More than 70 small businesses to be showcased at the National Ploughing...
26.06.2015 Limerick-based software company Sensorpro has signed a global partnership...
26.06.2015 Being made redundant was a factor for just one in 10 people when choosing to...
26.06.2015 The deadline for entries to this year’s Sustainable Energy Awards has been...
25.06.2015 Entertainment venue the Odyssey Arena is to be renamed as the SSE Arena...
26.06.2015 Irish-owned project delivery and engineering firm PM Group has won the...
- 02 July
New €250k fund for design-based start-ups launched as part of ID2015
Enterprise Ireland is to deliver a new €250,000 fund to support the creation of design-based start-ups as part of the Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) programme.
HBAN supported companies expected to create 700 jobs by 2017
An estimated 700 jobs will be created by 2017 by companies supported by Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN) following successful funding rounds during 2014 amounting to a total of €30m.
TransferMate in new partnership with Big Red Book
Two Irish-owned financial technology companies, TransferMate Global Payments and Big Red Book, have entered into a joint venture targeting the small business market.
- 01 July
US sports bar chain Tilted Kilt plans to enter the Irish market
US sports bar chain Tilted Kilt is planning to launch in the Irish market using a franchise model and believes there is potential here for at least four sites.
- 30 June
Supermac's founder to acquire Killeshin Hotel and invest at least €500k in its upgrade
Supermac’s founder Pat MacDonagh is buying the Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise, Co Laois, securing 98 jobs and with plans to embark on a significant investment programme and create further jobs.
Over 700 jobs saved through SME examinership in 2015 - index
The total number of jobs saved through SME examinership in Ireland so far this year was 703, with 331 of these saved in the past three months, according to the Hughes Blake SME Examinership Index.
- 29 June
Cork and Kerry food start-ups to create 65 new jobs
Thirty Munster-based food start-ups are to create 65 new jobs as a result of taking part in the Food Academy programme, which is a collaboration between Bord Bia, SuperValu, Local Enterprise Offices and County Councils in Cork and Kerry.
GradHow platform wins first 'Start-up Stars' programme at UCD
An online platform to help college students to reduce uncertainty after graduation has won the first ever ‘Start-up Stars’ programme at University College Dublin (UCD).
Third Slim's Healthy Kitchen outlet to open in Belfast
Food brand Slim’s Healthy Kitchen is to open its third outlet in Belfast in August two years since it was first established in the city.
- 26 June
Largest Local Enterprise Village yet to be at National Ploughing Championships
More than 70 small businesses will be part of the ‘Local Enterprise Village’ at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois next September.
- 24 June
Irish start-up Your Smile Direct to create ten new jobs
Irish cosmetic dentistry start-up Your Smile Direct is to create ten new jobs, predominantly based in Ireland, but working across both its UK and Irish operations.
- 23 June
Boots Ireland collaborating with RCSI on new detox service
Boots Ireland is collaborating with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) on the further development of the new Boots Alcohol Detox Service - the first programme of its kind to be made available in pharmacies here.
New Marqette restaurant to open in Dublin Airport and hire 80 people
A new dining area modeled on an outdoor food market called Marqette is to open at the end of August in Terminal 1, Dublin Airport, creating 80 jobs.
- 22 June
An Post rolling 'access all' counters out to national network
An Post has installed a new ‘access all’ counter in 12 of its post offices, which it designed in conjunction with the Irish Wheelchair Association and is rolling out across the national network as offices are renovated or new ones open.
Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel gets fourth star after €1m refurbishment
Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa in Adare, Co Limerick has been given a four-star rating by Fáilte Ireland after a €1m refurbishment project. The property was opened 40 years ago by Mary and Dick Fitzgerald as a four-bedroomed bed and breakfast (B&B) to supplement their farming income.
City Tiles & Bathrooms invests €100k in Ballymount store
Irish company City Tiles & Bathrooms has invested €100,000 in expanding and renovating its Ballymount, Dublin store and taken on six new staff in response to a lift in the construction and renovation sector in Leinster.
