Brian Purcell

Brian Purcell

The lowdown: understanding audits

The lowdown: understanding audits

Due to increases in audit exemption thresholds over the years, many companies may not have had a ...

The lowdown: Company models

The lowdown: Company models

Brian Purcell is president of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland

The lowdown: Selling your bank on your business

The lowdown: Selling your bank on your business

The key to achieving a positive response to your application for business credit is to make a str...

The lowdown: a budget wishlist for SMEs

The lowdown: a budget wishlist for SMEs

It is vital that this year’s budget recognises and supports the SME sector in Ireland. The fol...

The lowdown: Even though you don’t have to audit, should you?

The lowdown: Even though you don’t have to audit, should you?

Who is eligible for the audit exemption, and why?

The lowdown: Data fingers that add value

The lowdown: Data fingers that add value

Financial ratio analysis is one of the simplest techniques a business owner can use to measure their company’s performance.

The lowdown: Irish Companies Act 2014

The lowdown: Irish Companies Act 2014

The new Irish Companies Act 2014 commenced almost in it’s entirety on June 1, 2015, replacing o...

The lowdown: Sources of SME finance

The lowdown: Sources of SME finance

Many small and medium enterprises in Ireland continue to find it difficult to source finance, for...

Be your own boss: Creating your own PR

Be your own boss: Creating your own PR

Even if you have a tight budget there are still some things you can do to get your business noticed, writes Brian Purcell.

Determination to succeed is key to survival

Determination to succeed is key to survival

The most arduous job interview in the country finally came to an end last Monday, after 13 tortuous weeks of slog and strife which culminated in a grand launch for the Ford motor company in the Wright Venue.

The skills a candidate needs to succeed

The skills a candidate needs to succeed

The job interview from hell is almost over, at least for this year. Sorting out the stronger candidates has been quite an arduous task and there have been a few surprises along the way.

Platinum wins with a KISS

Platinum wins with a KISS

The Appleby task produced the shock of the series as one of the strongly tipped favourites bowed out of the competition and took the bulk of the blame for Team Cú Chulainn’s failure in this task to produce a new radio ad, tagline and advertorial for

Teams fall flat on Microsoft task

Teams fall flat on Microsoft task

Ten weeks down, four candidates left and three tasks to go.

Confidence key to Platinum’s victory

Confidence key to Platinum’s victory

Week nine saw both teams going back to basics with a straightforward business-to business selling task for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.

Team Platinum’s drink unit gadget measures up

Team Platinum’s drink unit gadget measures up

All of a sudden it has dawned on the remaining candidates and the viewers that we’re homeward bound. From now on The Apprentice will be like a bloodspots, with all flaws ruthlessly exposed and exploited.