Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the internationally renowned, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference, comes to Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 8th–9th November 2017. The ISBE Conference has become one of the major events in the entrepreneurial calendar; bringing together over 400 highly-acclaimed academics, speakers and business leaders from over 40 countries, to inform, engage and debate the issues […]
Making Europe’s production, consumption and trade in food environmentally sustainable is possible, but it will require a major shift in public attitudes, policies and knowledge and seizing current opportunities for change, according to a newly published European Environment Agency (EEA) report.
The EEA report ‘Food in a green light,’ analyses the challenges Europe faces in shifting […]
The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) has published its analysis on supplier costs in the electricity and gas retail markets in Ireland. This follows the review of how the energy retail market competition has evolved following full price deregulation of electricity and gas retail tariffs that was published in February 2017.
CRU reviews the retail […]
The Central Statistics Office has published ‘Women and Men in Ireland 2016′ which presents over 70 indicators that identify important gender differences in the activities of men and women and also presents the situation in Ireland in an international context.
Statistician Helen Cahill comments: “More girls than boys sat higher level papers in the Leaving Certificate […]
An international study of global attitudes towards gender biases and roles has revealed that almost half of both men and women believe the world would be a better place if more women held positions of power. However, the study, carried out by Havas Creative in partnership with Market Probe International, revealed that globally, only 24% […]
MaREI, Ireland’s national centre for marine and renewable energy research and development, has appointed UCC professors Brian Ó Gallachóir and Jerry Murphy as its new co-directors, after the Citizens’ Assembly recently turned its attention to tackling climate change.
The Assembly’s efforts align with MaREI’s vision to make Ireland a global leader in marine and renewable energy […]
Enterprise Ireland has signed a Technical Collaborative Arrangement with the European Space Agency. This Arrangement will provide the State with unprecedented access to the Copernicus Programme’s near-real time earth observation information. The data will be stored locally for research, commercial development and policy informing purposes. Enterprise Ireland co-ordinates Ireland’s industrial and research participation in ESA […]
The Government has officially launched the 5-year Acclimatize project (www.acclimatize.eu/), a new €6.7 million climate change research initiative, with Professor Andrew J. Deeks, President, University College Dublin (UCD). The project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Programme 2014-2020.
The overall objective of the project, led by UCD in partnership with […]
Guaranteed Irish has welcomed measures in Budget 2018 to increase housing supply and support enterprise. However, the organisation cautioned that further measures are needed to adequately stimulate Ireland’s construction sector. Measures welcomed by the business membership organisation included a total allocation of €1.8 billion for housing in Budget 2018, the establishment of Home Building Finance […]
Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has reacted positively to Budget 2018, stating that it will help support further job creation and business investment. It noted that while the scale of resources for new measures was limited this year, important policy shifts on personal tax and infrastructure will underpin business confidence.
Ibec CEO Danny McCoy […]
The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has stated that the measures announced in Budget 2018 will help address the systemic weaknesses in infrastructure investment.
Tom Parlon, CIF Director General, stated: “The Government has taken significant steps today towards insulating the economy from externals shocks today with the announcement of a 17% increase of €790 million in public […]
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has welcomed the increased funding allocated to it in Budget 2018, which it says highlights Ireland’s commitment to invest in energy efficiency, deliver greater change at community level, and to further decarbonise our energy system.
Key announcements included:
Energy efficiency programmes targeted at reducing CO2 emissions from the built environment will […]
The Irish Exporters Association, the voice of the Irish industry, has welcomed Budget 2018 delivered by Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe.
