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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Downside

All time
# Vulnerable
There's a major downside to jailbreaking your iPhone (if you're thinking about it)
It leaves your device vulnerable to malware as more than 225,000 users found out recently.
# don't mind the gap
Samsung defends Note 4 screen gap, saying it's a feature, not a flaw
The company insisted the gap was a part of the phone’s design and doesn’t affect its “functionality or quality”
# read the fine print
Not playing around - parents vent their rage as Smyths Toys cancels orders
But the company says the problem only came from customers trying to cash in on multiple discount vouchers.
# Fraud Squad
'Increasingly sophisticated' scams on the rise, warns ISME
Business owners are being warned of ‘new and ingenious’ methods of defrauding them.
# Growing pains
Drop in performance leaves just 30% of small businesses in 'growth mode'
InterTradeIreland says that growth isn’t widespread, despite signs of recovery.
# arts funding
'Great sadness' as Waterford's Red Kettle Theatre Company closes
There will be several job losses as a result of the closure.
# business studies
Enterprise culture "lacking" in Irish schools
ISME says students are encouraged to look for a job, not start a business.
# Closing Time
More than 1,000 Irish pubs have had to shut down since 2007
And it’s all about tax, say industry chiefs.
# Loan rangers
The OECD says lending to small business 'plummeted' by 77% during bust
The segment is still struggling to access finance as loan volumes decrease, according to the report.
# can't get no
Small business satisfaction with Government on the slide
The economy may be on the way back, but small businesses are still hurting according to ISME.
# Shopping not dropping
Retailers struggle with costs despite 6.2% sales bump this year
Despite a fourth straight quarter of growth, ISME warned that shop-owners are still under pressure
# it's business time
Over 40% of SME loans are in arrears
A new Central Bank report found that there has been “no discernible upward trend” in lending to SMEs.
# in limbo
'Disbelief' as staff locked out of plant in Carlow
The company’s 160 staff were given no indication before this morning that their jobs were at risk and receivers have now been appointed.
# Closing up shop
The recession claimed 15% of Irish businesses
Despite this, Irish people still started up more companies in 2012 than in 2008.
# Capital Problem
Clerys boss: 'O'Connell street is a very cold environment'
The Jobs Committee was told that Dublin’s main thoroughfare is dangerous and dirty, giving retailers little chance.
# Regulation Stations
Central Bank issues warning on crowdfunding regulation
Dame Street wants consumers to be on their guard, but the industry says it wants to be regulated.
# Passing the buck
Councils warned not to pass property tax burden onto local businesses
Chambers Ireland issue the call after a Sinn Fein motion in Cork to cut the local property tax.
# cashflow
Think you're in debt? Try being an Irish hotel, they collectively owe €5.3bn
And it’s stopping them renovating.
# Hotel Deals
Here's why hotels are Ireland's most indebted small businesses
When it comes to debt, many Irish hotels beat off all comers.
# Handle with care
Small businesses believe upturn is 'fragile'
SMEs are holding off on expansion until they feel more positive about the upturn, a new survey has found.
# no derailment
SME groups welcome EU report but warn they are still in 'survival mode'
The EU Commission report found that lending to SMEs still remains weak.
# SMEs
The funding 'hunger march': over half of companies refused bank credit
Banks are ‘sugar-coating’ the acceptance figures, while the Government watches on, ISME said.
# Alcohol
61% of independent off-licences will sack staff if excise duty rises
Just 7 per cent of these businesses said they have managed to maintain pre-Budget 2014 sales volumes.
# Shuttered Ireland
Ireland's most shuttered main street is...
Vacancy rates in Ireland could be combated by more pro-active local authorities, Retail Ireland has said.
# Downside
Sunshine causes problems for Ireland's water supply
Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture has issued a warning about heat stress on farm animals and called for increased cull rates to minimise queuing times at abattoirs.