Clothing


12
Jan 12

Avoca to create another 80 jobs

IRISH family-owned home retailer Avoca will add 80 new jobs this summer as it recorded a 3pc jump in profits last year.

The company said that profits jumped to €1.64m within the year, according to accounts filed by Avoca Handweavers Ltd.

They also show that group revenues increased by 6pc from €45.9m to €48.6m in the 12 months to the end of January last year.

And the luxury household, clothing and food company saw employee levels rising from 568 to 597 last year.

The company has gone from strength to strength from its small Wicklow base. It now has 10 stores and cafes in Ireland, and in November opened its foodhall in Monkstown, creating 30 jobs.

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27
Dec 11

Irish Exports at Record Levels. Great news to finish up 2011!

Exports are at record levels. This is according to the end of year statement by Enterprise Ireland, the Irish government’s agency with responsibility for exports. Great news to finish up 2011!

In the face of tough economic conditions, Irish companies have increased their exports and are confident that they can increase export sales in 2012. This renewed confidence will help significantly in targeting new opportunities in international markets.

Enterprise Ireland estimates that client companies’ export sales grew in 2011 and that the final export figures will exceed the pre-recession record levels of 2008. ‘New export sales’ in excess of €1 billion are expected to be recorded for 2011.

Throughout the year, Irish companies faced severe global economic conditions head on.  They have emerged leaner, stronger and with a greater appetite for international growth than ever before – something that World Trade Centre Dublin is extremely encouraged to see.

Not only are exports up but employment in client companies stabilised this year.  Total employment (full and part time) in Enterprise Ireland client companies stood at 162,692 in 2011.  Of these, 141,228 are full-time jobs – a similar number to last year while 21,464 are part-time jobs – a slight increase on last year.

The World economy is predicted to grow moderately in 2012 and this is important because it offers opportunities for Irish companies to increase exports which sustain and create employment in Ireland.

During 2011 Enterprise Ireland continued to focus its human and financial resources on driving exports, innovation and improving competitiveness.  A number of new initiatives were introduced in direct response to the demands of entrepreneurs and client companies including;

• Competitive Start Funds for very early stage entrepreneurs – €50k per start-up – 55 start-ups supported

• €10m International Fund for attracting entrepreneurs from overseas

• Graduates 4 International Growth programme saw 120 graduates placed with Irish companies all over the world.

• Leadership training for Chief Financial Officers

• Staff resources in key markets were re-aligned to maximise impact in key ‘first time export’ and High Growth Markets.

• Enterprise Ireland also opened its first office in South Africa

So what will be new in 2012? Enterprise Ireland plans to move rapidly in implementing the Government’s planned Jobs Strategy.  They will continue to focus on lean programmes to increase clients’ competitiveness; they will continue to increase numbers of High Potential Start Ups from within Ireland and from overseas and they have promised they will continue to help companies win business overseas in both established and high growth markets. Looking forward to it!

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17
Dec 11

Store opening brings new jobs and cash boost for Hospice

Mayor Billy Webb was presented with a cheque for �500 for the NI Children's Hospice during the opening of the new Tesco Express, Doagh Road. Along with him was, Peter McCabe of NI Children's Hospice, Nigel Dodds MP, Store Manager Jim Brennan  and Mark Buchanan from Pattons Construction. INNT 50-021-FPMayor Billy Webb was presented with a cheque for �500 for the NI Children’s Hospice during the opening of the new Tesco Express, Doagh Road. Along with him was, Peter McCabe of NI Children’s Hospice, Nigel Dodds MP, Store Manager Jim Brennan and Mark Buchanan from Pattons Construction. INNT 50-021-FP

Published on Thursday 15 December 2011 07:00

The new Tesco Express store at Cloughfern Corner officially opened to the public on Friday (December 9), creating 20 new jobs.

The opening comes just two weeks after the retail giant unveiled its new 60,000 sq/ft Extra outlet at Northcott Shopping Centre in Glengormley, creating around 200 full-time and part-time posts.

Jim Brennan, Manager of the new Doagh Road Express store, commented: “This represents significant investment for Newtownabbey and highlights our commitment to the area as it will further complement our existing stores in the borough.

“Our Express format allows customers the flexibility to carry out their ‘top-up’ shopping with us with free customer parking outside and an ATM.

“The Express format has proved very popular for convenience shopping in Northern Ireland over the past few years. These stores offer a first class service, competitive prices and wide range of goods right in the heart of the community.”

Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Billy Webb, a Trustee of the NI Children’s Hospice, opened the store and accepted a £500 donation on behalf of the charity.

Alderman Webb said: “I was very pleased to be asked to officially open this fabulous new store for the community and on behalf of the Children’s Hospice. I would like to say thank you for the generous donation of £500. This money will make a real difference to local children with life-limiting illnesses that the Children’s Hospice cares for.”

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17
Dec 11

Irish apparel retailer to create 150 new jobs


Ireland’s premium fashion retailer Carraig Donn Ltd. has announced that expansion in export markets and increase in online retail sales has enabled it to expand its operations, pursuant to which 150 fresh employment opportunities will be created in Westport, Co Mayo.

It was in 1965 that late Mr. Padraic Hughes, alongwith his wife Mrs. Maire Hughes and 13 children, started making knitwear for tourist market, thus laying foundation for the family business, which has today grown into a company called Carraig Donn, a market leader in Ireland.

Ireland’s Head of the Government Enda Kenny said Carraig Donn is a great example of a traditional Irish family business developing into a real global success story.

Carraig Donn Director Vincent Hughes shared that the traditional market, which was experiencing a downfall in recent times, has once again started developing, particularly in the US, where there is a huge demand for fashion apparels and handmade crafts.

The 150 new jobs would be spread over retail, manufacturing and online businesses of Carraig Donn. The company says 57 of these jobs have already been created this year with the opening of its online shopping site and six new stores.

Carraig Donn now has 28 retail outlets across Ireland and employs over 350 people and the number is expected to increase to 450 within the next 18 months.

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