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John Staunton: “I come from a family of entrepreneurs, so the seed was probably there all along.”
New innovator: Buzzoek

Loyalty cards have become a key weapon in the battle to retain customers during the current downturn. But the cost of setting up a scheme can be prohi(...)

Accenture Ireland country managing director Mark Ryan: “We do a lot of work with the finalists during the development days in terms of developing their business skills, their writing abilities, their emotional intelligence and so on.”

The search has begun for next year’s Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow. Now in its seventh year, the competition is open to entrepreneurial college stude(...)

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TODAYResults: Genesco; Charteris.Meetings: ICOS national conference (Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, Co Laois).Indicators: UK Nationwide housing prices ((...)

Figures released yesterday by Investec’s corporate finance team show that 43 deals totalling €8.5 billion were completed in the quarter, down from 56 in the same period last year

The domestic economy is slowly awakening from its five-year coma, but Ireland’s corporate financiers must have hit the snooze button for a cheeky lie-(...)

PwC and Booz & Company announced yesterday that they had signed a conditional merger agreement – which is subject to approval by Booz’s 300 partners. Photograph: Richard Seagraves/Photonica/Getty

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is planning to absorb Booz & Company in the latest move towards consolidation in the management consultancy sector.Th(...)

AIB headquarters in Ballsbridge, Dublin: The bank says it is finding it increasingly difficult to recruit staff in Ireland with certain IT skills

AIB is to outsource between 250 and 300 roles in its 800-strong information technology unit over the next three years as the business is reshaped to b(...)

The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, and the Minister for Public Expenditure and  Reform, Brendan Howlin: do they know what they’re doing?  Photograph: Eric Luke

Five years ago this month, the most visionary Irish economic mind of our times issued a rallying call for a “brave budget” to tackle the “sacred cows”(...)

Give staff time to work on ideas: more companies are giving staff time away from the daily grind to work on projects

Albert Einstein had it right when he said: “We cannot solve our problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” The transla(...)

Slow growth in the global economy is causing some businesses to pare back their spending, impacting companies such as Accenture.

Technology consulting firm Accenture forecast earnings that may fall short of analysts’ estimates amid increasing competition from Indian providers. P(...)

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TODAYResults: AG Barr; Finsbury Food Group.Indicators: European Markit Manufacturing PMI (Sep); US Chicago Fed National Activity Index (Aug).Other: L(...)

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