A former chef from Drogheda, Co Louth Joe Short has set up an online business
29.09.2014 Tesco is to sell vegetables classified as an irregular shape or size,...
26.09.2014 An image of water fleas taken by research technician Karl Gaff in the UCD...
25.09.2014 Michelle Casey is MD and owner of Aqua Beauty/Medispa in Stillorgan, Dublin.
25.09.2014 To help celebrate the 15th birthday of The Wheel, the representative body for...
24.09.2014 The South Cork Schools Enterprise programme hosted an ‘Innovation Day’ this...
Parkbytext proving popular with Limerick IT students
A quarter of all parking transactions in the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) have been completed using the Parkbytext app and there have been over 300 new registrations for the service since it was introduced there a year ago.
Hailo founder to address Irish Software Association awards
US-based founder and CEO of taxi app Hailo Jay Bregman has been announced as the keynote speaker at the ISA Software Industry Awards on 21 November next.
Report shows Skillnets’ programmes have strong appeal across the SME sector
SMEs that participate in Skillnets training networks are well equipped to address skills gaps within their business, according to the findings of a new evaluation of Skillnets, the agency working with businesses in Ireland to address their current and future skills needs.
Over 140,000 small firms in Ireland employ more than 860,000 people - SFA
The Small Firms Association (SFA) has released figures showing that there are 143,266 small firms employing 862,175 people in Ireland.
- 29 September
Itsfabuless.com launches offering designer stock at discounted prices
A former chef from Drogheda, Co Louth Joe Short has set up an online business called Itsfabuless.com, spotting a gap in the market for end-of-line, designer stock to be made available to the public.
Hughes Blake SME Examinership Index reveals that 1,089 SME jobs have been saved to the end of Q3 2014
The latest Hughes Blake SME Examinership Index has revealed that the examinership process saved a total of 1,089 jobs in small and medium-sized businesses in the first nine months of this year.
- 26 September
Dublin publicans ditch taxes for a day to make a point
Proprietor of Gibney’s of Malahide in Dublin Tony Gibney led a group of 40 other publicans in selling all products without adding what he calls “punative taxes” levied by the Government for a day.
- 25 September
Survey reveals support that exists among female entrepreneurs
A new survey has found that 76pc of Irish female entrepreneurs would be willing to refer business to other female-led businesses, with 61pc saying they would be willing to mentor other female business owners.
An Taoiseach launches second Food Academy Start programme – 150 jobs to be created
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has launched the second Food Academy Start programme at the National Ploughing Championships, encouraging start-up food producers to register for it.
- 24 September
South Cork Schools Enterprise programme hosts Innovation Day
The South Cork Schools Enterprise programme hosted an ‘Innovation Day’ this week designed to inspire teachers and students to come up with ideas, which would ultimately lead to the creation of mini-companies.
iConnect store opens in Foyleside Shopping Centre, Derry
An iConnect store has opened in Foyleside Shopping Centre, Derry, making it Northern Ireland’s first Apple premium reseller and the third to open on the island of Ireland.
Ireland’s top agri-innovators named at ploughing championships
The overall winner of the Enterprise Ireland Toplink.ie Innovation Arena Award at the National Ploughing Championships was named yesterday afternoon as The Falcon Forwarder, the only Irish built forestry forwarder.
'World first' mobile calving alert device launched at ploughing championships
Irish start-up Moocall Sensors is launching a mobile calving alert device at the National Ploughing Championships which it says is a world first.
- 23 September
New €250k fund for agri-business start-ups launched
A new €250,000 fund aimed at stimulating new start-ups in the agri-business sector has been launched at the National Ploughing Championships in Co Laois.
- 22 September
Over 700 tourism businesses to take part in Google 'hangouts'
Google has entered into a partnership with Fáilte Ireland to deliver a new initiative to demonstrate the advantages of being online to Irish tourism businesses.
'Pop-in' hairdressing service opens in Darcys in Cork
A new express ‘no appointment necessary’ hairdressing service has opened at Darcys Hairdressing on Paul Street, Cork.
