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Dublin: 3 °C Monday 24 November, 2014

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

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

Most employers will be hiring next year, but workers expect to get more from those jobs

People are expecting extra cash after years of shrinking pay packets.

These young food entrepreneurs want to change how you think about butter

Meet the brains behind one of the Irish food startups to taste success through the Food Academy programme.

Meet some of the first Irish entrepreneurs to make their projects happen with Kickstarter

Several local startups have been given a big boost through the crowdfunding site.

Labour wants ‘robust data’ on zero-hour contracts before doing anything about them

Joan Burton called the arrangements an “abomination”, while unions have labelled them “extremely exploitative”.

It’s no longer just big export companies that are recruiting more staff

Business recovery is spreading and that’s good news for workers.

‘You wouldn’t see this on Father Ted’ – Why bad broadband is hurting rural Ireland

The country is behind many eastern European nations when it comes to broadband access.

From TheJournal.ie Only in America: Parents are sending their kids to entrepreneurship pre-school Start Em Young

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Meet the twins behind the happiest, healthiest restaurant in Ireland Happy Pear

Meet the twins behind the happiest, healthiest restaurant in Ireland

They’ve also got a new cookbook out, which has been nominated for the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards.

From TheJournal.ie How two students saved enough food for 325,000 meals from the rubbish Social Entrepreneurs

How two students saved enough food for 325,000 meals from the rubbish

Meet some of Ireland’s most promising “social entrepreneurs” who were awarded for their work last night.

From TheJournal.ie This Irish college has been getting fierce hassle because of Irish Water Uisce Uisce Everywhere

Permanent TSB should turn a profit sooner – but don’t expect cheaper mortgages

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

From TheJournal.ie Could e-cigarette ads like this showing smoking on air be coming to Irish TV? Vaping On-air

Could e-cigarette ads like this showing smoking on air be coming to Irish TV?

Local sellers hope Ireland will follow the UK’s lead in featuring ‘vaping’ commercials on television.

Poll: Clicks or bricks, how do you decide where you’re going to shop? Clicks Or Bricks This post contains a poll

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

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

“Where’s the local beer?”: How tourist demand is driving the microbrewery boom

A new brewery in Wicklow gets its official launch today. Its owners say they were regularly asked by tourists to recommend local beers.

From TheJournal.ie Journal Media Ltd wins ‘Rising Star’ award Fast 50

Journal Media Ltd wins ‘Rising Star’ award

Award recognises fastest-growing young tech company in Republic of Ireland

Been knocked back for a business loan? Well, here’s some good news

The Credit Review Office has been overturning a lot of rejected applications.

Construction jobs are finally on the way back after being gutted in the recession

There has been an “almost continuous stream of good news” for the Irish economy lately.

Global oil has entered a ‘new era’ of oversupply – but don’t expect much relief at the pump

The government is taking most of the money it costs to fill up your car anyway…

These are some of the things TripAdvisor is cooking up in its new Dublin office

The man in charge of new products at the world’s biggest travel site says he is “really confident” its reviews are fair.

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

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

One of these 5 Irish startups from the Web Summit could be the Next Big Thing

Anyone for an app that trawls your friends’ Facebook pages to pick out the perfect gift?

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

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

No time for Web Summit? Here’s 17 startup pitches… in less than 2 minutes

But you won’t get to see Eva Longoria this way.

From TheJournal.ie The man behind Movember on why not-for-profit is a ‘bullsh*t term’ Mo Money

The man behind Movember on why not-for-profit is a ‘bullsh*t term’

And how a four-man operation used fun – rather than fear tactics – to become a global fundraising juggernaut.

Big business and governments need to ‘step up’ and support startups as customers

One venture capitalist explains why Apple is still exciting – but your bank never will be.

Forget multinationals… Why the real future is in ‘very small business’

GoDaddy’s Steven Aldrich says small-time operators can solve a “crisis of meaning” in the world’s workforce.

From TheJournal.ie There’s been a sharp dip in consumer confidence and water charges might be to blame Bad News

There’s been a sharp dip in consumer confidence and water charges might be to blame

The 8-year high in consumer sentiment recorded in September didn’t last long.

What does this Irish rugby star want with ‘big data’? Plenty, apparently…

Donncha O’Callaghan is looking for an investment boost for his software startup, 4Impacts.

This Dublin-designed probe is much smaller than a hair… and it could help cure cancer

Adama Innovations plans to make millions within a few years from its nanotechnology.

SME focus: Everything you need to know about the Budget and essential money matters

For October’s in-depth coverage of Irish SMEs, we looked at ways to balance a budget and where all that cash goes.

SMEs will soon to able to access €800m from Ireland’s newest bank

The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland is hoped to be up and running by the end of the year.

SME book club: Surviving a family business… with your sanity and relationships intact

Each month, as part of TheJournal.ie’s ongoing SME coverage, we look at a business book that makes a difference.

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

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

Cars, furniture and electrical goods: These are a few of our favourite things

Products that people stopped buying during the recession are back on shopping lists.

Film lovers, you’ve one less place to go to find classic movies

Dublin’s Laser DVD is closing down.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland really is the best small country in the world to do business* BSCITWIWTDB

Ireland really is the best small country in the world to do business*

*According to this report, which will make Enda Kenny happy.

From TheJournal.ie Dublin language school announces temporary closure due to ‘weak financial situation’ Closed

Dublin language school announces temporary closure due to ‘weak financial situation’

SIPTU says it is very concerned for students and staff of Leinster College.

Journal Media (yes, little old us) will be getting much bigger soon

Jaysus, we’ll have to find some more desks.

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