Shortage of IT professionals for Irish Businesses continues

More than 51% Irish businesses* have had difficulties filling vacancies for IT specialists. (all figs. collected 2014). This is higher than the EU average of 40% for businesses* looking for IT staff who have found it hard to recruit qualified staff. The figures come from a new Eurostat report which looks at the “Information and Communication […]

Construction SME Skillnet to address skills shortages by providing more training options for SMEs

As the skills shortage within the construction industry increases, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and Skillnets – a Department of Education initiative- have joined forces to develop a programme aimed specifically at SMEs that will deliver more industry focused training where the need is greatest.  The roll out of these new training programmes will initially […]

Blacknight SME Awards open for nominations #LoveSMEs

Nominations have opened for The Blacknight SME Awards on April 16, but ‘startups’ need not apply. That’s not to say that the organisers aren’t interested in entrepreneurs; in fact there are a total of 3 categories devoted to ‘new companies’, as the organiser Damien Mulley prefers to call them. ’Startup’ is becoming a dirty word,” he […]

UCC Connects Startups To Free Legal Advice

UCC has become the first university in Ireland to offer free legal information to startups with the launch of its new IT Law Clinic. Twelve postgraduate law students work together with academic staff and established law firms including McCullagh Wall, Ronan Daly Jermyn and O’Dowd Solicitors, responding to legal questions from startups, from protecting copyright […]

IFA Reaction to Budget 2016

IFA President Eddie Downey has welcomed the further progress made on farm taxation measures in today’s Budget, in particular the introduction by the Government of measures on farm succession to encourage a new generation of farmers to get involved with their parents in the business at an early stage. He said a tax credit of […]

Budget 2016 is economically positive overall, but it does not go far enough for the Construction Sector – CIF

The Construction Industry Federation are broadly supportive of Budget 2016 announced today, which sets Ireland on a positive path for economic growth and recovery.  However, further actions are needed in order to kick start growth in the construction sector, which currently employs more than 125,000 people.  It is essential now that we see follow through […]

Construction Sector has Potential to Double Size in Coming Years

Construction Industry Federation, in association with Maples and Calder, hosts annual conference: Construction industry growth expected The Construction sector in Ireland has the potential to double in size over the short to medium term, according to Construction Industry Federation (CIF) Director General, Tom Parlon. Speaking at the CIF annual conference in Croke Park, in association […]

Local Enterprise Offices Sponsor Emerging Exporter Category at Irish Export Association Awards

The Local Enterprise Offices are calling on all companies involved in export to enter the Irish Export Association Awards 2015 and have agreed to sponsor the “Emerging Exporter Category” to acknowledge the achievements of SME’s who export. The category designed around Local Enterprise Office clients is targeted to distinguish the exceptional performance of micro and […]

Financing & Funding Opportunities for Businesses that ‘Go Green’ National Conference on June 10th

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Business Programme, in association with Ibec is delighted to announce a full programme including high profile speakers for the upcoming ‘Financing & Funding Opportunities for Greening your Business’ event which will be held on the 10th of May in Killashee House Hotel, Naas, Co Kildare.   The national conference is free to […]

GIY launch ‘al desko’ Food Growing Challenge #givepeasachance

Norah Casey was on hand to join GIY (Grow It Yourself) and Cully & Sully in throwing down the gauntlet for Irish businesses to sign up to the ‘al desko Food Growing Challenge’ with the top budding growers walking away with a prize bag worth €5000. The initiative, dubbed ‘Give Peas A Chance’, aims to get […]

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