Waste is the root of Envirogreen’s success

Envirogreen Recycling is a business in a hurry. The Armagh company was only established in August last year, yet it is on course for a three quarters of a million pound turnover in its first year, and its cast of prestigious customers includes the Quinn Group.
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What Value Do You Offer The Marketplace?

There is a great quote that I heard a few years ago and it simply states, “You get paid for the value you bring to the marketplace” and we lost sight of it during the craziness that was the Celtic Tiger. We have all seen our revenues decline, marginally or dramatically, and subsequently we have responded in one of two ways, paralysis or action.

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OSI unveils all-Ireland online mapping service

MapGenie to be Ireland's most comprehensive navigation tool yet. Ordnance Survey Ireland's (OSi) has released a new business-to-business online mapping service, MapGenie.

Premium Map Data

MapGenie provides immediate online access to the most complete map data
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The Sites You NEED to Know About

There’s a lot of help for businesses out there. Here’s a list of useful business sites broken down by what they do compiled by the Sunday Business Post. It’s great to see smallbusinesscan.com listed with these heavy hitters.
Sunday Business Post - Get Profits in your Sights
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HR Locker

Online marketing is an essential tool for web-based start-ups. That is according to John Dennehy, managing director of HR Locker, a new supplier of web-based human resource systems to SMEs.

Established last September, HR Locker is
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Swingsets!

Limerick company Adventure Swingsets is partnering with retailers around the country to display its range of Irish-made, timber playground equipment to consumers.

The company's founder Seamus Colfer hopes the strategy will boost sales of the outdoor children's
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Fruit and vegetable wholesales bring value to the householder

With the current economic climate and the everyday house holder watching every euro, Chefs Garden, an independent fruit and vegetable wholesaler, has decided to take value and quality to the homes of Dublin, with the support of their suppliers.
The concept was put together by chef Chris
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InStore

A keen focus on customer service earned furniture and homeware retailer, InStore, the National Retail Store of the Year award at the recent FBD Ireland Retail Excellence Awards.

The award, for InStore's Stillorgan outlet in Dublin, reflected the ethos of the company's founder
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My Kids Time

www.mykidstime.ie is an information website for parents and family-oriented service providers. Founded by two parents, Michelle Davitt & Jill Holtz, in June 2007 and piloted in Galway, the Mykidstime website is now available in Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Cork, Clare, Sligo, Meath and Wexford, with other areas arriving during 2010.

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Innovative Thinking? What are the Guidelines?

I was asked to comment on major innovation report in the Republic recently. The report was attempting to change the innovation culture in the Irish economy. It got me thinking about innovation (or lack of), which has been a bugbear for me for quite a while.
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The disciplinary process – the importance of a paper trail

Today more than ever the manner in which you discipline you employees is most important. The allegations being investigated and discussed may potentially be gross misconduct or minor misconducts but the common thread throughout is that a paper trial must exist. This begins with either a letter of suspension or an invite letter to
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Cutting Costs while remaining legally compliant

When times are tough it really brings to the fore the importance of having robust human resource policies and procedures.  This starts with legislative compliance which, when done correctly, can have considerable cost savings for your business. Problems often arise when there is either no contract of employment or a very poor

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Aonta Technologies

After four years in development, UCD-based Aonta Technologies is profitable and growing quickly.

"We are now cashflow positive and funded from operations. We had a very healthy start to this financial year and we are recruiting now without
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Substance and alcohol use/abuse

Although this issue is primarily dealt with by employment legislation through rules of conduct, it has serious health and safety implications. Therefore employers should recognise that substance and alcohol abuse is a major medical and social problem, with profound occupational health implications.

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Murphy's Menswear

An assertive sales and marketing strategy has seen Murphy's Menswear in Newcastle West, Co Limerick, trade well during the downturn.

"I advertise far more now than I ever did before because it has never been as cheap," said managing director, Declan Murphy. "You have got
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Growing media company has seen the light

Often the best business ideas come from trying to overcome challenges that seem to have no existing commercial solution. This was the case with Shane Meehan, founder and partner of Newry's Media Lightbox.

“I was working in marketing at the time and the
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Pressure on costs can open opportunities to improve your business

In the current economic circumstances, pricing is an issue for a lot of companies and this has been evident in some of the discussion on www.smallbusinesscan.com

Clients are negotiating tough and expect discounts. In retail, prices are being slashed. It
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Chef cooking up a storm

Fine dining doesn't require fine restaurants. As the recession has hit incomes, so more people have turned to home cooking and the Chef Shop has benefited as a result.

Vincent McKenna, himself an experienced chef,

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Are you sick of sick leave?

In this current economic climate, it is imperative that all aspects of the business are functioning efficiently and effectively. Costs need to be monitored and kept to a minimum. One such area is sick leave.

Small businesses in Ireland loose on average
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Pure success at Hillsdown water

It might be thought that water is self-evidently a healthy drink. But various scares have led to some consumers questioning this.

First there was the Perrier Water crisis, when traces of benzene were found in some bottles.
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