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# Chambers Ireland

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# through the phases
50% drop in trade for businesses that re-opened under Phase One, survey finds
The Chambers Ireland survey said the worst-hit industries included tourism, hospitality, retail, entertainment and education.
# Exchequer Returns
You paid more tax than expected last year on everything - except local property tax
The government’s tax take hit €41.3 billion in 2014 – but the cost of servicing its debts is still going up as well.
# wrong answer
Been knocked back for a business loan? Well, here's some good news
The Credit Review Office has been overturning a lot of rejected applications.
# the money trail
Is Ireland really 'the best small country in the world in which to do business'?
These are the bills which are making it hard for owner-operators to compete in the global market.
# Firm Proposals
Small firms want to be "back on a level playing field"
Chambers Ireland says it wants a reduction of marginal tax rates.
# Passing the buck
Councils warned not to pass property tax burden onto local businesses
Chambers Ireland issue the call after a Sinn Fein motion in Cork to cut the local property tax.
# no derailment
SME groups welcome EU report but warn they are still in 'survival mode'
The EU Commission report found that lending to SMEs still remains weak.
# priority
Noonan should know better than to listen to banks - ISME
ISME chief’s comments come after the Minister said SME debt is far down his list.
# Cut it out
Tax 'grinch' calls on government to hold off on cuts
Chambers Ireland chief wants to see more signs of recovery before easing tax burden.
Column: A holistic, common-sense approach is needed to regenerate town centres
The realities of doing business in Ireland have changed in recent years. Town centres have been hit with high rents and parking restrictions that stifle potential growth – but this can be changed, writes Seán Murphy.
# Social insurance
ISME: Plans to increase PRSI for self employed "utter madness"
The proposed rise in Pay Related Social Insurance is being considered by Minister Joan Burton.
# SMEs
Chambers Ireland: ‘Targeted rate cuts urgently needed for businesses’
VAT reductions, rate cuts and halving the level of capital gains tax for entrepreneurs would increase consumer confidence say Chambers Ireland.
# Promissory notes
Businesses and financial institutions hail promissory notes deal
Danske Bank Markets said it now expects rating agencies to upgrade Ireland’s status while businesses say the deal will improve consumer confidence.
# Retail
Retail sales figures continue to improve in August
Preliminary figures from the CSO show that both the volume and value of retail sales increased last month.
# Explainer
Everything you need to know about the Croke Park Agreement
It is a key agreement between government and the public service representatives but just what exactly is the Public Service Agreement, as it is officially known, all about and why does it create so many talking points?
# Retail
Retail sales for May: Motor trade down, (almost) everything else up
When including the motor trade, sales are at their lowest in five years – but without cars, the outlook is improving.
# Croke Park Agreement
'Croke Park must deliver more savings': Mixed reaction to latest review
While business group Chambers Ireland called for more cuts in the public sector, unions pointed to the effect the agreement has had on the lower-paid in the public service.
# Retail
Going down: Retail sales fall in April
Sales had been on the up for two months running but the latest figures from the CSO paint a bleaker picture. The weather, VAT, and the government have been blamed.
# Retail
Retail sales on the up for second month running
CSO figures show that the volume of retail sales grew by 0.2 per cent last month, with the value of sales up by 0.6pc.
# Awards
Cavan and Waterford City top council charts
The two councils scooped the main prizes at last night’s Annual Excellence in Local Government awards.
# Leaving Cert
Calls for reform of Leaving Cert and third level funding following results
Business and student groups have been reacting to the exam results out today.
# Red Tape
Cuts to 'red tape' could save businesses up to €5m a year
Richard Bruton raises the income limits at which businesses need to be audited, cutting down on administration costs.