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Why being sustainable makes for good business
# Lean And Green
# Lean And Green

Why being sustainable makes for good business

Apr 1st 2015, 8:20 AM 10,401 Views 47 Comments

For March’s in-depth coverage of SMEs, we looked at business and the environment, and making enterprise more sustainable.

What I Learned: Turning a buck as a 'born-again Mexican' in Ireland
# Tijuana Via Tipperary
# Tijuana Via Tipperary

What I Learned: Turning a buck as a 'born-again Mexican' in Ireland

Dec 14th 2014, 9:30 PM 32,091 Views 22 Comments

The man behind the Little Ass Burrito Bar and Blanco Niño on the value of finding people who “give a s**t”.

Here are the most talked about letters of 2015
# Return To Sender
# Return To Sender

Here are the most talked about letters of 2015

Dec 28th 2015, 9:00 PM 13,676 Views 4 Comments

From the desks of Enda Kenny, Taylor Swift and a teenager with two dads, to name a few.

SME Focus: Everything you need to know about innovation and SMEs
# Bootstraps
# Bootstraps

SME Focus: Everything you need to know about innovation and SMEs

Sep 5th 2014, 5:20 PM 7,474 Views 1 Comment

For our in-depth coverage of Irish SMEs last month, we focused on the opportunities in the tourism sector.

The Big Idea: Why switching their homepage is the first thing all owner-operators should do
# Flick The Switch
# Flick The Switch

The Big Idea: Why switching their homepage is the first thing all owner-operators should do

Oct 27th 2014, 10:30 AM 13,688 Views 13 Comments

The brains behind a new financial tool says a few easy steps can make a big difference to SMEs.

The Big Idea: Rethinking ice cream as junk food... And building a brand in the process
# Nobo
# Nobo

The Big Idea: Rethinking ice cream as junk food... And building a brand in the process

Dec 6th 2014, 10:00 AM 12,855 Views 28 Comments

Meet the couple behind Nobó, a very different kind of ice cream.

What I Learned: One TD's journey from the cabbage farm to the Dáil
# The Other F-word
# The Other F-word

What I Learned: One TD's journey from the cabbage farm to the Dáil

Oct 13th 2014, 4:10 PM 13,649 Views 16 Comments

Pub owner- and accountant-turned-TD Áine Collins says Ireland needs to have a “serious conversation about failure”.

How to: Get customers to travel across the country to a small store in a regional town
# Rock Frocks
# Rock Frocks

How to: Get customers to travel across the country to a small store in a regional town

Nov 27th 2014, 7:30 PM 21,072 Views 12 Comments

For a business like Rock Frocks it’s all about finding your niche. And now even Imelda May is a fan.

What I Learned: Why there's no 'secret sauce' to cooking up an e-commerce juggernaut
# Under The Hood
# Under The Hood

What I Learned: Why there's no 'secret sauce' to cooking up an e-commerce juggernaut

Nov 22nd 2014, 8:43 PM 14,390 Views 9 Comments

We talk to MicksGarage about going from the bedroom to a multimillion-euro enterprise.

How to: Get blood from a stone... or at least a loan from a bank
# Squeeze Harder
# Squeeze Harder

How to: Get blood from a stone... or at least a loan from a bank

Oct 29th 2014, 8:30 PM 12,567 Views 6 Comments

Sure it can be hard, but here are a few things that could help.

SME focus: Everything you need to know about starting a business
# Bootstraps
# Bootstraps

SME focus: Everything you need to know about starting a business

Jun 19th 2014, 8:55 AM 5,355 Views 8 Comments

For our first month of in-depth coverage of Irish small businesses, we looked at everything you need to know about getting up and running.

SME focus: Everything you need to know about trading on tourism
# July
# July

SME focus: Everything you need to know about trading on tourism

Aug 4th 2014, 10:00 AM 5,577 Views 5 Comments

For our third month of in-depth coverage of Irish SMEs, we focused on the opportunities in the tourism sector.

SME focus: Everything you need to know about sports and business
# Sporting Chance
# Sporting Chance

SME focus: Everything you need to know about sports and business

Jul 1st 2014, 11:49 AM 200 Views 0 Comments

Our in-depth coverage of Irish SMEs active in the sports and fitness industry.

What I Learned: Saving expats a small fortune wiring their cash back home
# Currencyfair
# Currencyfair

What I Learned: Saving expats a small fortune wiring their cash back home

Jan 18th 2015, 8:30 AM 21,950 Views 8 Comments

The banking crisis finally got people angry enough to take their business elsewhere.

