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New HR opportunities for West Cork

AN HR professional with 35 years of corporate experience has set up his own company offering advice and support to small and medium-sized businesses. Gordon Teasdale has launched the HR Dept in South Cork and County Kerry, providing affordable outsourced HR advice and support to SMEs around the region.

Curves Bandon opening soon

CURVES – the 30-minute full body workout designed for women – opens in Old Chapel, Bandon on Monday 16th May. Curves has helped over 10million women of all different shapes, sizes and fitness levels get fit, gain strength and lose weight, as the Curves circuit works every major muscle group and can burn up to 500 calories in half an hour.

Seattle’s Best Coffee comes to Clonakilty

HARTE’S Spar in Clonakilty has become the 100th store to offer the “Seattle’s Best Coffee” concept, developed in the Irish convenience market by working in close partnership with BWG and their group retailers in order to give their customers a consistently quality tasting coffee on every occasion.

Carbery Partners with XL Tank to grow Scandinavian presence

WEST Cork-based Storage Tank and Re-Fuelling Systems manufacturer specialist Carbery Plastics has confirmed the appointment of XL Tank as its fuel tank distributor for Norway from April 2016. Plastic heating and fuel oil tank and re-fuelling systems specialist Carbery Plastics has confirmed the appointment of XL Tanks, as the company’s fuel tank distributor for Norway. Carbery’s Cal McCarthy says, “The appointment of XL Tank as our fuel tank distributor is the

Ludgate Hub calls for expressions of interest for share of a €300,000 ‘Ludgate Seed Capital Fund’

A €300,000 Ludgate Seed Capital fund, aimed at companies who locate in The Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen, is currently calling on entrepreneurs to register interest in the fund by 20th of May 2016. The fund is designed to support start-up and early stage companies with job creation potential. The Ludgate Seed fund is joint-funded by Gain Line Capital Investments Limited & the Sean & Rose O’Driscoll Family Investment Fund, and

Bank of Ireland Clonakilty Enterprise Town launch

BANK of Ireland recently hosted a Town Hall meeting in Clonakilty to announce its Enterprise Town initiative in partnership with the local community. The Bank has taken a three-pillar approach to this initiative whereby the Bank of Ireland Branch Manager Geraldine Galvin will work closely with the business community, the wider sports and social community and the schools in the town and surrounding areas.

New Clon enterprise gets tails wagging

A NEW Irish brand aimed at the canine gift sector ‘Little Hound’ has been shortlisted for a major craft design award. The new range of dog neckerchiefs are designed and hand made in Clonakilty by the people behind ‘Little Green Dot’.

Kalbos named best cafe in Cork

by John Bohane Kalbos Cafe in Skibbereen town was recently crowned Best Cafe in Cork at the Irish Restaurant awards which were held in the Malton Hotel, Killarney. Kalbos Cafe were recognised for their beautiful produce and maintaining their consistently high standards which ensures they were deservedly crowned the Best Cafe in Cork. Siobhan Boyle, who is the proprietor at Kalbos Cafe was thrilled with their award.

Kinsale Age Friendly Business Recognition Programme

DEPUTY Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Alan Coleman, presented a number of Kinsale Businesses with Age Friendly Charters detailing specific actions to benefit older people and Age Friendly stickers recently in Acton’s Hotel, Kinsale, following training last November. As part of Kinsale becoming an Age Friendly Town, local business owners, managers and staff took part in the Age Friendly Business Recognition Programme to look at ways businesses in Kinsale can

“Well seasoned” event is highlight of Local Enterprise Week in West Cork

THE Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West has announced its programme of events for Local Enterprise Week which runs from 7th – 11th March. Local Enterprise Week is a national event across all 31 LEO’s and is aimed at anyone thinking of starting a business, new start-ups and growing SMEs, and a week-long schedule of events will include workshops, seminars, networking evenings and business advice clinics.

