The 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China recently. The NPC, the annual gathering of senior Communist Party cadres from all over China to listen to the leadership’s plans for the next 12 months, was a more muted affair than in previous years, but it gave valuable signals as to what kind of business environment Irish companies can expect in future. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Recent weeks have witnessed two events that affect Ireland’s trade with the world’s most populous continent. China’s National People’s Congress (NPC e(...)

Prime minister Li Keqiang said China will lower the annual GDP growth target to about 7 per cent from 7.5 per cent, the slowest in 22 years. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

For decades now the conventional narrative on China has been massive inflows of capital for manufacturers to take advantage of the cheap labour and ex(...)

Fab.com is a design based ecommerce site selling everything from beds to carpet tiles to gadgets.

PCH, the technology supply chain business founded by Liam Casey, has acquired US-based ecommerce design website Fab. com. The acquisition is part of P(...)

Dr. Don Thornhill, chairman National Competitivenes Council, said on Tuesday that Ireland must increase its capital expenditure to a level that at least matches the level in competitor countries. (Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times)

Reducing higher than international average energy prices, investing in infrastructure and restoring trust are the key messages in the National Comp(...)

Fab.com began as a gay social network before it pivoted into an e-commerce site selling everyday design products like tables, clocks and posters.

PCH, the technology supply chain business founded by Liam Casey, is in talks to acquire Fab, an online design product retailer for a reported $15 mill(...)

Drop will also sell in Harvey Norman, with a price of €99.95

Drop, a Dublin-based start-up which has created an iPad-connected kitchen scale that guides users through recipes, looks set to become an internationa(...)

Maryrose Simpson: one of the finalists for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur

A report by Sir George Cox for the UK Treasury in 2005 started with definitions of three key ingredients that could enhance business competitiveness: (...)

Liam Casey, Founder, PCH, waits to go on the centre stage at the Web Summit. Photograph: Naoise Culhane/Sportsfile

Liam Casey, founder of $1 billion turnover PCH, has predicted that a smart city sensor project demonstrated at the Dublin Web Summit could be rolled o(...)

PCH’s Liam Casey says if US companies  put more resources in Ireland, people become more qualified and skilled.

Liam Casey, founder of $1 billion turnover PCH International, has said Ireland’s knowledge boxes will create an “environment focused on innovation”. (...)

Works on a prototype at the last hardware hackathon at DCU in September.

A three-day design and hardware hackathon will kick off in DCU this weekend. The aim is to encourage collaboration among industrial designers and Inte(...)