One of Ireland’s largest business schools has received a prestigious accreditation from a world-leading authority, and praise for its ambitious plans for its multimillion euro development in the heart of Cork City centre.
University College Cork’s Executive MBA programme has become one of only 277 MBA programmes to be accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), a globally-recognised authority on post-graduate business education.
Administered by faculty from Cork University Business School, UCC’s
Trevor O'Regan, Director, Economic Development Consultants Ireland (EDCI) has been appointed as Team Leader on the UK's Global Trade Programme (GTP) funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to lead a team of 13 international and Vietnamese consultants to build the National Trade Repository (NTR) for Vietnam. which will be linked to the ASEAN Trade Repository (ATR).
Trevor has worked in over 50 countries on 200+ projects in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union
Aircoach, Ireland’s leading private coach and bus operator has announced the appointment of David O’Connor as Digital Marketing Manager.
Formerly Sales and Marketing Manager of Delfin English School, one of Dublin's longest established English language schools, David brings a wealth of experience from his work in the entertainment, leisure and tourism industries. Prior to this, David also held roles with Frontier Entertainment and Horse Racing Ireland as Sales and Marketing Manager for Fairyhouse
Andy joins Fuzion from RTÉ where he primarily led the design, motion graphics and video editing output of the Central Communications department, which is responsible for all of RTÉ’s marketing materials as well as a variety of collaborative arts partnerships and national initiatives.
Andy began his design career with Media Manager, Cork and since then has built an extensive portfolio. After a number of years, Andy relocated to Dublin and set his sights for Maximum Media, where he worked for a host of
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
When employees began working from home, businesses were suddenly being operated from bedrooms, kitchen tables and home offices. This in itself brought significant challenges as employees adapted to this new way of work. One such challenge is the discrepancy in security provisions in a private home versus internally in an office space. Leading Irish It company Radius Technologies estimate that they have seen a 30% increase in attempted breaches in the last 12 months.
In September 2020, Microsoft carried
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
Mozart Fills Your Musical Soul With Joy This Easter
Dr. Fionnuala Moynihan is widely acknowledged as one of Ireland’s leading pianists. She has a particular affinity with the works of baroque, classical and early romantic composers. This Easter, she will perform a celebration of some of Mozart’s most loved and treasured compositions in two concerts online from Triskel Arts Centre.
The first concert of the Mozart Festival will go live at 8pm on Friday 2 April and the second at 8pm on Saturday 3 April.
We are marking World Day of Social Justice - 20th Feb together with OLA Sisters- Irish province.
This week we're not only going to discuss rights, responsibilities, justice, fairness, and actions but also read excerpts of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Articles every day. Today we bring articles one to eight. Did you know there are 30 articles & it was established in 1948 and that The Human Rights Council, established on 15 March 2006 by the General Assembly and reporting directly to it is
Acorn Business Centre is launching its new website, if you like and share our post on Facebook or Twitter, you are in with a chance of having the use of a 1 person office at the Acorn Business Centre in Blackrock, for 1 month for €1.
T&C Apply, COVID Restrictions Permitting
About Acorn Business CentreFlexible contracts allow clients to expand or reduce office space as and when required.
Established in 2003, Acorn Business Centre is located in the heart of Blackrock, Cork with easy access to the Jack
What's on Offer
Your chance to become a destination premises in Cork City.
Free water dispenser bespoke to your store including fitting. (Value: € 2,000)
Be an integral part of our solution for our single-use plastic waste in Ireland.How
Simply let us know if you think your business would like to be Cork's indoor Refill Hub.
Register your interest on our competition page www.refill.ie/win by 26th February 2021.Benefits
Increase your store's footfall.
Potential for increased store sales.
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
Colette joined Chris Mee Group in October 2020 as Group Quality & Training Manager having spent 13 years at Enva Ireland Ltd..
Since starting with the group Colette has been heavily involved in the ISO Integrated Management (IMS) project and QQI, NEBOSH, IOSH and PHECC projects as well as heading both the CMSE Training and Quality departments.
