Small Business

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 Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys at the conference in the Aviva stadium in Dublin.

Irish small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are weak or underperforming in a number of key areas , a report has found, These include exports, internati(...)

David and Jill Crawford started their business in a farmhouse in 2011.

Just Live a Little is the granola brand started David and Jill Crawford in their farmhouse in Portaferry in 2011. They originally sold their product a(...)

Kevin O’Connor: ‘I don’t ask anyone to do anything I wouldn’t do myself – but sometimes that expectation may be too high.’

Kevin O’Connor of General Paints, which is based in a former Famine workhouse on a five-acre site in Celbridge. The company produces the well-known Co(...)

Gerard Darcy, MD of Pemberley Audio Visual Solutions: ‘I find work/life balance difficult running a company as a father of three young children who also need my attention.’ Photograph: Sean Brosnan

Pemberley Audio Visual Solutions was established in 2012 by managing director Gerard Darcy and has grown to employ 15 people at its headquarters in Ta(...)

Paul Cummins of SeaChange: ‘Safety is often seen as external but, in reality, safety is a core part of every business’

Paul Cummins is managing director of SeaChange, a behaviour-based safety solutions consultancy based in Naas, Co Kildare. The family business was foun(...)

Dooley Insurance Group managing director Tim Dooley: “As regards staff, I believe in hiring hard and managing easy.”

Set up in 1957, the Dooley Insurance Group has doubled its business through organic growth and acquisitions in the last five years. What is special a(...)

Since coming to Ireland from Malaysia at the age of 20, Sham Hanifa has won multiple awards for his restaurant the Cottage in Jamestown, Co Leitrim. W(...)

 Simon Jackson and John Murray of Modern Botany: “We try and keep it real and keep our feet firmly on the ground.”   Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Modern Botany was founded by partners John Murray and Simon Jackson in November 2016 when they launched its signature product, a multi-tasking oil. Th(...)

Kate Hyde, chief executive of events management business Glencove: “Trust your gut.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan

Kate Hyde, chief executive of Glencove, started her small events business in 2008 in her spare room. Now operating across Britain and Ireland, it has (...)

Clean Cut Meals founders Micheal Dyer (left) and Conor McCallion: “We definitely hope to saturate the Irish market more. We believe we could probably grow at least another 200 per cent from where we are now.”

“We wanted to help people in Galway with their diet but make it interesting, not boring like your plain chicken fillet, your boiled brown rice and you(...)

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