Hi All, I am sending some details of a number of interesting features of the recent stimulus package announced by the Government at the start of last week.  Please do note that because the details of the various schemes are being tweaked almost by the hour by the government, the information here is as current as […]


COVID 19 Business Restart Grant – apply here

COVID 19 Business Restart Grant A €250 million Restart Fund has been created nationally by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.  The purpose is to to help micro and small enterprises with the costs of reopening during Covid-19.  Companies can apply for a grant to their local authority, (in this case I am using […]


Covid-19 Government support for SMEs

There is an abundance of information, statistics and government announcements on Covid-19 that we have to deal with currently on an almost daily basis. I have tried here to collate all the current information from the government regarding help, assistance, grants and schemes currently available (or in the pipe-line) for businesses to help them financially […]


Something of interest…

ISAX Ingenuity Build Your Business Programme – For those aged over 50 I know we don’t like to be reminded that we might not be in our mid-twenties anymore, however this programme caught my eye, and I want to share the details with you – It’s a programme being run by Cork LEO, full details on […]


Have you been asked by a student for summer work?

As the summer holidays approach, many employers can expect to receive job applications from young people under the age of 18.  As an employer, you must ensure that you understand the implications and your legal responsibilities regarding the employment of Children and Young Persons. There are strict regulations governing the employment of under 18 year […]


It’s nearly time to pay and file…

Please find below a checklist which you may find useful in the compilation of relevant information required for the forthcoming Income, Capital Gains & Capital Acquisitions Tax returns and payment filing deadlines.  If you are unsure of the deadlines, please check either with myself or on   CHECKLIST FOR TAX YEAR 2016 Indicate (if […]


LEO Innovation Investment Fund

The local enterprise office network (LEOs) has just launched a €1.5 million innovation fund.  This fund will be available through the network of 31 Local Enterprise Offices, targeting Investor Ready LEO Clients who wish to start, grow, or develop innovative Micro Enterprises. A total grant of up to €25,000 is available to each successful applicant, for the following […]


Change in the Motor Travel Rates, effective 1st April 2017

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has published revised motor travel and subsistence rates for civil servants. The new rates will apply from 1st April, the first time there has been an increase in the motor travel rates since 2010. The new rates take into account the need to encourage the use of more […]


Home Renovation Incentive Scheme

 The Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) scheme enables homeowners (or landlords – not dealt with here) to claim tax relief on repairs, renovations or improvement work that is carried out on their main home or rental property by tax-compliant contractors and that is subject to 13.5% VAT. The HRI is paid in the form of a tax credit […]


Grant of €2,500 to enhance your online trading presence

Having an online presence is one of the most important things you can do for your business in this modern age. If you can’t be found online, then you don’t exist to a lot of potential customers. A website can open up a whole world of opportunities to enhance your current business model, such as hugely […]