Mark Fielding of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association: “Big businesses must streamline their payment processes to avoid delays and must not be allowed to insist on lengthy payment timelines.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (Isme) says many of its members still experience difficulties getting paid by other companies, desp(...)

Pat Spillane near his home in Kenmare, Co Kerry. “I think rural Ireland is now on the political agenda, for the first time possibly ever.” Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Pat Spillane works with the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas. “I still see a two-tier economy in Ireland, with the gap between u(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Catch it while you can but most pay rises will likely be small and hard won

It’s been a long time coming, but it looks as though pay rises are finally back on the agenda. With most workers having seen a substantial drop in liv(...)

Small Firms Association director Patricia Callan says “small firms have now moved from survival mode, to focusing on how they can grow their market share”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Two-thirds of small firms are optimistic of growing this year, with just 6 per cent reporting continuing retrenchment in their business, according t(...)

SME representative association ISME has warned its members about following the lead of larger companies by increasing wages

Irish small and medium sized enterprises are being urged to hold wages level, despite growing momentum favouring wage hikes.In its wage rate expectati(...)

Isme chief executive Mark Fielding. The association said recovery in the SME sector is strengthening and beginning to extend across the sector. Photo: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Recovery in the SME sector is strengthening and beginning to extend across the sector, becoming more broad based, according to the latest quarterly bu(...)