Sale of household goods soar despite housing shortage

Spending on household goods is up 12.7pc this year, as people’s disposable income continues to rise.

Making time for marketing crucial for business success

Q I run a beauty salon in a small regional town. We are not great at marketing and our sales can only be described as modest. Are there any tips you could give us?

Accounting software specialist doing it by the books with its cloud service

While certain sectors of business have been radically altered over time, others have changed mostly in how they are conducted. For many years Michael Gilmartin and his partner supplied

Boyne Valley food export hub set to create 2,500 jobs

The establishment of a major food industry hub in the Boyne Valley region is set to create 2,500 jobs by 2025, the Sunday Independent has learned.

Irish start-up Zeeko secures funding of €100,000 to investigate side effects of virtual reality (VR) tech on children’s health

An Irish EdTech firm has secured over €100,000 in funding to launch a new project which will investigate how virtual reality (VR) technology impacts children’s health.

Household debt now at its lowest level since 2005

Household debt is now at its lowest level since 2005, and is over 30pc lower than its 2008 peak, according to the latest accounts from the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI).

Top employer offering loans so new staff can afford to rent in Dublin

One of the country’s biggest employers of new graduates has been forced to introduce interest-free loans to help new recruits secure rental accommodation in Dublin.

Word of mouth is most powerful tool to build a business

Q – I run a butcher shop and while I have ample parking at my shop, lots of people in the area still don’t know I am here, how can I increase awareness?

‘Huge opportunity’ for Ireland to take a leading role in cyber-crime fight, Tánaiste tells high-level conference

There is a “huge opportunity” for Ireland to be at the leading edge of the emerging cyber-security industry, Tánaiste and Enterprise Minister Frances Fitzgerald told delegates at a leading industry conference in Dublin yesterday.

Sterling gains on the euro ahead of rate hike

Sterling has jumped to a four- and-a-half month high against the euro amid stronger manufacturing data out of the UK.

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