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Mumpreneur workshops for West Cork mums who mean business

WEST Cork mums who are thinking about setting up a business or have a business idea are being invited to two Mumpreneur workshops which are being held in Clonakilty and Bantry on June 9th and 10th by the Local Enterprise Office, Cork North & West.   The half day workshops are aimed at mothers who would like to explore the possibilities of running their own business which would also allow

West Cork women mean business

DOZENS of West Cork women attended the women in business networking event held recently at the West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen. The event was organised and run by the local enterprise office as part of their ongoing commitment to supporting women in business. Those in attendance, both start-ups and well established businesses, came from various sectors including craft, food, solicitors, bankers, retailers, local service businesses and those in the hospitality sector.

West Cork firm wins prestigious national law award

A WEST Cork firm of solicitors were winners at the finals of the prestigious Irish Law Awards 2014 held recently. McCarthy & Co., Solicitors, Clonakilty had been shortlisted for the finals in this year’s awards in the Legal Website of the Year and Best Small Firm in Munster categories. This is the second year in a row that the firm has been shortlisted. Last year they were shortlisted in the

Seafood companies to benefit from €500,000 in funding

WEST Cork seafood companies are set to benefit to the tune of €520,748 as part of a national €2.4Million in grant aid just announced for the development of seafood industry. Twenty companies will benefit from the 2014 Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme, four of which are based in Cork including Castletownbere Fishermen’s Co-Op who will receive €289,228 towards their overall expenditure of €964,096; Keohane Seafood Ltd is set to receive €111,520

West Cork pharmacy in the running for national award

A local independent pharmacy, Brookes Pharmacy Bandon is being acknowledged for the extensive range of services that it provides to its customers. The Irish Pharmacy News Awards are held annually, and this year, Brookes Pharmacy is down to the final three pharmacies in the country for the Innovation and Services Award. This is a great honour, as the competition was very high, according to Ciara from the IPN.   Norman

Greenshoots ready to sprout in Macroom

IN the coming weeks 10 entrepreneurs from the Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme in Macroom are graduating and preparing themselves and their companies to set foot into the business world. Since September 2013, this year’s programme has guided the budding business men and women through the various stages of setting up their own companies and they will now enter the corporate world armed with the support and skills that they have

Communities Creating Jobs – get involved

by Carol Gilbert Communities Creating Jobs is a fairly new initiative but it’s timely to give a reminder of what local volunteers are achieving all over the 32 counties without financial support from government agencies. This is about people standing up and doing it for themselves, using assets available in their local communities, and connections they have at home and with the Irish diaspora.

Sweeping success for SuperValu stores in West Cork at national hygiene awards

FIVE SuperValu stores in West Cork; O’Leary’s SuperValu Macroom, Scally’s SuperValu Clonakilty; Caulfield SuperValu Bandon; Murphy’s Castletownbere and O’Keeffe’s SuperValu Millstreet were recently presented with the Supreme Excellence Ireland Quality Award by Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu and Irene Collins, Managing Director, Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) at the 2014 SuperValu Quality Awards ceremony held in Killarney.

Out with the old and in with the new for Granite Digital and Voicesage

FOLLOWING its €1 million investment in R&D, VoiceSage, the company that enables automated real-time customer conversations is investing over €100,000 in a new graphical interface to its award winning technology platform. West Cork based web design and application development specialist Granite Digital has been awarded the contract to undertake the redesign of the new product interface.

Kenmare looking for new marketing manager

by Stephen Johnson   THE Town of Kenmare is looking to hire a marketing manager, a new position, to market Kenmare and the surrounding area.   The recently-formed Kenmare Marketing & Events Group hopes to recruit “an experienced and creative marketing professional to develop and coordinate the marketing activities of the Kenmare area and to design and implement a marketing and digital marketing strategy.”