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Speech and drama, live, laugh, learn

Every week we feature companies that have been successful in accessing funding from Microfinance Ireland. Microfinance Ireland provides loans to small businesses and startups in every sector up to 25,000 Euro. If you are interested in funding, check out the website www.microfinanceireland.ie. Live, Laugh, Learn Live, Laugh, Learn are speech and drama specialists who applied at the end of 2013 for a loan, here’s their story: Speech and Drama Speech […]

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Veronica’s snacks; the good crisp crusaders

Every week we feature companies that have been successful in accessing funding from Microfinance Ireland. Microfinance Ireland provides loans to small businesses and start-ups in every sector up to 25,000 Euro. If you are interested in funding, check out the website www.microfinanceireland.ie. Veronica’s snacks Veronica’s snacks manufacture and sell innovative, high quality, organic, gluten-free, low fat snacks. (Cr)Snacking story They started their business in 2012 and by 2013 they were […]

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Business Achievers Awards final 4 December II

Only one day to go before the final. The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards are all about celebrating the success of businesses from across the island. The roll-call of previous winners contains some very impressive names, and we’ll be adding to that list at this years Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards Final 2014 this Thursday 4th Dec. This year, ahead of our final we went back and visited one of […]

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BK fuels

Every week we feature companies that have been successful in accessing funding from Microfinance Ireland. Microfinance Ireland provides loans to small businesses and startups in every sector up to 25,000 Euro. If you are interested in funding, check out the website www.microfinanceireland.ie BK Fuels Brian Kirwan applied for a loan to Microfinance Ireland at the end of 2013. Solid fuels BK Fuels is a wholesaler and retailer in solid fuels, […]

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Small Business Public Procurement Survey

The Government has launched several initiatives aimed at making it easier for businesses to engage with public procurement. We want to find out how well these initiatives are working; as a small business it’s important that your voice is heard! Tender Scout and Amárach Research are conducting this survey to find out about your experiences of public procurement. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. The survey is […]

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Vanguard beer collective; The Beer Borg?

Every week we feature companies that have been successful in accessing funding from Microfinance Ireland. Microfinance Ireland provides loans to small businesses and startups in every sector up to 25,000 Euro. If you are interested in funding, check out the website www.microfinanceireland.ie Vanguard Beer Collective Vanguard Beer Collective applied in early 2014 for a loan. We are glad they did, here’s why: One stop shop for craft beer Vanguard Beer […]

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The awesome Rocket Man Food Company

Every week we feature companies that have been successful in accessing funding from Microfinance Ireland. Microfinance Ireland provides loans to small businesses and startups in every sector up to 25,000 Euro. If you are interested in funding, check out the website www.microfinanceireland.ie.  The Rocket Man applied for a loan halfway through 2014. Here’s why they got it: Passion for food, cooking and good ingredients Rocket Man Food Co. began in […]

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Start-up Story: MisterDrinkster

MisterDrinkster is a website where users are invited to pre-purchase a drink voucher or club entry token either before leaving home or on their smartphone. In return the users typically receive a discount of 50-80% off the standard bar prices. They can then redeem their chosen voucher at the selected bar. Not only does this give users the opportunity to try out new, hip bars. It also removes the painful […]

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The profiles of the Ulster finalist of the business achievers

Find below the profiles of the the business achievers Ulster finals. They now go for the big prizes at the final on 4 December. Which one is your favourite? Tweet us @smallBC, #businessachievers Business Start Up: Arklu (Donegal) Arklu is a children’s entertainment company, specialising in dolls. Having launched their doll brand Lottie in August 2012 they are now selling in 30 countries via a network of 16 distribution partners. The character […]

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Start-up Story: Mahon Digital Marketing

In the space of under 5 years Mahon Digital has moved from being a home business to having two international offices, 6 permanent staff and a growing client base including start-ups and large corporations. In Finland the business is now competing with some of the largest digital agencies with a view to become a key player in the market within a few years. Thanks to its multicultural staff, Mahon Digital […]

