Local Authorities must do the right thing for COVID-19 affected small businesses

Local Authorities must do the right thing for COVID-19 affected small businesses

20 March 2020 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie The Small Firms Association (SFA) welcomes today’s announcement that the government has agreed with local authorities that they should agree to defer rates payments due from the most immediately impacted businesses – primarily in the retail, hospitality, leisure and childcare sectors, for three months, until end-May. Sven Spollen-Behrens […]

BUSINESS NEWS: Ibec launches new report on #COVID-19 measures and priorities

BUSINESS NEWS: Ibec launches new report on #COVID-19 measures and priorities

20 March 2020 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has launched a major new report that details the range of proposals for Government to effectively address the profound economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis. Analysing measures adopted by other European countries to date, the report outlines a two-phase strategy of […]

FINANCIAL HELP: for businesses in Cork City and County Cork – commercial rates deferred

FINANCIAL HELP: for businesses in Cork City and County Cork – commercial rates deferred

20 March 2020 By Mary Bermingham mary@TheCork.ie Support for businesses impacted by COVID 19 through commercial rates deferral The Government has today greed with local authorities that they should agree to defer rates payments due from the most immediately impacted businesses – primarily in the retail, hospitality, leisure and childcare sectors, for three months, until […]

COVID-19 response: EU enables immediate support to hard-hit fisheries sector

COVID-19 response: EU enables immediate support to hard-hit fisheries sector

20 March 2020 By Mary Bermingham mary@TheCork.ie As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health of our citizens, many parts of the EU economy are also experiencing major disruptions. Fishing and aquaculture have been among the hardest hit sectors. The European Commission has therefore decided to revise EU state aid rules, which allow Member States to […]

Attn: Business – Forget the local banks, here’s how to start accepting contactless credit cards quickly

Attn: Business – Forget the local banks, here’s how to start accepting contactless credit cards quickly

19 March 2020 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie Perception of cash as a vehicle for coronavirus means cards are becoming more popular Analysts say the “psychological factor” of people thinking of cash as “unclean” could prompt a move to ePayments “People default to what’s familiar, unless there’s something to jolt you out of it,” says Jodie […]

IRELAND: Pubs unable to pay staff due to insurance company issues with closures

IRELAND: Pubs unable to pay staff due to insurance company issues with closures

19 March 2020 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie Call for Government to take immediate action The Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) and the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) have slammed insurers who are refusing to honour the ‘Business Interruption’ cover for pubs who have been forced to close due to the COVID-19 crisis. The representative bodies have […]

Small businesses need help says Cork FF TD

Small businesses need help says Cork FF TD

18 March 2020 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie O’Sullivan calls for drastic measures to help out SME sector Cork South West TD, Christopher O’Sullivan has called for the introduction of some drastic measures to help out the SME sector which is on it’s knees due to the coronavirus outbreak. Deputy O’Sullivan said “There are some very […]

FREIGHT/CARGO ships continue to arrive in Port of Cork

FREIGHT/CARGO ships continue to arrive in Port of Cork

16 March 2020 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie Authorities liaising closely with HSE during COVID-19 pandemic The Port of Cork can confirm that freight operations are continuing as normal, as it works closely with the HSE during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Port of Cork is a key facilitator of trade in the Munster region, and vital […]