Ibec’s Fergal O’Brien makes the point that data for both sectors is skewed by compositional factors. Photograph: Eric Luke

Unsurprisingly, the Central Statistics Office’s earning stats were seized upon yesterday to bash the public sector.The figures suggested average weekl(...)

The survey found 39 per cent of businesses had been impacted by crime in the past 12 months. Photograph: Frank Miller/ Irish Times

Business owners are not reporting crime because they have no faith that the perpetraters will be apprehended or prosecuted, the Irish Small and Medium(...)

The Department of Education and Science in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Five secondary school teachers last year received lump sums of more than €150,000 when retiring from the profession, new figures show.Data provided by(...)

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, (...)