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  • Cyber attack hits IT systems in Ireland and UK Several organisations including big business and government offices in eastern Europe have been hit by a worldwide cyber attack. It has been reported that companies in Ireland may also have been affected, with computer systems at shipping group Maersk failing across regions including Ireland. Danish, British and Spanish multinationals have also been hit by the [...]...
  • Irish and UK retailers highlight Brexit challenges Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, has joined forces with the British Retail Consortium and the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium to explore the implications for the sector arising from Brexit. They will meet in Dublin with a number of Government Departments, consumer advocates and individual retailers to seek solutions to mitigate the [...]...
  • Best ever month of May for Irish tourism Commenting on figures published today by the CSO for overseas visitors to Ireland for January to May, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “I am pleased to see growth of more than +3% for the five-month period January-May, coming on the back of a record performance in 2016 and years of solid growth in [...]...
  • New CEO at Barclays Bank Ireland Barclays Bank Ireland has announced the appointment of Kevin Wall as its new chief executive. He succeeds Sarah Wiggins who will take up a new role within Barclays as head of east and south east in UK corporate banking next month. Mr Wall joined Barclays in 1981 and has held a variety of roles across the business, [...]...
  • €330,000 funding announced for ‘Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network’ New funding has been announced for female entrepreneurs living in Cork and Limerick. The Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN) project will see more than €330,000 in funding, provided by the Department of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund, allocated to promote entrepreneurial skills amongst women in these regions, through a tailored and focused [...]...

Accenture launches virtual ‘Skills to Succeed Academy’

  Accenture launches virtual ‘Skills to Succeed Academy’

Accenture has launched its ‘Skills to Succeed Academy’, which aims to equip 10,000 young people by helping them gain the skills to get a job or build a business. Launched in partnership with the Department of Social Protection, the Academy is a free, interactive online training programme, developed to give those aged 15-24 the skills […]

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OpenJaw Technologies to double workforce

  OpenJaw Technologies to double workforce

Irish travel software company OpenJaw Technologies has announced plans to double its global workforce from 230 to 450 employees in the next three years, with at least 50 of the jobs being located at the company’s offices in Dublin and Galway.
The jobs announcement was made at OpenJaw’s travel retailing summit at Dublin’s Mansion House, a […]

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Consumer research puts PayPal, Yamaha Motor and Amazon as customer relationship leaders

  Consumer research puts PayPal, Yamaha Motor and Amazon as customer relationship leaders

70% of European consumers say the best brands are those who treat them as individuals, according to new research commissioned by technology specialist Ricoh. The finding highlights the demand for personalised services, and for businesses to ensure they have the digital solutions to meet and exceed evolving customer requirements. The survey of 3,600 consumers was […]

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Irish business model leads to exceptional jobs growth in Q1

  Irish business model leads to exceptional jobs growth in Q1

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, welcomed today’s exceptionally strong jobs numbers published by the CSO as a sign of the strength and substance behind our business model and that the economy was weathering Brexit uncertainty very well. Worries that weaker than expected income tax receipts signalled a slowdown in employment growth will be […]

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“Prepare for Brexit” roadshow launches in Waterford

  “Prepare for Brexit” roadshow launches in Waterford

As part of a nationwide Brexit roadshow, Enterprise Ireland hosted a ‘Prepare for Brexit’ forum at Studio 1 of the WIT Arena in Waterford. Part of Enterprise Ireland’s #PrepareforBrexit campaign, the Waterford event features speakers from SMEs, large companies and innovative start-ups, including Joe Connolly, CEO, Connolly Red Mills, Robert Byrne, Sales Director, Burnside Eurocyl […]

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Springboard’s Susie Horgan wins Cork Businesswoman of the Year

  Springboard’s Susie Horgan wins Cork Businesswoman of the Year

Susie Horgan, Managing Director of leading communications agency, Springboard PR & Marketing, has been named Network Cork Businesswoman of the Year 2017. The news follows recent growth at the agency, which is marking five years in business.
The Network Cork Businesswomen of the Year awards honour women in Cork who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in business. […]

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KBC Bank Ireland launches new fund for Ireland’s Bright Ideas

  KBC Bank Ireland launches new fund for Ireland’s Bright Ideas

BC Bank Ireland has announced that as part of KBC Bright Ideas it has doubled its support fund to €200,000 and launched a new scheme for Ireland’s leading social innovators and entrepreneurs. KBC’s Business Bright Ideas will assist for-profit organisations in the business of having a positive impact on a city or community by addressing […]

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IDA Ireland welcomes JP Morgan’s expansion announcement in Dublin

