Entrepreneurship: Banks still first port of call for finance

Banks are willing and able to provide much needed finance for start-up firms With increasing uncertainty around the Irish, European and world economies, people could be forgiven for thinking that 201

30th October, 2011
John Irwin, AIB's head of strategy and propositions in business banking: 'our primary criterion is still that we need to ensure the person can repay the loan' Photo:

Banks are willing and able to provide much needed finance for start-up firms

With increasing uncertainty around the Irish, European and world economies, people could be forgiven for thinking that 2011 might not be the best time to consider starting a business. But it is worth remembering that some of Ireland's leading companies, from Dunnes Stores to Ryanair, were founded during equally challenging times.

In any case, for many people there is simply no choice; employment...

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