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Funding for Growth - The Business Angels Market on the Island of Ireland

Funding for Growth - The Business Angels Market on the Island of Ireland
Given the relative novelty of the market there has been a lack of systematic evidence on the characteristics, investment patterns, behaviours and attitudes of Business Angels in either Ireland or Northern Ireland. This report sets out to fill this gap by providing findings from a survey and series of interviews with angels from across the island.

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2016

InterTradeIreland Quarterly Business Monitor Q4 2015

InterTradeIreland Quarterly Business Monitor Q4 2015
Latest Quarter Key Findings - Q4 (Oct - Dec) 2015 89% firms are stable or growing although the momentum of growth is showing signs of diminishing and being replaced by stability. New competition (54%) and discounting by competitors (54%) top of business concerns overtaking cashflow (49%). Businesses which export are forging ahead of those solely focussed on their home markets. 54% of companies with cross-border sales are experiencing growth compared to 30% which don’t export.

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2016

Mapping the Potential for all-island Sectoral Ecosystems

Mapping the Potential for all-island Sectoral Ecosystems
This detailed study, which is the first of its kind, maps geographic concentrations of firms in the same sector on an all-island basis and makes recommendations on how we can leverage the full potential of these ecosystems through new cross-border initiatives.

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2015

InterTradeIreland Quarterly Business Monitor Q2 2015

InterTradeIreland Quarterly Business Monitor Q2 2015
- 83% of businesses are either stable or growing this quarter, a small fall on last quarter and a sign that the recovery is failing to take hold for all firms - Further caution as 8% of firms reported increasing their employment levels in the past quarter and the falling number of businesses reporting sales increases in recent quarters - Growth is being driven by firms who are larger, exporting, have an appetite for further growth and are placing a premium on skills, training and innovation

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2015

InterTradeIreland Quarterly Business Monitor Q1 2015

InterTradeIreland Quarterly Business Monitor Q1 2015
The results from the Q1 2015 InterTradeIreland Business Monitor include: 88% of businesses are either stable or growing this quarter, a small increase on last quarter; Growth is being experienced by more firms who are either larger, exporting or located in Ireland; 11% of firms reported increasing their employment levels in the past quarter; Notes of caution in the slight fall in the number of businesses reporting sales increases and in the number of businesses increasing their level of cross-border trade

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2015

InterTradeIreland Quarterly Business Monitor Q4 2014

InterTradeIreland Quarterly Business Monitor Q4 2014
Key findings from last quarter's business monitor were: 85% of firms across island either stable or in growth mode; 10% of businesses increased employment levels in Q3; 39% of firms reported a rise in sales since last quarter; Exporters and cross-border trader driving growth in this quarter

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2015

InterTradeIreland Quarterly Business Monitor Q3 2014

InterTradeIreland Quarterly Business Monitor Q3 2014
Key findings from the latest business monitor were: 88% of firms across the island are either stable or in growth mode; 12% of businesses increased employment levels in Q3 and 43% of firms reported a rise in sales since the previous quarter.

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2014

SMEs, Credit constraints and Growth - A Cross-Border Study

SMEs, Credit constraints and Growth - A Cross-Border Study
This report uses detailed survey data collected by InterTradeIreland to examine the financing structures and obstacles of firms across the island of Ireland. We focus specifically on how financing has developed between 2012 and 2014 as these economies have moved back into growth.

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2015

InterTradeIreland Quarterly Business Monitor Q2 2014

InterTradeIreland Quarterly Business Monitor Q2 2014
Key findings from last quarter's business monitor were: 37% of businesses reported an increase in sales this quarter, this percentage was higher in exporting companies (55%); the number of companies reporting staff increases remains the highest since 2009 (11%); while SMEs are cautious, there is a clear sign of optimism with 69% of SMEs indicating that they have plans to invest over the next 12 months.

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2014

InterTradeIreland Quarterly Business Monitor Q1 2014

InterTradeIreland Quarterly Business Monitor Q1 2014
Key findings from the latest business monitor were: Broad based recovery with positive growth across all sectors; Sales performance reaching pre- crash levels; Exporters outperforming non-exporters not only in sales but also in skill levels.

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2014

InterTradeIreland Quarterly Business Monitor Q4 2013

InterTradeIreland Quarterly Business Monitor Q4 2013
Encourgingly, the number of businesses indicating they are winding down, contracting or in survival mode has almost halved, falling from 28 per cent in Q3 to 15 per cent this quarter. Despite the positive growth across both economies and an increasing sense of business confidence, employment levels in most businesses continue to remain stable.

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2014

Regions and Innovation: Collaborating across borders

Regions and Innovation:  Collaborating across borders
This latest OECD report addresses three core questions with respect to supporting innovation policy in cross-border regions: Why and when does it make sense to collaborate cross-border for innovation? How can public and private actors work together cross-border (governance)? What are the policy instruments for cross-border innovation collaboration? The study, which comprises in-depth case studies for six European cross-border regions including Ireland-Northern Ireland, found that enhanced cross-border cooperation for innovation can lead to greater global openness, increased regional attractiveness and competitiveness.

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Research, Innovation, OECD

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2014

Access to Finance for growth for SMEs on the island of Ireland

Access to Finance for growth for SMEs on the island of Ireland
The report provides a unique and reliable indication of the supply of finance for SMEs across the island and the level of their demand for finance for growth purposes. The report seeks to widen the debate from an important but narrow focus on the availability of bank finance to a broader discussion on the need for a more diversified financial ecosystem to support the need of growth-oriented businesses. A series of recommendations covering informational deficits, improving financial capability and diversifying the financial product range are included in the report.

