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# fora-magazine - Thursday 14 March, 2019

Burger joint BuJo wants to topple a decade-old planning rule so it can keep selling food to-go

Dublin City Council said it’s investigating the matter.

Booking app Zazu wants to solve the 'age-old' problem of awkward restaurant reservations

As part of our weekly Startup Spotlight series, we profile the Dublin company.

'My mum often says a bad day on the road is better than a good day in the office'

Because Ireland managing director Paddy Davis also talks fishing rods and the importance of trust.

Voice-control startup SoapBox Labs is working with Microsoft to prove its tech can go global

It is running a pilot in 20 schools that will help children with their literacy skills.

Australia's Passel is bringing crowd-sourced delivery to Ireland after a three-month delay

The young company is hoping to break into Europe and the UK next.

Why 'under-the-radar' Marvin wants to become the number-two food delivery choice

The online marketplace wants to secure a niche place in the market dominated by larger firms.

How An Post enlisted a fictional, time-poor millennial to create its fancy €5m logo

The decades-old company is hoping to become more relevant to a younger target market.

ComReg has called out Eir over how it modifies contracts

The regulator’s finding is the latest chapter in its bumpy relationship with the telco.

# fora-magazine - Thursday 7 March, 2019

Cork's HireHive is so committed to remote working its boss moved to Italy

As part of our weekly Startup Spotlight series, we profile the recruitment software company.

'If you're negotiating a deal, never show weakness - be strong and carry it through'

Pádraig McEneany of Celtic Pure talks about his hiring deal-breakers and being brave in business.

Thai food chain Camile is trialling its 'virtual' ramen bar in Ireland

The company’s Slammin’ Ramen concept was first tested in London.

Lidl paused plans for a controversial Kildare store - but it hasn't thrown in the towel yet

The second store in Naas received 40 objections and was refused for contravening town centre plans.

Overcoming the 'trough of disillusionment': How VR and AR are finding their second wind

Irish companies are finding greater opportunities in education rather than consumer products.

How protein bars and healthy snacks have muscled their way onto sweet counters

Commentators have likened the sugary food and drink category to tobacco in the past.

Burrito bar Boojum is fighting to keep a takeaway at one of its Dublin joints

Planners are investigating a complaint against the to-go offering at its Hanover Quay restaurant.

# fora-magazine - Thursday 28 February, 2019

What Jeff Bezos can teach leaders about controlling a crisis like a pro

The Amazon CEO’s recent standoff with a salacious tabloid was a masterclass in ‘owning’ a narrative.

'Restructuring last year was challenging. I don't like my staff to be stressed out'

Lorraine Heskin from Gourmet Food Parlour talks avocado toast, recession and keeping staff stress-free.

After a Middle East launch, Kastus aims to bring its bug-killing tech to shops and airports

The Dublin company just signed an agreement with an Oman-based ceramic tile maker.

With its new studio, Republic of Work wants to pull down the technical barriers for podcasters

The co-working space will be running events and workshops to get more people into making shows.

'A burden, outdated, absolute folly': Eir lashed out against a bid for it to maintain public payphones

The telco lodged a scornful submission as part of ComReg’s review of the service.

KamaGames sought $25m with a crypto sale. Instead it spent hours giving customer support

The Dublin-based gaming firm ran a token sale last year – here’s what went wrong.

Social media firm Reddit is opening its first office outside of the US in Dublin

The $3 billion company has begun recruiting for the EMEA base in the Irish capital.

Welcome to the 'experience economy': Why restaurants are moving into shopping centres

Outlets like Dundrum Town Centre and Liffey Valley are using food to drive footfall.

# fora-magazine - Friday 22 February, 2019

'I replied to emails at 4am and then we packaged orders before college – I don't know how we did it'

Grace O’Sullivan talks about how she juggled studying with setting up her own business.

'I wish I could operate in work with less sleep - the day isn't long enough'

Liam Murphy of professional services firm Wachsman talks about lack of sleep and learning from his employees.

A 'build it and they will come' mantra prompted more Germans to holiday in Ireland

There was a ‘substantial’ 20% increase in visitor numbers in 2018, Davy pundits noted.

After a 'disappointing' year, Broderick's aims to ramp up exports from its Tallaght plant

The family-owned confectionary company recently secured new contracts in Europe.

Virgin Media's TV ad sales have taken a hit for two and a half years - thanks to Brexit

Looming uncertainty has made UK and Irish advertisers camera-shy, according to new documents.

For crypto startups seeking 'legitimacy', new anti-money laundering laws are a double-edged sword

The EU-level rules put more of an onus on companies to monitor customer activity.

'Totally unmanageable': It's taking months for some businesses to secure foreign worker permits

The department plans to ‘eliminate the impact of seasonal challenges’ by allocating more resources.

Weight-loss tea maker Miss Fit has shut up shop weeks after a recall of 'misleading' products

The company’s CEO said the closure has nothing to do with a recent FSAI enforcement order.

# fora-magazine - Friday 15 February, 2019

What local government should do to transform Ireland's towns into 'smart cities'

Advanced technologies are only becoming more mainstream and could transform communities.

'I'd rather work in the middle of the night than get up early - I'm not pretty in the morning'

Fingal Ferguson of Gubbeen Farmhouse Products also talks about the joys of cleaning mucky pigpens.

As it plots an expansion, the Digital Hub has been ordered to pay up for sitting on vacant land

The State agency has to pay a levy of nearly €100,000 this year – and that figure’s due to rise.

Shannon had the worst punctuality record of Ireland's main airports last year

The Clare hub blamed the delays on its high volume of less predictable long-haul traffic.

Executive assistants' salaries have shot up because too few aides have 'global' skills

The average wage for a corporate aide in the capital stands at €45,000.

Dublin Blue Lager's maker is opening a €10m 'beer factory' in the city centre

The project is being led by the Woolshed’s owner and an ex-Heineken exec.

# fora-magazine - Thursday 14 February, 2019

Why native firms are drowning in the incoming tsunami of tech giant jobs

Companies are feeling the ‘pinch’ as salary expectations rise alongside living costs.

Dublin Airport is opening a 'world-class' lounge for passengers flying east

DAA is looking to mirror the success of a facility marketed to transatlantic customers.

# fora-magazine - Thursday 7 February, 2019

Why Dublin's MetroLink is too important to succumb to the whingers and naysayers

The rollout of the light rail service can’t come quick enough for the city’s biggest employers.

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