Mark Barrett of APC: “One of our proudest achievements was not requiring VC or angle investment to start APC.”

We often hear in the news about the discovery of new ground-breaking medicines that help save lives and progress the treatment of conditions such as h(...)

Harry Hughes of Portwest: “Keep it simple. Understand the needs of you customers and figure out how to service these needs better than your competitor”

Portwest, which was founded by Charles Hughes in 1904, is a global safety supplier that designs, manufactures and distributes a full range of speciali(...)

Neueda founder and managing director Brendan Monaghan: “I am most proud of achieving ten years of positive profitable growth for Neueda despite the turbulent times of 2007-2008”

Neueda is a Belfast-based partner to international market leaders in government, utilities and financial markets where it provides digital technology (...)

Simplyfruit founder Patrick McCann: “We believe that the market for healthy eating products will continue to grow.” Photograph: Richie Stokes

The eldest of 11 children, Patrick McCann grew up among the famous apple orchards in Co Armagh that were to play a significant role in shaping his fut(...)

Gary and Andrew Irwin of Bedeck Limited: “We are  in discussions with stores in China to develop a franchised store model.” Photograph: Richie Stokes

Bedeck, which employs more than 370 staff across Ireland and the UK, designs, sources and sells branded bed linen and towels, on both a wholesale and (...)

Evelyn O’Toole, founder and chief executive of Complete Laboratory Solutions (CLS): firm is the largest privately owned contract laboratory in Ireland

There aren’t that many entrepreneurs who could establish a thriving business in the Gaeltacht, but Clifden native Evelyn O’Toole, who set up Complete (...)

Novosco founder Patrick McAliskey: “We have plans to increase our workforce to 300 and our turnover to over £50 million.” Photograph: Richie Stokes

Patrick McAliskey is an experienced chief executive who founded Novosco more than 20 years ago. An electronics technician by background, he spent a pe(...)

Jack Teeling, founder and chief executive of Teeling Whiskey: “From the launch of our first product we were exporting and are currently selling into 50 markets.”

Jack might have started off working in the financial sector but when an opportunity to join his father John Teeling’s Cooley Distillery business came (...)

Strong Roots chief executive Sam Dennigan: “The plan is to be a global brand – it just happens to be starting in Ireland.”

Sam Dennigan established Strong Roots, a company that specialises in producing healthy affordable frozen vegetable products such as kale-and-quinoa b(...)

Ian McKenna of eLight: “We are very proud of the fact that we generated over 75 GW in energy savings from projects in 2016.”

Having grown up to be an active participant in his family’s wholesale business it isn’t surprising that Ian McKenna, the managing director of eLight, (...)

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