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2013

Quarterly Business Monitor Q3 2013

Quarterly Business Monitor Q3 2013
This quarter, the largest business survey on the island showed that 26% of companies are in growing or expansion mode. The percentage of companies in growth mode is the highest to date and has doubled from the last quarter (13%). Results also show a steep rise in the percentage of businesses that are reporting increased sales in both Ireland and Northern Ireland, with this quarter’s percentage being the highest since 2007 (31%).

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2013

Analysis of the key features of an exporting SME on the island of Ireland

Analysis of the key features of an exporting SME on the island of Ireland
This report identifies key characteristics present in successful exporting SMEs and assess the extent to which cross-border exporters have moved onto other markets ‘off the island’. One of the key findings of the report is that the cross-border market on this island is a first step into exporting for almost three quarters of businesses and that the experience gained acts as a stepping stone to further export markets off the island. The report also found that exporters have a strategic approach and are more innovative that firms without export activity, as well as highlighting the importance in exports of the drive and aspiration of the key decision makers in the company.

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2013

Quarterly Business Monitor Q2 2013

Quarterly Business Monitor Q2 2013
This quarter, the largest business survey on the island showed that over 64% of businesses have either maintained or increased their sales over the last quarter. These are the most positive quarterly sales performance figures since Q2 2011. The number of firms reporting a decrease in employees is at its lowest (10%) over that same period.

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2013

Quarterly Business Monitor Q1 2013

Quarterly Business Monitor Q1 2013
This quarter, the largest business survey on the island showed that just less than a fifth (19%) of businesses reported an increase in sales in Q1 2013, with 39% reporting a decrease. Also notably, there has been a convergence in sales and employment performance between businesses in Ireland and Northern Ireland in recent quarters to make them indistinguishable from one another.

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2013

Quarterly Business Monitor Q4 Oct - Dec 2012

Quarterly Business Monitor Q4 Oct - Dec 2012
This quarter, the largest business survey on the island also showed that those who export or who have had cross-border sales are much more likely to report increased sales and less likely to be affected by new competitors to the market. They are also more optimistic about increasing sales and employee numbers in the next year.

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2013

Leveraging the Innovation Ecosystem for business advantage: a cross-border study

Leveraging the Innovation Ecosystem for business advantage: a cross-border study
This report portrays an all-island innovation ecosystem that has all the constituent parts – innovation support agencies, financial services organisations, business service organisations, etc. - required to enable an innovation led economy albeit with different degrees of effectiveness. The innovation ecosystem envisaged by InterTradeIreland will provide for better use of existing resources by putting the firm at the centre of the process. Clearly more has to be done to improve connectivity between the firm, particularly the SME and the other agents in the ecosystem, but there is also a need identified by the report to address clear deficiencies within firms’ culture and capability to manage the innovation process to best advantage.

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2012

Quarterly Business Monitor Q3 July - Sept 2012

Quarterly Business Monitor Q3 July - Sept 2012
According to the latest Business Monitor for Q3 2012, which was conducted with over 1,5000 companies across the island, the protracted economic downturn is showing no signs of improvement. However SMEs remain resilient, amidst extremely difficult trading conditions, and many firms continue to have a positive outlook regarding their forthcoming business performance over the next year.

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2012

A Simple Guide to Cross Border Business – latest edition

A Simple Guide to Cross Border Business – latest edition
It provides up-to-date and user-friendly, comprehensive information on questions regarding trade or business linkages in the other jurisdiction. This guide aims to help SMEs overcome some of the most commonly encountered regulatory barriers and also offers practical advice to those companies seeking to exploit new opportunities. The subjects covered by this publication, include legal considerations, taxation and banking issues among others.

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Simple, Guide, R&D, Tax Credits, Information, Linkages, Companies, services, legal, Tax, finance, debt collection, help, support, cross border, regulations, sales, marketing, advice, Tax relief, joint ventures, products, premises, vat

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2015

Quarterly Business Monitor Q2 April - June 2012

Quarterly Business Monitor Q2 April - June 2012
The largest business survey on the island shows that sales and employment figures in the second quarter of 2012 remain in the same negative territory as the last quarter. Only 13 per cent of businesses across the island are in growth mode with nearly half (46 per cent) reporting that their business is either contracting, in survival mode or winding down.

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2012

Construction Materials Sector Report May 2012

Construction Materials Sector Report May 2012
“A competitive analysis of the construction materials sector” report, aims to assist recovery in the construction materials sector through a series of practical recommendations to tackle capacity issues and to improve competitiveness. The report was commissioned by a steering group comprising representatives of businesses in the quarry products, concrete and asphalt industries across Northern Ireland and Ireland along with representatives from government development agencies.

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2012

ITI Quarter 1 Business Monitor Survey 2012

ITI Quarter 1 Business Monitor Survey 2012
The largest business survey on the island also highlights that overall sales performance figures remain negative on balance this quarter with 22% of businesses reporting an increase in sales but 37% seeing a decline, resulting in a net balance of -15%. These figures show a slight improvement on the last quarter when the respective figures for sales increases stood at 18% and decreases stood at 41%.

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Business, Monitor, Statistics, Cross-border, Trade, Survey, Sentiment

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2012

Quarterly Business Monitor Q4 October - December 2011

Quarterly Business Monitor Q4 October - December 2011
Some of the key findings from Q4: Less than one in five businesses (18%) reported an increase in sales in Q4 2011; Only 4% of businesses reported that they had increased the number of employees in the last quarter; Almost seven out of ten of businesses (69%) reported a moderate or severe impact from the Eurozone crisis. For more detailed findings, contact Dr Eoin Magennis on 028 3083 4165 (048 from Ireland).

