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 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.
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’.
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.
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
Sheeps Head Yarns are delighted to announce the opening of the ‘Sheep’s Head Yarn’ shop in Kilcrohane on Tuesday 8th March.
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.
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
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
CLONAKILTY-based Global Shares has announced that it has reached a key milestone in servicing more than a million users on their new equity plan management software platform.
WHEN it comes to health and fitness, Ireland tends to follow trends which began in the USA and indoor studio cycling is certainly one of them!
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.
A LAND zoning submission has been lodged with Cork County Council aimed at paving the way for a major €40m tourism and commercial development on lands next to the N71 at Castlebernard near Bandon.
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.
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
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.
GERMAN discount retailer Lidl has lodged a planning application to develop a new supermarket in the town at a site in Newtown.
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.
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
A community business calendar featuring advertisements for 50 local businesses was launched by the Kilmeen & Castleventry Community Development Association in Bealad recently.
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 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.
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
CHRISTMAS shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase some original and innovative gifts whilst showing their support to Cork’s next generation of young entrepreneurs, when the Cork Schools Business Runway arrives at Cork Airport this year.
SuperValu Clonakilty celebrates at the Edward Dillon & Santa Rita Estates SuperValu Off Licence of the Year Awards
SUPERVALU Clonakilty was delighted to attend the 23rd annual Edward Dillon & Santa Rita Estates SuperValu Off Licence of the Year Awards which took place recently.
WARM your rebel heart this Christmas with a pint of Murphy’s Nollaig Brew – a limited edition 4% ABV seasonal stout with a hint of cinnamon. Available during November and December in a number of Cork pubs, it’s the perfect way to unwind during the Festive Season. The seasonally flavoured brew is a ‘once-off’ variation of the classic Murphy’s Stout, keeping the characteristically smooth Murphy’s flavour of coffee and toffee, but adding a seasonal hint of cinnamon.
WAYNE Lloyd Hair founder and owner, Wayne Lloyd, along with stylists, Ciara Dorrington and Ciaran O’Sullivan, were amongst the winners and highly commended at the coveted ALFAPARF Fantastic Hairdresser Awards, attended by Ireland’s leading hair stylists at the Double Tree Hotel By Hilton in Dublin on November 1st.
BANK of Ireland recently hosted a meeting in the West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen to announce its Enterprise Town initiative in partnership with the business community, the wider sports and social community and the schools in town.
START-UPS in West Cork are set to benefit from €300,000 in seed funding pleged to the recently established Ludgate@Skibbereen digital hub at National Digital Week Skibbereen by Cork business-man Maurice Healy of the Healy Group and Glen Dimplex CEO Sean O’Driscoll who each pleged €150,000.
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.