Big Red Book creating 12 jobs thanks to new cloud solution

Paul Rellis, MD, Microsoft Ireland and Marc O'Dwyer, CEO, Big Red Book

Irish accountancy and software company Big Red Book has launched a new cloud-based solution, which will mean the creation of 12 new jobs over the next year. Hosted on Microsoft’s cloud platform Windows Azure, the new solution is called Big Red Cloud. Big Red Book’s services are currently used by over 17,000 SMEs in Ireland and the UK. The new service solution enables customers to move all their accounts data to the cloud with the flexibility of adding unlimited users and free access for their accountant. A recent trial of Big Red Cloud with current Big Red Book subscribers resulted in 36pc of trial participants converting to the cloud within…

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MyBuilder launches survey to find best builders’ breakfast

MyBuilder launches survey to find best builders' breakfast Ryan Notz, MyBuilder founder

A café or diner is to be named the home of the ‘Best Builders’ Breakfast in Britain’ in November further to a survey of 63,000 tradesmen launched today. Online venture MyBuilder , which matches reviewed tradesmen with the homeowners who need to hire them, is doing the survey.. It has over 63,000 plumbers, electricians, painters, plasterers and other tradesmen on its books, enabling householders to arrange everything from changing a washer to building an extension online. Nearly 500,000 jobs have been posted on the site since it was founded by US-born stonemason Ryan Notz. Posting a job on the site is free. MyBuilder operates by charging builders, primarily when they get…

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Six companies collapsed each day this month – Vision-net


Six companies collapsed each day this month – Vision-net Six Irish companies collapsed each day this month, with more company closures than start-ups so far this year, according to the latest figures from Vision-net, a business and credit risk analyst. Vision-net’s figures, covering the period between 1–28 August, reveal that 165 companies were declared insolvent – down 13pc on the same month last year. Of those, 99 were liquidated, 64 entered receivership, and an examiner was appointed to two companies. A county-by-county breakdown shows that Dublin accounted for 42pc of all insolvencies in August, with Limerick second highest on 14pc and Meath third with 5pc of the total. Cork, Galway and…

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Infinite Touch introduces new parenting apps

An iPhone app development company based in Co Leitrim, Infinite Touch, has developed three apps aimed at to putting parents’ minds at rest. The inspiration for the elaboration of the Fetal Sleep Tracker, Contraction Tracker, and Baby Feed Tracker Plus by Infinute Touch founder Andy Dunn was the upcoming birth of his daughter, due this September. Baby Feed Tracker Plus is the latest app he has released on the iTunes store. “Having built the Fetal Sleep Tracker and Contraction Tracker apps, I identified a gap in the market for an easy to use baby feed tracker app. “Other apps are cluttered with unnecessary features. As I had read many books for new parents ahead of the birth of my…

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Evidence of Demand a ‘Blind Spot’ for Entrepreneurs

Demonstrating evidence of demand tends to be a significant ‘blind spot’ evident among many entrepreneurs, writes Alan Gleeson, founder of Palo Alto Software and Smallbusinesscan contributor. Providing real evidence that there is an actual demand for the “thing” that is being sold is an important step. Believe it or not, a lot of business owners fail to grasp this concept, as it is their belief that there just needs to be a great idea and great people behind it. This is why there is such a high rate of failure amongst new businesses. Lack of leadership and planning. Instead of facing the harsh reality that their idea might be less…

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42pc of small businesses to increase employment – SFA

The director of the Small Firms Association, Patricia Callan, has released the findings of the SFA’s Autumn Employment Survey which shows that the economy has stabilised and that many firms are returning to growth and intend to create new jobs. The survey was undertaken at the end of July and 628 of a sample of 2,000 SFA members responded. Some 47pc of respondents stated that their business was growing at present, with 43pc stating that they were maintaining their position in the marketplace and 10pc stating that their business was declining. In relation to jobs, 42pc of firms planned to increase their employment levels, of which 7pc were increasing them…

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Sabeo launches jobs app for IT staff in Ireland and UK

Irish firm Sabeo Contracting Services has launched a new IT Jobs App on iPhone and Android that allows IT staff to search for new jobs. Sabeo currently provides IT contract staff to clients in Ireland and the UK, and permanent IT staff and recruitment services to many employers in Ireland. The free app allows the user to search for jobs, depending on their location preference, skills and type of employment. The search can be saved, and the app notifies the user when new positions are released. No registration is required. Paul Schmitz, Sabeo Contracting Services’ director said the app was part of its strategy to reach out to more IT…

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Pauline McLynn sets up e-business selling tea cosies

Pauline McLynn

She’s famous for her saying ‘Ah Go On’, and now the former Fr Ted housekeeper aka Pauline McLynn has turned her catchphrase into a winning business idea with a range of tea cosies, called ‘GO ONS’. On her website , McLynn says each Go On is “unique” and comes with a story as to why she made it as she did, as well as care instructions. All GO ONs are made for round-bellied tea pots and are priced between €50-€90. McLynn says she was taught to knit by her mother when she was a child and by her grandmother “who could knock out an Aran style bobble hat in a few…

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Neuravi to create 25 jobs further to €5.2m investment

Eamon Brady, CEO, Neuravi, John O’Shaughnessy, chairman, Neuravi and Justin Lynch, partner, Fountain Healthcare Partners

Galway-based medical devices company Neuravi has raised investment of €5.2m which will accelerate the development of its innovative clot retrieval device. Established in 2009, Neuravi expects to create 25 new jobs over the next three years as a result of this investment. This includes a series of both senior management and technical/functional positions over the coming months to fulfill the research and development, quality assurance, regulatory assurance, manufacturing, marketing and finance functions of the company. Supported by Enterprise Ireland, Neuravi has assembled a large body of intellectual property in the field of mechanical retrieval devices for stroke. The device it is developing will help stroke doctors treat patients very quickly…

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InsulCheck raises €350,000 investment and creates 12 jobs

John Phelan, manager of Halo Business Angel Partnership and John Hughes, co-founder and managing director of InsulCheck

John Phelan, manager of Halo Business Angel Partnership and John Hughes, co-founder and managing director of InsulCheck Halo Business Angel Partnership (HBAP), the Irish business angel network, has announced that diabetes medical device company InsulCheck has secured investment of €350,000 to facilitate its international growth strategy. The investment will fund new product development and the creation of 12 jobs over the next two years, bringing the total number of employees to 15. The investment was facilitated by HBAP, managed by Dublin Business Innovation Centre, and came from multiple sources including HBAP angel investors, AIB Seed Capital Fund and Enterprise Ireland. The new jobs will be in the areas of research and…

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