Cork Biz

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...

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...

Today marks the end of an era; it's 'E Day' and the chque, a mainstay of business and commerce for centuries in one form or another, is now consigned to the scrapheap - at least as far as the government is concerned. Lorcan MacMuiris talks to financial expert Annemarie Quin to find out more.

Today, as you ought to be but may not be aware, is "E Day". It's a relatively...

Pinocchio’s of Cork will bring you on a trip down memory lane, to a time when toys were cherished and lasted for generations. The family-run toy store is the oldest oldest shop on Paul Street and sells anything from wooden train sets, to dolls' houses and even juggling equipment. The magical interior is awash with nostalgia and colour, and will transport you back to your childhood...

A lot of people don't have much of an opnion on art. It's just there. We spend our lives surrounded by it, but it often fades into the background, and very few of us take the time to pay attention and to wonder about the inspiration or the work or the person behind it. Even if you put in a bit of effort and try to pay attention sometimes, it's very easy to overlook one crucial aspect of it:...

The Irish are finally becoming more enthusiastic about getting in shape and staying in shape, and looking good while they do. Lorcan MacMuiris talks to Damien Twohig of New Minds Academy about the growth industry.

"New Minds Fitness Academy opened about a year ago" says Montenotte man Damien Twohig, who started the fitness and beauty enterprise with his wife...

Primary school children in every county in Ireland can benefit from a free Junior Entrepreneur Programme that promises to open young minds to the thrill of business and while developing their skills and confidence. 
 
This week, as pupils return to school, the JEP programme led by Jerry Kennelly is launching the #nevertooyoung campaign, which aims to sign up 10,000 junior...

A new type of import from the US may yet prove to be a saving grace for a resurgent property market. Lorcan MacMuiris talks to Denis Barrett to find out how.

When it came time for the Celtic Tiger to be hunted down and destroyed, Ireland’s housing market led the expedition. If it had been a real person, it would have spent the next five or six years shivering in a delapidated...

When you run a business, you need to surround yourself with people you can trust.

The same ethos should be applied to the companies who provide you with goods and services - in order to continue to meet your own obligations to clients, you need to be able to rely on your suppliers and advisors.

Every business needs to be able to partner with companies who can offer swift, cost-...

ISME, the Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association, has warned businesses to be extra vigilant as reports of business scams increase dramatically.

The association cautioned that enterprise fraud is becoming increasingly sophisticated and businesses must be constantly vigilant, following the publication of results from a recent survey which show that 68% of businesses have been...

As the hubbub around the Leaving Cert results and CAO offers fades into the background for another year, Lorcan MacMuiris finds out that unless more girls choose to take the science, technology and engineering path then Ireland's whole economy will start to feel the negative effects.

"This year there was an increase of 10% in students sitting honours maths. 10% of people didn't...

Hearing loss can be a long, gradual process and often starts much younger than most people realise. As it's not typically painful, many people are not even aware that it's happening until the tell-tale signs become too obvious to ignore; signs like feeling left out in conversations, or being unable to hear music unless the volume is turned up too high for most people's comfort. Hearing loss...

Cork property owners have a problem which is unique in Ireland, and have faced blacklisting for years -- not just in Cork City but in County Cork too -- because of flooding and subsidence blackspots. If you're buying or selling a property built before 1985, you're likely to run into refusal after refusal as insurance companies follow a policy of blanket bans on Cork, refusing to provide full...

As Cork Craft Month 2014 gears up, Lorcan MacMuiris finds out about craft's mini-renaissance in Cork and why its blend of heritage and innovation strikes a chord with so many.

In the past few years lots of people have fallen by all sorts of waysides. Times have been very, very tough and it would be disingenuous to try to pretend otherwise. However, Cork people continue to have good...

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