The Chris Mee Group is pleased to announce its first strategic acquisition with the support of our strategic investor, Erisbeg.
The Chris Mee Group has acquired Emergency Response Training.
Chris Mee said “… we are delighted to welcome John Lynch and his very skilled team into the Chris Mee Group family. This move will further strengthen our Fire and Rescue offering to companies operating in high-risk industries, where emergency response training is essential…”
John Lynch said “ ….. I am delighted
The Irish Enterprise Awards, run by EU Business News, has named Cork Beo 'Best News Media Platform' in the this year's awards.
Now in its fourth year of showcasing exemplary Irish business, this awards programme has continued to highlight and recognise the enterprises that are thriving across the entirety of Ireland.Regardless of how large or small a business may be, all nominees in the awards were judged purely on merit to ensure that only the most deserving are acknowledged.It's the first time Cork
JW O’Donovan LLP Solicitors took part in the “Darkness into Light” fund-raising event at sunrise on Saturday, the 8th of May in aid of Pieta. Our team, along with thousands of others in Ireland and further afield, came together to share the same sunrise, in a socially distanced way this year, to support Pieta’s free, life-saving, suicide intervention and bereavement services. Well done to all involved.
ALDI has helped turn a "simple dream" into a reality for the award-winning Cork company Velo Coffee Roasters.
Velo Coffee has been labelled a Cork-born 'Grow with Aldi' success story as they have been supplying the retailer since 2018.
Developed in partnership with Bord Bia, 'Grow with Aldi' began in 2018 and is designed to help the very best Irish suppliers develop their brand with the chance to become a core range listing in all 145 stores.
The award-winning Velo Coffee Roasters from Cork, led by Rob
West Cork-based international ingredients and cheese producer the Carbery Group has acquired US savoury flavour supplier, Innova Flavors, from Griffith Foods Worldwide. Innova supplies customised savoury flavours and ingredients worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in the Chicago area, where Carbery's international flavouring business Synergy has its headquarters.Synergy was built through a series of acquisitions in the UK, the USA, Europe, South America and Asia. "This new acquisition brings new
Headline statistics:65% of respondents say the exit of the UK from the EU, and the new EU-UK trading relationship, has had a negative impact on their business.67% have experienced increased costs due to additional customs administration and paperwork.70% have seen delays in the delivery of products and supplies due to new customs procedures.62% have experienced increased costs associated with sourcing products/supplies from the UK.49% are having problems understanding customs procedures.The results of a
The interactive ambulance service, which was founded by Munster couple Mary and Tony Heffernan from Castlemaine (Kerry), prides itself on delivering smiles to Ireland’s youngest patients.
The uniquely designed Munster Rugby and BUMBLEance branded vehicle will be known as the #MUNSTERMACHINE and will be the 18th vehicle and will hopefully join the fleet later in 2021. The charity hopes to raise over €250,000 through the initiative to fund this new vehicle and regional service.
BUMBLEance Co-Founder and
Employers throughout Ireland welcomed the recent reopening schedule for business and society published by the Government. It provides business owners with reopening dates for May and June that look to get the economy back up and running.
To help you prepare for reopening, employment law consultant Peninsula has compiled a list of frequently asked questions that their expert advisors have recently been asked by business owners.
LYNOSLIFE, the leading Irish manufacturer of cosmetics, beauty and health & wellbeing products has today announced the appointment of Phil O’Sullivan as Commercial Director.
LYNOSLIFE employs a team of over 120 across their Cork and Mayo campuses. The company offers a diverse range of services including formulation, sourcing, bulk manufacturing, filling and packing for the global beauty and personal care markets. Mr O’Sullivan joins LYNOSLIFE from his recent role as Commercial Director for an
Prescription Broccoli? Could eating concentrated greens be a natural way to lower blood sugar and reduce the risk of diabetes?
Cork food research company seeks participants for new study on the health benefits of broccoli. Get a FREE diabetes test and get paid €700 to take part.
