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Department of Business pays out €300,000 to OECD for ‘policy roadmap‘

Department of Business pays out €300,000 to OECD for ‘policy roadmap‘

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation is to pay the OECD €300,000 for a 20-page SME “policy roadmap”, new figures have revealed. The ‘Review of SME and Entrepreneurship Policies and Issues in Ireland‘ that is currently under way by the intergovernmental economic organisation is just one of a range of consultant reports that the department has agreed to so […]

Apocalyptic no-deal Brexit predictions are starting to look hollow

Apocalyptic no-deal Brexit predictions are starting to look hollow

Paschal Donohoe has been warning about the dangers of a no-deal Brexit, saying around 40,000 Irish jobs would go. His dark warnings are grounded in various studies conducted since that awful day in June 2016 when the Brexit referendum was passed in the UK. But his timing about the appalling vista of a chaotic British exit from the EU is […]

Why media training can make or break a leader

Why media training can make or break a leader

I was at a party recently where I was introduced to a former international broadcaster. A nice-looking chap who had apparently specialised in covering the entertainment and music biz, he told me how he had delved into media training. “I hated it”, he said. “Really?” I asked, surprised. “What bothered you?” “The people. They were so stupid and unable. I […]

More brands must come out in favour of diversity

More brands must come out in favour of diversity

Chris is a transgender 15-year-old who was born female but is now growing up as a male. Recalling tales of bullying and being shoved into lockers at school, his story is touchingly told in a social video, created by agency Boys + Girls, which tells the viewer that help and support was at hand to help him get through the […]

Mentoring and flexible working are key to boosting number of women in senior roles

Mentoring and flexible working are key to boosting number of women in senior roles

Query: AS the co-founder of a relatively new but growing SME I have become increasingly aware of hints of gender disparity at the more senior levels. My experience over the last few years has suggested that more men are reaching senior management and board positions, and while one of the primary reasons for that is simply that more have applied […]

State agency now world‘s second-biggest fintech investor

State agency now world‘s second-biggest fintech investor

Some are surprised to learn that Enterprise Ireland is one of the largest and most successful fintech investors in the world. The number one fintech investor is California‘s Y Combinator, described by The New York Times as a ‘startup machine‘. Last year it invested in 29 companies. The second most active in the world was Enterprise Ireland, with 23. That […]

YouTube news drive ignores facts

YouTube news drive ignores facts

Another week, another hand-out from the technology sector to the media industry. This time it‘s Google, as it so often is, which is supporting the media. Or Google‘s YouTube, to be exact. The video platform is going to spend $25m to build ‘a better news experience on YouTube, together.‘ Presumably the word ‘together‘ was added by some PR whizz to […]