SMALL BUSINESS - IRISH EXAMINER

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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Getting paid as an SME

In this week’s column, Kehlan Kirwan looks at getting paid in your business and why it means so much more than just getting a wage. a

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Irish SMEs most innovative in the EU

Irish SMEs have been ranked best in the EU for innovation in a European Commission survey.

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Death of Alvin Toffler: Get set for further future shocks

Kyran Fitzgerald discusses the legacy of the late Alvin Toffler, the social futurist and business forecaster who died last month.

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Will startups lose out if appetite for risk-taking continues to fade?

In this week’s column, Kehlan Kirwan writes on Silicon Valley and VCs and asks whether startups will lose out if the appetite for risk-taking continues to fade. There are signs some companies are getting bigger slices of the pie.    

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After Brexit, Italy is the next fault line for the EU

During World War Two, Winston Churchill became convinced that Italy would turn out to be the weak point of occupied Europe, and so it proved in 1943.

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Q&A: Ciara Donlon of Theya Healthcare

Ciara Donlon from Theya Healthcare, formerly Theya Lingerie, talks about re-branding, Brexit, and its latest deal with House of Fraser.     

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Kehlan Kirwan Q&A: Jan van Casteren of Flexport

Kehlan Kirwan meets Jan van Casteren of Flexport, one of the world’s hottest start-ups which has raised €25m in investments. Flexport aims to disrupt the trillion-euro shipping industry involved in freight management.

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Limerick's Global Sauces aims to spread its sales across the Irish Sea

Trish Dromey profiles a Limerick manufacturer of table sauces which, despite Brexit, seeks to expand across the Irish Sea

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Irish SME Scurri to boost UK operation after Brexit

Irish e-commerce software company Scurri is looking to establish a dedicated UK team and add roles at its London office that otherwise would have been earmarked for Ireland as it considers its future after the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

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Irish start-up SilverCloud secures top health award

An Irish SME has been recognised as one of five companies at the forefront of healthcare innovation alongside some of the world’s most recognisable businesses including Apple and Uber.

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The effect of Brexit on business in Ireland

In this week’s column, Kehlan looks at the effect of Brexit on business in Ireland and why all might not be doom and gloom as Britain prepares to exit the EU.

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SME interest rates remain elevated

Irish SMEs are continuing to pay over the odds to access funding, despite minor decreases in the cost of credit over the past year.

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Irish firms supported by Enterprise Ireland pass €20bn export mark

The value of exports from Enterprise Ireland-supported firms has almost doubled in the past decade having broken through the €20bn mark for the first time last year.

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Irish SMEs draw down €172m in SBCI funding

Irish firms drew down €172m in lower cost loans from the government’s SME financing fund in its first 10 months in operation.

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The main talking points from Limerick’s Wild Atlantic Start-up Conference

The Wild Atlantic Start-up Conference was held at the the University of Limerick last week. Kehlan Kirwan looks at the main talking points from a conference aiming to become the place for start-up convergence in the West.

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Taking ‘yuck’ factor out of composting

A bag within a box is this start-up’s innovative way to enable households to recycle and compost more, writes Trish Dromey.

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Microfinance Ireland cuts interest rates for SMEs

Microfinance Ireland, the State-backed SME lending vehicle, has announced a 1% cut in the interest rates it charges borrowers.

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SMEs need to make the connection with an online strategy

Small firms account for 98% of all national business.

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€10m sought by Minister for Jobs for small business

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, is hoping to secure a further €10m of exchequer funding to keep Microfinance Ireland afloat beyond 2017.

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Competition comes second at Startup Weekend Dublin

In this week’s column Kehlan writes from Google HQ at Startup Weekend Dublin. He looks at why competition has come secondary to skills and learning.

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Expert: Clusters would benefit exporting SMEs

Irish SMEs looking to overseas markets are suffering from a lack of resources and understanding of export markets but would benefit from government policies that support clustering.

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Small Business Q&A: Online recruiter Kevin Holler

Kehlan interviews the former CEO of online recruiter Huma, Kevin Holler, who recently announced its closure. He talks about anxiety, the constant search for funding, and how it all took its toll.

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OECD to Government: Do more for Irish SMEs

The OECD — the international think tank — said the Government should do more for Irish indigenous SMEs as it highlighted small firms here pay among the highest borrowing costs in the eurozone.

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Starting a business past 50-years-old

In this week’s column, Kehlan attends a startup business conference with difference — on starting a business when you are in your 50s or 60s — and he concludes that age is no barrier to getting a business off the ground.

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Q&A with Peter Foley of Let's Get Checked

Peter Foley, CEO of Let’s Get Checked, recently announced a €2.5m deal with Quest Diagnostics, one of the largest laboratories in the US.

