Green Light: Section 481

From Star Wars to Vikings, the Irish creative industry is reaping the benefits of the Section 481 tax credit. It’s not every day you walk into a pub and find Luke Skywalker pulling a pint of Guinness. The Bridge Bar in Portmagee, County Kerry, became...
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Follow the leader: John Kearns, Priory Brewing

In the latest of our series of interviews with business leaders about their journey so far and plans for future success, we speak to John Kearns, Chief Executive of Priory Brewing, based in Tallaght, Dublin. Tallaght has been a strong home to food an...
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Tara De Buitlear
Well done to John & the team at Priory Brewing - industry awards within their first year of their beer going on the market and a s... Read More
Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:40
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Highlights Thousands of Irish companies could be unprepared for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force across the EU in May Data breaches can lead to hefty fines, and must be reported to the Data Protection Commissioner...
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Tara De Buitlear
Some good advice there for all SMEs assessing the impact of GDPR for them.
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 15:13
Chevy Johnston
It's a big change for businesses to prepare for, but great to see that there will be a more holistic approach to data protection a... Read More
Monday, 23 April 2018 20:02
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Follow the Leader : Anthony Birchall, of

In our series of interviews with business leaders about their journey so far and plans for future success, we speak to Anthony Birchall, director and co-founder of, an online personalised gift delivery service based in Dublin. was f...
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Tara De Buitlear
A nice read Anthony, a home grown success story where you had the foresight of the move to direct channels in the gift & hospitali... Read More
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 10:15
James OSullivan
A great business, nice to see an Irish web company holding its own against the multinationals.
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 21:16
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Incentivising Investment: The Tax Landscape as a Lever

How could Ireland’s taxation system work harder to attract investment in ICT post Brexit? The Irish ICT (information and communications technology) sector is one of the fastest growing in the world. There are currently 105,000 people working in the s...
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Building for Brexit

Highlights The UK is Ireland’s biggest two-way trading partner, with trade between the countries estimated to be worth more than €60bn a year The Irish government’s Project Ireland 2040 scheme outlines a number of infrastructure projects that could h...
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Steering SMEs Through Brexit

Highlights About 90% of Irish businesses are SMEs – and over 40% of their exports go to the UK The British Irish Chamber of Commerce, which represents businesses in both countries, has called on the Irish government to ease the path of SMEs through B...
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Follow the Leader : Emma Kennedy, The Echo

In the third of our series of interviews with business leaders about their business journey so far, we speak to Emma Kennedy, MD of The Echo, a local newspaper based in Tallaght, Dublin. The Echo, which is the only paid-for local paper in the city, w...
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Tara De Buitlear
Nice to read a story of a family business, in a challenging sector whose resilience has carried them across challenging times, ada... Read More
Thursday, 08 March 2018 14:22
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Follow The Leader: Dave Meier, Hidden Depth.

In the second of our series of interviews with business leaders about their business journey so far, we speak to Dave Meier , who launched his web design agency Hidden Depth in 2009. What began with just Dave Meier and a laptop has grown into an awar...
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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:05
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The Wild Atlantic Way Is A Winner For Tourism

A 2,500-kilometre driving route along Ireland’s west coast is proving popular with visitors and tourism businesses alike. Billed as one of the world’s ultimate road trips, the Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s answer to California’s Pacific Coast Highwa...
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Emerging Technologies: Shaping the Future of Customer Service

With everything from artificial intelligence to cloud computing rapidly transforming the business landscape, we explore how emerging technologies can help companies interact with customers, improve their services and gain insight into trends and habi...
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Damien Judge
Delighted to have been asked to contribute to this article, very exciting times in the financial sector with rise of AI. Well don... Read More
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 14:48
James OSullivan
Interesting article!
Thursday, 25 January 2018 10:31
James OSullivan
Excellent to see AI being used to improve the customer experience.... Read More
Thursday, 25 January 2018 10:37
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Follow the Leader: Brooke Tully

In the first of our series of interviews with business leaders about their business journey so far, we speak to Brooke Tully, an Australian who moved to Dublin just over 18 months ago to launch BikeExchange Ireland. The venture is part of a wider gro...
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Colin O'Sullivan
Great to see Bike Exchange establishing in Ireland. Great read.
Friday, 19 January 2018 13:09
Tara De Buitlear
An interesting read - thanks Brooke. Nice to hear from a business leader here in Ireland, with a global business and brand and to ... Read More
Monday, 22 January 2018 13:10
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Brexit update: The Swiss model

Highlights Switzerland is considered a ‘quasi-member’ of the single market and has the freedom to strike its own trade deals, but must also accept the free movement of people A Swiss-style relationship for the UK could present opportunities for Irela...
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Yvonne Kennedy
Great article - interesting to see how the Swiss model works.. The important thing for Ireland is to keep focussing on the opportu... Read More
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 15:33
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EU GDPR: How to Prepare

With the General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect in May next year, experts offer guidance to businesses on how to deal with the EU’s overhaul of data protection laws. The government has described the Data Protection Bill – which will gi...
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Your Club and Country

Ulster Bank and the IRFU have teamed up again for a lucrative fundraising draw that benefits the country’s clubs. This is the seventh season that Ulster Bank will work with the IRFU to raise money for the grassroots club game through the Your Club, Y...
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Transmission Banking: Making it Easy

Transmission banking is evolving, and now is a good time to check it’s working for you. It’s often such a natural part of business banking that you may not have stopped to think about how your provider approaches payments and the transfer of funds. B...
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Getting to Grips With Dairy Expansion

Hightlights The country’s dairy farmers have benefited from the scrapping of EU milk quotas, which had restricted output The national herd now tops 1.35m, and the export value of dairy products and ingredients is worth an estimated €3.4bn a year New ...
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Ailish Byrne
The ending of milk quotas has opened up opportunities for existing and potential new entrants to dairy farming. However, there ar... Read More
Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:15
Tara De Buitlear
A good read for anyone considering converting or expanding into dairying.
Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:55
Anne-Marie Butler
The article highlights the importance of planning and the key elements of efficient dairy production. Valuable read for all conce... Read More
Monday, 04 December 2017 10:42
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Five Reasons to Choose CRM

How customer relationship management systems can boost your small business. Customer is king, as the old saying goes. It’s crucial for businesses to truly understand their customers’ needs and behaviours. In the past this was done by knocking on door...
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Pat Horgan
I agree with all of the top 5 suggestions - Salesforce is a key CRM tool in our business that is currently supporting positive ac... Read More
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:21
Shane Feeney
Customer Experience - It looks at the overall experience customers have with an organisation. It’s primary role to embed a culture... Read More
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 16:41
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What Budget 2018 Means for Agriculture

Highlights The government has unveiled a €300m loan scheme to help small and medium-sized businesses, with a minimum of 40% of this sum going to food and agriculture firms Farming families will also benefit from lower tax rates on land transfers, whi...
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How Innovation Can Set Larger Businesses Apart

Disruption from new, high-tech start-ups has become one of the most significant risks facing established companies today. But increasingly, many businesses are trying to beat the innovators at their own game. It has never been more important for comp...
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