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We are excited to announce that we will be celebrating Internet Day 2018 in Gorey Co. Wexford, as part of our ‘Digital Town’ initiative to encourage local towns across Ireland to understand and embrace the benefits of the Internet. More: www.iedr.ie/internetday #InternetDay2018

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Check out what we have to say about #budget2019 and the impact that it could have on small business sfa.ie/0/ budget19 #budget2019 #supportingsmall business

Graduates from Trinity College Dublin founded more venture-backed companies than graduates from any other European university over the last 13 years, according to new independent research. Trinity sits at number 46 in the global rankings for producing venture-backed entrepreneurs from its undergraduate programmes, according to PitchBook’s recently published Universities Report. Trinity is the only European university within the Top 50, making this the fourth year in a row that Trinity has been ranked first in Europe by the private equity and venturefocused research firm. Trinity’s ranking at 46 is up two places from last year. 2018 Trinity Entrepreneurship in Numbers:

n 232 entrepreneurs produced by Trinity alumni

n 212 venture-backed companies formed n $3.26 billion in capital raised

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TCD IS EUROPEAN LEADER IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

SMALL FIRMS SEE FUTURE IN 3D

Three-quarters of Europe’s small and medium sized businesses will use 3D printing technology by mid-2020, according to new research. The study commissioned by Ricoh Europe found 44 per cent of the 2,370 small and medium business leaders surveyed from across 23 countries – including Ireland – have already invested in 3D printing. An additional 30 per cent plan to invest over the next two years. The research found that 70 per cent of the businesses adopting 3D printing plan to use it to explore new manufacturing strategies and techniques. Fifty-six per cent plan to use the technology to reduce the cost of storage, shipping and materials by printing products for customers ondemand. To adapt and experiment quickly in response to changing customer demands, 80 per cent of businesses are also planning to incorporate 3D printing into their product development cycles.

Small Firms Association @SFA_Irl Did you know: hiring a remote worker instead of in-house employee saves a company an average of €11,000 per year! #GrowRemote18

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What small firms think should be done to fix the housing crisis make residential developments more “commercially viable” @SFA_Irl @ibec_irl

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@SFA_Irl membership not only includes excellent HR support for you and your business, networking opportunites and support for SMEs, it also offers great #MONEYSAVING opportunities through #SFAAffinity, exclusive offers for our valued members www.sfa.ie/0/ affinity

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NEW PRODUCT TAKES THE WORK OUT OF HOMEWORK

Jenny Quinn and Karen Martin, co-founders of The Homework Box

The Homework Box is a new resource designed to take the work out of homework for children and parents. The box contains the standard stationery required to do homework along with visual tools and whiteboards to make the task more engaging and enjoyable. The brains behind the new product are sisters Jenny Quinn and Karen Martin. Having launched earlier this year, Martin says the feedback so far has been really positive. “Parents like the idea of having similar tools to the classroom to help with homework and having everything in one place. The children like the box and, as the tools are similar to what they use in school, it is easy for them to use and understand. Teachers have also been very positive with their feedback.” The Homework Box, which is recommended for children aged 4-10 years, retails at €49.25 and is available from homeworkbox.ie.

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Better Business Q3 2018  

Official magazine of Small Firms Association

Better Business Q3 2018  

Official magazine of Small Firms Association