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1. EU to create blueprint for regional SMEs to receive €10k digital vouchers
The European Commission is publishing a new blueprint for micro enterprises and SMEs in various regions to go digital, which will include a measure to provide digital innovation vouchers worth up to €10,000.
Ireland’s small business community is upbeat about its prospects for the next twelve months, with most respondents to a survey saying they expect further improvements in trading conditions in the coming year and 15% expecting to increase employment.
Two new equity funds with £30m from Invest NI in their coffers have been unveiled by the agency today as part of its access to finance portfolio.
The State’s national pension fund is cashing in €600m in overseas assets as part of a plan to reinvest the money in the Republic, according to a number of reports.
Social Protection Minister Joan Burton is coming under intense pressure to deliver a raft of social welfare reforms – or jeopardise a coalition deal on a reduced €2.5bn Budget.