Central Bank deputy governor Ed Sibley: ‘We do not know what the immediate and longer-lasting effects will be on consumer behaviour.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Covid-19 pandemic has put small businesses under considerable financial strain relative to larger companies, with the shock to their turnover crea(...)

A shop on Dublin’s Henry Street.

Covid-19 restrictions are the biggest risk to small businesses in the coming months, while a gap is emerging between small firms doing well and those (...)

Paschal Donohoe said the economy was seeing more commercial activity now and it was thus appropriate to adjust the rates of subsidy available. Photograph: Collins

The Government will re-examine part of its newly launched €2.3 billion employment subsidy scheme to address concerns it could have a negative effect o(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

Dublin City Council’s Covid-19 queuing rules are designed to prevent overcrowding on the city’s shopping streets, particularly pedestrianised areas such as Henry Street and Grafton Street (above).  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Dublin city shops will have to enforce a strict on-street queuing regime if they are to reopen their doors on Monday. Shop owners must ensure custome(...)

It is hoped that this scheme will keep as many people as possible on the payroll, amid fears that the spike in unemployment could be worse than previously expected. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

The Government’s €3.7 billion package to ease the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic will “play a crucial role in enabling the economy to bounce back”(...)

‘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(...)

Halo Business Angel Network in Powerscourt, Co Wicklow

Monday, February 3rd Results: Ryanair, Alphabet, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Viacom. Indicators: Euro zone manufacturing PMI (Jan); UK manufacturing PMI(...)

SFA chairwoman Sue O’Neill said the SME and Entrepreneurship Strategy was needed to ensure competitiveness.

The Small Firms Association (SFA) has called on the Government to publish its strategy to help SMEs unlock their potential by the end of the year. SF(...)

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