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  • Kells Tech Hub Can Play a Major Role in Regional Enterprise Development Following 24 months of research, planning and development, the new Kells Tech Hub has been officially launched. The Kells Tech Hub is a world class regional enterprise development facility that will, through collaboration, clustering and creative thinking, help to support, promote and develop a culture of entrepreneurship in Kells, throughout Meath and across the wider [...]...
  • Three Early-Stage Start-ups Spin-in to NovaUCD Three early-stage start-ups have become the latest companies to spin-in to NovaUCD and join the community of entrepreneurs at University College Dublin’s (UCD) Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs. Over 25 companies, employing some 200 people, are currently located at NovaUCD. The three companies, EPIC Conjoint, This is Seaweed and Travacoin, have located to NovaUCD in [...]...
  • Irish Exporters Association Launches 18th Export Industry Awards The Irish Exporters Association, in partnership with platinum sponsors KPMG and Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, has announced that the 18th Export Industry Awards are now open for applications and launched the Alumni Programme for 2018. Companies can now submit their online application at http://www.irishexporters.ie/export-industry-awards/ to compete across 11 export industry related categories and be in with [...]...
  • Tourism Industry Very Upbeat on Prospects for 2018 Despite Wet and Cold Start to Year A difficult start to the year – due to weather conditions – somewhat dampened tourism sentiment for many sectors but most businesses report a positive outlook for the remainder of the year. This was one of the findings from the latest Fáilte Ireland Tourism Barometer, a survey of more than 500 tourism businesses around the country. [...]...
  • Skillnet Ireland – Without Upskilling, Businesses in Ireland Could Lose Competitive Advantage Skillnet Ireland (formerly Skillnets), the national agency for workforce development, has been launched at an event in Co Clare to promote upskilling within enterprise. Its mission is to facilitate increased participation in enterprise training and workforce learning in Ireland. Skillnet Ireland brings together 67 Skillnet Enterprise Learning Networks across the country under one unified brand [...]...

Hourly Labour Costs Ranged From €4.9 to €42.5 across the EU Member States in 2017

  Hourly Labour Costs Ranged From €4.9 to €42.5 across the EU Member States in 2017

In 2017, average hourly labour costs in the whole economy (excluding agriculture and public administration) were estimated to be €26.8 in the European Union (EU) and €30.3 in the euro area. However, this average masks significant gaps between EU Member States, with the lowest hourly labour costs recorded in Bulgaria (€4.9), Romania (€6.3), Lithuania (€8.0), […]

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Irish Gin Producers Aim to Treble Sales to 5 Million Bottles by 2022

  Irish Gin Producers Aim to Treble Sales to 5 Million Bottles by 2022

Irish gin producers want to treble sales by 2022, with the aim to sell 5 million bottles or 400,000 9-litre cases around the world, according to the Irish Spirits Association (ISA). The ISA has launched a Strategy for Irish Gin 2018-2022, which aims to promote the worldwide growth of Irish gin over the next five years by […]

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Hi-Spirits Ireland to Distribute Paddy Whiskey

  Hi-Spirits Ireland to Distribute Paddy Whiskey

Hi-Spirits Ireland is to take over the distribution of Paddy Whiskey in the Irish market from July 1st 2018. Until the handover date, Irish Distillers will continue to distribute Paddy Whiskey, with the two companies working together in the interim to ensure a seamless transition for on-trade and off-trade stockists.
George Roberts, Country Manager for Hi-Spirits Ireland, said: “We’re […]

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Discover Innovative Energy Saving Solutions at SEAI’s Energy Show 2018

  Discover Innovative Energy Saving Solutions at SEAI’s Energy Show 2018

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Energy Show, Ireland’s leading business energy event returns to the RDS on Wednesday, 18 April and Thursday, 19 April 2018.
The annual free event, features 150 exhibitors of sustainable energy technologies and services, and is a must for those who want to network, learn, build business opportunities and experience the latest […]

