Community Enterprise


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Nov 12

Thirty five new jobs created in the City Bin Company following a €15 million investment

The City Bin Co. - Oranmore, IrelandAward-winning waste collection operators, the City Bin Co., recently confirmed the creation of 35 new jobs within Dublin and Galway regions.

This decision will come into effect over the next few months and follows significant investment from averda – the largest private environmental solutions provider in the Middle East – the Gulf co-operation council, and North Africa.

This commercial alliance between averda and the City Bin Co marks the first time that averda has expanded into Europe. The future plan is for averda to extend its corporation into other European destinations with Ireland being chosen as its headquarters. The large-scale deal will also see averda taking a majority shareholding in The City Bin Co as well as other operational investments.

Recruitment for the 35 new positions commences immediately, with the City Bin Co. seeking to occupy a range of positions in Dublin and Galway over the coming months. These will include service delivery staff, specialist IT roles, and customer service positions.

Gene Browne, CEO of the City Bin Co said, “We are delighted to announce our partnership with averda and the creation of 35 new jobs – representing a 50% increase in our workforce. The City Bin Co has ambitious growth plans for the future and prides itself on its customer-centric business model. The averda deal is a welcome signal of international confidence in our model and an excellent opportunity to drive international best practice in the European waste sector. ”

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Jul 12

The Irish government has recently announced a new investment of €2 million in the Community Enterprise Centres Scheme

The Irish government has recently announced a new investment of €2 million in the Community Enterprise Centres Scheme

The Irish government has recently announced a new investment of €2 million in the Community Enterprise Centres Scheme, which provides support to small and growing businesses on a regional level. It is hoped that this new investment in the managerial infrastructure of the Centres will be an added step in releasing the innovative potential of the Irish start-up companies who use their services.

The Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, unveiled on June 14th, 2012, plans to appoint 37 business development managers to Community Enterprise Centres across Ireland. Funding of €2 million will be offered to allow for this additional feature of the Community Enterprise Centre Scheme.

Community Entrepreneurial Centres Scheme has been in operation Ireland since 1989 and currently gives support to around 800 companies in the country. These centres, of which there are 110 in service across both urban and rural regions of Ireland, provide a supportive working space for start-up companies to be based in. 50% of the funding for the centres comes from the Irish government, via the agency responsible for supporting businesses, Enterprise Ireland, whilst the remaining 50% is generated from local sources.

The new initiative to employ business development managers will, however, add to the range of services certain centres provide, by improving their managerial infrastructure and bringing in business consulting and training expertise. Key areas the Managers will be responsible for include:

  • offering business development programmes and training courses
  • seeing that companies graduate from the centre once their employment levels rise
  • managing cooperation with other local business development stakeholders, such as local entrepreneurs, third level institutions, CEBs, Local Authorities, Chambers of Commerce
  • co-operative work with other Community Enterprise Centres in the area

This work of the managers will be judged against a range of metrics in return for their funding at the centres.

The investment comes as part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2012 programme of the Irish government, yet the extra support and guidance for start-up companies is also recognised as being part of wider policy measures to encourage and spur on the closely linked branch of innovation in the Irish economy. Through supporting entrepreneurial ventures with programmes such as the Community Enterprise Centre Scheme, the Irish government aims to help to give form to the innovative products, services and practices latent within them. The Irish government’s Innovation in Ireland report of 2008 targeted “Entrepreneurship and Business Expansion” as one of the key areas “inextricably linked” with innovation. This commitment to support innovation through entrepreneurship was restated by Ireland’s Minister for Small Business, John Perry, who said on unveiling the new €2 million investment “Entrepreneurship activity provides the Irish economy with increased levels of innovation in the market place”.

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