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Business, Monitor, Statistics, Cross-border, Trade, Survey, Sentiment

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2012

Quarterly Business Monitor Q3 July - September 2011

Quarterly Business Monitor Q3 July - September 2011
Some of the key findings from Q3: A third (34%) of businesses reported that lack of finance for investment is constraining growth plans. Almost half (46%) of firms reported they were contracting, fighting for survival or winding up. Only 6% of businesses reported that they had increased employment in the previous quarter. In the past 14 quarters more businesses reported a decrease than an increase in their employment levels. For more detailed findings, contact Dr Eoin Magennis on 028 3083 4165 (048 from Ireland).

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Business, Monitor, Statistics, Cross-border, Trade, Survey, Sentiment

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2011

Environmental regulations and cross-border trade & business report

Environmental regulations and cross-border trade & business report
The report identifies where the different interpretation and application of environmental regulations in Ireland and Northern Ireland can create barriers to cross-border trade and business for SMEs. A series of recommendations are made to make easier cross-border compliance with these regulations.

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TFS, waste shipment, cross-border trade, regulations, IPCC, COMAH, WEEE, risk-based, NIEA, EPA Ireland, Environment, appendices

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2011

Agri-Food: A Study for Cross-Border Cooperation

Agri-Food: A Study for Cross-Border Cooperation
The objective of the study is to identify new cooperative opportunities that can deliver mutually beneficial competitiveness gains to the agri-food industry in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The report shows the scale, productivity and significance of the agri-food sector both within the island and on a broader international stage. The main body of the report provides a detailed description of the proposed initiatives for cross-border cooperation that have emerged from the research and a summary of these proposals.

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agri, food, competitiveness

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2011

Quarterly Business Monitor April - June 2011

Quarterly Business Monitor April - June 2011
The key finding from the Q2 2011 Business Monitor is that there are some signs of improvement in company performance with 26% reporting an increase in sales. However, the recovery is sluggish, especially for small firms, among whom almost 1 in 2 describe themselves as ‘contracting’, ‘in survival mode’ or ‘winding up’.

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Business, Monitor, Statistics, Cross-border, Trade, Survey, Sentiment

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2011

Business and Carbon Measurement on the Island of Ireland

Business and Carbon Measurement on the Island of Ireland
This report highlights the challenges and barriers to GHG measurement and tries to identify opportunities that businesses can achieve from improved Carbon measurement. It gives an insight into what is being done by regulators and how businesses on the island respond to market pressure to measure and report their carbon footprint. Also the report looks at the effects of climate change, green house gases and emissions on business operations and products

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Carbon Measurement, Climate change, Green house gases (GHG), Emissions, Barriers, Regulation, Enterprise Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland

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2011

Environmental Goods and Services Sector on the Island of Ireland Final Report

Environmental Goods and Services Sector on the Island of Ireland Final Report
This report provides significant baseline information on the growing environmental goods and services (EGS) sector, and identifies how the sector offers both Ireland and Northern Ireland potential for economic growth through the development of high-value ‘green collar’ businesses and jobs. In looking at the existing enterprise base, drivers of the EGS sector and international developments, the strongest possibilities for enterprise opportunities in a number of key sub-sectors are identified.

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Opportunities, “Green Growth”, Environmental, Goods, Policy, Services

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2008

Quarterly Business Monitor January - March 2011

Quarterly Business Monitor January - March 2011
The Business Monitor for Q1 2011 found evidence that firms who are diversifying their products and services or into new markets are more likely to be weathering the storms of recession. The challenge now facing businesses is one of rising costs, especially energy bills, and this is putting extra pressure on those who cutting prices.

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Business, Monitor, Statistics, Cross-border, Trade, Survey, Sentiment

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2011

Quarterly Business Monitor July - September 2010

Quarterly Business Monitor July - September 2010
The Business Monitor for Q3 2010 found that the economy remained in a period of fragile recovery. This survey looked at the question of access to bank finance and found that only 16% of firms had asked their bank for new credit but that almost three quarters of these were successful.

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Business, Monitor, Statistics, Cross-border, Trade, Survey, Sentiment

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2011

Quarterly Business Monitor October - December 2010

Quarterly Business Monitor October - December 2010
The Business Monitor for Q4 2010 concentrated on the issues of the cost of doing business (against a background of rising input costs) and the supports to firms from government.

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Business, Monitor, Statistics, Cross-border, Trade, Survey, Sentiment

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2011

Working Paper: Investigation into North/South Trade Statistics

Working Paper: Investigation into North/South Trade Statistics
This report investigates the differences between North/South trade figures up to 2006 published by CSO, HMRC and DETI. It is a follow-up to the 2003 report which considered broadly similar issues. Since the 2003 report, however, there have been significant changes in the methodology applied to the HMRC data and increasing discrepancies between the different data sources have become evident.

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Investigation, Working, Sectors, Trade, Statistics, CSO, DETI, North South Trade

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2009

All-Island Procurement Competitiveness Report

All-Island Procurement Competitiveness Report
The study provides a more comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of the public procurement market on the island of Ireland. In addition, it makes recommendations for mutually beneficial cooperative actions in the following areas: 1) The provision of supports to build company capacity and capability; 2) The identification and removal of barriers preventing the operation of an open all-island public procurement market; and 3) The use of public procurement to drive innovation.

