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Featured Business: Carr Golf Group Having begun by providing management services to golf courses, the company then expanded into three areas: golf course management, golf course maintenance and golf travel.
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Featured Business: Blacknight Providing domain name registration services and website hosting, Blacknight owns numerous servers (read big computers) that are connected to the internet all the time.
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Featured Business: Topform Topform manufactures beautiful yet affordable laminate kitchen worktops for the building industry, with a clear focus on therepairs, maintenance and home improvements sector.
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Featured Business: Premium Power Premium Power has big industry clients across Europe and Ireland in the high-tech manufacturing space, from pharmaceutical to medical devices, and from micro-chip manufacturers to data centres.
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Featured Business: Dive & Marine Contractors Two heads are better than one when it comes to setting up a successful business, and Dive & Marine Contractors is no exception. During the downturn, two businessmen with commercial diving experience got chatting and came up with the idea of a diving contracting business.
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Featured Business: Verde LED The company started out selling energy-saving solutions to customers by retrofitting existing lighting.
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Sep
How to Develop an Effective Company Trade Mark Companies that create, register, and monitor their trade marks stand to gain both increased market share and profits
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Featured Business: Good4U Bernie Butler has been in the food business for over 30 years. Since she first discovered the health benefits of sprouted seeds, she has never looked back.
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Featured Business: Dualtron Ltd The euro changeover had a huge impact on consumers and businesses, especially Dualtron, a provider of cash handling equipment. The challenge facing the company was how to manage the introduction of over 10,000 pieces of new equipment on the same day to nearly every town and village in Ireland.
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Gender Diversity is Not a Problem, it’s a Solution When gender diversity is discussed, it often sounds as though it’s a problem that needs to be fixed. However, evidence is mounting to support the view that tackling the diversity issue can actually be a solution to key business problems.
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Featured Business: Kevin Egan Cars Setting up a car sales business during a recession may seem like an unusual move. For Sligo-based car salesman Kevin Egan, it has been worthwhile.
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Featured Business Born and reared in Newport, Co Mayo, Seán and his brother Seamus have turned the family business, set up in 1930, into an artisan butchers specialising in traditional black and white puddings and sausages under the Kelly’s brand.
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5 Intellectual Property Facts You Should Know Before Exporting When establishing an export business, financial considerations are often top of the list of concerns, but Intellectual Property (IP) rights are also an important aspect in the success of an export venture.
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clubstohire.com For between €35 and €60, holidaying golfers can hire a set of clubs on arrival rather than transporting their own clubs at a cost of between €60 and €100.
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Featured Business: DB Sports Tours Established in 2010 and operating since 2012, DB Sports Tours started out with the vision of giving all children, regardless of age or ability, an experience of professional football.
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Featured Business: FeelsRight FeelsRight has been selected for a European incubator called Transition. It is helping 50 companies around Europe that are trying to solve a societal problem to fast-track growth.
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Featured Business: Placelift Professional house doctors Placelift offer the full spectrum, from presentation consultancy right through to repairs, upgrading kitchens and bathrooms, and clearing the property.
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Featured Business: MICAD Security Clients include pubs, clubs and retail companies while MICAD Security offers site security, alarm call-outs to business and houses, mobile patrols and 24/7 security.
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Featured Business: Wattspot Anybody with a smartphone knows the pain of having to ask for a charger or seek out a socket to charge a phone. WattSpot is about having free phone charging everywhere you go.
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Featured Business: Heritage Hampers Who doesn’t love getting a hamper, whether it’s for a special occasion, Mother’s Day, or a corporate Christmas gift?
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Featured Business: Cartoon Saloon Two feature films, two Oscar nominations. What next for Cartoon Saloon? This year it begins production on a third feature film, The Breadwinner, which will take two years to complete.
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Featured Business: Full Health Medical By 2020 the number of people with chronic disease is going to increase by 40%. Full Health Medical aims to make a positive difference to a lot of lives with easy to understand medical reports.
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Featured Business: Rye River Brewing Company Since brewing its first batch of beer in late-2013, Rye River Brewing Company has built a state-of-the-art brewery, the first 100% Irish made brewery to be built in over 100 years.
