Dublin as a Global Hub

The most recent Global Cities Report - produced by management consulting company Kearney - ranked Dublin highly in its Outlook Index, jumping 24 places to ninth, behind cities such as London, Singapore, San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo. This particular index highlights those primed to become the next generation of global hubs, thus positioning Dublin as a key base for companies looking to compete on a [...]

February 18th, 2020|

Record number of startups are formed here

Almost 23,000 business startups were formed in Ireland last year, according to a report from company intelligence firm CRIF Vision-net. This is up 1.2pc on 2018, and is the highest number of startups over a 12-month period in CRIF's 29-year history. Startups exceeded company closures by more than 10,400 in 2019. Firms operating in the professional services space accounted for the majority of companies being [...]

February 5th, 2020|

Business ‘angels’ invested €16.8m in 66 Irish startups last year

Business 'angels' invested €16.8m in 66 Irish startups last year, according to a report from the State-supported body for promoting such investment. The Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN) has, since 2007, been building regional syndicates of investors interested in gaining stakes in startups and early-stage firms. The average investment in 2019 was €255,000. John Phelan, all-island director of HBAN, said that what is clear from [...]

February 5th, 2020|

Where venture capital investors have been cutting their cheques in 2019

Latest numbers from the Irish Venture Capital Association (IVCA) showed that while there has been quarterly jumps up and down, funding overall in the first nine months of 2019 has grown from €546 million to €566 million. The year has seen reasonably healthy growth in the number of small deals – €10 million or less – but a decline in larger deals. It suggests that [...]

January 6th, 2020|

Private-equity buyouts soar as tech sector dominates M&A deals

Irish private-equity buyouts are on track to reach one of the highest annual figures on record, while tech deals continue to account for the lion’s share of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals locally, according to new data compiled by Mergermarket. The figures, which have been published ahead of an event to be held by the research company in Dublin on Thursday, shows the volume of [...]

September 30th, 2019|

Most leaders of small firms lack strong financial literacy – SFA

More than half of Ireland's small business owners lack strong financial literacy skills and leave analysis of company performance to their accountants, according to a new nationwide survey. The Small Firms Association (SFA) finds in its report published today that most owners and chief executives identify financial literacy as essential for business success - but do not bother reading their own monthly accounts. Some 35pc [...]

September 30th, 2019|

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