Cork based nutrition research company Atlantia Food Clinical Trials Ltd is seeking volunteers to participate in an exciting new study that will investigate the health benefits of broccoli and its potential power to naturally
Cat Dowling and Lorraine Nash are two exciting additions to Triskel’s Behind Closed Doors concert series. Dowling will perform on Friday 28 May at 8pm while Lorraine Nash will be online from Triskel on Friday 4 June. Tickets are on sale from 10am on Thursday 6 May.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Cat Dowling and Lorraine Nash to Triskel,” commented Tony Sheehan, Triskel’s Artistic Director. “Cat is a well established performer whose voice has been lauded as one of the most wonderful and evocative in
MTU Graduate Lift Off as we engage with Small Companies virtually
The world is slowly opening up again and it’s time to embrace growth in new sectors and businesses in another way. MTU Careers Service | Cork Campus is really excited in getting ready to welcome Small Companies and Business owners with employees from 1 to 100 employees to our first ever Careers Fair for Smaller Companies event on 3rd June 2021 from 11am to 2pm and to assist our graduates lift off into new worlds of opportunities.
Derek is the Operations Director responsible for the Dublin Business Unit. He has been with the Company since 2003 and has delivered major projects in the Pharmaceutical, Food and Medical Technologies sectors in Ireland, the EU and Asia. Derek was previously Asia Managing Director, responsible for the Company’s operations in China, Singapore and India. He is a Mechanical Engineer with an MSc in Management (UCD) and a Fellow and former Chair of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
URGENT APPEAL – COVID CRISIS IN KOLKATA
The Hope Foundation has been working with the street connected and slum dwelling communities in Kolkata for the last 22 years. The HOPE Hospital has now reopened its 10 bed COVID ward and converted two other wards to COVID Wards. Right now we have 40 beds for Covid patients – all those beds are full.
We urgently require Oxygen Tanks, Ventilators, Cardiac monitors, PPE and so much more.
People can donate to the appeal
SERVE in Solidarity Ireland, a Cork-based not for profit organization is running its main annual fundraising event in May called the "Flip-Flop Appeal" to raise vital funds to assist marginalized communities in their partner countries, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and India.
The appeal, which runs for the whole month includes several fundraising activities. Pre-COVID-19, SERVE would sell Fairtrade flip-flop pins made by their partners in Thailand as part of a women’s empowerment programme which
The Bon Secours Hospital Cork will continue as Official Healthcare Partner to Cork City FC in 2021, with the Bon Secours Hospital logo displayed on the shorts of the club’s men’s first team.The partnership will continue to provide the team with access to their superb facilities and resources, working closely alongside the club’s medical department to ensure the best medical advice and care is available to the squad,in particular offering access to Mr Declan Bowler as the club’s principal Sports Medicine
The Irish Community Air Ambulance, formerly Irish Community Rapid Response has made a number of new appointments.
Mícheál Sheridan has been appointed CEO of the Irish Community Air Ambulance.
Mícheál has worked in the not-for-profit sector in Ireland for 24 years, most recently as CEO of the Mercy University Hospital Foundation, a position he held for thirteen years. The Cavan man is a board member of Charities Institute Ireland and is a former Chairperson of Fundraising Ireland. He has an MSc in
Cantec Group has announced the appointment of Stephen Crowley to its Docutec division. With offices nationwide, Stephen takes up the lead as Area Sales and Account Manager for Cork and Kerry. Stephen joins the Docutec team with a wealth of experience in the Sales industry, having previously held roles with Ricoh Ireland and Total Import Solutions in conjunction with Canon. Founded in 1994 as part of the Cantec Group, Docutec is an industry leader in managed print solutions, helping clients to streamline
Reliance is the largest provider of technical engineering products to Irish manufacturing and agriculture. Nearly 100 years old, Reliance attributes its long success to personal customer service and by continuing to introduce leading innovations. Reliance is pleased to launch its online web shop (www.reliance.ie ) to introduce a new dimension in how you can now do business with Reliance.
Reliance’s long-standing reputation is based on partnership and loyalty. We love engaging with our loyal customer
University College Cork (UCC) has today been ranked 8th in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings, placing it as Ireland’s leading university for its impact in working towards creating a sustainable future.