Commenting on the Budget announcement, Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association, stated: “The Irish Exporters Association welcome the increased investment across health, education, housing and public transport as these […]
Following the release of Budget 2018, JLL, the financial and professional services firm that specializes in commercial real estate services and investment management, has mixed views about some of the measures that were introduced. Whilst it is encouraging to see an overall drive for positive economic growth, there is concern about the impact that some […]
The Government has announced funding for the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) FutureMilk Centre, bringing to 17 the total number of funded SFI research centres. The FutureMilk Centre will be hosted by Teagasc, in partnership with the Tyndall National Institute, Ireland’s national microelectronics institute, the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology […]
Guaranteed Irish has called for a reduction in VAT, the expansion of incentive schemes, and an overhaul of apprenticeships to stimulate the construction industry. The organisation has published recommendations on the steps needed to ensure sustainable construction in Ireland in future years. The recommendations were formulated at a roundtable event attended by Guaranteed Irish construction-industry […]
NUI Galway has been named The Sunday Times University of the Year. Trinity College Dublin is the runner-up in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. Athlone Institute of Technology is The Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year, while Letterkenny IT is the runner-up. The guide contains Ireland’s only league table that measures the performance of all 21 […]
TERMINALFOUR, the digital marketing and web content management platform for higher education, has announced results of its Global Higher Education Survey which reveal large disparities in investment in digital by universities and colleges. These disparities are a source of frustration for web, marketing, recruitment and leadership professionals; more than one-quarter (26%) of respondents stated they […]
The European Commission has decided to refer Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to recover from Apple illegal State aid worth up to €13 billion, as required by a Commission decision. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, says: “Ireland has to recover up to 13 billion euros in illegal State aid […]
A new Teagasc study has highlighted that half of all Small Farms are in an economically vulnerable position. According to the study the average income on Ireland’s smallest farms is just €2,917, but just 45% of them have another source of employment. The results come from a special survey of Small Farms by Teagasc.
Small Farms […]
The European Commission has launched plans for the biggest reform of EU VAT rules in a quarter of a century. The reboot would improve and modernise the system for governments and businesses alike. Overall, over €150 billion of VAT is lost every year, meaning that Member States miss out on revenue that could be used for schools, […]
Enterprise Ireland, in association with the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, is inviting registration for a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event for the construction of the new children’s hospital. The event will take place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham from 8am – 12 noon on 25 October 2017 and is free of charge.
This ‘Meet the Buyer’ […]
The Government’s newly published draft National Planning Framework correctly recognises that Ireland’s future is urban – now that appreciation must be backed by ambitious investment in Dublin and Ireland’s other main cities, according to business organisation Dublin Chamber.
Dublin Chamber, which represents companies throughout the Great Dublin Area, commended Government on the production of the draft […]
TERMINALFOUR, the digital marketing and web content management platform for higher education, has announced the results of its 2017 ‘Global Higher Education Survey’. The results highlight significant concerns among higher education institutions about student recruitment targets due to proposed visa/travel restrictions. In a survey of 391 higher education professionals from 333 unique higher education institutions, […]
Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty has welcomed the huge response to Jobs Week 2017, which takes place this week. With over 100 events across the country and 16,000 attendees expected, Jobs Week is a major nationwide event for the Department. Jobs Week 2017 continues until Friday 29th September.
This dedicated week of […]
Alarm bells should be ringing on data protection, according to the results of a new survey conducted by Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) at Cork Chamber and it@cork. Local firms were asked about their preparedness for the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018.
EEN at Cork Chamber and it@cork are this […]
New figures released this week by the National Transport Authority are at odds with feedback from commuters regarding the impact of new traffic changes in the city, according to business group Dublin Chamber.
The Chamber said that figures showing an improvement in bus journey times between specific points along the north and south quays fail to […]
Ibec has welcomed the strong jobs numbers recently published by the CSO. The numbers provide more evidence of broad positive momentum in the economy, despite Brexit uncertainty. Employment grew by 2.9% in the first half of the year, closely in line with Ibec forecasts.
The strongest growing sectors were ICT and construction which experienced growth of […]
The Irish Exporters Association (IEA), the voice of Irish exporters, has released results of its most recent survey, the ‘IEA Export Eye,’ conducted with members regarding Irish exporters’ sentiments on critical issues that have both direct and indirect impacts on business. The areas members were surveyed on include: ‘Brexit’ and its impact on business; entrepreneurship […]
An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald has launched the biggest-ever programme of events to mark National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED), which is being organised by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) on Thursday, 12 October 2017.
