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  • Call For Sustainable Energy Leaders to Enter SEAI Energy Awards 2019 The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is looking for leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy to enter this year’s SEAI Energy Awards. Now in their 16th year, the SEAI Energy Awards recognise and reward excellence in sustainable energy. Businesses, public bodies and communities who are using smart energy solutions and practices are encouraged to [...]...
  • Irish Business is First in Europe to Launch Compostable Packaging For Takeaway Food Healthy Thai delivery chain Camile Thai, have launched their new compostable range of packaging across their restaurants, which can go straight into the compost bin without washing. They are the first restaurant chain in Europe to make this move and replace their packaging with a more environmentally friendly, 100% compostable solution. The innovation will reduce [...]...
  • Skillnet Ireland Launches New Network For Small Firms Sector Skillnet Ireland, the national agency responsible for the promotion and facilitation of workforce learning in Ireland, has launched six new networks to address the growing skills needs in the film, television, retail, health and fitness sectors. The six new networks are SFA Skillnet, Screen Skillnet, Leisure, Health & Fitness Skillnet, Fingal Dublin Chamber Skillnet, Dundalk Chamber Skillnet and CSNA Skillnet.  SFA [...]...
  • Circular Economy Leaders, Olleco, Awarded Royal Warrant ABP Food Group’s Renewables Division, Olleco, the UK’s leading supplier of cooking oils and collector of used cooking oils, has become the first dedicated circular economy company to be granted a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty The Queen. The Warrant recognises the company’s work to create a “closed loop” solution for the Royal Household. Olleco supplies [...]...
  • OpenSky to Create 80 Jobs After €2.5 Million Investment in Expansion OpenSky, Ireland’s only GovTech transformation specialist which provides process automated solutions to public sector bodies, has announced that it has invested €2.5 million in its own expansion and will create 80 jobs over the next two years. The company’s employee numbers are set to reach 160 by the end of 2021. New roles will include [...]...

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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CNP Santander Insurance Invests €3.5 Million in Dublin Expansion

  CNP Santander Insurance Invests €3.5 Million in Dublin Expansion

CNP Santander Insurance, the Irish-based insurance company that designs and manages insurance products for distribution in more than 10 European countries, has announced that it has invested €3.5 million in its Dublin expansion following significant growth over the last three years.
Since 2015, CNP Santander Insurance – which is a joint venture between Santander, one of […]

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ABP Food Group Extends Range With Chinese Internet Giant JD.com

  ABP Food Group Extends Range With Chinese Internet Giant JD.com

ABP Food Group has confirmed that it will be extending its range of online beef products for Chinese consumers on the JD.com platform from three product lines to ten product lines. The announcement was made during a visit of its Chinese distribution partner Hopewise to ABP Clones. Hopewise was the first company to import Irish […]

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Energia Group Announces €50 Million Bioenergy Agreement With Panda

  Energia Group Announces €50 Million Bioenergy Agreement With Panda

Energia Group, one of Ireland’s leading energy providers and infrastructure investors, has announced a commercial agreement to process 70,000 tonnes of Panda organic waste annually, at Energia’s €50 million new bioenergy plant currently being completed at Huntstown in north County Dublin. The overall processing agreement is expected to be worth up to a total of […]

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The Impact of Various Brexit Scenarios on the Irish Economy

  The Impact of Various Brexit Scenarios on the Irish Economy

A new study from the ESRI and the Department of Finance finds that GDP in Ireland ten years after Brexit will be around 2.6% lower in a Deal scenario, 4.8% lower in a No-Deal scenario and 5.0% lower in a Disorderly No-Deal scenario respectively, compared to a situation where the UK stays in the EU.
This […]

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Cork Airport Opens New Airport Control Centre and Office Facilities

  Cork Airport Opens New Airport Control Centre and Office Facilities

Cork Airport, Ireland’s fastest growing and most punctual airport, has opened a new Airport Control Centre (ACC) and purpose-built office suite following a further significant investment in the airport by daa. The two new facilities were officially opened by An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Simon Coveney TD (pictured right).
Managing Director at […]

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Malone Group is Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s 65 Roses Day Media Sponsor For Fourth Year Running

  Malone Group is Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s 65 Roses Day Media Sponsor For Fourth Year Running

Project management company, the Blanchardstown-headquartered Malone Group, has been announced as the media sponsor for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s (CFI) 65 Roses Day, taking place on Friday 12th April. 65 Roses Day – which derives its name from the way in which young children often first say the words “cystic fibrosis” (CF) – sees volunteers selling purple […]

