SMALL BUSINESS - IRISH EXAMINER

Small Business Column: The lady that is Limerick

In this week’s column we are looking at stereotypes within Ireland and why Limerick City has a bone to pick with Donal McIntyre, writes , Kehlan Kirwan.

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Company of The Year Awards - Part 3: Finalists in the Emerging Category

Focusing on the companies in the Emerging Category looking to build on their initial success, Peter O’Dwyer continues our look at the Cork Company of the Year finalists

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Small Business Show - The Language of Business

It’s a brand new year and the goals of your company in 2015 need to lay out on the table.

Kehlan Kirwan from the Small Business Show looks at the language of business and how you speak to your employees can define the success or failure of company objectives.

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Honohan concerned state bank did not need licence

The Government dropped the term ‘bank’ from its Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) after concerns were expressed by Central Bank governor, Patrick Honohan.

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Dee O'Leary of IDME, which is looking to expand

Innovative Cork looking forward to inspiring year for start-ups and small business

It’s a good year for start-ups and John Daly hears there is plenty of help on hand for those looking to take advantage.

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Bank’s SME approvals rise 52% to €5.6bn

AIB approved €5.6bn in credit to the SME sector in the year to the end of November, 52% more than in the first 11 months of 2013.

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Small Business Q&A: William Rochford from BR Foods

For this week’s Q&A, Kehlan talks with the chief executive of BR Foods and the True Life range of healthfoods, William Rochford. BR Foods has a long relationship with household brands, while True Life is a new venture which rose from a real-life experience.

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Small Business Column: Shopping local

With just a few days left to shop for Christmas, Kehlan Kirwan looks at what shopping locally really means.

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Small Business Column: Keeping up with your order book

Kehlan Kirwan from the Small Business Show looks at what happens when your business increases and your order book begins to grow.

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Small Business Q&A: Dr Barbara Murphy from Equilume

Kehlan talks to Dr Barbara Murphy from Equilume for this week’s Q&A. Equilume has developed a unique technology that allows the reproductive cycle of a mare to be altered and provide for healthier foals.

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VIDEOS: Limerick businesses takes up ’Startup Weekend’ challenge

Startup Weekend originated in the United States and is a concept which involves creating a workable startup business inside a weekend. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Small firms challenge changes to public works

A challenge brought by several small businesses to proposed changes to the conditions of public works contract applications has opened before the High Court.

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Poor IT skills ‘slowing firms’

An unwillingness to adapt to new technologies or a general level of ignorance to them may be holding businesses back from their full potential.

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Small Business Column: Gifts for employees

It’s that time of year when employees are looking to employers to see how much they are valued and appreciated. 

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Ideas flow for UCD start-up

A cascading stream of creativity allied with a unique software offering has a Dublin-based start-up eyeing a slice of the multi-million euro mobile gaming market, following the launch of its first product.

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Credit application refusals dwindling

Banks are turning away fewer small and medium-sized businesses in search of credit than earlier in the year, according to a new report.

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Small Business Column: Start-up Weekend

Kehlan Kirwan looks at Limerick’s 54-hour start-up experience and says it’s a must for anyone looking to go into business.

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Horsebreeders banking on success

Euro Stallions has got off to a flying start, supplying horse semen to the domestic and foreign markets, writes Trish Dromey.

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Small Business Q&A: Michael O’Keeffe, PSG

On this week’s Q&A Kehlan talks with Michael O’Keeffe, chief executive of PSG Communications which was formed as a result of a merger. He asks why and how it came about.

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Small Business Column: The best export destinations for Irish firms

In this week’s column, Kehlan looks at the best countries to export to and why you should be looking at them to grow your business

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Small Business Q&A: Jim Moore from ParkByText

For this week’s Small Business Q&A, Kehlan talks with Jim Moore from ParkByText which is a cashless way to pay for parking in over 200 locations in Ireland, the UK and the US.

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The Small Business Column

In this week’s column, Kehlan looks at rejection and why, as a business owner, it just comes with the territory

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Calls for public procurement ombudsman office

SMEs need more encouragement to avail of the €12bn public procurement market, with only 14% of them bidding in public sector tenders in the past 12 months.

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Small Business Q&A: Patrick Bourke

Menswear has been a staple of men’s fashion and suits on the Ennis high street in Clare for more than 40 years. It recently won the Retail Excellence Ireland award for Store of the Year for 2015. Kehlan caught with up with Patrick to see how they did it.

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Small Business Column: Customer retention

In this week’s column, Kehlan Kirwan from the Small Business Show looks at customer retention and why more businesses need to make this a strategic part of their business.

