John Lambert, aka Irish musician Chequerboard, is by his own admission, “not a megaphone person,” however his music is being heard loud and clear around the world. Chequerboard’s most popular song on Spotify, Opening the Gates, has had almost 11 million streams, a pretty phenomenal achievement for the Dublin man whose gentle atmospheric music comprises looped acoustic guitar and textured electronica. Sitting down for a chat in the coffee shop of the Chester Beatty Library, John is modest about this unexpected success and candid about the winding road to it. Chequerboard’s ambient music was born from no

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Fenergo to take on extra 300 staff as it invests €30m in expansion

Irish fintech company Fenergo is to take on an extra 300 people before the end of next March to bring total headcount to about 1,000 as it moves into new sectors. The company has invested €30 million back into the business as it looks to expand into new segments such as asset and wealth management. The move comes as the fast-growing company announced a doubling of revenues for the second year in succession, and as it rebounded from a €2.4 million pretax loss to record a €2.6 million profit gain. Fenergo, which was spun out of Irish tech veteran John Purdy’s Ergo Group in 2009, provides software solutions for corporate and institutional banking clients, including HSBC, UBS, BNY Mellon, Scotiabank, Bank of Montreal, BBVA and RBS.



GROWN is a tiny Dublin company that prints beautiful simple designs on ethically-sourced, environmentally friendly shirts and t-shirts from a shop on Francis Street in Dublin’s Liberties. Its origins lie in conversations between three friends as they journeyed back and forth between Dublin and the West of Ireland, on swimming, surfing and scuba-diving trips. The ocean-loving friends were Neil McCabe, Stephen O’Reilly and Damien Bligh.  They’d noticed rubbish in the water and on beaches. It made them think about the ecological impact of plastics and modern fabrics, and how we produce and consume everything from food and drink to coffee and clothes. That got them rese

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Career Zoo


Career Zoo is where the world's most innovative employers meet Ireland's smartest talent. Our next event is taking place on Saturday 15th September at our new location at CHQ and Dogpatch Labs from 10.30am to 4.30pm. At Career Zoo you can: • Meet leading employers hiring now for professional jobs in Ireland - in areas like IT, engineering, finance, pharmaceuticals, sales, multilingual positions and professional services. • Talk to companies that are reinventing how we work and get an insider's view of some of the world's most innovative organisations - their cultures, careers and te

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Dublin Food Co-op finds a new home in Kilmainham

Exactly how long Dublin Food Co-op has been looking for a permanent home depends on when you start to count. "It's been a long-term vision of the food co-op to move away from rental to owning our own space," says Sam Toland, secretary of the co-op. "So we have control over our own destiny." You might say it's been as long as 10 years, even though the current board has been looking since Christmas, he says. Recent developments around Newmarket, where under plans put forward by the owners the co-op's current home faces demolition and renewal as a craft brewery and studio-style offices, put that back on the agenda, he says. This time, the search has been successful. The Dublin Food Co-op plans to open in its new home in Kilmainham in November, in a spot next to the LimeTree Café, opposite Kilmainham Gaol. They've borrowed money from Community Finance Ireland and from a credit union, Toland said. "We've bought it outright."


Meet a Dubliner – Jennifer Rothwell, Fashion Designer

Jennifer Rothwell is an Irish fashion designer. She was born in New York and spent many years living between the Big Apple and the Fair City. I was born in New York and brought back over here when I was ten months old. I was raised here, I went to college here – but I always knew I’d be going back there. I moved back to Dublin in 2005. How would I say Dublin has changed since I came back? It’s just a lot more multicultural, I suppose. It’s very modern, all around the Docklands is very cosmopolitan. It’s a bit more like London. The old

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Planting a Social Enterprise - Workshop

The Green Kitchen Café & Garden Centre

Interested in planting or starting a social enterprise but don't know where to start? Our Planting A Social Enterprise workshop will help you by providing: Ideas & Tips Case Study Learning Resources Opportunities to network / meet reps from support organisations Tour of a social enterprise café & garden centre Event Programme: 14.20 – Arrival – Tea/Coffee & home made scones from Green Kitchen Café 14.30 – Workshop 1 led by Gavan Cleary (DIT) 15:20 – Short tour of Green Kitchen Café and Garden Centre 15.30 – Workshop 2 led by Gavan Cleary (DIT)

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IMI | National Management Conference 2018


A key fixture of the Irish business calendar and the premier networking event for senior leaders, this year will explore the theme 'Equipping Leaders to Build the Future'. The IMI will welcome over 200 of Ireland's senior business leaders to the National Management Conference on the 27 September 2018. This event provides access to cutting-edge thinking, fresh insights and international best practice. Registration: 7.30 - 8.30 | Conference: 8.30 - 13.30 Who this is for: C-Level and Senior Executives.

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Hard Working Class Heroes

Various Locations

Hard Working Class Heroes (HWCH) began with 40 Dublin bands playing in a single venue in the capital in 2003. Like all start-ups, it was rough around the edges, but there was heart and soul and the very best of intentions. Since that debut, HWCH has grown and developed into a much bigger and more wide-ranging event. Live music is still HWCH's chief attraction. Last autumn, the festival presented 50 gigs from Irish artists in 5 venues across Dublin city over 2 nights. But that's just the start of things. These days, HWCH also features an influential and highly regarded, internationally atten

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  • DubCham Dublin Chamber

    This day three weeks time, it won't be a #TGIF moment as the #AnnualDinner18 will be all over 😰 But for now, we have it all to look forward to. So Happy Friday everyone! @AIBBiz

  • NiamhBushnell Niamh Bushnell

    There's still a big gulf when it comes to vital early-stage funding for young Irish startups @techireland via @fora_ie

  • LEOFingal LEO Fingal

    Join @edflanagan1_ed on the half-day @PlatoDublin "Step Up My #Business #Strategy Seminar" where you will learn how to drive better margins and demand for your products and services, while decreasing the demands on your business ->

  • NDRC_hq NDRC

    A couple of decent ideas in here for startups considering their marketing plans: What do you think?

  • Microfinanceire Microfinance Ireland

    Microfinance Ireland is very happy to support small businesses across the country and proud supporter of business podcast series on Tipp FM . Listen to Leanne's story from Bondi Hair Salon here :

  • TheCCD The CCD

    Look what’s outside The CCD! We’re excited to be the first stop on this innovative driverless shuttle bus, the first of its kind for Ireland. We are looking forward to seeing it in action today. #EZ10

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Meet a Dubliner – Matthew Toman, Producer

I didn’t really like school that much. I’m dyslexic and I couldn’t handle it. I hated even reading at the time. I left school when I was 16 and got into a trade in air conditioning and refrigeration. I bought my first house when I was 19, my second when I was 22, my third when I was about 24. I rented out the houses and was involved in different businesses, investing money as well as working in refrigeration. In my early 20s, I had nice cars, everything was going great, I travelled all over the world and had a ball! I realised I liked the hustle and bustle behind the camera. It was being creative but it was still business, and I like dealing with people

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How Dublin Works: Sharing in Creativity

In recent years, Dublin has lost some of its most important creative spaces to a building boom that’s reminiscent of the Celtic Tiger era. Block T in Smithfield and South Studios near Cork Street were both closed down in 2016 with a significant loss of square footage for artists, photographers, designers and writers. In their place, however, a new generation of co-working spaces – aimed specifically at servicing Dublin’s creative communities – is coming into being. Although they have become abundant in many European capitals in the last few years, co-working spaces are a relatively new arrival in the Dublin property market. In the past 12 months the number

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