April, 2012


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Apr 12

Taoiseach launches €3.8m European Project

Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, will be making an address at the upcoming energy Symposium in Drumshanbo this week.

The Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D., launched TESLA a €3.8m European co-operation project at the Border, Midland and Western (BMW) Regional Assembly headquarters in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Rosommon on Monday April 16th.

Speaking at the launch, the Taoiseach stated that TESLA, which focuses on innovative supports to small and medium sized business represented a brilliant addition to the opportunities for dynamic small companies and he emphasised that these companies have a key role to play in our economic recovery.

Mr. Kenny stated that European Regional Development Funds have played an important role in the development of Ireland’s economy and the financial transfers from the EU Budget provide vital supports to regional development. The Taoiseach acknowledged the ongoing role of regional bodies in Ireland and stated that there was a wealth of regional proposals that could be developed into achievable projects. The Taoiseach also outlined a number of Government initiatives to help enterprises access finance and to reduce bureaucracy for SMEs.

Councillor Cyril Burke, Cathaoirleach of the BMW Regional Assembly outlined the role of the Regional Assembly in ensuring the successful delivery of European Regional Development Funds Programmes over the past 12 years. He stated that the BMW Regional Assembly had successfully demonstrated its capacity to effectively manage both the previous and current funding periods, with more than w700m invested in the region over the past 12 years. Councillor Burke emphasised the need to retain a focus on the development needs of all regions and to avoid unbalanced regional development.

Following the launch, Mr. Gerry Finn, Director of the BMW Regional Assembly, stated that ‘the launch by the Taoiseach provided a valuable opportunity to highlight the work of the Assembly in managing and delivering EU programmes and in successfully securing additional EU funds. He stated that the Regional Assembly looked forward to leading the TESLA project, which he said, would support a large number of technology-based start-up firms in the BMW Region.

Kieran Moylan, Assistant Director provided the assembled audience with a brief overview of TESLA which is led by the BMW Regional Assembly in partnership with 8 organisations from six EU Member States. The TESLA project which is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the INTERREG North West Europe programme, aims to provide a range of supports to early stage, technology-based start-up firms, with export potential. Dr. Moylan set out the 10 project actions which will be delivered in partnership with the Higher Education Institutions. These will help the supported firms to access innovation and product development supports and internationalise more quickly. Overall, 612 firms will access supports and 45 new high potential start-ups are anticipated.

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Apr 12

Cloud start-up gets €300K investment; plans 15 jobs

Cloud start-up gets €300K investment; plans 15 jobs

Careergro co-founders John Costello, Gerard Cunningham and Kevin Sorohan

Careergro, a new HR start-up that has tapped into the cloud to create a career development tool for employees and companies, has gleaned a €300,000 cash injection from private investors and Enterprise Ireland.

The start-up was set up in 2010 and is based at NovaUCD. Its co-founders Kevin Sorohan, John Costello and Gerard Cunningham said they are planning to use the funding to support their business expansion plans.

The trio is also planning to hire an extra 15 people over the next three years.

Careergro is also opening a new sales office in Hammersmith, London, to support its expansion into the UK market.

The start-up’s cloud-based career development software tool for employees is already being used in blue-chip companies, such as Vodafone and Heineken.

Tracking your career development in real time

Careergro is free to use for individuals and for groups of up to 50 people.

Sorohan said employees can use the site to help with their career development and to assess their skill sets.

He said people can track their career development progress and achievements, while feedback is recorded in real time.

The start-up will be launching its Careergro tool into the UK market today at the 2012 Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development HRD Learning and Organisation Development conference.

Careergro’s co-founders all have had careers involving technology. Sorohan (now CEO) is a serial entrepreneur, with a track record of founding and selling technology companies. Prior to co-founding Careergro, Costello was an engineer in the innovation and product development field. Cunningham has more than 20 years of international experience in product development, project management and business development for multinational tech firms.

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Apr 12

Apple Ireland political visit applauds Euro expansion

This week Apple‘s plant in Hollyhill in Cork, Ireland, has received a rare visit from the country’s Taoiseach Mr. Enda Kenny. This visit represents a bid of confidence in the workers in the area to use Apple to bolster their economy both in the immediate area and across Europe. Apple this month announced that they’d be adding another 500 roles across Europe to the 2,800 people working at the Hollyhill facility, Apple’s very first plant opened outside the USA several years ago.

The Hollyhill plant is currently the assembly point for the MacBook Pro laptop line, and was responsible in the past for Apple’s original iconic iMac machine. We’ve had quite a bit of rumors swirling around the MacBook Pro 2012 line, this visit to Hollyhill sure to add to the anticipatory fire for new Apple notebook hardware through the weekend. Have a peek at our [MacBook Pro portal] to see the timeline of events as they’ve blown up over the past month.

Above: Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny visits with Apple employees in Cork, Ireland on Friday, April 27, 2012. Apple recently announced plans to expand its presence in Cork, adding over 500 new jobs to support the company’s growing business across Europe. The title Taoiseach, for those of you wondering, means effectively head of the government. This seat is roughly the same as Prime Minister or President – in this case of Ireland.

The Apple plant in Hollyhill is responsible also for Apple’s distribution, back-office, and supply chain operations. Additional support from Apple as well as cooperation from the government via check-ins like the one this week by Enda Kenny are sure to expand Apple’s role in Europe into the future. With 500 new jobs coming up in what Apple says will be the next 18 months, we can expect a much more powerful presence for Apple across the UK and greater Europe in the next couple of years without a doubt.

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Apr 12

State to use asset sale cash for jobs