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Government launches study on how share options are taxed

SMEs could be in line for a significant boost after the Department of Finance launched a public consultation into how share options are taxed.

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Brexit ‘will lead to lower funding’ for SMEs

UK SMEs could lose out on huge amounts of European Union money and private investment if voters choose to exit the EU, new research has warned.

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Small Business Q&A: Philip Cox, Silicon Valley Bank

In this week’s column, Kehlan Kirwan has a special interview with Philip Cox from Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). Last week, SVB announced a further $100m investment into Ireland. Philip explains why they decided to invest again in Ireland and what they are looking for in companies.

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Government plans €1bn SME boost

Tens of thousands of small businesses could be in line for a €1bn funding boost if the new Government makes good on its intentions.

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The Irish startup scene is growing up

With the announcement this week of Nohovation, the new super-angel investment fund backed by Pat Phelan and Illan Power, it cements the move of the Irish startup scene into adolescence. So what’s next, asks Kehlan Kirwan    

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SMEs fight for top talent

Irish SMEs are making up ground on their larger competitors when it comes to attracting employees, according to new research.

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Murphy Marine Services pushing the boat out in Valentia

Trish Dromey looks at a Valentia-based business making waves in the competitive world of boat building.

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Small Business Q&A: Daniel Korschun, author

Kehlan talks with the co-author of the book ‘We Are Market Basket’, Daniel Korschun. Voted one of the best business books of 2015 by Forbes, it chronicles the true story of popular New England shopping chain Market Basket in the US. Its CEO was ousted by his cousin. What followed was an extraordinary fightback by employees, customers and suppliers.

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Soopa is sniffing around the dog treat market

BACKED by €400,000 in angel funding, Dublin company Soopa is aiming to take a sizable bite out the £420 million (€540m) pet treat market in the UK.

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Small Business Column: Good businesses make their own luck

I was interviewing a business owner during the week and she described her decision to start her own business as madness or insanity, one or the other.

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Small Business Q&A: Patsy Carney, EirGen

In this week’s Q&A Kehlan talks with the chief executive of pharmaceuticals company EirGen, Patsy Carney. EirGen recently announced a brand new facility in Waterford along with over 200 jobs. EirGen is part of OPKO, a Miami-based pharmaceutical and diagnostics company, which operates the third largest clinical laboratory in the US.

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Marek Szepietowski of Health & Safety Publications aiming for 50% growth in UK sales

Marek Szepietowski tells Trish Dromey how the firm he founded is meeting the EU-driven demand for quality training manuals.

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Small Business Q&A: Conor Hyde from Hyde Whiskey

In this week’s Q&A, Kehlan talks with Conor Hyde from Hyde Whiskey. Hyde Whiskey recently won Best Irish Whiskey in the World at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirit Awards. Conor talks about what takes to win such an award and the journey they’ve been on to get where they are now.

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The Small Business Column - Large companies try to mimic successful startups

In this week’s column, Kehlan writes about the way large companies are trying to learn the secrets of startups. By thinking like a startup, big firms are seeking to freshen up their ideas and company organisations    

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Startups sought in Co Cork for €300k Ludgate seed capital fund

Ireland’s first rural digital hub in Skibbereen, Co Cork, is looking for innovative startups to express an interest in a €300,000 seed capital fund.

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Irish SMEs call for ‘IDA-style’ agency to fix crisis

Two major business groups representing small business owners say it is time to set up an “IDA-style” government agency to look after the interests of Irish SMEs.

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Technological advances in medicine can be a game changer for employment

Kehlan Kirwan looks at technological advances taking place in medicine and sees fundamental changes to society as well as a host of job opportunities being created.... jobs we currently cannot even envisage.

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Q&A with 17-year-old entrepreneur James Corneille

In this week’s Q and A, Kehlan Kirwan talks with 17-year-old entrepreneur James Corneille. 

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SME confidence sinks in first quarter

Confidence amongst small business owners deteriorated significantly during the first quarter of the year, with both domestic and external factors feeding their economic uncertainty, a new report shows.

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Ireland’s SMEs pay highest loan rates in eurozone

Lack of competition in the banking industry plays a key role in explaining exorbitant rates Irish SMEs pay for their loans, Central Bank research has revealed.

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Late payments ‘putting smaller firms at risk’

Late payments are continuing to threaten the future of many SMEs, while the change in examinership laws is not having the desired effect on smaller businesses either, two separate studies have found.

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Can Spotify's Soundtrack Your Brand top the charts?

In an exclusive interview, Kehlan Kirwan talks with Ola Sars, CEO of Spotify’s new venture, Soundtrack Your Brand. Spotify is one of the world’s largest music streaming companies and had previously concentrate

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Time is right to look West and away from Dublin

In this week’s column, Kehlan looks at Dublin’s ongoing problems and wonders whether the notion that the capital is the best place to do business on the island is long gone.    