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Dublin Docklands Makes Space For a New Way to Work

  Dublin Docklands Makes Space For a New Way to Work

International creative workspace provider Spaces has announced its first Irish centre at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, in Dublin’s Docklands. Spaces takes over 77SJRQ, a six-storey office building of 3,195 square metres, situated at the eastern end of the South Dublin Docklands. This is an area undergoing a transformation with JP Morgan, Accenture and AirBnB already settled in the area.
A workspace created […]

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Diaceutics Raises €4.3 Million to Support Global Expansion

  Diaceutics Raises €4.3 Million to Support Global Expansion

Irish company, Diaceutics, the diagnostic commercialisation company that improves patient outcomes via better diagnostic testing, has raised €4.3 million in new mezzanine financing from two partners, WhiteRock Capital Partners and Silicon Valley Bank. The money will be used to support the organisation’s continued global expansion.
Specifically, Diaceutics will use the funding to invest in the data analytics […]

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65% of Irish Businesses Have Not Reviewed Their Supply Chains to Gauge Brexit Impact

  65% of Irish Businesses Have Not Reviewed Their Supply Chains to Gauge Brexit Impact

65% of Irish businesses have not reviewed their supply chain to identify current business relationships that might be negatively impacted by Brexit. This was the finding of a business sentiment survey of 350 Irish Businesses carried out by one of Ireland’s leading accountancy firms, BDO.
Spokesperson Michael Costello, Managing Partner, commented: “Brexit will hit Ireland’s unprepared supply […]

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Ricoh Ireland to double sales team in ambitious commercial expansion programme

  Ricoh Ireland to double sales team in ambitious commercial expansion programme

Ricoh Ireland to expand sales division
Success of new services lines behind growth plans

Dublin, 5th April 2018 – Ricoh Ireland has today announced it plans to double its commercial sales team to meet rising demand for its services, products and solutions among its growing customer base across Ireland.
The company is looking to recruit additional sales professionals […]

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New Project to Reduce Costs and Underwater Noise in Offshore Wind Construction

  New Project to Reduce Costs and Underwater Noise in Offshore Wind Construction

The Carbon Trust has announced the launch of BLUE PILOT, a large-scale demonstration project aimed at reducing costs and underwater noise during construction of offshore wind farms as part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA). The BLUE PILOT project will deploy The BLUE Hammer, a new type of pile driver developed by Fistuca BV, a Dutch […]

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ABP Acquires Third Anaerobic Digestion Facility

  ABP Acquires Third Anaerobic Digestion Facility

ABP Food Group’s Renewables Division, Olleco, has announced the acquisition of an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at Westcott Park, Buckinghamshire in England from Renewi plc, a leading waste-to-product business, for an undisclosed sum. The facility has capacity to process 96,000 tonnes of food waste each year and produce up to 3.2 Mw of green electricity […]

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Teeling Whiskey Takes Over at World Whiskies Awards 2018

  Teeling Whiskey Takes Over at World Whiskies Awards 2018

Dublin-based Teeling Whiskey has taken the top prize in four categories at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards. Teeling Whiskey’s innovative product range has established the brand as category leaders within both the Irish and broader world whiskey industry.
The Teeling Whiskey Stout Cask won the award for Best Irish Blended Limited Release,Brabazon II came top in the NAS Irish […]

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Board Game Manufacturer Backspindle Games Kick-starts Global Ambition

  Board Game Manufacturer Backspindle Games Kick-starts Global Ambition

Backspindle Games in Newtownards is implementing a Kickstarter campaign for its MourneQuest board game targeting the international hobby market. The MourneQuest board game is filled with creatures and characters from the Irish fantasy novel of the same name by Garry McElherron. It is the latest in a series of innovative board games that Backspindle has created […]

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How to Make European Tech Companies Thrive

