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  • Beacon Broadband is Creating 12 Jobs in Derry A new wireless broadband provider based in the North West, Beacon Broadband, is creating 12 jobs in Derry to help it increase its export sales and position itself for future growth in the Republic of Ireland market. Beacon Broadband delivers high speed wireless broadband to homes and businesses. Des Gartland, Invest Northern Ireland’s North West Regional Manager welcomed the [...]...
  • Goodfella’s Pizza Sold For €225 Million Naas-headquartered Green Isle Foods, which is Ireland’s largest frozen food producer, is selling its Goodfella’s Pizza business for €225 million on a debt free, cash free basis to UK-based Nomad Foods. The transaction includes the sale of brands such as Goodfella’s and San Marco, as well as the ongoing supply of private label frozen pizza contracts [...]...
  • Ireland’s Supply Chain Security Post Brexit to Lead Agenda at National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference The impact of Brexit on Ireland’s supply chain and potential border issues will be a prominent topic at this years National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference. The conference is the largest gathering of manufacturing and supply chain professionals in Ireland and will take place on the 31st January in the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin. The annual [...]...
  • Tech Companies Continue to Dominate Dublin City Centre Prime Office Market International tech companies continued to dominate the capital’s commercial office market in 2017 and are expected to do so again this year. Analysis from the Lisney report, Lisney 2018, ‘Our View’ highlights the impact these large and rapidly expanding companies are having on the market. Facebook and Google alone are on track to occupy 4% of all [...]...
  • £70,000 Rainwater Garden Completed at Clandeboye Primary School! NI Water, the Department for Infrastructure, Education Authority and the Department of Education have announced that an innovative new rainwater garden to help reduce the risk of flooding has been completed at Clandeboye Primary School. £70,000 has been invested in the garden, which is an innovative flagship project for NI Water and the Department for [...]...

Planning Regulations and Planning Process Delays Impacting on Irish Commercial Real Estate Sector

  Planning Regulations and Planning Process Delays Impacting on Irish Commercial Real Estate Sector

The latest Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Sentiment Tracker from Origin Capital, completed by 180 industry professionals, identified industry concerns about the current planning regulations and processes in Ireland and the recent increase in commercial property stamp duty as being among the risks faced within the sector.
Findings on CRE in Ireland generally:

84% believed that planning regulations […]

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Deadline For Applications For €75,000 ‘Get Ireland Growing’ Fund Looming

  Deadline For Applications For €75,000 ‘Get Ireland Growing’ Fund Looming

GIY and Energia are calling on people across to the country to get growing their own food in 2018 and are offering all budding growers the opportunity to apply for funding from the ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing’ €75,000 funding pool.
Grants from the Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund will be split across three categories ‘Sow’, ‘Grow’ and […]

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Four Key European Consumer Trends For 2018

  Four Key European Consumer Trends For 2018

Mintel has revealed the key consumer trends set to impact Europe in 2018. Over the coming year:

Consumers will take to the seas to reel in recycling as a new wave of marine conservation emerges.

Digital disclosure legislation and hacks will see Europeans safeguard their data – and ask more for sharing it.

Expect to see teenage kicks […]

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OCE Technology Signs €25 Million Deal

  OCE Technology Signs €25 Million Deal

O.C.E. Technology has announced an agreement with Shanghai Aerospace Technology Control Institute to supply satellite subsystems into international markets. This agreement represents an estimated €25 million revenue over the next 5 years.
The agreement with SACTI is in line with China’s new “Silk Road Initiative” put forward by President Xi Jinping. The initiative promotes cooperation between Chinese […]

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TERMINALFOUR Secures €4.2 Million in New Business Wins in 2017

  TERMINALFOUR Secures €4.2 Million in New Business Wins in 2017

TERMINALFOUR, the leading provider of Digital Marketing and Web Content Management Solutions to higher education, won €4.2 million worth of new business globally in the past 12 months, with more than half of the deals done in North America. The US and Canadian markets now account for more than 50% of TERMINALFOUR’s global revenue.
To manage […]

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Groundsman Industries Sets Growth Plans in Motion

  Groundsman Industries Sets Growth Plans in Motion

Ballymoney-based Groundsman Industries is investing over £220,000 in additional resources to meet a growing demand for its products across Great Britain and international markets.
The company manufactures a range of ground maintenance machinery including lawn aerators and turf sod cutters for use on football pitches, golf fairways, racecourses and cricket fields. Its products are sold globally to markets […]

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Mintel Announces Five Global Packaging Trends For 2018

  Mintel Announces Five Global Packaging Trends For 2018

Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has announced five trends set to impact the global packaging industry over the coming year.
In 2018:

Packaging will play a pivotal role in reducing global food and product waste.
Online brands will reinvigorate their packaging in order to enhance the e-commerce experience.
Brands who adopt clear and succinct package messaging will be […]

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Dunnes Stores Retains Top Spot in Irish Grocery Market