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Small Business Q&A: Adrian Kelly

For this week’s business Q&A, Kehlan talks with Adrian Kelly from AirSynergy about his business which is based upon green energy and intellectual property.

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Small Business Column: Finding a business partner

This week, Kehlan looks at how to acquire a partner for a business, and what should be considered when looking to bring new knowledge to a company.

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Quantitative easing is no silver bullet for solving economic ills

THE ECB is under growing pressure to embark on a large scale government bond buying programme.

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Small Business Column: Communicating with customers

In the wake of the Irish Water debacle Kehlan Kirwan looks at how to communicate with customers and how to get them involved in your brand.

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Small Business Q&A: Jim Toal

Jim Toal from Fairco Windows and Doors. Fairco have hired through the recession and continue to hire now. So how have they do this at a time of deep economic turmoil in the country?

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Small Business Column: Budget 2015

As the dust settles, Kehlan Kirwan looks at Budget 2015, and what it may mean for Irish small businesses

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Small Business Q&A: Stephanie Lynch

Stephanie Lynch is the CEO and Founder of OnTheQT.ie, a website dedicated to finding and showcasing the best out of the way places in Ireland. Stephanie talks about how she started and why ‘off the beaten track’ tourism is growing.

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VIDEO: Small Business Column: How Budget 2015 could affect SMEs

On the eve of Budget 2015, Kehlan Kirwan looks at what SMEs should look out for in Finance Minister Michael Noonan’s speech. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Gavin Duffy and Sean O'Sullivan from Dragon's Den (left) at the Bank of Ireland Accelerator programme for SMEs at Penrose Wharf Business Centre, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan

Programme aims ‘to turn ideas into investable and viable businesses’

From Italian fashion to food and photo-sharing, a select group of start-up companies based in the heart of Cork City are embarking on a 12-week course designed to hone their skills across an eclectic range of issues.

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South-East group claims Tourism Ireland not doing enough for region

Tourism leaders in the South-East say 80% of those in the hospitality sector feel the region is not adequately represented by Tourism Ireland when it comes to promotions in the international market.

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Start-up hurdles ‘must be removed’

Ireland runs the risk of losing its attractiveness to internal and external entrepreneurs if the Government doesn’t remove certain "obstacles" to start-up firms in next week’s budget, one lobbyist has warned.

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‘SME Bank’ to start lending next year

The State’s new ‘SME Bank’ — the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland — is likely to begin lending within the next quarter, Jobs and Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton, said yesterday.

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Small Business Column: Top tips on how to do a great presentation

Presentations can often be quite daunting, yet at some point, your business will have to do one.

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Small Business Q&A: Denis Collins, chairman of the IT@Cork Tech Cluster

Recently, the cluster started a new initiative called Adopt-a-School and Kehlan talked with Denis about what it aims to do.

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Small Business Q&A: Ciaran Greenwood from V12 Protein Shots

This week Kehlan talks with Ciaran Greenwood from V12 Protein Shots.

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Small Business Column: Things you may need to give up to get ahead

Achieving a proper work/life balance can be difficult and often means sacrificing something.

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Small Business Column: What businesses can expect in the run-up to Budget 2015

The Government is back in session and Kehlan Kirwan looks at what businesses can expect over the next month in the run-up to Budget 2015.

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Small Business Q&A: Georgina Campbell, hospitality guru

Kehlan Kirwan talks with hospitality guru Georgina Campbell about her new courses for hospitality owners and the state of the hospitality industry.

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Small Business Q&A: Bart Storan manager of the ‘Support Your Local’ campaign

Bart Storan, manager of the ‘Support Your Local’ campaign, talks to Kehlan about what the campaign is aiming to do for pubs, off-licences and drinks-makers.

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Small Business Column: Time computer science curriculum in schools

Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon said last week that Ireland needs to look seriously at creating a computer science curriculum in schools. Kehlan Kirwan examines why it’s a good idea.

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Small Business Column: Business needs the feminist movement

In this week’s column, Kehlan looks at women in business and why feminism needs to stage a comeback.

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Small Business Q&A: Miriam Cassidy from Us Of Ireland

Kehlan talks with Miriam Cassidy, CEO and co-founder of Us Of Ireland, a new website dedicated to craft arts and designers targeted at an international audience

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Mario Draghi: Wants to boost credit to SMEs.

ECB’s €40bn plan to revive economy

The European Central Bank will buy up to €40bn of asset-backed securities as part of a programme to stimulate the region’s economy, according to JPMorgan Chase.