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Bean & Goose start-up soars with chocolate goose egg

As an alternative to traditional bunnies and eggs, Wexford company Bean & Goose is tempting consumers to try a dark chocolate hare or a chocolate goose egg this Easter.

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Q&A with Professor Valeria Nicolosi from Trinity College Dublin

In this week’s Q&A, Kehlan talks with Professor Valeria Nicolosi from Trinity College Dublin. Prof Nicolosi and her team have recently been awarded €2.5m by the European Research Council to further the development of a high-technology miniature battery that can be easily hidden, including under the skin.

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SMEs pay down debt but interest rates remain high

Irish SMEs still face higher-than-average interest rates, despite slight decreases over the final quarter of 2015.

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Annual profits at  Johnnie Fox’s pub climb by €230,000

Profits at one of the best known pubs in the country, Johnnie Fox’s in the Dublin mountains, reached new heights last year when they increased by €231,507.

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Founder of St Patrick’s Distillery Tom Keightley sees Cork at the heart of rise in craft spirits

Trish Dromey meets Tom Keightley, the founder of St Patrick’s Distillery, who talks about its early success and plans for the future.

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The Small Business Column: The games industry in Ireland

In this week’s article, Kehlan looks at the games industry in Ireland and why a trip to the Games Fleadh held LIT Thurles showed why more has to be done to support domestic games developers in Ireland.    

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Red tape ‘a bigger concern than credit’ for Irish SMEs

Government-controlled red tape is strangling businesses more so than a lack of access to credit, according to new research.

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Better prospects overseas for Irish SME’s thanks to ‘lacklustre’ government approach

In this week’s column, Kehlan Kirwan looks at the limbo in which SMEs find themselves and examines why other countries increasingly present better prospects of growing a company than Ireland does. 

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SMEs not among parties’ priorities but progress promised

The good news for self-employed business owners now that polling day has arrived is that all parties have committed to addressing the imbalance between PAYE and non-PAYE workers with Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, and Renua adopting the strongest stances.

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Q&A with Lovehoney's co-founder Neal Slateford

In this week’s column, Kehlan has an exclusive Irish interview with Neal Slateford, co-founder of Lovehoney, one of the largest adult toy sellers in Europe     

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Q&A with Dr Hugh Cormican of Cirdan Labs

Kehlan Kirwan talks with Dr Hugh Cormican of Cirdan Labs. The Lisburn-based firm recently secured £3.5m (€4.51m) in investment from the Kernel Capital Venture Fund for its revolutionary imaging technology.    

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What have political parties pledged for small business?

With election fever well and truly upon us, Kehlan looks at what the political parties have pledged for small businesses, and whether SMEs get enough credit for being the real driver behind Ireland’s recovery. Election time is here again.

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Q&A with Boxever who are helping travel companies better understand data

In this week’s Q&A Kehlan talks with Dave O’Flanagan of Boxever. Boxever helps travel companies better understand their customers by helping them understand the data their clients generate. It recently raised $12m (€10.74m ) in venture capital funding.

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Irish SMEs continue to struggle to compete with multinationals for quality employees

Irish SMEs have little or no knowledge of employment law and struggle to compete with multinationals for top quality employees, new research suggests.

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Cork firm PMD Solutions eyes global growth

PMD Solutions aims to make its breathing monitor the industry standard across the world, writes Trish Dromey.

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Small Business Q&A: Nobel Prize Winner for Physics, Arthur McDonald

This week Kehlan talks with the 2015 Nobel Prize Winner for Physics, Arthur McDonald, about winning the award and how he got it for his ground-breaking work with neutrinos - one of the least-known sub-atomic particles.

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Irish personal guarantee insurance makes its debut

Insurance on personal guarantees provided to banks in return for credit has been made available in Ireland for the first time by insurance intermediary DFI Consulting.

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SMEs at risk of cyber attack according to the Cisco annual security report

Aging infrastructure, a growing industrialisation of hacking, and smaller businesses’ ability to manage their security systems are all contributing to an increasingly fraught cyber security environment, a major report has found.

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Rocket Internet's new fund targets startups

German ecommerce investor Rocket Internet has set up a new fund it hopes will speed up and simplify capital raising for its start-ups, helping the European technology scene keep up with US rivals that have easier access to finance.

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Dublin firm Unravel Analytics helps maximise online sales

Dublin start up Unravel Analytics has international plans for a software product which has been designed to help companies maximise their online sales by understanding how their websites are performing.

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Holacracy challenges management norms by removing the central point of contact

In this week’s column, Kehlan looks at Holacracy, a management experiment that some of the biggest companies in the world are exploring. What is it, and why did one major retailer get into hot water by implementing it?   

