: Syndicated

Confidence builds in construction sector

The construction sector here made a strong start to the year, posting faster increases in activity, new orders and employment, as well as seeing confidence improve again. But input costs rose to their highest extent in 11 years. That’s according to the Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index. It rose to 61.4 in January, from […]

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Number of regular savers drops in January

The proportion of people saving regularly dropped to 50pc in January from 53pc in December. In addition, consumers also felt more dissatisfied with the amount that they were saving, with half of people surveyed of the view that they were saving less than they should in January, up from 45pc in December. When consumers were […]

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Voice-activation will change marketing – and our lives

A little bit of Irish radio history was made last week when the country’s commercial radio sector came together with RTÉ to launch a new voice-activated version of the popular Irish Radio Player on Amazon’s Alexa platform. In case you are not familiar with it, the Irish Radio Player is a useful one-stop shop for […]

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Companies urged to look at steps to reduce the plastics problem

Today, just 2pc of the plastic on the global market is being turned into new packaging. And Ireland is a big offender, ranked at the top of European Union countries as the biggest producer of plastic waste in Europe, according to recent Eurostat figures. Last month in Dublin frustration literally spilled on to the streets […]

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Love a good bargain

It’s that time of year when love’s young dream needs to ditch the dreaming for a day and dig into the pocket instead to show their other half how much they really mean to them. Valentine’s Day may be simply another Hallmark holiday to you, or a bit of a laugh, or you’re excitedly awaiting […]

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When a startup needs to recruit staff, it becomes the candidate

As your startup grows, you’ll need to start hiring. How do you conduct interviews for your startup to help you recruit the best candidates? If you’re been following this startup diary, you might recognise that as a trick question. Traditional interviews are a low information ritual at best, and a serious waste of everybody’s time […]

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‘House prices to fall here if UK fails to get Brexit deal’

Property prices will fall if Britain leaves the European Union without a trade deal, a new report states. This country faces Brexit-related risks because of its tight links with Britain, its largest trading partner, according to ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P). “Should the UK government fail to secure a transition phase and crash out […]

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ESB set to deliver €150m in savings to large businesses

ESB, though its business line Smart Energy Services, is set to deliver €150m in savings on energy costs to over 300 large businesses across Ireland and the UK. Savings will be delivered through a range of measures including auditing companies to help them bring about changes in their energy use, help with retrofitting in buildings […]

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Soaring cost of housing could derail Dublin’s investment potential – Irish billionaire Patrick Collison

Ireland’s most successful technology entrepreneur has warned that soaring housing costs threaten to derail Dublin’s future and its investment potential. Patrick Collison, the 29-year-old Limerick-born billionaire co-founder of payments firm Stripe, who has announced a major new jobs expansion in Dublin, told the Irish Independent that the capital’s housing spike is being noted as far […]

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