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Public Procurement, Capability, Accessibility, Market, SME, Tenders, Tendering, Procurement Opportunities, Barriers

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2009

Exploration Of Factors That Might Explain The Level Of North/south Trade

Exploration Of Factors That Might Explain The Level Of North/south Trade
The recent study of North/South trade flows by InterTradeIreland showed that trade is below that expected. This study goes further in exploring some possible explanations for this gap between expected and actual North/South trade. The two factors which have been looked at are the differences in the sectoral structure of the two economies on the island of Ireland and the level of foreign direct investment (FDI) in different sectors and how this affects trade patterns. Once these factors are taken account of the real gap between actual and expected North/South trade volumes is considerably closer.

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Gravity, Trade, FDI, Sectors, North, South

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2011

Cross-Border Trade: A Discussion Paper on North–South Trade Issues

Cross-Border Trade: A Discussion Paper on North–South Trade Issues
Review of cross-border trade between the North and South of Ireland, with a particular focus on the food and drink sector. It includes recommendations targeted to address information deficiencies, barriers to trade and opportunities of development.

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Research, Analysis, Trade, Statistics, Cross-Border

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2000

Supply Chain Challenge. A Discussion on the North/South Dimension

Supply Chain Challenge. A Discussion on the North/South Dimension
This paper develops a number of proposals to improve supply chains across the island of Ireland. It is based on a review of theory and practice and includes an analysis of agency activities in the area. The report has identified specific areas to improve competitiveness through increased collaboration in supply chain management, sub-supply and supplier development.

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Manufacturing, Networks, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transport, Export

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2002

All island competitiveness. E-business working paper

All island competitiveness. E-business working paper
This working paper is one in a series of three such papers which look at all-island competitiveness issues in the areas of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), eBusiness and Skills. The general aim of the papers is to explore areas in which a shared vision and a commonality of purpose could lead to collaborative programmes offering genuine competitive advantage for both jurisdictions.

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Competitiveness, ebusiness

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2002

Chamber SME E-business survey

Chamber SME E-business survey
The Chamber E-Business Survey 2002 is one of the largest independent pieces of research into the take up of e-business among small and medium sized businesses in Ireland. It is intended to highlight the progress that has been made since 2001 and more importantly the obstacles that remain to the increased use of ICT which is critical to the competitiveness of Irish businesses.

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Research, SME, ICT, Business, Competitiveness, MORI, MRC, Strategy, Cisco

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2002

Developing all-Ireland air services on the island of Ireland

Developing all-Ireland air services on the island of Ireland
This report identifies a latent demand for air flights between Northern Ireland and a range of locations in the Republic of Ireland particularly between Belfast and Cork/Dublin/Shannon. The current limited availability of cross-border air services is a significant gap in the range of transport facilities vital for the support of cross-border trade and business development, recreation and tourism. The report presents an overview of the financial viability of the most promising air routes and outlines the contribution of Public Service Obligation (PSO) support and interline traffic for sector viability.

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Air, Services, Flights, Tourism, Business, Traffic, Travel

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2003

North/South Trade: A Statistical Ground-Clearing Exercise

North/South Trade: A Statistical Ground-Clearing Exercise
Developing an understanding of trade flows within a North/South context is complicated by the existence of three official sources of statistics on trade across the shared border. Some confusion exists over fundamental issues such as the quantum of North/South trade flows, the balance of trade between the North and the South and the sectoral composition of such trade. This report clears the ground of the confusion that surrounds these basic issues, as far as is possible within current data collection procedures. It uncovers the definitional and methodological differences that account for the apparent inconsistencies between the three official data series and allows a reliable baseline indicator to be established against which future movements can be assessed.

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Statistical, Clearing, Exercise, Trade, Efficiency

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2003

Toward Mutual Recognition of Qualifications on the Island – An Information Guide

Toward Mutual Recognition of Qualifications on the Island – An Information Guide
This report recommended that the departments of education North and South construct a formal North-South qualifications exercise as a matter of urgency once the new Ireland and Northern Ireland frameworks became embedded.

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Mutual, Recognition, Qualifications, Department, Framework

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2002

Analysis of Manufacturing Growth and Productivity

Analysis of Manufacturing Growth and Productivity
The report highlighted differences in the performance of manufacturing sectors N&S this was as a result of the dominance of FDI in certain sectors in the South.

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Manufacturing, Growth, Productivity, FDI, Sectors

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2003

Entrepreneurship on the Island of Ireland

Entrepreneurship on the Island of Ireland
This report represents the first in-depth assessment of entrepreneurial activity on the island of Ireland. The report suggests that the differences in the extent, scope, and trends in entrepreneurial activity between Ireland and Northern Ireland may be due to differences in policy objectives and policy interventions; in the personal social context of the adult population (belief in skills to start a new business and presence of role models); in rates of informal investment in new businesses; in the general economic environment; and in the demographic profile of the population.

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Entrepreneurship, Environment, Survey, Analysis, Data, Entrepreneurs

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2003

Entrepreneurship on the Island of Ireland in 2004 - Ireland Summary

Entrepreneurship on the Island of Ireland in 2004 - Ireland Summary
The aim of Entrepreneurship on the Island of Ireland in 2004 is to develop insights into the entrepreneurial environment on the island of Ireland and to recommend means by which a dynamic entrepreneurial environment can be developed throughout the island. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Adult Population Surveys for Northern Ireland and Ireland have been merged to allow the island analysis to be undertaken.

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Entrepreneurship, Environment, Survey, Analysis, Data, Entrepreneurs

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2004

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2005

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2005
This report analyses the entrepreneurial activity in Ireland in 2005 and compares it to that in other high income countries. It is also tracked over time to detect changes and the early emergence of trends. It also makes policy recommendations for an increased entrepreneurial activity on the island.