  IDA Ireland welcomes JP Morgan’s expansion announcement in Dublin

IDA Ireland has welcomed JP Morgan’s announcement that it will be expanding its operations significantly in Dublin. The global financial services company has been in Ireland since 1968 and currently employs 500 people here. The company is to acquire a 130,000sq ft building in the heart of Dublin’s docklands in a move that will provide […]

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Founder of the Year Award 2017 launches

  Founder of the Year Award 2017 launches

Enterprise Ireland has launched the High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Founder of Year Award 2017. The overall winner will be announced at an awards ceremony supported by Grant Thornton which will take place on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin. Nine start-ups have been nominated by their peers for this year’s Founder of […]

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GMIT to double its Innovation Hub space

  GMIT to double its Innovation Hub space

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) is set to double the size of its Innovation Hub (iHub) building at the Galway campus following €5 million funding approval from Enterprise Ireland. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell O’ Connor announced the funding details during a visit to GMIT today (Thursday 18 May), welcomed by GMIT […]

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25 new software and tech jobs for Drogheda

  25 new software and tech jobs for Drogheda

Fintech software company Aphix Software has announced the creation of 25 new jobs at its Drogheda base. The new positions, supported by the Department of Jobs, through Enterprise Ireland are across many areas of the business to include customer success, software engineering and development. Recruitment has begun with all positions to be filled over the […]

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Manufacturing Technology Centre to create 40 hi-tech jobs in 2017

  Manufacturing Technology Centre to create 40 hi-tech jobs in 2017

Irish Manufacturing Research, Ireland’s first Independent, industry driven, research and technology organisation has opened with the creation of 40 jobs. The Centre specialises in advanced manufacturing technologies and the positions will be high tech research roles in the areas of Industry 4.0, Collaborative Robotics, Industrial IoT, Data Analytics, Energy Efficiency, Additive Manufacturing/3D printing, Design Thinking […]

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Irish businesses will spend average of €190K on cloud in next year

  Irish businesses will spend average of €190K on cloud in next year

Interconnection and data centre company Equinix has announced the results of an independent survey of senior IT decision-makers in Ireland, which found that the typical medium to large enterprise will spend on average €190,000 on cloud technology and services in the next 12 months. The survey shows that about 85% of businesses are currently deploying […]

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156K cancer patients could miss out on life-saving drugs every year in US and Europe

  156K cancer patients could miss out on life-saving drugs every year in US and Europe

Irish medtech company Diaceutics has announced research results showing that more than 156,000 cancer patients in the US and Europe could be missing out on targeted life-saving drugs every year due to suboptimal diagnostic testing – therefore potentially affecting their chances of survival. The company has also found that substandard testing practices are causing pharmaceutical […]

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€220k fund available for startup projects

  €220k fund available for startup projects

Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) has made a €220,000 fund available for innovative early stage projects that addresses health or social issues in Ireland. ‘Animate 2017’ will share the fund between 11 successful applicants who should submit their concepts before the July 7 deadline.
Now in its second year, Animate has expanded to include the Healthy […]

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First Derivatives to hire 400 graduates

  First Derivatives to hire 400 graduates

Fintech company First Derivatives is to take on 400 graduate recruits this year and has also reported a 30% increase in revenues for the year of £151.7 million. The company also reported a profit of £12.5 million, up 20% on last year.
First Derivatives employs 1,750 people worldwide at offices in Newry, London, New York, Stockholm […]

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Ibec calls for response to cyber attacks

  Ibec calls for response to cyber attacks

Commenting on last weekend’s unprecedented international cyber attacks, Ibec’s Head of Digital Policy, Erik O’Donovan said: “While Ireland appears to have been spared so far in the wave of cyber attacks currently affecting many countries, Ibec is liaising with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment to monitor the situation for Irish businesses.
“We advise […]

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Over €1.4bn worth of construction projects moved on-site in Q1 2017

  Over €1.4bn worth of construction projects moved on-site in Q1 2017

Construction Information Services (CIS) have just published their Q1 2017 Construction Market Review which provides an analysis of activity in the construction sector for the first quarter of 2017 and a comparative analysis against the corresponding period in 2016.
Key Stats
Over €1.4 billion worth of projects moved on-site in Q1 2017
Value of projects on-site is down […]

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Enterprise Ireland client company exports increase by 6%

  Enterprise Ireland client company exports increase by 6%

Enterprise Ireland has announced that its clients recorded export sales of €21.6 billion in 2016, representing a 6% increase on 2015. Export growth to the UK, however, which accounted for €7.5 billion of exports, slowed from 12% in 2015 to 2% in 2016. The slowdown was largely due to a decline in food exports.
Speaking at […]

