Category Archives: Banking & Finance

The strategic role of procurement

The new President of the Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management, Gary Shanley, explains how procurement has become a critical business function.  As a critical business function, procurement has the ability...

Bank restructuring: An update

Deleveraging targets are being met by Irish banks but some economists warn that too sharp a cutback in lending could slow growth. Meanwhile, the financial services sector has stabilised. The March 2011...

European Investment Bank profile

Despite the European Investment Bank’s relatively low profile, it has had a major tangible impact in Ireland since the State joined the EU. Peter Cheney explains its role. Most commentary on the...

Credit guarantee scheme

€450 million in new lending to exporting SMEs is predicted under the credit guarantee scheme but businesses question its effectiveness. Exporters’ representatives have criticised the terms of the Government’s credit guarantee scheme...