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Global, Entrepreneurship, Monitor, Income, Countries, Analysis, Statistics, Entrepreneurs

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2005

Survey of business links on the island of Ireland – Full report

Survey of business links on the island of Ireland –  Full report
This report provides an overview of the extent, nature and intensity of cross-border business linkages among companies on the island in 2002. The findings were drawn from the cross-border survey of companies carried out on behalf of InterTradeIreland by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in Dublin. The main objectives of the survey were to: Define business activities within the island; define business operating problems on the island, define a perception of business problems and to provide a quantitative analysis of the export and import linkages. The report identifies synergies which could derive from cross-border trade.

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Linkages, Activities, Export, Import, Problems, Analysis

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2005

Calibration and Testing Services Directory

Calibration and Testing Services Directory
The directory is a key business resource, providing a list of organisations that supply technical services across a range of sectors. The accredited services available from each organisation have been highlighted as the use of recognised standards and verifiable procedures provides for confidence in the safety, quality and environmental acceptability of products and processes. The directory contains information on the services of more than 140 organisations and covers many diverse technological fields.

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Calibration, Testing Services, Directory, Technical services, Information, Business

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2005

Business Networks on the island of Ireland

Business Networks on the island of Ireland
This report presents for the first time a snapshot of the business networks and clusters on the Island of Ireland. It concludes that the incidence of networks and clusters is widespread and that significant numbers of companies are involved. The report identifies a total of 110 networks and clusters across the island - with participation drawn from close to 10,000 firms, 93 per cent of which are small or medium-sized enterprises. The report also identifies the key role that public sector agencies play in supporting the development of business networks and clusters, in both North and South.

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Business, Networks, Clusters, Companies, Enterprises, Business Networks, Partnerships, Support

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2005

A Competitiveness Analysis of the Polymer & Plastics Industry on the Island of Ireland

A Competitiveness Analysis of the Polymer & Plastics Industry on the Island of Ireland
This report provided 18 recommendations to improve company competitiveness through all-island collaboration. The key recommendation was the establishment of an all-island network to take forward the other recommendations from the reports, which were based around innovation, industry-academic collaboration, training and up-skilling, all-island benchmarking activity and best practice.

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Competitive, Polymer, Plastic, Industry, Analysis

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2006

North Atlantic Trade and Transport Study

North Atlantic Trade and Transport Study
Study into the potential viability of a direct shipping service between the island of Ireland and North America deals with issues which are highly significant for the competitiveness of business in both parts of the island. The study examines the elements which would have to interlock successfully in order to deliver a direct shipping service which makes economic sense for both users and shippers and is sustainable.

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Direct, Shipping, Services, America, Atlantic, Transport, Trade, Irish Exporters Association, Export

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2007

All-Island competitiveness Information and Communications Technology

All-Island competitiveness Information and Communications Technology
The AIBCM resulted in seven research working papers focusing on key policy issues completed between May 2004 and October 2006 including: Innovation; Productivity and profitability; Factors which shape export performance; Comparative competitive performance of firms; Distribution of sectoral productivity; Factors behind cross-border cooperation; Spatial clustering and firm performance.

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Communication, Policy, Innovation, Productivity, Performance, Competitiveness, Technology

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2002

Management matters in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

Management matters in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland
This report details investigative research into the management practices currently in use in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The objectives were to: compare the levels of managerial skills with those in Great Britain and other countries; identify areas of weakness in the management practices of manufacturing firms; identify the factors that may account for the differences; indicate where targeted improvements could improve performance and investigate whether similar issues also apply in tradable services firms.

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Management, Capability, McKinsey, Nick Bloom, Practice

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2009

Regulatory Barriers to Cross-Border Trade and Business

Regulatory Barriers to Cross-Border Trade and Business
The aim of this study is to identify where differences in regulation impose a significant cost to businesses that wish to operate on both sides of the border.

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Barriers, Regulatory, Restrictions, Legislation, Business, Cross-border Trade

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2009

A Gravity Model Approach to Estimating the Expected Volume of North/South Trade

A Gravity Model Approach to Estimating the Expected Volume of North/South Trade
This report aims to assess whether aggregate and sectoral cross-border trade between Ireland and Northern Ireland is at, above or below the expected level. As such the analysis provides a vital input into the formulation and targeting of policies to promote trade and business development on the island of Ireland.

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Gravity, Volume, Model, Trade, Results, Statistics, Growth, North, South

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2009

Survey of business links on the island of Ireland – Summary Report

Survey of business links on the island of Ireland – Summary Report
This report provides an overview of the extent, nature and intensity of cross-border business linkages among companies on the island in 2002. The findings were drawn from the cross-border survey of companies carried out on behalf of InterTradeIreland by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in Dublin. The main objectives of the survey were to: Define business activities within the island; define business operating problems on the island, define a perception of business problems and to provide a quantitative analysis of the export and import linkages. The report identifies synergies which could derive from cross-border trade.

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Linkages, Activities, Export, Import, Problems, Analysis

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2005

Entrepreneurship on the Island 2004 - Full

Entrepreneurship on the Island 2004 - Full
The aim of Entrepreneurship on the Island of Ireland in 2004 is to develop insights into the entrepreneurial environment on the island of Ireland and to recommend means by which a dynamic entrepreneurial environment can be developed throughout the island. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Adult Population Surveys for Northern Ireland and Ireland have been merged to allow the island analysis to be undertaken.

