workforce Survey, which provides insights into employment and pay trends among employers along the M7 motorway in Kildare.

AIB, PwC and William Fry have joined forces to support DCU's recently established Centre for Family Business. The partnership will run for three years.

Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport increased by 8% last year to 21.7 million.

The Central Bank has published a consultation paper reviewing the Code of Conduct for Business Lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (SME code), for which it is inviting submissions until April 13.

IT consulting and managed services company Version 1 has acquired Birmingham-based firm Patech Solutions Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

Software and computer services, FMCG, and banking are the top three most popular sectors amongst Irish business students, according to new research from Deloitte.

An €85m venture capital fund aimed at supporting companies in the life sciences sector in Ireland has been launched by jobs minister Richard Bruton.

Budding Cork entrepreneurs and startups are being invited to participate in the Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneur Programme at Macroom E Enterprise Centre.

A new health tech startup programme run by the NDRC and UCD was officially launched today (January 8), but interested parties will have to apply quickly - the deadline for entries is January 15.

A new globally certified Android training programme has been launched in Ireland by DevStream, an initiative founded by Big Wave Media Training.

The five-star Monart Destination Spa in Wexford has installed a custom-built alpine salt grotto, which it claims brings health benefits to everybody.

The question of pay rises could be an abrasive one for workplaces this year - surveys of employees show that most expect a hike, but IBEC and ISME are at odds about who'll be getting them.

Only 28% of incumbents that bid for public-sector contracts actually win them, while companies spent over €25m last year compiling proposals for contracts that were cancelled without ever being awarded, according to research by TenderScout.

Global payments solution provider Elavon is to launch a new loyalty programme in Ireland that will allow businesses direct control of promotions from a real-time web portal.

IDA client companies created a net increase of 7,131 jobs in 2014, one of the highest levels seen in a decade - despite overall job losses of 7,881.

The proliferation of mobile devices among employees is having a knock-on effect in information security, with increased security breaches and demand for managed services being likely trends through 2015.

Thirty-one Irish companies are competing with over 700 other firms across Europe in the European Business Awards, which will be decided by two rounds of public voting, the first of which gets underway today (January 6).

Bewley's has announced plans to invest in a substantial refurbishment and repositioning of its Grafton Street Café. The project will involve closing the landmark Café for at least six months, and 140 redundancies.

InterContinental Hotels Group is taking over the running for the five star Four Seasons Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, with effect from January 2015.

The government extracted 9% more in taxation from business and individual taxpayers through 2014 compared with the previous year.

Retailer Debenhams Ireland has signed a gas and renewable electricity deal with Irish energy supplier Vayu Energy valued at €3m per annum.

Maximum Media - the Niall McGarry-founded publishing group behind and - is extending its reach into the female sector with the launch of

Payzone has signed a deal with the Fuel Distributors Association of Ireland (FDAI) that will allow member oil companies to offer their customers the ability to make payments in over 2,500 retail Payzone agent stores throughout the country.

Two thirds of small firms in Ireland are in growth mode, while 72% plan to invest in their business over the next 12 to 24 months, according to the Small Firms Association.

Ireland's new television UTV Ireland surprised viewers on Sunday night when it broadcast a repeat episode of the popular drama Foyle's War while UTV viewers in Northern Ireland got to see a new episode.

Fifty seven per cent of large companies plan to increase basic pay for staff in 2015, with the median pay increase set to be 2%.

Shareholders stumped up €1.66m to fund Dublin company Skillpages just five weeks before throwing in the towel and calling in a provisional liquidator.

Car sales through 2014 were up by 30% on the previous year, according to figures released by

ISME's quarterly Business Trends Survey for the final quarter of 2014 reveal that while Ireland's SME sector continues a gradual positive recovery, retailers did not experience a Christmas shopping bounce.

Geoff Read, the founder of Ballygowan Spring Water, is back in business with a new 'breakfast in a bottle' product called Nosh.

IBEC is predicting "spectacular" economic growth of 5.7% in Ireland this year, despite disappointing preliminary growth figures for Q3.

Permanent tsb will launch a new focus on personal lending in the New Year with the aim of more than doubling the value of personal loans given to customers throughout 2015 compared to 2014.

Irish startup Voucher Pages has launched in the UK market with a new website and a free iOS and Android app.

Mustard, a startup describing itself as 'Hailo for short-term staff', has won the NDRC Lift Off competition.

Iconic Dublin fish-and-chips brand Leo Burdocks has launched a Linked Finance crowdfunding round, from which it hopes to raise €50,000 to fund the expansion of its Temple Bar outlet.

Nelipak Healthcare Packaging is to add another ten employees to its Galway workforce, which has grown from 62 to 86 people over the past five years.

Metro Herald, the Dublin freesheet aimed at commuters, is to cease publishing on Friday December 19 despite being packed with advertising.

Payzone has partnered with home shopping brand Oxendales to facilitate customer payment transfers and collections through the Payzone retail network.

Over 360 people were declared bankrupt in Ireland from March to December 2014, a considerable increase on 2013's figure of 58.

Tuam-based Retail Solutions has signed a contract to supply its EPOS solutions to CJ Lang & Son in Dundee, Scotland's largest independent retailing and distribution company and a master Spar franchise holder with over 300 supermarkets.

McDonald's flagship restaurant on Grafton Street has been officially re-launched, following a €2m euro refurbishment. The restaurant, which first opened in 1977, is Ireland's oldest McDonald's.

A last minute rush for the Section 481 film tax incentive is being predicted by the film funding team at Mazars.

Dublin-based online payments processing firm Dynacart Solutions has been acquired by Kohli Ventures.

NUI Maynooth spin-out Neuromod Devices is to hire 50 staff over the next five years, following the launch of the firm's new treatment for tinnitus.

Irish employees find it hard to convince their bosses to pay for an overnight stay when they travel abroad, but they aren't above bending the truth to nab a free night either.

Global financial services company Fidelity Investments has opened a second Dublin office, as part of its plans to hire around 200 employees here.

Covali has merged with SiliconCloud, another tech minnow, and relocated to NexusUCD in Belfield.

Barry Finnegan has joined Property Channel as commercial director, investing €250,000 in the process.

Thirty three companies have been selected as finalists for the SFA National Small Business Awards 2015.

