Ken Hardy

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The work around Covid-19 has demonstrated how research can be fast-tracked when there is a sense of urgency and commitment to finding answers

If there is one thing Covid-19 has taught businesses it is to expect the unexpected and always be ready to pivot. Many companies involved in the areas(...)

The cost to the exchequer of the R&D credit was €670 million in 2016, down from over €700 million the previous year, and it may have fallen below €600 million in 2017. Illustration: Sean Gladwell/Getty Images

The Research & Development Tax Credit (RDTC) has been an important driver of innovation in the Irish economy since its introduction in 2004. Compa(...)

Stimulating R&D and innovation in the economy involves a multi-faceted approach including the continued supply of top-quality and relevant talent, a competitive economy to attract capital investment, and an effective tax system.

A key ambition of the Government’s Innovation 2020 strategy is to increase total investment in R&D in Ireland to 2.5 per cent of GNP. This would r(...)

Ireland is currently spending about 1.3 to 1.5 per cent of GDP on R&D compared to an EU average of 2.03 per cent. Photograph: iStock

“Ireland’s future economic growth and prosperity will depend in very large measure on our continued investment in research, development and innovation(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan promised a new “SME-focused” regime in budget speech, but opted to delay its introduction  until Budget 2018

The Government has eased the capital gains tax (CGT) regime for entrepreneurs and start-ups, halving the rate on business disposals from 20 per cent (...)

Ken Hardy, KPMG partner and R&D incentives practice leader: “The knowledge development box could be very attractive for indigenous businesses and SMEs that undertake most of their R&D in Ireland”

KPMG’s latest Innovation Monitor reveals high levels of innovation activity in Irish business with 84 per cent of companies either innovating or plann(...)

At the launch of the 2015 Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation awards were  (from left) Stephen Lennie of Choc-O-Bloc; Helen Kirkpatrick of InvestNI, Bernadette McGahon of InterTradeIreland, Tracy Hamilton of Mash Direct, Dr Paul Beaney, University of Ulster and Michael McAleer of The Irish Times

A survey of Irish firms has found that eight out of 10 believe Irish companies are more innovative since the onset of recession, with disruptive techn(...)

How do you encourage the next great invention? Many believe it would be achieved by introducing a tax credit for research and development. As t(...)