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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.

The Big Idea: The Dublin education company building a global audience of 1 million students

Examtime is just 18 months old, but already is making waves in the education world by putting students first.

Work starts on biggest independent Irish distillery – whiskey and jobs will flow

Walsh Whiskey Distillery in Carlow will be producing by 2016, 55 jobs to come.

Dublin City Council explains sandwich board sweep in Temple Bar today Give Me A Sign This post contains a poll

Dublin City Council explains sandwich board sweep in Temple Bar today

Protecting the public or stifling SMEs?

Small country a big edge for Irish tech startups

Local entrepreneurs forced to “think global” from the get go, startup backer says.

Hey Uber and Hailo! There’s a new rival in town

New taxi booking app Saytaxi will compete against booking giants in Dublin.

Don’t believe everything your family says: babywear entrepeneur

But you should ask everyone you can for advice, Happynest founder says.

SME Focus: Everything you need to know about innovation and SMEs

For our in-depth coverage of Irish SMEs last month, we focused on the opportunities in the tourism sector.

SMEs dipping back into loans from ‘bailed-out banks’

But total borrowings for small business are still headed south.

Dundalk smarter homes start-up wins European business gong

Climote is billing itself as a rival to Nest, which was purchased by Google for $3.2 billion.

Easier access to loans for Irish SMEs, hopefully

Interest discount among perks for small business signing up for struggling microfinance scheme.

Now there’s €40m up for grabs if software’s your bag

Venture capitalists get An Post, Irish banks to stump up cash for tech startups.

From Cheque it out: State agencies set to stop accepting cheque payments from businesses Cheque-ing Out

Cheque it out: State agencies set to stop accepting cheque payments from businesses

However, this won’t impact on individuals, and will only remove around 1.2% of total cheques from the system.

Ireland’s last home-owned record store is back in the black

Golden Discs has seen a reversal in fortune, returning to profit this week

E-cigarette company up in smoke

Healthier Smoker being wound up after promising new jobs in Waterford.

SME book club: lies, damned lies and blogging

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

More jobs coming as Irish firms get ‘back on feet’

Small businesses are expecting to hire extra staff this year… and to have to pay more for them.

This Galway husband and wife team found a new purpose for drones – saving lives

Disaster Tech Lab uses drone mounted sensors to search for survivors using WiFi signals.

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