With Ulster Bank and now KBC Bank poised to leave the Irish market, how competitive will financial services be? File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Just a few hours after KBC Bank’s announcement on Friday, talk began of the competitive lacuna that will be left in its wake if it is to proceed with (...)

“Data-driven VR simulation training reduces risk to employees, improves training outcomes and provides a scalable solution for how to train people remotely.”

The pandemic has forced thousands of businesses across Ireland to embrace remote working with many also striving to develop more sustainable ways of (...)

MFI loans to “micro-enterprises”, that is any business, sole trader, partnership, limited company, with fewer than 10 workers and sales of less than €2 million a year

State-backed lender Microfinance Ireland (MFI) has granted repayment moratoriums and/or restructured loans for over 70 per cent of business customers (...)

A range of supports are available for businesses hit by the Covid crisis.

With the State going into lockdown again, times are grim for workers and businesses. But support is at hand for those affected financially by Covid-19(...)

‘The suite of supports the Government has introduced is a welcome boost in supporting Irish businesses through this recovery’

Restart Grant Plus The Restart Grant Plus is worth between €4,000 and €25,000 to help businesses reopen their premises. To qualify they have to have (...)

Not-for-profit Microfinance Ireland is offering loans up to €25,000 to eligible businesses for three years with zero repayments or interest for the first six months.

Businesses with fewer than 10 workers can tap loans of up to €25,000 from a new €15 million fund launched by Microfinance Ireland (MFI) to aid them th(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that in the July stimulus package they were looking at a range of possible actions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Microfinance Ireland (MFI) has had to suspend its lending to small businesses until the law is amended to provide increased funding, the Dáil has hear(...)

Work may never be the same again for some of us, who will either work from home permanently or part of the time as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. Photograph: iStock
Rebooting Ireland

The past month has seen the reopening of the retail and a significant segment of the hospitality sectors. But many doors remain closed on streets and (...)

Dundrum shopping centre reopens. Photograph: Tom Honan

A three-year “recovery fund” to finance infrastructure and worker retraining will be the centrepiece of a package of measures to stimulate the economy(...)

The survey of 292 businesses with 50 employees or fewer found that 83 per cent of them anticipated a decrease in turnover as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: iStock

Small Firms Association (SFA) director Sven Spollen-Behrens sums up the challenges facing small and medium sized businesses as they emerge from the lo(...)

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