Mark Fielding: said the Government needed to introduce a mandatory 30-day payment period for all businesses. Photograph: Frank Miller

Big business and Government agencies are forcing smaller enterprises to wait more than two months to be paid for the goods and services they supply, (...)

Commenting on the results, Isme chief executive Mark Fielding said SMEs are being refused bank loans and even when lucky enough to get a loan, are hit with over-stringent collateral requirements and higher interest rates.

More than half the small businesses who sought bank credit in the last three months were refused, according to the latest Bank Watch survey by busine(...)

John Moran, outgoing secretary general of the Department of Finance. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish companies should be born and killed at a greater frequency if Ireland is to become a truly entrepreneurial culture, the outgoing secretary ge(...)

The data also indicated sales rose by 6.8 per cent on an annual basis. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Retail sales fell by 0.9 per cent last month - the third largest monthly fall in over a year - as sales of cars, pharmaceuticals, books and newspapers(...)

A minimum of €500 million will be made available in the first year but Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said this could rise to €4 billion over five years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

The grandly-titled Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) was unveiled by the Government on Thursday to much fanfare. The idea is that this n(...)

The Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton said the microenterprise fund would provide “up to €90 million in lending to 5,500 businesses which otherwise would not get credit”.

The establishment of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland is the latest measure in an expanding suite aimed at providing credit to small and m(...)

The Government has introduced new guidelines aimed at making it easier for small business to tender for public contracts. The new rules, (...)

There was a 1,400 drop in the number of men claiming benefits in the State in March, while the number of women claimants fell by 300. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The unemployment rate fell to 11.8 per cent in March, the lowest level in almost five years. Figures from the Central Statistics Office (...)

AIB chief executive David Duffy said that the bank will have completed the “significant majority” of SME restructures by the end of 2014. Photograph:Alan Betson/The Irish Times

AIB today said that it approved € 4.3 billion in credit facilities to 32,000 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ireland, with a 92 pe(...)

Isme chief executive Mark Fielding: “The survey results continue to paint a bleak picture of the SME lending landscape. Photograph: Frank Miller

The refusal rate by banks to lend to small businesses rose in the first three months to 54 per cent, according to the latest Quarterly Bank Wat(...)