Food Works Ireland is calling all Offaly Food Entrepreneurs

Are you a budding food entrepreneur? Do you have a big idea for a food business? Could you create a successful and scalable global food business? Food Works, an intensive business development and accelerator programme designed for food and drink start-ups, could be the ideal opportunity for you. Ambitious individuals, with an interest in building an international […]

Shortage of IT professionals for Irish Businesses continues

More than 51% Irish businesses* have had difficulties filling vacancies for IT specialists. (all figs. collected 2014). This is higher than the EU average of 40% for businesses* looking for IT staff who have found it hard to recruit qualified staff. The figures come from a new Eurostat report which looks at the “Information and Communication […]

Construction SME Skillnet to address skills shortages by providing more training options for SMEs

As the skills shortage within the construction industry increases, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and Skillnets – a Department of Education initiative- have joined forces to develop a programme aimed specifically at SMEs that will deliver more industry focused training where the need is greatest.  The roll out of these new training programmes will initially […]

Offaly SMEs encouraged to grow their business with new training fund

Skillnets – the national agency responsible for funding and supporting training networks – has announced details of a new training fund worth nearly half a million euro (€450,000), aimed at assisting private sector businesses to grow, by addressing their current and future skills needs. A group of businesses from the same region, or specialising in […]

Blacknight SME Awards open for nominations #LoveSMEs

Nominations have opened for The Blacknight SME Awards on April 16, but ‘startups’ need not apply. That’s not to say that the organisers aren’t interested in entrepreneurs; in fact there are a total of 3 categories devoted to ‘new companies’, as the organiser Damien Mulley prefers to call them. ’Startup’ is becoming a dirty word,” he […]

UCC Connects Startups To Free Legal Advice

UCC has become the first university in Ireland to offer free legal information to startups with the launch of its new IT Law Clinic. Twelve postgraduate law students work together with academic staff and established law firms including McCullagh Wall, Ronan Daly Jermyn and O’Dowd Solicitors, responding to legal questions from startups, from protecting copyright […]

Offaly’s ice cream to be showcased at Bite Food Festival

An Offaly producer who swapped a 20-year career as an agricultural advisor for ice-cream beloved by Jamie Oliver, will be showcased at the first annual Bite Food Festival in the RDS, from November 19-22. Banagher-based James Kirwan’s premier ice-cream will be one of the country’s top artisan producers featured at the major new food festival, […]

Co. Offaly businesses look to grow through Crowd Lending

Linked Finance, Ireland’s leading ‘Crowd Lending’ business lending company, are delighted to announce they are currently raising finance to allow further growth of TWO fantastic Co. Offaly businesses; Coolfin Garden Organic bakery in Bannagher, Co. Offaly and Fix MYi in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. The funding will allow both businesses to expand & grow and hopefully […]

IFA Reaction to Budget 2016

IFA President Eddie Downey has welcomed the further progress made on farm taxation measures in today’s Budget, in particular the introduction by the Government of measures on farm succession to encourage a new generation of farmers to get involved with their parents in the business at an early stage. He said a tax credit of […]

Budget 2016 is economically positive overall, but it does not go far enough for the Construction Sector – CIF

The Construction Industry Federation are broadly supportive of Budget 2016 announced today, which sets Ireland on a positive path for economic growth and recovery.  However, further actions are needed in order to kick start growth in the construction sector, which currently employs more than 125,000 people.  It is essential now that we see follow through […]

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