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InterTradeIreland launches Brexit Advisory Service

  InterTradeIreland launches Brexit Advisory Service

A dedicated InterTradeIreland advice service aimed at helping SMEs navigate the challenges of Brexit has been launched. Businesses will be able to access a raft of supports from the Brexit Advisory Service including Brexit Readiness Vouchers which they can use to fund bespoke advice up to the value of €1000; free Brexit briefing events; information […]

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Virgin Media Business partners with TechConnect Live 2017

  Virgin Media Business partners with TechConnect Live 2017

TechConnect Live, Ireland’s largest technology event, is delighted to confirm Virgin Media Business as the event’s headline sponsor for 2017. Ireland’s best business broadband provider is the perfect partner for TechConnect Live (now known as Virgin Media Business Ireland TechConnect Live), thanks to its commitment to providing unparalleled connectivity and service to Ireland’s SMEs, start-ups […]

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Funding of €100k for Approved Housing Bodies gets go ahead

  Funding of €100k for Approved Housing Bodies gets go ahead

Damien English, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal, has announced the approval of over €100,000 in funding for four Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) under the Innovation Fund. This Fund was established, in line with the commitment made in Rebuilding Ireland, to provide AHBs with the means to test innovative ideas on new funding […]

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Secure websites a cyber security risk for Irish businesses

  Secure websites a cyber security risk for Irish businesses

Secure websites present one of the biggest headaches for Irish companies looking to protect themselves from potentially crippling online attacks, a top cyber security expert has claimed. “Most traditional firewalls allow all traffic coming from secure websites straight into your network, presenting a huge opportunity for cyber criminals,” said cyber security expert James Canty of […]

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Leading privacy lawyer joins FP Logue

  Leading privacy lawyer joins FP Logue

FP Logue Solicitors has announced that Dr TJ McIntyre has joined the firm as a consultant. TJ is a solicitor and a lecturer in law at University College Dublin specialising in information technology and privacy issues. Recognised as one of Ireland’s leading experts in his field, TJ has advised a range of public and private […]

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Mallinckrodt to create 45 jobs at new Dublin centre

  Mallinckrodt to create 45 jobs at new Dublin centre

Pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt has reported it is to create 45 high-skilled jobs at its new medical device engineering centre in Blanchardstown in Dublin. The jobs will be in a range of areas including product design, software development and electro-mechanical engineering.
The company’s new centre in Blanchardstown has been set up to consolidate its global device research […]

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New appointment at Comtrade Digital Services

  New appointment at Comtrade Digital Services

Software engineering services and solutions provider Comtrade Digital Services has announced the appointment of Žarko Kostić as business development manager. The role reflects Comtrade Digital Services’ growth plans as it looks to continue expanding its service offerings and position in the Irish and UK markets.
A certified accountant, Žarko has a passion for business growth and […]

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Brexit to intensify competition for investment

  Brexit to intensify competition for investment

Following a meeting with EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Dublin, Ibec CEO Danny McCoy welcomed the awareness of Ireland’s unique Brexit exposure and said Irish concerns now need to be directly and explicitly addressed in negotiations and in the terms of a future EU-UK trade deal.
“Brexit is not only likely to disrupt trade […]

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College Green must work as transport artery first, plaza second – Dublin Chamber

  College Green must work as transport artery first, plaza second – Dublin Chamber

Dublin Chamber, the group which represents businesses in the Dublin region, has expressed concern over the lack of clarity regarding how traffic will move around the city once the new Luas line opens later this year. The Chamber, reacting to the publication of new proposals for a pedestrian plaza on College Green, said the piecemeal […]

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Final call for entries to €280,000 Seedcorn investor readiness competition

  Final call for entries to €280,000 Seedcorn investor readiness competition

InterTradeIreland is calling all start-ups and early stage companies across the island to enter the Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition before the deadline on 26 May 2017. In addition to being in with the chance to win a share of the €280,000 total cash prize fund with no equity stake taken, shortlisted firms will also benefit […]

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EHL Ingredients increases manufacturing capacity by 50%

  EHL Ingredients increases manufacturing capacity by 50%

EHL Ingredients, a leading importer, blender and packer of food ingredients from around the world, has acquired a new manufacturing site at the Broadstone Industrial Estate in Stockport giving them 8000 sq. ft. of extra space to further expand the family business which has been operating for over 20 years.
The acquisition is an exciting prospect for […]

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