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Entrepreneurship, Environment, Survey, Analysis, Data, Entrepreneurs

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2004

Entrepreneurship on the Island of Ireland in 2004 - NI Summary

Entrepreneurship on the Island of Ireland in 2004 - NI Summary
The aim of Entrepreneurship on the Island of Ireland in 2004 is to develop insights into the entrepreneurial environment on the island of Ireland and to recommend means by which a dynamic entrepreneurial environment can be developed throughout the island. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Adult Population Surveys for Northern Ireland and Ireland have been merged to allow the island analysis to be undertaken.

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Entrepreneurship, Environment, Survey, Analysis, Data, Entrepreneurs

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2004

Mapping the Bio-Island. A North-South study of the private biotechnology sector Republic of Ireland. Working Paper

Mapping the Bio-Island. A North-South study of the private biotechnology sector Republic of Ireland. Working Paper
This report quantifies the numbers, the scale and a selection of other characteristics for the private biotechnology sector companies on the island of Ireland. It also examines their current collaborative contacts and their interest in developing greater collaborative linkages. The study involved the identification of the stock of ‘modern biotechnology’ companies on the island, i.e. those companies who predominantely employ the tools of modern biotechnology to provide products and services.

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Bio-island, Technology, Biotech

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2003

Engineering a Knowledge Island 2020 Full Report

Engineering a Knowledge Island 2020 Full Report
The focus of this report is to propose a vision for a knowledge-based economy which would place the island of Ireland in the forefront of the most advanced economies by 2020. This report seeks to indicate the trends in demand for people with engineering and information technology (IT) qualifications which will allow the target of reaching a ranking for the economy of the island in the Top 5 countries in the world to be achieved. This target is the benchmark against which the supply needs for engineers and IT specialists is assessed.

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Engineering, Knowledge, Knowledge Island, Programmes, Planning, Collaboration, Irish Academy of Engineering

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2005

Engineering a Knowledge Island 2020 Summary Report

Engineering a Knowledge Island 2020 Summary Report
The focus of this report is to propose a vision for a knowledge-based economy which would place the island of Ireland in the forefront of the most advanced economies by 2020. This report seeks to indicate the trends in demand for people with engineering and information technology (IT) qualifications which will allow the target of reaching a ranking for the economy of the island in the Top 5 countries in the world to be achieved. This target is the benchmark against which the supply needs for engineers and IT specialists is assessed.

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Engineering, Knowledge, Knowledge Island, Programmes, Planning, Collaboration, Irish Academy of Engineering

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2005

University Collaboration on Technology Transfer: An All-Island Feasibility Study

University Collaboration on Technology Transfer: An All-Island Feasibility Study
The report makes a number of recommendations as to how the universities on the island, North and South, might work together to strengthen and extend the capability of technology transfer services in the third level sector. The study looks at the potential for collaborative activity in the area of Intellectual Property (IP) management and technology transfer by the universities on the island of Ireland.

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University, Transfer, Technology, Feasibility, Study, Technology Transfer, R&D

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2006

Higher Education – Industry Cooperation. A Discussion Paper on the NorthSouth Dimension

Higher Education – Industry Cooperation. A Discussion Paper on the NorthSouth Dimension
This paper outlines a number of broad proposals regarding North/South activities in Higher Education and Industry Cooperation. The objective of this research was to assist in the identification of specific areas of action to improve competitiveness through collaboration. The main recommendations resulting from the research are: 1) cross-border joint research, 2) research commercialisation and 3) skills development.

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Industry, Economy, Research, Higher Education, Education

Year

2000

A Study of the Design Services Sector on the Island of Ireland

A Study of the Design Services Sector on the Island of Ireland
This report examines the strengths and weaknesses of the design sector and makes recommendations about how to build on those strengths in order to stimulate one small but important part of the economy that can create added-value to the economy as a whole.

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Design, Study, Services, Sector, Business, Competitiveness

Year

2009

Mapping Study of Research & Technological Development Centres on the island of Ireland

Mapping Study of Research & Technological Development Centres on the island of Ireland
This report presents, for the first time, a picture of a ‘knowledge island’ that is rich and diverse with a strong degree of complementarity between North and South. It also assesses the relationships between Research and Technological Development centres. The report concludes that collaborative activity on a cross-border basis is lower than what could be expected.
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Mapping, Technological, R&D, Development, Collaboration, RTD , Researchers

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2008

Baseline Survey of Commercialisation Staff & Skills in Major R&D Performing Institutions in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Working Paper

Baseline Survey of Commercialisation Staff & Skills in Major R&D Performing Institutions in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Working Paper
The purpose of this baseline survey is to more precisely define the current status of commercialisation staff, skills, budget and other supports within relevant institutions across the island of Ireland. The paper is designed to inform debate on crucial commercialization issues.

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Survey, Staff, Skills, Budget, Commercialisation, R&D, Dr. Jim Ryan, Tony Forde

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2002

Spatial Strategies on the Island of Ireland: Development of a Framework for Collaborative action

Spatial Strategies on the Island of Ireland: Development of a Framework for Collaborative action
This report looks at the two spatial strategies on the island of Ireland – the National Spatial Strategy (NSS) for Ireland and the Regional Development Strategy (RDS) for Northern Ireland, and suggests a framework of collaboration.

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Spatial, Framework, Development, Strategy, Planning, Investment, Special Strategy

Year

2006

Infrastructure for an Island Population of 8 Million - Full report

Infrastructure for an Island Population of 8 Million - Full report
The purpose of the report is to identify and make recommendations on the long-term infrastructure which will be required in order to achieve world-class competitiveness for the island. Adopting a long-term perspective ensures that economic choices are made and avoids the risk of revisiting incremental decisions based on short-term pressures.

