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# firms - Monday 8 December, 2014

Construction work was on the up again last month (and firms are hiring)

Some firms hired new staff to prepare for further growth in work.

# firms - Monday 14 July, 2014

A third of ads for financial services 'do not meet guidelines'

A Central Bank survey assessed almost 300 advertisements from 23 different firms.

# firms - Monday 31 March, 2014

Carl Scarpa and Flannery's Pub among eight firms who saved over 400 jobs so far this year

The Hughes Blake SME Examinership Index showed that seven of the eight firms were SMEs.

# firms - Thursday 19 September, 2013

"There was no sweetheart deal for Apple" in Ireland

CEO of IDA Ireland Barry O’Leary told the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee that foreign companies are paying a substantial amount of corporation tax.

# firms - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

Better business conditions mean 'more firms are hiring'

A new survey from KBC Bank Ireland and Chartered Accountants Ireland looks at business sentiment in the country, and says Irish business activity has strengthened.

# firms - Sunday 16 June, 2013

‘Put her back in her box’: ISME slams Burton’s call to raise minimum wage

The small and medium-sized firms’ body says increasing the minimum wage forces employers to pay more than the going rate.

Poll: Should we increase the minimum wage? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should we increase the minimum wage?

Minister Joan Burton has called for a rise in the current wage of €8.65 per hour. Do you agree with her?

# firms - Thursday 13 June, 2013

Property sector accounts for almost half of outstanding business loans

Lending to both small and large businesses in this sector continued to fall over the the last year.

# firms - Tuesday 1 January, 2013

12 companies which originally sold entirely different products Career Change This post contains images

12 companies which originally sold entirely different products

What did Tiffany & Co, Avon and Nokia sell before they became household brands? Not jewellery, cosmetics nor phones…

# firms - Friday 28 December, 2012

Small and medium businesses could* deliver 20,000 jobs

The Small Firms Association makes optimistic prediction for 2013 – *but only if SMEs are “placed at the heart of economic policy”.

# firms - Thursday 27 December, 2012

Limerick company launches scholarship to fight skills shortage

Emutex has launched a scholarship and internship for third level undergraduate students, after having to go abroad to hire seven out of 10 people in 2012.

# firms - Monday 12 November, 2012

New website to make awarding of state contracts easier for firms

Procurement Minister Brian Hayes said the website will significantly reduce the amount of documentation for companies bidding for contracts.

# firms - Friday 28 September, 2012

Central Bank Governor calls for focus on corporate restructuring

Patrick Honohan said many firms may need restructuring to survive and avoid imminent loan defaults.

# firms - Monday 21 May, 2012

Only 15 per cent of firms are in growth mode - survey

An all-island survey found that 46 per cent half of Irish businesses are currently experiencing contraction, fighting for survival, or are in the process of winding up.

# firms - Wednesday 2 May, 2012

Google is Ireland's most reputable company, while John Player, Quinn and AIB come last Reputation This post contains images

Google is Ireland's most reputable company, while John Player, Quinn and AIB come last

Google, Kerry Group and Apple are top of the class when it comes to corporate reputation in Ireland.

# firms - Friday 30 March, 2012

Six firms collapsed each day in the first quarter of this year - report

Half of the 31,070 companies that were stress-tested by a risk analyst firm in the first quarter of this year were deemed “high risk”.

# firms - Friday 16 September, 2011

€5.1 million in contracts secured by Irish firms in Oz

Forty five Irish companies journeyed to Australia to forge new business relationships and sign contracts.