PwC's corporate calendar for 2015 is themed 'Business Powered by Design' after the accountancy giant teamed up with third year Visual Communications students of the National College of Art and Design.

Armagh-based firm Almac took top honours at the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, ahead of nine other finalists selected from the four provinces.

It's official - the National Lottery is now being operated by Canadian teachers. Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI) is the name of the firm that will run the lottery and its shareholders are the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, An Post and An Post pension funds.

UPC Ireland is to acquire WiFi company Bitbuzz for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2003, Bitbuzz provides wireless internet access services to roaming partners, location owners and direct users.

London's rich middle class are in shock this morning after UK chancellor George Osborne loaded stamp duty pain on expensive des reses in England's capital.

European micro-cap VC firm Hoxton Ventures has launched a €6m Irish early-stage capital fund, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland.

Profits in Pat McDonagh's Supermac's group are a good deal healthier than the fast food they are built on - the business booked a pre-tax gain of over €7.4m in 2013.

Finance minister Michael Noonan has confirmed that there will be no change to Pay & File tax return deadlines in the lifetime of the current government.

Hailo and Just Eat have announced a nationwide dual branding partnership, which will involve co-branded pizza boxes and delivery paper bags offering a €10 Hailo credit to new Hailo customers.

The Institute of Public Administration's (IPA) Yearbook and Diary for 2015 has been launched by Tánaiste Joan Burton.

Luxair Luxembourg Airlines is increasing frequency on the Dublin-Luxembourg route from four flights to six flights a week from next summer.

Software firm Calypso Technology is creating 150 jobs in Dublin through the establishment of a managed services centre.

Accumulated losses for DCU spinout Sonex Metrology have risen to €921,000, according to the firm's account filings for 2013.

Kinsale Bay Food Company has landed a contract to supply Tesco with ten different products from its range, in a deal worth around €1m to the firm annually.

Bank lending to SMEs is continuing to increase, while demand for lending remains at its highest level since 2009, according to the latest ISME quarterly bank watch survey.

The Nissan Qashqai has been voted Continental Irish Car of the Year 2015 by the Irish Motoring Writers' Association. Mercedes-Benz C-Class was voted second and the Peugeot 308 was in third position.

Deloitte and Barclays Bank have revealed the shortlist of indigenous Irish businesses competing for the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards 2015.

Information Technology Shared Services (ITSS), a division of Johnson & Johnson Services, is planning to add 100 people to its workforce with the creation of a development centre in Limerick.

Etihad Airways has won three travel awards at two different Irish travel trade events.

IT consultancy firm E-MIT Solutions is to create ten new jobs at its headquarters in Santry as part of a €650,000 investment.

€1.47bn worth of residential construction on multi-unit developments was commenced in Ireland during the first nine months of 2014, according to Dundalk consultancy Link2Plans.

Hines, a global property developer based in Houston, Texas, has completed the acquisition of the 400 acre Cherrywood Business Park and Development Scheme in south Dublin.

Approach People Recruitment and Prodieco were joint winners of this year's 'Best Irish Company in France' award, announced at a function in Dublin last night (November 28).

The latter half of 2014 has seen the jobs market switching in favour of candidates and 2015 will see this continuing, according to Hilary Geary, MD of Executive Connections

Letterkenny-based software firm Gartan Technologies has secured a contract with an Australian fire and rescue service to help it organise personnel in 338 stations.

Japanese printer manufacturer OKI says it has taken a decisive lead in innovative print technologies with the introduction of the ES9541, a 5 colour, A3 printer targeted at the specialist graphic arts market.

Focus Ireland has teamed up with Miriam O'Callaghan to launch its annual 'Sponsor a Star' campaign, which involves businesses sponsoring a star on the organisation's Christmas tree on Grafton Street to help the homeless.

The National Off-Licence Association (NOffLA) has called on the government to cut excessive excise duty on wine and alcohol in Budget 2015 next week.

Irish salaries are set to rise by 2% in 2015, according to Mercer's most recent Salary Forecast Report.

Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan has confirmed the future introduction of measures that require mortgage applicants to pay a deposit worth 20% of the value of a property, although delayed implementation and further "refinement" of the rules are likely.

Employment in the Irish economy grew by 27,700 (+1.5%) in Q3 2014 compared with the corresponding period in 2013, according to an estimate from the Central Statistics Office. There was much better growth in male employment (+2.0%) compared with female employment (+0.8%).

UCD spin-out startup Equilume has secured €550,000 in seed funding from Enterprise Ireland and a number of angel investors based in Ireland, the UK and the USA.

DPS Engineering has announced plans to add 80 staff to its workforce in 2015, following three years of pronounced business growth.

IG Group has launched an execution-only stockbroking service targeted at individuals in Ireland and the UK.

Business owners in the midlands felt disproportionately hard done by during the recession but confidence is high among them now that things can only get better.

Telecity Group and Hibernia Networks have completed a deal that will see the former's Dublin-based data centre facilitate a new, ultra-high-speed transatlantic cable system next year.

Social news agency Storyful is to expand its R&D centre in Dublin, creating 30 new jobs.

The majority of Irish CEOs are bullish about Irish GDP growth, while staff issues were identified by them as the biggest barrier to overseas trade.

A new art gallery called The Open Window Gallery has opened in the centre of Rathmines in Dublin.

Aerogen, the medical device company named as Exporter of the Year at the annual Export Industry Awards, booked a pre-tax profit of €7m on turnover of €25m, according to the company's annual filing.

Up to 150 new jobs will be created around the country by specialist healthcare recruiter TTM Healthcare Group and Danone, both of whom are expanding.

CarTrawler was the big winner in this year's Irish Software Awards after the Dublin-based firm claimed the Software Company of the Year title.

RecruitmentPlus, with offices in Dublin, Dundalk and Limerick, has established a dedicated property recruitment division to cater for growing demand for qualified personnel in the property sector.

UCD graduate Elaine Lavery has won the annual LINC Jumpstart competition for her 'Udderly Delicious' flavoured butter venture, which was established in 2013.

Designers Lyndsey Bryce and Christopher Murphy of Dolmen won the Grand Prix at the annual IDI Design Awards.

Information management company Oasis has acquired Cintas Document Management of the Netherlands and Belgium in a transaction worth €30m.

