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Rathbornes was established in Winetavern Street in Dublin in 1488. Rathbornes is now making waves in the luxury candle market thanks to extensive R&D and the employment of modern methods and materials

In terms of a company which has evolved to remain relevant through its history, it’s difficult to imagine one with greater longevity than Rathbornes, (...)

Ania Szewczyk: “The constant challenge for me is balancing my business and my family”

Ania Szewczyk is the owner and head chef at Ania’s Fit Kitchen. Having trained as a chef, nutritionist and personal trainer, Szewczyk has developed a (...)

Piero Tintori, CEO and founder, Terminalfour

Recessions don’t only affect a company’s bottom line. They have an impact across the board and companies typically become cautious and batten down the(...)

Margie Burns of Aviation Selection Consultants: “Be tenacious and be prepared to fail.” Photograph: Paul Jones/

Aviation Selection Consultants was established to provide pilot assessment and selection, stress management, well-being and professional development s(...)

Róisín Lafferty, founder of Kingston Lafferty Design (KLD).

Róisín Lafferty says her business was started almost by accident. “During the recession, at the time I graduated, the first-class degree and master’s (...)

Chic co-founder Nile Rodgers with fashion designer Claire Garvey.

Eighteen years ago, fashion designer Claire Garvey set up her first business in Cows Lane in Temple Bar. Last December, she finally purchased her shop(...)

Peter O’Toole and Ciarán O’Brien, respectively director and chief executive of Peter O’Brien and Sons Landscaping Ltd.

Peter O’Brien started his landscaping business in 1963 from the garage at the side of the house in Artane in Dublin. Originally from a farming backgro(...)

Andrew Hennessy of The Headlice Experts

Andrew Hennessy’s previous role as country manager for one of Europe’s major tobacco brands was coming to a close imminently, as a result of the ratio(...)

Sadie Chowen: “I felt that the products from the perfumery should be able to compete alongside the best that Paris, New York and London had to offer”

The Burren Perfumery was founded in 1972 but bought by Sadie Chowen in 2001. Her husband, Ralph Doyle, joined the business in 2005. Chowen had a very (...)

Stephen Deasy, who founded Bear Market Coffee with his wife, Ruth.

Stephen and Ruth Deasy graduated as architects in 2009. They soon realised that if they wanted to continue a career in architecture, they would have t(...)

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