Agritechnica trade fair in Germany: Irish exhibitors this year include Combilift, Malone Farm Machinery, Athlone Extrusions, Mastek, and Burnside Autocy.  Photograph:  Getty Images

Enterprise Ireland is leading a group of 18 companies to fly the flag for the Irish agri-tech sector this week at Agritechnica 2017 in Hanover, German(...)

Sterling weakness hit profits at plastics group Athlone Extrusions. Photograph: Jimmy McGee

Athlone Extrusions, the plastics manufacturer once part of Sean Quinn’s business empire, saw profits slip slightly last year despite a 3 per cent grow(...)

James McGee, chief executive of Athlone Extrusions. He started  as a forklift driver  at the company’s predecessor more than 45 years ago. “I never got told to go home so I’m still here.” Photographer Eric Molloy

As words of encouragement go, the final words spoken to the 11-year-old James McGee by his headmaster lacked kindness. He told the young boy, who was(...)

DIY retailer B&Q urged Leo Varadkar to cut job seekers’ benefit before he was elevated to taoiseach, so that it could find it easier to hire summer staff, the Sunday Business Post claims.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Sports Direct, the UK sports retailer founded by Mike Ashley, has approached Dunne Stores, led by Margaret Heffernan, with a view to buying up to seve(...)

James McGee: “In 1990, the best advice was to buy the business; the worst was the contrary – ie not to buy it.”

Athlone Extrusions is a bespoke manufacturer of co-extruded multilayer thermoplastic sheets and foils which are moulded and fabricated by its customer(...)

EY Entrepreneur of the Year: The six days in Boston have offered the Irish business men and women (from both sides of the Border) introductions to some of the US’s top entrepreneurs

Last Saturday, some 100 Irish entrepreneurs travelled to Boston as part of the annual EY Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) chief executives retreat. The(...)

Kevin McLoughlin with Ian Murphy, director of  Growth & Scaling Invest NI, Julie Sinnamon, chief executive of Enterprise Ireland, Anne Heraty and programme director Sean Duffy. Photograph:

The shortlist for the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards has been announced, with 24 companies selected to compete across three categories. The(...)