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

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The Sunday Business Post offers 7 options for raising capital without the help of a bank manager.

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3 Reasons why a Mentor can help your business

3 Reasons why a Mentor can help your business | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it

3 Reasons why a Business Mentor can help your business



Businesses often require the advice of those with experience in their field or industry, in order to avoid costly pitfalls. Existing businesses, on the other hand, have already avoided (or made) their mistakes in the past but may be struggling to meet their long and short term goals. Both of these businesses can benefit from having a mentor. Mentors have long been associated with encouraging, steering, and advising.

It doesn’t matter what size business or company you have, a mentor can offer you helpful tips, organisational advice, and strategic assistance to get your business on the path to success. . Below are 3 reasons on why leveraging the knowledge of a Mentor is important.

1. Years of Experience

Many business mentors have decades of experience and expertise. The working knowledge offered by mentors is a benefit to your business. If you need help tackling challenges, Mentors can be effective. They can share proven techniques, as well as advise you on direction and projections for current or alternative courses of business development, based on their experience.

2. Strategy Expertise

Some businesses need to define their strategy or build a new one with an eye towards growth and profitability. With the help of a qualified mentor, you can do just that. The approaches focus on business, people, sales, and operations. Expertise in this area can prove invaluable. Your strategy should be designed to lead to your overall success.

3. Long-Term Objectives

Long-term objectives are important when it comes to business success. Mentors offer experience that will aid you in making plans for the future. These are long-term methods with on-going objectives. Business mentors work to share experience that requires action-oriented techniques.

 

 

 

 

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Are tech conferences a waste of time for start-ups asks Cantillon? Added comment from @billylinehan

Are tech conferences a waste of time for start-ups asks Cantillon? Added comment from @billylinehan | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
There’s no shortage of buzzwords and jargon, but their value is unclear

 

A “global” technology summit is also taking place in Dublin today. The event, hosted by the Silicon Valley-based Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG), will examine the innovation ecosystem, the agtech revolution, big data and the Internet of Things.

 

The summit promises to bring “thought leadership on the latest innovations coming out of Silicon Valley”. One of the panel discussions will examine the role of “formal-informal methods to drive the education-innovation axis”.

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I agree with Cantillon in the Irish Times, conferences have limited value when they are lacking a focus for their target base. I have been so bored at events, suffering from poorly put together agendas and speakers with little of interest to share.

We ask WIIFM - Whats In It For Me?)

 

There has never been so many SME events as in May this year - a sign that the economy is growing.

 

Attendance has been mixed, heavy promotion has not delivered the target numbers of attendees.

 

Fingal Council are hosting the Silicon Valley based Irish Technology Leadership Conference in DCU as I write this piece. (I note as a Fingal resident that DCU is in Dublin City and not Fingal).

 

Conferences/summits/momentums/smart business shows, a funding event in the RDS this week and the SFA Conference coming up next month.

 

What have all these events in common?

 

celeb "entrepreneurs"

(often more famous about talking about business than doing it, including a few cute hoors and wafflers, so-called dragons and failed business men and rugby "stars")

 

"motivational" speakers

A curse of the modern age, a few good ones are around but most I find uninspiring, feeding off the gullible who don't see the Emperor's New Clothes

 

thought leaders

see Cantillon article

 

sports role models, 

talking to experienced business owners about leadership

mostly current rugby players (who's business acumen comes from  "fronting up" the odd pub or restaurant, a few GAA "stars")

 

GAA and Rugby

coaches and managers

 

sponsors, private sector

who have paid for their time in the spotlight

limelight feeds the ego of some of these CEOs and VIPs

 

sponsors, public sector

who have also paid for their time in the spotlight

limelight feeds the ego of some of these quango CEOs and semi-state senior managers

 

My advice

Look carefully before you commit to attending. 

I find that Intertrade Ireland and Enterprise Ireland events are usually more focused and practical.

 

 

Billy Linehan has been co-project manager of Your Business Day, a one day event in the Science Gallery sponsored by Dublin City CEB, 2010-2014.

