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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Small Business

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Voices
Barber to Government: 'Haircuts boost mental health - let us open for just two weeks'
Barber Robbie Connaughton calls on the government to consider allowing salons to open temporarily to allow them to serve customers.
# Coronavirus
New Revenue measures set up for SMEs experiencing cashflow problems
All debt enforcement activity has been suspended until further notice.
# Irish Red Cross
Donegal clubs, community groups and businesses to get humanitarian relief following flooding
The Irish Red Cross that that it was administering two temporary emergency support schemes at the request of the government.
Voices
Need to attract the brightest talent to your company? Here's how...
The competition for top talent is red hot now – here’s how to make sure you get the candidates that will make your company succeed.
# Entrepreneurial Spirit
Who is Ireland's best young entrepreneur? We'll find out today
They’re all under 30. Feel inadequate?
# nice one
This Dublin shop will clean your suit for free if you have a job interview
SOUND.
# SMEs
SMEs Government satisfaction rating has improved, but it's still not great
The latest Government Satisfaction Survey shows that the overall satisfaction rating improved from -41% to -4%.
# Mo Money
Easier access to loans for Irish SMEs, hopefully
Interest discount among perks for small business signing up for struggling microfinance scheme.
# SMEs
'When it comes to state tenders, there is a fear of small businesses'
The EU says Ireland breached a directive in tendering for Eircode.
# Criminal
Business owners aren't reporting crimes because they don't trust the legal system
Almost one in five owners don’t report crimes, a survey has found.
# 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.
# Big Freeze
Rates freeze would see 'return to bustling main streets'
Call on newly-elected councillors to drive recovery in “busy main streets”.
Voices
Opinion: Getting a company off the ground is very tough – but it’s also exhilarating
Dónal Moloney reflects on the ups and downs of nurturing a start-up business…
# Cash Hunt
Noonan: online tool will unlock €2 billion in funding for small business
The launch follows criticism of the Government’s approach to SME grants and funding.
# Debt Burden
Bank of Ireland: no debt write-downs for small businesses
As with mortgages, it seems the bank is taking a hard line on debt forgiveness.
# Small business big crime
How many small businesses have been victims of crime?
Small Firms Association says the cost and rate of crime against business is on the rise.
# Crowded out
Small firms 'prohibited' from government work
Larger companies forcing down prices for government work.
# think big
Pfizer, IBM and Microsoft to show small Irish businesses how to make it big
Over 3,000 small businesses in Ireland have already had the chance to take part in the programme which is run by a non-profit support forum.
# forecast
Morgan Kelly warns SMEs could ‘go under’ taking a big chunk of the Irish economy
Kelly said there is going to be a lot of SMEs cleared out ‘in one go’ following ECB stress tests.
# Confidence
Nearly half of small businesses feel confident about the next three months
The figures show a stabilisation in the economy, the Small Firms Association says.
# Budget 2014
Readers’ Panel Part One: What are you expecting from Budget 2014?
We spoke to some readers about their hopes and fears ahead of tomorrow’s budget. Here’s what they had to say, in their own words.
# Back to Work
Over 1,200 employers and 2,400 jobseekers register for JobsPlus scheme
The new initiative that rewards employers for taking on the long term unemployed was launched during the summer.
# talk to enda
Taoiseach wants to do more webcasts with the public
The Taoiseach’s first foray into a webcast with small business owners got a good reaction on Friday – so now he’s looking at what to do next.
# John Perry
John Perry has "full confidence" of Taoiseach but SF and FF call for explanation
The junior minister for small business has made a confidential settlement over a €2.47 million debt with Danske Bank and is not going to comment any further “at the moment”, his spokesperson says.
# Money Money Money
One in 10 small businesses use debt collection agents to get money owed
Small businesses are having to wait an average of 62 days to get paid by creditors.
# Late payment
Late payment from customers is the 'biggest challenge' for businesses
A new survey also found that Irish businesses in the UK are outperforming their UK counterparts in a number of areas.
# dressing up
Pair who make 'weird' bespoke costumes in demand for festival season
‘Hook & Eye’ was started by fashion graduate Lauralee Guiney and artist Delphine Libelula – and reckon their costumes could brighten up a night out.
# Sympathy
Minister: John Perry is like thousands of small business owners across Ireland
Brian Hayes has said he has a lot of sympathy for fellow junior minister John Perry who had a €2.47 million judgment ordered against him in the courts this week.
# John Perry
Government declines to comment on €2.47m judgment against Minister
Minister of State for Small Business, John Perry, and his wife consented to a judgment of €2.47 million being made against them in the Commercial Court today.
# PAY DELAY
Big businesses are 'the main culprits' in late payments
ISME praised the adoption of a voluntary code on prompt payments by SMEs – but says big business must be forced to agree to the code in order to improve the cash-flow of smaller operations.
# Small Business
'I didn't do anything wrong' - Meath man protests auction of family business
Tom O’Reilly lost his engineering business of over 20 years when clients failed to pay him for some €600,000 worth of services.
# Consumers
Consumers shopping more often to hunt for bargains
Retailers say customers are buying less branded products and are shopping around more.
# Small Business
Feargal Quinn the most admired entrepreneur among Irish SMEs
The Superquinn founder and independent senator tops a survey of Irish small and medium enterprises.
# Scam
EU law to change to guard against 'predatory' directory ad scams
Small business owner are targeted by companies presenting misleading ad contracts and charging up to €5k a year.
# mobile merchant
New app allows Chip and PIN processing on your mobile
The app uses a Bluetooth-connected PIN pad to securely process payments through a smartphone.
# Small Business
Over 40 per cent of small firms plan to create new jobs
However, there are still barriers to employment opportunities including a lack of business and unrealistic salary expectations.
# Recession
Over half of loan applications refused by bailed-out banks, says ISME
The quarterly bank survey has prompted an angry response from the SME sector.
Voices
Column: Households aren't the only ones hit by negative equity - it's crippling businesses
During the boom it was cheaper for businesses to buy property than to rent it – but that’s causing huge problems now, writes Peter Faulkner.
Voices
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.
# Businesses
Irish SMEs are ‘stuck in the 20th century’
A survey has found that some Irish SMEs don’t use social networking site to promote themselves – and some are even still using faxes to get the word about about their services.