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Small Business Q&A: Paul Brown

Kehlan travels to Limerick to talk to Paul about the business and its recent rebranding.

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Small Business Column: Making your companies money work for you

In this week’s column, Kehlan looks at investing in your business and outlines some things to remember when putting your hard-earned company money to work for you.

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Avril McArdle: 'Consumed by administrative tasks'.

25% of SME bosses waste time on social media

A quarter of small business owners admit the greatest waste of their time is spent browsing social media, shopping online and contacting friends.

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Chamber calls for improved SME access to credit

Make the tax system more business friendly; introduce policies that promote infrastructure investment; improve access to credit for SMEs and implement measures that boost consumer confidence are among a comprehensive set of recommendations contained in Cork Chamber of Commerce’s pre-budget submission. 

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Small Business Q&A: Jeffrey Treacy

Gasta is a new health food café which has opened in the centre of Limerick City.

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Small Business Column: SMEs need to look beyond borders

In this week’s Small Business column, Kehlan looks at why the push for businesses to export is justified and why SMEs need to look beyond borders.

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Property debt hits relatively few SMEs

Property-related debt among SMEs is concentrated among a relatively small number of firms, which have much higher default rates than the industry average, according to the Central Bank.

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SMEs plan to invest in marketing

Nearly 70% of SMEs have plans to invest in their business over the coming 12 months, but concern remains regarding their focus on export opportunities.

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Small Business Q&A: Mike Morrissey and David Kenaghan

Mike Morrissey and David Kenaghan, pictured, left their jobs to start My Deal Doc. From that they have now developed a fast-growing app called My Booze Doc and they sat down with Kehlan to explain how it started.

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Small Business Column: Entrepreneurs - are they born or made?

With the Leaving Certificate results out and students looking at where life will take them over the next few years, Kehlan Kirwan looks at whether entrepreneurs are born or made

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Secrets of data analytics to be explored at digital media marketing conference

The international stars of digital media marketing will gather in Dublin to share their thoughts, techniques (and a few secrets) on data analytics as part of the third annual measurement.ie conference.

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Crime costs small firms €1.5bn

An acute lack of trust in law enforcement and the judiciary is contributing to a huge increase in crime against small and medium businesses which is costing the sector €1.5bn a year.

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eDay: Is your business prepared?

EDay is just around the corner and marks the cut off for when Irish Public Sector Organisations and Government stop accepting and issuing cheques. Cerri Killworth highlights the issues and provides the answers to many questions surrounding the move.

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Equity finance ‘key to SMEs’ future’

Small firms need to make far greater use of equity financing to offset lower levels of bank lending and grow their business.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The rise of online shopping

Did you know that global online retail sales have increased 17% yearly since 2007?

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Small Business Q&A: Elizabeth Fingelton from Obeo

Elizabeth Fingelton, from Obeo, is the focus of this week’s Small Business Show interview.

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Small Business Column: Getting paid shouldn’t be this hard

Kehlan Kirwan looks at the difficulties associated with getting paid in Ireland and what needs to change for small and big business

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Avine McNally: Need to help troubled small firms and lift stigma of failure.

Struggling entrepreneurs need real help and a second chance, says SFA

A new early-warning and assistance programme for struggling small firms needs to be established to help reduce the stigma of failure in business.

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Slight dip in business sentiment

The level of increased output and job hiring among firms is not yet significant enough to suggest the economy has moved to a "notably faster growth trajectory", according to a new survey.

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Small Business Q&A: Kevin Nugent from Mr Waffle

For this week’s Q&A, Kehlan headed to Galway to talk to Kevin Nugent from Mr Waffle.

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Small business column: Tips for handling complaints on social media

This week, Kehlan Kirwan from the Small Business Show looks at dealing with online and social media complaints and what businesses can do about them.

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iDME founder and winner of the US Business Development Award  at the Cork Foundation Female Entrepreneur Networking Evening', Dee O'Leary

Thinking small not on the agenda for entrepreneurial winner Dee

WHEN Dee O’Leary’s then three-year-old son wandered away from her while she was paying for groceries and a sense of dread overcame her, the idea for an award winning business was born.

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PODCAST: The Small Business Show (28/07 - 05/08/2014)

This week’s Small Business Show news looks at whether or not someone on an internship can be considered an employee. Also on this week’s Show:
- Tax and Incentives for the unemployed who want to start their own business
- Linked Finance explain how crowd lending is supporting SMEs
- The coffee house serving more than taste

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Small Business Column: Evolution a requirement for survival

This week, Kehlan Kirwan from the Small Business Show looks at developing new strands in order to survive and learning new ways to grow your enterprise

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