Poll: Clicks or bricks, how do you decide where you're going to shop?
# Clicks Or Bricks
# Clicks Or Bricks

Poll: Clicks or bricks, how do you decide where you're going to shop?

Nov 11th 2014, 1:39 PM 9,261 Views 28 Comments

What can local retailers do to win back all the Irish online shoppers spending their cash overseas?

Bank 'cherry-picking' hurts SME sector
# Risk Aversion
# Risk Aversion

Bank 'cherry-picking' hurts SME sector

Apr 29th 2014, 5:00 PM 5,432 Views 7 Comments

Only the very strongest companies are getting bank funding, according to one lender.

The Briefcase: Russia freezes us out, house prices and drinking on the job
# Inbox Me
# Inbox Me

The Briefcase: Russia freezes us out, house prices and drinking on the job

Aug 8th 2014, 3:02 PM 8,684 Views 2 Comments

This was the week in business.

'Be business focused not jobs focused' - government told
# Budget 2015
# Budget 2015

'Be business focused not jobs focused' - government told

Oct 1st 2014, 3:20 PM 4,517 Views 3 Comments

Owner-operators should have their costs cut in the budget to create long-term jobs, ISME says.

Online or bricks and mortar? This is how most Irish shoppers spend their money
# Getting Consumed
# Getting Consumed

Online or bricks and mortar? This is how most Irish shoppers spend their money

Nov 8th 2014, 7:34 PM 22,093 Views 8 Comments

Are we a nation of click-happy customers or do we prefer the personal touch? Here are the numbers…

The Big Idea: Saving shoppers time... and hopefully lots of money
# Pricespy
# Pricespy

The Big Idea: Saving shoppers time... and hopefully lots of money

Nov 15th 2014, 10:00 AM 12,601 Views 0 Comments

And how small retailers can use price-comparison sites to their advantage against their bigger rivals.

Shouldn't you be at school, SMEs? How a lack of training is letting down business
# Stay Classy
# Stay Classy

Shouldn't you be at school, SMEs? How a lack of training is letting down business

Sep 29th 2014, 8:00 AM 4,202 Views 4 Comments

Poll: What’s the best way to learn about running a business, in class or the school of hard knocks?

Foreign multinationals are thriving while Irish businesses go to the wall - ISME
# Different Fortunes
# Different Fortunes

Foreign multinationals are thriving while Irish businesses go to the wall - ISME

Aug 7th 2014, 4:25 PM 9,409 Views 29 Comments

The small business association has lashed out against Government “complacency”.

How's the 'Ming' by-election shaping up?... We hit the trail in Roscommon-South Leitrim
# Eyes On The Prize
# Eyes On The Prize

How's the 'Ming' by-election shaping up?... We hit the trail in Roscommon-South Leitrim

Sep 29th 2014, 10:26 PM 10,302 Views 26 Comments

The ten candidates are facing-off tonight in the heated atmosphere of an RTÉ studio. We spent the morning at the mart, and the afternoon at the races, to check the temperature on the ground…

SMEs call for Budget 2015 to focus on competitiveness
# SME
# SME

SMEs call for Budget 2015 to focus on competitiveness

Jul 29th 2014, 4:27 PM 3,504 Views 6 Comments

ISME also says keeping the 12.5% corporation tax is essential to the recovery.

Don't go beyond €500 million in budget cuts - that's what Investec are telling the Government
# Cuts
# Cuts

Don't go beyond €500 million in budget cuts - that's what Investec are telling the Government

Aug 22nd 2014, 10:14 AM 6,901 Views 23 Comments

Positive economic trends on nearly every front make for an easier budget.

'Christmas has come early': Jean-Claude Juncker has a €315bn 'kickstart' for Europe
# Santa Claude
# Santa Claude

'Christmas has come early': Jean-Claude Juncker has a €315bn 'kickstart' for Europe

Nov 26th 2014, 3:53 PM 16,906 Views 66 Comments

But will Ireland get any money from a plan already criticised for being “scant on detail”?

SME book club: How one bull-headed businessman built the 'everything store'
# The Everything Store
# The Everything Store

SME book club: How one bull-headed businessman built the 'everything store'

Nov 28th 2014, 7:30 PM 8,645 Views 7 Comments

Inside the Amazon story – and what other entrepreneurs can learn from the rapid rise of an e-commerce titan.