- 19 June
Sam McCauley Chemists relocates to bigger premises on High St in Kilkenny
Sam McCauley Chemists is to take over Sherwood’s Electrical store this summer.
Steps to success: the Q&A series – WaterWipes
Edward McCloskey, founder of Irish Breeze, came up with the idea of WaterWipes to deal with his daughter’s nappy rash. The company of the same name now employs 44 people.
- 18 June
McGettigan’s pub opening in Galway
The McGettigan Group is officially opening its 11th venue, in Galway.
Hairspray opens first store outside Dublin, in Cork
Irish hair extension and beauty company Hairspray is opening a new store in Cork City, which will create seven jobs and increase the chain to seven stand-alone stores in total.
NDRC companies seeking €20m in investment
Local and international investors have attended a specially organised investor event in Dublin at NDRC.
Enterprise Ireland offering up to €65m for co-investment in seed funds
Enterprise Ireland is to make up to €65m available for co-investment in seed funds that will target high-growth companies.
- 17 June
Galway company Neuravi completes €19m funding round
Galway based medical devices company Neuravi has completed a series B financing round of €19m to advance its device in Europe and the US, which is designed to improve clinical outcomes for stroke patients.
- 16 June
Faithlegg House Hotel launches summer activities with sporting participation of Stephanie Roche
Faithlegg House Hotel in Waterford has launched new summer activities with the sporting participation of Stephanie Roche.
Bombay Pantry secures listing in 20 Tesco stores
Wicklow-based food company Bombay Pantry has started to supply ready meals to 20 Tesco stores in Dublin and Wicklow, following its participation in the Tesco Taste Bud programme run in partnership with Bord Bia.
- 12 June
Kilkenny's MyBio is overall winner at National Enterprise Awards
A company founded in Co Kilkenny in 2009, MyBio, was named as the overall winner at the National Enterprise Awards, which are organised by the Local Enterprise Offices.
- 11 June
Tippy Talk communication system wins college entrepreneur award
Limerick Institute of Technology student Rob Laffan has won the College Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 title as part of Enterprise Ireland’s student entrepreneur awards programme.
Seventeenth Maxi Zoo store in Ireland opens in Kildare
Pet retailer Maxi Zoo has opened its seventeenth store in Ireland, in Newbridge Retail Park, Co Kildare, which will create 15 jobs.
NDRC seeks applications for next LaunchPad accelerator programme
The National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) has announced it is seeking applications for the next wave of its LaunchPad accelerator programme.
- 10 June
Steps to success: the Q&A series – Caithriona King Designs
Galway-based milliner Caithriona King talks through how her start-up has gone from being a kitchen table hobby to a viable full-time business.
Irish tech firms raise €120m in venture capital funding in Q1 - IVCA
Irish tech firms continue to punch above their weight, having raised €120m in venture capital in the first quarter of this year, according to the Irish Venture Capital Association’s (IVCA) VenturePulse survey which is published in association with William Fry.
- 09 June
Ireland's Best Scone goes to Griffins Garden Centre & Restaurant
Griffins Garden Centre & Restaurant in Dripsey, Co Cork has won the Ireland’s Best Scone title for 2015.
GoCar reaches 100-vehicle milestone in Dublin
Irish car sharing club GoCar has announced that it now has a fleet of 100 vehicles in Dublin City and is expecting to surpass the milestone of 20,000 trips this year.
Teeling Whiskey Company's €10m distillery in Dublin officially opens
The Teeling Whiskey Company (TWC) has officially opened its new €10m distillery and visitor centre in The Liberties, Dublin – making it the only fully operational distillery in the city at present.
- 08 June
IT Carlow graduate wins top three awards at Universal Design Grand Challenge
A product design graduate of Institute of Technology (IT) Carlow, Jack Gregan, has won the top three awards at the Universal Design Grand Challenge (UDGC) student awards for his design for a therapeutic aid that can be used in equine therapy for children with autism.
- 05 June
Ignite programme seeks participants who want to set up their own business
There are 65 available places on a training programme called Ignite which equips people who are long-term unemployed with the skills they need to set up their own business.
