David Curtin, chief executive, IEDR

Steady demand from Irish micro-businesses and sole traders exists for a .ie domain name, according to latest figures from the IE Domain Registry (IEDR). It reports that new .ie domain registrations for the first three months of the year totaled 9,398, a 12.2pc increase on the previous quarter. Registrations grew each month steadily at 3,053, 3,184 and 3,161 for January, February, and March, respectively. “The New Year can be a tough time for small business owners, in particular, so it’s really encouraging to see that many of the new registrations came from sole traders, some of them just starting out,” said David Curtin, chief executive of the IEDR. The total…

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Mole Screening Clinic wins first 'Start Up' competition

A new Dublin-based business, The Mole Screening Clinic is the first monthly winner as part of eircom’s Start-Up initiative, which involves start-ups being videoed and showcased online. Fifty companies have already been filmed for the initiative, and over 120 companies are currently registered to take part. The Mole Screening Clinic was established by Mike Malone last year after a family member had a melanoma scare and he discovered at that time that Ireland lacked this type of service. The clinic uses the newest technology to deliver the highest level of care by using the latest photo capture and digital skin analysis software. Malone registered his interest in the Eircom Start…

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Business and Leadership Ltd.

The organizers of the Entrepreneurial Business Awards (EBA) have reported substantial interest in this year’s competition, with more than 1,300 applications from around the country, with 26pc of these being in the emerging new business category, which was open to businesses in operation for two years or less. The EBA website , meanwhile, received almost 100,000 hits in the three months leading up to the application closing date on 18 February. “The huge interest that has been shown demonstrates the need for these awards,” said John Kelly, chairman of the EBAs. “It is encouraging to see such high numbers for the Emerging New Business Award and illustrates the entrepreneurial spirit and willingness…

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Business and Leadership Ltd.

Ernst & Young has made its final call for nominations to this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) programme, the closing date for which is 30 March. Now in its 15th year, the EOY programme continues to acknowledge the achievements of entrepreneurs from across the island of Ireland. Following the announcement of a shortlist of 24 finalists in May, participants will go to a CEO retreat to Silicon Valley and the televised Entrepreneur of the Year Gala Awards Night will take place in October. The overall winner of the 2012 award will also go forward to represent Ireland at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year finals 2013 where he or…

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Agile Networks gets €80k grant from Fingal CEB Darragh 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 on the design, implementation, and support of complex networks and related services to major enterprise and public…

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