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7 ways for Irish SMEs to raise funds -without banksThe Sunday Business Post

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4 Simple Steps for Creating Great Content That Connects - Connector.ie - Digital Marketing, Social Media Strategy and Design

4 Simple Steps for Creating Great Content That Connects - Connector.ie - Digital Marketing, Social Media Strategy and Design | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Businesses are expected to create useful, informative content that attracts, informs and delights.
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Sinn Féin refuses to face the 'appalling vista' of prolonged campaign of violence - Independent.ie

Sinn Féin refuses to face the 'appalling vista' of prolonged campaign of violence - Independent.ie | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
The duplicity of Sinn Féin's responses to allegations of child sex abuse and kangaroo courts which, up to 2002 at least, carried the menace of a bullet in the head, has led many
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Thoughts and ideas on growing a business » ‘We were voted No 4 in the world and No 1 in Ireland’

Thoughts and ideas on growing a business » ‘We were voted No 4 in the world and No 1 in Ireland’ | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it

It was great to see Celtar client Tiago Mascarenhas (above) interviewed in the Irish Times last week. Tiago is one of the new breed of entrepreneurs in Dublin City, the college he co-founded now employs 60 full-time and part-time staff, brings over 2,ooo students a year to the capital and promotes Ireland as a wonderful place to visit and study.

 

“A pleasure to work with, Tiago has an enquiring and restless mind and an ability to get things done” says his business mentor Billy Linehan.

“In just five years Tiago with a strong team of colleagues  has created SEDA as a major player in English language education in Ireland.”

Tiago Mascarenhas co-founder of English language school Seda College Dublin was interviewed in the Irish Times by Pamela Newenham. This is an excerpt from the interview,

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SME Credit Guarantee Scheme to get overhaul to get - Irish Independent

SME Credit Guarantee Scheme to get overhaul to get - Irish Independent | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
BUSINESS and Employment Minister Ged Nash has announced changes to the state-backed Credit Guarantee Scheme including extending the length of the guarantee available.
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2015 Venture capital conference from #IntertradeIreland 11 March in Dublin

2015 Venture capital conference from #IntertradeIreland 11 March in Dublin | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it

Date: Wedesday 11th March 2015
Venue:  The Helix, Dublin
Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Registration: To book your place please visit the conference website (The Early bird rate of £129 (or euro equivalent) is available until end of January 2015, it will then rise to £179 (or euro equivalent).

The 14th InterTradeIreland Venture Capital Conference returns to Dublin providing delegates more opportunities than ever to network with investors. As always the unique annual event will bring together in one room for one day, the island's new and growing companies seeking investment along with the funds and individuals on the island with money to invest.
The only Venture Capital Conference on the island, it is a must for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, business angels, investors and anyone with an interest in venture capital.  The forum provides an opportunity to learn about the current sources of equity capital (both institutional and the business angel networks) available across the island.

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A very worthwhile event to attend.

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Shadow of Denis O'Brien looms over new media merger guidelines - Irish Times

Shadow of Denis O'Brien looms over new media merger guidelines - Irish Times | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Alex White will decide if a media merger is in the public interest
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Cantillon: NCC becomes a force in wind energy debate - Irish Times

Cantillon: NCC becomes a force in wind energy debate - Irish Times | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Intervention by National Competitiveness Council throws spotlight on State support for wind farms
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SPL PRO sells #ElectricVoice and other leading brands for musicians, Bands and DJs , buy online or call in @hotpress @irishbiz

SPL PRO sells #ElectricVoice and other leading brands for musicians, Bands and DJs , buy online or call in @hotpress @irishbiz | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it

SPLPRO sells #ElectricVoice and other leading brands for musicians, Bands and DJs , buy online or call in to our showrooms in Ballymount Dublin 12

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Kenny says Bristol-Myers Squibb decision ‘a vote of confidence’

Kenny says Bristol-Myers Squibb decision ‘a vote of confidence’ | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
American pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb is to create up to 400 new jobs in Dublin as part of a $900 million (€720 million) investment in a new plant in Blanchardstown.
The 30,000-square metre project will house six 15,000-litre bioreactors and a purification area as well as office and laboratory space. The facility will be built on the grounds of the company’s existing pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Cruiserath, Co Dublin, and is due to be completed by 2019.
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UK's 30,000 'super-SMEs' behind 68pc of new jobs - Telegraph #websummit #startupireland

UK's 30,000 'super-SMEs' behind 68pc of new jobs - Telegraph #websummit #startupireland | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
A small army of high-growth small businesses hired 5,000 new staff every week in 2013, and are behind the majority of the UK's economic growth, according to a landmark report

 

A super-charged subset of small businesses are driving unprecedented levels of growth in the British economy.

The so-called “high-growth small businesses” (HGSBs) account for just 1pc of the business community but generated 68pc of new jobs in the UK between 2012 and 2013.

 

In a landmark report out today, UK fund management firm Octopus Investments found that these super-SMEs are generating a disproportionate amount of employment, adding 256,000 jobs in a single year (or 5,000 a week) bringing the total HGSB workforce to 667,000, and driving significant economic growth in the UK.

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How can Irish SMEs become HGSBs?

Enterprise Ireland could learn a lot from the UK experience of supporting high growth potential SMEs, for example

 the London City Partners Business Link of the late 1990s.

(UK support for small business has fragmented since).

 

The state agency should understand that these high growth companies 

- can be from any sector

- are growing already

- have innovative if not maverick leaders

- will pay for high quality advice & expertise

- don't usually like state interference

- or too much state support

- would like to dip in and out of EI type support, not have to join "programmes" that are designed around EI needs

- are impatient of bureaucracy and political involvement

 

The nature of the public sector is to be risk averse, and the present system of state support is not sustainable. It  squeezes out entrepreneurialism out of startups and small companies while its stated objective is to do the reverse.

