The Isme also called for an end to the tax disparities and discrimination against the self-employed. Photograph: iStock

Cut the top rate of VAT to 21 per cent, reform commercial rates, reduce public spending and allow workers to earn more at the standard rate of persona(...)

The CSO said sales in department stores fell by 4 per cent, while motor trades were down 2.7 per cent

Retail sales in March fell 2.1 per cent compared with February as a result of poor car sales. New figures from the Central Statistics Office show th(...)

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(...)

The Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association (Isme) said demand for lending has increased in recent months, while 5 per cent of those quizzed are satisfied with Government intervention in SME lending.

Half of all small companies are still being refused credit from their bank, a study found.The Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association (Isme) (...)