The successful event comprised of free business mentoring, presentations by Dublin City CEB clients and a partner's exhibition.

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20 Irish startups that will rock you the Celtic way! | GeekTime

20 Irish startups that will rock you the Celtic way! | GeekTime | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
20 Irish startups that will rock you the Celtic way!
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Attending the ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14001:2015 Workshops Update @NSAI_standards

Attending the ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14001:2015 Workshops  Update  @NSAI_standards | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Agenda

09.00  Introduction to the changes and NSAI transition policy and guidance

High Level structure both standardsSummary of main changes to ISO 9001:2015Summary of main changes to ISO 14001:2015Case studies - delegates will get the opportunity, in groups, to discuss the application of the mains changes and how these changes impact specific business scenarios. NSAI will provide feedback on the group findings.Q & A session

13:00  Workshop closes


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Working on integrating a quality management system into a client's operations, and planning for ISO certification next year.

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Startups! How to write a press release (please!)

Startups! How to write a press release (please!) | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
 By @SimonCocking For your benefit and ours, here are some tips on how to make it easier to get yourself media coverage.https://twitter.com/Irish_TechNews/status/600795697529659393We love s
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All Ireland Summit Live with @gregfrysocial - YouTube

Can't make it to today's Summit? No problem - meet some of Ireland's most innovative businesses right here right now. Join @gregfrysocial as he talks to some...
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The irrepressible Greg Fry interviewing attendees at the recent "All Ireland" business "Summit" in Croke Park.

 

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Farm Hack UK, On Your Farm - BBC Radio 4

Farm Hack UK, On Your Farm - BBC Radio 4 | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
A report from the UK's first Farm Hack, an initiative from the USA to help smaller farms.
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Want a job in Ireland? Here's a list of in demand occupations via the DJEI - Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List

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Chemical scientists in manufacturing (including food & beverages, medical devices), product development, clinical co-vigilance, or biotechnology or related and relevant specialist skills, qualifications or experience

2112

Biological scientists and biochemists in manufacturing (including food & beverages, medical devices), product development, clinical co-vigilance, or biotechnology or related and relevant specialist skills, qualifications or experience

2113

Physical scientists in manufacturing (including food & beverages, medical devices), product development, clinical co-vigilance, or biotechnology or related and relevant specialist skills, qualifications or experience

212

Engineering Professionals

2122

Mechanical engineers specialising in:

• Quality control, or validation and regulation engineering (high tech industry; food and beverages), or

• Mechanical engineering (especially polymer engineering skills in the areas of pharmaceuticals, medical devices or green economy), or

• Chemical process engineering, or

• Process automation engineering, or

• Power generation, transmission and distribution, or

• Related and relevant specialist skills, qualifications or experience

2123

Electrical engineers specialising in:

• Chip design, test engineering, or application engineering, or

• Process automation engineering, or

• Power generation, transmission and distribution, or

• Related and relevant specialist skills, qualifications or experience

2124

Electronics engineers specialising in:

• Chip design, test engineering, or application engineering, or

• Process automation engineering, or

• Power generation, transmission and distribution, or

• Related and relevant specialist skills, qualifications or experience

2126

Design and development engineers specialising in:

• Quality control, or validation and regulation engineering (high tech industry; food and beverages), or

• Chip design, test engineering, or application engineering, or

• Process automation engineering, or

• Power generation, transmission and distribution, or

• Related and relevant specialist skills, qualifications or experience

2127

Production and process engineers specialising in:

• Quality control, or validation and regulation engineering (high tech industry; food and beverages), or