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An Overview of the Irish Construction Pipeline

  An Overview of the Irish Construction Pipeline

A traditional barometer of the construction industry environment in Ireland is the number of cranes punctuating the Dublin skyline. “The crane count in Dublin reached a record 123 in March 2019 – the fifth consecutive month when the survey recorded a new high,” pointed out Tom Moloney, Managing Director of CIS (Construction Information Services), when […]

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LEOs Unite to Create New Opportunity For Producers to Pitch to Top Food Buyers

  LEOs Unite to Create New Opportunity For Producers to Pitch to Top Food Buyers

Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in local authorities from all over the country have joined forces to make an unprecedented investment in raising the profile of the country’s finest food producers. They have linked with The Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards to create a brand new ‘Meet the Buyer’ event, the first of its kind, […]

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HNH Creates 14 Financial Services Jobs in Export-focused Expansion

  HNH Creates 14 Financial Services Jobs in Export-focused Expansion

Belfast financial services company HNH is investing over £1.3 million to create 14 new jobs to help it capitalise on opportunities in the global financial advisory market. The firm currently offers corporate finance, business restructuring, forensic accounting, recruitment and human capital advisory services. It is now adding a transactions services division and a mergers and acquisition […]

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Diaceutics Floats on the London Stock Exchange

  Diaceutics Floats on the London Stock Exchange

Diaceutics, which has offices in Belfast and Dundalk, has floated on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of £52.9 million. Founded by EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 finalist Peter Keeling, Diaceutics helps pharmaceutical companies reach more patients that need to be on better, targeted and potentially life-saving drugs. In […]

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€31 Million Project Secured For Floating Wind Project Off the West Coast

  €31 Million Project Secured For Floating Wind Project Off the West Coast

A €31 million project has been approved for an ambitious four-year floating offshore wind project. Subject to consenting, it is planned  that a full-scale floating wind turbine be deployed for testing off the west coast of Ireland at a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) test site near Belmullet, County Mayo, by 2022. The project is […]

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New Opportunities For Construction Companies as Dublin Airport Invests Over €1 Billion in Capacity Expansion

  New Opportunities For Construction Companies as Dublin Airport Invests Over €1 Billion in Capacity Expansion

Having welcomed 31.5 million passengers during 2018 – a new record – Dublin Airport is currently being expanded to ultimately cater for more than 20 million additional passengers.
“We are building an airport to accommodate 55 million passengers a year,” pointed out Brian Collier (pictured above), Head of Construction Procurement at daa (Dublin Airport Authority), when […]

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OPW Prepared For No Deal Brexit

  OPW Prepared For No Deal Brexit

“If there is a ‘crash-out’, we will be ready. We are working 24/7,” said Maurice Buckley (pictured), Chairman of the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Vice President of Engineers Ireland, about preparations for installing infrastructure at ports and airports in the event of a ‘no deal Brexit’. “Eighteen separate construction projects are now underway […]

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Irish Builders Face Cost Hikes in UK Materials

  Irish Builders Face Cost Hikes in UK Materials

The vast majority of building materials used in the Irish construction sector are either sourced in the UK or enter Ireland through international distributors in Britain and represent a major risk for the industry, according to executives at the recent National Construction Summit in Citywest, Dublin – writes John Whelan (pictured above).
And a huge majority of […]

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Marketing Campaign Worth €1.2 Million Unveiled by Guaranteed Irish

  Marketing Campaign Worth €1.2 Million Unveiled by Guaranteed Irish

Guaranteed Irish, the not-for-profit business membership organisation championing 600+ homegrown and international businesses in Ireland, has unveiled a new marketing campaign worth €1.2 million, aimed at showcasing its members’ success. The campaign has been launched to coincide with Guaranteed Irish Month, an annual event running throughout March that shines a spotlight on businesses in Ireland […]

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Jameson Enters the Top 10 Premium Spirits Brands in the World List

  Jameson Enters the Top 10 Premium Spirits Brands in the World List

Jameson Irish whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers at Midleton Distillery in Cork, has entered the top 10 of IMPACT magazine’s annual ‘Top 100 Premium Spirits Brands Worldwide’ list for the first time ever, after increasing sales 10% to a record 7.5 million nine-litre cases in 2018. In addition, Jameson scored its 18th consecutive year […]

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