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City Regions, Infrastructure, Economic, Transport, Population, Engineering

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2010

Infrastructure for an Island Population of 8 Million - Summary Report

Infrastructure for an Island Population of 8 Million - Summary Report
The purpose of the report is to identify and make recommendations on the long-term infrastructure which will be required in order to achieve world-class competitiveness for the island. Adopting a long-term perspective ensures that economic choices are made and avoids the risk of revisiting incremental decisions based on short-term pressures.

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City Regions, Infrastructure, Economic, Transport, Population, Engineering

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2010

The Newry-Dundalk Twin City Region: Supporting the Implementation of Cross-Border Collaborative Frameworks

The Newry-Dundalk Twin City Region: Supporting the Implementation of Cross-Border Collaborative Frameworks
The study brings together recent and current research on how to realise the benefits of cross-border collaboration in the Newry-Dundalk sub-region through integrated planning and development strategies.

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Twin-City, Implementation, Newry, Dundalk, Initiatives

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2009

Freight Transport Report for the Island of Ireland

Freight Transport Report for the Island of Ireland
This study aims to understand the opportunities, constraints and key issues for freight on the island of Ireland. The study examines current freight flows throughout the Northern Ireland and Ireland and how freight moves between the both jurisdictions and GB, the rest of EU and the wider global economy.

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Freight, Transport, Logistics, Policies, Export, Supply Chain

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2008

Clothing and footwear. An Ireland retail perspective

Clothing and footwear. An Ireland retail perspective
Market report including information on trends, size, market value, and opportunities of the clothing and footwear sector from an all-island perspective.

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Clothing, Footwear, Information, Size, Markets, Sector

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2000

Contract fitted furniture. An Ireland perspective

Contract fitted furniture. An Ireland perspective
Market report including information on trends, market value and opportunities of the fitted furniture sector on the island of Ireland. In this report, contract fitted furniture is wood based fitted kitchen furniture and bedroom fitted wardrobes that are part of an overall building contract – as distinct from individual consumer purchases.

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Contract, Fitted Furniture, Wardrobes, Wood, Trends, Furniture

Year

2000

Contract office furniture. An Ireland perspective

Contract office furniture. An Ireland perspective
Market report including information on trends, market value and opportunities of the office furniture sector on the island of Ireland. Contract office furniture is defined as new furniture, primarily wood based, that is supplied by either a manufacturer directly or through an agent or distributor as part of the fitting out contract for a new office development or a major rebuild and refurbishment.

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Contract Office Furniture , Office Furniture, Furniture, Wood, Equipment

Year

2000

Domestic Furniture. An Ireland Retail Perspective

Domestic Furniture. An Ireland Retail Perspective
Market report including information on trends, market value and opportunities of the domestic furniture sector on the island of Ireland.

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Domestic Furniture, Value, Market, Trends, Furniture

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2000

Giftware & Jewellery. An Ireland retail perspective

Giftware & Jewellery. An Ireland retail perspective
Market report including information on trends, market value and opportunities of the giftware and jewellery sectors on the island of Ireland. The report includes information on glassware, pottery, tableware, ornamental china, knitwear and textiles.

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Giftware, Jewellery, Tableware, Textiles, Trends

Year

2000

Hotel furniture. An Ireland perspective

Hotel furniture. An Ireland perspective
Market report including information on trends, market value and opportunities of the hotel furniture sector on the island of Ireland. This report covers the new build and refurbishment hotel furniture market for bedrooms, dining rooms, restaurants, bars and reception areas.

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Hotel Furniture, Fittings, Offices, Hotels, Furniture, Furnishings

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2000

Houseware and soft furnishings. An Ireland retail perspective

Houseware and soft furnishings. An Ireland retail perspective
Market report including information on trends, market value and opportunities of the houseware and soft furnishings sector on the island of Ireland. This report considers the following four categories in detail: soft furnishings, carpets, lighting mirrors and frames.

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Houseware, Soft Furnishings, Carpets, Lighting, Mirrors, Trends, Giftware

Year

2000

Small kitchen appliances. An Ireland retail perspective

Small kitchen appliances. An Ireland retail perspective
Market report including information on trends, market value and opportunities of the small kitchen appliances sector on the island of Ireland. This report addresses the following categories: 1) Small domestic electrical appliances (kettles, toasters, cookers and electric fires) and 2) kitchen tools (surface savers, cutting boards and lap trays).

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Kitchen Appliances, Kitchens, Tools, Kitchen Market, Equipment

Year

2000

A review of the all-island construction sector

A review of the all-island construction sector
The report aims to be a central point of reference for the construction sector, highlighting market trends, opportunities and barriers to development and cooperation in a cross-border context that exist or may potentially exist, for the benefit of both economies. A number of recommendations are proposed to help the industry realise its potential under the current economic conditions, aimed both at the private sector (for implementation at individual company level) and the public sector, to be executed by support organisations and other relevant government bodies.

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Construction, Review, Build, Company, Private, Public

Year

2003

Ireland: A £20 billion retail market

Ireland: A £20 billion retail market
This report provides an overview of the consumer market in Ireland, with a specific focus on the retail sector. The report covers three broad areas: 1) Economic trends that impact on consumer purchasing patterns and behaviour, 2) the changing retail marketplace and 3) strategic advice for manufacturers seeking to grow their sales in Ireland.

