Business chiefs have called on firms to familiarise themselves with the provisions of the new Companies Act, which comes into force today.
The Small Firms Association said it welcomes the commencement of the Bill. Its director, Patricia Callan, said the new Act represents a simplification and modernisation of company law. "It has the potential to reduce red tape and make it easier to operate a business in Ireland," Ms Callan said
Small businesses from across the country have made the final eight in the National Enterprise Awards. The ‘Final Eight’ were revealed yesterday, ahead of the 18th National Enterprise Awards at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on June 11, organised by the Local Enterprise Offices.
They are Áine Knitwear from Clare; Elemex Ltd from Louth; Gannon Eco from Westmeath; Glendalough Distillery, Wicklow; Kinnegar Brewing, Donegal; MyBio from Kilkenny; Property Channel/Property Button from Dublin; and Vision-Built from Galway. Previous winners of the competition have included Irish Yoghurts from West Cork and Hot Irish Whiskey (Walsh Whiskey) from Carlow.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has offered to give his Greek counterpart some chocolate euro coins as “nourishment for his nerves”. Mr Schaeuble has clashed repeatedly with Yanis Varoufakis over Greece’s debt and economic reforms since the leftist Syriza party took power in January, pledging to end austerity and renegotiate the bailout terms.
In an interview with the children’s television programme ‘Logo’ on German broadcaster ZDF last week, a girl reporter gave Schaeuble a supportive handful of the chocolate coins. “I’ll take a few for my Greek colleague, he also needs strong nerves,” Mr Schaeuble replied.