Supporting SMEs online tool reaches over 17,000 unique visitors in four months
The Supporting SMEs online tool launched by the Government in May is getting over 4,300 unique visitors a month with an average 38-40pc return rate every month.
- 19 September
Showoff co-founders win Wicklow's Best Young Entrepreneur title
Co-founders of Showoff Shane Byrne and Philip Kirwan have won the Wicklow’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2014 competition organised by the county’s Local Enterprise Office (LEO).
Neuromod Devices on track to launch Mutebutton in December
Dublin-based medical devices company Neuromod Devices is set to launch its tinnitus treatment Mutebutton in Ireland on schedule in December further to securing ISO 13485 certification for its quality management system.
Leitrim pet directory firm first to receive LEO Microfinance loan
A Co Leitrim company called Mypetdirectory.ie is the first small business in the country to receive loan approval under a new partnership agreement between the Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) and Microfinance Ireland.
- 18 September
Signs of recovery in Ireland’s SME sector, but challenges remain – PwC survey
An overwhelming majority of Ireland’s SME sector are confident about the prospects for the Irish economy and their businesses. These are the views of Irish private and family businesses (SMEs) participating in the PwC 2014 Irish CEO Pulse Survey.
TenderScout, Restored Hearing and Love & Robots make it to ESB Spark of Genius Final
TenderScout, Restored Hearing and Love & Robots were last night named as the three finalists of the ESB Spark of Genius Award at the 2014 Web Summit.
- 17 September
EWS Butchers named Craft Butcher Shop of the Year
EWS Butchers from Donegal town has been named Craft Butcher Shop of the Year by Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland (ACBI), beating competition from 100 other butcher shops around the country.
Munster eHealth start-up rebrands to Salaso Health Solutions
Munster-based eHealth technology company SportsClinicPlus has rebranded to Salaso Health Solutions and appointed a new chairperson with significant US and European experience.
NDRC announces participants for NDRC LaunchPad
NDRC, Ireland’s earliest stage investor in new technology ventures, has selected 14 new start-ups for investment and to take part in its award-winning NDRC LaunchPad acceleration programme.
IDME and Home Instead in partnership to mark World Alzheimer's Day
Two Irish businesses, IDME and Home Instead Senior Care, have entered into a partnership to mark World Alzheimer’s Day next Sunday, 21 September.
Ramona Nicholas to share insights at An Post event
An Post is holding event on 24 September where joint managing director of Cara Group Ramona Nicholas of RTE’s Dragons’ Den fame will share her top tips on how to successfully market a business.
Asset-based finance growing in popularity among Irish SMEs
The number of Irish companies with a turnover of less than €500,000 which accessed asset-based finance went up by almost 40pc to 338 in the year to the end of June 2014, according to figures released by the Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA).
Four Fingal Enterprise Awards finalists unveiled
Benchmark Automotive, Happynest, Stayhold and National Athlete Development Academy (NADA) have been announced as the finalists in this year’s Fingal Enterprise Awards.
- 15 September
FSAI holding free seminar in Cork for food start-ups
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) is holding a free seminar in Cork in October for small food businesses or those that are thinking of setting up a food business.
Ireland's first e-commerce expo taking place in October
Some of the biggest names in Irish online retail will be addressing Ireland’s first E-commerce Expo, which will be held in the Crowne Plaza in Santry in Dublin on 7 October.
One in three Irish SMEs duped by jobseekers – survey
As many as one in three small and medium-sized firms across Ireland have received a fraudulent reference for a potential job candidate, a survey has revealed.
Business idea to improve poultry production wins UCD Agri-Food Sprint Programme
An early-stage business idea focused on using wireless sensors to monitor environmental conditions in chicken barns to improve poultry production is the winner of the UCD Agri-Food Sprint Programme.
October 'Taking Care of Business' event to highlight range of Government supports and funding for start-ups
Details of ‘Taking Care of Business’, a one-stop-shop event for SMEs, start-ups and potential entrepreneurs that will take place on 16 October, were announced today by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton and the Minister for Business and Employment, Gerald Nash.