Web and app trendsetters in Ireland were recognised with a variety of awards last night as this year's Appys and the eircom Spider Awards competitions announced their winners.

CityJet has introduced a new time-saving check-in system at London City Airport, which it says reduces check-in time to under a minute.

DCC plc has been chosen as the overall winner in the 2014 Published Accounts Awards, its third consecutive year to claim that title and the prize in the Large Quoted Entities category.

Brian McKiernan is taking over from Tony Garry as CEO at finance house Davy from March 2015.

Core Media has launched communications learning centre in Dublin, offering courses for advertisers, the media, ad agencies and other digital platform users.

Cloud technology and related digital innovations are helping SMEs to stay competitive but the privacy and security of personal information now stored online remains a growing cause of concern among their Irish customers.

Foodcloud founders Aoibheann O'Brien and Iseult Ward have won the title of Ireland's top young social entrepreneurs at this year's Join Our Core competition.

Certification Europe, an international management standards and inspection services company, has secured €400,000 VC investment through the Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund managed by Kernel Capital.

Med-tech, agricultural and renewable energy business ideas feature among the 24 finalists in Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur competition.

The Credit Review Office has reversed 56% of applications relating to refusal by banks to extend credit, according to John Trethowan's latest report.

Applegreen, the petrol station operator owned by Robert Etchingham and Joe Barrett, has moved its centre of control from Dublin to Malta, according to annual filings.

Care home provider Nua Healthcare is planning to expand its operations in the coming months, which it said will lead to the creation of 25 nursing jobs in locations across Ireland.

An intelligent control system to improve energy efficiency in wind farms has won the 2014 UCD VentureLaunch Accelerator Award.

Four business parks in the south Dublin city region have banded together to form an umbrella group called the Sandyford Business District Association (SBDA), with the aim of promoting the region as a location for further corporate investment.

Outdoor clothing and accessories brand, Regatta Great Outdoors, has opened its flagship store in Swords, Co Dublin.

Biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb is to build a brand new biologics manufacturing facility in Cruiserath, Co Dublin. An estimated 1,000 construction jobs will be involved, with 350 jobs expected in the facility when it is completed in 2019.

Lexus Ireland has renewed its sponsorship of the Lexus Chase at the Leopeardstown Christmas Festival for a further three years.

The majority of SMEs in Ireland are benefiting from improved trading conditions, while demand for credit remains low, according to a Department of Finance report.

IT firm Typetec has signed a €1m contract with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) to help expand the college's one-to-one laptop programme.

Middle-income earners could save thousands of euros every year on university fees for their children if they make a modest pension contribution, according to IFG Pensions.

The Shannon Group has relaunched Shannon Duty Free, taking the world's first Duty Free back to its original title, and with marketing centred on some 40s-inspired entertainment.

Kingspan plc, the specialist in building insulation panels, has entered into an agreement to acquire the building products division of Vicwest Inc, a Canadian listed company.

Danish newcomer Tiger Stores has been named Company of the Year and Best Small Company at the annual Retail Excellence Ireland Awards.

Leading women from around Ireland were celebrated in the Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards, including Keelings Fruit CEO Caroline Keeling, who was the winner in the competition's business category.

Economic optimism among Irish investors is at a four-year high, although confidence in the performance of the global economy has fallen significantly.

Twenty-one grocery and retail brands have been honoured at trade magazine Checkout's annual awards.

A flurry of job announcements from four companies around Ireland will see hundreds of new positions created over the next few years. Valeo, Kildare Village, Ammeon and C&D Foods are all planning to expand their workforces.

Amazon has announced the creation of over 300 new jobs in Dublin over the next two years. The data centre technicians, software engineers and customer support staff roles will be based in Amazon's expanded offices in Ballsbridge.

The majority (71%) of companies exporting in Ireland saw trading improve in 2014, according to an Irish Exporters Association's (IEA) annual survey.

3D printing company Love & Robots has won the ESB Spark Of Genius Award at this year's Web Summit.

Canadian software firm OpenText is expanding in Cork, with plans to create around 105 jobs over the next two years.

Five Dublin startups have been shortlisted for the finals of JumpStart 2014.

Linked Finance has facilitated peer-to-peer pledges of €5m to over 200 companies nationwide, the firm has announced.

Ryanair's first-half profits for this year were up by 32% to €795m, helped by a 5% rise in average fares and the 4% point increase in load factors.

4Impacts Intelligent Solutions Ltd, co-founded by Munster rugby player Donncha O'Callaghan, is seeking to raise €500,000 using the Employment Investment Incentive Scheme (EIIS).

Drinks giant Diageo is exiting the Irish Whiskey sector with the sale of Bushmills to Jose Cuervo.

Lab353, a business accelerator programme developed by eircom Business Solutions and SVP Partners, is looking for ten of the most disruptive and commercially-promising young technology startup companies in Ireland.

The Irish Software Association (ISA) has released the shortlist of 20 indigenous technology companies that are vying for the title of Digital Technology Company of the Year in this year's ISA Awards.

The best bar in the country can be found nestled in Navan, according to the ninth annual Licensing World magazine's 'Bar of the Year Awards'.

Agile Networks has won the 'StartUp of the Year' laurels at this year's Bank of Ireland StartUp Awards.

Ryanair has launched the latest update to its mobile app, making it easier for customers to browse, book, check-in, board and fly on Europe's largest airline.

Ireland's chartered accountants and business leaders are an increasingly sanguine bunch, with business confidence levels now at an eight-year high.

eircom Business Solutions has launched Digital Boost, a €250,000 seed fund for SMEs looking to innovate and grow their business through investment in digital solutions.

Smartport Systems SSI Ireland Ltd has gone bust one year after securing €200,000 in equity investment from Enterprise Ireland.

Job advertisements in Ireland in the third quarter of this year increased by over a fifth when compared with last year, according to the latest Robert Walters European Job Index.

Kantar Media Ireland has launched AdExpress, an online platform that enables advertising professionals to capture and analyse display ads from Ireland's most visited websites.

A new executive search service has been launched by Alternatives Group, which is aimed at Irish senior executives working abroad that are on the lookout for jobs back home.

AMCS Group has added Danish software company Transvision AS to the string of firms acquired by it over the past few years.

