March, 2014


28
Mar 14

Vodafone Ireland to Hire 113 New People

Vodafone Ireland is expanding its workforce with the creation of 113 new jobs.

The positions will come on stream in the next year across its business, with 57 new permanent posts, five graduate recruits and 51 contract roles.

The company is recruiting for positions in customer service, technology and networks, HR, finance and sales and marketing.

Vodafone currently employs 1,100 people in Ireland.

The CEO of Vodafone Ireland Anne O’Leary says the company is recruiting to meet increasing customer demand.

“Recruitment is starting immediately,” she said. “The jobs will involve people across – technology, networks, customer service, marketing and sales.”

She said the expansion is being driven by increasing demand for mobile and data services.

Read [+]

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Share/Bookmark

27
Mar 14

A €200,000 fund to help Cork entrepreneurs turn their bright ideas into businesses will be announced today.

The new Enterprise Ireland-run Cork Feasibility Fund could see entrepreneurs in the region getting up to €25,000 towards the cost of a feasibility study to validate their start-up ideas.

Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, who will open the fund to applications this morning, said the ultimate aim of the package is to boost start-ups and stimulate growth and job creation in the city and county.

“Cork has a strong entrepreneurship culture,” the minister said.

“This fund is aimed at helping people who have a bright idea for an international business that can grow and provide valuable jobs in the Cork region.

“I am confident that there is a wealth of creative and capable potential entrepreneurs in the county that have a business idea they’d like to put to the test.”

The application process will be competitive and its particular focus will be on supporting innovative, growth-oriented businesses with the potential to move into export markets.

Enda McDonnell, Enterprise Ireland’s Director for the South/South East Region, urged budding entrepreneurs to apply to the fund.

Read [+]

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Share/Bookmark

26
Mar 14

New Irish Whiskey Museum will bring 25 Jobs

Local tours operator Extreme Event Ireland Ltd is to open the museum at a cost of €1.9 million. The opening is planned for August and will create 25 jobs.

Dublin is set to get an additional tourist attraction with the opening of an Irish Whiskey Museum.

Local tours operator Extreme Event Ireland Ltd is to open the museum at a cost of €1.9 million. The opening is planned for August and will create 25 jobs.

The museum will tell the story of Irish whiskey and showcase the country’s growing list of brands, including Jameson, Bushmills and Tullamore Dew. It will be located in two premises in the South City Centre , at 119 Grafton Street and 37 College Green opposite the front gates of Trinity College. This is one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city, attracting a high footfall of tourists. The listed property is owned by the well-known James Fox cigar and whiskey store, which operates from 119 Grafton Street.

Extreme Event Ireland has secured a 15-year lease on the building, which is currently being refitted to house interactive tours and whiskey tastings. Run by former IT consultant Keith McDonnell, Extreme Event Ireland has traded since 2006. The company runs two independent tourism offices in Dublin’s city centre and organises coach tours. It employs 50 staff, operates 15 coaches and is profitable.

Mr McDonnell hopes to attract 100,000 visitors to the museum in the first year of trading, rising to 230,000 in year five. “We’re always looking for new ideas and we felt there was a gap in the market for a whiskey museum that would tell the story of Irish whiskey and unite all the brands,” Mr McDonnell said. “Every brand will be represented.” He said all of the whiskey brands in the country, whose owners include global drinks giants Pernod Ricard and Diageo, are supportive of the project although they have not provided financial assistance.

Read [+]

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Share/Bookmark

24
Mar 14

Family-Run Health-Food Firm Creates 25 Jobs

Kira Walton, (Voya), Bernie & Laura Butler (Good4U), Jane Chambers (Shells Café) and Mark Walton (Voya) at the launch of Swell Sligo in Strandhill.A Sligo-based, family-run health-food company is creating 25 new jobs over the next two years after securing funding of €1m.

Good4U secured the money from the Western Development Commission (WDC), the body set up to promote social and economic development in the western region, along with Enterprise Ireland, AIB, and internal investment from the company.

The firm said that the investment, combined with increased sales and new business opportunities, was facilitating the opening of new R&D and production headquarters in Finisklin Business Park in Sligo. Founded in 2004, Good4U is run by Bernie Butler and her daughters Laura, who serves as sales and marketing manager; and Michelle, a certified dietician and nutritionist; and son Karol, the firm’s financial controller.

The family have pioneered the development and marketing of a unique range of functional foods, including fresh, ready-to-eat sprouted seeds, wheatgrass products and roasted seed snacks and ingredients.

Read [+]

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Share/Bookmark

24
Mar 14

UCD/TCD Innovation Academy to Host Forum on Entrepreneurship

TeachWare and Casey Games founder Jordan Casey, who will speak at the Irish Student Entrepreneurship Forum in Dublin this week. photograph: alan betsonMore than 2,000 expected to attend Dubstarts jobs fair in Dublin.

Given that two-thirds of all new jobs come from start-up businesses in the first five years, entrepreneurship is more topical than ever.

Against this backdrop, the UCD/TCD Innovation Academy will host the third annual Irish Student Entrepreneurship Forum (ISEF) on Thursday to promote student start-ups and connect young entrepreneurs with Ireland’s business elite.

ISEF co-head Eoghan Boyle said the forum will provide students with a platform to showcase their businesses to venture capitalists, angel investors and business leaders, and receive feedback and advice on how to proceed. “Young entrepreneurs and third-level students are a seed bed for future business start-ups, they will be our successful entrepreneurs of the future.”

He said the encouragement of entrepreneurship and a start-up culture among students was more important than ever considering the level of youth unemployment throughout Europe.

“Third-level institutions are a hub of new ideas and innovation, and in order to give start-ups the best chance of success it is necessary to have well-established connections with formidable business leaders,” he added.

Read [+]

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Share/Bookmark