Minister Humphreys announces supports for businesses impacted by COVID-19

Minister of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI), Heather Humphreys TD, has announced details on the package of supports she has put in place for businesses impacted by COVID-19, including:

– A €200m Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) Working Capital scheme for eligible businesses impacted by COVID-19. Loans of up to €1.5m will be available at reduced rates, with up to the first €500,000 unsecured. Applications can be made through the SBCI website.

– A €200m Package for Enterprise Supports including a Rescue and Restructuring Scheme available through Enterprise Ireland for vulnerable but viable firms that need to restructure or transform their business.

– The maximum loan available from MicroFinance Ireland will be increased from €25,000 to €50,000 as an immediate measure to specifically deal with exceptional circumstances that micro-enterprises – (sole traders and firms with up to 9 employees) – are facing. Applications can be made through the MFI website or through your local LEO.

– The Credit Guarantee Scheme will be available to COVID-19 impacted firms through the Pillar Banks. Loans of up to €1m will be available at terms of up to 7 years.

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The Fabulous Five

The picture-perfect towns that comprise the Cinque Terre have to be seen to be believed with cascading vineyards, harbours filled with colourful boats and winding streets lined with pastel buildings. Running from north to south, the villages are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. For centuries, the neighboring fishing villages have clung to the sheer cliffs on the northwest coast of Italy overlooking the clear, blue Mediterranean.

The region has been recognised by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and is today a National Park and Protected Marine area. With few roads and access primarily granted by rail or water, the villages, although tourist hotspots, still offer a feeling of remote authenticity.

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ICABBI TARGETS UK AND US EXPANSION

Richard Watson, investment manager, Dublin BIC and Gavan Walsh, founder and CEO, iCabbi

Richard Watson, investment manager, Dublin BIC and Gavan Walsh, founder and CEO, iCabbi

iCabbi targets €15 million annual recurring revenue

Technology company iCabbi is set to expand its business as it targets €15 million annual recurring revenue within two years with expansion in the UK and US.

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350 NEW JOBS BY DAA

Dublin Airport by Night

Dublin Airport by Night

MINISTER DONOHOE WELCOMES CREATION OF 350 NEW JOBS BY DAA DUE TO INCREASED TRAFFIC

Dublin Airport sets new record with 25 million passengers in 2015

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe TD, today (Monday) confirmed Dublin Airport had its busiest ever year in 2015, as a record 25 million passengers travelled through the airport during the past 12 months.

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Dublin better than New York?

Dublin ranks 22nd in latest City RepTrak Index
 
Dublin has a better reputation than New York, according to the 2015 City RepTrak by The Reputation Institute. The city came in 22nd – up five places on last year – though this left it behind near neighbours London (11th) and Edinburgh (7th).

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