July, 2013


28
Jul 13

Cork Spice Company Signs €500k Investment Deal.

 Arun Kapil (centre) of Green Saffron, Marc Amand of La Rousse Foods Ireland and Jenny Melia, manager of food and beverages  at Enterprise Ireland. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandIrish spice company Green Saffron has secured investment worth €500,000 to expand into new markets including the UK, mainland Europe, the US and India.

The Cork-based company signed an investment deal with Marc Amand of La Rousse Foods and Enterprise Ireland to take the Green Saffron the brand to the UK within 12 months, and then on to mainland Europe, India and the US.

The expansion plan will see Green Saffron’s Irish workforce grow by 80 per cent by the end of next year. The company currently employs nine staff full time.

“The investment funds are being put straight to work, focusing on three main areas: supply activation, strengthening group infrastructure and funding promotional activity. We’ll be developing our unit in Midleton into a centre of excellence for spice innovation,” said Green Saffron founder Arun Kapil.

He said the centre would allow the company to produce large-volume milled blends at the same time as providing a laboratory for experimentation and research. The facility will have the capacity to produce 2.5 tonnes of spice blend per week.

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28
Jul 13

Pharma firm’s Facility to Treat Rare Disorders Creates 50 jobs.

A niche pharmaceutical company, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, has announced that it will be creating 50 jobs in Ireland with the establishment of a new facility to treat ultra-rare disorders.

The company is expanding its global presence with the opening of a new office and laboratory facility in Dublin in conjunction with the company’s decision to establish a global supply chain facility in Ireland.

The Irish facility will supply soliris (eculizumab) to patients suffering with two severe and life-threatening ultra-rare disorders PNH and aHUS.

The company’s expanding Irish workforce will also manage the supply of additional Alexion medicines to patients following regulatory approvals for a series of anticipated launches of new therapies over the next several years.

Executive vice president and chief global operations officer at Alexion Stephen Squinto said the company had chosen Ireland for its new facilities due to the workforce. “Ireland’s government and universities have an unparalleled commitment and robust partnerships with regard to education and training for pharmaceutical manufacturing, quality assurance, quality control and supply logistics. For these reasons, as we continue to expand our global supply chain and quality team, we are very pleased to come to Ireland for its highly skilled and educated workforce,” he said.

Alexion is involved in the emerging biophama industry which is seen as being the next wave of medical development following the boom in synthetic drugs that saw Ireland benefit from a pharma boom in the 90s.

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26
Jul 13

New Strategy to put Construction Sector on Road to Growth.

ForfásForfás has today published a major new strategy report on the construction sector entitled, Ireland’s Construction Sector: Outlook and Strategic Plan to 2015.

The construction strategy, commissioned by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD and developed as part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, sets out an optimum scenario of sustainable output from the sector over the medium term at a level of 12 per cent of GNP, compared with the current level of 6.4 per cent, and projects that over the short-term to 2015 the sector will continue at well below optimum performance in the absence of action to accelerate a return to sustainable levels of output.

The construction sector currently provides 96,300 regionally distributed direct jobs, with a further 48,000 indirectly in related activities, representing a severe contraction in activity levels since the peak of a protracted and unsustainable construction boom when employment had peaked at almost 270,000.

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26
Jul 13

Tegral announces 30 New Jobs in Athy.

Visit TEGRAL BUILDING PRODUCTS websiteBuildings materials and systems firm Tegral will be expanding its workforce by 30 as it invests €7.3m into its manufacturing plant in Athy.

Ten of the openings have already become available and the remainder will be created before the end of the year.

€2.1m of the total investment will be spent immediately on new machinery for the firm while €5.3m will be pumped into existing machinery and infrastructure over the next three years.

Paddy Kelly, Managing Director, Tegral said: “This is a good day for Tegral and it’s pleasing to have some positive news for Athy after all the gloom of recent years.”

“Our long-standing record of delivering high-quality products and good productivity along with a reputable flexible workforce stood the test.”

The largest employer in south County Kildare, Tegral currently has a workforce of 92 people and is a major contributor to the local economy.

Today’s announcement follows recent reports of a successful tender to supply fibre cement roof slates for the UK market.

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26
Jul 13

Salesforce.com Set to Create 100 Jobs.

CRM The World's Favorite Customer Relationship Management - Salesforce.comSalesforce.com, which bills itself as the world’s number one provider of customer relationship management software, is to expand its operations in Dublin.
The company plans to hire qualified professionals in sales, marketing, IT and customer support.
The announcement was made in Dublin by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the company’s new 50,000sq ft office complex in Leopardstown.
“Ireland’s reputation as a digital island acting as a European hub for the digital industry is growing rapidly as more businesses like salesforce.com expand their operations here,” Mr Kenny said.
The Taoiseach added that the new jobs reinforced the Government’s plan to become a world leader in the social and cloud computing areas.
“This is a strong endorsement of Ireland’s strengths in the digital sector and of our talented and dedicated people. The company’s leadership in social, mobile and cloud computing aligns with the Government’s policy and Action Plan for Jobs in these fast growing sectors.” he said.
Senior vice president, salesforce.com, David Dempsey said Ireland is key to the companies success in Europe.

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19
Jul 13

New Jobs for Kinvara, Co. Galway.

FlagShip mgt.US maritime consultancy and recruitment firm Flagship Management has announced that it is locating its European, Middle East and African (EMEA) Headquarters in Kinvara, Co. Galway, creating 15 new jobs over the next three years.

The EMEA HQ is being established to provide a formal structure around Flagship Management’s growing European business, and to offer a solid platform for future growth.  The Florida HQ will continue to serve and grow their American markets.