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Defaults fall but SMEs face higher interest payments

Irish SMEs are paying higher interest rates on their loans than many of their European counterparts while recent EU-wide decreases haven’t materialised in the domestic market either.

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Q&A with Conor McCormack from Mcor Technologies

This week Kehlan has a special Q&A with Conor McCormack from Mcor Technologies. Mcor caused a big stir at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week when it unveiled the world’s first colour 3D desktop printer. Kehlan spoke to Conor McCormack.

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Ask Auntie Social: What is the next big social media platform for bloggers?

As Bloggers, the CorkLike team are always looking for the next big social platform to showcase Cork lifestyle to our followers. What Social Media does CorkLike need to be on in 2016?

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Six key drivers for Irish businesses in 2016

Following on from last week’s look at the influencing factors for start-ups in 2016, Kehlan Kirwan talks us through the exciting elements that will be key drivers for Irish businesses this year.    

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SMEs upbeat despite credit access slowdown

SMEs have seen a slight erosion in credit access in the past three months, but are still more satisfied with the Government’s management of the economy than at any stage in the past three years.

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Technology start-ups anticipate exciting times for small business

Startups will be looking ahead to the challenges ahead. There are several key issues facing small businesses.

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Not just for the big boys: Irish SMEs lead way in online exports

The popularity of internet shopping has led to a boom in online exporting.

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What drives SMEs to suceed

In this week’s column, Kehlan takes a look at the some of the businesses he talked to in 2015. He explores what drives these SMEs to succeed.    

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Stargazer Lottie doll-maker Ian Harkin expects footage of doll from International Space Station

Stargazer Lottie may not have Barbie’s big advertising budget —but as the first doll in space she’s getting the kind of publicity that money cannot buy.

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Isme welcomes Central Bank plan for loans protection

Small business group Isme has welcomed Central Bank plans to give small business owners more power in their dealings with their lenders.

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Ask Auntie Social: What are some of the best practices I should employ when using LinkedIn?

Pádraic, a Project Director for Cork Foundation has been wondering about how best to use LinkedIn.

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'Millennials no different from earlier generations of workers'

This week, Kehlan looks at ‘millennials’ and why we need to stop thinking about them as a group out on their own because what they want as employees is no different from earlier generations of workers — a good place to work    

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Q&A: Foodcloud connects local food sellers with charities

In this week’s Q&A Kehlan catches up with Iseult Ward from Foodcloud.

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Writing for Tiny's books are taking off across the world

Sales of Writing for Tiny’s individual, personalised children’s books are taking off across the world, writes Trish Dromey

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Ask Auntie Social: How do you boost Facebook posts without spending money?

Q: "If you don't have a boosting budget what ways can you break through the Facebook algorithm and boost the reach of your posts?" Roland Baldwin Triskle Arts Centre

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Small Business Q&A: Kieran Normoyle, founder of Ocean Survivor

Kehlan Kirwan talks to the winner of the InterTrade Ireland Seedcorn Competition, Ocean Survivor

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Auntie Social: How can we use social media in a B2B context?

Thanks to Eleanor and the team at Novus in Cork for enquiring about using social media in the B2B context. This is a great question, there is such great emphasis on social media for B2C organisations that we can sometimes neglect the other side.

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The Little Milk Company shows it’s a big cheese in Dungarvan

With 23 awards under its belt, the Little Milk Company is going from strength to strength, writes Trish Dromey

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Sense of 'entitlement' damaging small businesses

Nobody does ‘entitlement’ quite like we do in Ireland. From charities to farmers’ organisations, entitlement reaches almost everywhere.

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Heavenly Organics Superfoods transforms by outsourcing production

In this week’s Q&A, Kehlan talks with Shauna McCarney-Blair from Heavenly Organics Superfoods in Co Tyrone. It provides a range of healthy foods for children. To drive growth, the company recently transformed the way it does business, by outsourcing production to third-party suppliers and concentrating on the sales and marketing side of things.

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Irish SMEs to miss out on €100m Black Friday spend as just 35% can process online payments

Irish SMEs are set to miss out on a bumper €100m consumer spend on Black Friday as new figures reveal just 35% of SME websites can process payments online.

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Ask Auntie Social: Mastering the Art of Instagram

Vermeer’s ‘Girl with the Pearl Earring’, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Monnet’s Poppies all started with the single brush of paint, a lone spec that would have made limited initial impact. 

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Small Business Q&A: Holly Breen from Walk Shoes - hollyBreenWALKshoes

In this week’s Q&A, Kehlan talks to Holly Breen, from Walk Shoes, in Cork.

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The Small Business Column: Start-Up Weekend

Kehlan Kirwan looks at Start-Up Weekend and what makes it so popular.