Colette’s experience in Sandoz alongside her Process Safety Chemist role at Irotec Laboratories and her New Product Development Team Leader role in Schwarz Pharma
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
Pure Cork Like is an ongoing video sharing social media campaign from Visit Cork. The campaign is designed to showcase what makes Cork so special by encouraging all those with a passion for Cork to create a short video clip describing what they like most about the Rebel County. These clips will then be used to remind people what awaits them in Cork, for when it is once again safe to travel.
This can can be about your favourite restaurant/café/pub, your favourite place to stay, your most memorable moment
This will be our 3rd year to put on such an event. The aim of the conference is creating awareness of the growing marketplace around AgriTech. It will showcase new innovations and trends emerging in the sector. We are fortunate to have a great line-up of speakers again this year, we are sure you will find interesting and engaging.
This year’s theme is ‘AgriTech Revolution in Farming and Food’’,
· The first session, titled Global Pandemic Increasing AgriTech Engagement, will revolve around
We’re delighted to announce that Pat Kierans, founder and managing director of Dyjaho, has joined the Cork ARC Cancer Support House Board of Directors.
Pat has worked closely with Cork ARC for a number of years, and Dyjaho has been pivotal in a number of high profile initiatives and campaigns such as Room4ARC and the Eat4ARC gala dinner which took place on Prince's Street in the Summer of 2020.
Cork ARC looks forward to welcoming Pat to this new role.
Altada Technology Solutions have launched a new specialist service for the travel, entertainment and sports industries. Altada have partnered with a global company to deliver a new security service, AerynAI. This branch has been created to accommodate for social distancing requirements and pandemic-era hygiene considerations that are now essential just to remain in business. AerynAI’s enterprise-level solutions are at the forefront of solving real challenges currently faced by its clients. AerynAI will be
Football and Integration; Join us to honour what the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass stood for, while celebrating his lasting legacy of freedom and dignity. With participation by two international players, we work towards integration and equality taking place through sports. We hope to build on existing initiatives and use the anniversary as a focal point for a celebration of our shared values and the club’s commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equality.
Through this very special and
With the COVID vaccine rollout now underway, employers are one step closer to their business operations resuming.
As mass vaccination will take time, employers are likely to find that some staff will be eager to get the vaccine as soon as possible. Others may choose to wait and see while some may decide not to take a vaccine at all.So how can employers and HR handle vaccine hesitancy in the workplace?What approach should employers take towards the vaccine with their employees?The government hasn’t made
Ground-breaking AR Technology Innovates Construction
Engineering Grade AR by XYZ Reality deployed by PM Group to build it right first timeWatch the video
International project delivery company, PM Group, is deploying the latest Augmented Reality (AR) technology on the design and construction of one of Europe’s largest, hyperscale data centres in Denmark.
PM Group is using the world’s first engineering grade AR product, HoloSite™, from London-based company, XYZ Reality. The new technology is helping to
-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
This February SERVE is focusing on supporting the Badjao Tribe in Cebu, with the help of our partners in the Philippines.
SERVE would like to encourage solidarity across Ireland and the rest of the world to join & show love for our partners in the Philippines. Your kindness can help provide the Badjao Tribe with cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, masks and other sanitary equipment to keep one another safe from COVID-19. Text ‘SERVE’ to 50300 to donate €4.
SERVE long term volunteer establishes community garden project in Mazabuka. Please join us in wishing Darren & his gardener friends the very best with their community garden project. Darren is our long-term SERVE volunteer in Mazabuka, Zambia. Together, they’ve planted cucumbers & butternuts-quash & will reap the rewards of their work. The youth will eat or sell the produce while learning to grow their own food. Once they succeed, they’ll receive a certificate.
