Fáilte Ireland publishes operational guidelines with industry groups for the safe re-opening and rebuilding of the tourism and hospitality industry

Fáilte Ireland has published sector specific operational guidelines for the tourism industry to ensure the safe re-opening of tourism businesses on June 29th.   The National Tourism Development Authority developed the guidelines in collaboration with industry groups; the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), the Irish Self Catering Federation (ISCF), the Irish Caravan and Camping Council, the Association of Visitor Experiences (AVEA), Ireland’s Association of Adventure Tourism (IAAT) and B&B Ireland. Relevant Government departments including the Department of Transport, […]

EPA announces €600,000 green stimulus fund for innovators & SMEs

A circular economy must be part of Ireland’s green recovery supporting job creation, generating economic growth; and improving our environment. This EPA fund provides an opportunity for business and companies to innovate in areas such as food waste, plastics and construction and demolition to provide new products and services. A circular economy is based on […]

60% of entrepreneurs anticipate a return to normal trading within 12 months

Despite serious challenges entrepreneurs remain positive on outlook for 2021 Half of entrepreneurs expect to increase headcount in 2021 70% of entrepreneurs say Government has been supportive Revenues fall for 76% of entrepreneurs since start of crisis  In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, entrepreneurs across the island remain positive, with 60% anticipating a return […]

Small and medium businesses must be treated as a standalone priority sector as Ireland enters Day One of Reopening Society and Business

It is essential that the SME sector is at the forefront of the Government’s National Recovery Plan as small businesses are crucial to Ireland’s economic recoverySmall and medium enterprises do not operate the same as bigger businesses as they are exposed to different challenges, with the majority driven by the values of founder entrepreneurs and […]

Enterprise Ireland Business Financial Planning Grant can assist domestically focused companies during Crisis

As part of the Covid-19 Business Response recently announced by the Government, Enterprise Ireland has announced that it will administer a Business Financial Planning Grant to specifically support domestic focused companies as well as a Sustaining Enterprise Fund for small enterprises. 60 percent of Irish companies that have engaged with Enterprise Ireland since March say […]

Minister Bruton Publishes Cyber Security Guidance on Working from Home

New Guidance sets out to protect those working from home from hacking and fraud The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. is publishing guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), on working from home securely. The recent COVID-19 situation has suddenly presented IT personnel, and indeed all users, with […]

Practical tax tips from ifac to help businesses with cashflow difficulties

The unprecedented circumstances currently facing businesses makes it more important than ever to carefully manage your tax affairs. Set out below are practical tax tips to optimise cashflow during the Covid-19 crisis by Declan McEvoy, Head of Tax at ifac. . Corporation Tax/Income Tax When calculating your preliminary tax, this can be based on 90% […]

Enterprise Ireland approves €1.14m co-funding for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Competitive Challenges

Enterprise Ireland (EI) have approved a total of €1.14m joint funding to drive collaborative projects, or ‘Challenges’, between innovative companies and the public sector. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programme encourages businesses to explore and co-design unique solutions with public sector teams, through competitive Challenges. 23 applications from public sector bodies to participate in […]

Starting a Farm Food Business – From Fork to Farm Seminar

A seminar on ‘Starting a Food Business’ will take place in Kilkenny on Wednesday morning, 4th March. The event is organised by the Local Enterprise Office, in conjunction with Teagasc and Kilkenny Leader Partnership and runs from 10.45am – 1pm in the Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny. The event is targeted at people interested in diversification […]

What annual leave are Irish workers entitled to over Christmas? – advice by Alan Price, CEO and HR expert at BrightHR

As the festive season approaches, workers across Ireland will be looking forward to spending some quality time at home with their friends and family. While most staff will be entitled to enjoy some time off over Christmas, this will differ depending on their employer’s approach and their contractual terms. Three public holidays span the festive […]

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