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  • Fáilte Ireland Ramps Up Brexit Preparations With €5 Million Investment Fáilte Ireland – the National Tourism Development Authority – will invest €5 million to support the tourism sector as it prepares for Brexit. The announcement marks a significant ramping up of activities to ensure Irish tourism is both ‘product-ready’ and ‘industry-ready’ ahead of the UK withdrawal from the EU. The investment comes as new figures published by Fáilte Ireland [...]...
  • €750,000 Competitive Start Fund For Start-ups in All Sectors The 2019 Competitive Start Fund (CSF) will open to all sectors for applications on Tuesday 29th January, 2019. The €750,000 fund will provide up to €50,000 in equity funding for up to 15 successful entrepreneurs and start-ups. The fund closes to applications at 3pm on Tuesday, 12th February 2019. The Competitive Start Fund provides entrepreneurs and [...]...
  • Cork Chamber to Mark its 200 Year Anniversary Cork Chamber of Commerce have launched their 200 year anniversary programme, with the announcement that the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, will give the keynote speech at this year’s Annual Dinner. In his first address to a business audience since his second term inauguration, the President will address attendees at the sell-out Annual Dinner in [...]...
  • Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Up 13% in 2018 The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has published statistics which show that there were 923,000 visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries in 2018. This marks a 13.4% increase on 2017, when visitor numbers reached 814,000. The figures are based on returns from 13 Irish whiskey distillery visitor centres and brand homes located across the island of Ireland. Overseas [...]...
  • Ulster Bank Introduces ClearSpend – A Market-first Free Mobile App Ulster Bank has introduced the innovative ClearSpend mobile app to its Irish business customers, becoming the first bank in Ireland to put real time, company budget control in customers’ pockets. The free app was developed in partnership with Silicon Valley start-up SpendLabs. The first of its kind, ClearSpend allows businesses to set budgets at company, business [...]...

Fáilte Ireland Ramps Up Brexit Preparations With €5 Million Investment

  Fáilte Ireland Ramps Up Brexit Preparations With €5 Million Investment

Fáilte Ireland – the National Tourism Development Authority – will invest €5 million to support the tourism sector as it prepares for Brexit. The announcement marks a significant ramping up of activities to ensure Irish tourism is both ‘product-ready’ and ‘industry-ready’ ahead of the UK withdrawal from the EU.
The investment comes as new figures published by Fáilte Ireland […]

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€750,000 Competitive Start Fund For Start-ups in All Sectors

  €750,000 Competitive Start Fund For Start-ups in All Sectors

The 2019 Competitive Start Fund (CSF) will open to all sectors for applications on Tuesday 29th January, 2019. The €750,000 fund will provide up to €50,000 in equity funding for up to 15 successful entrepreneurs and start-ups. The fund closes to applications at 3pm on Tuesday, 12th February 2019.
The Competitive Start Fund provides entrepreneurs and […]

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Cork Chamber to Mark its 200 Year Anniversary

  Cork Chamber to Mark its 200 Year Anniversary

Cork Chamber of Commerce have launched their 200 year anniversary programme, with the announcement that the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, will give the keynote speech at this year’s Annual Dinner. In his first address to a business audience since his second term inauguration, the President will address attendees at the sell-out Annual Dinner in […]

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Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Up 13% in 2018

  Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Up 13% in 2018

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has published statistics which show that there were 923,000 visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries in 2018. This marks a 13.4% increase on 2017, when visitor numbers reached 814,000. The figures are based on returns from 13 Irish whiskey distillery visitor centres and brand homes located across the island of Ireland.
Overseas […]

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Ulster Bank Introduces ClearSpend – A Market-first Free Mobile App

  Ulster Bank Introduces ClearSpend – A Market-first Free Mobile App

Ulster Bank has introduced the innovative ClearSpend mobile app to its Irish business customers, becoming the first bank in Ireland to put real time, company budget control in customers’ pockets. The free app was developed in partnership with Silicon Valley start-up SpendLabs.
The first of its kind, ClearSpend allows businesses to set budgets at company, business […]

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Datapac Helps National Opera House Hit the Right Notes With €175,000 Sponsorship Deal

  Datapac Helps National Opera House Hit the Right Notes With €175,000 Sponsorship Deal

Datapac, Ireland’s leading ICT solutions provider, has announced a new five year sponsorship deal with the National Opera House in Wexford valued at€175,000. This year marks the National Opera House’s 10th anniversary, during which time Datapac has been a long-standing supporter.
The investment will go towards the digital transformation of the Opera House and will help maintain […]

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Grocery Market Hits Festive Record as Retailers Cash in on Christmas

  Grocery Market Hits Festive Record as  Retailers Cash in on Christmas

The Irish grocery market grew by an impressive 3.0% over the 12 weeks to 30 December, ensuring a record festive period for retailers. The latest Kantar Worldpanel data shows value sales reached €995 million in the month of December – the highest monthly total ever recorded in the Irish grocery market. This was driven by […]

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€3.6 Billion of Investment in Irish Property Transacted in 2018