  Dunnes Stores Retains Top Spot in Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 3 December 2017, reveal that Dunnes Stores remains Ireland’s largest supermarket in the run up to the festive period.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Dunnes Stores has always performed strongly in the countdown to Christmas and this year is […]

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Wurkhouse to Create 30 Digital Jobs in Derry

  Wurkhouse to Create 30 Digital Jobs in Derry

Londonderry-based technology firm Wurkhouse is to create 30 digital marketing jobs as part of ambitious expansion plans to help it grow its export sales. Wurkhouse provides innovative marketing solutions to a wide range of clients based both locally and outside of Northern Ireland.
Welcoming the investment, Invest Northern Ireland’s Chief Executive, Alastair Hamilton said: “Wurkhouse is a […]

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Ornua Signs New €610 Million Bank Facility to Support Continued Dairy Industry Growth

  Ornua Signs New €610 Million Bank Facility to Support Continued Dairy Industry Growth

Ornua, the largest exporter of primary Irish dairy products with annualised sales of about €2 billion across 110 countries, has secured new five-year syndicated bank facilities of €610 million, replacing its existing €420 million syndicated bank facilities from February 2014. The new facilities will extend to November 2022, and Ornua’s early refinancing of the existing […]

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Festive Cost to Irish Businesses Revealed

  Festive Cost to Irish Businesses Revealed

Time and money spent on Christmas parties, personal presents and colleagues’ Secret Santa gifts whilst at work is costing Irish office-based businesses a cool €491 million, according to new research. The “bah humbug” study from leading online job board CV-Library found that organised festive fun, a.k.a. the Office Christmas Party, takes up 62 minutes of the working day […]

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Irish Brand, Emma By Jane Wins South Dublin Enterprise Best Start Up Award

  Irish Brand, Emma By Jane Wins South Dublin Enterprise Best Start Up Award

Irish fashion buyer turned jewellery designer, Jane Asple of Emma by Jane has won the South Dublin Enterprise Ireland, ‘Best Start-Up’ Business award at the 2017 awards. Since applying in September 2017, Jane was shortlisted to attend a two-day Bootcamp and pitch the company plans to a panel of Judges who saw “confidence, ambition and […]

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National Pen Celebrates 30 Years in Dundalk

  National Pen Celebrates 30 Years in Dundalk

National Pen, a leading global provider of personalised marketing merchandise, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Dundalk. The expansion, creating 250 jobs, is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
The company established its International Headquarters in Dundalk in 1987, comprising a manufacturing plant which personalises promotional products, and a contact centre which supports corporate functions […]

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Coca-Cola HBC Employees Raise £30k/€34k For Charities

  Coca-Cola HBC Employees Raise £30k/€34k For Charities

Employees at Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland have been raising vital funds for charity partners, MacMillan Cancer Support and the Simon Community. In the second year of partnership with both charities, employees based across Lisburn, Dublin, Cork, Tipperary and Tuam contributed to the success of the fundraising efforts, which were then matched by the business. […]

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Sharp Rise in Gas Prices Drives Up Bord Gáis Energy Index in November

  Sharp Rise in Gas Prices Drives Up Bord Gáis Energy Index in November

The Bord Gáis Energy Index for November was up by 9% as the wholesale prices of oil, gas and electricity all rallied during the month. Gas prices rose by a hefty 17% from October’s levels as cooler temperatures and higher demand meant that more imported gas was needed to heat homes and businesses. Oil prices […]

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Invest NI Welcomes Cayan Expansion in Northern Ireland

  Invest NI Welcomes Cayan Expansion in Northern Ireland

Invest NI has welcomed US technology firm Cayan’s reinvestment in Northern Ireland. Since establishing its technology development operation here in 2013, Cayan has seen steady growth over the past four years and expects its overall headcount in Northern Ireland to rise to 240 people by 2019.
Building on the success of its Northern Ireland engineering division, Cayan has […]

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New Irish Coffee Brand

  New Irish Coffee Brand

Handprint Coffee, a new Irish environmentally friendly coffee brand and café, has launched in Dublin at Freshii’s new outlet in Point Square beside the 3Arena.   Handprint Coffee is a joint partnership between Bell Lane, a leading craft specialist coffee roastery, and Freshii Ireland’s Master Franchise owners Dave O’Donoghue and Cormac Manning.
From the very first bean […]

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McHale Plant Sales to Distribute Terex Ecote Equipment

  McHale Plant Sales to Distribute Terex Ecote Equipment

Terex Corporation, one of the world’s leading specialist plant and machinery manufacturers, has appointed Birdhill and Rathcoole-based McHale Plant Sales as distributors in Ireland, north and south, of its Terex Ecotec range of environmental and waste recovery equipment.
In its complete form, the Terex Ecotec range consists of high, medium and slow-speed shredders, trommel waste separator […]

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Largest Ever European Investment Bank Support in Ireland

