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Dublin: 17 °C Friday 31 October, 2014

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.

Why the state’s new investment bank will do little to help Irish SMEs

The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) will be open for business this week.

Ireland’s super-fast broadband war has begun and it’s coming to a town near you

Every county town in Ireland will have access to the same broadband technology as Tokyo within a few years.

From TheJournal.ie People are going mad for water butts ahead of first water charges bill I Like Big Butts

People are going mad for water butts ahead of first water charges bill

These rainfall collection devices are mainly used for water plants or cars.

The Big Idea: Why switching their homepage is the first thing all owner-operators should do

The brains behind a new financial tool says a few easy steps can make a big difference to SMEs.

Here are a few things businesses can learn from Google’s Consumer Barometer (for free)

So Google knows almost everything about how you shop, which is a bit creepy really…

There are too many second-rate colleges in Ireland with ‘Mickey Mouse courses’

Why one Irish entrepreneur hired staff from India, Portugal and Sweden over local workers.

Meet Mark Roden, Ireland’s Entrepreneur of the Year

Roden is the founder of Ding, a company which employs 150 people in Dublin.

Irish airports will get 1.8m more passengers this year, but regional hubs are missing out

It was good enough for the Queen, but Cork Airport hasn’t been getting any love from those extra punters.

From TheJournal.ie Our cows are emitting so much gas that Ireland is looking for help from the EU Cattle

Our cows are emitting so much gas that Ireland is looking for help from the EU

The agriculture sector is looking for special treatment on new greenhouse gas targets.

Good news: Your boss might be planning a wage bump for you

More than half of businesses in Ireland are planning to increase basic employee salaries.

From TheJournal.ie Nearly all the assets from Nama’s €17.5 billion in fire sales have gone to offshore buyers Nama Drama

Nearly all the assets from Nama’s €17.5 billion in fire sales have gone to offshore buyers

And the bad bank’s boss says if overseas owners want to pull apart Irish businesses there’s not much he can do.

From TheJournal.ie Kickstarter is live for Irish projects so now you can support this teenage bounty hunter

Kickstarter is live for Irish projects so now you can support this teenage bounty hunter

Don’t just stand there, get creating… or funding.

Creative crowdfunding site Fund It has raised €3 million for projects like this

The money has gone to everything from a multimedia horror show to a heart-rate monitor for sheep.

Five new research centres on the way following €245m investment

The centres will be located at Trinity College Dublin, UCD, NUI Galway and UL.

About 138 SMEs a day are asking Bank of Ireland for loans

And they say they are approving 87% of them.

From TheJournal.ie Chinese pub worker gets €10,000 payout for sex and race discrimination Equality Tribunal

Chinese pub worker gets €10,000 payout for sex and race discrimination

Hours and pay were cut “without warning” because the woman was the only non-Irish worker, tribunal told.

From TheJournal.ie What do you do when your business has “ISIS” in its name? No Not That One

These are the questions you need to answer to get a job with Google (and others)

You are going to have to think a bit outside the box…

Is Ireland really ‘the best small country in the world to do business in’?

These are the bills which are making it hard for owner-operators to compete in the global market.

Think Dublin is an expensive place to set up shop? It’s going to get much worse

Office rents could be back at pre-crash prices within three years.

Poll: Is your business really any better off after Budget day? Good Budget Bad Budget This post contains a poll

Poll: Is your business really any better off after Budget day?

We look at what’s in Budget 2015 for business and ask how much it all means to you.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Excise relief is the shot in the arm needed to get the Irish craft beer industry going’ Microbrewery

‘Excise relief is the shot in the arm needed to get the Irish craft beer industry going’

The Wicklow Wolf Brewing Company says yesterday’s Budget announcement was unexpected, but welcome.

Explainer: What is this ‘knowledge box’ and why does Ireland want to get one?

Michael Noonan wants more companies to invest their money in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie ‘A great day for South Armagh Duty Free’ – tobacco companies are not happy… Up In Smoke

‘A great day for South Armagh Duty Free’ – tobacco companies are not happy…

They say that the 40 cent increase on a packet of cigarettes will play into the hands of smugglers.

‘Young and active farmers’ will benefit from today’s Budget

New measures will target the long-term leasing of land.

‘Uninspiring’ budget continues tax discrimination against self-starters

The self-employed are still paying more tax than everyone else.

From TheJournal.ie Got a car? You were left alone in this Budget, for a change Driven To Distraction

Got a car? You were left alone in this Budget, for a change

There will be no extra motoring or fuel taxes after years of hikes.

This kitchen scale probably knows more about cooking than you… and now it has more money

Irish startup Drop has scored $2 million to develop more smart kitchen products.

Finance and tech workers getting picky about jobs as vacancies exceed candidates

Professional job seekers are becoming savvier when it comes to potential employers.

GenCell is only 3 years old but it has succumbed to a (very) wealthy American suitor

The Irish genetics firm has been sold to a multi-billion dollar US medical-technology company for a secret sum.

What I Learned: One TD’s journey from the cabbage farm to the Dáil

Pub owner- and accountant-turned-TD Áine Collins says Ireland needs to have a “serious conversation about failure”.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland’s heating bills this winter depend on what happens between Putin and Ukraine Energy Index

Ireland’s heating bills this winter depend on what happens between Putin and Ukraine

Costs could spike if the trouble continues in eastern Europe.

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