  €3.6 Billion of Investment in Irish Property Transacted in 2018

€3.6 billion of Irish property traded during the year 2018 across nearly 200 deals. This level is significantly higher than 2017, when €2.2 billion traded. This is a 58% increase year-on-year. Total volumes were boosted by a significant increase in larger-sized transactions, with 21 deals greater than €50 million, of which 11 were greater than […]

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Resilient Performance By Irish Food and Drink Exports in 2018

  Resilient Performance By Irish Food and Drink Exports in 2018

Despite a year of unprecedented global volatility, involving political uncertainty, extreme weather events and continuing currency fluctuations impacting competitiveness, the value of Irish food, drink and horticulture exports reached €12.1 billion in 2018, down just 4% from a record high in 2017, according to Bord Bia’s Export Performance and Prospects 2018/2019 report. 2019 marked the […]

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Logicalis Ireland Achieves Highly Select Cisco Global Gold Certification

  Logicalis Ireland Achieves Highly Select Cisco Global Gold Certification

Logicalis, the IT solutions and managed services provider, has achieved the Cisco Global Gold Certification, and is now one of a select handful of international organisations recognised with this distinction. The achievement will enable Logicalis Ireland to double its revenues and build on its current service offering.
Logicalis was chosen because of its depth of capability in supporting […]

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215,207 People Now Employed by Enterprise Ireland Supported Companies – Highest Ever

  215,207 People Now Employed by Enterprise Ireland Supported Companies – Highest Ever

215,207 people are now employed in companies supported by Enterprise Ireland, growing at 4.4% in 2018. This is the highest total employment in the 20-year history of the agency. Almost two thirds (61%) of the new jobs created were outside of Dublin with all regions recording increases in employment. 64% of total employment by Enterprise […]

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Highest Number Ever Employed in Multinational Sector

  Highest Number Ever Employed in Multinational Sector

IDA Ireland, which is responsible for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) to the county, has announced that employment levels in its client companies have reached 229,057. FDI’s performance has exceeded targets set by Government contained in IDA Ireland’s Strategy – Winning: Foreign Direct Investment 2015-2019.
For context, IDA clients added two and a half times more […]

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Hastings Hotels Invests in its 1,000 Strong Workforce

  Hastings Hotels Invests in its 1,000 Strong Workforce

Hastings Hotels is investing almost £2 million in staff training designed to enhance the world class hospitality currently offered across the group. Speaking about the investment, MD of Hastings Hotels, Howard Hastings, said: “People are our greatest asset so naturally the ongoing training and development of our staff is of the utmost importance. This is […]

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Leading Project Managers to Gather For 5th Annual PM Summit

  Leading Project Managers to Gather For 5th Annual PM Summit

PM Summit, Ireland’s most diverse conference for project, programme and portfolio management professionals, will take place in the Convention Centre, Dublin, on Wednesday, 13th March. The conference will be of interest to the 52,000 current project management practitioners in Ireland and international delegates, as well as aspiring project managers.
Now in its fifth consecutive year, more than […]

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HBAN to Sign Up 75 New Angels in 2019

  HBAN to Sign Up 75 New Angels in 2019

HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, and an initiative of Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland, has announced that it plans to recruit 75 new business angels in 2019. The new investors will have a combined total of at least €15 million available to invest […]

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Novi OneCloud Launched Following €150,000 Software Development Investment

  Novi OneCloud Launched Following €150,000 Software Development Investment

Novi, the secure IT and cloud service provider, has launched Novi OneCloud, following a €150,000 software development investment. The result is Ireland’s first integrated cloud service which allows customers to aggregate multiple cloud solutions from the world’s leading vendors in a secure environment designed to facilitate streamlined deployment, management, access, reporting and billing.
Novi OneCloud is […]

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Biotechnology Firm Visiblegy Plans to Quadruple Workforce in Omagh

  Biotechnology Firm Visiblegy Plans to Quadruple Workforce in Omagh

Visiblegy Limited, a start-up tech company focused on the global pharmaceutical industry, is recruiting 11 new staff as part of investment plans that will more than quadruple its workforce. Visiblegy is a technology company focused on providing solutions to the healthcare industry to deliver insights that will lead to patients getting better treatment outcomes across diverse […]

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Dublin Property Prices to Rise 3.8% in 2019

  Dublin Property Prices to Rise 3.8% in 2019

Dublin estate agents expect property values to rise by an average of 3.8% this year – less than half the increase predicted in 2018, according to the 2019 Sunday Times Dublin Property Price Guide. Now in its 16th year, The Sunday Times Property Price Guide is the authoritative guide to the Dublin property market, featuring interviews […]

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The Digital Hub to Progress Plans For Digital Technology Quarter During 2019

  The Digital Hub to Progress Plans For Digital Technology Quarter During 2019

The Digital Hub, Ireland’s largest and most established cluster of technology, digital media and internet companies, sees 2019 as a pivotal year in which its vision to create a diverse and creative digital technology quarter in Dublin 8 gathers momentum. The emergence of creative digital media and healthtech enterprise sub-clusters within the campus is set […]

