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

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

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EVERY MONTH WE pick a different sector and have a closer look about how small and medium enterprises are faring.

This June, to coincide with the World Cup in Brazil, we looked at SMEs and start-ups active in the sporting and fitness sector.

#The Big Idea this month took a look at the fitness industry – specifically more expensive, boutique gyms that promise better results, safer workouts and closer attention to detail than their mega-sized cousins.

Find out here how one former Leinster rugby player used his know-how to start just such a business after he was cut loose from the professional game.

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#How to Guide - They say that data is the new oil, and one company looking to make a business off the back of big data is Dublin start up Kitman Labs, which helps analyse and predict athlete injuries.

#What I Learned the sports nutrition business is a crowded market. The international multi-billion euro industry is dominated by a few brands while smaller outfits struggle to make an impact.

One Irish SME is making waves in the industry by spurning traditional marketing, where budget pressures mean they couldn’t compete.

#Business Poll earlier in the month, we saw that people are willing to part with ever-increasing sums of money in pursuit of their fitness goals.

One expert said that the migration to boutique gyms is well under way – but just how much are Irish people willing to pay for expert instruction? We asked our readers.

#SME Book Club Practice makes perfect, according to our book of the month. And business people can learn a lot from the athletes who put in the hours to become experts.

#Business Chart outside of SMEs in the sports and fitness industry, we had a look at why construction start-ups are outpacing other sectors.

Source: TheJournal.ie

Read: SME focus – everything you need to know about starting a business>

For all the breaking news, features and analysis vital for the segment, keep up to date with TheJournal.ie‘s dedicated SME channel>

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Jack Horgan-Jones

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