SMALL BUSINESS - IRISH EXAMINER

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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Kehlan Kirwin

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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