The project was secured under the Succeed-in-Ireland Initiative which is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Job. The initiative is implemented by ConnectIreland under the management of IDA Ireland with the support of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

During the announcement on Friday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said it is a very welcome boost for the local community in Kinvara.

“Every job that is created through ConnectIreland, under the Succeed in Ireland Initiative, is a job that may not have come to Ireland without the intervention of a ‘Connector’. Whether it is individual connections like this or wider Government strategy, our message is: Ireland is open for business and a great location for inward investment.”

Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Richard Bruton welcomed the move and said it is very exciting to see a successful business such as Flagship Management choose Ireland for their EMEA headquarters.

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19
Jul 13

50 Jobs Secured for Portarlington.

A Portarlington man proved the turning point in a major American R&D facility moving its proposed manufacturing operations to Ireland creating 50 jobs and a new 40,000 sqf facility in Co Offaly.

As a result Kieran Leavy, who runs the well known P&J Security business and is also involved with Portarlington GAA Club, will collect his ‘Finder’s Fee’ cheque for €75,000, representing €1,500 per job created, from ConnectIreland – the IDA backed jobs initiative.

Kieran had a social relationship with a Magni executive who he bumped into in a pub in Dublin. After hearing Magni had plans to expand to Europe and that his friend was en route to the Czech Republic, he persuaded him to watch a GAA match in Portarlington.

The Magni Group is the global leader in corrosion resistant, automotive coatings. Virtually every car assembled around the world uses the company’s coatings. Magni is based in 23 locations in eight countries. Following this announcement, they will build a 40sqf manufacturing facility which can be doubled within five years, in Portarlington.

Having already registered with ConnectIreland after seeing their stand at the 2012 GAA Congress, Kieran put the two in touch and the jobs announcement was made today by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, in the presence of Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation with Terry Clune, Chairman of ConnectIreland presenting Kieran with his cheque, which is tax free.

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19
Jul 13

Connect-Ireland Create 75 Jobs in Laois, Galway & Longford.

ConnectIreland helps generate 75 jobs in Laois, Galway and LongfordSeventy-five jobs are to be created in Laois, Galway and Longford as part of ConnectIreland, an organisation that financially rewards individuals who help bring employment to Ireland.

The three companies involved were introduced to Ireland through ConnectIreland, the company responsible for delivering the Irish Government’s Succeed in Ireland initiative, as part of the Action Plan for Jobs.

The companies creating the 75 jobs are US automotive coatings company Magni Group, US consulting firm Flagship Management, and Italian firm Ark Energy Consulting Limited.

Magni Group is to establish a new manufacturing plant and R&D laboratory in Portarlington and create 50 jobs.

Flagship Management is to locate the EMEA headquarters of its maritime consultancy and recruitment business in Kinvara, resulting in 15 new jobs.

Ark Energy Consulting Limited is to create 10 new roles in Longford town as it expands its Italian operation to Ireland.

Each of the three companies was referred to ConnectIreland by a registered ‘connector’ who put the company in touch with the expert FDI team at ConnectIreland, when they learned that they were in expansion mode.

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19
Jul 13

New Job Activation Programme Targets Long-term Unemployed.

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton, Taoiseach Enda Kenny ,Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Education Minister Ruairi Quinn at the Digital Hub in Dublin at the launch of the Pathways to work scheme. Photograph: PA “Pathways to Work 2013” is an update on the plan of the same name from February 2012 and devises a comprehensive plan of action for jobless people to find gainful employment.

Aspirations
The document contains a “50-point plan to fight long-term unemployment”. They incorporate many of the aspirations from last year’s plan but officials said yesterday that at least 25 are new innovations. These new elements include the youth guarantee scheme, a Europe-wide initiative to guarantee work or training for young people, which was agreed during Ireland’s EU presidency as well as the imminent involvement of the private sector for the first time in designing and managing job-activation schemes.

Main difference
The document was launched in the Digital Skills Academy in Dublin’s Digital Hub by the Taoiseach, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton and Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn.

Mr Kenny emphasised that the main difference between Pathways to Work 2013 and its 2012 predecessor was its emphasis on the long-term unemployed, those who were without jobs for 12 months and more.

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18
Jul 13

Global Technology Leaders to Meet in Limerick.

Announcing the ‘ Global Technology Leaders Summit’ to be held in Limerick in January were John Hartnett, ITLG founder; Dr. Maria Hinfelaar, LIT president; and Con Murray, manager, Limerick Local Authorities. Pic: Kieran Clancy

The summit was announced this week by ITLG (Irish Technology Leadership Group) founder and president John Hartnett at LIT, which secured the event for the city alongside UL, Limerick Chamber, Limerick Local Authorities and Shannon Airport.

The January event will mark the second time the ITLG will bring the summit to Limerick since 2010.

Mr Hartnett commented: “This summit will be a unique, once-off opportunity next year for technology companies to tap into the ITLG’s powerful and influential diaspora business network.

“We are looking forward to seeing Ireland’s most innovative and disruptive technologies at the ‘fast pitch’ sessions. Entrepreneurs interested in pitching for investment from the global business leaders and investors should embrace the opportunity of the ITLG Summit and get in touch with us immediately.”

He added that ITLG’s goal was to “identify the most promising entrepreneurial opportunities and investments in the global technology industry”.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet and network with innovative companies, technologists, influential investors and purchasing decision-makers in the technology industry.

The event will include ‘fast pitch’ sessions for entrepreneurs, business start-ups and innovative businesses to pitch for investment at the fourth annual ITLG University Challenge award and Technology Leaders Summit as well as a gala networking dinner.

Submissions are now being invited from organisations all over the country for the fast-pitch session on January 27 2014.

A Global Technology Leaders Summit, University Challenge Award, and a gala networking dinner will take place the following day.

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