Ben Lobel was the editor of SmallBusiness.co.uk and GrowthBusiness.co.uk from 2010 to 2018. He specialises in writing for start-up and scale-up companies in the areas of finance, marketing and HR.

Financial Management

What to do about Ireland’s financial services gender gap

In Ireland's financial services industry, just 13 per cent of those at chief executive level are women. How can the balance be redressed?

Exit Strategies

The top things to bear in mind when selling a business

Selling a business is one of the most significant events in the life of an entrepreneur and getting it right is not easy. In this piece, we look at the factors to consider.

Growth Planning

Brexit trade talks: Will Juncker and Trump’s talks freeze the UK out?

In this piece, we look into how an EU-US trade deal might impact our likelihood of agreeing a deal with the US, the EU and, indeed, the rest of the world.

Venture Capital Funding

What to do when you get turned down by investors?

Getting turned down by investors can be a major knock-back for entrepreneurs – or a chance to regroup. Here, we talk to two entrepreneurs who bounced back from rejection.

Growth Planning

Exporting advice for scale-ups: Reggie Johal of Predator Nutrition

Predator Nutrition's exports account for 40 per cent of its revenues. Here, founder Reggie Johal discusses the company's international trade growth.

Growth Planning

Business collaboration: Why your company should work with start-ups

Larger businesses are learning new tricks from innovative smaller players. Here, we look into how to approach collaboration.


Entrepreneur interview: Lewis Reeves, founder of VIGA

Lewis Reeves, founder of fast-growing data company VIGA, talks company culture in large organisations, managing work-life balance in a scale-up business, and the importance of hiring only the best talent. 

Human Resources

Boardroom quotas: Four female entrepreneurs give their opinion

Gender diversity is a hot topic in today's HR scene, but what do female entrepreneurs feel about quotas for women on boards? Read on to find out.

Growth Planning

Innovation in a business: Is it getting harder or easier to innovate?

Innovation in a business should be built into everyday processes – but is it getting easier or harder to pull off successful innovation today?


Why you should be recruiting older people

As skills shortages hit businesses, employers must be ready to utilise as broad a pool of labour as possible. Against this backdrop, are we overlooking older talent?


Augmented reality for businesses: Implementing for growth

Viewing your surroundings with the overlay of an annotated computer display was once a mainstay of science fiction. But now the vision of mixing the real world with computer-generated data is finally here. We look at how it can help your business.


Nominate today for the 2018 Women in Finance Awards Ireland

Nominations are now open for the Women in Finance Awards Ireland, rewarding the exceptional achievement of women across a range of finance sectors on the Emerald Isle.