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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Taking On The World

Gerry Brandon - Eplixo
Launching a new product in direct competition with an established heavyweight may strike fear into the heart of many a start-up.

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Its All In The Label

Dublin packaging specialist TLC has invested €2 million in just six months to develop new technology for its food labeling business.

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Green Initiative Delivers Savings

Entrepreneur John Quinn is cashing in on the environmental trend with a green initiative designed to deliver savings to homeowners.
Established early last year, Greenloan's Home Energy Savers Scheme organises householders seeking green technology upgrades into groups to leverage economies of scale.

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What A Start For Start Up

Less than a year in existence, software start-up Sitedesk.ie is already preparing to launch in the Middle East, where it hopes  sales will fuel ambitious growth plans.


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Money, Marketing, Management, Motivation

MOTIVATION: "I hope you don't give up. It is part of the job of an entrepreneur to find money. That is part of the deal. You are always looking for money. Get over it!!! As Maxi Priest says ... You don't need eyes to see, you need vision..."
Gerry Brandon, Eplixo.com on  www.smallbusinesscan.com

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Top 10 Sales Predictions

Top 10 Sales Predictions:

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Business Achievers Award winner 2008 goes global

The Time and Life Building, New York, The World Technology Awards, July 16 th 2009: Mcor Technology today proudly flew the flag for Ireland at the World Technology Awards in the category of IT Hardware. Mcor were the only Irish company nominated acro...
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After Generations, Customer Remains King

VIDEO - Waterford Wood Started by Paul McCarthy, bespoke furniture maker Waterford Wood now includes his son Conor. Their skillset has seen them endure and lead through three decades of changes.  The contrasting father-son business dynamic is evidenced in this short video, with both proving valid, yet differing outlooks on reaching customers.

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Minding Cash

Byers explains that smaller companies need to pay extra attention on how they spend their cash because if they run out of cash, it is game over for them. Byers uses the example of Palm Inc. to show how well the company managed their cash flow.


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In Tune With Current Trends

VIDEO - Van Morrison, Katie Melua, Bruce Springsteen..are all customers of Avolon Guitars, a company that is aware of modern trends not just in the music business but also in terms of best business practice. Managing Director Steve McIlwrath‚ Avalon Guitars explains.

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Calling all businesses in Connaught

Businesses across Connaught 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, irrespectiv...
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