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Consumer Market, Sector, Trends, Retail, Consumers

Year

2000

A Review of the All-Island Furniture Industry

A Review of the All-Island Furniture Industry
The report looks at the state of the furniture manufacturing sector on the island of Ireland and identifies the main issues that are affecting its growth and development. It highlights the opportunities for development available to the sector and makes recommendations to strengthen the foundations for higher levels of cooperation across the industry within and between Northern Ireland and Ireland. The report includes information on, market value and opportunities of the furniture sector.

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Furniture, Review, Manufacturing, Growth, Development

Year

2004

A Review of the All-Island Horticulture Industry

A Review of the All-Island Horticulture Industry
In this report, the horticulture industry is described in terms of its economic value, capacity and employment. The review covers how the industry meets the challenges of the marketplace and offers a brief summary of the outlook for the future. The report highlights: 1) Market conditions, 2) Value of the horticulture industry, 3) Employment in the horticulture industry and 4) Outlook.

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Review, Horticulture, Industry, Conditions, Markets, Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers

Year

2004

Cutting our cloth: A review of the all-island clothing and textiles industry

Cutting our cloth: A review of the all-island clothing and textiles industry
This report reviews the Clothing and Textiles industry in Ireland and Northern Ireland in the light of the substantial changes that have occurred in the local and global economies in the recent past. It seeks to understand the current state of the industry and its performance as well as to examine the trading environment within which the industry operates and to identify opportunities for growth and development. The report offers recommendations on how these opportunities of growth can be realised through enhanced north/south collaboration.

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Clothing, Textiles, Global, Economies, Performance

Year

2005

Market Report on the Microgeneration of the Renewable Energy Sector

Market Report on the Microgeneration of the Renewable Energy Sector
The microgeneration of the renewable energy industry on island of Ireland is composed of a variety of business types, each of varying size, and dealing with different technologies and applications of renewable energy such as solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, ground source heat pumps, or wood pellet stoves. According to the report, this niche sector has a real potential to become a large growth industry in the future, particularly as measures are taken to deal with higher energy costs, energy security and carbon emissions.

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Micro-generation, Renewable, Energy, Report, Bio-mass, Wind

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2010

Market Report on the Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Sectors

Market Report on the Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Sectors
The report offers and overview of the sector highlighting the trends, issues, challenges and also the opportunities to develop cross-border trading of compost and technologies. The report highlights that if every household and business on the island were provided with a brown bin, up to 1.5 to 2 million tonnes of organic waste could be diverted from landfill and approximately 12,000 jobs could be created.

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Market, Report, Composting, Anaerobic, Digestion

Year

2009

Market report on the energy management sector

Market report on the energy management sector
This report considers energy management and energy efficiency services which is a new sector that involves businesses involved in measuring and managing resource efficiency through a combination of ICT hardware (e.g. sensor technologies) and software, as well as consultancy and efficiency advice activities.

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Energy, Management, LED, Industry, Report

Year

2011

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2004

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2004
This report analyses the entrepreneurial activity in Ireland in 2004 and compares it to that in other high income countries. It is also tracked over time to detect changes and the early emergence of trends. It also makes policy recommendations for an increased entrepreneurial activity on the island.

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Monitor, Entrepreneurship, Global, GEM, Report, Venture, Finance, Paula Fitzsimons, Colm O’Gorman, Sinead Murray

Year

2004

Comprehensive Study on the All-Island Economy

Comprehensive Study on the All-Island Economy
The report identifies collaborative actions to address the competitive challenges facing both parts of the island and the economic problems that persist as a result of the border with these being pursued where they are cost effective and deliver all-island benefits.

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Comprehensive, BIIGC, Study, Economy, Co-operation, Opportunities, R&D, Prof. John Fitzgerald, Prof. Mike Smyth, Prof. Stephen Roper

Year

2007

All-Island Business Case Studies

All-Island Business Case Studies

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Corporate Solutions, Dohertys, FM Environmental, Iarnrod Eireann, Musgrave, Norbrook, Quinn Direct, Ulster Bank, A&L Goodbody, Andronics, Blue Chip Technologies, C&C Ireland

Year

2003

Business Networks on the island of Ireland April 2011

Business Networks on the island of Ireland April 2011
The research shows the benefits of business networks both to the companies involved and to the wider economy. Engagement with business networks changes firm behaviour including, for example, joint bidding on contracts, purchasing materials on a group basis and collaborative research and/or design activities. Through these and other network-related activities the members have benefited from sales increases, greater cost competitiveness and enhanced innovative endeavour. It is important that supports for business networks and collaborative cross-sectoral approaches are geared towards delivering export market opportunities, enhancing productivity and innovation and developing strategically important sectors.

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Networks, Mapping, Policy, Networking, Clusters, Collaboration, Companies

Year

2011

Competitive Analysis of the Construction Materials Sector on the Island of Ireland (Updated Nov 2015)

Competitive Analysis of the Construction Materials Sector on the Island of Ireland (Updated Nov 2015)
In 2012 InterTradeIreland, the Irish Concrete Federation and the Quarry Products Association of Northern Ireland published a competitive analysis of the construction materials sector on the island of Ireland. The report articulated a vision for the sector based on a combination of strong management capability, efficient use of resources/capacity, product quality and innovation. This report updates that research and finds that the recovery in construction materials output is regionally concentrated, driven, in part, by exports and for it to be consolidated and broadened there is a need for greater levels of investment, regulation and innovation within the sector.

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2015

Market Report on the Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Sectors

Market Report on the Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Sectors
This report considers energy management and energy efficiency services which is a new sector that involves businesses involved in measuring and managing resource efficiency through a combination of ICT hardware (e.g. sensor technologies) and software, as well as consultancy and efficiency advice activities.

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Composting, Anaerobic, Digestion, Food, Industry

Year

2011

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