Aidan Gough from InterTradeIreland:  “Although moderate to rapid growth was found in businesses of all sizes, types and sectors, it was especially prevalent amongst larger firms.” Photograph: Conor McCabe.

Ireland’s economic recovery is being driven by just 40 per cent of firms, according to InterTradeIreland’s latest Business Monitor. While business con(...)

Barry Cryan, Pat Walsh, Conal O’Neill and Anthony Killeen from PanelDuct: the Co Mayo engineering firm  won the overall Innovation of the Year award at The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards 2015. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

A couple of US visitors broke away from their guided tour of Belfast’s historic City Hall on Friday night, abandoning talk of the past for a snapshot (...)

Barry Cryan, Conal O’Neill, Pat Walsh and Anthony Killeen from winning Mayo company PanelDuct. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

A cost-saving innovation for the construction industry, developed by a west of Ireland engineering firm, has won the overall prize at this year’s Iri(...)

At the launch of  InterTradeIreland’s  Funding for Growth Advisory Service for local SMEs were Michael Neary, partner corporate finance at Grant Thornton, and Margaret Hearty, acting chief executive of InterTradeIreland. Photograph: Keith Arkins

The Government’s latest action plan for jobs has called for a new focus on how best to maximise the benefits to SMEs of the evolving financial landsca(...)

“We are beginning to see an upturn in domestic demand, which is now benefiting businesses that rely on the local market”

The economic recovery is spreading to smaller business across Ireland according to the latest InterTradeIreland quarterly business monitor.It found 45(...)

Marco Magnetti, director of Magnetti Foods, with Paddy Savage, operations manager, InterTradeIreland. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Small and medium-sized firms on the island of Ireland have an excellent opportunity to gain valuable exporting experience as a result of the thriving (...)

Edward Hendrick: “I was travelling from my home in Wexford to Cork and Dublin for interviews that lasted just 20 minutes. That didn’t make sense . . . I had the idea of building a YouTube for the recruitment market.”

The Innovation Awards saw its own innovation this year with the introduction of a new dimension to the first-round judging process. Entrants we(...)

Aidan Gough: “It is critical to improve the quality and relevance of the financial information being given to SMEs.”

The availability of finance or lack of it for SMEs is the subject of almost continuous public discourse. But much of it is based on anecdotal e(...)

Pat Daly, Principal Research Officer, Teagasc, with Liam Kavanagh, MD of the Irish Times; Timothy Brundle, Director of Innovation University of Ulster; Dr Marion Boland, Head of Post Award Programmes Directorate, Science Foundation Ireland; Aidan Gough, Strategy and Policy Director, InterTrade Ireland; Professor Frank Roche, Deputy College Principal, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School,  in the Irish Times Building on Tara Street Dublin for the first round of the Irish Times/ InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards 2014.  Photograph: David Sleator

The 18 finalists in this year’s Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation awards comprise a varied mix of start-ups, third-level spin-offs, and well-es(...)

From left: Irish Times Managing Director Liam Kavanagh, Michael McAleer, Irish Times Innovation Editor, and Aidan Gough, strategy and policy director of InterTradeIreland, at the launch of The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards 2014. photograph: frank miller

The search for the most ingenious and original innovations on the island begins today, with the launch of The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation(...)