"Profitable and generating capital": BoI losses narrow, mortgage arrears still 'key priority'
# Profit And Loss
# Profit And Loss

"Profitable and generating capital": BoI losses narrow, mortgage arrears still 'key priority'

Mar 3rd 2014, 9:30 AM 6,988 Views 25 Comments

Bank of Ireland has released its results for 2013. Richie Boucher says the institution made “further substantial progress” last year.

Fianna Fail's newest European elections candidates are...
# Decided
# Decided

Fianna Fail's newest European elections candidates are...

Mar 16th 2014, 10:13 AM 9,195 Views 42 Comments

The two men were selected by more than 600 party members and will run in the Midlands-North West region.

"Loose talk" of higher pay from the Government not helpful, says business group
# Job Growth
# Job Growth

"Loose talk" of higher pay from the Government not helpful, says business group

Dec 31st 2014, 7:15 AM 4,959 Views 8 Comments

The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association’s (ISME) estimate that the SME sector could create 60,000 jobs in 2015.

Small business satisfaction with Government on the slide
# Can't Get No
# Can't Get No

Small business satisfaction with Government on the slide

Jul 7th 2014, 6:31 PM 4,821 Views 5 Comments

The economy may be on the way back, but small businesses are still hurting according to ISME.

How this business went from (nearly) zero to 450,000 Facebook likes in a year
# Lots Of Like
# Lots Of Like

How this business went from (nearly) zero to 450,000 Facebook likes in a year

Oct 5th 2014, 9:15 AM 16,210 Views 14 Comments

No, it didn’t involve pledging their souls to Mark Zuckerberg or posting lots of selfies.

Permanent TSB should turn a profit sooner - but don't expect cheaper mortgages
# Back In Black
# Back In Black

Permanent TSB should turn a profit sooner - but don't expect cheaper mortgages

Nov 12th 2014, 6:28 PM 8,103 Views 12 Comments

The bank’s boss said its lending costs were still higher than those of bigger competitors.

Ireland among Europe's elite when it comes to competitiveness
# Major Leagues
# Major Leagues

Ireland among Europe's elite when it comes to competitiveness

Sep 11th 2014, 9:36 PM 6,668 Views 23 Comments

A new report by the European Commission has placed Ireland alongside Netherlands, Germany and Denmark for industrial competitiveness.

A tiny number of 'super' small businesses in the UK had a massive effect on their economy
# HGSBs
# HGSBs

A tiny number of 'super' small businesses in the UK had a massive effect on their economy

Nov 6th 2014, 6:30 AM 4,177 Views 10 Comments

Just 1% of businesses contributed to 36% of economic growth, and two-thirds of job creation.

SME book club: Can you really learn any skill in 20 hours?
# Quick Pick
# Quick Pick

SME book club: Can you really learn any skill in 20 hours?

Sep 30th 2014, 6:00 PM 6,492 Views 2 Comments

Every month, as part of TheJournal.ie’s dedicated coverage of the SME sector, we’ll be reviewing a business book that makes a difference.

Another 450 tech jobs could come to Ireland with transatlantic cash injection
# Jobswatch
# Jobswatch

Another 450 tech jobs could come to Ireland with transatlantic cash injection

Oct 6th 2014, 9:24 AM 8,106 Views 12 Comments

€56 million in funding coming from SmartInvest, which recognises Irish “entrepreneurial spirit”.

9 things we learned from the Reform Alliance’s ‘monster meeting’
# Reform Conference
# Reform Conference

9 things we learned from the Reform Alliance’s ‘monster meeting’

Jan 25th 2014, 9:10 PM 24,095 Views 95 Comments

The turnout was good, the ideas were flowing and the organisers appeared delighted with themselves. But what chance a political party?

There are green shoots in SME employment, but recovery is 'far from guaranteed'
# On The Up
# On The Up

There are green shoots in SME employment, but recovery is 'far from guaranteed'

Jul 9th 2014, 5:01 PM 3,101 Views 9 Comments

ISME said that its members are feeling more positive on the jobs front, but said the Government must stay the course on austerity.

Company behind bulk marketing texts says Irish trade is 'challenging'
# Opting Out
# Opting Out

Company behind bulk marketing texts says Irish trade is 'challenging'

Sep 18th 2014, 11:35 AM 8,155 Views 15 Comments

Zamano reports a fall in sales and profits, blames ComReg code of practice for bad local figures.