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#SME focus

# sme-focus - Sunday 25 October, 2015

Inside the Irish restaurant in an old boat shed where places sell out in hours

We take a look at the one-of-a-kind Dillisk Project in Galway.

# sme-focus - Sunday 18 October, 2015

Inside the 'Woodstock for radio' about to take over a small Limerick village

“We were literally looking at it and telling people there wasn’t anything else like it in Europe.”

# sme-focus - Saturday 17 October, 2015

This conference is trying to turn the west into a hub for drones

And it involves Achill Island and kitesurfing.

How one small group of people is building Ireland's most high-tech town

Skibbereen in west Cork is about to be put firmly on the business map.

# sme-focus - Sunday 13 September, 2015

This Irish company may have finally found an answer to crap pub wine

WineLab want to bring wine-on-tap to the masses.

# sme-focus - Sunday 6 September, 2015

How two men built a pub and brewing empire from the depths of the recession

We talked to one of the brains behind the Galway Bay Brewery about pub closures, craft beer and the Wetherspoon effect.

# sme-focus - Sunday 30 August, 2015

Sick of the gym? Maybe try pole dancing, trapeze or laughter yoga

There’s more than one way to get in shape.

The incredibly stressful launch of an Irish company's high-tech stress-beating device

Galvanic crowdfunded its way to market with the Pip. Here’s why.

# sme-focus - Sunday 23 August, 2015

How an Irish startup could revolutionise the way everyone looks at health

Nuritas is mining ‘nature’s wealth’ from the most everyday of sources – food.

# sme-focus - Sunday 16 August, 2015

This Dingle whiskey distillery is selling vodka and gin to help fund the business

You have to play the long game if you want to get into the whiskey business, which is why the Dingle Whiskey Distillery is thinking outside the box.

# sme-focus - Saturday 15 August, 2015

People around the world could make a tidy sum by sending one startup their soil

“It’s sort of like a lottery, but it’s going to save humanity at the same time.”

# sme-focus - Sunday 2 August, 2015

How one Irish sports-technology startup is taking it to the likes of Adidas

Playertek thinks it can help everyone train like a pro.

# sme-focus - Wednesday 29 July, 2015

Why Richard Branson isn't a good role model for would-be startup founders

Budding entrepreneurs need to have more realistic goals.

# sme-focus - Saturday 25 July, 2015

We asked a top corporate headhunter just how easy it was to poach rivals' staff

The stakes are high when it comes to recruiting the best talent.

# sme-focus - Sunday 19 July, 2015

These are the jobs with the brightest futures in Ireland right now

But there are also skills that can help you in almost any career.

# sme-focus - Sunday 12 July, 2015

The 5 big mistakes you should never make on LinkedIn

No duck-face selfies, please.

# sme-focus - Saturday 4 July, 2015

# sme-focus - Sunday 28 June, 2015

How co-working offices are changing the way we do business

Shared workspaces can lead to great things – as long as everyone keeps the noise down.

# sme-focus - Saturday 27 June, 2015

Why ridesharing has run into some major roadblocks in Ireland

The movement is a global phenomenon – but here it has stalled before even getting started.

# sme-focus - Sunday 14 June, 2015

6 reasons why people should embrace peer-to-peer lending

We talk to the head of Grid Finance, one of Ireland’s two peer-to-peer loan platforms.

# sme-focus - Sunday 7 June, 2015

Thousands of women are making friends with complete strangers because of a Dublin trio

Welcome to the ‘slightly-organised chaos’ that is GirlCrew.

# sme-focus - Saturday 23 May, 2015

Want to start a childcare business with a difference? This man knows how

Ciaran Flynn’s Childpaths sprung from his experience as a parent. There’s plenty of room for original ideas in Ireland’s childcare industry…

# sme-focus - Sunday 17 May, 2015

Why are Irish creches going out of business?

Ireland has some fairly progressive childcare measures in place, yet still child-minding businesses are going to the wall.

# sme-focus - Saturday 9 May, 2015

Ten million downloads and counting - inside a Dublin games studio with a difference

How do you convince parents to buy apps for their kids? StoryToys has found a way.

# sme-focus - Saturday 2 May, 2015

There's an awful lot of money being made through infertility...

Not everyone conceives easily. In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is huge business worldwide, but what kind of future has it in Ireland?

# sme-focus - Sunday 26 April, 2015

Ever dreamed of starting your own record label? Here's how one duo did it

We talk to Dublin’s Paper Trail Records about having the ‘best job’.

# sme-focus - Saturday 25 April, 2015

'If I hadn't taken this chance I wouldn't be able to sleep at night'

Rory O’Farrell’s Melosity is looking to redefine how Irish musicians record their sounds. A product ‘with the wow factor’ is the first priority.

# sme-focus - Saturday 18 April, 2015

Why the original social network refuses to die

It’s like the mid-2000s all over again – but this time it’s all about the music.

# sme-focus - Monday 13 April, 2015

Want to jam with a Rolling Stone? Now you can

A new app called WholeWorldBand is making all kinds of new things possible in the music industry.

# sme-focus - Sunday 12 April, 2015

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How to be the next Hozier

A layperson might be surprised at just how good a system Ireland has in place for its aspiring musicians.

# sme-focus - Sunday 5 April, 2015

How vinyl is saving the humble record store

The format has been going through a renaissance with music fans.

# sme-focus - Wednesday 1 April, 2015

Why being sustainable makes for good business

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

# sme-focus - Sunday 29 March, 2015

An Athlone company is helping solve a big problem for the world's growing population

Oxymem has overhauled waste-treatment processes which have barely changed in a century.

# sme-focus - Thursday 26 March, 2015

Businesses don't have to scrimp on quality - a little innovation can go a long way

‘Frugal Innovation’ is a book for businesses that want to do great things with less.

# sme-focus - Saturday 21 March, 2015

These are the reasons why every business should think about sustainability

It can save you money – and help you earn more.

# sme-focus - Thursday 19 March, 2015

Poll: Should more be done to develop renewable energy in Ireland? No Spin Zone This post contains a poll

Poll: Should more be done to develop renewable energy in Ireland?

There has been a lot of debate about the country’s energy mix for the future.

# sme-focus - Sunday 15 March, 2015

There are some major holes in Ireland's renewable energy plans

And the country could have to pay penalties worth up to €400 million a year if things do go wrong.

# sme-focus - Sunday 8 March, 2015

This startup wants to save companies a tidy sum on their energy bills

Energy Elephant’s big idea is deceptively simple.

# sme-focus - Saturday 28 February, 2015

There are lots of good reasons to get behind Irish products. Here are some of them...

For February’s in-depth coverage of SMEs, we looked at how buying local matters and the importance of traceability.

# sme-focus - Thursday 26 February, 2015

Setting up a food business is a lot more doable than you think

‘Money For Jam’ should be a bible for anyone culinary-inclined who wants to strike out on their own

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