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From Who you gonna call? The Department of Agriculture Investigations Division Catchy

Who you gonna call? The Department of Agriculture Investigations Division

The new unit will bring the department’s investigations unit under one banner.

‘Be business focused not jobs focused’ – government told

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

There are 400 new jobs coming to Dundrum

Car rental marketplace company, CarTrawler, has announced the new jobs at its headquarters in south Dublin today.

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

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

The Germans are going nuts for Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way

Tourism operators report their best summer since the Celtic Tiger years.

We should back female and elderly entrepreneurs better: small-business lobby

They’re among the groups under-represented in business which could be targeted in a national policy for entrepreneurs.

Some employers will take half of job interview candidates from Live Register

A new charter for employers has been launched by the Tánaiste Joan Burton today.

The government’s ‘charade’ on late-payment laws is hurting small business

A quarter of SMEs are waiting more than 3 months to get paid and the problem is costing jobs, ISME says.

Shouldn’t you be at school, SMEs? How a lack of training is letting down business Stay Classy This post contains a poll

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

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

How SMEs in rural Clare could be cloud computing with their continental rivals

It’s part of a pilot plan to stop rural businesses in Ireland sliding behind competitors in Europe.

These are the tech tools every SME should know about for the future

Digital gurus have given us all their top tips. Spoiler: Does not include any Back to the Future-style flying cars.

Inside the Dublin café which runs on trust… and a little caffeine

The Hazel House has an honesty box and everyone loves it.

These maps show Ireland’s third level spin-off companies – but what do they tell us?

The country’s spin outs all in one place – but what do they need to survive?

More people are choosing Ireland as their holiday destination

New figures from CSO show visitor numbers up again.

Irish small businesses are still too old-school when it comes to getting loans

Think more crowdfunding, less banking, economists say.

Industry heavy hitters are backing this Irish startup with their own cash

Climote gets over €1 million from investors who want a piece of the smart-metering company.

Higher tariffs on ‘fancy teas’ boil down to nothing

Michael Noonan says there will be no VAT on teas like peppermint and camomile.

Are loose alcohol-sale laws turning Irish diners into a nation of ‘handbag drinkers’?

Restaurateurs want a shake up of liquor pricing… and immediate action to fix a chef-shortage “crisis”.

How to: spin a company out of a third-level institute

The ideas might be there, but the product isn’t always.

From How an Irishwoman’s diner became the setting for Daniel Radcliffe’s new film Soda Bread

This Dublin business is plotting to take over the Middle East’s airwaves

Free WiFi entrepreneurs MyPlace Connect looking at next phase of expansion plans.

We now pronounce you Lego man and wife

From €1000 investment to 10,000 students – how couple’s startup Learn it built something from Lego.

From Why Richard Branson prank-called his own company to speak with Richard Branson The Customer Is Always Right

Why Richard Branson prank-called his own company to speak with Richard Branson

Here’s some smart advice for your company from the billionaire.

Eureka! There’s gold in them Co Monaghan hills

Ireland’s first commercial gold mine being planned along 50km “gold trend” from Cavan to Armagh.

What I learned: striving for the paperless classroom

Tablet computers could soon replace books – but it’s not as simple as just adding iPads.

Business owners, today is ‘e-Day’ for public payments. What should you be doing?

Business can no longer pay public sector bodies by cheque.

Irish greyhounds are going global, but industry still gone to dogs

Greyhound board pens deal to take local races to William Hill’s online gamblers.

Company behind bulk marketing texts says Irish trade is ‘challenging’

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

Who’s afraid of the big, bad tax man? Small business is, apparently

SME confidence keeps improving, but rising tariffs and wage bills are getting in the way of growth.

Another Irish hotel on the market for a bargain-basement price

Limerick’s Strand Hotel going for €17 million, owners say it’s worth three times that.

First step Tullamore, then the world

Tullamore Dew returns to namesake town after 60 years as global demand for Irish whiskey keeps on growing.

Most directors think a who-you-know culture remains for getting on a company’s board

As many as 19% believe this it is mainly the case in State-owned companies.

Sure the ping pong is fun, but IT staff also want to do good work

Survey says IT workers now prefer startups to big tech companies so they get to do interesting projects.

Cash-strapped traders are turning to non-traditional lenders

SME loans taken out on unpaid invoices, stock and other assets are all on the up.

The most popular crowdfunding site globally has launched in Ireland today

Kickstarter will now allow Irish creators to submit their project directly, which will go live for funding next month.

Irish startups need to ‘get better at talking and thinking big’

But our tech entrepreneurs are already punching well above their weight, according to Dublin’s first commissioner for startups.

Make JobBridge bigger and get Irish SMEs into digital age: training expert

Digital Marketing Institute founder says local graduates are the only ones NOT knocking on his door for internships.

School dropout to gold trader and protein peddler: Limerick businessman’s unusual path

21-year-old entrepreneur behind the “protein shot” says don’t be afraid to do things your own way.

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