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# motor insights
4 ways to choose between a new and a used car - that have nothing to do with budget
Dermot Gallagher of MSL Park Skoda weighs in on a common car-buying dilemma.
# coffeeangel
'Losing half a million euro changed my life - for the better'
Coffeeangel’s Karl Purdy shares some words of wisdom for people starting a coffee business.
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'Moving here from the US, I found Irish businesses are terrified of the next downtown'
This founder left her secure government-backed job to launch a startup in Limerick.
# insights
Deciding on a new car? 7 things you need to know about engine and fuel type
David Simpson of Windsor Clonee says the future is electric.
# dalata
'The notion you can work seven days straight is simply rubbish'
Dalata’s Pat McCann also talks about why attitude trumps skills any day.
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'I was effectively homeless as a teenager – that sort of thing leaves its mark on a young person'
Mark Elliott talks about what he learned from his father’s business crashing.
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These simple steps will help guard your invaluable business data
If your password is ’123456′, change it now.
# o'haras
'Setting up a craft brewery in 1996 didn't seem like a major risk. Looking back, it definitely was'
Carlow Brewing Company’s Seamus O’Hara also talks about why he’d hire Michael O’Leary.
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'I was bleeding heavily while blacking out. I thought I was dying'
Former farmer Richard Weldon talks about how losing his arm kickstarted his new business.
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How employers can protect themselves against unfair dismissal claims
This law expert delivers a masterclass in disciplining someone fairly.
# o'haras
'Setting up a craft brewery in 1996 didn't seem like a major risk. Looking back, it definitely was'
Carlow Brewing Company’s Seamus O’Hara also talks about why he’d hire Michael O’Leary.
Voices
'I was effectively homeless as a teenager – that sort of thing leaves its mark on a young person'
Mark Elliott talks about what he learned from his father’s business crashing.
Voices
'I was bleeding heavily while blacking out. I thought I was dying'
Former farmer Richard Weldon talks about how losing his arm kickstarted his new business.
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5 ways you can take the pain out of international business travel
From how to pack your bags to coping with jet lag, here are some tips for avoiding travel woes.
# Francis Brennan
'I talk all the time - a treat for me is to not speak to anybody for a day'
Hotelier Francis Brennan talks about his admiration for watches – and celebrity chef Neven Maguire.
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'I asked myself, why should I stay as CEO? The only reasons were control, ego and power'
Former aviation boss Pádraig Ó Céidigh delivers some of his life lessons in leadership.
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'I nearly went bust a couple of times - we were totally undercapitalised'
The outgoing chairman of Insomnia talks about growing the coffee chain to nearly 500 locations.
# insights
'Letting people go in the recession was really difficult - it was out of everyone's control'
Sunway boss Tanya Airey also talks about how good weather in Ireland hampers the travel business.
# Lottie and Finn
'I sold my home to start Lottie dolls - that was the biggest risk I've ever taken'
Arklu’s Ian Harkin also talks about why he chose Donegal over London.
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'Working Christmas is the norm for me. You just need to find a way to balance work and family life'
This hotelier talks about what it’s like to work on Christmas Day.
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10 things I learned from surviving my first year in the food business
One entrepreneur gives his tips on how to launch a startup in the competitive industry.
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Why now (and not January) is the perfect time to start job hunting
If you haven’t started yet, it’s not too late.
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'My first business is a haunting reminder of my complete lack of acumen then'
Blue Insurance co-founder Rowan Devereux talks about selling car gadgets and angel investing.
# Startups
'I sold my home to start Lottie dolls - that was the biggest risk I've ever taken'
Arklu’s Ian Harkin also talks about why he chose Donegal over London.
# food and drink
'My biggest mistake was thinking that people you do business with will do the right thing'
Chef Domini Kemp also shares some words of wisdom for people starting in the food business.
Voices
'In the recession, people asked us to park round back. They didn't want neighbours to see'
Mark O’Loughlin also talks about people laughing at his business idea to sell synthetic grass in Ireland.
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How you can start 'future proofing' your business for 2018... and beyond
‘Tis the season for making long-term plans.
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Why it's time for all Irish firms to start taking new data protection laws seriously
The deadline for GDPR compliance is looming – and not being prepared isn’t an option.
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'I shed a few tears that first weekend. We thought it'd be quiet but the restaurant was rammed'
Natalie McCambridge talks about coming home to run the her family’s business in the heart of Galway.
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How to make sure your office Christmas party doesn't turn into an HR nightmare
Here are some tips on preventing staff problems in the festive season – before they occur.
# food and drink
'My biggest mistake was thinking that people you do business with will do the right thing'
Chef Domini Kemp also shares some words of wisdom for people starting in the food business.
Voices
'In the recession, people asked us to park round back. They didn't want neighbours to see'
Mark O’Loughlin also talks about people laughing at his business idea to sell synthetic grass in Ireland.
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How the 'little things' can help startup founders look after their mental health
This social entrepreneur delivers a masterclass in coping with stress.
# food and drink
'My biggest mistake was thinking that people you do business with will do the right thing'
Chef Domini Kemp also shares some words of wisdom for people starting in the food business.
Voices
How to avoid an apathetic workforce by fixing the way you communicate
Effective employee engagement is about how you share good and bad messages with staff.
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How to make sure your office Christmas party doesn't turn into an HR nightmare
Here are some tips on preventing staff problems in the festive season – before they occur.
Voices
'In the recession, people asked us to park round back. They didn't want neighbours to see'
Mark O’Loughlin also talks about people laughing at his business idea to sell synthetic grass in Ireland.
Voices
How to deal with bad online reviews - and turn the haters into fans
This communications guru delivers a masterclass in how to handle negative comments online.
# insights
'After 9/11, my business stopped overnight and I had to let excellent people go'
Tour America’s Mary McKenna also talks about how no one believed in her business 20 years ago.
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'It wasn't easy coming home to set up a company - even finding a place to live was impossible'
After time in Denmark, Julie O’Donnell returned to Ireland to set up a digital agency for the health sector.