NoH20 - Takes Car Valeting to New Level

Touring car driver Emmet O'Brien established NoH2O, Ireland's first waterless and eco-friendly car valeting service, in 2007. O'Brien, who continues to race on famous international circuits like Monza and Estoril, hit upon the idea for the venture while on the track.

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HugX – Targets American Pet Care Market

Derry firm HugX has signed a major deal to sell its mess-free pet feeder on Frontgate.com, one of the largest catalogue and online retailers in the US. The deal will give the company direct access to a client base of some 83 million consumers in the US, where the lucrative pet care market is valued at US$45 billion annually.

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BodyTab – Health Information At The Touch of a Button

A new product promises to make essential medical information available to consumers and healthcare professionals at the touch of a button.Its creator, Clare woman Mary Fitzgerald, believes the software, which stores files on computer, memory sticks or wallet cards, has the potential to revolutionise personal healthcare worldwide.

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Software Company with Global Ambition

Technology firm Norkom Technologies will invest over e25 million in research and development (R&D) over the next four years, according to chief executive Paul Kerley.

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Crospon Sells Through Distributor

Galway firm Crospon has secured its first overseas sale in an international agreement with distribution partner Medical Measurement Systems (MMS).

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Innovation Assessment

Innovation is essential for business survival. Use this to score your innovation ability.
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Ice Tech Focuses on Doing The Business

Kildare company ICE Tech is taking its digital solutions worldwide with a spate of new agreements with global clients.

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Lir Med Eyes Overseas Expansion

Although just one year in existence, Armagh start-up Lir-Med is already preparing to ramp up production for overseas markets.

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Flushed With Success

With business costs the top priority for many cash-strapped firms, one Dublin company is gaining market traction with a radical product that promises major savings.

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If It’s Good Enough For Sir Alan…

I attended a pre-Christmas function at which the BBC Apprentice star Sir Alan Sugar was guest of honour. Sir Alan was interviewed after lunch and amongst the questions put to him included a reference to what he felt were his greatest strengths; “I’m a sales-man, simple as that.

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Crossing the Rubicon of sales

Rubicon Healthcare sells a range of products for the incontinence market. CEO Peter Nolan talks about is company being sales orientated, customer focused and self sufficient. He also argues that it is necessary to be in many markets.

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Planning a fresh rural enterprise?

The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority Teagasc, is one of the unsung heroes of Irish business. Without fanfare, Ireland’s artisan foods and agri-businesses have helped to put this country on the map. We look at the challenge of making farms viable, lucrative rural businesses with Paul McCarthy, Rural Business Specialist with Teagasc.
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Agri Sector Focus on Financial Planning

Irish farmers are currently experiencing cash-flow difficulties due to low commodity prices, cost increases and a delay in grant payments. Coupled with this, the downturn in the wider economy has removed the financial cushion that supported many farmers. There are now fewer opportunities for off-farm employment and more modest returns from off-farm investments.
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Truly local Truly Irish

They say there is no substitute for locally sourced food and judging by the introduction of a unique pig producing company this firmly held belief looks like ringing true. And it's all down to the foundation of the pioneering. Truly Irish Country Foods, which is now making its presence felt locally. he North South Pig Company has big plans for its newly launched venture, Truly Irish Country Food brands.
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Say Cheese

Farmhouse cheese is one of the great products of Ireland and holds its own in world famous company such as Irish beef, Irish soda bread and Irish smoked salmon. Eamonn and Patricia Lonergan have done their bit to add to the food reputation of the country by producing rich milk for the farm’s award winning Knockanore Farmhouse cheese.
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Drop of the Good Stuff

In times of recession, spreading your risk and exporting are two ways to ensure survival. For Hot Irishman co-owner, Bernard Walsh, the two-pronged strategy has paid off. The whiskey and liqueur producer exports 80 per cent of its products to 23 countries, including the US, Australia and South Africa. Walsh hopes to boost exports by a further 10 per cent this year, with sales to six new markets, including Finland, Denmark, Ukraine and Hungary.
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Taking It To The Next Level

VIDEO - John Collins: How does a 'small' Irish company become an international player. Multinational experienced IT / Business Services veteran John Collins, who sold his company Original Solutions to Perot Systems in 2007, shares his insights with SmallBusinessCan.

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Calling all businesses in Munster

Businesses across Munster are invited to enter the 2009 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards. The awards, which are in association with the Irish Independent, Enterprise Ireland and InterTradeIreland, aim to celebrate business success, irrespective ...
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Calling all businesses in Ulster

Businesses in Ulster are invited to enter the 2009 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, which officially launched today. The awards, which are run in association with the Belfast Telegraph, aim to reward established businesses, across all industry ...
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Tools For Local And International Survival

Womens Innovation and efficiencies - how to equip ourselves with tools for survival was the theme of the Women's Executive Network Breakfast series hosted by Ulster Bank. Executives from all walks of business life share their experiences and insights.

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