Evolve Strategic Planning Grant

The Evolve Strategic Planning Grant assists businesses to develop a strategic response to address the new trading environment with the UK The Evolve Strategic Planning Grant offers up to €5,000 in support to Enterprise Ireland supported companies to help cover expenses associated with a short assignment to determine how the company might respond to the threats and…

Working group over trade unions, industrial relations set for approval

The Government is expected to approve the establishment of a high-level working group to review collective bargaining rights and the industrial relations landscape in Ireland.  The proposal will be brought to Cabinet today by Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar. The group, an initiative under the auspices of the Labour Employer…

Govt defends absence of targets in rural development plan

The Government has defended the absence of any detailed targets and funding allocations in its new five-year strategic plan for Rural Ireland. Minister for Social Protection and Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys said given the pandemic it would “unwise at this time” to have detailed targets on job creation in the regions. Taoiseach Micheál Martin…

ECB must remain euro zone’s stabiliser, says Lane

The European Central Bank must remain a key stabiliser of the euro zone economy as the bloc is at risk of suffering longer-term damage from its pandemic-induced double-dip recession, ECB chief economist Philip Lane said over the weekend.  A sustained period of low activity reduces labour productivity, weakens corporate balance sheets and saps confidence, leading…

Rise in consumer confidence in visiting stores – Deloitte survey

Consumer confidence in visiting physical stores, engaging in person-to-person services and attending in-person events has increased, according to a new report by Deloitte Ireland. The latest consumer tracker shows that despite an increase in confidence, Irish consumers are the second-most anxious in Europe. Deloitte’s tracker is a monthly survey which tracks Irish consumers’ attitudes towards…