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# smes - Sunday 23 August, 2015

Chimney sweep? It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it...
# You Do What?
# You Do What?

Chimney sweep? It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it...

Aug 23rd 2015, 7:00 PM 23,131 Views 22 Comments

For the latest in our Odd Jobs series we talked to chimney sweep Karl Walsh of DublinChimneySweep.com.

Fire nearly destroyed my business - this is how I picked up and started again
# Opinion
# Opinion

Fire nearly destroyed my business - this is how I picked up and started again

Aug 23rd 2015, 12:00 PM 203 Views 25 Comments

Simon Evans quit his job to cycle the world, started a business in the recession and then nearly lost it all in a blaze.

# smes - Saturday 22 August, 2015

Why two young Dubliners quit their day jobs to go into business... in Peru
# The Inca Trail
# The Inca Trail

Why two young Dubliners quit their day jobs to go into business... in Peru

Aug 22nd 2015, 10:00 PM 46,240 Views 18 Comments

“We’re very proud of the fact that we feel like we represent Ireland in everything we do.”

# smes - Wednesday 12 August, 2015

Hotels are raking in the cash - and here's how much they make on every room
# Inn The Black
# Inn The Black

Hotels are raking in the cash - and here's how much they make on every room

Aug 12th 2015, 11:49 AM 35,656 Views 45 Comments

Tourists have been flocking to the country and hoteliers are reaping the spoils.

# smes - Wednesday 5 August, 2015

Girls turned off IT jobs by 'geeky, anti-social, overly masculine, nerdy image'
# Makeover Time
# Makeover Time

Girls turned off IT jobs by 'geeky, anti-social, overly masculine, nerdy image'

Aug 5th 2015, 10:15 AM 13,727 Views 70 Comments

A leading industry figure thinks an industry makeover could be in order.

# smes - Tuesday 21 July, 2015

HSE defends not awarding €1 million contract to Irish small business
# Love Me Tenders
# Love Me Tenders

HSE defends not awarding €1 million contract to Irish small business

Jul 21st 2015, 6:02 AM 21,154 Views 47 Comments

A foreign company was awarded the contract.

# smes - Monday 20 July, 2015

Another 50c an hour 'won't help families with spiralling rents and extra taxes'
# The Payoff
# The Payoff

Another 50c an hour 'won't help families with spiralling rents and extra taxes'

Jul 20th 2015, 5:14 PM 20,178 Views 115 Comments

But business groups are against any rise in the minimum wage.

# smes - Sunday 19 July, 2015

How one inventor turned an idea for 'space-age Play-Doh' into a million-euro company
# Serious Play
# Serious Play

How one inventor turned an idea for 'space-age Play-Doh' into a million-euro company

Jul 19th 2015, 7:30 PM 23,579 Views 15 Comments

Sugru’s Jane ní Dhulchaointigh tells us how she went from student to internationally-recognised founder.

These are the jobs with the brightest futures in Ireland right now
# Looking Ahead
# Looking Ahead

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

Jul 19th 2015, 10:00 AM 65,891 Views 40 Comments

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

# smes - Saturday 18 July, 2015

Can't afford a hotel? This startup lets you trade your language skills for a comfy bed
# Airb N Barter
# Airb N Barter

Can't afford a hotel? This startup lets you trade your language skills for a comfy bed

Jul 18th 2015, 8:30 AM 14,135 Views 2 Comments

Trade two hours of language-training for one night’s bed-and-board… Not a bad idea, right?

# smes - Wednesday 15 July, 2015

We finally have a timeline for when all Ireland will get decent broadband
# The Internets
# The Internets

We finally have a timeline for when all Ireland will get decent broadband

Jul 15th 2015, 6:10 PM 18,420 Views 27 Comments

Sure, it’ll be grand when it happens.

# smes - Tuesday 14 July, 2015

The founder of the O'Briens sandwich chain is making a killing with Asian takeaway
# Thai-riffic
# Thai-riffic

The founder of the O'Briens sandwich chain is making a killing with Asian takeaway

Jul 14th 2015, 11:43 AM 22,898 Views 6 Comments

Camile Thai has been delivering some healthy profits.

