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# fora-magazine - Thursday 16 August, 2018

'I wasn't going to college - all my friends were working for themselves and I wanted that too'

As part of our How My Business Works series, we profile Smartzone.

'I was an oyster farmer, a bouncer, a milkman, a janitor - it all helped get me to where I am today'

David Whelan of Immersive VR Education also talks about why founders shouldn’t skip meals.

Waterford Airport needs a 'minimum' €12m to build a bigger runway to secure its future

The company has asked the government to chip in €5m for the project.

A German logistics giant has snapped up this Dublin freight-forwarding firm

Avant Air and Sea manages global shipments and builds software systems for goods tracking.

Starbucks has lost its third planning battle over an 'unauthorised' café in Cork

The dispute in relation to the Patrick Street outlet has spanned several years.

Why the Shelbourne's new boss has learned to open champagne bottles with a golden sword

JP Kavanagh is looking for ways to ‘engineer spontaneity’ at the iconic property.

Tour groups 'pulling a fast one' are overrunning Cork's English Market

Traders in the iconic marketplace have complained that snap-happy visitors are hurting business.

This is how much passengers spend in each of Dublin Airport's shops and restaurants

Newsagents WH Smith has higher sales than any other individual retailer with turnover of €23 million.

# fora-magazine - Thursday 9 August, 2018

Meet the man behind the Monaghan farm selling duck to the Chinese

As part of our How My Business Works series, we profile Silver Hill Farm.

'I woke up one morning and thought: I don't want to be a barman when I'm 40'

Jimmy Sheehan sang in pubs and delivered phone books before setting up – and selling – a business.

Blanchardstown centre has been cleared for a renovation to 'bring it in line' with rivals

The owners of the Dublin shopping mall want to remove its central fountain.

The Dutch brand trying to make buying glasses fun is launching its first Irish store

Ace & Tate will open its first outlet in Dublin after seeing strong online demand here.

Dublin council is worried about an 'overconcentration' of hotels in the city's north

Pat Crean’s Marlet has lodged the latest major plans for accommodation in the Abbey St area.

The State wants to build a data centre in Kildare - but it's worried about its own planning rules

The Office of Public Works said the €30m project would be built on an existing campus in Celbridge.

Here are Ireland's most – and least – popular holiday destinations

Everywhere bar the border region and midlands recorded an increase in overseas visitors last year.

A bus driver shortage has forced Aircoach to take matters into its own hands

The coach group is facing tougher competition for workers from rivals Bus Éireann and Go-Ahead.

# fora-magazine - Thursday 2 August, 2018

‘It’s a challenge trying to sell good products in a market that only cares about price’

As part of our How My Business Works series, we profile Ashbourne-based Nick’s Fish.

'I got a call saying the warehouse was on fire. All my stock was gone, it was turned to ash'

After quitting his job to cycle around the world in 2008, Simon Evans came back to a changed Ireland.

'There's a risk of being caught up in a trend': The fight for Ireland's salad-bar market

Competition is growing as people swap chicken fillet rolls for chickpeas.

Despite council concerns, hospitality mogul Paddy McKillen is scaling up a Dublin hotel plan

The Press Up Group founder wants to nearly double the rooms in the docklands development.

'We need to defend ourselves': Dairy's in-your-face play to woo Irish millennials

The National Dairy Council has taken a ‘provocative’ approach to the rise of plant-based products.

'We've put in effort, money, time': John Teeling won't axe his Louth whiskey warehouse plan... yet

The Great Northern Distillery owner is fighting to keep the €20 million project alive.

After announcing its closure, food-waste startup Obeo will 'customer fund' for its survival

The company hopes to re-invent itself as an online-only business after struggling to make ends meet.

Hainan Airlines is scaling back its Dublin-Beijing service only months after launch

The carrier will reduce the frequency of the flights from October.

# fora-magazine - Thursday 26 July, 2018

'People think it's great when you're in 60 shops - but I'm not pulling a massive salary'

Dorene Mallon of The Farmer’s Daughter talks about making it in the food industry.

'For half of my working life, I hid behind the name of my shop'

Rebranding her jewellery collection under her own name transformed Martina Hamilton’s business.

'Try hire someone in Silicon Valley without it': How Ireland's share-scheme rules are failing startups

The country’s biggest business group wants tax abolished on staff share options at young firms.

The owner of some of Dublin’s biggest shopping centres recorded a drop in footfall this year

Hammerson says trade at Dundrum and its other centres was “particularly badly hit” by Storm Emma.

Jameson's makers want to open a VIP-only hideout in inner-city Dublin

The Capel Street pad will also include a private bedroom for celebrities invited to stay overnight.

Taking 'the fecky stuff' out of food: How Camile's Brody Sweeney plans to conquer London

The Thai chain’s boss takes Fora under his wing for a day in the UK capital.

An alliance of Europe's top banks has quietly based its blockchain ambitions in Dublin

HSBC, Santander and Deutsche Bank are all part of the consortium.

Sligo's 200-year-old jail could be turned into a 'key tourism attraction'

Built in the 1800s, Sligo Gaol housed inmates such as Michael Collins and a former Hollywood actor.

# fora-magazine - Thursday 19 July, 2018

'Everybody said the travel agent is dead and the internet will take over. But it was just hype'

As part of our How My Business Works series, we profile Cathy Burke of Travel Counsellors.

'I was a separated mother and a client owed me £380, so I sat on his car and wouldn't move'

After selling her physio clinic, Sligo entrepreneur Susan Bourke fell in love with doing business online.

An Irish startup trying to lure businesses from JustEat and Deliveroo has raised €2m

Dublin-based Flipdish plans to use the funding to expand into new European markets.

A Romanian salad-bar chain is taking on Chopped with an Irish expansion

Salad Box plans to open 20 locations in Ireland over the next three years.

'Nonsensical': Restaurants are fighting an EU bid to mandate free tap water for all

Trade groups believe a European proposal will unfairly burden businesses.

'It'll be way bigger than we anticipated': The rise of non-alcoholic beer in Ireland

Sales here have traditionally lagged those elsewhere in Europe – but that appears to be changing.

Ryanair collects $2bn through extra charges - but it's not the king of the add-on

American airlines dominate the world’s league of non-ticket sales.

A disused quarter of Dundrum Town Centre has been cleared for a revamp

Fallon & Byrne’s latest outlet and a multipurpose outdoor space are part of the development.

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