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9 Things to Consider When Starting your own Business

9 Things to Consider When Starting your own Business Beginning your journey with your own new business can be a wonderful experience, but also a daunting one. While working for yourself can certainly be a hugely rewarding path to take, it comes fraught with dangers – not least of which is the disappearance of your […]

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IBYE 2018 is Launched by Minister for Enterprise & Innovation

IBYE 2018 – National search for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur gets underway Press Release : Local Enterprise Office Roscommon confirms €50,000 county investment fund available Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. and Minister of State for Business, Pat Breen T.D., have launched the national search to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs […]

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The Creatives Dilemma

The Creatives Dilemma – A Curious Matter Way back in 2009, I was asked to carry out a study of the professional lives of almost 100 creatives – crafters, artists and designers – living in the West of Ireland. The overt aim of the project was to research what workshops, training and other support inputs […]

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Profiteering UK Retailers in Ireland exposed by Exchange Rates

Profiteering UK retailers in Ireland have been a problem for years. In recent months, however, this has been particularly clearly demonstrated by the post-Brexit exchange rate between the Euro and Sterling. I was down in Galway recently and rambled into Debenhams, where I picked up a coat and took a notion to pull off the […]

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Winking at a good-looking Girl in the Dark

Avoid Winking at a Good-looking Girl in the Dark As the old adage goes, “Running a business without advertising is like winking at a good-looking girl (or guy) in the dark. You know what you’re doing, but nobody else does”. Now, for “advertising”, you can substitute “promoting”, thereby allowing yourself to concentrate on social media, […]

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How has Applegreen done it?

Applegreen and Me We spend a lot of time at petrol stations. Well, I do anyway. We’ve got our Topaz, Maxol, Texaco and others. We used to have our Statoil, Jet, Shell, etc. But never has one brand achieved anything like Applegreen. This is the first time in my life I’d actually bypass a petrol […]

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IBYE Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2015

Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) – Countrywide Search Begins (Official Press Release) Competition to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, aged between 18 and 30, launched by An Taoiseach and Minister Bruton Up to €50,000 investment prize-fund for three local winners, through Local Enterprise Offices. The Taoiseach, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation  and the […]

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The Hive, Technology Enterprise Centre at Carrick on Shannon

Leitrim County Enterprise Fund has been busy working away on its all-new technology enterprise centre for months. The Hive, as it has been named, is just about ready to accept tenants from the local knowledge-based business community. Joe Lowe, CEO of Leitrim County Enterprise Board (Update 2014 : Now Leitrim Local Enterprise Office), says “The […]

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Innovation & Creativity Seminars, Leitrim

On Tuesday next, in conjunction with Leitrim County Enterprise Board and its Innovation & Enterprise Programme, two free seminars take place in the Landmark Hotel. From 11.00 to 13.00, the theme is “Sparking Innovation and Creativity”. This short seminar will introduce attendees to four innovative local businesses, in the areas of software development, tourism, brewing […]

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