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23 Nov

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Q: I run two successful cafes. I don’t have a lot of space in either and I am really challenged when parents arrive with buggies and young children. How can I handle this delicate issue? A: This is indeed sensitive. You run the risk of not only alienating parents, but also their family and friends.

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14 Nov

One in three Irish SMEs targeted by fraud

A third of Irish small and medium businesses have been targeted by fraud in the past 12 months. The most common types of fraudulent scams encountered by SMEs are phishing emails, which seven in 10 have experienced, according to research carried out to mark National Fraud Awareness week. Other types of fraud encountered by businesses

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09 Nov

Tech hub’s rocket man helps high-risk startups fly high

“People come into incubators and very often it’s just for space, they are thinking ‘that’s what I need, a nice space would be good’. But actually, by the time they exit what you find is that the real value they’ve gotten is the networking, the connections, the monies they were able to attract as a

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09 Nov

Fewer than one in ten SMEs embracing remote or flexible working

Fewer than one in ten small and medium businesses in Ireland are embracing remote or flexible working. This is despite the fact that a majority of SME employees are in favour of such working conditions, according to a study of nearly 600 small businesses carried out by Vodafone. Smart working is the combined use of

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09 Nov

Irish banks must shed a further €9bn of bad loans to meet ECB targets, Moody’s has warned. Unlike the early period after the crash, when sales of commercial real estate and developer loans dominated the great bank sell-offs, further disposals will be dominated by home loans, the rating agency said. “This is because legacy mortgage

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