  How to Make European Tech Companies Thrive

An EU-wide database that pulls together all available information on financing for European tech companies; that is one of the recommendations of a new report prepared by the joint European Commission–European Investment Bank (EIB) InnovFin Advisory. It is also suggested to create a tool that helps investors to better understand the technical and economic viability […]

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Datapac and Swappsi Streamline Services and Cut Costs For Ireland’s Education and Training Boards

  Datapac and Swappsi Streamline Services and Cut Costs For Ireland’s Education and Training Boards

Datapac, Ireland’s leading technology solutions and services provider, has announced that, together with its software partner Swappsi, it has developed and implemented a new centralised records management solution for Ireland’s Education and Training Boards (ETBs). The new system streamlines administrative processes for the ETBs, allowing them to focus on better aligning education and training provision […]

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Government Opens €300 Million Brexit Loan Scheme For Applications

  Government Opens €300 Million Brexit Loan Scheme For Applications

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD, and Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe TD have opened the Brexit Loan Scheme for applications to allow for the roll out of €300 million in funding to eligible Irish businesses.
Eligible businesses can […]

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New General Manager For Opel Ireland

  New General Manager For Opel Ireland

Gillian Whittall (pictured) has been appointed as the new General Manager of Opel Ireland, effective April 1, 2018. Gillian joined Opel Ireland in 2008 as Head of Marketing & PR, bringing extensive experience from high profile brands within AIB, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson and Danone.

In her new role, she will report directly to Stephen Norman, Group Managing […]

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Entrepreneurs See Opportunities Amongst the Risks One Year Out From Brexit

  Entrepreneurs See Opportunities Amongst the Risks One Year Out From Brexit

With one year to go until Brexit, 62% of Irish entrepreneurs see business opportunities among the risks, according to research published by EY. The research was conducted amongst 130 top entrepreneurs across the island of Ireland who are previous finalists in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme. Collectively the Alumni community employ a total […]

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Beast From the East’s €10 Million Boost to Irish Grocery Retail

  Beast From the East’s €10 Million Boost to Irish Grocery Retail

The ‘Beast from the East’ and Storm Emma may have caused havoc to the transport sector but the cold snap provided a huge boost to the Irish grocery market, according to Nielsen retail performance data. Shoppers spent €9.6 million more on groceries (+4%) in the week of the storms than they did the week before and […]

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Loud Mouth Media Expands its Workforce and Client List

  Loud Mouth Media Expands its Workforce and Client List

Belfast-based Loud Mouth Media has quadrupled its workforce within the last four years, in response to growing demand for its services across Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. Invest Northern Ireland has been working with the business and has offered support towards the recruitment of 15 additional staff. Two further posts will be recruited in the coming weeks.
The award-winning […]

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Enterprise Ireland Announces Graduate Entrepreneurship €500,000 Competitive Start Fund to Accelerate Growth of Start-ups

  Enterprise Ireland Announces Graduate Entrepreneurship €500,000 Competitive Start Fund to Accelerate Growth of Start-ups

Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for recent graduates will open for applications on Tuesday 10th April 2018. The €500,000 fund will provide up to €50,000 in equity funding for up to 10 successful applicants. The fund closes to applications at 3pm on Tuesday, 24th April 2018.The purpose of the Competitive Start Fund is to […]

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Boost For Ireland’s Food & Drink Industry as Bord Bia Announces Largest-ever Recruitment Drive

  Boost For Ireland’s Food & Drink Industry as Bord Bia Announces Largest-ever Recruitment Drive

In a major boost for the sector Bord Bia has announced that it is commencing recruitment for 29 new positions to support the continued growth and development of Ireland’s world-class food, drink and horticulture industry. This is the largest-ever recruitment drive for the organisation enhancing Bord Bia’s capabilities in the areas of consumer and market insight; marketing and communications; and business development. The new employees will […]

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Maynooth Scientist Leads €6.3 Million SFI/Industry Project in Drone Operations Research