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Fear of failure ‘is stunting Irish entrepreneurship’ as memories of economic crisis linger

Report finds Ireland to be the best country in Europe for offering business owners a second chance

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Ask Auntie Social: How can I engage with my customers when I don’t understand Twitter jargon?

140 characters does not leave you a lot of room to convey your thoughts or get your message across.

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Small Business Q&A: Steve Collins from Swrve

In a week that saw 1,300 jobs announced by Apple and Indeed, Kehlan Kirwan talked with Steve Collins, CTO of Irish company Swrve, which announced a $30m investment and the acquisition of American business Apaptiv.io.

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Ask Auntie Social: What approach should I take to Snapchat for my business?

The power of Snapchat cannot be under estimated for Irish businesses.

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The Small Business Column: The Web Summit

Kehlan Kirwan looks at the Web Summit, at Ireland’s self-deprecation, and why we are losing much more than just an event on the calendar.

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Patrick Honohan: No quick fix for loan-starved SMEs

Outgoing Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan has admitted that while the recovery is “solid” and delivering plenty of jobs, small businesses are starved of credit.

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Ask Auntie Social: Tips for running competitions on Instagram

Gail and the team at Writing for Tiny want to engage their customers more on Instagram. Competitions can be a great way of doing this.

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Small Business Q&A: Tim Minett from CPL Industries

In this week’s Q&A, Kehlan talks with Tim Minett from CPL Industries, who recently announced 200 jobs for the Foynes area of Limerick.

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The Small Business Column: Is the Web Summit too expensive for SMEs?

As we move into Web Summit week, Kehlan Kirwan talks about what to look out for at the Dublin event and asks whether it is already too expensive for start-up tech firms to attend.

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Extra €50m for SMEs in SBCI funding phase

An additional €50m has been made available to SMEs as part of the State-backed Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland’s second funding phase.

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Ask Auntie Social: 'I run three accounts all On Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest - What’s the quickest way to do it?'

We answer the question sent in by Jenny from Red Balloon, who is our latest winner.

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Technology and the future of education

Kehlan Kirwan warns against the emphasis on technology in the classroom and why we still need daydreaming

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Q&A with Patrick Shelley of Kalak Vodka

In this week’s Q&A, Kehlan talks with Patrick Shelley from Kalak Vodka. Kalak Vodka is a new premium Irish vodka and Patrick explains how they are developing it for a global market.

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Ask Auntie Social: How do I run a competition on Facebook within their rules?

Facebook competitions are a fantastic method for activating engagement and increasing brand exposure.  However there are some rules that business owners need to adhere to when creating a competition on Facebook.

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Kehlan talks with Eoin Costello of Startup Ireland about the budget

After last week’s column with Shane McCarthy on growing a startup ecosystem in Limerick, Kehlan talks with Eoin Costello of Startup Ireland about the budget

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Ask Auntie Social: Should every business be on Twitter?

Short answer - Yes.

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Gillian Barry, co-ordinator for the Limerick Startup Gathering, Shane McCarthy, BlueChief Social, Minister of State Jimmy Deenihan, Hannah Wrixon of Last Minute Minds and Liam Sheedy, head of sales at Bank of Ireland, at The Startup Gathering in Limerick.

The Small Business Column: Shane McCarthy from BlueChief Social in Limerick

This week, Kehlan Kirwan chats with Shane McCarthy from BlueChief Social. Shane is a rising star in the Mid-West startup scene. After the Startup Gathering last week he sat down to discuss startups, pipelines and Limerick.

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Ask Auntie Social: How do I grow my Instagram followers?

Instagram is on fire at the moment - over 300m followers and counting. However, managing expectations is important, FB has over 5 times the amount of followers as Instagram so naturally it will be harder to grow your followers on Instagram. 

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SFA targets 100,000 new jobs

The Small Firms Association has submitted a list of 28 measures on which it wants government action to help create the next 100,000 jobs across the economy.

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How not to go about investing in a business

The Apprentice is back on our TV screens in two weeks thanks to the BBC. I won’t be watching it.

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Low interest rates offering SMEs a lifeline

Many firms continue to survive solely due to the lifeline offered to them by low interest rates which could put many out of business once removed.

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Deirdre Collins of Dee's Whole Food Ltd with some of her product at Super Valu in Grange, Cork.

Startup 2015 - SME success stories

Here are just some of the many success stories from the small and medium sized enterprise category.

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Startup 2015: SMEs who are benefiting from work with enterprise support agencies

Many companies are already benefitting from their work with enterprise support agencies - these are their stories.

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Tyndall's MakerDojo, which brings technology challenges down to size, with workshops for schoolgoes and the general public.

Startup 2015: Gathering events through-out Cork city and county

Here’s a quick summary of some of the events that you could go along to during the Startup Gathering in the coming week.

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Researchers working at the Tyndall National Institute, Cork, the hub for an array of emerging new technology companies.