  Largest Ever European Investment Bank Support in Ireland

The European Investment Bank is to provide a loan of €490 million to support construction of the new children’s hospital in Dublin. This represents the largest ever financial engagement by the European Union’s long-term lending institution in Ireland and the EIB’s first backing for a hospital in the country.
The new children’s hospital project includes two […]

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Strabane Manufacturer to Invest Over £7 Million in Ambitious Expansion

  Strabane Manufacturer to Invest Over £7 Million in Ambitious Expansion

Strabane-based Fabplus is planning to more than double its workforce and turnover with support from Invest Northern Ireland. The investment is part of a three year expansion plan to increase its market share in the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain, and gain a foothold in mainland Europe and Scandinavia.
Recruitment is underway to employ 83 additional staff at […]

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PM Group Appoints a New Non-Executive Director

  PM Group Appoints a New Non-Executive Director

Michael McNicholas has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Project Management Holdings (PM Group), the Irish headquartered international project delivery specialists.
Michael McNicholas.
Michael has over 35 years’ experience in senior leadership positions in the public and private sectors. He is the former CEO of Ervia, NTR plc and Managing Director of ESB International.  During his […]

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Center Parcs Signs Contract With John Sisk & Son

  Center Parcs Signs Contract With John Sisk & Son

As construction activity on the much anticipated €233 million Center Parcs Longford Forest resort in County Longford ramps up, the company has announced it has formally awarded two major construction contracts to Dublin-based construction firm John Sisk & Son.
The contracts for the construction of the 470 lodges and 30 apartments as well as the state-of-the-art centre […]

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Medi-Shower Invests in Innovation to Drive Export Growth

  Medi-Shower Invests in Innovation to Drive Export Growth

Multi-award-winning manufacturer Medi-Shower has created ‘smart showerhead’ technology which can reduce the risk of Legionnaires disease.
The cutting edge product, developed with R&D support from Invest Northern Ireland is designed to meet the high requirements for hygiene within the healthcare sector. It reduces the risk of waterborne infection from bacteria that can build up due to poor design […]

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EIB Loan Will Trigger €180 Million Investment Programme in Fingal

  EIB Loan Will Trigger €180 Million Investment Programme in Fingal

Fingal County Council has signed a €70 million Framework Loan Agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) which will trigger a €180 million investment in strategic infrastructure projects within the county’s Capital Development Plan. This represents the first EIB support for county-wide investment in partnership with an Irish local authority for more than a decade […]

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Deliveroo Boosts Irish Restaurant Sector to the Tune of €15 Million

  Deliveroo Boosts Irish Restaurant Sector to the Tune of €15 Million

New figures show the extent to which Deliveroo is benefiting the Irish restaurant sector. An exclusive new report, ‘Delivering to the Global Economy’, produced by Capital Economics, shows that the additional revenue generated across the restaurant sector in Ireland due to Deliveroo’s operations was €15 million. This is a combination of increased revenue for partner restaurants due to increased […]

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Greater Skill Utilisation and Skilled Migration Needed to Boost Productivity in Ireland

  Greater Skill Utilisation and Skilled Migration Needed to Boost Productivity in Ireland

New research published by the ESRI finds that greater skill utilisation and skilled migration are required to support a productive and competitive economy. The research examines the difference between the skills possessed by employees and those required to do their job. The report also explores sources of future skilled labour supply, including Ireland’s ability to attract […]

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Irish Cream Liqueur Recovers From ‘Lost Decade’

  Irish Cream Liqueur Recovers From ‘Lost Decade’

The Irish Spirits Association (ISA) has launched a Love Irish Cream Liqueur campaign. In the lead-up to Christmas, which is a very important time for Irish cream liqueur sales, the campaign aims to restart a conversation about the uniqueness of the product category, its importance to Ireland, and the need to protect it against fake products.
According to […]

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Climate Change Advisory Council Calls For Urgent New Measures to Reduce Carbon Emissions

  Climate Change Advisory Council Calls For Urgent New Measures to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Ireland is not on track to meet its 2020 targets or to decarbonise its economy by 2050, according to the Climate Change Advisory Council’s first Annual Review. “The actions in the current National Mitigation Plan do not put Ireland on a pathway to achieve our 2020 targets or our long term decarbonisation objective,” said Chair […]

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Irish Support Scheme For SMEs in Difficulty

  Irish Support Scheme For SMEs in Difficulty

The European Commission has found a €10 million Irish aid scheme to facilitate the restructuring of SMEs in Ireland, to be in line with EU State aid rules. The scheme will help SMEs in financial difficulty restore their competitiveness, whilst preserving competition in the EU’s Single Market.
Commissioner Margrethe Vestager (pictured), in charge of competition policy, said: “Small […]

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Packaging Waste From Online Retailers Growing By 28% Per Year

  Packaging Waste From Online Retailers Growing By 28% Per Year

The amount of packaging waste material being generated in Ireland from online shopping outside the State is growing by 28% per annum and is now over 7,000 tonnes of waste per year. Yet online retailers from outside the state, such as Amazon and others are using a loop hole in the law to avoid not spending […]

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