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Recession Means Firms Must Think Up New Ideas

In tough times, many companies still operate with a ‘business as usual’ mindset. Market expert Ron Immink warns this is dangerous. We look at firms thinking outside the box What has perhaps struck me most about the many discussions between firms on www.smallbusinesscan.com in recent times is more what isn’t […]

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Funding helps Digitary expand

Digitary, a provider of educational security software, has launched a e1.2 million funding round to aid expansion into new markets. ‘‘We are in the middle of a funding round, which is going well and should be finalised within the next few months.We are looking to a combination of venture capital, […]

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Firm crafts wood furniture to order

Ardmore-based furniture manufacturer WaterfordWood is marking its 50th anniversary in business by returning to its origins. The company’s founder and managing director Paul McCarthy said high-quality handmade furniture would be top of the agenda from nowon  a direct response to the challenge posed by low-cost imports. (more…)

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Setting Sail

When John Griffin’s SSIA matured in 2006, he didn’t run out and buy a new car. Instead he and his friend John Innes used their savings to buy a couple of boats and a landing rig and set up a sailing and powerboat training centre in Youghal, Co Cork. Three […]

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Budget analysis – UK

While David Cameron’s so called era of austerity remains largely on hold, it should be remembered that today’s announcement was the first of three budget statements anticipated over the next 8 months.  (more…)

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Budget Analysis ROI

The Minister for Finance certainly faced an unenviable task today.  The idea of trying to take some €4bn, equivalent to 2.5% of GDP, out of an economy contracting at a record pace with the unemployment rate at a near 15-year high must be every politician’s nightmare. (more…)

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The Sweet, Sweet Taste Of Success

Making a virtue out of a vice sounds like an excellent way of running your own business. And this has been true for Karen Baxter and Michael Murray, founders, owners and managers of Baxter Murray Creative Chocolate. (more…)

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Where is the “Green Buzz” Leading To?

There is a huge amount of chatter (and twitter and blogging) these days in the media and in general conversation, about what the future brings in terms of Eco Friendly and Green Products. The buzz words in the current recessionary environment are ‘Green’, ‘Sustainable’, ‘Carbon Neutral’, and a host of similar […]

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Surviving The Crunch

The credit crunch and global recession was bad news for most businesses — but not for Causeway Data Communications. With property values in meltdown, there is a good profit to be had for a company producing software that provides accurate, but affordable, property valuations. (more…)

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Exporting to China From Ireland and the UK?

Currently there are a number of positive reasons why businesses from Ireland and the UK should consider exporting to China. The first and most significant reason is that at present China is one of the few remaining countries anywhere on the planet that is experiencing growth in its economy, and […]

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Online Payments: Understanding the Options

The choice of an online payments solution often proves to be a difficult and time consuming decision in the setup of an e-commerce website. The area of online payments can be confusing, particularly for those who are just getting started. There is new jargon, many different options, configurations and various […]

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Speeding Work Up

As any user of the internet knows, slow data transfer speeds are the bane of productivity. It is the same for major corporations. Awareness of the problem — and the solutions — has driven the rapid growth of Replify. (more…)

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Carrick Shoemaker To Market Brogues In US

A Carrickfergus shoemaker is reclaiming the Irish brogue in a plan to export high quality shoes to the US. Robinson’s Shoemakers has developed its own brand of the traditional footwear with support from Invest Northern Ireland and has launched them for sale online. The shoes are the only brand of […]

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Media Kit

Link your website to smallbusinesscan and 60,000 visitors {jathumbnail off}For all those businesses that have registered with the site, here’s a link to a selection of smallbusinesscan logos. We’d like you to make a link from your site to ours. And we’ll link from our site to yours so that […]

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