Men's clothing brand Jack & Jones will create 30 jobs when it opens its new store in Dundrum Town Centre in mid-November.

Former rugby star Brian O'Driscoll has invested €60,000 in Glendalough Irish Whiskey, based in Newtownmountkennedy in Co Wicklow.

CityJet has increased flight frequency on the Dublin to London City route after British Airways' entry on the route.

Courier operator Fastway has announced that it is in the process of establishing its online delivery service, Parcel Connect, as a separate standalone business.

Elavon has announced the expansion of its online Payment Gateway for small and medium businesses into the Irish market, facilitated by an extended agreement with Realex Payments.

Gender equality in the workplace could still be 80 years away and Ireland's success in balancing the scale has worsened.

Fyffes has abandoned its proposed merger with Chiquita Brands International, seven months after announcing a merger of the banana giants.

Mark Roden, founder of Ding, has been selected as of EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.

Vodafone Ireland is giving a gift of six months' Netflix to contract customers on Red Extra payment plans. Existing Netflix customers can also avail of the offer.

BuyandSell has been relaunched as a digital-only business after being purchased by media tycoon Denis O'Brien.

Mobile network Three is partnering with Indian-headquartered company Tech Mahindra to open a customer service centre in Waterford, creating 74 new jobs.

There has been a marked increase in the level of engagement between companies and including universities and the institutes of technology, according to Knowledge Transfer Ireland.

Dublin-based booking portal has completed a €1m funding round, which includes €250,000 from Enterprise Ireland.

Groupon has officially opened a Research and Development hub in Dublin, responsible for the development of technology platforms that will be used across Groupon's 500 local markets worldwide.

Aer Lingus will introduce a new Business Class service on transatlantic flights from March 2015.

Cloud computing company Strencom has signed a €300,000 deal with Brown Bag Films to provide it with unified communications as a service (UCaaS).

AIB is making available €300m to support investment in the healthcare sector, based on projections that the number of people over 65 is set to increase by around 200,000 over the next seven years.

Cork company Biotector Analytical Systems, which was bought by Hach in April 2014, booked a pre-tax profit of €3.4 million in 2013, double the outcome the previous year.

The Avalon Group has released three new spirits to coincide with the annual Duty Free & Travel Retail summit in Cannes. France. The new spirits are styled as super-premium Irish gin, vodka and honey liqueur.

Medical diagnostics firm Randox Teoranta is to invest €25m in its Dungloe facility over the next six years, which will see an eightfold increase in staff numbers to 540.

3D visualisation venture Von Bismark, founded by Eoghan O'Sullivan, has raised an additional €175,000 in equity investment.

Dee's Wholefoods, launched by health food entrepreneur Dee Collins in 2008, has received a €160,000 equity investment from DWF Ventures Ltd.

AIB and Frontline Ventures are collaborating in a new €2m programme to support Ireland's tech entrepreneurs.

Kernel Capital through the Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Growth Fund has invested €1.25 million in DisplayNote Technologies Ltd, a Belfast company with offices in Spain and the US.

AIM quoted First Derivatives, based in Newry, is upping its stake in California company Kx Systems at a cost of £36m in cash and shares.

Law firm ByrneWallace has appointed three new partners to the firm.

Eight startups from 150 applicants have been selected for the Bank of Ireland accelerator programme in Cork.

The income tax burden is borne disproportionately by middle and higher income earners in Ireland, according to a new analysis by Ibec.

A new workplace oral health initiative has been launched by pop-up dental clinic operators Onsite Dental, which is targeting various business parks around Ireland.

Actus Mobile Solutions has raised €150,000 from 18 shareholders after the company booked a net loss of €215,000 in 2013.

Fast-food chain McDonald's has opened a €2m drive-thru restaurant in Dublin Airport, delivering Happy Meals and 60 jobs as a result.

British Airways will start flying into London's financial district on October 26 with flights from Dublin to London City Airport.

The dust is starting to settle on Budget 2015. Read the official summaries of the budget measures and the detailed analysis from leading accountancy firms.

Brite:Bill narrowed its trading loss to €587,000 in 2013 compared with €1,050,000 the year before, according to filed accounts for the trading company, Zanzibar Chest Holding Company Ltd.

OxyMem, a spin-out from UCD, has won the Overall Excellence award at the Intellectual Property Awards 2014. Year to date the company has raised €600,000 from private investors to fund product development.

Embo Medical, an early stage medical device company in Galway focused on developing technology to shut down blood flow in blood vessels, has secured €3 million in seed-funding.

Leonora O'Brien, who quit her job in the pharmacy regulator in 2012 to set up Pharmapod, has secured serious buy-in from investors, with a funding round of €750,000 in recent months to finance expansion of the company.

When people talk about a lifestyle business, what they might have in mind is Terroirs, a small wine and food shop in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, that has provided a living for Sean and Françoise Gilley since 1994

Software firm TerminalFour has completed a €1.4m redevelopment of its higher education digital engagement platform.

BT Cloud Contact is an 'out of the box' cloud-based contact centre solution, designed to help organisations address changing customer expectations driven by social media, webchat and video.

Video interview specialist Sonru has secured investment arranged by Saphir Capital Partners, the international growth capital investor.

Faced with proposals and budgets for PR or ad campaigns, it helps to have a clear vision and understanding of what you are buying into, and what you are likely to get from each.

Broadcaster Ivan Yates has settled a number of old scores in his new autobiography, 'Full On'.

The Irish Stock Exchange has launched a redesigned website that is more mobile and tablet friendly than its predecessor.

Government expenditure in 2015 is expected to be just over €50bn, with increased allocations for job creation, according to Minister Brendan Howlin's Budget Day report.

Aoife Donnelly, co-founder of successful Dublin agency Next Generation Recruitment, has sold her shares to the operating company Davisnolan Ltd and resigned as a director.

Professional job vacancies continued their year-on-year increase through September, although the number of candidates available to fill them has fallen again.

The Student Entrepreneur Awards 2015 is now open for applications, offering a prize fund of €30,000 in cash and €30,000 worth of consultancy for winning entries.

LeasePlan has devised a new SME and sole trader offering, which the company says proves once and for all that leasing is the most cost-advantageous option for financing your company vehicles.

