Marco Magnetti, director of Magnetti Foods, with Paddy Savage, operations manager, InterTradeIreland. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Small and medium-sized firms on the island of Ireland have an excellent opportunity to gain valuable exporting experience as a result of the thriving (...)

Edward Hendrick: “I was travelling from my home in Wexford to Cork and Dublin for interviews that lasted just 20 minutes. That didn’t make sense . . . I had the idea of building a YouTube for the recruitment market.”

The Innovation Awards saw its own innovation this year with the introduction of a new dimension to the first-round judging process. Entrants we(...)

Aidan Gough: “It is critical to improve the quality and relevance of the financial information being given to SMEs.”

The availability of finance or lack of it for SMEs is the subject of almost continuous public discourse. But much of it is based on anecdotal e(...)

Pat Daly, Principal Research Officer, Teagasc, with Liam Kavanagh, MD of the Irish Times; Timothy Brundle, Director of Innovation University of Ulster; Dr Marion Boland, Head of Post Award Programmes Directorate, Science Foundation Ireland; Aidan Gough, Strategy and Policy Director, InterTrade Ireland; Professor Frank Roche, Deputy College Principal, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School,  in the Irish Times Building on Tara Street Dublin for the first round of the Irish Times/ InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards 2014.  Photograph: David Sleator

The 18 finalists in this year’s Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation awards comprise a varied mix of start-ups, third-level spin-offs, and well-es(...)

From left: Irish Times Managing Director Liam Kavanagh, Michael McAleer, Irish Times Innovation Editor, and Aidan Gough, strategy and policy director of InterTradeIreland, at the launch of The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards 2014. photograph: frank miller

The search for the most ingenious and original innovations on the island begins today, with the launch of The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation(...)

Aidan Gough of InterTradeIreland: “It is a worrying trend that companies, especially small- to medium-sized enterprises are having to wait so long to be paid.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Over half of Irish business is waiting more than three months to get paid money from at least some of their customers, according to a new surve(...)

A quick trawl of projects assisted by Enterprise Boards throughout Ireland over the last year shows a wide breath of new business activity. (...)