Five to watch in 2018

Here are five very different businesses that are showing strong growth. 

The Little Milk Co.

Its business is making organic cheese. The organic sector in Ireland is worth about €140 million while the organic market in Germany is worth €10 billion. From start to now, the business has grown tenfold. “Looking five years down the road, we’d like the business to be four times the size it is today. Most of our growth will come from exports because the markets for organic products abroad are ‘ginormous’,” says CEO, Conor Mulhall. Read more here.

Child Paths

Child Paths developed a web responsive app to support, assist and educate parents in understanding what they can do at different stages of their child’s early development years. The app helps early years educators to work quicker and smarter cutting down on the amount of time spent reporting with pen and paper and in turn giving them more time to spend on what’s most important, the children. The business already has thousands of paying customers and is looking to expand outside of Ireland.

Fund Recs

Fund Recs provides reconciliation software to the global funds industry. If you’ve studied any accounting in school, you’ve probably completed a bank rec from your accounts to a bank statement. Fund Recs provides software that automates that same process but on a much larger scale and with a lot more complexity. The firm’s clients typically use Fund Recs software to free people up from time-intensive data processing like filling in Excel spreadsheets with manual data. The business was started in early 2014 and is expanding to serve its enterprise clients locally and internationally.

HUB Controls

HUB Controls, a Tallaght-based company which makes a device that regulates temperatures in the home, is a leader in the Cleantech industry. The word “cleantech” spans all sectors – from energy to transport and from agriculture to water. Cleantech firms offer a technology or service (a solution) that reduces the environmental impact of an activity and contributes to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and climate-friendly economy. Pictured above is Oliver Hynes, CEO and founder of the business.

Request It

Offaly brothers on opposite sides of the world are taking the hospitality sector by storm, with an impressive importing business from China. Request It saves companies in the Irish hospitality sector money by sourcing lighting, furniture, consumables, sanitary ware, marble, and glassware. Emmet is located in Ireland as head of sales. Brian lives full time in Shenzhen, China for over six years and is a fluent Mandarin speaker. The business plans to triple its turnover in 2018.