Dublin Port has officially opened a new facility for the import and export and vehicles.

Five directors have obtained designation as Chartered Directors, having completed the Institute of Directors in Ireland's Chartered Director programme.

Software firm Fineos, Brightwater Recruitment and IT giant Microsoft have announced recruitment drives for 200 positions across their respective businesses.

The Central Bank of Ireland has moved to cool down the over-heated residential property market by proposing loan to value and loan to income limits that lenders must adhere by.

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Bank of Ireland has launched a new tablet-based app for iPads, with an Android version due to be available before the end of the year.

The government has launched a new entrepreneurship policy document aimed at creating 93,000 jobs from startups over the next five years.

LinkedIn has bought a 17,500 sq. m. site in Dublin's Wilton Place for its new international headquarters, with the potential to house double the firm's current staff of 600.

CSO figures show that industrial production fell by 2.3% in August, but is up over 21% year on year.

Up to 100 new jobs will be created in Cork over the next two years by IT management software company SolarWinds.

Retailers Spar will add 50 new stores to its network by 2016, as part of a €100m investment plan by the franchise owner, BWG Group.

Working-week blues are at their keenest on Monday morning, unsurprisingly, when clandestine job hunting peaks among the populace, according to research from job-site providers Indeed.

Ribworld in Fethard, Co Tipperary, has opened a new manufacturing facility which has been part-funded by taxpayers through Enterprise Ireland. The company plans to raise employment at the facility from 75 to 175 over the next three years.

Outsourced sales and merchandising firm Contract People has unveiled its new brand identity.

Irish venture capitalists can raise €1.5bn to help Irish tech firms grow - but they need €750m first to make that happen.

Public relations agency Wilson Hartnell has unveiled a ranking of what it claims are the most influential users of social media in the Irish political and policy landscape.

Enterprise Ireland, the state agency charged with funding development of indigenous Irish companies, is supporting the expansion of UK-owned CarTrawler.

Average Irish house prices have risen by 14% in the year to date, while supply levels continue to remain very low.

Activity in the manufacturing sector remains robust, despite dropping off slightly in September, according to Investec's monthly Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI).

Canadian tech company Optel Vision is setting up an EMEA manufacturing and operations centre in Limerick, creating 140 new jobs as a result.

Valeo Foods has agreed to buy DCC plc's food and drinks units, Robert Roberts and Kelkin. The deal is subject to clearance from the Irish Competition Authority.

Even though most people using the internet should know they leave behind digital footprints as they navigate the web, few are fully aware of the extent many of the sites they visit monitor and use the information they garner concerning the browsing behaviour of every individual.

Enbu Consulting, the leading global provider and developer of Sage CRM Solutions, has successfully delivered a CRM solution to manage corporate client relations for FEXCO, the multinational financial services and business solutions provider.

Over 1,000 jobs were saved through SMEs examinerships in the first nine months of the year, an increase of 52% on the same period in 2013.

The Central Bank of Ireland has introduced the new €10 banknote into circulation across Ireland. The new €10 note will circulate alongside the existing €10 note.

NDRC, the early stage investor in new technology ventures, has named the 14 new startups chosen for investment and to take part in its LaunchPad acceleration programme.

Dublin Airport has launched a new one-stop shop allowing passengers to pre-book services such as fast-track security, executive lounges, concierge assistance and car parks online from a single point.

A survey conducted by Caledonian Life of financial brokers has found that that people in the 40-50 age bracket are most likely to put Keyperson, Partnership or Co-Director insurance in place.

Banks have been seizing possession of Buy To Let properties in mortgage default at the rate of 225 per month in the past year, according to the latest data.

Steljes Ireland has unveiled a new projector that makes dry whiteboards digitally interactive and turns them into electronic whiteboards.

Ryanair has launched a new daily Dublin-Brussels Zaventem route as part of an extended Dublin winter 2014 schedule, with nine new routes and increased flights on 21 existing routes to/from Dublin Airport.

William Grant & Sons, the Scottish family owned distiller and owner of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, has officially opened its new €35m whiskey distillery in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

UK law firm Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has expanded its presence in Ireland by subsuming Campbell Fitzpatrick Solicitors, which has offices in Belfast and Derry.

Independent coffee chain Ground Espresso Bars will open a new store in Dublin in November, its first in the Republic, as part of a multi-million euro investment with clothing outlet Next.

Logitech has unveiled what it claims is the first desk keyboard designed for use with up to three devices, regardless of computing platform.

Software company SoftCo says it plans 50 new hires in its R&D, Sales and Cloud Services divisions which will bring the total employee number to 120 over the next twelve months. The company recently opened offices in Helsinki and Cork.

IDA Ireland has launched a new-look website, which will be localised for several international markets.

Residential property price data from the CSO show indicates that house price inflation is still accelerating. House price inflation was 14.6% in August, split between 24.7% in Dublin and 5.8% outside the capital.

Lily O'Brien's has become the latest Irish company to be stocked in Tesco UK stores. The deal will see Lily O'Brien's products listed in over 500 Tesco stores throughout the UK before Christmas.

Information security firm Ward Solutions has finalised a €120,000 deal to provide security services to Laya Healthcare.

Med-tech firm Stryker is to build a 44,000 sq. ft surgical innovation centre in Cork, in a project due for completion at the end of 2015.

Outsourced sales solutions company CPM has launched a nationwide recruitment drive for 300 extra staff.

Professor John Flood has been appointed to the newly created McCann FitzGerald Chair of International Law and Business at UCD's law faculty.

Benetel, a client of Dublin BIC since it was established in 2001, has raised €100,000 from Enterprise Ireland and €50,000 from the AIB Seed Capital Fund, which works closely with Dublin BIC. The investment was made on July 21.

Red Hat Inc has agreed to acquire FeedHenry in Waterford for approximately €63.5 million in cash, with chief executive Cathal McGloin set to gross over €5 million.

A state funded online search tool for SME business supports has attracted 17,000 unique users since its launch in May 2014.

Friends First has acquired the majority stake in the Blackrock Shopping Centre in south Dublin.

Apple's iPhone 6 may have hogged the limelight with its recent launch but Samsung followed up in a matter of days with the release of the Galaxy Alpha.

The e-Day assault on cheque usage is meeting with little resistance, according to the National Payments Plan (NPP).

