October, 2010


21
Oct 10

Entrepreneurs gain assistance from new programme

The EnterpriseSTART Programmes, which help budding entrepreneurs understand and evaluate the intricacies of the entrepreneurial process, takes place across the board this November.

The EnterpriseStart Programmewill take place across the country in Dublin, Limerick, Dundalk, Leterkenny and more locations and will help potential entrepreneurs examine all aspects of what is involved in setting up a business and help them determine if entrepreneurship is the right course for them.

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21
Oct 10

800 jobs in line for Galway City

Galway could be in line for a major employment boost, as a US company is currently considering setting up in the city. The unidentified information technology company is planning to open a major call centre and has narrowed the list of possible locations down to ten, with Parkmore Industrial Estate off the Tuam Road making the shortlist.

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19
Oct 10

Irish software companies set to showcase products to venture capital companies at second annual Software Investor Forum

Irish software companies are set to showcase their products to major venture capital companies at the upcoming second annual Software Investor Forum in Dublin, organised by the Irish Software Association (ISA) and the Irish Venture Capital Association (IVCA). The event, which will take place on November 25th, gives innovative software SMEs and start-ups the opportunity to showcase their businesses to some of Ireland’s leading venture capitalists.

Members of the IVCA have some €800m to invest over the next few years and have already invested €1.5bn in Ireland during the last ten years.

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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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19
Oct 10

DCU announces digital business event for SMEs

Dublin City University (DCU) has announced a free half-day conference to encourage the adoption of digital business models and technologies among Irish SMEs.The event, entitled ‘Get Digital 2010’, will be held in DCUBusiness School, in association with North Dublin Chamber of Commerce, announced the free of charge half-day conference that will host 24 speakers from leading Irish and international companies involved with digital marketing and e-commerce.

The event, entitled ‘Get Digital 2010’, will be held in DCUBusiness School, in association with North Dublin Chamber of Commerce, announced the free of charge half-day conference that will host 24 speakers from leading Irish and international companies involved with digital marketing and e-commerce.

The Get Digital 2010 speaker lineup includes senior internet and marketing leaders from companies including Microsoft,Google, PayPal, Facebook, Salesforce.com, Kantar Media, Edelman and many others.

Irish entrepreneurs will speak at the event

A number of Irish entrepreneurs and managers will also speak at the event, including John Dennehy (CEO, HR Locker), Ciaran McGowan (CEO, StaffBalance), Ciaran Crean (MD, Mick’s Garage) and John Granville (sales operations manager, MyHome.ie).

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19
Oct 10

Debenhams to offer 9000 jobs in the UK & Ireland

UK department store Debenhams has announced that it will create 9,000 temporary jobs across UK and Ireland as it gears up for a busy Christmas period.

Michael Sharp, Deputy Chief Executive at Debenhams, said: “These jobs are sure to be welcomed by local economies during the most financially challenging part of the year.”

It is anticipated that an average of 56 positions will sit across 160 outlets. The positions will be based in menswear, womenswear, accessories, childrenswear, home, gift and cosmetics departments.

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18
Oct 10

World’s 100 Top Tech Leaders To Gather In Europe

A select group of 100 of the world’s leading young company founders and CEOs are to meet at an invite only event, organised by a group of Europe’s leading young company founders, in Dublin, Ireland, this October.

The event is known as Founders and will be an annual gathering of some of the world’s most influential young company founders and CEOs.

For the inaugural event, October 28-30, attendees will include the founders of Youtube, Skype and Twitter. They will be joined by some of the world’s leading investors and by some of the world’s most recognisable leaders and thinkers including the Chief Economist of the World Bank, Dr. Justin Lin; the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Dr. Mary Robinson; and campaigner and musician, Sir Bob Geldof.

Over two days the group will discuss a range issues including philanthropy, entrepreneurship and investment.

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18
Oct 10

€200,000 Marketing Prize On Offer For Ireland’s Most Innovative Business

The InterTradeIreland/Irish Times Innovation Awards 2011 will recognise and reward significant service, product and operational innovation by companies in Ireland.

The awards are open to small, medium and large companies which are registered and operate in Ireland (North or South) that have implemented a significant innovation to a product, service, process or system between 01 January 2009 and 17 December 2010.

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18
Oct 10

Marks & Spencer to create 20,000 seasonal jobs

Marks & Spencer has launched a nationwide recruitment drive to take on approximately 20,000 extra employees across its UK and Republic of Ireland stores this Christmas.

Steve Rowe, Director of Retail at M&S, said: “The festive season is a really special time at M&S and last year we had over 29 million customers visit our stores in the week before Christmas. That’s why we’re looking for 20,000 more friendly, motivated and enthusiastic employees to help our customers find everything they need to celebrate Christmas this year.

“We offer an excellent benefits package, and all our new recruits take part in a two-day induction training session so that they are fully-equipped to ensure our customers receive the best possible service.”

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18
Oct 10

Cloud software firm creates 20 jobs in first 18 months

A Wicklow-based cloud computing software firm has generated 20 new jobs in its first 18 months and has opened its first satellite office in the UK.

Profitsflow.com, which is up for a business innovation award from Wicklow and District Chamber of Commerce, competes directly with large US and European cloud software multinationals.

The firm’s technology enables access to all information by field sales personnel from anywhere with internet connectivity.

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