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.

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Agile Networks Predicts 20pc Sales Increase

Agile 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.

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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 start-ups…

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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

Bitbuzz signs partnership deal with ApplegreenDes 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…

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Enbio wins €500,000 ESA contract

Irish surface technology company Enbio has secured a €500,000 contract with the European Space Agency (ESA). The contract will enable the company to optimise a proprietary surface treatment for use as a ‘sunscreen’ to better protect satellites as they travel in space. The contract will also allow Enbio to establish its first manufacturing facility at its headquarters at NovaUCD. The contract was secured with support from Enterprise Ireland, the co-ordinating body for ESA in Ireland. In its new manufacturing facility Enbio will use its patented technology platform, CoBlast, to produce unique ‘black’ surfaces, which it will then deploy on critical internal and external surfaces of satellites. Called ‘SolarBlack(s)’, these surfaces…

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UrParts.com Aims to Change the Way Spare Parts are Sourced

Sonya and Simon Fitzpatrick, co-founders of UrParts.com

UrParts.com aims to change the way spare parts are sourcedSonya and Simon Fitzpatrick, co-founders of UrParts.com Irish brother and sister Sonya and Simon Fitzpatrick have started an online business called UrParts.com , which aims to revolutionise the spare parts industry for construction, agricultural and commercial truck industries. According to Sonya Fitzpatrick, what makes UrParts.com unique is that a buyer submits one enquiry which will be received by multiple suppliers and is completely free. “Unlike other spare part sites that make buyers contact many suppliers separately, with UrParts.com the buyer does the work once and then sits back and waits for suppliers to respond directly to them by email or phone,” she said. The Fitzpatricks came…

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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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Agile Networks Gets €80k Grant from Fingal CEB

Agile Networks gets €80k grant from Fingal CEB Darragh Richardson of Agile Networks and Oisin Geoghegan, Fingal CEB

Agile Networks gets €80k grant from Fingal CEBDarragh Richardson of Agile Networks and Oisin Geoghegan, Fingal CEB A start-up company specializing in network integration, Agile Networks , is getting grant assistance of €80,000 from Fingal County Enterprise Board. Agile Networks was formed following a management buy-out last November of the Irish operations of Telindus. The Blanchardstown-based company provides professional services to large public sector bodies, multinationals, and export-oriented Irish companies. The Business Priming Grant of €80,000 ensures that six high-value jobs are retained and will also help to create another full-time job and two long-term contract posts, as the company planned to meet growing customer demand in 2012. “These jobs are centered…

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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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