Nearly 20,000 individuals have become the director of an Irish company for the first time this year and company formations are beginning to approach 2007 levels.

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath has called for an increase of the thresholds for Capital Acquisitions Tax which is paid on inheritances.

A new health insurance comparison website,, has been launched for Irish consumers by health insurance expert Dermot Goode.

A study based on an analysis of the Property Price Register shows that the number of transactions for H1 2014 was up 39% on the same period last year.

Groupon has unveiled a completely redesigned Irish website, as well as updated versions of its iPhone and Android apps.

A new smartphone-based study aid for Junior and Leaving Certificate students has been launched by well-known musician Frank McNamara.

The Rubicon Centre in Cork has launched a new programme for female entrepreneurs in the science, technology, engineering and maths sectors.

New data released by the Central Statistics Office this morning inidicate that Ireland's economy is booming again.

RSM has been awarded the International Accounting Bulletin 'Network of the Year' Award.

Ten Irish SMEs have been selected among a group of 155 companies that will dip into a new €3bn EU fund.

Only one-third of Irish high net worth individuals are invested in a geographically diverse portfolio of assets, less than any other nationality.

JumpStart, an entrepreneur competition offering a prize pack worth €25,000, has been launched for 2014 by the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB).

Four out of five Dublin firms do not know what services their commercial rates pay for, according to a Dublin Chamber survey of companies in the capital.

CFOs are more optimistic than they have been in five years, according to the latest quarterly CFO survey by Deloitte.

An exclusive online marketplace launches this month, designed to offer browsers cutting edge fashion inspiration as well as access to the world's most coveted new designers and brands.

San Francisco's Jawbone has followed up its popular fitness- and sleep-tracking wristband, called Up, with a new wireless iteration, Up24.

Contracting Plus, an accountancy firm that focuses on providing services to contractors, is the latest company to tap into the demand for online services.

The Subway franchise continues to chow down on the Irish market, with the latest outlet in the chain's now 138-strong retinue opening at Tara Street train station.

'Augmented reality' and the 'internet of things' are fecund areas for startups to take root in, and iTagged founder Keith Jordan is currently focusing on the former.

Kitman Labs, a Dublin startup whose Injury Profiler reduces the risk of injury in professional athletes, has raised almost €3 million from an American investor.

Irish consumers are taking to online shopping in droves and British department store chain Debenhams is one of the beneficiaries of the digital spree.

The Bridge 1859 was officially announced today as the name of the Ballsbridge bar formerly known as Bellamy's.

Ryanair has unveiled Ryanair Business Plus, its new product aimed at business fliers. Like Ireland's leading business magazine, Business Plus, Ryanair says it's new product offers great value for money., the online learning environment that has 600,000 users in 190 countries, is now launching out of beta with new features in time for back to school.

Argento, the Irish owned jewellers with stores around Ireland and the UK, has opened a flagship store at 117 Grafton St, Dublin 2.

Nestlé Ireland is on target to achieve 100% cocoa from sustainable sources by end of 2015, becoming the first major confectionery company in Ireland to achieve this milestone.

Kefron, the document and information management company, has opened a new 50,000 square foot record centre adjacent to its existing operation in Park West, Dublin.

Caveat Dominus: jobseekers in Ireland have tried to dupe one in three employers with fraudulent references, according to a survey carried out by Close Brothers.

Nualight, the Cork company that specialises in LED lighting for the retail sector and car parks, has tapped millionaire Feargal Quinn and other shareholders for €3m.

Jobs minister Richard Bruton has officially opened French company Sidetrade's new office in Dublin, with 90 skilled roles promised over the next two years.

Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon has announced that Bardon Molumby, a long established midlands accountancy practice based in Portlaoise, will merge into the firm.

IBM has opened its new €20m European digital sales centre at its technology campus in Mulhuddart.

Two thirds of Irish households now have broadband, while 60% of all mobile phones are smartphones, according to ComReg's second-quarter market report for 2014.

Independent News & Media has hired Ryan Preston as Group Chief Financial Officer to replace outgoing CFO Eamonn O'Kennedy, who is leaving to pursue other interests.

The recession has made innovators out of the majority of Irish firms, according to findings from a new KPMG/RedC survey.

In the Company of Huskies, Fáilte Ireland's digital partner, has launched the official Wild Atlantic Way app on iOS and Android mobile devices.

Cloud storage is handy but Dublin startup CloudDock sees a niche to make cloud storage services compatible.

Holiday company Thomson has added two new Sensatori Resorts in Ibiza and Turkey to its programme for 2015, as well as new properties across other parts of its brochure.

Newegg today announced that its award-winning electronics e-commerce website is now available to online shoppers in Ireland.

The new Eircode postcode system is on the way next year and companies need to start preparing now

Event Info Ltd, which went into liquidation on 24 July 2013, received an investment of €200,000 from Enterprise Ireland on 30 April 2013.

Peter Crowley and Neill Hughes, principals in FL Partners, the Dublin-based investment boutique, have invested in Brookwood Dublin, the trendy new steak restaurant on Baggot Street in Dublin 2.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Diageo PLC CEO Ivan Menezes have officially opened 'Brewhouse No.4', the new €169m brewery for Guinness at St James's Gate in Dublin.

The shift from part-time to full-time employment is boosting Ireland's economic recovery and having a positive knock-on effect on the retail sector, according to a new report from Savills Ireland.

Coupa Software is the latest US firm to join stateside behemoths like Facebook and Google in setting up a Dublin presence.

Bank of Ireland Finance has launched a new Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) product for second hand cars.

Sage Ireland has made three appointments to strengthen its marketing team - Patricia Fennessy, Mary McNamee and Beatrice Whelan.

Mergers and acquisitions in the Irish market in the first six months of 2014 were up 31% year on year, according to law firm William Fry's mid-year M&A review.

Dublin now has a Commissioner for Startups, in the form of American Niamh Bushnell.

Big ticket sales traditionally sold via field sales teams are moving to Inside Sales, and while some companies seem to be succeeding well, other are failing.

Consultant Shane Craddock believes that CEOs, senior executives and business owners should clarify their main priorities to the end of this year.

Twitter has sprung the lid on its analytics trove, giving all users of the social networking channel access to a wealth of data on their daily tweets.

