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11
Apr 13

IT work permit scheme will create immediate opportunities for Irish tech employers.

IT work permit scheme will create immediate opportunities for Irish tech employers

IT work permit scheme will create immediate opportunities for Irish tech employers
IT entrepreneur and investor Sean O’Sullivan urges Irish employers wrestling with skills shortages to act now to take advantage of the new work permit reform rules.

Major work permit and educational reforms announced yesterday by the Irish Government will result in immediate opportunities for employers in the local tech sector, tech investor, entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den star Sean O’Sullivan says.

O’Sullivan said the new jobs plan will trade on Ireland’s strategy to be the best place to start and grow tech businesses.

Yesterday, the Government announced a series of reforms to enhance Ireland’s standing as the internet capital of Europe.

In addition to providing an additional 2,000 ICT graduates in the next year, the reforms are geared to provide Ireland with the highest proportion of ICT graduates as a share of third-level graduates by 2018.

But crucially the reforms provided for an increase of 50pc, or 700, in the number of employment permits granted over the coming year in the ICT sector.

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31
Dec 11

Top New Media videos of 2011

We take a look at the top videos in New Media from 2011, covering the Dublin Web Summit and the latest opportunities in the games industry.

It was a good year for the digital media industry in Ireland, which was most evident in Forfás’ report saying Ireland’s gaming industry could create 2,500 much-needed jobs. Taoiseach Enda Kenny emphasised that the Government wanted to foster this growing industry to take advantage of this opportunity.

Indeed, earlier this year, social gaming company Zynga expanded its operations in Dublin, announcing its intentions to grow its employee base from 55 to beyond 100.

The Dublin Web Summit brought some of the brightest minds in the technology industry from around the world to Ireland, showing them what the country’s tech industry had to offer. Attendees included Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio, Michael Birch, entrepreneur and founder of Bebo, Niklas Zennstrom, angel investor and founder of Skype, and LinkedIn co-founder Eric Ly, to name but a few.

Siliconrepublic.com also attended the IT@Cork conference, with talks from Mark Little, founder of Storyful, Dr Mary Keeling from IBM Institute for Business Value, and Michael Loftus of Cork Institute of Technology.

We also got to talk to Harry Moran, the Mac App Store’s youngest developer, aged 12.

Mark Little of Storyful tells IT@Cork about the opportunities in curating news

Zynga’s COO of games studio operations Marcus Segal opening Zynga European offices in Dublin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the creation of new video game jobs

Michael Birch, founder of Bebo, at the Dublin Web Summit

Harry Moran, the 12-year-old founder of HM Computing with his mum Elaine

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3
Oct 11

Jerry Kennelly named Ireland’s Net Visionary 2011

Kerry entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly, who sold his company Stockbyte to Getty Images in 2006 for US$135m and has come roaring back in the start-up game with Tweak.com, has been named Overall Net Visionary winner in the Irish Internet Association’s 2011 Net Visionary Awards.

Kennelly, who began his first business in 1981, grasped early on the potential of the internet. After starting Stockbyte in 1996, the company quickly became one of the leading stock photography websites in the world by the time it was acquired by Getty a decade later.

He has since started Tweak.com, a web-based design platform which will bring the services of professional designers to the desktops of Ireland’s 230,000 business owners, aiming to give them a cost saving of almost 80pc compared to traditional suppliers. SEE MORE….

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30
Sep 11

Good News story from Kendlebell the “Virtual Office” Specialists, Plan to create 20 Jobs

Kendlebell, now operating from Unit 6, Greenogue Business Plaza in Rathcoole, plans to provide employment for up to 20 people and a professional service to hundreds of businesses around Ireland. Kendlebell, Co Dublin offers a range of personalised, “virtual office” services for small businesses. Clients simply divert their telephone lines (landline or mobile) to their own exclusive Kendlebell number and a team of professionals represent them as if they were sitting in their own office.

Kendlebell have cultivated an enviable reputation for providing the most personal level of service to its 2000 plus portfolio of customers throughout the UK and Ireland. The Co Dublin office will concentrate on serving businesses all over Ireland that are looking for a central base. With impressive modern offices and a specialist local management team in place Donal Daly, Managing Director has ambitious plans for the future and said, “We believe that Kendlebell is an ideal technology driven operation to help small businesses create the right impression. We believe that this operation will become a role model for sustainable high quality employment and economic growth throughout Ireland.

Kendlebell County Dublin is now open for business for people wishing to outsource front–end receptionist duties! Key objectives for clients may be to cut costs, increase efficiency, reduce capital outlay and ultimately increase profitability. Effective, dedicated outsourced telephone answering services help build customer loyalty thus gaining competitive advantage. Depending on requirements, clients can choose between five packages that range from €50 per month to €400 per month. SEE MORE @  www.kbcd.ie

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7
Dec 10

Enter the Dragons

The Bank of Ireland- sponsored RTE TV show Dragons’ Den has succeeded in achieving what most programme makers believed was impossible – making enterprise and entrepreneurship into compelling prime time viewing. The show, now entering its third series in Ireland, has captured the imagination of the viewing public and has made national celebrities of the team of “dragons”.

Three of those dragons – Bobby Kerr, Sean Gallagher and Gavin Duffy – have played a leading role in many of the flagship events held during National Enterprise Week and their message to business owners and entrepreneurs was to stay positive and support each other.

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18
Nov 10

Taxback.com scoops international entrepreneur title

Irish firm Taxback.com has won the International Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the 2010 European Business Awards, sponsored by HSBC.

Terry Clune started the tax recovery business Taxback.com as a student sideline over 13 years ago and has transformed it into a global business with over 650 employees and offices in 21 countries. He was the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009.

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19
Oct 10

Ireland must nurture small firms, says Dragon

The government needs to get serious about the future of small business and its potential to turn the economy around, Bobby Kerr, chairman of the Insomnia coffee chain, told a conference in Cork last week.

Kerr, who is also well-known as a panellist on RTE’s Dragons’ Den, said that problems in the banking crisis for small firms warranted the establishment of a new state bank specifically aimed at lending to small business.

‘‘The man with the van and a few employees is the future for this economy, and that needs to be recognised,” he told a gathering of 350 owner-managers and would-be entrepreneurs at The Sunday Business Post Out On Your Own conference in University College Cork (UCC). Kerr held up the performance of the old state owned ICC Bank as an example of how a new bank could work.

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15
Oct 10

Marshall-type plan needed for Ireland

Former BBC ‘Dragons’ Den’ star Doug Richard is calling on the Government to deliver a plan for entrepreneurs as significant to Ireland as the post-war Marshall Plan was to Europe.

Speaking in Donegal today, Richard claims Ireland needs a four-point plan, as follows:

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25
Jun 10

Catch this Interview with Iain MacDonald, CEO. Weedle.com

Weedle.com exhibited at The Entrepreneur Show, 2010 and have experienced great success! Catch this interview with Iain MacDonald, CEO – Weedle.com

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