- 12 September
CollegeDinners serves up its meal plans to the students of UL
CollegeDinners, which was launched in Cork in 2011, has announced it has expanded its operation to the University of Limerick (UL), commencing on 15 September.
No need for iPhone 6 to avail of 'tap and pay' at Graham O'Sullivan's and El Gringo
Dublin restaurant owner Felim Meade has been allowing his customers to pay for meals using their smartphone for several months, claiming that his businesses were the first in Europe to introduce this technology.
Ireland's first gluten free food market to take place in Cork
Ireland’s first ever 100pc gluten free food market is being held in the Silver Springs Moran Hotel in Cork on 4 October.
New app BetYou allowing friends to connect and bet on anything
An Irish app called BetYou has been launched aiming to connect friends and allow them to bet on anything from doing the dishes to sport.
SuperValu signs €100,000 deal with Cork-based pate and terrine producer On the Pigs Back
SuperValu has signed a deal with On the Pigs Back, a Cork-based pate and terrine producer, worth €100,000.
- 10 September
Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon to create 50 jobs following merger
Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon and Bardon Molumby are merging to create the midlands’ largest and only globally branded accountancy firm and expecting to create up to 50 jobs over the next two years.
Maven46 launches claiming to 'bridge the gap between editorial and e-commerce'
Having worked as a creative duo on photo shoots for the past eight years Tanya Grimson and Agata Stoinska have launched an online fashion magazine which allows visitors to buy as they read individual features.
- 09 September
Case study: marketing at Rock Fitness in Dundrum
Rock Fitness in Dundrum in Dublin has been in business for around five years and director Gerry Barry says it has used as many ways as possible to promote the gym.
Niamh Bushnell named Dublin's first commissioner for start-ups
Entrepreneur Niamh Bushnell has been appointed as the first Dublin commissioner for start-ups.
- 08 September
EVB Sports Shorts founder reaches worldwide Cartier awards final
Founder of Co Louth based company EVB Sports Shorts Yvonne Brady has reached the worldwide final of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards and her compression shorts invention for women is soon to be launched in Elvery Sports.
Entrepreneur Ramona Nicholas encourages SMEs to put their business in the frame with new Admailer.ie initiative
An Post has launched a new initiative to get small business owners to boost their company sales by over 100pc.
Sherpa Kids Ireland franchise expects to create 2,000 jobs in five years
A new after-school care business originating from New Zealand called Sherpa Kids Ireland has been introduced to Ireland with plans to roll it out across the country through 80 franchises.
- 05 September
30 shortlisted for €25,000 ESB Spark of Genius award
Thirty Irish start-ups have been shortlisted for the ESB Spark of Genius award.
Focus on start-ups at this year's Fingal Enterprise Week
There is a strong focus on start-ups at this year’s Fingal Enterprise Week which was launched this morning, 4 September.
- 04 September
LEOs and Microfinance Ireland launch new type of loan for small businesses
The network of Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) has joined forces with Microfinance Ireland (MFI) to launch a new type of loan support aimed at Ireland’s small business community.
- 03 September
Government cheque consigned to history ahead of e-Day
A Government cheque has been consigned to history at the National Museum of Ireland two weeks ahead of e-Day – the date on which Government departments and offices, local authorities and State agencies stop using cheques in their dealings with businesses.
26.08.2014 The return of whiskey production to Tullamore has become a significant step closer with the installation of the custom-made Tullamore Distillery Spirit Safe.
28.08.2014 Ireland’s first dedicated in-store gluten-free bakery and food production facility has been opened – in Scally’s SuperValu, Clonakilty, Co Cork – involving a €500,000 investment and the creation of five new jobs.
25.08.2014 Having a sustainability plan and Origin Green charter has been the key driver in Dawn Meats achieving a 90pc reduction in thermal energy consumption on one of its major sites and a 50pc reduction on other sites between 2012 and 2013.