Mark Fielding: has announced his departure from Isme as its chief executive. Photograph: Frank Miller

The chief executive of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises (Isme) association Mark Fielding is to leave his role at the end of the month. Mr Fiel(...)

Motor insurance premiums have risen dramatically and could rise by a further fifth, says Conor Faughnan of the Automobile Association. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Insurance companies are pulling out of Ireland because of the lack of information about the costs of meeting claims, the Automobile Association warned(...)

One of the  biggest issues for people returning to work following a brain injury are fatigue, loss of confidence and inability to return to the exact work that they did before their brain injury. Photograph: iStockphoto

What would be your first thought on meeting someone with a black eye? Most of us would think that the person had been assaulted by another person. Bu(...)

Isme is calling for greater CCTV surveillance and more gardaí. Photograph: The Irish TImes

A survey of small and medium-sized businesses has estimated that crimes against business cost them €1.83 billion annually. The study by the Irish Sma(...)

Freefall: Self-employed people are not entitled to jobseeker’s benefit or the illness or disability payments that many of us take for granted. Illustration: Zack Blanton/Getty

‘You drive around the country,” says Ray Butler, the Fine Gael Senator, “and look at all those closed-down shops in little towns and villages. They re(...)

Mark Fielding of Isme: “The only protection for business owners is extreme caution and continuous staff training.” Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Scammers have stepped up attempts to defraud small businesses in recent months as many firms are missing senior staff during the holiday season, the I(...)

Confidence in the exporting sector was also dented  as Isme warned  sterling fluctuations will continue to have a big impact. Photograph: PA

A study of almost 1,000 Irish small and medium enterprises (SMEs) has found that 60 per cent of them expect a negative reaction from the British vote(...)

“This market failure is allowed to happen because of the complete lack of Government intervention.” Mark Fielding, chief executive of Isme. Photograph: Frank Miller

The average payment period for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) improved by two days to 57 days in the second quarter, small business body Isme sai(...)

Nick Ashmore of  the SBCI: “At the end of last year, we lent a total of €172 million out to SMEs.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

With new regulations calling for greater transparency between the banks and small business to come into force this month, here’s a look at the highs a(...)

A third of respondents said they had seen an increase in bank charges imposed during the last quarter

Loan approval rates for small and medium sized firms are continuing to improve although access to credit remains a big issue for SMEs, a new survey re(...)