All 31 LEOs, which jointly supported over 14,000 female entrepreneurs in 2016, are behind the initiative. […]
From a solar powered water pumping system to a water treatment machine that reduces the need for antibiotics in poultry flocks, the most innovative Irish agri-tech products were named this week by An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald as she presented the 2017 Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards at the […]
According to the Residential Tenancies Board, private sector rents grew 6.6% in the year end to the end of June this year. However, the rate of increase in the second quarter was marginally slower than in Quarter 1. The standardised average national rent stood at €1,017 per month in Q2, 2017 – up by €63 – […]
Ryanair has published the full list of flight cancellations (now less than 50 per day) between Thurs 21st Sept. to Tues 31st Oct. next. These cancellations have been allocated where possible, to Ryanair’s bigger base airports, and routes with multiple daily frequencies so that Ryanair can offer these disrupted customers the maximum number of alternate flights and […]
The Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) plc has recorded another strong financial year with results published this week showing a 21% rise in profit after tax to €8m (2015: €6.6m). Revenues grew by 6% to €29.2m and total assets rose by 22% to €64.2m. With over 35,000 securities quoted on its markets from issuers located in 85 […]
Ibec has met with political representatives in the North West to set out the key investment and planning priorities for the region, as well as the measures required in the upcoming budget to support the region’s future growth.
Ibec North West Regional Director Terry MacNamara said, “Business will play a critical role in the future economic […]
Ryanair has announced that it will cancel 40-50 flights daily for the next six weeks (to the end of October) to improve its system-wide punctuality which has fallen below 80% in the first two weeks of September. This fall is due to a combination of ATC capacity delays and strikes, weather disruptions and the impact of […]
The Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe, has published the Review of Ireland’s Corporation Tax Code, undertaken by Mr Seamus Coffey.
Mr Coffey was appointed as an independent expert in October 2016 to review Ireland’s corporation tax code. The terms of reference for the review included: tax transparency; avoiding preferential treatment; further implementing […]
Pat Breen, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection led an Enterprise Ireland trade visit to SPACE (Salon des Productions Animales – Carrefour Europeen) tradeshow, the largest animal production show this week.
The trade visit focused on promoting the innovation capabilities of Irish agri-tech companies in areas including connected […]
The QS World University Rankings have published their Graduate Employability Rankings for the coming year (2018) and place UCD 75th globally and number 1 in Ireland.
The rankings measure reputation among employers, alumni achievement, partnerships with employers, employer-student connections and graduate employment rate.
Earlier this year QS ranked UCD number 1 in Ireland for 40 out of 43 subjects offered by […]
Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen has issued a second call for up to 10 new Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Ireland Competitive Challenges at a recent conference in Enterprise Ireland.
This year, Enterprise Ireland has successfully managed the launch of seven SBIR Challenges, including a […]
Cork Chamber has issued key recommendations to Government ahead of the annual budget. This comes after the Chamber asked its 1,200 members about the measures most wanted in the budget. In its submission, the Chamber includes a number of specific recommendations to improve Cork as a place to work and live. Among these are:
Urgent investment […]
Ibec has acknowledged the publication of the independent review of Ireland’s corporate tax code by Seamus Coffey. The group welcomed the analysis of the available evidence, and in particular a number of sensible recommendations. It cautioned, however, that some recommendations would require careful thought and further consultation in order to avoid any unnecessary negative impacts […]
More than 20 million passengers have been welcomed at Dublin Airport so far this year as traffic has increased by 6% compared to the first eight months of last year.
The growth in passenger numbers means that the airport has already facilitated an additional 1.2 million passengers this year.
Almost 3.1 million passengers used the airport in […]
The Ibec South East Regional Executive Committee (REC), the group that represents business in the South East region, has appointed the President of the Institute of Technology Carlow, Dr Patricia Mulcahy, as the new Ibec South East Regional President.