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Featured Business: ReviveActive Taking advice and a health supplement from a friend helped influence Dáithí O’Connor to trade his financial services business for a health start-up
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Featured Business: GoBus Early retirement isn’t for everybody, as Jim Burke found out when he sold his established business in 2003. Missing the buzz of business after a few years, he got the opportunity to establish a new venture in the form of GoBus in 2009 and jumped at the chance.
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Featured Business: TenderScout Every year €263billion is spent globally on putting together 25 billion tenders. In most cases, there can be only one winner. So if six companies spend €1m each on preparing a tender, that’s €5m lost to business.
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Successfully Selling Your Business The key to successfully selling your business starts with advanced preparation. It is essential that the seller views the business through the eyes of a potential buyer.
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Featured Business: WorldBOX.ie WorldBOX.ie aims to bring to consumers an easy-to-access service in a saturated market. It’s a shipping service, but it’s the service around it that makes it unique.
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Featured Business: Kay’s Kitchen Group Having experienced emigration in his youth, one of the driving forces for Dubliner Bart Glover in keeping the family business going is exactly that – to have his family close by.
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Featured Business: All In Care Ten years ago, there were just a couple of private homecare providers in Ireland. Now there are 130, and one of the big Dublin players is All In Care.
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Featured Business: Mark McConnell Agricultural Consultancy Ltd. A love of farming drove Mark McConnell to get a degree in Agricultural Science and eventually set up business as an agricultural consultant and agricultural auctioneer with an online farm shop
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Featured Business: Loylap Loylap saw huge potential to become a number one provider of technology for small businesses and decided to focus on loyalty — an idea that would reward customers and subsequently offer businesses specific information about their customer demographics.
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Featured Business: Brú Brewery Meath-based Brú Brewery started selling in September 2013 and one full year later Brú is sitting on the shelves of most major off licences in Ireland.
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Featured Business: OnePageCRM An important part of business that’s easy to overlook is its inventiveness. Michael FitzGerald, founder of OnePageCRM – a cloud-based customer relationship management tool – doesn’t let that happen.
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Featured Business: Monaghan Music & Piano Centre If any business was to have a worst nightmare scenario, it would be to put stock in temporary uninsured storage, only for it to be flooded by freak summer rain.
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Featured Business: Blessington Bookstore Irish regional finalist for Independent Bookseller of the Year 2014 in the UK Bookseller Awards, Blessington Bookstore is a great example of how to embrace change.
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Featured Business: VOYA Products If you’ve spent time in luxury spas or hotels worldwide, you may be familiar with the spa and skincare brand VOYA.
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Featured Business: Owen Chubb Garden Landscapes Limited Business to Owen Chubb is about delivering a superb new garden for the client. It’s a great privilege to do landscaping, he believes, as you are making an impact on a customer’s personal space
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Featured Business: Integrity Solutions A serial entrepreneur in his mid-30s, Eoin knows all about keeping going after your first business fails. His company, Integrity Solutions, is his second business venture.
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Featured Business: Brook Catering Brook Catering’s clients include corporates and multinational companies that require catering onsite, as well as everything from weddings, corporates and house parties on the events side.
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Featured Business: Apex Fund Services Comprehending hedge funds and funds administration services is very difficult for many people. Irishman John Bohan puts it in simple terms: it is a USD$2.2 trillion industry globally.
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Successful Succession Planning What will happen to your business when you retire? Without succession planning, a business that has become successful can just as easily fail
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Featured Business: Keohane Seafoods The Keohanes set about researching, developing and marketing 'added-value microwaveable products' in 2010
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Featured Business: Wexford Home Preserves Wexford Home Preserves may have moved firmly into the 21st century, but the production methods are still the same.
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Featured Business: Algaran Seaweed Algaran has been established in Donegal since 2004. It was set up by Italian woman Rosaria Piseri, who has been working with seaweed since 1996.
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Featured Business: FCS Services Anna Holland recognised a gap in the market for company secretarial services outside of Dublin, which is dominated by law and audit/accountancy firms.
