WEST Cork business owners are being encouraged to attend a free event to learn how they can make significant savings for their company through resource efficiencies. The morning seminar will take place on November 18th in the conference hall of the Seafood Development Centre in Clonakilty and business owners are urged to book their place soon due to the high demand.
SPEARLINE Labs, the world’s largest toll and toll-free number testing provider has announced that it is hiring 20 people at its Skibbereen base as it looks to double its workforce over the next 18 months. The expansion is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland. The company that was founded in 2003 by Kevin Buckley (CEO) and Matthew Lawlor (CTO) has a global presence in
Synergy Southwest will take place on Friday 23rd October 2015 from 10 am to 1 pm in Charleville Park Hotel. Network Ireland’s Cork, Tipperary and Limerick branches and Kerry Businesswomen’s Network have organised this inter-branch event to promote and celebrate women in leadership roles in business, politics and the professions. The discussion panel for Synergy Southwest, which is being chaired by Newstalk’s Jonathan Healy, is composed of key politicians and
IRELAND’S first ever National Digital Week will take place from November 3rd – 8th in Skibbereen in the heart of West Cork, with more than 2,000 entrepreneurs, digital marketers, technology enthusiasts and those embarking on a digital journey, expected to attend. National Digital Week aims to develop entrepreneurship by making digital accessible for all, and is the first of its kind in a non-urban area in Ireland. It caters for
Ludgate@Skibbereen are proud to announce that they are the lucky recipients of a €50,000 fund through the REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones) pilot scheme via the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) fund. Ann Phelan, TD Minister of State for Rural Affairs announced the €3,758,479 in funding on Tuesday for the REDZ pilot scheme where recipients were selected on a competitive basis. This pilot is a result of the work
by Stephen Johnson FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan has said that the economic recovery has spread beyond Dublin in the past two years to “economic hotspots” around the country, citing Kenmare and West Cork as examples.
AS part of the Start-up Gathering 2015, E-Bantry Enterprise Centre is planning an Open Morning to showcase the facilities and supports available at the centre to start-up businesses in the area. The Open Morning will take place on Thursday, October 8th from 10am -1pm, and will offer members of the community the opportunity to learn more about the superb facilities at E Bantry. E-Bantry staff will be available to offer
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Sea Fisheries Board has announce the appointment of its new round of graduates to its Seafood Development Centre (SDC) in Clonakilty. This innovative graduate programme is part of an ambitious drive by BIM to promote careers in the seafood sector and is being run in partnership with UCC and Letterkenny Institute of Technology.
LOCAL Labour TD Michael McCarthy has welcomed news that Cork County Council has decided to allow for the transfer of land which is to be used in the development of the enterprise centre in Dunmanway.
FINE Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington, has encouraged local women in West Cork who have recently started their own business, to apply to ACORNS (Accelerating the Creation of Rural Nascent Start-ups), a fully funded programme to support female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland. “Applications are being sought from female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland for the ACORNS programme, which will provide knowledge, support and networking opportunities to
CLONAKILTY Living, a new magazine born in the cosmopolitan West Cork town of Clonakilty, has launched its first edition. The twice yearly publication reflects the unique vibe that attracts people to Clonakilty; from its people, vibrant culture and inclusiveness, to the food, music and beaches. The magazine is aimed at a wide audience of people locally, nationally and around the globe where a small town’s stories may resonate with people
E Bandon Enterprise Centre, funded and supported by Cork County Council, Bandon Chamber of Commerce and Bandon Credit Union, boasts office space and meeting/training facilities for start ups and expanding businesses in the Bandon area. Centrally located in South Main Street, E-Bandon enables companies to develop and grow in dedicated office space, with a variety of desk and office configurations. The aim of the ECentre is to provide a flexible
A WEST CORK business, Ireland’s premier Bitcoin exchange, Bitcove has received the accolade of Bank of Ireland/ IGNITE Business of the Year Award 2015. Bitcove, along with 10 other enterprising young businesses, was recognised at the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme Awards and Showcase held at the Aula Maxima in UCC on Wednesday 24th June. The top award, the Bank of Ireland/ IGNITE Business of the Year Award 2015, was
THERE are currently 10 new businesses on the Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme in Macroom E Enterprise Centre. Now in its fifth year, Greenshoots works closely with selected entrepreneurs helping them prepare their businesses for the commercial world. While working through the setting up of their own businesses, they are participating in various key workshops, expert mentoring sessions and networking events.