The evidence based THE Impact Rankings are the only global tables to assess universities against progress towards the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), providing a total of 18 rankings, one for each SDG as well as an
Cork motor company announce expansion despite pandemic
Suzuki to join Opel, Honda and Mazda as part of Kevin O’Leary Group
One of Cork’s longest-established motor companies have said growth and expansion remains the focus despite a challenging year, as they announced plans to expand their existing car franchises this summer.
Kevin O’Leary Group have become a household name in Munster over the last 58 years, with retail motor locations in Silversprings, Bandon and Clonmel, Co
it@cork has today officially launched TechFest 2021, which will take place virtually, from 25th to 27th May. The three-day technology festival will include speakers from around the globe, interactive panel discussions, technical workshops and one-to-one networking opportunities. Marcus Weldon, former President of Bell Labs and former Corporate Chief Technology Officer of Nokia; and Caroline Dowling, Non-Executive Director at UNICEF Ireland and former Business Group President at Flex will deliver keynote
Cork Training Centre under the remit of Cork ETB delivers an extensive range of training for Cork employers. Courses are designed to meet the needs of industry with a view to meeting the demands of the national skills strategy.
In addition to the Bishopstown campus there is a Biopharma Facility and a dedicated hospitality campus where a range of Hospitality Education programmes from craft skills to Leadership development take place. Additionally, needs analysis and bespoke training is provided as
SERVE helped our partner, the Presentation Sisters, in The Philippines to provide Covid-19 Relief Parcels to over 400 families in the Badjao Tribe in Cebu.
Since April 2020, SERVE funded €15,000 towards the purchase and distribution of emergency food supplies for the Badjao tribe. The Badjao Tribe youth leaders and cluster leaders helped to facilitate the distribution of the parcels in April 2020 and February 2021, while keeping socially distanced.
They were able to give out bags of rice, coffee, sugar,
The Cottage Community Cafe at The Rainbow Club Cork Centre for Autism have started renovations for reopening.Expanding our kitchen is extremely important to us right now. We hope to have some of the teens and young adults from The Rainbow Club Cork Centre for Autism in working with us this summer as part-time summer employees. Our employability initiative allows us to equip them with the essential tools and experience for the work place, in an environment that can support them adequately.Expanding our
Most human resource professionals and academics believe that coaching is an integral part of the human resource toolkit for improving skills and behaviours within organisations and that coaching helps executives become more effective leaders.
This article briefly explores leadership, leadership development and the role of coaching in leadership development, please follow this link
For more details on implementing a leadership development program within your business contact Glyn@cateran.ie
The University College Cork School of Law is delighted to be recruiting for the next intake of our hugely popular Evening BCL programme, which will begin in September 2021.
The Evening BCL Degree at University College Cork is the longest running and most successful programme of its kind in Ireland. Another four-year cycle of the programme, which leads to a BCL degree, will commence in September 2021.
Are you seeking a career change, perhaps to one of the legal professions, or would a law degree
Businesses who serve food including hotels, cafes and restaurants are now eligible to apply for a grant to help facilitate outdoor dining.
Announced by the Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin TD in partnership with Fáilte Ireland, the grant will average about €4,000 for each premises. We have a range of outdoor seating and dining tables to help your business stand out from the competition.
Weatherproof, stylish and available in a range of colours and sizes, we have the solution for your business as
In honour of World Health Day recently, we at OfficeMaster have collaborated with Urban Gym and created a video to help people work happy and healthy!
Geared towards those working from home, this is a simple exercise which is also useful for anyone with a desk job. Learn how to easily add extra movement to your day and avoid common ailments like poor circulation, stiffness, back ache and more. Challenge yourself to move more! Please check out the video and share with a friend or co-worker who may find
Triskel Presents … is a new initiative from Triskel Arts Centre aimed at film lovers. A mixture of independent features and short films which can be rented from their On Demand Service, it starts on Sunday 11 April with Northeast by filmmaker Gregory Kohn.
“While we are currently unable to present movies as a collective experience at Triskel Arts Centre, we have created this online initiative that our patrons can enjoy,” said Triskel’s Head of Cinema Chris O’Neill. “We begin with a season of films by
Tandem is an expert engineering consultancy delivering project success to clients in life sciences, commercial, industrial, high tech & public sectors.