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5 Investments Start-ups can Afford to Make

Start-ups often rise and fall on the quality and also the happiness of their staff. Happy workers tend to be productive workers and so keeping your employees in top form benefits your business in the long run. Now, we’re well aware that you don’t have a lot of money at the start of the business, however that doesn’t mean that you need to scrimp on the things that provide benefits. […]

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How to Make Sharable Content for Small B2B Businesses

The way that people share content has changed. It’s no longer about word of mouth cooler talk and asking friends if they saw the news last night. Instead, people can now quickly and easily share content with millions of people at the click of a button. For businesses that are using the internet, they want to do their best to create shareable content that will easily pass from one person […]

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Start-up Story: VideoAgora

Ah, ‘The Rich List'; the annual supplement which, eighteen years ago, had a young lad of just sixteen trawling through the who’s who of ‘old’ and ‘new’ money in Ireland and Britain. Sitting in the ‘reading seat’ pulled close to the sitting room window, circles would be drawn around the barons of Industry, with the showbiz ‘rich and famous’ entertainers ignored. Fifth year in Oatlands College, Mount Merrion, South County […]

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Start-up Story: Marry Me Ireland

After fifteen years of being together, and a beautiful daughter, I had no intention of getting married. Marriage was to me an institution, archaic, outdated and not relevant to me. So when I was proposed to, on bended knee, in front of all our friends at a Christmas party – I felt myself nodding, but inside felt torn. Weddings represented the frou-frou, the formulaic, and I was anything but. So […]

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Startup Story: Stylefish

Why you should invest in Julie Cobbe and her Dragons’ Den-approved firm Stylefish? From trainee solicitor to Dragons’ Den victor, Julie Cobbe has been able to combine her two loves – fashion and teaching – into one formidable business idea: Stylefish. With a little help from Dragon and publishing maven Norah Casey, Julie’s fashion school, set up in 2009 has evolved into a credible brand and she has worked with […]

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How to Get Your Idea to the Store Shelves?

It’s no secret that we live in a world that’s over-crowded. Creating something that will bring you a ton of money isn’t impossible, but it’s getting harder to get there than it used to be. If you’re thinking about starting something on your own for a while now, you’ve probably started noticing unconsciously a couple of repetitive news you hear all around you, like “a brand new millionaire”, “head-spinning success” […]

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Startup Story: Local Gift Cards

‘What do you want?’ It was the question I would get constantly from my thoughtful sisters in New York and London around Christmas and birthdays. ‘Anything’, I would reply, but most of the time I would be thinking I’d really love those boots I saw in Fuchsia Footwear or a nice meal in one of the many fine restaurants here in Clonakilty, knowing well that it wasn’t possible for them […]

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Start-up Story: Mobile Storage Services

Our business can be described as an end to end solution to self storage and removals. At Mobile Storage Services we bring the solution to you thus offering convenience and dramatically reduced handling of your belongings putting the customer back in control. In today’s busy world we bring bespoke storage trailers to your home or business which you can load in your own time and we look after everything else. […]

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Start-up Story: QRVO

QRVO, Quick Response Voice Over, is a simple, innovative and effective Information Channel. Customers simple scan a QRVO code, using Smart Phone or Mobile device. There is no URL, no password and no delay. The content is provided nearly immediately. The content is introduced by a short voice introduction that enables a wide choice of information. The content can be a web link, a special offer, token directions, product, service […]

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Start-up Story: Afro-Eire

Afro-Eire is a new company passionate about African Music and Culture, and we aim to share that passion with schools, businesses and festivals through our high energy interactive workshops and Team-building services. My name is Paul McElhatton, I am the founder and director of Afro-Eire. I first travelled to The Gambia in West Africa overland through the Sahara desert in January 2002, since then I have returned regularly to study […]

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