Kate Cronin and Elizabeth Fingleton have designed a handy new disposable box that makes it easier to store food scrapings before dumping them in the brown bin.

The implications of new EU consumer legislation for online traders are detailed in a selling guide just launched by Dublin Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the European Consumer Centre Ireland.

Boeing has launched the newest member of the 737 MAX family today with a commitment from Ryanair for 100 airplanes.

Loren Hoey has been appointed as Client Associate at leading Irish media planning and buying agency, MediaVest where she will be managing a number of key accounts.

Structured support for early-stage companies has taken off in recent years and some 27 accelerator and incubator programmes are currently operational in Ireland, assisting over 200 companies every year.

The company that owns the Leopardstown Inn pub in south Dublin has stumped up €99,000 in a cash call for radio station Newstalk 106-108fm.

Legendary former All Black centurion and recently signed Connacht Rugby player Mils Muliaina has been appointed as the official Mazda Ambassador for the 2014/2015 season.

The Exchequer Deficit - the excess of government outgoings over income - is currently running at €180,000,000 per week.

Premier Suites will open its newest collection of luxury serviced apartments at Merrion Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on September 8.

Seven startups have been selected by Mastercard for its inaugural accelerator programme, which involves a four-month stint in Dublin.

ICT continues to dominate Ireland's export trade, accounting for three out of the top five biggest exporters.

Westbourne IT Global Services today has announced the international expansion of its operations with the opening of a new office in Auckland.

Dublin's Camden Court Hotel has earned an extra star in its copybook after an extensive recent investment in its facilities and service levels.

Coca-Cola remains atop the list of the biggest-selling brands in Ireland for 2014 - its tenth year in first position.

Research undertaken by recruitment agency Barden has found that in over 70% of accountancy job searches, it is a specialist recruiter that finds job seekers their next career opportunity.

Oliver Ireland has appointed Conor O'Riordan to a senior creative role.

Player transfer spending by Premier League clubs in the summer 2014 transfer window reached a new record, according to analysis by the business advisory firm Deloitte.

E-learning and gamification company ThoughtBox has partnered with a consortium of innovation experts from around Europe to launch an accelerator initiative for promising startups.

IFG Group plc has sold its Irish pension and financial advisory businesses to Willis Ireland, part of NYSE-listed Willis Group Holdings.

Irish domain hosting firm Blacknight has become one of the earliest recipients of a .Press domain name.

Irish consumer spending online through the second quarter of 2014 was up by 51% on the same period last year, according to a new report published by Wolfgang Digital.

Former Sage Ireland boss Liam Mullaney is to head up the European sales drive of Oregon accounting software company VersAccounts

Ryanair has hired John Hurley from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to take charge of developing and implementing a world-leading digital and technology strategy for the airline.

Brazilian restaurant Taste of Brazil has been named as the friendliest business in Dublin for 2014.

Sandwich store franchise Nom Nom Subs has opened its second outlet, this time in Lucan, with plans to extend the franchise to five stores by the end of 2014.

Ireland's clutch of fried chicken eateries is ever growing and the latest franchise to spread its wings is Hillbilly's Family Restaurants.

Bombay Pantry, which was awarded three Gold Stars at the 2014 Great Taste Awards, has been making good progress in reducing its sizeable debt burden.

London-based outsourcing firm Capita has acquired SouthWestern Business Process Services Limited from private equity group Ion Equity for €35m on a cash-free, debt-free basis. SouthWestern is the leading domestic provider of outsourced managed services in Ireland.

NewsWhip, the Dublin company that tracks trending stories and sells the info to news organisations, booked a net loss of €327,000 in the year to end October 2013.

Luke Comer and Brian Comer are in the news today after Jack Fagan in the Irish Times reports that the brothers have bought the partially built Kilternan Hotel & Country Club in south Dublin at a knockdown price.

A 2012 startup established by Martina Skelly and her brother Mick Skelly has secured €600,000 investment for its online booking software, Yellow Schedule.

Most business owners have good intentions when taking a holiday break that in between the dozing, the swimming, the eating and the drinking, they'll put aside some time to think about the business. Inevitably though, people find it hard to focus on the homework when the temptation to doss is all around.

A few weeks after swooping for restructuring practice Kavanagh Fennell, Deloitte managing partner Brendan Jennings has struck a deal with specialist R&D tax practice Leyton to bring it under the Deloitte umbella.

Eirtech Aviation, which was spun out of Lufthansa Technik in an MBO in 2009, has merged with an American peer company in a deal that sees Eirtech principals Niall Cunningham and Peter Collins become major players in their specialised sector.

Office accommodation firm Regus has opened a sixth centre in Ireland, the latest one in 'The Chase' building in Sandyford, Dublin. The firm has four other centres across Dublin and one in Cork.

Ryanair is continuing its IT revival with the launch of a new app, which follows on from the firm's recent website redesign. The free app, available for iOS and Android, will allow customers to browse and book flights, choose allocated seating, book hotels and car hire, download mobile boarding passes and view live information.

Plans for a new broadband network that promises speeds of between 200Mbps and 1,000Mbps have been announced by ESB and Vodafone. The two firms are partnering up for the proposed €450m investment, which involves providing end-to-end fibre optic connections for faster download speeds.

New car sales for H1 2014 topped 66,000, making this year the best one for the motor industry since 2008. Figures from calculate that new car sales are up 24% this year on the same period in 2013.

A new Central Bank report on the Irish SME credit market shows that lending to the sector has remained broadly static since 2011, but the rate of loan default among SMEs stood at 26% by the end of 2013.

Pembroke Communications and Slattery Communications have announced plans to merge their PR agencies to form a new communications group.

Around 32,000 entrepreneurs set up new businesses in Ireland last year, according to the findings of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2013. One in eleven of the adult population in Ireland now have some form of engagement in early-stage businesses.

Newmarket Partnership has joined Crowe Horwath's network of independent accountancy and advisory firms. The firm was founded 25 years ago by Gerry O'Reilly and the late David Manley.

A new fund aimed at startups has been established in Tipperary, primarily geared towards firms that are participating in one of the various support programmes being run for startups on Limerick Institute of Technology's (LIT) Enterprise Ladder.

