Interviews and Features
Black Economy: Dirty Money
By its very nature, it’s hard to quantify. A nixer. Cash in hand. Off the books. Many terms abound for the black economy, and it’s always there. Operating in the background, writes David Elkin.
Charities: Charitable trust
As in almost all aspects of life, charities are facing tougher regulation. Adherence to these rules will prevent the trust that may have taken years to build up being lost in an instant, writes Barbara O’Driscoll.
Cover Story: Little trouble in big China
Despite cautionary tales about the many and varied bureaucratic and legal pitfalls of doing business in China, Liam Casey – whose company PCH has its main operating facilities there – says in his experience, they are unfounded. John Walsh reports.
Equality: Still gazing at the glass ceiling
With little apparent political interest in raising the issue of boardroom gender quotas, it seems more likely appointment committees will be strong-armed by Brussels than the Dáil, writes Christopher Goodfellow.
With the scrappage scheme gone, companies need to focus on getting their fundamentals right in terms of customer care and the product – and will be doing so in more challenging market, writes David Elkin.
Profile: The Boucher boy
Bank of Ireland CEO Richie Boucher has survived mutterings about his remuneration, bonuses, and some tricky rights issues, but he has thus far managed to keep the bank in private ownership. Patrick Freyne reports.
Staff management: Motivate to accumulate
Without any real opportunity to job hop, the dynamism new blood brings to a company can only be replicated by good staff engagement. Value them and they will repay you a hundredfold, writes Paul O’Donnell.
Telecoms: Integration a good call for BT
Graham Sutherland talks to John Walsh about BT’s operations north and south and what the future holds for the telecoms sector.