  Maynooth Scientist Leads €6.3 Million SFI/Industry Project in Drone Operations Research

Futurists predict that drone technology will soon significantly transform our daily lives, changing how we deliver and collect goods, giving us new ways to monitor and understand the world around us, and even revolutionising emergency services. However, the roll out of drone applications is currently hampered by a lack of innovative technologies that can guarantee […]

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Lisburn Manufacturer Pure Roast Coffee Invests in Future Growth

  Lisburn Manufacturer Pure Roast Coffee Invests in Future Growth

Pure Roast Coffee in Lisburn is doubling its workforce and boosting its capabilities to accommodate a growing customer base outside Northern Ireland. The business specialises in the roasting, packaging and distribution of coffee. Its supply agreements with a Swedish-owned company and global business in China have prompted this investment, which is being supported by Invest Northern […]

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Kerry Group Announces Two Year Partnership With Special Olympics

  Kerry Group Announces Two Year Partnership With Special Olympics

Kerry Group has announced details of a two year partnership with Special Olympics that will include support for the 2019 Special Olympics Summer World Games in Abu Dhabi. As an Official Sponsor of Special Olympics, this new partnership will provide both organisations many opportunities to work better together to create more inclusive communities.
Harnessing the Kerry […]

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How FM APPROVED Cooling Towers Help Reduce Risks

  How FM APPROVED Cooling Towers Help Reduce Risks

By Scott Maurer, Global Product Manager, SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc
When water flow is temporarily suspended, as in the event of a fire, some cooling towers that contain combustible materials and dry areas may be at risk. Some organizations practice loss prevention by considering an FM APPROVED cooling tower to potentially reduce structural damage and interruption […]

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Government Announces €29.6 Million Investment in Frontier Research

  Government Announces €29.6 Million Investment in Frontier Research

The Government has announced a €29.6 million investment by the Irish Research Council in “frontier research” projects. Thirty-six researchers will receive funding under the Irish Research Council’s new Laureate Awards to conduct ground-breaking research in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and the arts, humanities and social sciences. Projects to be funded under the […]

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Food and Drink Suppliers in Northern Ireland Get A ‘Kick Start’ From Lidl

  Food and Drink Suppliers in Northern Ireland Get A ‘Kick Start’ From Lidl

Lidl is championing local suppliers with the roll-out of their Kick Start Supplier Development Programme aimed at giving food and drink companies in Northern Ireland the chance to have their products stocked in 190+ Lidl stores across the island of Ireland.
Kick Start is designed specifically to provide small and medium-sized suppliers with the support they […]

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Strong Economic Growth Set to Continue in 2018

  Strong Economic Growth Set to Continue in 2018

In 2017, the Irish economy grew by 7.8 per cent. In 2018, GDP is expected to grow by 4.8 per cent, according to the latest ESRI economic forecast. GDP will grow by 3.9 per cent in 2019 based on a technical assumption that a European Economic Agreement (EEA) is in place between the UK and […]

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Bright and Bold innovators to Receive €94.25 Million EU Funding to Scale Up Their Businesses

  Bright and Bold innovators to Receive €94.25 Million EU Funding to Scale Up Their Businesses

57 small and medium-sized companies have been selected for funding under the Horizon 2020 European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot, which aims to nurture breakthrough innovation. The companies, which underwent face-to-face interviews with a jury of innovators, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, will receive a total amount of €94.25 million.
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “With the European Innovation Council […]

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Registration Opens For EU Financing of Free Wireless Internet Hotspots in Public Spaces

  Registration Opens For EU Financing of Free Wireless Internet Hotspots in Public Spaces

The European Commission has launched the WiFi4EU web portal. As of now, municipalities all over Europe are invited to register their details ahead of the first call for projects in mid-May, for the chance to benefit from EU financing to build free public wireless internet hotspots.

The WiFi4EU programme offers vouchers worth €15,000 for municipalities to set up Wi-Fi […]

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