Bank of Ireland has launched a national accelerator programme for startups and entrepreneurs, inviting applications to compete for the ten available places in the three-month initiative.

Irish telco firm AirSpeed Telecom claimed the European Business Awards title of 'RSM Entrepreneur of the Year', which was announced at a ceremony in Athens.

US venture capital fund Lightstone Ventures is to partner with Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the National Pension Reserve Fund (NPRF) to establish a €126m VC fund to invest in Irish firms in the life sciences sector.

CityJet has been bought by German firm Intro Aviation. Previously owned by Air France KLM, CityJet will now operate as an independent regional airline and will start debt-free.

The government launched its new nationwide system of 31 local enterprise offices (LEO) today, replacing the county enterprise board (CEB) system.

Clare-based food diagnostics firm AltraTech has secured significant financial backing after developing a single-use test kit that can identify the DNA content of a food sample in a matter of minutes.

Software company AMT-Sybex has been bought by Capita for an initial €100m, rising to €127m if the firm reaches agreed profit targets over the coming 12 months.

A new Enterprise Ireland (EI) fund targeted at startups in the aviation and manufacturing sectors is now open for applications. The EI Competitive Start Fund will accept submissions until April 30.

First Ireland Spirits has been bought by European drinks group Quintessential Brands for an undisclosed sum. Established in 1993, First Ireland is the country's largest independent producer of Irish cream liqueurs and country creams, and employs around 50 people.

Jobs minister Richard Bruton has announced that 50 new high end technology based positions will be created over the next three years by US software company KEMP Technologies at its EMEA HQ in Limerick.

Average alcohol consumption by 3.6 million Irish adults in 2013 amounted to 10.73 litres of pure alcohol per person. That's equivalent to an average of 128 bottles of wine per person per annum.

UK van retailer Van Monster, owned by Northgate plc, has landed in Dublin with a branch on the Old Airport Road near Dublin Airport. The company says the outlet is the first dedicated used van dealer in Ireland.

UPC, Ireland's leading TV, broadband and communications innovator, is supporting the launch of the new free employability networking site,

The level of money laundering activity in Ireland is estimated to be at least €3bn according to a new report published today by business advisory firm Grant Thornton.

One of the strongest outcomes from succession that business owners wish to achieve is family harmony following the completion of the process, according to a new survey from accountancy firm Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon.

Ulster Bank has released some new additions to its supports for new businesses in Ireland, which now include a free app and an online list of local enterprise startup support options.

Knightsbridge Student Housing Ltd has announced a €23m development of housing for 470 students around parts of the old Guinness brewery in the Liberties.

Enterprise Ireland's (EI) 'New Frontiers' programme for early-stage companies is inviting applications for its third instantiation. The initiative's phase one programme will continue to accept applications until May 28, while its phase two programme will do so until March 28.

Revenue issued an e-brief this week, asking child-minders to familiarise themselves with their filing requirements. Tax relief is available for eligible child-minders whose income from the service does not exceed €15,000 in a tax year.

A €75m government investment fund for Irish SMEs looking to develop their export business was launched today. The fund will be delivered under the Development Capital Scheme and will target established Irish companies planning to tap into export markets.

If you choose a business SIM only plan, you can use it with the handset of your choice. This could either be a handset you own already or it could be a new handset that you buy SIM-free. Three Ireland's Ian Blake picks some of the best smartphones for small business.

Media monitoring company News Access has acquired the news cuttings arm of peer company Media World.

The 35% increase in excise on spirits in a period of 10 months (20% in Dec 2012 and 15% in Oct 2013) has had a severe impact on the Irish spirits market, according to Pernod Ricard, owner of the Jameson whiskey brand.

Ad agency Javelin Group has bought fellow Dublin-based digital agency Brand Social, following several months of discussions between the two companies. Brand Social will slot into the digital marketing side of Javelin's business.

Domain registrar and hosting company Blacknight cut the ribbon on its new, €1m data centre at company headquarters in Carlow.

There's clearly an appetite among Irish food startups for some hands-on guidance: Bord Bia's recent small business open day in Santry attracted a full house of entrepreneurs, who lapped up the advice and insights given to them on the day.

Fledgling Dublin companies will be given the opportunity to take to the wing under the tutelage of established and successful business owners, as part of a new business development programme by Plato Dublin (PD).

Bankruptcy will no longer be a dirty word in 2014, according to Neo Financial's Paul Carroll, who predicts that those filing for it this year will be at least double the forecasted figure.

Twitter's self-serve advertising platform is now open to small and medium sized businesses in Ireland.

Professional network LinkedIn ended 2013 wth over one million Irish members.

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.

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 new centre at Dublin City University will work directly with Irish family firms to address the challenges they face.

A new business has been set up to help SMEs win a greater share of public sector contracts.

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.

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.

A new online networking platform has been launched for enterprising women, allowing entrepreneurs to network and communication amongst themselves. The peer-to-peer platform is part of an Enterprise Ireland drive to boost the number of female-led startups.

Snap Ireland has announced the acquisition of The DG Group, one of the country's leading digital marketing services companies.

DDFH&B has announced the creation of a new public relations and communications company - The Reputations Agency, effective February 3, 2014. The new agency will bring together Corporate Reputations and Bespoke with Direction.

Smart businesses in 2014 will pay close attention to government initiatives rolled out under the Action Plan for Jobs unveiled in 2013. Companies that seek to participate in various programmes, which are mostly centred around the state-funded third level institutions, can expect to curry favour with Enterprise Ireland.

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.

PayPal has been named as Multinational Employer of the Year at the 2013 Fingal Excellence in Business and Corporate Responsibility awards.

Dublin-based TCAS Online, a leading provider of student accommodation management software, has raised €650,000.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The government has announced the establishment of a new €20m Irish venture capital fund.

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.

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.

The number of jobs advertised in Q4 2014 in Ireland increased by 26% year-on-year, according to recruitment agency Robert Walters, the largest year-on-year increase in advertising volumes across Europe.

Companies from the retail and grocery sectors are being invited to sign up to the Skills for Work Week 2015, before the January 19 deadline for applications.

Irish family businesses must become more entrepreneurial, adapt faster and become more professional in the way they run their operations if they are to remain successful, according to the PwC 2014 Irish Family Business Survey.

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