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Featured Business: Kanum Thai With a clear focus on quality food, Kanum Thai employs 11 Thai chefs, including their head chef who designed all the recipes.
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Featured Business: Kildare Farm Foods December is a very busy month for turkey farmer David Sexton – providing daily customers with the usual level of service while tackling the extra business of processing up to 80,000 Christmas turkeys.
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Featured Business: Celtic Rider Paul Rawlins runs a motorcycle tours company offering tourists an alternative route around Ireland.
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Featured Business: Bryan Lynch Finest Salads Food is Bryan Lynch's passion and, since the mid-1990s, he’s been running food-related businesses.
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Tech Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Jim and Vincent Weldon have grown Tech Refrigeration and Air Conditioning at a steady pace, allowing them to keep growing through the recession.
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Featured Business: Celtic Pure Padraig McEneaney and his wife Pauline founded Celtic Pure in 2000 and have been growing and developing the company ever since.
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Featured Business: Megazyme Megazyme is one of the two biggest suppliers of testing kits for the wine industry.
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Featured Business: Brigit’s Garden Brigit’s Garden comprises four specially designed gardens representing the Celtic seasons, nature trails, a roundhouse and other features.
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Featured Business: M&T Plant Hire When Tom Murray set up a business 26 years ago with a tractor and tanker to empty septic tanks, he knew he had hit on a niche market.
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Featured Business: Cronin Movers Tim Cronin filled a scrapbook with ideas taken from the specialist moving and relocation companies he visited on his travels. By 1986, with six years’ experience and savings behind him, he started Cronin Movers with one truck, one helper and a pager, working out of a lock-up unit on Hanover Quay in Dublin.
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Featured Business: Element Software Element Software, which started business as a mobile app development company, has made the pivot to offer a Saas real-time mobile analytics product.
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Featured Business: Gubbeen Farmhouse Products
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Featured Business: Thinking Toys
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Featured Business: Moll Industries Ireland Ltd. Owned by Michael and Helen Masterson, Moll Industries is an outsourcing manufacturing partner for medical device manufacturers and pharma companies.
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Featured Business: ForeGolf It is the hand making of clubs that separates ForeGolf from the rest of the golf industry; no other golf retailer hand-builds their own clubs
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Featured Business: Woodfarm Fencing Supplies Having the right person in the right place at the right time can play a key role in the continued success of a business.
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Featured Business: Murray’s Recycled Plastic Sometimes the needs of one client can unearth a new business opportunity, which is how John and Sheila Murray’s landscaping business transformed into Murray’s Recycled Plastic.
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Featured Business: Buggabandz Thanks to a new Irish brand of anti-mosquito fashion bands – Buggabandz – mosquito bites could be the least of holidaymakers’ worries.
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Featured Business: Eight Degrees Brewing For friends Cameron Wallace from Australia and Scott Baigent from New Zealand, a love of beer has turned into a commercial brewery in County Cork.
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Featured Business: Cuinneog Creating premium and award-winning food products – using traditional methods employed by previous generations of Irish people.
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Featured Business: Scurri Scurri’s focus for 2013 is the B2B market and working directly with e-commerce merchants who have put value on the technology developed by Scurri to match merchants with transport companies.
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Featured Business: AA Caterex Over the course of 13 years, AA Caterex has grown to become a diverse business with two parts: warehouse and distribution, and an engineering company.
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Featured Business: Riverview Eggs For the founders of Riverview Eggs in 1966, it was a loan from AIB’s predecessor, Munster & Leinster Bank, that enabled Dan Joe and Margaret Kelleher to set up the business to supplement their farm income.
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Featured Business: Sanctuary Synthetics For landscape company Sanctuary Synthetics, the supply of artificial grass for domestic gardens, schools, crèches and companies was a gap in the market that has been well worth filling.
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Carysfort Healthcare Carysfort Healthcare brings innovative pain and fever relievers to the Irish market.
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Jan
SleepAngel When you put two heads together that have expertise in different areas, great things can happen. Gabriel Scientific, the company behind the innovative SleepAngel pillow, is an example of how collaboration can result in head-turning innovation.
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Smiles Dental