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Huge turnout for West Cork “surviving or thriving” conference in Kilmacsimon

JOB creation, developing enterprises and improving the economic landscape of West Cork were some of the main topics discussed at the West Cork Development Partnership (WCDP) forum entitled “West Cork: Surviving of Thriving?” at Kilmacsimon. The forum took an in-depth look at the current trends and statistics for West Cork and how the Region can progress.

Wild Atlantic Way inspired crafts on display at Cork Airport

THE inaugural “Crafts from the Wild Atlantic Way” exhibition opened at Cork Airport recently. The exhibition by Cork Craft & Design, which showcases the best of locally produced craft, was opened by the Mayor of County Cork Cllr Alan Coleman and will run for two weeks until the 28th October. Cork Craft & Design is a social enterprise supporting over 120 craftspeople living and working in Cork city and county.

Clonakilty firm of Solicitors top in the country for quality

CLONAKILTY based solicitors McCarthy & Co. have again been awarded Gold Standard in the prestigious Q9000 Quality Assurance mark for lawyers. While approximately 15% of all law Irish firms have some form of quality assurance only 10 firms in Ireland have achieved the elite Q9000 standard which is the highest level of quality assurance available in the Irish marketplace. McCarthy & Co. achieved Gold Standard at this highest level placing

€150,000 investment fund allocated as Local Enterprise Offices announce Cork’s Young Entrepreneurs of the Year

NINE of Cork’s ‘Best Young Entrepreneurs’ were officially announced at an awards ceremony hosted by Cork’s three Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) on Thursday, 9th October in Vertigo, County Hall. The nine winners were chosen from almost 40 young entrepreneurs who were shortlisted from almost 150 applicants in the competition launched this summer by the LEOs in Cork, as part of a nationwide search to find ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’.

Reflecting on West Cork’s economy

A FORUM organized by West Cork Development Partnership, will take an in-depth look at employment, economic development and innovation in West Cork at Kilmacsimon on 17th October 2014. The impact of the contraction of the economy, increase in emigration, the return to high unemployment, broadband connectivity and the business proposition of the Region will be closely reviewed by participants as well as expert speakers.

Clonakilty Black Pudding is a model for local sustainable jobs says MEP

Deirdre Clune, Ireland South MEP, last week met with the owners of Clonakilty Black Pudding at the National Ploughing Championships and has praised the company as an example of how we can create local sustainable jobs in Cork. “Clonakilty Black Pudding is going from strength to strength. They are one of a growing number of food producers from the Cork area that are creating jobs, opening export markets and driving

It’s a case of “digital first” for West Cork

NEXT Monday (Sept. 29th) influential business leaders will convene in West Cork to talk ‘digital’ at the third annual OFFSITE event organised by the West Cork Development Partnership (WCDP). OFFSITE is a unique business and technology event aimed to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in West Cork. This year the conference, which is taking place at the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery on 29th September, will focus on digital innovation in