Tandem announce the appointment of Daniel Foley to the position of Associate Director for Utilities and Energy. Daniel has served as Building Services Manager with Tandem for over five years and with this promotion Daniel formally joins the Tandem senior leadership team. This expansion of Tandem’s leadership team strengthens its ability to provide
Reach, which publishes Cork Beo, RSVP and the Irish Mirror and Irish Daily Star newspapers in Ireland has appointed Lorraine Tumilty as its new Finance Manager, working on an all-Ireland basis across the group's entire news brand portfolio.
The Northern-Ireland based Chartered Accountant started her career in 1995 with Coopers & Lybrand which then became PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she worked for six years in several different departments including External & Internal Audit, Client Training and Small
For anyone considering a career change due to a forced redundancy, stress or burnout, or simply a desire to do something new, why not check out my article on the Echo or echolive below:
“I think it’s fair to say that the only constant in our working lives right now is change,” said Mary Cummins, a career coach and proprietor of Careerchanger.ie.
“Indeed, I envisage that post the Covid pandemic many of us will go on and make further changes, a change in our career path, either due to a forced redundancy
Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber comments on the latest evolution of COVID-19 restrictions.
“While the announcement by Government of phased reopening is welcome, every intervening week of lost economic activity has grave consequences for the economy, and the impacts on the number of businesses that will survive and emerge from this pandemic. Every milestone must be met or surpassed with vigour. There is an irreconcilable tension between public health ambitions and the resumption of full economic
Cognate Health, the leading nationwide occupational health provider, has announced the appointment of Ciara Buckley as Sales and Marketing Manager in response to the company's rapid growth. With extensive sales and marketing experience, Ciara will be responsible for developing and executing marketing strategies and strengthening Cognate Heath’s corporate customer base in the rapidly growing occupational health market.
Previous to joining Cognate Health, Ciara was employed at the Doyle Collection as
Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber commented:
“The decision by An Bórd Pleanála to uphold the planning approval made by Cork City Council last October is a positive move for the city. The plans for multi-purpose use of the site will harness this prime location, overlooking the river and standing proudly at the head of the city’s island are a statement of how our city can celebrate its heritage while delivering spaces designed for a modern progressive city. The redevelopment of the bonded warehouses will
Cork Chamber welcomes significant Urban Regeneration and Development Funding
Speaking following the announcement of URDF funding for Cork today, Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber said,
“The announcement of significant enabling funds of €353.4m for the Cork Docklands means that Ireland’s largest, most ambitious and exciting regeneration programme can move ahead with confidence. In the Cork Docklands, there is room for a population of 25,000 and a workforce of almost 30,000 providing opportunity
Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber
Cork Chamber calls on the Government to put in place a comprehensive, data-driven plan to help businesses cope with the impact of Covid-19. The extension of Covid supports must continue far beyond June as it is clear the pandemic’s impact will extend beyond this date.
The past 12 months have been the most tumultuous period for tourism, hospitality, leisure, aviation, retail and culture in recent memory and while many have weathered the challenge to date, clarity
Bensons Workwear is delighted to announce its new Irish-Made Bespoke Corporate Wear line, launching just in time for businesses to reopen their doors once again. Our team is ready to work directly with businesses to design & manufacture Corporate Uniforms that exceed expectations, after all, a uniform is a symbol of your company’s identity and mission. Our Bespoke services go beyond just Clothing – maximising the creativity potential and the customer experience. Innovation is key – many garments now
Funding, Planning and Appeals Mechanisms Must be Reformed for Delivery
If Cork is to remain globally competitive and fulfil its role nationally as set out in the National Planning Framework (NPF), significant Government investment that is focused and targeted to unlock the region’s potential is required. In a recent submission to the National Development Plan (NDP) review, Cork Chamber recommended a ‘most ambitious’ approach must be taken to capital investment spending for the region.
