Ibec’s Danny McCoy: claimed the real value of the minimum wage had actually increased during the crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Business groups and the restaurants sector have strongly opposed any increase in the minimum wage of €8.65 ahead of reports that the Low Pay Commissio(...)

Encouraging: Mark Fielding, chief executive of Isme. Photograph: Frank Miller

Small business group Isme says suppliers are getting paid one week earlier than at this time last year but further improvements are still needed. Pub(...)

Isme chief executive Mark Fielding: ‘These scams are particularly prevalent during the holiday periods.’

A business lobby group has warned of an upsurge in online fraud and so-called phishing scams aimed at businesses, including fake emails purporting to (...)

Isme chief executive Mark Fielding says businesses seeking cash to expand or hire new staff  cannot afford to have the banks slow down their plans. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Banks are further delaying decisions on lending to small business, according to a survey by one of the Republic’s lobby groups. The Irish Small and Me(...)

The number of people signing on the Live Register fell by 2,600 (0.7 per cent) last month as conditions in the labour market continue to improve. Figu(...)

19/02/2015 BUSINESS FINANCE NEWS POLITICS Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the SBCI funding for SMEs, at The Liffey Trust, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Irish firms gave the Government a positive satisfaction rating for the first time since the crash, according to a survey by Isme, the Irish Small and (...)

Isme chief executive Mark Fielding said the latest survey results gave cause for concern

Business confidence is waning with SMEs feeling increasingly pessimistic about the economy, according to the latest quarterly business trends survey b(...)

The Companies Act 2014 is expected to provide significant benefits to companies, in particular smaller firms, by reducing red tape

It’s not often new legislation comes along that is warmly welcomed by the business community. But the Companies Act 2014, which comes into effect in J(...)

The survey shows that SMEs are keen to access funding from the new State-backed Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI)

SMEs are finding it easier to access credit but many face long delays in getting loan approvals, according to a new study.The latest Isme quarterly ba(...)

Isme chief Mark Fielding said the national minimum wage, which is currently set at €8.65, had failed in its stated task of addressing poverty.

The national minimum wage should be scrapped, a business lobby group has urged.Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association chief executive Mark Fie(...)