• Chemical process engineering, or

• Process automation engineering, or

• Power generation, transmission and distribution, or

• Related and relevant specialist skills, qualifications or experience

113

ICT Professionals

1136

Information technology and telecommunications directors

213

2133

IT specialist managers

2134

IT project and programme managers

2135

IT business analysts, architects and systems designers

2136

Programmers and software development professionals

2137

Web design and development professionals

2139

All other ICT professionals

221

Health Professionals

2211

Medical practitioners

2217

Medical radiographers

2217

Vascular technologists

2212

Medical laboratory scientists

2219

Audiologists

118

Health and Social Services Managers and Directors

1181

Senior health services and public health managers and directors

1184

Senior social services managers and directors

124

Managers in Health and Care Services

1241

Health care practice managers

223

Nursing and Midwifery Professionals

2231

• Registered Nurses/Midwives

• Specialist Nurses/Midwives

• Clinical Nurse/Midwife managers

• Advanced Nurse/Midwife practitioners

222

Therapy Professionals

2229

Orthoptists

242

Business, Research and Administrative Professionals

2421

Chartered and certified accountants and taxation experts specialising in tax, compliance, regulation, solvency, or financial management, or related and relevant specialist skills, qualifications or experience

2423

Management consultants and business analysts specialising in big data analytics with skills in IT, data mining, modelling, and advanced maths or related and relevant specialist skills, qualifications or experience

2424

Business and financial project management professionals specialising in finance & investment analytics, risk analytics, credit, fraud analytics or related and relevant specialist skills, qualifications or experience

2425

Actuaries, economists and statisticians specialising in big data analytics with skills in IT, data mining, modelling, and advanced maths or related and relevant specialist skills, qualifications or experience

246

Quality and Regulatory Professionals

2461

Quality control and planning engineers

2462

Quality assurance and regulatory professionals

2463

Environmental health professionals

354

Sales, Marketing and Related Associate Professionals

3542

Business sales executives specialising in International Sales Roles or ITB2B sales roles and with fluency in the official language, apart from English, of a state which is not

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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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Invaluable tools for running a business from @smallbusinesscan

The following are some of the top tools you can use to not only to run your business but also take it to higher heights:

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Google Drive , Bill.com , Evernote , Ontraport , Google Hangouts  - business case for each explained

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Product Camp at DIT, Aungier St, Dublin - Thursday June 11th 2015

Product Camp at DIT, Aungier St, Dublin - Thursday June 11th 2015 | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Product Camp Dublin is a free unconference for Product Managers and Product Marketers. In the spirit of BarCamp, Product Camp Dublin is a collaborative, user organized unconference, focused on Prod...
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European MicroFinance conference in Dublin 18,19 June 2015 @microfinanceire

European MicroFinance conference in Dublin 18,19 June 2015 @microfinanceire | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it

Objective The general objective of the conference is to discuss the cooperation potential between traditional financial institutions and the microfinance sector so that collaboration and cohesion, in reaching out to the underserved, is enhanced between both sectors.

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The Benefits of a Website Landing Page for Digital Marketing from @daracreative

The Benefits of a Website Landing Page for Digital Marketing from @daracreative | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Did you know Landing Pages can be a key Digital Marketing Tool for converting your Website Visitors into potential sales leads?
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What is an entrepreneur? | Niamh Bushnell | TEDxDCU - YouTube

 Dublin's Commissioner for Startups, Niamh Bushnell speaks about her experience as an entrepreneur and what it means to be an entrepreneur today. Niamh Bushnell was recently appointed Dublin’s f...

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Niamh Bushell talks about her admiration for entrepreneurs, how disadvantaged 'working poor' in NYC were able to better themselves.(personally I had similar experience as a business counsellor in London's East End)

Entrepreneurs are anybody who is willing to take a risk, and 95% of startups fail. Value is in the "journey" if you don't succeed, it will contribute to self-actualistion and your life experience.

 

Dublin now has 3 startup policy centres

1. the Commissioner for Startups Office

2. Startup Ireland

3. Dublin City Council (local enterprise office)

 

 

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Celtar

 

 

 

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Dublin has turned its start-up problem around - Independent.ie

Dublin has turned its start-up problem around - Independent.ie | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Are we fooling ourselves when we say that Dublin is a real 'start-up city'? Does it really compare to places such as Berlin, London and Stockholm? Or is it just an operations centre for
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How to Successfully Moderate a Panel

How to Successfully Moderate a Panel | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Often entrepreneurs, leaders and experts are asked to moderate panels for their industry. Here is how to keep it engaging, instead of a snooze fest.
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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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