SMALL BUSINESS - IRISH EXAMINER

Jim Power: More important than ever to nurture beleaguered SMEs

As we all know, or at least should realise, foreign direct investment is an incredibly important component of Ireland’s economic model and structure.

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Small Business Column: Artificial intelligence and robotics in the workplace

In this week’s column Kehlan looks at the growing influence of artificial intelligence and robotics in the workplace and how nearly half of all human jobs could be obsolete within the next few decades.

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Kehlan Kirwan: Misconceptions about millennials

This week Kehlan returns to the subject of millennials in business and work after he appeared on TV3’s ‘Pat Kenny Tonight’ show to talk about it. After his appearance he was moved to challenge misconceptions about his generation.

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Trish Dromey: DC Fish is thriving after technology investment

Trish Dromey hears how West Cork company DC Fish has diversified and invested in new technology to thrive.

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Kehlan Kirwan: Q&A with Birgitta Curtin from the Burren Smokehouse

In this week’s column, Kehlan Kirwan talks to Birgitta Curtin from the Burren Smokehouse on her tips for producers seeking to promote Irish food around the world.

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Carlow IT startup MicroGen cleans up in China

Incubated at Carlow IT, MicroGen is selling into China technology that treats contaminated soils, writes Trish Dromey.

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IMF study: Irish SMEs still face ‘vulnerabilities’

An expert in a research paper commissioned by the IMF has warned about the “vulnerabilities” still facing debt-laden Irish firms eight years after the onset of the financial crash.

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Small business column: The signs of a business addict

In this week’s column Kehlan Kirwan looks at creating and maintaining a business and why it’s tantamount to an addiction.

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Even the smallest of firms can connect with a wide audience on social media

Kehlan Kirwan reviews ways even the smallest of firms can develop a strategy to project a promotional message on social media. Video, he says, has become the most important part in engaging an audience online.

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Funds startup firm Fund Recs goes for growth

The three-year-old software startup aims to sign up 20 fund managers by the end of 2017, writes Trish Dromey.

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Kehlan Kirwan reviews Budget 2017

Kehlan Kirwan finds little in the Budget that will inspire entrepreneurs and start-ups. The Government’s priorities appear to be fixed on multinationals and not domestic small businesses.

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Cork start-ups offered opportunity to avail of €200,000 enterprise fund

Entrepreneurs and early-stage start-up companies in Cork are in with a chance of landing a grant of up to €25,000 to develop their business concept as part of a new State-backed fund.

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Q&A: Paul O’Connell, UPRISE festival

In this week’s column, Kehlan talks with Limerick man Paul O’Connell, the person behind the UPRISE festival.    

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Small business column: IDA is one of the best job-generating organisations Ireland has had

This week Kehlan Kirwan asks whether we’ve become too reliant on it and whether its ‘silver bullet’ dependencies hide a lack of innovative thinking.

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Glofox giving gyms the app muscle to grow

Glofox provides apps and software that help gyms and fitness studios to manage their businesses, writes Trish Dromey.

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Kehlan Kirwan Q&A:Paddy Finn of Electricity Exchange

In this week’s column, Kehlan Kirwan sits down with Paddy Finn of the Limerick-based Electricity Exchange. Mr Finn recently sold half the company to Bord na Móna and discusses his plans for the future.

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Why knowing your business is essential when seeking investment

This week, Kehlan examines what it really takes to create a good business pitch and why knowing your business is so important when looking for investment.   

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Concern as SMEs turn away from alternative finance

When the economic crisis was at its lowest point, there was great emphasis on the need for alternatives to traditional banking supports. Factoring, also known as invoice finance, was seen as one of the principle alternative financial intermediaries, offering a funding source for cash-strapped businesses by agreeing to pay the company up front the value of their sales invoice less a discount for commission and fees.

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'Crude name-calling, social stereotypes, and a society moving far too slowly on women’s issues'

In this week’s article Kehlan looks at the issue of women in business and why it should concern men too.

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Edgescan: On the hunt for cyber crooks 24/7

With its novel approach to cyber crime, start-up edgescan is going from strength to strength, writes Trish Dromey.

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Kehlan Kirwan looks back at the heartbreak of business closure

In this week’s column, Kehlan Kirwan looks back on a personal experience as he recalls the heartbreak of a small business closure. He argues that failing is something that every business should be prepared for    

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Finding the right place to expand your business and what to look out for when moving

Where you set up your business can have a major impact on its success. Equally, where you move when you expand is just as important.

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Q&A with Brian White of Intercom

Kehlan talks with Brian White, director of engineering at Intercom, one of Ireland’s best startup stories of recent times. With a billion monthly users for its business messaging service, the company has new development plans.

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Seaweed a winner for Cork business Marigot

Trish Dromey looks at Marigot Ltd, a company based in Carrigaline, Co Cork, which exports 95% of its products.

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Q&A: Maushmi Arun co-founder of Twisted restaurant

In this week’s Q&A, Kehlan talks with Maushmi Arun co-founder of Twisted restaurant in Kinsale, Co. Cork. Working alongside her co-founder Christoph Moreau, Twisted has quickly gained a reputation as one of Ireland’s finest restaurants.

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Now worth €40m, Fleadh Ceoil is back in Clare for the first time since 1977

For weeks, there has been a sense of the prodigal son returning. Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann is back in Clare for the first time since 1977. Thirty-nine years of wandering finally ends; the Fleadh is home.

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Moon Express Q&A: The first private company with permission to go to the moon

In this week’s column, Kehlan talks to Naveen Jain, chief executive of Moon Express. Last week, Moon Express became the first private company in the world to be given permission to go to the moon. Naveen talks about the economic potential and what the move could mean for the future of humanity.

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Sophisticated scams seek to defraud small businesses

Irish businesses are at risk of losing millions of euro every year due to sophisticated scams and fraud.

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Kehlan Kirwan Q&A: Valentin Stalf, CEO of N26

Kehlan Kirwan interviews Valentin Stalf, CEO of top European fintech company, Number26. N26 has recently won a banking licence, as it plots to become a player in the consumer market. Mr Stalf explains its plans.

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There is still a need for unions

While the current generation are the most vocal on their terms and conditions of work than any in our history, there is still a need for unions to ensure lawfulness and fairness, says Kehlan Kirwan.

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