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# social distancing
Ibec urges government to change social distancing requirement to one metre
Business group representatives have met the Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee today.
Anxiety remains for small business owners despite government recovery plans
Some €2 billion has been promised to SMEs through credit guarantee scheme.
# hard border
Seven in 10 SMEs think Brexit will have negative impact and many are cancelling investment plans
Despite this, just 8% of businesses have engaged in formal planning to deal with the outcome of Brexit.
# hard brexit
'Shockingly low' number of smaller businesses helped by Brexit scheme
The Brexit Loan Scheme aims to minimise the impact Britain leaving the EU will have on businesses.
# seek the netherlands
A Wicklow business is Brexit-proofing itself by eyeing-up the Dutch market
“People hoping Brexit won’t happen,” businessman Paul Jacobs says. “Hope is for mass on Sundays.”
# Crime
Courts should hand down tougher sentences for crimes against businesses, say company owners
The latest national survey finds a quarter of businesses were impacted by crime last year.
# fora
Journal Media launches brand new business site
Fora will help SMEs and startups access information, support and quality journalism.
# Out of Business
Here is how many Irish businesses went broke last year
The service sector was hit hardest by insolvencies.
# surprise
Business owners are not happy about the new minimum wage
The wage increased from €8.65 to €9.15 per hour last week.
Need to attract the brightest talent to your company? Here's how...
The competition for top talent is red hot now – here’s how to make sure you get the candidates that will make your company succeed.
# job growth
"Loose talk" of higher pay from the Government not helpful, says business group
The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association’s (ISME) estimate that the SME sector could create 60,000 jobs in 2015.
# a crafty business
2 brewers, 1 goal: How two very different craft beer companies are hoping to get ahead in 2015
How are the old hands in Irish craft beer getting along with the new brewers on the block?
# christmas crime
Organised gangs are flying into Dublin to shoplift your belongings this Christmas
Retailers want courts to crack down harder on shoplifting.
# nice one
This Dublin shop will clean your suit for free if you have a job interview
# Your Say
Poll: What's your biggest worry when applying for a job?
Apart from not getting it, obviously…
# the end
Film lovers, you've one less place to go to find classic movies
Dublin’s Laser DVD is closing down.
# getting to the next level
Jordan Casey is expanding his tech start-up - right after he does his Junior Cert
We spoke with the 14-year-old CEO ahead of his appearance at the Web Summit.
# Deal
About 138 SMEs a day are asking Bank of Ireland for loans
And they say they are approving 87% of them.
# no not that one
What do you do when your business has "ISIS" in its name?
“I had the name first.”
# budget 2015
Readers’ Panel Part One: What are you expecting from Budget 2015?
We spoke to some readers about their hopes and fears ahead of tomorrow’s budget. Here’s what they had to say, in their own words.
# give me a sign
Dublin City Council explains sandwich board sweep in Temple Bar today
Protecting the public or stifling SMEs?
# Bootstraps
SME Focus: Everything you need to know about innovation and SMEs
For our in-depth coverage of Irish SMEs last month, we focused on the opportunities in the tourism sector.
# Tackling debt
Life after debt: advice for heavily-burdened SMEs
ISME is to run a series of free advice sessions for struggling business owners.
# SMEs
'When it comes to state tenders, there is a fear of small businesses'
The EU says Ireland breached a directive in tendering for Eircode.
# July
SME focus: Everything you need to know about trading on tourism
For our third month of in-depth coverage of Irish SMEs, we focused on the opportunities in the tourism sector.
# irish wildlife
Call of the wild - Irish scientist's journey back to nature
Conservation scientist Liam Lysaght will cycle 3,400 km along the coast of Ireland in a mission to bring Irish wildlife to the masses.
# inbox me
The Briefcase: good numbers, burnt bondholders, and the ghosts of Irish banking
This was the week in business.
# surprise in store
How do you get shoppers to return to your store? Inspire them
Kids’ activities, helpful staff, demos and clear signage – just some of the ways retailers can make themselves irresistible.
# overbooked
SME book club: What the tourism industry can learn about sustaining itself
Each month, as part of’s dedicated coverage of the SME sector, we’ll be reviewing a business book that makes a difference.
# hammer and tongs
Here's one hard-hit Irish industry finally coming back from the recession - hardware
But growth in Dublin is outstripping growth in rural areas.
# domainstream
There were 32,154 new .ie websites last year - and most are business-related
And Irish SMEs might just be getting all innovative about their names.
SMEs call for Budget 2015 to focus on competitiveness
ISME also says keeping the 12.5% corporation tax is essential to the recovery.
# Happy Days
If you like salary hikes and promotions, you might like being a Chartered Accountant right now
Well, in Leinster, at least…
# staycation nation
Does it make more financial sense to holiday in Ireland or abroad?
Poll: Is it better value to stay in Ireland? Or impossible to put a price on all that foreign sunshine?
# bin juice
Someone's come up with a fix for the 'brown bin' smell
Entrepreneurs will stock product in Dunnes Stores – but reckon it will be a hit export too.
# Keep your html
Are you using Wordpress for your SME?
Survey shows that the blogging forum has become a useful choice as CMS for smaller companies.
# love me tenders
Top tips on winning public contracts if you are an SME
The public sector has huge opportunities for small or medium Irish businesses – if you’re ready for the challenge.
NTMA meets Irish 'debt repayment milestone'
Agency’s latest figures show that it has repaid 43% of its senior debt liabilities ahead of schedule.
# Shadow economy
Consumers still 'afraid to spend' in climate of uncertainty
The Irish Small and Medium Enterprise Association have hit out at a number of government policies impeding customer spending.
# under 30s
Get your skates on if you want your business idea to win €100k
Young entrepreneurs who need a leg up have a week to enter Government-sponsored fund.