Cross-BORDER body InterTradeIreland is calling on new start-ups and early stage companies to enter the island's largest business competition, the InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition.
Cash prizes of €280,000 are available for winning businesses from both sides of the Border. To win one, entrepreneurs must compete against each other regionally, and in all-island finals for 'Best Early Stage' and 'Best New Start' company titles.
IBEC STARTS CAMPAIGN
Employers' group IBEC is launching its new campaign, "An Ireland that works", setting out the business priorities for the next phase of the recovery.
The lobby group wants a lower tax burden for individuals – saying consumers here deserve a break. It's also calling for the Government to invest in infrastructure projects, skills and education, promotion of entrepreneurship and a push to extend Ireland's reach in international debates such as those on tax and EU reform.
NOKIA SALE DRAGS ON
Nokia does not expect to close the sale of its phone business to Microsoft until April as talks with Asian regulators drag on, fuelling speculation it may have to make technology patent concessions to get the deal done.
Nokia had expected the deal to close this month.
BANK OF ENGLAND JOBS
THE Bank of England has begun a recruitment drive for eight senior roles, as governor Mark Carney embarks on the biggest management shakeup since the institution gained independence 17 years ago.
The London-based central bank advertised on its website for a director of monetary analysis, who will report directly to Andy Haldane once he becomes chief economist on June 1.
THE director of Ireland's largest operator of self-catering accommodation and holiday homes has said Ireland's restored reputation abroad has given the self-catering/holiday home sector a much needed boost.
Trident Holiday Homes and UK company cottages4you by Wyndham Vacation Rentals have struck a deal that will see Trident manage call centre services for cottages4you.ie from their offices in Co Wickow.
Jacinta Doolan, Trident Holiday Homes director, said Ireland's reputation was being restored internationally and there was positive growth in self-catering last year.