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Column: Tough, lonely and very risky – welcome to life as an entrepreneur
Unemployed people who start companies are branded “involuntary entrepreneurs” – but they should be hailed as heroes, writes business owner Peter Faulkner.
Small businesses being 'thrown to the wolves' by late payments - ISME
A survey of small businesses found it takes an average of 71 days to receive payment – and ISME is blaming big businesses and government agencies.
Half of SME applications for bank loans refused in last quarter – report
A new ISME survey says that although more companies are seeking credit, lenders are still reluctant to put up their cash.
Ireland above EU average for innovation - study
A Europe-wide study rated us highly for research and skills – but noted a lack of financial support for innovative products.
Number on Live Register falls by 0.7 per cent in January
Unemployment dipped from 14.3 per cent to 14.2 per cent last month as a total of 439,589 people signed on in.
Mandatory sick pay "will lead to job losses and absenteeism"
That is according to the business owners who took part in a survey for ISME, who said that mandatory sick pay of four weeks will have a “disastrous effect” on businesses.
Could Ireland move to the same time zone as central Europe?
No, it’s not part of the EU deal – but the Department of Enterprise has said there would be ‘definite benefits’ to joining France and Germany an hour ahead…
Brendan Howlin cuts call was "shot across the bow"
Michael Noonan plays down Minister for Public Expenditure’s demand for 20 per cent cut across Government departments.
Online sales affected by poor broadband quality in Ireland
The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association is calling on the government to do more.
Culture of nixers drives Ireland's black economy says ISME
The body representing small and medium businesses says the state could be losing as much as €5 billion per year.
Small businesses report more difficulty in securing bank credit
A huge 48 per cent of small firms are finding it difficult to access credit from banks, according to the business group Isme.
Buxom young woman comments were "completely inappropriate", says head of ISME
Mark Fielding has apologised for his comments concerning the employment prospects of young women under new proposed maternity -leave laws.