Experts gather to give Bray ideas
THEY are spreading their net north, south, and further afield in Bray, Co Wicklow, for ideas on how to strengthen the commercial life of the seaside town. Among the key speakers at a two-day conference starting tomorrow is Hendrik Van der Kamp, a planning specialist with the Dublin Institute of Technology, who is credited with the regeneration of Kinsale and Clonakilty in Co Cork, among others. Valerie Watts, who began her career in Belfast before moving to Scotland, and then becoming chief executive of Derry City Council, will also speak. The mayor of Wurzburg, with which Bray is twinned, will take part in the event and Taoiseach Brian Cowen will give a keynote address.
Keen interest in Vodafone's iPhone
Over 20,000 people have already expressed interest with Vodafone Ireland in Apple's iPhone, which the operator is launching on the Irish market later this month. Vodafone says its entry-level package will cost €35 a month.
UK warned over election 'mayhem'
The UK risks "mayhem" in its currency and bond markets if voters don't elect a majority government to curb the record budget deficit, said former UK Treasury adviser Roger Bootle: "The morning after an election of that sort, then there would be mayhem in the markets. It would be a very uncomfortable ride."
SMEs get new ComReg helpline
ComReg, the communications watchdog, has launched a helpline and email address to help small to medium-sized businesses. Its website has been updated to include a new business-specific information section.
HSBC says buy Greek bonds
HSBC is telling clients to buy Greek bonds as plans by Athens to cut its budget deficit will encourage more people to invest in the bonds, lifting prices. HSBC analyst Steven Major said Greek bonds were cheap compared to other euro governments'.