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CRH Completes Phase 3 and Announces Phase 4 of €1 Billion Share Buyback Programme

  CRH Completes Phase 3 and Announces Phase 4 of €1 Billion Share Buyback Programme

CRH has now completed the third phase of its share buyback programme, returning a further €100 million of cash to shareholders (the ‘Phase 3 Programme’). Between 27 November 2018 and 21 December 2018, 4.1 million ordinary shares were repurchased on the London Stock Exchange. This brings total cash returned to shareholders under the ongoing €1 […]

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Lowe Rental Aims High With New Website Targeting Global Sales

  Lowe Rental Aims High With New Website Targeting Global Sales

Global indigenous business Lowe Rental has invested significantly in its e-commerce and e-marketing capabilities to drive further growth across its worldwide customer base. With support from Invest Northern Ireland, the business has launched a completely new integrated online platform which encompasses nine regionalised sites with over 2400 unique pages.

Headquartered in Lisburn, The Lowe Rental Group is […]

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Dublin Airport Welcomes Caffè Nero to Terminal 2

  Dublin Airport Welcomes Caffè Nero to Terminal 2

Dublin Airport’s newest food and beverage outlet, Caffè Nero has opened in the Arrivals Hall in Terminal 2. The new café offers a range of coffee, food and drinks to have in store or to take away. Food options include fresh sandwiches, wraps and rolls as well as sweet treats such as pastries, cakes, muffins, […]

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Sisk and Designer Group to Establish New Joint Venture

  Sisk and Designer Group to Establish New Joint Venture

John Sisk & Son (Sisk), Ireland’s leading provider of construction services, and Designer Group, the Dublin headquartered, international electrical and mechanical engineering business, have agreed to form a joint venture. Subject to approval from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Sisk will acquire, for an undisclosed consideration, a 50% holding in Designer Group’s Facilities Management business, a […]

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Exertis SCS to Lead Collaborative Blockchain Initiative

  Exertis SCS to Lead Collaborative Blockchain Initiative

Exertis, a leading distributor of technology products for the B2B, mobile and retail markets, has announced that its Exertis Supply Chain Services (SCS) organisation has secured funding for its ground-breaking “Blockchain in the Technology Product Supply Chain” project. Announced as one of 27 projects to be funded as part of the Irish Government’s €75 million […]

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1 in 5 FinTech Companies in Ireland Plan to Raise at Least €5 Million in Next Funding Round

  1 in 5 FinTech Companies in Ireland Plan to Raise at Least €5 Million in Next Funding Round

Nearly one in five (19%) of fintech companies operating in Ireland plan to raise €5 million or more in their next funding round, while 22% of companies expect to raise at least €1million, according to the results of a major new census of Ireland’s growing Fintech sector, launched by Enterprise Ireland in collaboration with EY.
The […]

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Planning Permission For Irish Whiskey Development in Westmeath

  Planning Permission For Irish Whiskey Development in Westmeath

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission, on appeal, for the development of twelve Irish whiskey maturation warehouses at Moyvore, County Westmeath, to be developed by Vault Storage Ltd. The proposed facility will have the capacity to hold 200,000 casks of whiskey in maturation.
The proposed development had […]

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Lidl Ireland Invests €1 Million in the Installation of Solar Panels at 8 New and Reconstructed Stores

  Lidl Ireland Invests €1 Million in the Installation of Solar Panels at 8 New and Reconstructed Stores

Lidl has completed the installation of energy-saving solar panels at its recently opened Nenagh store adding a further investment of €130,000 in renewable energy. The newly installed solar panels will produce 120,000 kilowatt hours of energy from a sustainable resource annually which is equivalent to meet the electricity requirements of 28 homes and reduces the […]

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EU Companies Increase Research Investments in Global Technological Race

  EU Companies Increase Research Investments in Global Technological Race

Companies in the European Union have increased their investment in research and development (R&D) for the eighth consecutive year, according to the new 2018 Industrial R&D Scoreboard published by the Commission. The findings show that EU companies’ 2017 R&D investments grew by 5.5% as compared to the previous year. In a telling sign of an […]

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Irish Genetics Company Wins €1.8 Million ‘Beyond Food Labelling’ R&D Grant

  Irish Genetics Company Wins €1.8 Million ‘Beyond Food Labelling’ R&D Grant

Irish genetics company IdentiGEN has welcomed a €1.8 million research and development award to further strengthen its position as a world leader in DNA technologies within the food industry. IdentiGEN, which is based in Dublin and provides DNA traceability solutions for the meat and seafood sectors, will use the investment to advance food quality and […]

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Retailers Relish Run Up to Christmas as Dunnes Takes Top Spot

  Retailers Relish Run Up to Christmas as Dunnes Takes Top Spot

Dunnes Stores has claimed pole position as Ireland’s leading retailer for the third consecutive period, boasting a market share of 22.4% in the 12 weeks to 2 December 2018.  The latest grocery market figures from Kantar Worldpanel show the retailer registered sales growth of 3.4% on last year.
Dunnes held on to top spot despite stiff competition from […]

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