Top Menu

Archive | Start Ups


Start-up Story: Why Weight Ireland

Why Weight Ireland is a unique and award winning online weight loss & fitness business. Each member receives access to Ireland’s only online food & exercise diary which is personalised to each individual, access to full online video workouts, personal and tailored fitness plans and full email support 7-days a week. Using a food diary has been the most recommended way to lose weight and is recommended by governments, nutritionists, […]

Continue Reading 0

Start-up Story: Flynn Admin

Flynn Admin is a Virtual PA Outsourcing Administration Services. We are a small business supporting other small businesses. We work closely with clients offering them a flexible service they know and trust. Why did we start it I have seen first-hand over a number of years how small businesses struggle financially. They often spend time on small tasks using up valuable time they should be spending on core competencies. But […]

Continue Reading 0

Start-up Story: Doggy Daycare

Doggy Daycare provides a great service for dog owners, when at work, holidays and also when they need training advice. It is unique service in my area with the full backing of the local vets. Why did I start I had been unemployed since May 2010. I turned to The Prince’s Trust with an idea of setting up a dog walking and training service for the Ballymena area of Northern Ireland, […]

Continue Reading 0

Start-up Story: Disruptive Advertising

In September of 2013 Jake Baadsgaard hired Johnathn Dane to work on an account for the newly formed PPC Agency, Disruptive Advertising. After a short period of time they had the chance to meet at the Traffic & Conversion Summit in San Francisco. Both managing small agencies realize they shared the same passions and vision to grow a killer agency. As they say, that’s when the bromance began and a […]

Continue Reading 0

Start-up Story: Ecigarette Direct

Wasting time at work: How do we do it? It’s inevitable that we have at least a few minutes at work where there isn’t a great deal to get done immediately. Sometimes, the temptation is to spend that time doing something you think might help to speed the day up, whether it involves doing a little cleaning of your desk or desktop, spending more time on menial or repetitive tasks […]

Continue Reading 0

Tips and Pitfalls Aplenty for Anyone Looking to Start an Overseas Business

You want pitfalls? You got ‘em, by the bucketful. Five, six, seven and more tips to help successfully launch a business overseas? You’ve got them too. Whether looking to finance a start-up in Bahrain in the Persian Gulf, or chin-wagging in China to build up a network of suppliers, the Internet can be a gung-ho entrepreneur’s best friend or a nightmare for the undecided slowly drowning in a quagmire of […]

Continue Reading 0

Tips for a More Sustainable and Happier Office Environment

The initiative to reduce office waste can not only be more profitable for a business but can also help to make a happier working environment for your employees. Investing in eco-friendly furnishings can make for a fun, vibrant working space that is both sustainable and profitable. Here are a few tips to get you on your way to becoming a greener and happier office: Room temperature One of the most […]

Continue Reading 0

Business Support; LEOs

It would be remiss of us not to mention the largest business support organisation in Ireland; the LEOs. Local Enterprise Offices. They used to be called Enterprise Boards. Local Enterprise Office provides advice, information and support to you in starting up or growing your business. With 31 dedicated teams across the Local Authority network in Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices offer you a wide range of experience,skills and services. The Local Enterprise […]

Continue Reading 0

Start-up Story: Dunmurry Dental Practice

Leading dental surgery, Dunmurry Dental Practice this week has marked 10 years of delivering award-winning service to some 12,000 patients annually. The practice, founded by local dentist Philip McLorinan and his wife Debbie, provides general, cosmetic and family dentistry across Dunmurry, Belfast and Lisburn. Growing from strength to strength they now employ 24 staff across the six surgery practice. Since 2004, the practice has been recognised for delivering the latest […]

Continue Reading 0

Start-up Story: Inside Edge

At Inside Edge we use our expertise in human behaviour and behavioural change to help our clients improve performance. Our specialist Training & Coaching solutions help our clients: Clarify purpose and goals Identify the behaviours required for successful outcomes Understand how to drive these behaviours Adapt their approach to suit different personality preferences We offer: Training & Development solutions Leadership Training Executive Coaching, Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment Performance […]

Continue Reading 0

Start-up Story: PAX AD

“Make something people want” – Paul Graham’s best piece of advice to any start-up …and not at all where we started out ourselves. A few years ago I had set up and was running an advertising agency. Press ads were still flavour of the day so I had a simple idea – wouldn’t it be great if you could take out a small classified ad but then point people to […]

Continue Reading 0
Curious Wines pic2.jpg

Linked Finance; Curious Wines expands

Michael Kane is a friend of Smallbusinesscan. He and his brother are looking to raise 30K through Linked Finance. They are already at 75%. You should have a look. Cork wine company Curious Wines run by brothers Mike Kane and Matt Kane, one of the first wine companies in Ireland to use the web and social media to get business, are innovating again. The brothers are expanding their business by […]

Continue Reading 1

What is Lean Startup?

There have been many methodologies and approaches to unravel the truths of becoming a successful entrepreneur and building a startup. The Lean Methodology is proving to be the front-runner for entrepreneurs to follow at the moment – here’s why. “Using the Lean Startup approach, companies can create order not chaos by providing tools to test a vision continuously.” – Eric Ries There are many incubators, events, workshops, mentoring programmes. But […]

Continue Reading 0

Start-up Story: Kendlebell Naas

So there I was ready to hit a Drive on the 1st tee box in Castlewarden Golf Club, when Gerry asked me how I got on in the States. I told him I had backed out on the deal due to a gut feeling that something wasn’t just right and I was still looking for a business idea to pursue. Six months earlier I had worked myself out of my […]

Continue Reading 0

Business support; Microfinance Ireland

Crowd funding I was at the Innovation 2.0 conference and at the entrepreneur’s day as part of the world conference on entrepreneurship. Two great conferences. There was a common theme (Drucker has always said that entepreneurship and innovation are two sides of the same coin) and that was crowd funding. In Ireland we have Linked Finance, Fundit, nTrai, iFund, Moneycrowd and Cofunder. I am sure that I forgetting some and […]

Continue Reading 0