The Small Business Show (20-26/03/14)

This week's show includes the usual news round up for SMEs and features a special report on a protest in Dun Laoghaire which has gone viral. Kehlan also heads to Loop Head in Co. Clare to talk with Laura Foley of The Long Way Round Walking Tours and to Tralee to talk to Doireann Barrett about her company The Gluten Free Kitchen Company.

The Small Business Show (20-26/03/14)

Part 1 Kehlan Kirwan along with Olwen Dawe from Irish Business Intelligence and Avine McNally from the Small Firms Association discuss this weeks news for SMEs, including:

- The protest by businesses in Dun Laoghaire about Local Authority Charges

- A new code to ensure proper marketing of ‘true’ artisan products

- Exports and Imports drop in January

- OECD report highlight rich poor gap and young adult ‘poverty’

Part 2 Kehlan talks to Gerard Maguire from 64 Wine in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin about a new local charge from Dun Laoghaire Local Authority which he says will be the final straw for businesses in the area. Gerard explains how this has made him reconsider continuing to operate in the village and that this is the straw that will break the camel’s back for his business and many others in the community.

Part 3 The windswept west coast is the setting for part three of this week's show. Laura Foley from The Long Way Round walking tours talks about her business and how they are looking to expand in the coming years. Laura points out that the unspoiled scenery and fantastic local attractions and stories make it an ideal place for walkers, runners, cyclists and adventurers alike.

Part 4 Gluten free food is a growing market here in Ireland. Ireland has one of the highest rates of coeliac disease sufferers per capita in the EU. After finding it hard to get the right food for herself in restaurants Doireann Barrett started on the road to what would eventually be The Gluten Free Kitchen Company in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Doireann explains about taking the decision to quit her job and start one of the only totally Gluten Free café and restaurants in Europe.

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