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Entrepreneurship in Ireland Returns to Pre-Recession Levels

One in every 23 people in Ireland (aged 18-64 years) is a new business owner according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2016 Survey of Entrepreneurship in Ireland which has just been published. These figures are similar to the US and high compared to European countries. Enterprise Ireland, supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise […]

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Small Businesses Embrace BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) – Infographic

60% of companies allow BYOD (bring your own devices) in the workplace, and another 14% intend to introduce BYOD policies within the next year, according to recent research. Studies indicate that BYOD offers benefits to both companies and their employees, though concerns remain about security. Orla Forrest from Neon SMS in Cork has put together […]

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Valentine’s is Business as Usual for SME Spouses

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, The Blacknight SME Awards carried out a survey this week of the spouses and partners of SME owners. The results confirm that entrepreneurship can be challenging for couples, while family support is seen as an essential resources for SMEs. “If the people at home don’t believe in the project, they may as well call it […]

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Michele Neylon, Blacknight CEO

The Blood and Sweat of Irish People [Audio]

Michele goes on something of a patriotic rant on this week’s podcast – well it is the centenary of the 1916 Rising. “Forget about these bloody multinationals who are set up over here and have absolutely no loyalty or ties to the country. What about the Irish companies built on the blood and sweat of Irish […]

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Internet Policy, Premium Domains and DIY SEO [Audio]

This podcast was recorded yesterday evening in Michele Neylon’s office at Blacknight HQ. The Google re-organisation was announced later, so we don’t talk about it here. But there’s plenty more to talk about – and we got briefly sidetracked into talking about Denis O’Brien and his efforts to stop people talking about him. Good luck with that. Click on […]

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Accepting Payments Online is Easier than Ever – Realex Payments [Video]

Ireland’s SMEs have lagged behind internationally for the ability to accept payments online, but they are catching up fast, says Paul Dunne of Realex Payments. He was speaking at a free seminar for SMEs organised by Mulley Communications, in conjunction with the recent Blacknight SME Awards. Setting up an account with Realex Payments is as simple […]

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