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# SMEs

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SME book club: The joys of building a business monopoly (for making money, that is)
One of the world’s most successful startup investors and part of the brains behind PayPal on why “competition is for losers”.
This old-school chipper wants to tap its customers to help it grow
Leo Burdock would rather pay interest to punters than “bankers in ivory towers”.
How to: Kickstart business by stepping back from social media... and picking up the phone
And what entrepreneurs can learn from sports stars.
Dublin coffee shops are banding together to do an alternative to 12 Pubs
The city’s independent coffee shops are offering special deals each day until Christmas.
Irish businesses could cut the state's €8.5 billion spending bill
But owner-operators say they are still taking far to long to get paid when they do get contracts.
What I Learned: Turning a buck as a 'born-again Mexican' in Ireland
The man behind the Little Ass Burrito Bar and Blanco Niño on the value of finding people who “give a s**t”.
This young entrepreneur beat over 1,100 others to be crowned Ireland's best
So here’s what makes his startup a €50,000 winner…
Business Poll: So this year's coming to a close - but how is 2015 looking?
Is it going to be a bumper year or is trade still in the doldrums?
This young entrepreneur thinks her idea can help fix Ireland's flawed health model
Think Hailo, but for healthcare.
SME book club: How one bull-headed businessman built the 'everything store'
Inside the Amazon story – and what other entrepreneurs can learn from the rapid rise of an e-commerce titan.
This Irish company has produced the new 'gold standard' in medical technology
Aerogen’s drug nebulisers are being used in the intensive-care units of hospitals in 70 countries.
Ireland's economy might be picking up, but workers' earnings are still going backwards
Workers in the public sector get nearly 50% more on average than those in private companies.
What I Learned: Why there's no 'secret sauce' to cooking up an e-commerce juggernaut
We talk to MicksGarage about going from the bedroom to a multimillion-euro enterprise.
These young food entrepreneurs want to change how you think about butter
Meet the brains behind one of the Irish food startups to taste success through the Food Academy programme.
It's no longer just big export companies that are recruiting more staff
Business recovery is spreading and that’s good news for workers.
'You wouldn't see this on Father Ted' - Why bad broadband is hurting rural Ireland
The country is behind many eastern European nations when it comes to broadband access.
The Big Idea: Saving shoppers time... and hopefully lots of money
And how small retailers can use price-comparison sites to their advantage against their bigger rivals.
Poll: Clicks or bricks, how do you decide where you're going to shop?
What can local retailers do to win back all the Irish online shoppers spending their cash overseas?
Been knocked back for a business loan? Well, here's some good news
The Credit Review Office has been overturning a lot of rejected applications.
These are some of the things TripAdvisor is cooking up in its new Dublin office
The man in charge of new products at the world’s biggest travel site says he is “really confident” its reviews are fair.
Online or bricks and mortar? This is how most Irish shoppers spend their money
Are we a nation of click-happy customers or do we prefer the personal touch? Here are the numbers…
One of these 5 Irish startups from the Web Summit could be the Next Big Thing
Anyone for an app that trawls your friends’ Facebook pages to pick out the perfect gift?
A tiny number of 'super' small businesses in the UK had a massive effect on their economy
Just 1% of businesses contributed to 36% of economic growth, and two-thirds of job creation.
No time for Web Summit? Here's 17 startup pitches... in less than 2 minutes
But you won’t get to see Eva Longoria this way.
Big business and governments need to 'step up' and support startups as customers
One venture capitalist explains why Apple is still exciting – but your bank never will be.
Forget multinationals... Why the real future is in 'very small business'
GoDaddy’s Steven Aldrich says small-time operators can solve a “crisis of meaning” in the world’s workforce.
What does this Irish rugby star want with 'big data'? Plenty, apparently...
Donncha O’Callaghan is looking for an investment boost for his software startup, 4Impacts.
This Dublin-designed probe is much smaller than a hair... and it could help cure cancer
Adama Innovations plans to make millions within a few years from its nanotechnology.
This Dublin shop will clean your suit for free if you have a job interview
SME focus: Everything you need to know about the Budget and essential money matters
For October’s in-depth coverage of Irish SMEs, we looked at ways to balance a budget and where all that cash goes.
SME book club: Surviving a family business... with your sanity and relationships intact
Each month, as part of’s ongoing SME coverage, we look at a business book that makes a difference.
How to: Get blood from a stone... or at least a loan from a bank
Sure it can be hard, but here are a few things that could help.
Film lovers, you've one less place to go to find classic movies
Dublin’s Laser DVD is closing down.
Why the state's new investment bank will do little to help Irish SMEs
The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) will be open for business this week.
The Big Idea: Why switching their homepage is the first thing all owner-operators should do
The brains behind a new financial tool says a few easy steps can make a big difference to SMEs.
'Sack the gobshites'... And a few other things one entrepreneur has worked out so far
Business advice, Jerry Kennelly style.
Here are a few things businesses can learn from Google's Consumer Barometer (for free)
So Google knows almost everything about how you shop, which is a bit creepy really…
Jordan Casey is expanding his tech start-up - right after he does his Junior Cert
We spoke with the 14-year-old CEO ahead of his appearance at the Web Summit.
There are too many second-rate colleges in Ireland with 'Mickey Mouse courses'
Why one Irish entrepreneur hired staff from India, Portugal and Sweden over local workers.
Kickstarter is live for Irish projects so now you can support this teenage bounty hunter
Don’t just stand there, get creating… or funding.