KELLEHER’S Topline Hardware, Bandon, has won the Munster category at the national Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards 2015. Ronan Kelleher, branch manager, said: “Were delighted to bring home an award from tonight’s ceremony. It’s a great honour to be chosen by Octabuild and it’s something we wouldn’t have won if it wasn’t for our great staff and loyal customers.” The other nominees in the category were Chadwicks, Midleton and McMahons, Dunmanway. The
IRISH Atlantic Seafood Company (iASC) has become the first Irish company ever to win the seafood industry’s most prestigious award – the Prix d’Elite for world’s best seafood product line. The Cork-based seafood company scooped the award for its innovative line of West Cork developed shellfish butters at the Global Seafood Expo in Brussels, the world’s largest seafood event. The award-winning product range Something Fishy enhances fish dishes with a
Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald recently launched a new book by Clonakilty solicitor Flor McCarthy on business for solicitors The Solicitor’s Guide to Marketing and Growing a Business: How to Turn Your Legal Practice into a Financial Success. The Minister said, “This book gives you a short-hand for running a modern legal practice so you don’t have to go out and invent the concepts yourself. Flor has captured all of
A WEST Cork firm of solicitors were winners again at the finals of the prestigious Irish Law Awards 2015 held on 30th April. Clonakilty’s McCarthy & Co. won Munster Small Law Firm of the Year; the second year in a row that the firm has won an award. Last year they won Legal Website of the Year. It is the third year in the row that the firm has reached
The Blacknight SME awards were held recently and a West Cork business is celebrating winning the award for most community minded SME in Ireland. Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens in Clonakilty were celebrating after being awarded the prize from the ten finalists on the night. The SME awards were held at the Radisson Blu hotel in Little Island and were hosted by RTÉs Rick O Shea. The awards celebrate small &
FIVE SuperValu stores in West Cork were awarded with the highest accolade of food quality, ‘The Supreme National Hygiene and Food Safety Award’, at the recent 2015 SuperValu Quality Awards in Killarney. The awards are accredited by the Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) and identify retailers throughout the country who have gone above and beyond in maintaining the highest quality standards for more than a three year period.
FINE Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington is calling on members of the public to contribute to proposed plans on the spending of €241 million for the seafood sector by May 1st. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney has announced plans for a new €241 million development programme for the seafood sector up to 2020. According to the plans proposed by Minister Coveney €42
THE Celtic Ross Hotel is carrying out a range of key improvements to the Hotel. For 2015, there are ongoing physical improvements being made to the hotel interior, but the most vital and far reaching investment has been in developing and providing a training programme for its staff.
THERE was good news for the seafood sector this week with news that €440,000 in grants from the Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme have been allocated to Cork based companies. The grants approved include €51,132.00 for Ballycotton Seafoods; €118,500 for Good Fish Processing (Carrigaline) Ltd.; €198,032.10 for Keohane Seafood Ltd. (Bantry) and €71,896.80 for Shellfish De La Mer (Castletownbere).
LABOUR TD Michael McCarthy has said the new Strategic Banking Corporation (SCBI) will drive growth in the small and medium business sectors that are vital to rural Ireland. The West Cork TD said, “SMEs are and will always be the lifeblood of our economy. They exist in every town and village in Ireland, sustaining local communities. They are an essential part of regional development. Without SMEs many of our towns
KINSALE’S landmark four-star Carlton Hotel has been put on the market with agents Savills with a guide price of €4.25 million. The 70 bedroom hotel boats a scenic location overlooking Oysterhaven Bay just outside Kinsale and includes a 200 capacity ballroom, conference and banqueting facilities, a state-of- the- art leisure centre with a 20 metre swimming pool as well as 19 three-bedroom holiday houses fitted to a high standard.
THERE are 80 Government supported programmes in place to support SMEs but most people don’t know about these schemes and there is a very low take-up rate according to local Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington. “With SMEs and regional growth taking a central focus in this year’s Action Plan for Jobs, we need to ensure that all existing businesses and start-ups in West Cork are aware of the support on
FOUR West Cork Centra stores scooped the much coveted Excellence Ireland Supreme National Hygiene Award recently. The accolade identifies and reward retailers who have maintained the highest standards of food safety, quality, and hygiene in their stores over a three year period. The stores were O’Donovan’s Centra Enniskeane; Fuller’s Centra Union Hall; Galvin’s Centra Dunmanway and Andrew’s Centra, Bantry.
CAPITA has announced the appointment of Paddy Morrissey as managing director of West Cork-based subsidiary, SouthWestern. Paddy takes over from Jim Costello who is moving to the role of chairman and will continue to provide strategic advice. Paddy qualified as a chartered accountant in 1997. He worked primarily in the financial services industry for companies such as KPMG in the Channel Islands and Fortis and FEXCO in Ireland before joining
HOUSTON Texas based Zenith Energy, an international liquids and bulk terminaling company, has announced that it has acquired the Bantry Bay Oil Terminal on Whiddy Island, Bantry Bay from Phillips 66. The terminal has a storage capacity of more than eight million barrels holding a third of Ireland’s strategic petroleum reserves. Zenith intends to continue operating the terminal on a commercial basis.
MEMBERS of the business and community sector in West Cork met with Communications Minister Alex White recently to discuss broadband provision in the region. The meeting was organised by local TD Michael McCarthy, “It was a very important meeting between the Minister and local people and I was delighted to facilitate it,” he said.