Agile Networks Predicts 20pc Sales Increase for 2015

Agile Networks managing director Darragh Richardson

Agile Networks predicts 20pc sales increase for 2015Agile Networks managing director Darragh Richardson Dublin-based company Agile Networks is predicting a 20pc increase in sales for 2015, further to reporting revenue growth of 55pc for 2014. The company designs, builds, and supports IT networks across 1,300 sites that support 1.3 million end users. In completing its third full year of operations since a management buyout in 2011, the firm has grown revenues from under €1m to over €7.4m in 2014. “For 2015, we’re forecasting another year of buoyant growth, which means that we’re now the biggest independent network integrator in the country,” said managing director Darragh Richardson. “For our first quarter, we’re…

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NDRC Inventorium and IIA initiative to accelerate 20 SMEs into online trading

NDRC Inventorium and IIA initiative to accelerate 20 SMEs into online trading

NDRC’s Inventorium programme and the Irish Internet Association (IIA) are to engage directly for free with 20 small Irish businesses to transform them into online retailers with new export and jobs potential over five weeks. Applications for the new Clicktailing programme are now being invited through www.clicktailing.com . Clicktailing is an intensive retail accelerator scheme, which will run in five-week bursts. It brings together online retailing experts to provide hands-on support for participating businesses with web design services, payments systems, product photography, logistics advice and marketing skills, at no cost to the participants. The Inventorium and IIA partnership will also be supported by An Post and by the Crafts Council of…

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SFA National Small Business Awards 2014 finalists announced

Paul Rawlins, founder of Celtic Rider

SFA National Small Business Awards 2014 finalists announcedPaul Rawlins, founder of Celtic Rider, a finalist in the awards Thirty five companies across seven categories have been announced as finalists in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2014. Some companies, such as The Pallet Network, Clevamma, Timbertrove, Ryan’s Cleaning and Celtic Rider Motorcycle Rental have been finalists or winners before, but most of the finalists are newcomers. They include Laois Sawmills in Co Laois and Spectac International in Co Louth in the Manufacturing Category; Bfree Foods and Urban Picnic both from Dublin in the Food & Drink category and Monaghan Music & Piano Centre and The Blessington Bookstore in the Outstanding…

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Three ‘New Frontiers’ companies to pitch for €10k prize in March

Tony Staunton of Propertygate, Kevin Ryan of Pura Light and Tim Schmidt of Simply Connected are to compete for the title of ‘Best investment proposal 2014’ and a €10,000 prize at the Docklands Innovation Park Enterprise Awards. All participants on the Enterprise Ireland-funded Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Hothouse New Frontiers programme (past or present), the finalists will pitch their investment proposals and be questioned by a panel of judges on their business plans on 6 March. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Dublin, Propertygate is designed for large-scale asset managers who require a single platform to provide instant transparency of their portfolio. In July 2013, the company won the…

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Top 20 Best Small Business Ideas for 2021 (Updated)

Top 20 Best Small Business Ideas for 2017

One of the biggest mistakes most entrepreneurs make is to spend more than they need to on unnecessary costs including technology and equipment. Remember that your business is SMALL and focus on building a profit first, and then look to scale, expand, and automate. Bonus: If you are tech-savvy and have access to some seed money, consumers are wanting a price comparison search engine. One that compares prices from the Disney Store, Wal-mart, Sony, eBay, Amazon, and Best Buy. The Top 20 Business Ideas List (Updated) 1 – Yoga Center. These are hot right now and springing up in neighborhoods everywhere. You are helping people become more healthy and fit.…

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2012 David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Award Shortlist Announced

Nominations in the business category are Daniel Bradfield, AirDryer; George Howlet and Philip Gillen, Safefood 360; and Sandra Maguire, EduBills.ie There are three categories in the awards – business, arts and social. All shortlisted entrepreneurs will be interviewed in early December by the awards judging panel, which is headed up by Dr. Chris Horn.  After the interviews, the three category winners will go through to the final, with the overall winner being announced at a ceremony in January.  The awards carry a prize package of more than €100,000. The nominations in the business category are as follows: Daniel Bradfield of AirDryer Systems Daniel Bradfield of AirDryer Systems is short-listed in the Business…

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NDRC Swequity Exchange calls for start-ups and backers

NDRC Swequity Exchange calls for start-ups and backers

The second iteration of National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) Swequity Exchange is taking applications now. The initiative is building on the strong success of its first one earlier this year. People with clever digital business start-up ideas and people interested in getting involved in developing these start-ups have an opportunity to do just that through the programme. NDRC’s Swequity Exchange will bring people with business ideas together, choose the best ones and match them to a team of qualified voluntary experts. The team will get equity in the business if it successfully kicks off, while the start-ups get experienced advice and support from the beginning. Applications are being taken now…

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Bitbuzz signs partnership deal with Applegreen

Des Kenny, business development manager, Bitbuzz and Adrian Grimes, Head of Food & MSA Operations, Applegreen

Irish Wi-Fi provider Bitbuzz has signed a deal to provide complimentary Wi-Fi access to the customers of forecourt retailer Applegreen. The deal means Bitbuzz Wi-Fi is now available at all six Applegreen motorway service stations, which are located at the M4 Enfield East and West, M1 Lusk North and South and M1 Castlebellingham North and South. Shane Deasy, managing director, Bitbuzz , said the initial uptake from both smartphone and laptop users at all six locations has been stronger than expected. “This new deal fits in well with our 2012 goal of providing superior Wi-Fi access at all major transport hubs in Ireland.” Adrian Grimes, head of food and MSA operations, Applegreen said…

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14 Start-ups NDRC’s LaunchPad VII

Fourteen start-ups are participating in the latest round of the NDRC’s accelerator programme, LaunchPad VII, which begins this week. According to the NDRC, the participants beat off stiff competition and were chosen from a field of 100 applicants. Each of the start-ups will undergo an intensive 12-week programme in NDRC where they will receive hands-on mentoring and support from some of the most seasoned practitioners across the board. At the end of the three months, they will then compete in the ‘Lift Off’ competition for follow-on investment, sourced from venture capitalists and private investors. LaunchPad provides up to €20,000 per start-up in pre-seed investment during the programme, and over 100…

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Start-ups secure investment following LaunchPad at NDRC

To date start-up enterprises supported by the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) have secured €10m in commercial investment following their time there, it has reported. A significant number have also graduated from NDRC’s LaunchPad accelerator programme, and NDRC is holding an information night on 28 November where any interested party can learn more about the next one before the entry deadline of 14 December. Successful companies that have participated in LaunchPad include Boxever and LogEntries which have recently secured investment following the programme. The LaunchPad programme attracts aspiring entrepreneurs and recent researchers with ideas and intellectual property capable of being brought to market and achieving a commercial return. NDRC provides up to…

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