Alison Cozwer: “Whatever line of work you go into, you deserve a place at the top table.”  Photograph: Rob O’Connor

The self-made man is a familiar figure in business, but what about the self-baked woman? It could certainly apply to Alison Cowzer, managing director (...)

Lorraine Byrne: “The aim was to offer something that combined a mix of food influences with a homemade twist.”

The first Gourmet Food Parlour restaurant opened in Dún Laoghaire in 2006, the second in Swords in 2008 and the third in Malahide in 2010. The company(...)

Michael Careyof East Coast Bakehouse: company’s factory  is the size of a football field  that will “provide a new commercially competitive local Irish source of biscuits” and avail of a ” great opportunity to provide high-quality biscuits to UK retailers.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The welcome given to plans by former Jacob Fruitfield management to set up a biscuit factory in Drogheda creating 100 jobs has to be tempered by the k(...)