 

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Why do celebrities invest in startups? #websummit

Why do celebrities invest in startups? #websummit | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
If you attended Europe’s largest tech conference, held in Ireland last week, you probably wouldn’t have known that the continent had ju
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Boston comes on strong at Dublin’s #WebSummit

Boston comes on strong at Dublin’s #WebSummit | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
A gaggle of technology entrepreneurs, students, and investors made their way from Boston to Dublin last week to take part in one of Europe’s largest technology conferences, the Web Summit. Among 20,000 attendees and a roster of distinguished speakers, Boston’s finest shined bright at the event, showcasing the vast breadth of expertise this city fosters. Here's a look at the highlights.
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Starting a Business in Ireland - Irish Point of Single Contact @billylinehan

Information links for Starting a business in ireland

 

For business advice, contact info@celtar.ie , giving brief details of your enquiry   

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Sinn Féin refuses to face the 'appalling vista' of prolonged campaign of violence - Independent.ie

Sinn Féin refuses to face the 'appalling vista' of prolonged campaign of violence - Independent.ie | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it

The problem for Sinn Féin, particularly its newer members, is that just like the British judicial system regarding the wrongful incarceration of the Birmingham Six, and the Catholic church regarding clerical child abuse, they seem unable to face the "appalling vista" that the edifice of an honourable and principled organisation committed to genuine republican values is deeply compromised by its refusal to acknowledge the injustice of its unnecessarily prolonged campaign of violence and its continuing incapacity to deal with troubling facts about historical child abuse among Republicans.
Eddie Molloy

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Non-Executive Directors significant help to companies

Non-Executive Directors significant help to companies | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Non-Executive Directors significant help to companies Strengthen the Board & can make the difference between a company success or not making it in business
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Its NOT high time for Irish SMEs to start ‘milking the system’its time for Irish businesses to do it for themselves!

Its NOT high time for Irish SMEs to start ‘milking the system’its time for Irish businesses to do it for themselves! | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it

It’s high time for Irish SMEs to start ‘milking the system’ WHAT DOSH

 

 

Two happenings in the past two weeks have been interesting ones on behalf of the Government says Kehlan Kirwan of the Examiner.

Firstly, the launch of actionplanforjobs.ie where SMEs can go to find local government supports specific to their area. The second has been the Strategic Banking Corporation scheme which aims to give low-interest loans to the SME market.

We talk a lot in this country about people ‘milking the system’, most of which is nonsense but that’s an argument for another day. As small businesses we have a terrible track record of getting involved in government money.

 

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The most terrifying words in the English language are: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help” *
Entrepreneurs don't wish to milk the system , they wish to take what is theirs on their own terms.

More schemes, programmes and initiatives from government are not the answer.

Making it easier and cheaper to do business  - this is what all entrepreneurs want. 

Billy Linehan

 

 

* Ronald Reagan

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Clients of Enterprise Ireland created 19,705 jobs in 2014, record increase - Independent.ie

Clients of Enterprise Ireland created 19,705 jobs in 2014, record increase - Independent.ie | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Enterprise Ireland backed companies created 19,705 new jobs last year. =
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Thoughts and ideas on growing a business » CELTAR COMMENT: Where to get the best business advice? - Linkis.com

Thoughts and ideas on growing a business » CELTAR COMMENT: Where to get the best business advice? - Linkis.com | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
CELTAR COMMENT: Where to get the best business advice? http://t.co/6VW5wxt8ri
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Could the Business Model Canvas help farmers (our piece in The Irish Times)

Could the Business Model Canvas help farmers (our piece in The Irish Times) | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Could the Business Model Canvas help farmers (our piece in The Irish Times)
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PR companies always win even in Irish Water debacle

PR companies always win even in Irish Water debacle | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Irish Water PR firm Murray Consultants sees profits rise 11%
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PR companies always win even in Irish Water debacle

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The 7 Most Important Hires for your Small Businesses

The 7 Most Important Hires for your Small Businesses | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Almost all small businesses start out as one-man bands.

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So contrived, Elevator Pitch in a Lap , AUDI car promotion 20 miles from #websummit - YouTube

So contrived,  Elevator Pitch in a Lap , AUDI car promotion 20 miles from #websummit - YouTube | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
As part of the Dublin Web Summit Audi offered start ups the opportunity to pitch their business to a venture capitalist. The only catch is they had to do it ...
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Talk about contrived, I hope it was worth while for the startups in Mondello .........

They didn't drive the car,

sat in back seat with VC

might has well have asked Bank off Ireland for their #websummit #BOIlift

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OPINION: Time to build home-grown businesses that can compete globally #startupireland

OPINION: Time to build home-grown businesses that can compete globally #startupireland | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
In the third of our Science Week series, Royal Irish Academy member Donald Fitzmaurice says we must encourage STEM and business and humanities graduates to work together to build great enterprises.
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Gerry Adams rejects claims of SF cover-up on sex abuse

Gerry Adams rejects claims of SF cover-up on sex abuse | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Sinn Féin leader claims in Dáil Maíria Cahill’s abuser ‘seems to have been forgotten about’
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Sinn Fein as bad as the Catholic church in handling of sex abuse cases, according to many

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36 Hours in Dublin capital of Ireland

36 Hours in Dublin capital of Ireland | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Bike along the Liffey River, peel back layers of Ireland’s history, dig into a booming culinary scene and, sure, go for a Guinness during a weekend in the Irish capital.
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