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Monday 30 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# SMEs

All time
# bleak outlook
Despite some Phase Three optimism, TDs to be told many SMEs are 'dying' due to pandemic
A worrying picture will be painted when representatives from a number of sectors address TDs today.
# Brexit
Half of small Irish businesses have cancelled or delayed investment over Brexit
AIB’s survey of SMEs found that almost half have felt a negative impact from Brexit already.
# hard border
Seven in 10 SMEs think Brexit will have negative impact and many are cancelling investment plans
Despite this, just 8% of businesses have engaged in formal planning to deal with the outcome of Brexit.
# hard brexit
'Shockingly low' number of smaller businesses helped by Brexit scheme
The Brexit Loan Scheme aims to minimise the impact Britain leaving the EU will have on businesses.
# not enough knowledge
Remember the Knowledge Box Scheme introduced in 2016? No SMEs have applied for it
The Knowledge Development Box allows companies to access a lower rate of corporate tax.
# SMEs
2017 was a record year for the number of start-ups in Ireland
Last year exceeded a previous record set in 1998.
# Funding
'I worked three jobs instead of leaving Ireland. I changed everything about myself'
As part of our How My Business Works series, we profile Dublin finance portal FundSME.
# money maker
The best way to get a good deal from an Irish bank? Set up business in the UK
New research shows local lenders offer SMEs significantly cheaper loans in Britain.
# council rates
Border county businesses the most likely to leave rate bills unpaid as they struggle for trade
Firms in hubs like Letterkenny and Dundalk hope revaluations will bring some relief.
# Startups
New companies topped 20,000 last year for the first time in almost two decades
There was an 8% increase in the number of new Irish firms registered with the CRO in 2016.
# fora
Journal Media launches brand new business site
Fora will help SMEs and startups access information, support and quality journalism.
# surprise
Business owners are not happy about the new minimum wage
The wage increased from €8.65 to €9.15 per hour last week.
# Watch this space
16 innovative Irish companies to keep an eye on this year
We take a look at some of the businesses likely to make an impression in 2016.
# so dope
An Irish company spent six months designing the perfect grinder for weed
For medical marijuana users, of course.
Voices
Here are 10 things anyone can do to build a business
Going For Growth’s Paula Fitzsimons shares some of her insights.
# all wrapped up
'We won't be exchanging butter for margarine': Avoca sold to a US catering giant
The family behind the Irish business wants to grow the brand globally.
# Pulling teeth
The Irish 'Tripadvisor of health' making trips to the dentist *slightly* less painful
WhatClinic has bought UK dental booking site Toothpick.
# all on the table
This is where Ireland really ranks for setting up and running a business
The latest World Bank rankings are out – here’s where we stand.
# Baby Steps
Mothercare is shutting stores after complaining about 'unsustainable' rents
The company has emerged from its examinership period.
# way out west
Inside the Irish restaurant in an old boat shed where places sell out in hours
We take a look at the one-of-a-kind Dillisk Project in Galway.
# clicks not bricks
The Irish kings of online 'mystery shoppers' now with $20m in their coffers
Clavis Insight was founded in 2008. Soon it will employ 300 people worldwide.
# hearsay festival
Inside the 'Woodstock for radio' about to take over a small Limerick village
“We were literally looking at it and telling people there wasn’t anything else like it in Europe.”
# Up and Away
This conference is trying to turn the west into a hub for drones
And it involves Achill Island and kitesurfing.
# ChannelSense
'They were intrigued to hear about three Irish guys with no company... no product'
Yet fast forward two years later and ChannelSight is developing at a rapid pace,
# fast lane
How one small group of people is building Ireland's most high-tech town
Skibbereen in west Cork is about to be put firmly on the business map.
# Big Bucks
This 5-year-old company started in a Dublin college has been sold for $68 million
Logentries was spun out of UCD in 2010.
# thanks technology
The future has arrived - you can now order drinks on your mobile in Coppers
Less queuing, more boozing.
# grape expectations
Meet the winemakers producing the nectar of the Gods in the land of Guinness
A few brave – or foolhardy – souls are defying the odds to make Irish wine.
# filthy lucre
How an Irish woman's 'Hailo for cleaners' plans to keep cleaning up
Hassle was co-founded by Jules Coleman and it was sold for €32 million earlier this year.
# Toy Story
Why these award-winning Irish digital marketeers set up a secret sex shop
Wolfgang Digital announced plans to hire 50 staff today – here’s how they got there.
# Back in business
The single biggest engine room for Irish jobs is starting to fire up
Together these businesses account for half the private workforce.
# wine not?
This Irish company may have finally found an answer to crap pub wine
WineLab want to bring wine-on-tap to the masses.
Voices
The secret to building a great business? Hire people you actually want to work with
Do as Richard Branson would when it comes to recruitment.
# lager than life
How two men built a pub and brewing empire from the depths of the recession
We talked to one of the brains behind the Galway Bay Brewery about pub closures, craft beer and the Wetherspoon effect.
# board games
The Irish website that looks like it hasn't changed in forever is finally getting a makeover
We asked the head of Boards.ie how the site was holding up in the social media era.
# Entrepreneurs
Ireland may have big entrepreneurial dreams - but we're still wedded to the boss's chequebook
The country is below average when it comes to most key startup indicators.
# grape expectations
See ya Australia and au revoir France, Ireland has a new favourite winemaker
We have all the figures for what local drinkers were sipping last year.
# Through The Pain Barrier
Two million people could have better lives because of one Dublin company's breakthrough
Mainstay Medical has taken a step closer to bringing its treatment for chronic back pain to market.
# get off the couch
Sick of the gym? Maybe try pole dancing, trapeze or laughter yoga
There’s more than one way to get in shape.
# similarweb
He tried to build a jewellery business but ended up with a billion-dollar tech company
Meet Or Offer…