SouthWestern’s new leaders graduate at Ross ceremony

THE West Cork-based business process services company SouthWestern recently celebrated the graduation of its leaders from the “Making it Happen Leadership Development Programme” with a ceremony at the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery. At the event that was attended by programme participants and the company’s senior leadership team, the graduates were recognised for their achievement in completing the year-long course and were presented with awards by SouthWestern’s Managing Director, Paddy

All smiles as Bantry Dental win national award

STAFF at local dental practise Bantry Dental are celebrating after being named as Best Dental Team at the 2016 Irish Dentistry Awards. Bantry Dental were also highly commended in Practice of the Year Munster category at the awards ceremony at Dublin’s Mansion House recently. The awards reward excellence in dentistry throughout the island of Ireland. More than 50 Dental practices were nominated for what has become the blue riband event

West Cork estate agents win Sherry FitzGerald Franchise of the Year 2015

THE winner of the Sherry FitzGerald Franchise of the Year Award 2015 was announced at the company’s annual Countrywide Conference which was held recently in Killashee Hotel, Naas Co. Kildare recently. Fighting off stiff competition from 67 franchised offices, Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill, with branches in Clonakilty and Skibbereen emerged victorious, a reflection of their excellent standard of service, business acumen and professionalism.

Trading Online Voucher Seminar in Skibbereen

THE Local Enterprise Office are holding a Trading Online Voucher Seminar in Skibbereen, this week; Thursday, 28th January, 2016. Anyone wishing to launch, upgrade their own site or participate in Skibbereen’s eStreet.ie collaborative will need to attend, or send a representative.

Engineering power house to hire 500 in five years

A leading Irish engineering firm with a base in Cork has begun the New Year with a bang, announcing that it will create 500 new jobs by 2020, doubling its staff in five years. Providing total engineering solutions to clients including a number of major global clients with significant operations in the UK and Ireland, adi Group has a history of exponential growth, and says it is now on track

Sowing the seeds for new business in Cork as Greenshoots launch programme for 2016

APPLICATIONS are now open to budding entrepreneurs from all over Cork who are invited to participate in this year’s Greenshoots Programme, commencing in March at Macroom E Enterprise Centre. Since its inception five years ago, the Greenshoots programme has supported fifty five aspiring businesses in Cork, enabling them to develop their ideas from conceptual stages through to launching new companies. 

€240m development programme launched for seafood sector

THE Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney has launched eight schemes to commence implementation of Ireland’s new €240 million EMFF Seafood Development Programme for the period up to 2020 and beyond, co-funded by the Exchequer and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. This announcement follows approval of the Programme in December by Government and the European Commission.

Small and medium food producers in West Cork called to submit views

THE TRADEIT Network, an EU initiative to drive growth in the SME food producers sector, led by Institute of Technology in Tralee, is calling on micro, small and medium food producers in Ireland to share their views and inform a key set of funding recommendations to the European Commission for the sector. TRADEIT has been engaged in an EU wide consultation with small to medium enterprise (SME) Food Producers since

Local business calendar launched in Kilmeen

A community business calendar featuring advertisements for 50 local businesses was launched by the Kilmeen & Castleventry Community Development Association in Bealad recently.  

Protect yourself from the expense of an employment tribunal

PENINSULA Business Services will be hosting a free employment advice and networking event in the West Cork Hotel, Ilen Street, Skibbereen, Cork on Thursday 14th January 2016 in an effort to bring local business together and offer free business support on a subject that applies to decision makers across all sectors. The event will commence at 8.45am and finish at 11.00am.

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 to ensuring websites comply with data protection law.

Schull business expands with the launch of new workshop

ENIBAS, the Irish designer jewellery boutique is marking its 22nd year in business with the launch of a brand new state-of-the-art workshop at its West Cork base in Schull. Husband and wife team, Sabine Lenz and Len Lipitch started the business in 1993 from humble beginnings in their Schull home and have since grown Enibas to one of the most recognisable Irish handmade jewellery brands in the country. The pair