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Since the conference was established in 1982, the event has evolved to become one of the most prestigious business conferences in Ireland. It is one of the events that the UCC Commerce Society is most proud of as it continuously bridges the gap between aspiring students and their business mentors, thus building relationships between both communities. This year the event is online and takes place on Thursday 4th February.
The theme of this year's conference is 'Transitioning with the Times'. This theme is
erisbeg is delighted to announce it has made a significant investment in and is partnering with the Chris Mee Group, Ireland’s leading Health and Safety Specialist company, to help Chris Mee maximise its growth potential.
Based in Cork and Dublin, The Chris Mee Group (CMSE Safety Consultants and Trainers) is the largest provider of Health & Safety Consultancy, Recruitment and Training services in Ireland.
The company specialises in setting up ISO 45001 accredited safety management systems and in
Fancy a Cuppa in a fancy cup?No matter your fave, be it a coffee fix, tea cleanse or hot chocolate sugar buzz,
when you fancy a cuppa it’s all the more enjoyable in a fancy cup.
Cork based ceramic artist Luke Sisk, has designed the beautiful and very fancy Báidín Collection, inspired by the coastline of Ireland. With a well defined contemporary look, the collection of cups, beakers and bowls are created in Ming porcelain in a range of fresh colours and a smooth semi-satin finish.
There’s plenty of
Cogans Toyota Carrigaline are delighted to announce that the Proace City has received the Compact Van of the Year award at the 2021 What Van AwardsHighly commended for its design and practicality, the Proace City was praised for its smart storage solutions and practical features.
The Proace City showcases best-in-class features such as its 1 tonne payload capacity and with both the long and short wheelbases can accommodate up to two euro palletsAvailable to purchase or with all inclusive leasing giving
JRAP O’Meara Solicitors LLP has appointed Jerry Canty as Partner in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Department.A well known Cork-based solicitor, Jerry has recently joined the firm. He brings with him a wealth of experience having practiced for more than 26 years in a Cork-based commercial law firm.Jerry has previous experience in areas of commercial law, banking and security law, commercial property, construction, landlord and tenant law, healthcare together with mergers and acquisitions. Jerry
Triskel are delighted to announce that Brook Foods won the tender to run our popular and vibrant Café Bar (previously Scrypt Café Bar). The facility encompasses the café and external courtyard and is intended to provide catering services to patrons, artists and tenants as well as servicing cinema, concerts and meetings.“Brook Foods are a Cork-based national Food Service and Catering Group.” said Frankie Whelehan, Chair of Triskel’s Board. “The Organisation founded and led by Kieran Callinan will prove an
71% of Irish employees say the volume of communication from their employer has increased since March 2020
Over three quarters of Irish workers (77%) say their company’s internal communications need to be improved
30% don’t find the internal communications content they are sent useful
35% say their organisation’s internal communications could be improved by including clear and transparent business updates
23% are not clear on their organisation’s business goals
Almost half of employees (47%) receive
Financial and administrative services group Alter Domus is to create 100 new jobs at its offices in Cork.
The company operates a European hub for global private debt, private equity, real estate and infrastructure investors supporting over €1 trillion in assets.Alter Domus, which also has an office in Dublin, has already invested significantly in its Irish operations, having increased its headcount here from 100 to 180 people in 2020.
“To support continued growth, the company is investing in a new
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
A new business with a unique concept was launched in Cork during the pandemic.
This Interior Design business, called Little Angels’ Neurodesign, is specialized in a new kind of babies’ rooms.
Their designs are, indeed, all based on one thing: giving visual stimulation for babies to reach their highest potential and development. To achieve this, they use visual stimulation along with scientific data.
Everything you’ll find done by Little Angels’ Neurodesign is for parents and parents-to-be to have a
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
The final investment decision for Dunkettle Interchange works has been welcomed by Cork Chamber. Seen as a pivotal project for the city and region, the Dunkettle Interchange carries 100,000 vehicles per day, connecting the major arteries of the M8 to the north, N25 to the east through to the ring road and city centre.
