Businesses can opt for the first six months to pay 0 per cent interest and make no repayments.

There will be an option for a six-month moratorium on interest and repayments under the new Microfinance Ireland Covid-19 loan scheme, Minister for Bu(...)

‘The next government should have a major focus on entrepreneurship and small business,’ says SFA director Sven Spollen-Behrens

The Small Firms Association (SFA) is calling on the incoming government, whatever its complexion, to take be more supportive of small business than it(...)

Block P1 at EastPoint Business Park in Dublin 3 is let to Conduit Enterprises Ltd at a rent of €910,000 per annum.

Strong demand is expected from both domestic and international investors in four Dublin offices which have been brought to the market by agent Savills(...)

Indecon noted that the absence of a physical branch network in rural areas is not the key factor determining access to credit.  Photograph: iStock

There is no business case for the State to establish a public banking system, a report commissioned by the Department of Finance has found. Economi(...)

Darren Ducoté and Amanda Swan: “Little Pharma is all about using fresh ingredients. There is nothing powdered or freeze-dried here.”

We all know that leafy greens are good for us, but for a lot of people there’s a big gap between knowledge and consumption as these dense nutritional (...)

Sisters Karen and Natalie Keane of Bean and Goose chocölatiers

Bean and Goose was established in 2014 by sisters Natalie and Karen Keane who began making chocolate by hand, having been taught by chocolatier Benoit(...)

Additional funding of €30 million has been made available following a deal with the European Investment Fund.

More than €22 million in loans were approved by Microfinance Ireland last year for would-be entrepreneurs to start and grow a business. The State-bac(...)

Under the agreement, Microfinance Ireland will provide unsecured business loans of between €2,000 to €25,000 for commercially viable plans

Funding of some €30 million to enable would-be entrepreneurs in Ireland to start and grow a business has been made agreed. The European Investment Fu(...)

MicroFinance Ireland CEO Garrett  Stokes estimates that about 10 per cent of customers behind undrawn, approved loans are now going back to their banks and receiving funding there

MicroFinance Ireland, the State-backed lender for often unbankable micro-businesses, has seen a number of approved borrowers going back to their origi(...)

Close Brothers managing director Ciaran McAreavey: “We have played an important role in supplying credit to SMEs which wanted to grow or replace capital-intensive pieces of equipment.”
Plugging the lending gap

The onset of the economic crash in 2007 and 2008 was particularly harsh on Irish SMEs. Not only had they to contend with the steepest market downturn (...)

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