Enterprise Ireland has announced its trade mission programme for the rest of the year, aiming to help Irish exporters win new business and expand into new markets.

The search is on for the next round of participants of the Female High Fliers mentoring and training programme, run by DCU's Ryan Academy and supported by Enterprise Ireland. We've details of this and other supports for female entrepreneurs.

The search is on for the next round of the Female High Fliers mentoring and training programme, run through DCU's Ryan Academy and supported by Enterprise Ireland.

Ireland moved up two places in the European Innovation Scoreboard, €274m won by Ireland in Horizon 2020 funding, and Science Foundation Ireland's 2015 annual report shows the economic impact of its work.

Following on from Startup Gathering 2015, this year Cork plays host to the Global Startup Gathering, which includes the Global Investor Challenge competition with €50,000 prize fund up for grabs.

SBCI and Bibby Financial Services Ireland this week launched €45m invoice financing fund for Irish SMEs. We've the details.

Good news for Irish beef exporters this week as Ireland has become the first EU member state approved to export manufacturing beef to the US.

Catch up on some of this week's jobs stories including box office sales for Irish films, latest stats on businesses formed so far this year and projections for job creation in the digital economy.

At the halfway point in the year, IDA reports on its performance so far, including the creation of 9,100 jobs as a result of investments approved by IDA. We've the headline stats from the report.

CSO this week published a report on the make up of businesses in Ireland in 2013 and 2014. We've three top stats to know from the report.


Government Programmes

There are two complementary, Government-wide plans to tackle the jobs challenge:

APJ 2015Action Plan for Jobs
Find out how Government Departments and Agencies work together to improve conditions for creating jobs.

Pathways to Work

Check out the Government’s four-year strategy to radically reduce the number of people on the Live Register.