Business News

Five ways to spruce up your finances in the New Year

2nd January 2018

Save thousands by changing how you use your TV and phone, and by becoming more tech-savvy with bills, writes Louise McBride. The New Year is shaping up to be a mixed bag of financial fortunes. There are more jobs and higher wages on the cards, according to various economists. However, the New Year is also […]

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Why the global rush for bitcoins could end up costing us the earth

18th December 2017

Existing only in the digital sphere but currently worth a fortune, it is the virtual currency that has gone mainstream in recent weeks. However, it has emerged that the production of bitcoins uses so much energy it threatens to seriously harm the planet. In recent months investors have flocked to the currency that exists only […]

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Festive season presents challenges for employers who want to reward staff for efforts

18th December 2017

Q I have an accounts person who does one day a week for my company. He invoices us on a monthly basis. This arrangement has been in place for many years and I am very happy with it. This year I am giving all staff a voucher at Christmas as a thank-you for their contribution […]

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Bitcoin for dummies: Adrian Weckler’s guide to Bitcoin

18th December 2017

Thanks to its 1,200pc rise over the last six weeks, there’s something of a Bitcoin mania afoot. Last week, two people I know came up and asked: “Should I buy some of this stuff?” After about 30 seconds, it became clear that they didn’t really know what Bitcoin was or how to actually buy it. […]

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Chaos as Bitcoin has debut on Wall Street

13th December 2017

Bitcoin futures surged as much as 26pc in their debut session on Cboe Global Markets’s exchange, triggering two temporary trading halts designed to calm the market. Initial volume exceeded dealers’ expectations, while traffic on Cboe’s website was so heavy that it caused delays and temporary outages. The website’s problems had no impact on trading systems, […]

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How Irish households are most at risk in Europe from ECB rate hike

13th December 2017

Irish householders and firms are most at risk of a looming interest rate hike by the European Central Bank compared to any other country in the EU, a leading Government think tank has warned. The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) warned that a so-called normalisation of monetary policy in the Eurozone – by unwinding […]

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Self-administered pensions can lend via ‘P2P’ platform

13th December 2017

Holders of self-administered pensions will be able to invest in so-called peer to peer (P2P) lending to Irish SMEs under a new scheme launched by Linked Finance. The company said its new accounts had been developed in conjunction with pension trustee companies so that they meet the typical requirements associated with the most common self-managed […]

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How to ensure your Christmas donations are put to best use

11th December 2017

Don’t let recent scandals put you off contributing to Irish charities – but do your research so your money goes to the right place. The run-up to Christmas is traditionally a time when many of us give to charity. Scandals in the charity sector in recent years – where a few organisations breached public trust […]

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Pure Telecom focused on making real connection with customers

11th December 2017

Pure Telecom is a wholly owned Irish telecoms company that provides fixed line, broadband and cloud telecoms to the business and consumer markets. Set up in 2002 by Paul Connell and Alan McGonnell and located in City West Business Campus, the company employs 100 staff and has annual revenues of more than €20m. “We differentiate […]

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Alan O’Neill: Scaling up your organisation needs leaders with strategic vision

11th December 2017

One in four children in Ireland has a special educational need. A lack of affordable private services means that too many children are struggling to reach their full potential. The waiting list for public occupational therapy services can take up to two years. Given that early intervention with a child is critical, that’s just too […]

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