Small Business

Top 20 Best Small Business Ideas for 2017

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. 1 – Yoga Center. These are hot right now and springing up in neighborhoods everywhere. You are helping people become more healthy and fit. The key is to have certified instructors, a safe environment, and competitive pricing. 2 – Catering Business. Look for niches you can help fill instead of being a “one all, be all.” Just left a career in the real estate business because…

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Research Reveals Benefits of Junior Entrepreneurship Programme

A survey of 330 national schools has revealed that 87pc of its teachers saw an increase in confidence in children participating in the Junior Entrepreneurship Programme (JEP), with a further 66pc stating that taking part in the programme improved communication skills and the ability to work as a team. Life skills such as decision making, presentation skills, and teamwork were identified as crucial benefits to primary school children going through the JEP. Led by serial entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly, the JEP was rolled out to more than 10,000 primary school children in Ireland and Northern Ireland last year, and this year the numbers signing up for JEP are expected to increase…

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Ireland – a future global start-up hub

Joanna Murphy, chief operating officer of ConnectIreland, explores Ireland’s potential as a hub for foreign SMEs in light of the recent interest from French companies in particular. Ireland is well recognised as one of the top locations for global multinationals to establish their business, and in recent years it has been branded by many as the Silicon Valley of Europe, with ten of the top ‘Born on the Internet’ companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all present in this country. SMEs on the other hand often get overlooked when facts and figures are compiled regarding Ireland’s current business landscape. However, the trend for smaller entities looking to Ireland as…

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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. Currently an intern with Carlow IT’s DesignCore design research centre, Gregan won the UDGC People’s Choice Award, the UDGC Judges’ Choice Award and the Enterprise Ireland Universal Design Commercialisation Award for his ‘Go Therapeutic’ horse riding aid. His project is an alternative to a saddle, ensuring the stability of the rider while enhancing all the benefits of equine therapy. The solution is proving to work…

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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. On the River Erriff just outside Leenane, Aasleagh Lodge is a restored 19th century Victorian country house, set in 36 acres of mature woodlands with views over Killary Harbour, with nine bedrooms, two self catering apartments and access to wild Atlantic salmon fishing on the river nearby in Erriff Fishery. The Erriff Fishery includes the Erriff River and the two lakes of Tawnyard and Derrintin. Previously part of the estate of the Marquis of Sligo, Aasleagh Lodge and Erriff Fishery was managed by Inland Fisheries Ireland until recently. “This…

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Trafficattic.com now hosting 130 local businesses

An online business focused on allowing people to shop local online called Trafficattic.com set up in Co Mayo in 2014 now hosts 130 businesses and is selling throughout Ireland and worldwide. Husband and wife team Brendan and Sophia McHugh founded the business, which provides users with access to over 15,000 products on offer from Irish shops and businesses ranging from gifts, to cosmetics to garden furniture. “Trafficattic.com supports Irish businesses by providing them with an easy to use, low-cost platform to sell their products online. It takes the fear and stress away for small businesses,” said Brendan McHugh. “We help businesses to bring their products and services to a wider…

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27pc of all parking transactions in Luas Park+Ride locations now via Parkbytext

Irish mobile parking operator Parkbytext has reported that so far in 2015, 27pc of all parking transactions in Luas Park+Ride locations are originating from the app. It said Stillorgan is the busiest Park+Ride location for parkbytext, accounting for an average of 40pc of all parking revenue. Overall the Red Cow is the busiest Park+Ride location. Parkbytext and Nationwide Controlled Parking Systems started a five-year contract last November with public transport operator Transdev to provide managed parking systems in the Park+Ride car parks attached to the Luas. Since then, over 1,900 Luas Park+Ride customers have registered with Parkbytext, which accounts for 88pc of all Luas Parkbytext transactions – the remaining 12pc…

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Ignite alumni plan expansion thanks to Competitive Start Fund

Three early stage businesses that took part in the Ignite Graduate Business Innovation Programme at University College Cork (UCC) are among the 81 recipients of Enterprise Ireland’s ‘Class of 2014 – Competitive Start Fund’. Uniwink, Ottera and Mohago are the three Ignite alumni that are receiving up to €50,000 each to help them expand and grow under the fund. Founded by Sarah Dineen, Uniwink is a peer-to-peer online learning platform that caters specifically toward the educational needs of third level students. Its objective is to help students to achieve high grades through the provision of tutorials and notes online. With aspirations to become the No 1 peer-to-peer online learning platform…

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AIB Discovery Programme invests in Pointy technology to help small retailers get online quickly

AIB and Frontline Ventures have announced their investment in Pointy, a new technology company that aims to help independent retailers get online fast, through the AIB Discovery Programme. Pointy enables retailers to create a website listing all of their products in just five minutes by connecting its technology with the retailer’s existing barcode scanner and point of sale system. The retailer scans the products and they appear automatically on their Pointy page.  Pointy also helps retailers to appear higher on search engines. “Almost 90pc of commerce is still conducted offline; the internet hasn’t really touched it yet,” said Dubliner Mark Cummins, who co-founded the company with Charles Bibby. “Finding products…

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Nettl:Click&Collect Targets Small Retailers with Launch

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A strategic partnership has been announced between web design studio Nettl.com and web transactions company Epos Now, which both expect will “transform the click and collect opportunities” for independent retailers in the Dublin region. In the US, you can turn to web design and SEO in Greenville, SC . Lowering the barrier to entry, the new partnership makes a move to click and collect a viable and cost-efficient option for smaller and medium-sized retailers, the partners say. Nettl.com and Epos Now, which has 10,000 customers in the UK and Ireland, have been collaborating to bring this new integrated concept to market for the past 12 months. Called ‘Nettl:click&collect,’ it is a package which has been specially tailored…

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