Speaking following the appointment, Ibec South East Regional Director John Farrell said: “I want to congratulate Dr […]
The Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, has launched the Co-Innovate programme in Monaghan, along with Permanent Secretary of the Department for the Economy, Dr Andrew McCormick.
Co-Innovate aims to increase the numbers of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) involved in research and innovation across the border region of Ireland (Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, […]
A survey of Enterprise Ireland client companies attending International Markets Week shows that the Eurozone is the key region where they see the greatest opportunity for their business, with almost two out of three of those who are not currently exporting to the Eurozone (65%) planning to do so in the next 12 months.
According to […]
The SFA National Small Business Awards 2018 have been officially launched by Awards Patron, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business community to the Irish economy.
Small firms (employing less than 50 people) have from […]
The Irish Beverage Council, the Ibec group that represents soft drinks companies, has published its pre-Budget submission, “All cost – No benefit”. Calling on the Minister for Finance to defer the proposed sugar-sweetened drink tax, the Irish Beverage Council submission highlights that the combination of cross border shopping, uncertain all-island trade post-Brexit and the increasing cost […]
The addition of direct flights between Dublin and Hong Kong opens up a whole world of new opportunities for Irish business, according to Dublin Chamber. The Chamber was responding to the news that Cathay Pacific is to start direct flights from Dublin to Hong Kong from June 2018.
Dublin Chamber, which has acted as secretariat for […]
Ryanair has launched a seat sale across its network, with 20% off up to 2 million seats for travel from November to January, allowing customers to book their winter getaway on the lowest fares and beat the back to school blues – or celebrate a job well done all summer.
Discounted seats are available right across Ryanair’s […]
A Competitive Start Fund (CSF) competition worth up to €750,000 in funding from Enterprise Ireland will open for applications to early stage companies in manufacturing and internationally traded services on Wednesday 13 September 2017.
This is Enterprise Ireland’s seventh Competitive Start Fund in 2017 and is open to all sectors with a focus on agricultural, manufacturing, life […]
Pat Breen, Minister of Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection opened the Ireland-Estonia Tech Bridge event in Enterprise Ireland this week.
The event is taking place at the beginning of the Estonian delegation’s two-day visit led by Estonian Deputy Secretary General for Communications and State Information Systems Simm Sikkut and Estonian tech […]
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Shane Ross and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin have welcomed the latest official data on overseas travel from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), which showed an increase of 3.1% in overseas visits to Ireland for the first seven months of 2017 compared to the same period of […]
Grant Thornton has announced the launch of a new advertising campaign in Dublin Airport’s T2 from the 28th August. The campaign promotes Grant Thornton’s services across key growth sectors, Media, Agri-food, Life Sciences, Aviation and Financial Services Advisory.
The campaign will see seven partners from Grant Thornton feature across the advertising boards in Dublin Airport’s T2. […]
Ibec has called on Government to oppose and prevent measures under consideration by Dublin City Council to restrict student accommodation. The proposal seeks to provide planning authorities with an additional basis to oppose the building of student accommodation if there is already purpose- built student accommodation within a three square kilometre radius of the planned […]
According to the latest quarterly report from BNP Paribas Real Estate, the continuing fall-off in the number of large commercial property assets being offered for sale in the Irish market saw turnover of €278 million recorded for the three-month period to the end of June.
While that level of transactional activity was low compared to previous […]
Launching the SFA’s pre-Budget 2018 submission, Sue O’Neill, SFA Chair, said: “Continued economic growth cannot be taken for granted. If our country is to prosper over the coming years, it is vital to create an environment supportive of small business. Small businesses have been major contributors to growth, job creation and regional economic recovery and will continue […]
Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, warned that the retail sales figures for July, released by the CSO today, act as a timely reminder not to take continued growth in the sector for granted. Core retail sales in July decreased by 0.6% when compared with June, indicating a mid-summer dip in performance. […]