Monday, October 21 10:42:59
If given a choice of business partner, 66pc of Ireland's business owners said they would relish some straight-talking advice from Ryanair's Michael O'Leary, according to a survey from Sage Ireland.
It found that 79pc of businesses said having the right software is a key factor in success, while 2 out of 3 (66pc) said having a business partner on board was important.
The survey also found that a further 25pc said they would listen to insights from the founder of Insomnia coffee chain and Dragon, Bobby Kerr.
The most admired business partnership in Ireland for 34pc of respondents is highly successful production duo and creators of Riverdance, couple John McColgan and Moya Doherty, while 22pc nominated friends Cullen Allen and Colm O'Sullivan, founders of food company Cully and Sully. The third most admired partnership is that between brothers Patrick and John Collison, technology entrepreneurs and founders of Shuppa and Stripe.
The survey also asked business owners who they are most likely to seek advice from, with results showing that 65pc of business owners rely on their accountant for guidance, 64pc turn to family and friends and 36pc rely on online forums and social media.
Sage Ireland, the country's leading software provider with over 40,000 business customers in Ireland, has today announced the launch of Sage One Accounts Extra, one of its most significant technology launches in Ireland.
Simon Hodgkins, Country Manager Sage Ireland said this new offering will enable business owners to both track and understand their company performance to a greater degree than ever. "In today and tomorrow's business world, our customers need to know what is happening with their company at any stage, regardless of whether they might be travelling with business or on-site with a client. Sage One Accounts Extra does just that and, with the multi-user capability, if you can't check the data yourself, one of your colleagues will be able to do it instead."
"More than 6 million businesses worldwide entrust Sage with managing their business data and processes - and 80pc of these are start-ups and small businesses. We've taken the insights from working with these customers and brought it all to fruition with Sage One Accounts Extra. This software means business owners and managers don't have to spend time trying to understand figures or pull together different performance reports. Sage One Accounts Extra has these capabilities built in, providing context to the financial information, allowing customers to track performance, sales by product line or by staff member. This is the perfect business partner to allow busy MDs to focus on growth and delivery."