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  • Plastics Action Alliance Sets Targets to Achieve Sustainable Reduction in Use of Plastic Plastics Action Alliance, the recently formed group that comprises of 11 leading agricultural processing and food businesses in Ireland, has set out its key objectives. The industry leading group aims to significantly reducing the use of plastic packaging across its members’ operations. Formed at the end of 2018, the Plastics Action Alliance is a collaboration that [...]...
  • Nearly 45% of Irish Employees Say Their CEO Isn’t Visible to Staff Nearly 45% of employees say that their CEO isn’t visible to staff and discourages them from dropping into their office, according to a new report published by Dublin-based communications agency PR360. Almost 30% of CEOs rarely or never socialise with staff, and a third of employees say that their CEO doesn’t even know their name. The PR360 [...]...
  • SEAI Leads €2.6 Million European Project to Unlock Potential of Ocean Energy The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is leading a new pan-European project, Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN), which aims to accelerate the development of the ocean energy sector. With a three year budget of €2.6 million, SEAI will partner with organisations in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands to explore ways to [...]...
  • The UK National Construction Expo – The Arena MK, Milton Keynes – 1st May 2019 The UK National Construction Expo is being held at the Arena MK, Milton Keynes in England on Wednesday, 1st May 2019. Although British construction activity overall has slowed, chiefly due to businesses continuing to postpone major building projects due to Brexit uncertainty, which is impacting the commercial construction and civil engineering sectors, house building remains buoyant. Of [...]...
  • Skillnet Ireland Announces New Funding For Businesses to Upskill Employees Skillnet Ireland, the national agency responsible for the promotion and facilitation of workforce learning in Ireland has announced up to €2 million worth of funding which is being made available to businesses, industry bodies or enterprise groups who wish to establish a new Skillnet Learning Network. Skillnet Networks are enterprise-led learning networks, working to support businesses, industry [...]...

Plastics Action Alliance Sets Targets to Achieve Sustainable Reduction in Use of Plastic

  Plastics Action Alliance Sets Targets to Achieve Sustainable Reduction in Use of Plastic

Plastics Action Alliance, the recently formed group that comprises of 11 leading agricultural processing and food businesses in Ireland, has set out its key objectives. The industry leading group aims to significantly reducing the use of plastic packaging across its members’ operations.
Formed at the end of 2018, the Plastics Action Alliance is a collaboration that […]

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Nearly 45% of Irish Employees Say Their CEO Isn’t Visible to Staff

  Nearly 45% of Irish Employees Say Their CEO Isn’t Visible to Staff

Nearly 45% of employees say that their CEO isn’t visible to staff and discourages them from dropping into their office, according to a new report published by Dublin-based communications agency PR360. Almost 30% of CEOs rarely or never socialise with staff, and a third of employees say that their CEO doesn’t even know their name.
The PR360 […]

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SEAI Leads €2.6 Million European Project to Unlock Potential of Ocean Energy

  SEAI Leads €2.6 Million European Project to Unlock Potential of Ocean Energy

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is leading a new pan-European project, Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN), which aims to accelerate the development of the ocean energy sector. With a three year budget of €2.6 million, SEAI will partner with organisations in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands to explore ways to […]

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The UK National Construction Expo – The Arena MK, Milton Keynes – 1st May 2019

  The UK National Construction Expo – The Arena MK, Milton Keynes – 1st May 2019

The UK National Construction Expo is being held at the Arena MK, Milton Keynes in England on Wednesday, 1st May 2019.
Although British construction activity overall has slowed, chiefly due to businesses continuing to postpone major building projects due to Brexit uncertainty, which is impacting the commercial construction and civil engineering sectors, house building remains buoyant.
Of […]

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Skillnet Ireland Announces New Funding For Businesses to Upskill Employees

  Skillnet Ireland Announces New Funding For Businesses to Upskill Employees

Skillnet Ireland, the national agency responsible for the promotion and facilitation of workforce learning in Ireland has announced up to €2 million worth of funding which is being made available to businesses, industry bodies or enterprise groups who wish to establish a new Skillnet Learning Network. Skillnet Networks are enterprise-led learning networks, working to support businesses, industry […]

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Ireland Remains Cost Competitive But Concern in Certain Areas

  Ireland Remains Cost Competitive But Concern in Certain Areas

The National Competitiveness Council has launched the ‘Cost of Doing Business in Ireland 2019’ report – a report that uses the latest available international data to compare a wide range of costs that Irish businesses face relative to costs in key competitor jurisdictions. The report flags areas where business costs in Ireland are out-of-line with […]

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€3 Million FEXCO-UCC Research Collaboration Launched

  €3 Million FEXCO-UCC Research Collaboration Launched

FINTECHNEXT – a financial technology (fintech) research collaboration between technology company Fexco, University College Cork (UCC) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) – has been launched in Killorglin, County Kerry. The €3 million investment in the project will be provided by Science Foundation Ireland and Fexco in equal parts with critical knowledge and expertise provided by researchers at […]