Startup 2015: Helping entrepreneurs bring new technologies to market

Declan O’Mahoney, Tyndall National Institute entrepreneur in residence

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Startup 2015: Main sources of finance for new business

From crowdfunding, bank loans and venture capital to feasibility funds and innovation vouchers, there seems to be an abundance of options for startups and business owners.

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Barry Guiney; Siobhán Finn; Donncha O'Callaghan; Blaine Doyle; Veronica Kenneally; and Diarmuid Lynch, promoting Startup Gathering 2015.

Startup 2015: Giving purpose to new business ambitions

Siobhán Finn outlines how entrepreneurs can benefit from next week’s series of events targeting those starting, scaling and aiming to succeed from the Cork region

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Harsh reality for Irish technology scene

Kehlan Kirwan looks at the loss of the Web Summit to Lisbon and while it may be a great move for the event, it exposes a harsh reality for the Irish tech and start-up scene

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‘Vintage year’ for Irish exporters on weak euro

A “vintage era” for Irish small business exporters will likely extend through next year, as the euro remains lower for longer against sterling than once thought, leading economists have predicted.

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McCormack Family Farms is growing

McCormack Family Farms in Co Meath produces herbs and baby leaf greens for supermarkets and the hospitality sector all over the country. Stephen McCormack talks about how the business has grown and its plan to move into the drinks market.

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Rethink urged on incentives for SMEs

The OECD favours a Government rethink of incentives to help SMEs.

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The startup culture movement

Ireland’s national pastime has been coming to an end in the past few weeks. The GAA season has been winding down, reaching its climax with next Sunday’s Dublin/Kerry football final.

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Ask Auntie Social: How do I recruit new customers?

Recruiting new customers is one of two key strategies for business growth. This is achieved by word of mouth, advertising,social media, networking, PR, pricing or growing distribution channels, otherwise known as marketing. 

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The economic benefits of opening borders to refugees

Kehlan Kirwan looks at the myths attaching to the debate about opening borders to refugees, and reflects on the economic benefits that can accrue to a nation by adopting a generous policy.

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Small Business Column: Marketing premium products

In this week’s column, Kehlan Kirwan looks at premium products and how they go about differentiating themselves in the marketplace.

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Small Business Q&A: Louise Cotter of architectural firm Carr Cotter Naessens

In this week Q&A, Kehlan talks with Louise Cotter from architectural firm Carr Cotter Naessens in Cork.

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Ask Auntie Social: Should I have a Facebook page?

There are a number of questions to consider before setting up a Facebook page.

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Small Business Column: Ireland's Space Industry

As an Irish-led space mission is due to come to fruition in 2016, Kehlan Kirwan this week looks at Ireland and how we are steadily creating a reputation in the space industry.    

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Small Business Column: Growth figures come with caveats

Today, Kehlan Kirwan looks back on a good week for Ireland, with a number of job announcements and positive growth figures suggesting the economy is powering up. Kehlan argues, however, that all is not what it seems.

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Small Business Q&A: Peter and James Nagle from Bitcove

In this week’s Q&A, Kehlan Kirwin talks with Peter and James Nagle from Bitcove. Bitcove is aiming to make it easy and quicker for people to transfer money using bitcoin.

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Small Business Column: The minimum wage

In this week’s column, Kehlan examines the minimum wage and why raising it will not lead to vast unemployment. 

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Small Business Q&A: Mark Regan from 3FiveTwo

In this week’s Q&A, Kehlan talks with Mark Regan from private health company 3FiveTwo, the North’s largest private healthcare provider. It has recently purchased St Joseph’s Hospital in Sligo.

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Small Business Q&A: Bob Murray from Evros Technology

In this week’s small business Q&A, Kehlan talks with Bob Murray from Evros Technology. Evros has a 25-year history in IT and computer solutions for business. Bob talks to Kehlan about how it started and how the business has evolved.    

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Small Business Column: The best small country in the world to do business?

This week, Kehlan Kirwan examines Ireland’s claims to be one of the best countries in the world to do business as we play catch-up with the more advanced economies of the US and UK.     

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Government needs to show Eircode is not waste of €27m

Over the last year, and it has seemed like that long, we’ve read several articles on the proposed new postal codes. 

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Small Business Q&A: Cathriona Rohan from Cathriona’s Hair Salon

In this week’s Q&A Kehlan talks with Cathriona Rohan from Cathriona’s Hair Salon in Castlegregory and Tralee, Co Kerry. Cathriona talks about branching out into business and how she became hairdresser and stylist to the stars.

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Small Business Column: Food start-ups

What are small and successful food businesses up to asks Kehlan Kirwan? And what traits do people who made a success in food start-ups have? 

