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1.   Time to juggle the investments to beat the looming new year tax hikes

Brian Weber, head of wealth manager Quilter’s Dublin office, is urging clients to consider a ‘B&B’ transaction to avoid paying the higher tax rates on Gains from 2014 onwards. His advice is to cash in now and pay the current rate of 36% on Investment funds, and buy back the same investment with their funds in 2014.

2.   Right online profile can transform a company’s fortune.

Export Technologies e-commerce software generated £1bn for its customers last year. The company, based in Belfast, provides a full multi-channel solution that includes everything needed to sell successfully online, including a website, shopping cart, social media integration, multiple languages and currency options, report generation and payment processing solutions

3.   Funding ‘down 40%’ as top-up controversy continues

Fundraising Ireland CEO Anne Hanniffy discusses the negative impact the top-up scandal has had on all charities. She has called all charities to publish their accounts on line as a matter of urgent public duty, while also calling on the Government to establish the Charity Regulator within the first quarter of 2014.

4.   Ireland leaves it’s bailout behind

Three years on and Ireland has now officially exited it’s bailout in a landmark for the euro zone’s efforts to resolves our debt crisis.

5.   One third of SME’s don’t understand energy bills and 86% don’t know how to lower them

Energy costs account for 9% of overheads for SME’s in Ireland, but one-third don’t understand their bills. The figures are carried in a AIB sponsored research report on the level of energy efficiency in businesses. 54% of those surveyed expect energy costs to rise in the next 3 years. AIB have also announced that they will make lending of €100 million available for SME’s to complete energy efficiency projects.


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