Reacting to the news that the challenge blocking the development of the M28 to Ringaskiddy has been refused leave to appeal to the Supreme Court, Chamber CEO Conor Healy stated that “this decision is highly significant in that it now paves the way for the M28 Ringaskiddy upgrade to move ahead without further delay. This essential piece of infrastructure, which is of national and regional importance, has been long delayed generating huge frustration.”
“The residents and daily commuters along this
Deepening and extension of supports must be matched by acceleration of vaccine rollout Paula Cogan, Cork Chamber President said, “The announcement today from Government does not provide enough clarity on sectoral reopening timelines. Ongoing ambiguity will cause further frustration for the businesses that have been desperately working to plan for reopening, while supporting their valued employees and suppliers in this extremely challenging environment. While the areas influencing Government decision
Permanent TSB and Bibby Financial Services Ireland unveil exclusive partnership offering Irish SMEs funding solutions designed to improve cash flow or finance growth plans
Invoice Finance facility will enhance range of options available to new and existing Permanent TSB customers with funding for cashflow, M&A / MBO activity or corporate restructuring
Exclusive partnership between leading retail and SME bank and a specialist lender is set to transform the Irish financial services landscape
Marked Improvement in Business Confidence83% of respondents indicate business confidence, up from 68% in Q343% experienced a decrease in turnover in Q4 2020, with 29% of respondents anticipating an increase during Q1 202127% of respondents indicated a reduction in employee numbers in Q4 202038% indicate their businesses will be affected by the increased cost of sourcing products/ supplies from the UK post Brexit, customs duties, or VAT chargesWith sustainability in mind, the majority of business
Cork International Choral Festival is delighted to announce that Ibec, Ireland’s largest business representative group, has come on board as the title sponsor of the festival’s new Workplace Choir of the Year competition.The Ibec Workplace Choir of the Year competition will be the culminating event of Cork International Choral Festival’s ‘Choirworks’ programme, which has been devised specifically for the 2021 event. The programme offers workplace colleagues around the country the chance to learn to sing
The National Transport Authority allocations totalling €45.39m for 80 sustainable transport projects in Cork city and county has been strongly commended by Cork Chamber.
Speaking today, Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO said, “This allocation represents the true commencement of the game changing programme of improvements that is set out in the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy and beyond.”
“Quality of life will continue to be a defining feature of the competitiveness of our region and this
Calls for urgent government policy action to unleash floating offshore wind potential
Cork, February 2020: Cork Harbour has the capacity to become an unparalleled hub for floating offshore wind energy in the Celtic Sea from 2025, presenting an opportunity for a new industrial sector to emerge in the region. This is according to a report published by Cork Chamber of Commerce, which calls on the government to enact key policy changes to ensure that Cork Harbour is in a position to unleash its potential
-Cork Chamber Awards to Recognise Success Stories in a Challenging Year-The Cork Company of the Year Awards, run by Cork Chamber in association with Vodafone Ireland, have been launched and will remain open for applications until February 22nd. Having become the most esteemed business awards in the region, the robust judging process will take place remotely and deliberations will reveal some of the great success stories in the business community. Running for over 20 years, the awards celebrate the best of
Cork Chamber and Limerick Chamber have welcomed the opportunity to make submissions to the N/M20 Cork to Limerick Improvement Scheme public consultation, currently at options selection stage.
Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber commented, “We are committed to seeing a comprehensive upgrade to the N/M20 transport corridor progressed. The redevelopment of the regionally significant route corridor has been on the backburner for too long. Nationally and regionally, we cannot afford further complacency on
Deep Support Required to Deliver on CMATSSpeaking today, Conor Healy, Chamber CEO said, “The appointment of contractors to the ‘Bus Connects’ programme for Cork is another welcome milestone in the delivery of the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy. Cork can only deliver on it’s growth projections and evolve to a more resilient and sustainable economic model if comprehensive multimodal transport options are in place. Quality of life will continue to define the competitiveness of Cork and it is clear
Bob Savage, Vice-President and Cork Site Leader at Dell Technologies has been honoured with the Cork Chamber ‘Outstanding Contribution to Business Award 2020’, sponsored by EY.Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber said of the announcement, “A true icon of the technology industry, Bob Savage has enjoyed an international career, and all from Cork. He has ensured that an entire sector has been able to develop from Ireland. Bob sat on the board of the American Chamber and Enterprise Ireland and has been
A significant renewable energy report launched today by Cork Chamber and the Centre for Cooperative Studies at UCC highlights a significant deficit in policy and fiscal support for anaerobic digestion, a technology that converts waste products from food, agriculture, wastewater treatment and other sources into biomethane, a fuel source that can form a key element in Ireland’s efforts to reduce GHG emissions.
