Cork Biz

Lisa Myers co–owns The Wig Clinic with her sister Fiona O’Riordan, and it’s obvious that working with clients who have recently lost their hair is more than just a job to her. “It’s a privilege to do this,” she says. “It’s not just a business to us. It’s more personal.”

Lisa and Fiona’s mother passed away in 2007 after...

Damien Twohig is familiar face in Cork business circles as since 2007 he, along with his wife Irene, has run the enormously successful personal training studio Educogym. In fact, the Twohigs have one the best performing Edcuogym franchises in the world. However, in addition to being a successful businessman, Twohig also prides himself on being a Cork man, and this loyalty to his home county...

Pregnancy brings about a lot of changes, but your fashion sense shouldn’t be one of them. Róisín Thornhill finds one Cork company dedicated to changing perceptions, not style.

In 2011, while expecting her third child, Catherine Daly had a dilemma on her hands.

Due to attend a wedding she found herself in the unenviable position of not being able to find an...

The sky is the limit for award–winning balloon artist Jenny Murphy, from Ballincollig. She chats to Róisín Thornhill about just what it takes a fully certified, world–class balloon guru, and how balloons enticed her away from auctioneering.

Did you know that California State Law indicates that foil balloons should never be released outside, or that you must not...

West Cork chocolatier Allison Roberts talks to Róisín Thornhill about her life–long love of chocolate and her dedication to ensuring that her suppliers are paid a fair price for a great product.

Many entrepreneurs when setting their own company are quick to say it is the culmination of a lifelong dream but for Allison Roberts, this truly is a...

 

Cork-based Nomos Software, a specialist software company, is now delivering solutions to 15 Banks across 10 countries in Europe to improve bank customer implementation experience through a partnership with Finnish company XMLdation.  The success of the Cork/Finnish partnership was recently recognised by Gartner, the world's leading information technology research and...

 

A cloud computing giant with operations in Cork has vowed to continue investing in the local skills market. EMC’s Centre of Excellence in Ovens, which exports to 140 countries globally, opened its doors to 10 female second-level transition year students from Coláiste / Gaelcholáiste Choilm in Ballincollig and St Angela’s College, for five days as part of...

 

Cork–based fuels company Inver Energy has announced major new financing facilities to fund the growth of its fuel import and marketing business both here and in the UK.  The financing facilities include a €100 million asset based lending facility and term debt and ancillary facilities of €12.5 million.  The asset–based lending facility is the first...

 

Cork’s businesses are just about inside the top ten when it comes to paying their bills on time, according to new data. 

A survey of invoice settlements across the whole of Ireland showed a marked improvement over the last quarter of 2014 as the economy finally began to show the first signs of real recovery. 

That’s not to say that we’re...

The modern professional workplace is all about networking and connections, and one Cork startup is making waves worldwide helping people to get back in touch with old friends..

They say that necessity is the mother of invention and to that end when we find ourselves in a difficult situation we are inspired to find a solution to the obstacles that face us.

A few years ago,...

Róisín Thornhill visists the Top Of The Rock Pod Páirc in west Cork to find out just how a lofty farm near Drimoleague has become a must–see for hillwalkers, and a ‘must stay’ for eco tourists

When I ask David Ross, the third–generation farmer who runs the Top of the Rock Pod Páirc and farm with his wife, Elizabeth, what being eco-...

One of the highlights if not the highlight of last year’s digital business calendar was the much lauded Web Summit. Held in Dublin and heralded as a rousing success, the organisation and planning of such an immense event was no small feat. What if I was to tell you that the company responsible for the software used to plan the mammoth three day event was among the best kept business...

With 222 locations around the country SuperValu is a long established brand on the Irish grocery business landscape. Kinsale SuperValu’s owner Michael Smith speaks to Róisín Thornhill about what it’s like making a business work, whether in tourist–filled summer days or chilly, penny–pinching January.

Having transformed the previous Pearse Street...

Every Sunday morning an email entitled A Letter from Ireland arrives into 10,000 inboxes around the globe from the keyboard of Cork man Mike Collins. What started as a hobby has now become a fully–fledged business for Mike and his wife Carina, whose company Your Irish Heritage is based in Ireland’s leading business innovation centre; the Rubicon, in Bishopstown.

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Róisín Thornhill meets Cork–born oil magnate and newly minted author Gerry Murphy, the man behind Great Gas garages and a book explaining how it all went right.

Abu Dhabi, with its rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed itself from a desert island best known for pearl harvesting into a...

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