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Two thirds of small businesses in Munster have said work has declined in the past three months compared to the previous three. However, almost half said they expect growth in the coming months. The latest quarterly Viking Small Business Barometer also highlighted that over half of SMEs cited growth through new business as their biggest challenge for the year ahead. One in 10 said their main...

Lorcan MacMuiris takes a closer look at all things bright and beautiful as he talks to three of Cork’s best-known jewelers about their craft...

The jewel trade has been around for, as far as we can tell, about 100,000 years - since before we were even fully modern human beings.

The earliest-known example of jewellery is a pair of finely-worked and decorated beads made from...

 

The St Patrick's Festival may only be three days long, but it will provide the first shovels of coal for the 2014 edition of Cork's economic engine, says Lorcan Mac Muiris

St Patrick's Weekend is generally hailed as marking the turning point - for the better - in the financial year for traders and tourism-based businesses all over Cork. Mere days before the spring equinox...

Pictured at the newly extended, Fermoy ECentre are Kevin Mícheál, iSeek Web Design, Amy Hollingsworth, Liam Coyle, iSeek Web Design and Julie Crowley, ECentres Coordinator. Picture: Darragh Kane

Fermoy's ECentre has opened its extended premises on the Faber-Castell business campus in the town.

The centre is currently accepting applications for...

Mahon Point Shopping Centre has become the first shopping centre in Ireland to gain BREEAM certification. BREEAM is the world`s longest established and most widely used method of assessing, rating and certifying the sustainability of buildings, with 250,000 buildings with certified BREEAM assessment ratings and over a million registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990.

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Building your own business is never easy, but thanks to a new initiative in Cork, would-be entrepreneurs can get by with a little help from some new friends. Lorcan MacMuiris meets the man behind Zeero.

Starting up your own business is daunting. The pressure of corralling your ideas and shaping them into some sort of coherence, the stress of trying to 'cover all the bases', those gaps...

Jack Enright, Sean O’Connor, Kevin Moynihan and Garan Manley from Midleton CBS, winners of the South Cork Schools Enterprise Programme, with their mini company,  Hurling Hub, which produces customised GAA keyrings in University College Cork. Picture: Darragh Kane

Customised GAA keyrings and an Irish language comic were the innovative ideas of two local mini-...

Irish business and marketing expert Gary Brown will give tips on effective marketing solutions at an upcoming breakfast workshop at 7.30am in The Metropole Hotel in Cork on Thursday, March 13th.

The An Post-sponsered event, entitled ‘Bold Thinking in Marketing’, is one of a series of events behind the An Post Smart Marketing Awards 2014. The events assist companies with...

Charlotte Armstrong of Vanity Vague. Picture: Andy Ferreira

Ideals of beauty are notoriously fickle. Just a little while ago if you were a man and not clean shaven, you would likely be thought of as some sort of countercultural layabout or a semi-reformed biker. Then stubble had its day in the sun, and lately it's beards, beards, beards if you want to be in any way...

A Kinsale man has been appointed as chief executive officer of the South/South West Hospital Group. Gerry O’Dwyer, who is originally from Dublin and now lives in the Cork fishing village, was announced as CEO this week for the group comprising of Bantry General Hospital, Cork University Hospital/Cork University Maternity Hospital; Kerry General Hospital; Lourdes Orthopaedic Hospital,...

University College Cork is now within the top 150 universities in the world for environmental sciences. The QS World University Rankings by Subject revealed that UCC has extended its global reach across two subject areas in particular - environmental sciences and education. In total, 10 UCC subject areas have made the top 200.

In environmental sciences, UCC is now ranked 101-150, up...

More than 50 student enterprises from across Cork will sell their mini-company vision and strategy to a panel of judges next week. The Cork Schools Enterprise Programme regional finals will take place at the Student Centre of University College Cork next Monday, March 3rd. The overall winners from Cork City and South Cork Enterprise Programmes will go on to represent their respective...

A further funding boost for a section of a major tourism initiative that stretches from Kinsale to the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal was announced this week. A tourism signage plan for the Burren stage of the Wild Atlantic Way, a designated 2,500km route, is to receive €96,000. 

"We have designed the Wild Atlantic Way to include loops off the main spine of the route, in...

Lorcan MacMuiris visits the laboratory of Cathal Garvey, a Cork biologist who’s crowdfunding science with a difference

The intriguing new technology of synthetic biology is in its infancy, but promises to change the world in ways most people can’t even imagine yet. Its potential applications will be vast and wide ranging. They will be commercial, medical, purely scientific...

Pictured are Emer Hickey, Laura Murphy, Ali Hill and Emma Moriarity form Kinsale Community School promoting their company Fuzion. Picture: Darragh Kane

Over 50 Cork student enterprises will go head-to-head in selling the vision for their company next month. The teenagers will be in front of a panel of judges in University College Cork on Monday, March 3rd in a bid to...

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