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EU Foreign Investment Screening Regulation Enters into Force

  EU Foreign Investment Screening Regulation Enters into Force

The new EU framework for the screening of foreign direct investments is now in force. The framework will be instrumental in safeguarding Europe’s security and public order in relation to foreign direct investments coming into the EU.
President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker said: “We need scrutiny over purchases by foreign companies that target Europe’s […]

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Dairygold Delivers a Satisfactory Financial Performance

  Dairygold Delivers a Satisfactory Financial Performance

Dairygold, the dairy co-operative, has announced that its annual turnover rose by €27.4 million to a record €992.9 million in its 2018 financial year. However, the extreme weather conditions experienced in 2018 had a severe impact at farm level. As a co-operative, Dairygold responded by supporting milk and grain prices and introducing a range of […]

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Global Blockchain Association Launched

  Global Blockchain Association Launched

A new international association – International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) – has been launched with the aim of encouraging the global governance and development of blockchain technology. The initiative for INATBA came from several participants in the EU Blockchain Industry Round Table, a European Commission hosted group, which has been working to identify the […]

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THEYA Healthcare Secures €665,000 in Funding and Plans Expansion into US Market

  THEYA Healthcare Secures €665,000 in Funding and Plans Expansion into US Market

THEYA Healthcare, the award winning Irish company which designs and manufactures healthcare garments, has secured €665,000 in funding. The funding, raised from private angel investors and Enterprise Ireland, will facilitate the expansion of the company into the US market. THEYA Healthcare plans to create 4 new sales and marketing jobs to support this strategic expansion.
The company has […]

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EU Commission Confirms Irish Whiskey’s Status as a Geographical Indication

  EU Commission Confirms Irish Whiskey’s Status as a Geographical Indication

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has welcomed the official announcement by the European Commission that Irish whiskey’s status as a Geographical Indication (GI) has been approved. Under a 2008 EU Spirit Regulation, Member States were required to submit to the European Commission a comprehensive technical file for each GI registered, no later than 20 February […]

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Key Advisor Line-up For Waterford North Quays and Michael Street Development Projects

  Key Advisor Line-up For Waterford North Quays and Michael Street Development Projects

Falcon Real Estate Development Ireland, the company that is backing the Waterford North Quays and Michael Street development projects, has appointed its key advisors including the leasing agency and design team for the project. Cushman & Wakefield, a leading global real estate service firm, has been appointed as the leasing agency for the entire North Quays […]

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Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Investing €100 Million to Expand Limerick Facility

  Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Investing €100 Million to Expand Limerick Facility

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Ireland) will be adding approximately 100 new roles as part of a €100 million expansion of its manufacturing operations at its site in the National Technology Park, Plassey, Limerick. The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
Approximately 200 additional workers are expected to be employed in the construction […]

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Easter Timing Slows Sales as St Patrick’s Day Provides a Boost For Grocery Market

  Easter Timing Slows Sales as St Patrick’s Day Provides a Boost For Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures, published by Kantar, show that the Irish grocery market grew by 3.2% in the 12 weeks to 24 March 2019. Despite Easter falling three weeks later than last year, and the absence of the extreme weather which provided an unexpected boost for some retailers in 2018, strong overall performance […]

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Grants For SMEs to Save Up to 60% on Lighting Energy Costs

  Grants For SMEs to Save Up to 60% on Lighting Energy Costs

The Government has announced €2 million funding for small and medium-sized businesses to invest in energy efficient lighting. The grant, administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), will cover 30% of the cost of upgrade work and can help save up to 60% on lighting costs.
The grant is open to all small and […]

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South East Business Expo Coincides With New Regional Enterprise Plan

  South East Business Expo Coincides With New Regional Enterprise Plan

More than 450 people visited the recent South East Business Expo, which was held at the WIT Arena in Waterford on 3rd April 2019. The event was timely, following shortly after the Government’s launch of the New Regional Enterprise Plan for the South East.
Featuring 60 exhibitors, the South East Business Expo was designed to bring […]

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Bord Bia and Trainline CEO’s Honoured as UCD Business Alumni of the Year 2019

  Bord Bia and Trainline CEO’s Honoured as UCD Business Alumni of the Year 2019

Tara McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia, and Clare Gilmartin, CEO of Trainline, were both honoured at the recent UCD Business Alumni of the Year 2019 awards dinner at the InterContinental Hotel, Dublin.
Tara McCarthy (pictured left) has over 20 years of experience in the wider food industry. She was previously CEO of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s […]

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€750,000 Funding Available For Start-ups in All Sectors

  €750,000 Funding Available For Start-ups in All Sectors

The Government has announced the second Competitive Start Fund (CSF) of the year which will open to all sectors for applications on Tuesday 16th April, 2019. The €750,000 fund will support up to 15 successful start-up companies with an investment of up to €50,000 in equity funding. Closing date for applications is at 3 pm on […]