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Small Business Q&A: Pat Keogh from Arema Connect

In this week’s Q & A Kehlan talks with Pat Keogh from Arema Connect. Arema Connect started out as a call centre, but now involves itself in many other aspects of business for its clients. Pat explains the success and evolution of the business.

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Small Business Column: Societal change

In this week’s Small Business column, Kehlan looks at how business is at the forefront of societal change and why social problems need to be at its core.

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Steep fall in numbers of insolvent businesses

Insolvencies in some parts of the country have nosedived by more than 50% in the past month despite a quarterly nationwide increase, two reports indicate.

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Small Business Q&A: Kevin Giblin from Mercyhurst College Ireland

In this week’s Q&A Kehlan talks to Kevin Giblin from Mercyhurst College Ireland in Dungarvan, Co Waterford. Kevin has worked with the FBI and Nato and heads the Global Intelligence Forum, taking place on July 12-16 in Dungarvan.

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Small Business Column: What you don’t need to be successful

In this week’s article Kehlan Kirwan looks at some of the things you don’t need to build a successful business – the latest tech gadgets, an office, an accountant.    

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The Small Business Column: Clerys' Closure

In this week’s column, Kehlan Kirwan looks at the debacle that has been the liquidation of Clerys’ department store and the knock-on effect it will have for the people who worked there.    

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Small Business Q&A: Rani Dabrai

In this week’s Q & A, Kehlan talks with Rani Dabrai of Miss Moneypenny, which provides virtual office services for businesses

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Time Test can successfully step up to Group class

Time Test looked a much improved performer when winning a handicap on his return at Newbury, and can make the successful step up to Group company in this afternoon’s Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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Small, fast-growing firms to create jobs, says Bruton

The Government has denied that Dublin grabs the biggest share of the huge amounts of foreign direct investment flowing into Ireland at the expense of the rest of the country.

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The Small Business Column: hiring and keeping the best young people

In this week’s column Kehlan Kirwan looks at what young employees are looking for in their prospective small companies and finds that it’s not all about the money.

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David McDonald

Small Business Q&A: David McDonald from Nova Broadband

In this week’s Q&A, Kehlan Kirwan talks with David McDonald from Nova Broadband. Nova recently announced a major expansion to its broadband coverage and a €250,000 injection from private investors

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Small firms urged to comply with conditions of Companies Act

Small company owners and company secretaries are being urged to undertake their own reviews as the new Companies Act heralds major changes to Irish company structures.

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The Small Business Column: Leaving Cert is no reason to panic

The weather is improving and there are so many things to see and do this summer. That means it must be Leaving Cert time and Kehlan Kirwan looks at why there is no need to panic.   

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Small Business Q&A: John Cosgrave from BlueTape

 

In this week’s Q&A Kehlan talks with John Cosgrave from BlueTape. BlueTape came about from the DCU/ PCH Hackathon, which happened in Dublin recently. John explains how they started a business in just a few days and what the future holds for

 

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‘Stop delays in SME credit’

The pillar banks are failing in their duty to promote funds being made available via the State’s new SME bank as an alternative source of credit to small firms, lobby group Isme has claimed.

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Q&A: Edwina Shanahan of Irish based company Visa First

What is Visa First?

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Small Business Column: Stay productive in the summer months

Summertime is right around the corner and it’s the season for going on holidays or staring aimlessly out the window, wishing you were somewhere else.

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The small business column: Put down that mobile device

In this week’s Small Business column Kehlan Kirwan looks at why it pays to put down your mobile devices when you get the chance.

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Q&A: Graham Barker, owner of DoSpace

In this week’s Q&A Kehlan talks with Graham Barker, owner of a unique business. Graham has started DoSpace in the heart of the Dublin Docklands. In fact, it’s floating in the docks as we speak.

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Q&A: Olivia Smyth from TheStorkExchange.ie

In this week’s Q&A Kehlan talks with Olivia Smyth from TheStorkExchange.ie which rents equipment like carseats and buggies to parents travelling in and out of Ireland. It has a shop in Dublin Airport and is opening one in Shannon Airport in the summer.

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Small Business Column: The rise of farmers’ markets

In this week’s column Kehlan looks at the rise and rise of farmers’ markets and how they are becoming the place to be on your weekend mornings.

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The Small Business Column: Put Corofin on your SatNav

Not a town usually associated with going out of your way for, Corofin has been rejuvenated in recent years thanks to the hard work and dedication of its locals. Put it in your satnav the next time you’re passing out west.    

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Q&A with Gillian Horan from The Pudding

For this week’s Q&A Kehlan talks with Gillian Horan from The Pudding about brand management and what it really means    

 

 

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The Small Business Column: You have to do more than play it safe to grow your business

I recently came to a crossroads in my business. The past six months for us have been very good — better than we expected. However, every now and again I get this voice in my head saying ‘you can do better’.