# smes - Monday 13 July, 2015

Here's what is being done to lure 'the next Facebook' to Ireland
# Join Us
# Join Us

Here's what is being done to lure 'the next Facebook' to Ireland

Jul 13th 2015, 5:40 PM 15,890 Views 39 Comments

There’s money on the table for foreign startups that come to the country.

This Irish woman raised €5 million for her sticky rubber that can fix nearly anything
# Silicone Valley
# Silicone Valley

This Irish woman raised €5 million for her sticky rubber that can fix nearly anything

Jul 13th 2015, 4:05 PM 35,064 Views 22 Comments

Sugru will be valued at almost €40 million after the crowdfunding effort.

# smes - Tuesday 7 July, 2015

How one company put €10 million in funding on the table for Irish business
# Follow The Money
# Follow The Money

How one company put €10 million in funding on the table for Irish business

Jul 7th 2015, 2:25 PM 10,284 Views 3 Comments

Linked Finance was Ireland’s first peer-to-peer lending site.

# smes - Saturday 4 July, 2015

An Irish startup wants tech workers to go for lunch and come back with jobs
# POwer Lunch
# POwer Lunch

An Irish startup wants tech workers to go for lunch and come back with jobs

Jul 4th 2015, 8:45 AM 17,488 Views 9 Comments

Everyone’s gotta eat, right?

# smes - Friday 3 July, 2015

An Irish woman's 'Hailo for cleaners' has just been bought for €32 million
# Very Tidy
# Very Tidy

An Irish woman's 'Hailo for cleaners' has just been bought for €32 million

Jul 3rd 2015, 9:20 AM 43,860 Views 19 Comments

Hassle is the leader in on-demand cleaning in the UK and Ireland.

# smes - Sunday 28 June, 2015

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

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

Jun 28th 2015, 8:45 AM 15,626 Views 4 Comments

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

# smes - Saturday 20 June, 2015

It pays to read the fine print when you Airbnb
# Damage Control
# Damage Control

It pays to read the fine print when you Airbnb

Jun 20th 2015, 9:45 AM 37,205 Views 17 Comments

The home-sharing site has fans across the world – but there are a few things you should know.

# smes - Wednesday 17 June, 2015

Irish firms are going overseas for staff because they can't compete with multinationals
# David Vs Goliath
# David Vs Goliath

Irish firms are going overseas for staff because they can't compete with multinationals

Jun 17th 2015, 2:44 PM 13,671 Views 26 Comments

Jobs options are up for in-demand candidates – but that’s making it tough for some.

# smes - Sunday 14 June, 2015

Why car sharing could help save Dublin from days like this
# GoCar
# GoCar

Why car sharing could help save Dublin from days like this

Jun 14th 2015, 7:30 PM 14,402 Views 14 Comments

Owning your own vehicle is expensive – is there a better way?

6 reasons why people should embrace peer-to-peer lending
# The Whiff Of Money
# The Whiff Of Money

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

Jun 14th 2015, 8:15 AM 13,501 Views 7 Comments

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

# smes - Friday 12 June, 2015

This Kilkenny entrepreneur just scooped one of Ireland's top business awards
# Success Story
# Success Story

This Kilkenny entrepreneur just scooped one of Ireland's top business awards

Jun 12th 2015, 11:33 AM 15,244 Views 11 Comments

Her company, MyBio, was started only six years ago.

# smes - Wednesday 10 June, 2015

These were the 5 biggest deals for Irish startups early this year
# Venturepulse
# Venturepulse

These were the 5 biggest deals for Irish startups early this year

Jun 10th 2015, 5:58 PM 14,792 Views 1 Comment

Investors have put nearly €120 million into the sector in the first three months of 2015.

# smes - Tuesday 2 June, 2015

Every day last month, 135 new Irish businesses were set up
# Full Of Ideas
# Full Of Ideas

Every day last month, 135 new Irish businesses were set up

Jun 2nd 2015, 6:01 AM 6,368 Views 19 Comments

Insolvencies were also down.

