VBC founder Alan Dowling: “Some did say it [the hologram] was weird, some people did run, but by and large, they thought it was great.”

The roots of VBC’s story began in 2011 when founder Alan Dowling’s signage business shut its doors. In the aftermath, he signed up for a Back t(...)

Ken Kelleher, chairman of the Little Island Community Association, outside Pfizer’s plant in Little Island, Cork, today. Photograph: Provision

Pfizer will lose its Little Island manufacturing plant in Cork in the latest phase of restructuring by the company of its Irish operations. (...)

Who can resist those free samples offered as you wander around the supermarket, sizzling sausages, dollops of some new dessert product or other(...)

New innovator

In 1995, businessman Frank Forde came up with an idea for a device to prevent chimney fires. The system won a national innovation award and wen(...)

From left: Jeremy Fitch of Invest Northern Ireland; Margaret Hearty of Intertrade Ireland; partner in charge of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year programme Frank O’Keeffe; and Pádraig Ó Céidigh, founder of Aer Arann and chairman of the judging panel. Photograph: Maxwells

Twenty-four businesses ranging from financial services and technology to agriculture and manufacturing are the finalists in this years Ernst &a(...)

The Government is trying to change the focus of the economy. Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton is hoping a model based on endeavo(...)

Ger O'Sullivan of Flip IQ
New innovator

Grinds are a somewhat taboo subject. Nobody likes admitting to having them, yet every year thousands of students, at all levels, do. Fli(...)

Goods out: a container ship loading in Dublin Port. Photograph: Jason Hawkes/Stone/Getty

A month before the bailout, on October 27th, 2010, a strategy to help bring about an “export-led recovery” in the ailing economy was revealed b(...)

There was good news for the Irish jobs market today with the news that almost 300 jobs would be created around the country at three different firms(...)

Chief executive of Enterprise Ireland Frank Ryan said it “shows that the work we have been doing must continue.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Just one third of global business executives responding to a survey believe that Ireland’s economic framework is conducive to innovation. And, (...)

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