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(...)

Margaret Hearty, acting CEO of InterTradeIreland: “There will be new opportunities for SMEs with the realignment of public procurement guidelines.”

The public-procurement sector across the island of Ireland is worth an estimated €12.2 billion and presents huge opportunities to small and medium ent(...)

InterTradeIreland’s technology transfer programme, called Fusion, works through companies discussing a specific business need with InterTradeIreland, which then identifies potential university or college partners with the required expertise to address that need

Fusion is InterTradeIreland’s all-island technology transfer programme, aimed at helping businesses improve profitability by partnering them with a th(...)

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(...)

Minister of State for Public Service Reform Brian Hayes said there are plenty of opportunities for small businesses willing to capitalise on public tenders.

Small businesses have been urged to tender for more State contracts as the Coalition seeks to open up the public procurement process.Representatives f(...)

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(...)

Prof Oliver Gassmann: “Too often, SMEs try to reinvent the wheel. They also tend to rely on their own resources instead of opening up innovation to external partners, and this is especially relevant in times of scarce resources.” Photograph: Tomas Tyner/UCC

Innovation is an essential element for business development and success, but many innovations fail. The key reasons for such failures, according to Pr(...)

Seedcorn winners Antonio Ruzelli and Seamus Porter of Wattics with Martin Cronin.

Desperately seeking finance? Imagine, then, what it would be like to get your hands on €100,000 in cash – no strings attached.Belfast-based Catagen is(...)