# smes - Sunday 31 May, 2015

Meet the toy that is doing its little bit to bring down Barbie
# Toy Soldier
# Toy Soldier

Meet the toy that is doing its little bit to bring down Barbie

May 31st 2015, 5:00 PM 28,665 Views 33 Comments

Lottie is the creation of a Donegal-based company with global ambitions.

# smes - Monday 25 May, 2015

Forcing people to pay for their own retirement will 'put many jobs and businesses at risk'
# Pensioned Off
# Pensioned Off

Forcing people to pay for their own retirement will 'put many jobs and businesses at risk'

May 25th 2015, 10:54 AM 13,457 Views 57 Comments

The government wants a universal pension system – but not everyone thinks that’s a good idea.

# smes - Saturday 23 May, 2015

Want to start a childcare business with a difference? This man knows how
# Making A Difference
# Making A Difference

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

May 23rd 2015, 9:15 AM 17,331 Views 8 Comments

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

# smes - Sunday 17 May, 2015

'We thought we could set up an online shop, work from home and make a fortune'
# Sister Act
# Sister Act

'We thought we could set up an online shop, work from home and make a fortune'

May 17th 2015, 6:00 PM 34,486 Views 15 Comments

One of the sisters behind Clevamama tells us about building an award-winning export business.

Why are Irish creches going out of business?
# Rock And A Hard Place
# Rock And A Hard Place

Why are Irish creches going out of business?

May 17th 2015, 10:30 AM 47,689 Views 56 Comments

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

# smes - Saturday 9 May, 2015

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

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

May 9th 2015, 10:48 AM 12,516 Views 1 Comment

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

# smes - Monday 4 May, 2015

4 things anyone can learn from the brains behind these little bottles
# Innocent Advice
# Innocent Advice

4 things anyone can learn from the brains behind these little bottles

May 4th 2015, 11:30 AM 24,912 Views 9 Comments

We talked to Innocent’s marketing guru about creating a great brand.

# smes - Saturday 2 May, 2015

There's an awful lot of money being made through infertility...
# Bundles Of Joy
# Bundles Of Joy

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

May 2nd 2015, 9:00 PM 30,834 Views 46 Comments

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

# smes - Wednesday 29 April, 2015

These are the hottest European startups right now
# Viva La Money
# Viva La Money

These are the hottest European startups right now

Apr 29th 2015, 6:27 PM 16,844 Views 13 Comments

The first three months of 2015 were big for investment deals.

# smes - Saturday 25 April, 2015

'If I hadn't taken this chance I wouldn't be able to sleep at night'
# Taking The Plunge
# Taking The Plunge

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

Apr 25th 2015, 10:30 AM 20,899 Views 3 Comments

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.

# smes - Friday 24 April, 2015

Ireland is losing its competitive edge
# D'oh!
# D'oh!

Ireland is losing its competitive edge

Apr 24th 2015, 12:07 PM 14,051 Views 91 Comments

The country is still an expensive place to do business.

# smes - Tuesday 21 April, 2015

It's not just small businesses being punished after 'mobilegeddon'
# Mobile Fail
# Mobile Fail

It's not just small businesses being punished after 'mobilegeddon'

Apr 21st 2015, 6:38 PM 17,913 Views 6 Comments

Government and big business websites are also failing the mobile test.

# smes - Monday 20 April, 2015

Google's 'mobilegeddon' hits tomorrow and it will be a disaster for many businesses
# Doomsday Scenario
# Doomsday Scenario

Google's 'mobilegeddon' hits tomorrow and it will be a disaster for many businesses

Apr 20th 2015, 2:03 PM 34,371 Views 37 Comments

It pays to be prepared.

# smes - Monday 13 April, 2015

Want to jam with a Rolling Stone? Now you can
# Smart Music
# Smart Music

Want to jam with a Rolling Stone? Now you can

Apr 13th 2015, 8:40 AM 11,165 Views 23 Comments

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

# smes - Sunday 12 April, 2015

How to be the next Hozier
# Future Stars
# Future Stars

How to be the next Hozier

Apr 12th 2015, 8:00 PM 16,113 Views 20 Comments

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