Speaking at the launch of the report Thomas Mc Hugh, Director of Public Affairs at Cork Chamber
National Business Machines (NBM), headquartered in Cork and celebrating its 35th year in business, last year announced a €750,000 investment and expansion of their business, largely focussed on infrastructure and personnel.
This year, they are seeing the fruits of their labour, adapting to, and overcoming the challenges of Covid-19 head on, with a can-do and flexible attitude to conducting their day-to-day operations. This approach, coupled with the promotion of a new Sales Director, Don
Major Government Funding and Policy Measures Required to Deliver
Speaking today, Paula Cogan, Cork Chamber President said, “The decision taken by Cork City Council and the Land Development Agency to establish a Cork City Docklands Delivery Office, to accelerate the redevelopment of some 146 hectares of Cork’s prime waterfront location is essential to delivery."
"However, significant Government funding must now be allocated via the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) to enable sustainable
Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber said:
“It is very welcome news that Pfizer plans to invest €300million into its Irish operations. The pharmaceutical manufacturer has had a site in Cork since 1969 and is a key investor and employer in the region."
"Pfizer is an important player in enriching the pharmaceutical cluster in Cork, and great credit is due to the management and entire Pfizer team for securing the investment for the construction of a development facility on the Ringaskiddy site to manufacture
Speaking following the announcement that Ryanair is to cut its remaining Cork routes, Chamber President Paula Cogan said,
“The announcement by Ryanair to close its remaining routes will have a deep impact for tourism, hospitality, arts and aviation in the region. Once a route or airline is gone, there is little short-term prospect of its return and this reality is one that will have direct consequences for many struggling businesses.”
“As ever, a firm commitment to EU travel standards and most
At Thursday morning’s Cork Chamber Business Breakfast in partnership with Ronan Daly Jermyn and media partner the Irish Examiner, An Taoiseach addressed the most significant issues that define the environment in which business operates.
Chamber President Paula Cogan spoke of An Taoiseach’s vision for Cork:
“In particular, by setting out his vision for the future of Cork and Ireland, An Taoiseach strongly emphasised his belief in providing a better environment for young people to grow up in, to climate
Business confidence dips to 68% in Q3 from 73% in Q251% of businesses experienced a decrease in turnover over the last quarter21% of responding businesses report that >90% of employees are working from homeAUDIO CLIP: Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber, Listen and download <Business Confidence Comment here> or <Business Turnover Comment here>The third economic trends report of 2020 captures the sentiment of the Cork business community in the transition from the initial shock waves of the Covid-19
Conor Healy CEO of Cork Chamber said, “The renewal of restrictions, bringing us to what we now know as level 5, will be mentally and financially tough for people and businesses throughout Cork but are necessary if we are to resume activity in the run up to Christmas.”
“The increase to the value of the Wage Subsidy Scheme is very welcome. There must also be absolute urgency in the deployment of business supports and in particular the new Covid Restrictions Support Scheme which is now needed less than a
Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO, speaking in the wake of today’s flooding, said;
“We cannot go on allowing our best approach to be based on luck. We are once again grappling with the devastating effects of spring tides, wind and rain on our City centre, and at a time when businesses are already under incredible stress and pressure with Level 5 Covid restrictions coming into play. Had the Morrisons Island flood defences been in place, today’s flooding would not have occurred, as opposed to our current
Speaking this morning, Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO said,
“The announcement by Ryanair today that it is to close its Cork base puts Cork Airport on the ropes and will be devastating for the staff impacted directly and indirectly. The gravity of the pandemic is displayed once again. This announcement is hugely damaging for regional and national connectivity and raises very real concerns regarding the ability of Cork Airport to avoid closure without further direct financial support from government in