Cork Biz

Róisín Thornhill chats with one of the country’s most savvy businessmen about what it takes to get ahead in sales, why we’re not good at it, and how you can improve.

By his own admission, I am chatting to a very ‘chilled’ Gavin Duffy; he is in the plush environs of the Shelbourne Hotel avoiding the atrocious weather sweeping Dublin.

Duffy,...

Róisín Thornhill meets the Corkman behind Hozier's lauded Take Me To Church video and finds out what it takes to get ahead in the age of YouTube...

So you’re a young filmmaker who makes a video for an up-and-coming singer songwriter. Within a few months said singer songwriter blows up all over the world thanks, in no small part, to your video (19 million plus views...

Róisín Thornhill goes old school as she visits the Prince August Toy Soldier Factory in Kilnamartyra, one of a kind in Europe...

Halloween spending is set to soar to a record high of $7.4 billion in America this year; while the US leads the world in celebrating the spooky holiday in style, Halloween traditions in Ireland have moved far beyond humble...

Walk, on Paul Street, is a veritable temple to trendy, comfy, quality shoes. Lorcan MacMuiris grabs a few minutes with Holly and Fiona Breen to talk about what it's like to think on your feet.

"These women really, really, really like shoes" I think to myself not long after I sit down to talk business with them. I wonder if I'm being misogynist, but I'm sitting...

Shandon Travel is forty years old, and has brought generations of Corkonians around the world since the early 1970s. Lorcan MacMuiris talks to Michael Dorely about wanderlust, broadening the mind and new frontiers.

They say the world is getting smaller all the time. The internet, and before it television and telephones and even telegraphs, cinema and photography, have made the planet...

As the budget looms and business owners across Cork cross their fingers and hope for a minor miracle, Lorcan MacMuiris talks to Eamon Dwyer of City Life Wealth Advisors about what could, should, and might happen when Michael Noonan takes to his feet in the Dáil on the 14th

"Follow the money."

The vague-but-strengthening whiff of optimism in our...

Taking cues from Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, one of the 'next big things' in mobile apps is gestating right under our noses. Lorcan MacMuiris gets a little closer to Closr and finds out what all the fuss is about...

It's been a whirlwind of activity for Robin Deegan and Andrew Hobbs, the founders of Closr. Pushing themselves to get the app off the ground in time...

City Tiles And Bathrooms, by far Munster's largest showrooms for Quality Tiles and Bathrooms have firmly cemented their commitment to Cork with the opening of a brand new, ultra-modern superstore on the north side of the city. The newest branch of the 100% Irish-owned business can be found at North Point Business Park on Commons Road, Blackpool and houses the most expansive range of tiles, as...

WorkCompass, a staff-performance management software company based in Cork, has raised €650k from angel investors and Enterprise Ireland.  The funding will be used to grow the business on the international market on the strength of their innovative solution, which enables organisations to improve staff performance by on average 11% making staff more engaged and companies more...

Often referred to as jewels of the garden, there are about 3,000 different varieties of tulips, in a huge array of colours and petal types. The word ‘Tulip’ is thought to be a corruption of the Turkish word 'tulbend' for turban, and the flowers were considered a symbol of the Ottomans, who first cultivated them.

Europeans soon become obsessed by them, to the point of ‘...

"Every woman can be stunning" says Curvy Lady's Collette, and she practices what she preaches. Fashion should never be a barrier towards expressing the real you, or showing the world just how beautiful you can be. For years, larger ladies were held back by a terrible lack of stylish clothing, whether they were looking for elegance, subtlety, pizazz, something especially eye-catching...

Some qualifications transcend borders, and can open doors to opportunity almost anywhere in the world. New Minds Beauty Academy in Glanmire in Cork can give you that opportunity. Working at the very forefront of the beauty industry, New Minds Beauty Academy delivers an exceptional education no matter what your background, and will give you the tools you need to establish yourself anywhere you...

"Coffee shops are really all about the people" says Tracy Keoghan, and it's clear she's passionate about what she does. Located in the heart of Kinsale, Ireland's Mecca for great food, The Lemon Leaf is a hub for tourists and locals alike, renowned for its great atmosphere, great decor and outstanding food and service. Whether you want to relax with something rich and indulgent or...

Ten years ago, broadband was a mythical creature for most of us - whispered about in hushed tones while we listened to the squeal of dial-up modems. Times have changed, and homegrown Cork ISP Nova Broadband has changed with them, as Lorcan Mac Muiris finds out...

"I eat, sleep and dream about it. It's a passion. I love it. I love coming to work in the mornings." Dave McDonald...

Are you interested in starting a business, or expanding your current one? Do you need some guidance?

The Local Enterprise Office in Cork is part of a network of 31 dedicated teams across the local authority sector in Ireland, and they're the people to talk to if you need help, information or support in starting or growing a business.

The Cork LEO provides a comprehensive...

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