The ThinkBusiness Guide to growing and scaling your business through taking advantage of export and digital opportunities.
Around two-thirds of Ireland’s workforce, more than 1m people, are employees of SMEs that generate more than half of turnover in Ireland
The reality is that the majority of these companies employ under 100 people and scaling and exporting needs to become the mantra for managing directors of businesses with the potential to grow and go further.
In 2019 alone indigenous Irish companies exported €25.6bn worth of goods, out of which exports to Eurozone region saw record growth of 15pc to €5.6bn, while exports to North America increased by 16pc to €4.7bn, according to Enterprise Ireland.
Over the past month ThinkBusiness has compiled a series of articles to inspire and provide owner-mangers with the know-how and ambition to scale up.
As part of our focus on scaling businesses Mairead Connolly from PwC shows how firms can continue to scale-up and be fit for the future.
Enduring Brexit is one thing, realising that there is an entire Eurozone ripe for scaling Irish firms to target is another, says Enterprise Ireland’s Anne Lanigan.
For Chupi Sweetman who has grown her eponymous luxury brand Chupi by 51pc and plans 200 new jobs, scaling has always been the perfect dichotomy between creativity and business.
Cork-born tech company Aspira has scaled nationwide and has expanded to Europe and Asia in what could be the definitive scaling story.
Dylan Fahy from Enterprise Ireland outlines five top tips for scaling businesses that are starting their export journey into the Eurozone.
Sailing champion Laura Dillon heads Waterland in Ireland, which has just revealed a €2.5bn fund. She talks about her focus on SMEs with growth potential.
Donagh Quigley, co-founder of The Handmade Soap Company in Slane, Co Meath, tells ThinkBusiness about the business’s scaling journey and its plans to double in size.
Cork fintech Global Shares has developed a cap table tool to help scaling firms keep track of one of the key issues with managing growth: who owns what?
To grow your company and achieve business outcomes you must know where you are and have clear goals for where you want to bring it to, advises Peter Wood.
ThinkBusiness talks to Nick Connors, co-founder of Dublin tech company TEKenable, which is scaling fast to be in pole position for the Low Code revolution.
Irish family businesses are demonstrating financial resilience and are well set up to scale, says PwC’s Mairead Harbron.
While much of today’s business lexicon is about empathy and kindness, Peter Wood writes that trust and responsibility are the real glue of an organisation, reflecting on his own experiences and Ernest Shackleton’s adventures.
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Published: 1 April 2021