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Opening a coffee shop is expensive. And if the location turns out to be a dud, you are stuck with it.  Photograph: iStock

In 1969, my father sold a fashion business and bought a sandwich bar. In London they were the high-margin, low-work fad of the day and it did okay. He(...)

Peter Connor, (left) and John Farrelly, directors of

If you’re starting a business, or indeed have a small business, there are several options for funding. These include debt financing (ie bank loans), a(...)

 Julie Sinnamon of Enterprise Ireland: If the private sector invested more in start-ups, Enterprise Ireland could focus on  other aspects of enterprise development. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

I am frequently being asked at the moment what entrepreneurs want from the next government. Perhaps we need to turn that question on its head: what do(...)