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Start-Up Story: Invotech

The company founder Peter O’Neill started Invotech in 1999 by developing and coding the software in a back bedroom of his house! In the early days he managed every business function from development to accounts and sales. Previous roles as a software developer. and in accountancy helped greatly providing Peter with a wide skill set to allow him achieve success at every aspect of this new business. Today Peter steers […]

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Start-Up Story: Dunrunnin

My name is Barry Palmer and in the last few years I have started a specialist VW Camper hire company in Enniskillen called Dunrunnin ltd. I have always had a passion for things that were different and always wanted to do something other than my 9-5 job but of course it had to be flexible and, more so, it had to be enjoyable. Starting Dunrunnin To start I completed the […]

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Start-Up Story: North West Business Services NI

North West Business Services NI, based in the outskirts Claudy, Co.Derry/Londonderry, is a virtual office project that was launched in December 2012 by the Rural Area Partnership In Derry (RAPID). The project, which is a social enterprise, has been funded by the Rural Development Programme for two years and will be sustained after the funding period by any profit generated by the business. As a result of the economic downturn, […]

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Start-Up Story: Gahan Meats

Gahan Meats have been supplying quality meat for well over 50 years and through three generations. Having started as a corner shop butcher on Station road Raheny, we have grown to be one of the most respected purveyors of quality meats in the greater Dublin area. We now operate out of a state of the art premises in the Northpark Industrial Estate in Finglas. We have a European food factory […]

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Start-Up Story: Darlington Consulting

While I admit I am not trying to save the world, I am trying my best to save workers in Ireland from being injured or killed – I am one of those often misunderstood health and safety consultants – (sometimes called insultants). I partner with my customers big and small, commercial and not for profit to achieve one main aim – to allow their staff to work at whatever it […]

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Start-Up Story: Sweet Spot Sourcing

Differentiating themselves from a promotional company that offers more than just your regular branded pen is what prompted Fiona and Sue to set up their own company that specialises in the production of large volumes of own branded products. These products can be used in various different channels such as retail, on pack promotion or a gift with purchase. Fiona and Sue established Sweet Spot Sourcing in February 2012, they […]

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Use Your Skills To Start a Home Business

Imagine going to sleep with the knowledge that you will never have to wake up hearing your alarm clock again. Think about never battling rush hour traffic. Ponder the good parenting feelings of being home when your children come in the door after school. All that is starting to sound pretty good, isn’t it? More and more people are considering a big change in life, that of leaving the traditional […]

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Start-Up Story: Irish Deaf Kids Limited (IDK)

Responses in the US and the UK: “Hey, you lip-read? Cool!”. In Ireland – “Erm, umm, emm, this is new to me!” Necessity led a group of Gen Xers (mainstreamed as deaf children), to set up Irish Deaf Kids to educate the Irish public on the diversity in the deaf population. Tired of explaining themselves as verbal deaf people to new acquaintances they met at college, work and when socialising, […]

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Start-Up Story: Indigo Ivy

My inspiration is you… your looks, shape, size and personality are the reason my ideas come to life. I set up Indigo Ivy in 2012 after spending 4 ½ years in London training to do what I absolutely love. I design my own tweed country clothing, homewares and accessories all from my beautiful home in Northern Ireland. The superb country settings in which I have grown up has furthered my […]

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Start-Up Story: Mr Sports Gift

What do you buy the man who has everything? Mr Sports Gift based in Nenagh, is the perfect answer to that age old question. Thanks to Mr Sports Gift, Christmas Day, Father’s Day and Birthdays can no longer be a source of frustration for that lady looking for something very different and special for the man in her life. A unique gift By using cutting edge, patented technology, Mr Sports […]

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Start-Up Story: Get Invited

Get Invited is the next generation of online ticketing and event registration software, enabling event organisers to: send digital tickets, delivered directly to their customers’ smartphone; easily manage attendees with smartphone ticket scanning; view social conversations, photos and videos from their events in real-time; and perform detailed event performance analysis. How much does it cost? We charge a very small commission on each ticket sale of just 2% + 50p. […]

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Start-Up Story: Vital Nutrition

Banish the image of the traditional Ulster Fry. Northern Ireland, it seems, is keen on getting healthy and in doing so by improving its diet. That, at least, is the impression given by Jane McClenaghan, whose business Vital Nutrition “is thriving”, she says. Jane is based in Belfast, while her Vital Nutrition colleague Morna Nelson covers the north coast from Coleraine. Both have full diaries providing a range of services  […]

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Start-Up Story: SMART Education

Mary O’Dowd of SMART Education has been teaching in both the private and public sectors in Ireland for nearly 30 Years. During this time she found that many students were being felt behind and leaving school with poor grades and literacy levels, perhaps as a result of undiagnosed specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. Leaving a permanent job with Co. Dublin V.E.C. she set up SMART Education, initially […]

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Win Three Months of Free Digital Marketing Worth Over €2,500

As a small business, we understand how tough it can be to stand out. The business world is highly competitive and more-and-more, it’s getting tougher to stand out and get heard. As digital marketing experts, we trade in getting our clients found online. A good blog, high search engine rankings, and an active social media platform is absolutely integral in today’s business world. But digital marketing can be expensive, especially […]

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Top Pricing Advice for Your First Product or Service

As an entrepreneur or a start-up you will have the amazing privilege to experience what it’s like to bring a product or service to market and to introduce something that you made to the world. Here’s some pricing advice for your first product or service. Pricing Advice You’ve got an idea for how to make your millions and to provide something that will genuinely make people’s lives better and you’ve […]

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