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Brexit Bounce For County Down-based Bedwin’s Ireland Operations

  Brexit Bounce For County Down-based Bedwin’s Ireland Operations

Kilkeel-based ‘Bedwin Soft Furnishing’ have increased their Republic of Ireland operations by 35% in the last 12 months, with the current Euro to Pound exchange rate proving hugely beneficial. Bedwin, who have recently completed the installations and manufacture of industrial rails and curtains for 85 apartments in Ballsbridge, Dublin, attribute this growth to their competitive […]

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Ornua Delivers Strong 2018 Performance With Operating Profit Up 14.8%

  Ornua Delivers Strong 2018 Performance With Operating Profit Up 14.8%

Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of dairy products, delivered a strong trading performance in 2018. Group turnover reached €2.082 billion with group EBITDA of €60.5 million, up 12.5%, and operating profit rose by 14.8% to €40.4 million. The performance was achieved during a period of significant and sustained investment across its facilities and brand portfolio.
The late […]

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CRH Completes Phase 4 of Share Buyback Programme

  CRH Completes Phase 4 of Share Buyback Programme

CRH plc, the global building materials group, has completed the fourth phase of its share buyback programme, returning a further €200 million of cash to shareholders. Between 2 January and 29 March 2019, 7.6 million ordinary shares were repurchased on the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Dublin at an average discount of 0.6% to the […]

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Clare-based Engineering Firm Opens Dublin Office to Support International Expansion

  Clare-based Engineering Firm Opens Dublin Office to Support International Expansion

Keating, formerly L&M Keating, has opened its new Dublin office at Park West Business Park. The Clare-based company specialises in marine, civil and building engineering working on significant infrastructure projects in Ireland and UK.
Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business and EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD, officially opened the Dublin office, which […]

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Lakeland Dairies Reports Record Revenues and Profitability

  Lakeland Dairies Reports Record Revenues and Profitability

Lakeland Dairies, the major Irish cross border dairy processing co-operative, has turned in an excellent business performance in 2018 with record revenues and profitability, underpinned by targeted business development activity, relative stability in global dairy markets and growth in volumes shipped.
Group revenues increased by 5.3% to €810.5 million, yielding an operating profit of €17.5 million […]

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CroíValve Raises €3.2 Million in Oversubscribed Funding Round

  CroíValve Raises €3.2 Million in Oversubscribed Funding Round

CroíValve, a medtech start-up providing a safe and effective treatment for tricuspid regurgitation, has secured €3.2 million in an oversubscribed seed financing round. The round was led by the HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network) MedTech and Irrus Syndicates, alongside Atlantic Bridge University Fund, Enterprise Ireland, SOSV and a group of cardiologists who see the treatment’s […]

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Irish Office Sector Still Failing to Match Pent Up Demand

  Irish Office Sector Still Failing to Match Pent Up Demand

A lack of modern, well located and suitably sized office space remains a national urban challenge, according to the latest commercial property report from the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI). The research reveals that over half of surveyors believe these shortages were major factors impacting the office market during 2018, and 60% of Dublin […]

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Paradyn and BT Ireland’s €1.2 Million Cloud Connectivity Deal

  Paradyn and BT Ireland’s €1.2 Million Cloud Connectivity Deal

Paradyn, Ireland’s only end-to-end IT and communications service provider, has announced a €1.2 million cloud connectivity deal with BT Ireland. The agreement will enable Paradyn to provide increased bandwidth up to 10Gbps, resilient connectivity and secure cloud hosting to customers.
As Irish organisations embark on their digital transformation journeys, speed of connectivity has become ever more […]

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Derry is the Most Exposed Region in Ireland Post-Brexit

  Derry is the Most Exposed Region in Ireland Post-Brexit

The newly appointed Chair of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in Ireland has said that Derry is hugely dependent on a dynamic cross border economy and with its remote location in a post Brexit arena, it is the most exposed small city in Ireland.
Clodagh Hegarty, who is a Lecturer in Accounting at the […]

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Government Launches €300 Million Future Growth Loan Scheme For SMEs and Farmers

  Government Launches €300 Million Future Growth Loan Scheme For SMEs and Farmers

The Government has launched the Future Growth Loan Scheme to allow for the roll out of €300 million in funding to eligible Irish SMEs including farmers. Businesses will be able to apply for loan eligibility through the SBCI from 17th April. Three finance providers – AIB, Bank of Ireland and KBC – have agreed to participate in […]

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National IP Protocol 2019 to Drive Commercialisation of Irish Research and Boost Economic Growth

  National IP Protocol 2019 to Drive Commercialisation of Irish Research and Boost Economic Growth

The Government has launched the National IP Protocol 2019. The Protocol, which is in its third edition, is produced and managed by Knowledge Transfer Ireland on behalf of the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation. It provides a practical, best practice framework for businesses, from start-ups and SMEs to large multi-nationals and entrepreneurs to access and […]

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