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The Small Business Column: Start-up Weekend Limerick

In this week’s article, Kehlan Kirwan looks at Start-up Weekend Limerick, which has become more than simply a 54-hour start-up event for developing new business ideas and is becoming part of an entrepreneurial movement    

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SMEs fear NI cut in corporation tax rate

Two-fifths of Irish SMEs are concerned that a mooted reduction in the Northern Irish rate of corporation tax would have a negative impact on the economy south of the border.

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The Small Business Column: Cultivating customers

In this week’s column, Kehlan Kirwan looks at sales trends and why it is time to think differently when it comes to finding and keeping customers                      

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Q&A with Micheal O’Gorman from Xanadu Consultancy

For this week’s Q&A, Kehlan talks with Micheal O’Gorman from Xanadu Consultancy, a global gaming technology services provider which recently signed a multimillion-euro contract with Matchbook.com, a global betting giant.    

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Small Business Column: Examine the biggest failures in business to learn the secrets of success

In business, there are a whole host of examples of success and how to achieve it.

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Irish company failures decline 17% year-on-year in first quarter

The first three months of 2015 have seen a 17% year-on-year decrease in company failures.

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Nick Ashmore

The small business column: Nick Ashmore, chief executive of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland

For this week’s Small Business Column, Kehlan talks with Nick Ashmore, chief executive of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland; the State’s new so-called SME bank.

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Small Business Column: Aoife Ní Mhuirí, Salaso

Introducing dynamic new technology to the physiotherapist patient relationship, Kerry start up Salaso is gaining traction in the UK market.

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Small Business Column: The importance of having a good diet

In this week’s Small Business column Kehlan Kirwan looks at taking care of yourself at work and why a good diet is essential for a properly functioning brain.

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Small Business Column: Edward McCloskey, CEO of Waterwipes.

In this week’s Q&A Kehlan talks with Edward McCloskey, CEO of Waterwipes. Waterwipes, a chemical-free baby wipe, is currently being promoted across Ireland and the CEO talks about what it takes to build the brand.

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Rising revenue has Dublin club upbeat

The outlook for the exclusive Dublin members’ club, the Residence, is positive, with revenues to date already up this year on previous years.

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Small Business Column: Teenage entrepreneurs

In this week’s column, Kehlan Kirwan talks with some of the country’s teenage entrepreneurs and says we must avoid putting an age limit on bright ideas.   

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Small Business Q&A: Eoin O’Leary, from UCC

For this week’s Q&A Kehlan talks to Eoin O’Leary, from UCC, about his latest book which examines what it calls Ireland’s economic underachievement. 

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Small Business Q&A: Victor Finn, CEO of IMRO

For this week’s Q&A Kehlan Kirwan talks with Victor Finn, CEO of IMRO. The Irish Music Rights Organisation recently announced that music is worth €470m to the economy. Victor talks to Kehlan about the importance of music to the economy.

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The Small Business Column

In this week’s column, Kehlan Kirwan looks at why skills are the next hurdle for the economy, and not jobs.

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Slow start for Irish house builds in 2015

There has been a “dramatic” slowdown in residential construction activity in the early part of this year, following significant increases in residential planning applications and construction project commencements last year.

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Small Business Q&A: Helen Kuyper from 24-7 Storytelling.

In this week’s Q & A, Kehlan talks with Helen Kuyper from 24-7 Storytelling. 24-7 Storytelling works with companies to help them write their company story and Helen explains why that’s so important.

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The Small Business Column

When you put a price on a product or service you are not only putting a price on it to entice customers but also putting a worth on your own skills and the business itself.

  

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Focus on aid schemes for SMEs

Richard Bruton, the minister for jobs, has announced a major campaign to reduce chronic low awareness levels amongst SMEs of the various government assistance programmes on offer.

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Event organiser Tara Horgan, Bank of Ireland's Michael Shanahan, and guest speaker Eamonn Moore, E-MIT Solutions, at the UCC BIS technology conference at the Kingsley Hotel, Cork. Picture: Des Barry

Cyber crime poses greater risk to SMEs, warns Ernst & Young expert

Small and medium-sized businesses run the risk of incurring greater damage and being worse affected than larger firms in the event of cyber crime, a leading expert has warned.

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Ceili Fitzgerald, Dare to Live and Carol O'Leary, Eazy City at the February Network Cork meeting in the Hayfield Manor Hotel. The meeting was a networking seminar with Caitlín O'Connor from Accelerating Performance. PIC Darragh Kane

Network Cork 'ambassadors' helping new members develop their networking skills

Women are naturally more cautious than men when it comes to promoting their businesses, says Helen Wycherley, the president of Network Cork.

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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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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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Jim Moore

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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Denis Collins

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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Georgina Campbell

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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