Category: Syndicated

Slash banking fees by moving your current account to another bank

This is a far cry from the first half of 2014, when over 26,000 customers switched, although this was mainly due to the exit of Danske Bank and ACC Bank from the current account market. “The main reason for inertia in switching current accounts is fear that something will go wrong,” said Simon Moynihan of […]

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Facebook Ireland poised to land more jobs

Facebook is poised to expand further in Dublin, with the company set to hire 3,000 people for ‘community operations’ worldwide. The social media giant, which employs 1,600 people here and announced a bumper set of financial results last week, has already announced an expansion into Dublin’s northside East Wall. That facility is designed to cater […]

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‘Business-friendly’ campaign call

The Government should do even more to promote Ireland internationally as a business-friendly destination, the global head of technology giant SAP has said. Bill McDermott said it should develop a ‘who’s more friendly to business than Ireland’ movement to help hammer home internationally the State’s 12.5pc corporation tax rate beyond the board rooms. “I think […]

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Don’t rely on your gut when finding value for customers

The old adage suggests that if you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door. It may even be true. But unless you know exactly what it is about your mousetrap that makes it better, for whom, and why, you’ll never know how many more you could have sold, and […]

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How taking a closer look at a firm can magnify success

Ash Technologies in Naas, Co Kildare was co-founded in 1994 by Hugh Maguire to design and manufacture a range of electronic magnifiers for people with visual impairment. When that market became overly competitive, Hugh decided to pivot the business. Today, with a staff of 29 and an annual turnover of more than €4m, he has […]

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Paydays pay off for wages firm as it goes international

Sean Gallagher meets small and medium-sized business owners and shares the lessons they’ve learnt in building their companies. Most companies insist that their staff are their most important asset. However, for employers, paying staff has become more complex than ever before due to a lengthening increasing list of employer obligations and ever-changing entitlements for employees. […]

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Half of Irish SMEs say they’ve felt no fallout from Brexit, so far

About half of small businesses have so far experienced no impact from the Brexit vote, a Government-backed survey has found. But looking ahead over the coming 18 months, only a quarter feel as confident. The smallest firms are feeling the squeeze the most, with 13pc claiming to be strongly impacted by the vote, highest among […]

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Rises in motor insurance premiums could be coming to an end

Hopes that the rises in motor insurance premiums could be coming to an end have been sparked. It comes after one of the largest insurers said ts premium income fell by 10pc in the first three months of the year. RSA said it earned €52.57 in motor premiums in the first quarter, down 10pc in […]

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It doesn’t add up: 20,000 first-time buyers chase 10,000 new homes

Twenty-thousand first-time buyers are now set to chase half as many new homes, which will drive property prices sharply upwards for the rest of this year. New buyers and investors have been cleared to borrow for around 20,000 mortgages in the past year, according to figures from the Irish Banking and Payments Federation. But there […]

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Healthy savings

If you have private health insurance, there’s a good chance that you’ll need to renew your policy this month, but why not switch instead and save hundreds, if not thousands? The bottom line is that anyone who is on the same plan for two years or more stands to save money, according to health insurance […]

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