Ramona Nicholas: the Dragon’s Den star will speak at An Post interactive workshop for SMEs on Wednesday. photograph: gary ashe/allpix

Skilled Irish workers in demand

Origin expects on-farm activity in the most recent quarter to be lower compared with last year

Group predicting diluted earnings per share of approximately 55 cent

Out tomorrow: US  manufacturing Markit PMI. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/Reuters
For your diary

A round-up of business events happening this week

Alibaba  founder  Jack Ma attends the company’s IPO at the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Alibaba flotation helps Dow and S&P 500 to fresh records as Iseq falls

An RBS logo outside Royal Bank of Scotland’s headquarters in Edinburgh. RBS yesterday said its contingency plan to move its registered head office to England in the event of a Yes vote in Scotland’s independence referendum was no longer required. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

RBS says contingency plan to move head office to England no longer required

Blackrock Shopping Centre in south Dublin has been acquired by life assurance company Friends First.

Deal for shopping centre in south Dublin said to be worth €50 million

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, said Dairygold’s €117 million investment will create 115 new jobs.

Additional 400 construction jobs will be created in expansion of dairy processing facilities

Job opportunities and salaries in the tech sector are on the rise

Survey finds twice as many IT professionals interested in moving jobs to SMEs or start-ups than to multinationals

Owner of McCarron’s Candy, Dawn McCarron, and founder of Base Wood Pizza Shane Crilly, at the launch of the AIB start-up academy competition  in association with ‘The Irish Times’.

Winner will be selected by panel of industry experts

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