- 04 June
Device to measure eye movement wins UCD Engineering Innovation Sprint programme
A business idea for a device to measure eye movement as an indicator of brainstem activity has won the 2015 University College Dublin (UCD) Engineering Innovation Sprint programme.
- 02 June
McCormack's Family Farm expanding into raw juice market
Ulster Bank is investing €2.1m in Co Meath agri-food business McCormack’s Family Farm to support its expansion into the raw juice market with a brand called Loose and Lively Beverages.
- 29 May
Murphy's Ice Cream launches sorbet range made from Irish rainwater
Murphy’s Ice Cream has today launched a new range of sorbets made with rainwater collected in Dingle.
Supermac's founders open Tipperary Town Plaza, employing 80 people
Founding directors of fast food chain Supermac’s Ireland, Pat and Una McDonagh, have opened a service station and food court called Tipperary Town Plaza on the Limerick Road, employing a total of over 80 people.
iZest Marketing launches sister company to help high profile people manage their online presence
An Irish marketing agency set up in 2011, iZest Marketing, has launched a sister company called iZest Influence with the aim of assisting high profile people to manage their digital profile, protect their online reputation and harness commercial opportunities.
- 28 May
Burren Food Trail wins Irish leg of EU destination awards programme
The Burren Food Trail has won the Irish leg of this year’s European Destination of Excellence - Tourism and Local Gastronomy award, beating runners up Cong Food Village, Co Mayo, West Waterford and the Wild Atlantic Way Co Sligo Food Trail.
Digit Games creating 40 immediate jobs following Scopely partnership announcement
Dublin game developer Digit Game Studios has launched a recruitment drive to take on 40 new employees and triple its current headcount of 20.
- 27 May
Foodcloud wins Google Adopt a Startup competition
Community-based social enterprise Foodcloud has won the Google Adopt a Startup programme following a pitching competition in the Foundry at Google in Dublin.
€2m in funding available through Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur 2015 programme
A total investment fund of €2m is being made available to young people as part of the Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur programme, launched today for 2015.
Brewery Corner in Kilkenny launches summer programme of events
Two years since it was opened by co-founder of O’Hara’s Brewery Seamus O’Hara, craft beer pub Brewery Corner in Kilkenny has announced that it is now stocking 100 Irish and international craft beers and has launched a summer programme.
More than 200,000 set to buy half-price 'one and one' for National Fish & Chips Day
It’s the sixth annual National Fish & Chips Day and, according to its organisers, more than 200,000 people are expected to visit their local ITICA chipper today where they will be offered half price fish and chips to mark the occasion.
- 26 May
Food Academy suppliers to be listed across 221 SuperValu stores
Small producers who have been participating in and have completed the SuperValu Food Academy Start and Advance programmes are now being rolled out to 221 SuperValu stores nationwide, which will result in sales of over €10m in 2015.
Galway's Quay Dental's sedation services attracting nationwide interest
A three-year old dentistry practice in Galway City, Quay Dental, is receiving patients from all over Ireland to avail of the services of its state-of-the-art sedation clinic, according to principal dentist and founder of the business Dr Lisa Creaven.
Delphi Adventure Resort to manage Aasleagh Lodge and Erriff Fishery in Connemara in five-year deal
Delphi Adventure Resort has won a contract to manage Aasleagh Lodge and Erriff Fishery in Connemara for the next five years.
27.05.2015 Community-based social enterprise Foodcloud has won the Google Adopt a Startup programme following a pitching competition in the Foundry at Google in Dublin.
27.05.2015 Irish family-owned forecourt convenience retailer Maxol is investing €1.1m in the revamp of five of its stores in counties Cork, Wexford, Tipperary and Laois over the next three months.
27.05.2015 Two years since it was opened by co-founder of O’Hara’s Brewery Seamus O’Hara, craft beer pub Brewery Corner in Kilkenny has announced that it is now stocking 100 Irish and international craft beers and has launched a summer programme.