Peer-to-peer lending: the way of the future for Irish small business?

The Government says something called peer-to-peer lending “can be a valuable source of funding to micro and small businesses, either as a complement to traditional bank funding or as an alternative to this funding channel in instances where the application for bank credit has been refused.” Peter O’Mahony, chief executive of Linked Finance, outlines how Read more about Peer-to-peer lending: the way of the future for Irish small business?[…]

Budget 2015: SMEs, the “lifeblood of the economy”, benefit from range of budget measures

18:20, 14 October 2014 by Colette Sexton Describing SMEs as the “lifeblood” of the Irish economy, Finance Minister Michael Noonan announced several initiatives to support the sector including the retention of the tourism VAT rate, the return of the Seed Capital Scheme and an extension of the Foreign Earnings Deduction scheme. Restaurants and pubs did Read more about Budget 2015: SMEs, the “lifeblood of the economy”, benefit from range of budget measures[…]

SME advice: 5 quick tips to improve your link-building strategy

A good link-building strategy is a crucial factor in achieving SEO success for your business website. It sounds good — but what exactly is link-building? Put simply, it’s the process of attracting traffic to your website by establishing relevant inbound links or backlinks to help you achieve higher search engine rankings. The Daily Business Post asked Read more about SME advice: 5 quick tips to improve your link-building strategy[…]

How our 20-year fight for Canada-Europe free trade finally succeeded

  International trade agreements frequently have a rather long genesis. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), released last week, is no exception.   In 1994 – twenty years ago – when Prime Minister Jean Chretien was to address the French Senate I made certain, as Canada’s Minister for International Trade, that his Read more about How our 20-year fight for Canada-Europe free trade finally succeeded[…]

Irish business ‘should look to Austria’ as trade value increases

Ireland’s businesspeople have been encouraged to look to Austria as a potential source of growth, as Irish trade with Austria was up 13.8pc last year, to €1.49bn. SHARE About 2,000 Austrian companies do business with Ireland on a regular basis, and Advantage Austria Dublin – the Irish branch of the Austrian trade promotion group – Read more about Irish business ‘should look to Austria’ as trade value increases[…]

Economy to grow by more than 6pc this year, says Ibec (07/10/2014)

Colm Kelpie, Published: 07/10/2014 BUSINESS lobby group Ibec has almost doubled its growth forecast for this year to 6.1pc on the back of positive data across the economy. The group had originally forecast GDP growth of 3.1pc for 2014. It also hiked its projections for next year to 4.5pc from 3.9pc. It predicted exports will Read more about Economy to grow by more than 6pc this year, says Ibec (07/10/2014)[…]

4 Email Marketing Tips From Successful Canadian Business Owners

1. Use a clear and concise design 4 Email Marketing Tips From Successful Canadian Business Owners image Constant Contact Email Template Avenue GalleryBusiness: The Avenue Gallery Location: Victoria, British Columbia Results: Standing out in a crowded market; staying connected with loyal customers When you open an email from The Avenue Gallery, you know right away Read more about 4 Email Marketing Tips From Successful Canadian Business Owners[…]

Irish Economy to surge by 5.3pc this year, Goodbody says

Ireland will be by far the best performing Eurozone economy as the recovery here broadens and strengthens. according to Goodbody chief economist Dermot O’Leary. Growth will be 5.3pc this year and 4pc in 2015, he said in a new report. He made the comment as new data from Investec shows manufacturing output and employment grew Read more about Irish Economy to surge by 5.3pc this year, Goodbody says[…]

InterTrade Ireland ‘business ambassadors’ generate €20m

The companies were awarded “business ambassador” status by InterTrade at an event in Dublin’s Mansion House yesterday. Jobs Minister Richard Bruton hosted the event and said the body is important in driving enterprise growth, exports and job-creation in both jurisdictions. “For small businesses in the Republic, Northern Ireland can play a key role as a Read more about InterTrade Ireland ‘business ambassadors’ generate €20m[…]