Speaking following the announcement Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber said“This final investment decision is of national significance and is also a catalyst that will help set the Cork
Speaking on Budget Day October 13th 2020, Chamber President Paula Cogan said,
“The Government must be commended for producing an ambitious and thorough budget for 2021. As we normalise our experience of this pandemic, and as we prepare to encounter the challenges of Brexit first hand, it is clear that this and the next few budgets and the management of our national finances thereafter will define the prospects of a generation.”Infrastructure
“The commitment to an increase of almost €2 billion in
Cork Chamber Announces the Winners of the Cork Digital Marketing Awards 2020
On Friday October 09th, Cork Chamber awarded the winners of the hotly contested Cork Digital Marketing Awards 2020.
In a zoom full of Cork’s inspiring digital titans, the awards, presented by Sinéad Kennedy, recognised the responsive, strategic and creative approaches that businesses are bringing to all digital platforms.
Commenting on the awards which recognised all facets of digital marketing Best in Content Creation, Best
Following a meeting of Chambers Chief Executives this morning, Chambers Ireland expresses concern at new advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team that the entire country should move to Level 5.
Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said,
“This latest announcement will come as a shock to businesses and local economies throughout the country, who have been doing their best to adjust to the new reality of living alongside the threat of Covid-19.
Our members have many questions regarding
All of society effort required to return to level 2Extension of EWSS and business supports essentialCounter-cyclical spend on infrastructure a necessityCommenting on Government’s announcement that level 3 restrictions are to be implemented nationwide Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber said:
“While not surprising, it is nonetheless challenging for business and society to move to level 3 restrictions.”
“The impact of these tighter restrictions will be immensely challenging for those operating in food &
Speaking at the launch of the Cork Chamber Budget 2021 Submission, Chamber President Paula Cogan said,
“Budget 2021 must be about securing our economic resilience with infrastructural investment, finessing the pandemic supports and tax measures critical to normalising the economy and State finances.”
“To provide continuity to construction and to move beyond the legacy of the last recession, significant moves must be made to drive on and accelerate key projects such as the Cork Metropolitan Area
Speaking following a meeting with Patrick O’Donovan TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Office of Public Works, where flood defence was discussed, Chamber President Paula Cogan said,
"We are pleased that Minister O Donovan continues to offer the strongest of Governmental support to the Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme."
“The flood relief scheme for the City will see over 3 km of our historic masonry quay wall cleaned, repointed and restored, along with new plazas, river access,
Speaking in relation to the real possibility of airport closure following the fall in passenger numbers of over 90%, the withdrawal of routes and airlines and the threatened Ryanair base closure Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO said:
“Government focus on the aviation sector and our airports must rapidly intensify and the Oireachtas Transport committee must convene immediately to understand from the Minister for Transport, government’s plan for the future of Irish aviation and Cork Airport. Without the
Speaking following today’s publication of the Plan for Living with COVID-19, Conor Healy, Chamber CEO said, “This Plan is a helpful step that will hopefully influence continued conscientious behaviour throughout the community, with clear indicators of how we fare that are easily communicated and understood.”
“However it is absolutely essential that Government commits to a clear pathway for aviation and tourism, which are so deeply intertwined, without any further delay. Capital expenditure, route
The deadline to allow ratification of a Brexit Trade Deal is due at the EU Council meeting next month. All signs indicate that the UK is likely to leave the transition without a deal in place. And while many are rightly focused on sustaining operations through the turbulence caused by Covid-19, Cork Chamber urges businesses in the region to review and prepare their operations for the end of the Transition Period on 31 December 2020.
Welcoming the publication of the latest Brexit Readiness Action Plan
Commenting on the future outlook for air connectivity Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO said:
“Cork Airport has grown over 30% in passenger numbers from 2015 to 2019 and has been consistently the fastest growing airport in Ireland. However the numbers for 2020 continue to fall dramatically below the previously forecast growth due to the ongoing pandemic.”
“To ensure that the airport continues to deliver as a strategic infrastructural asset and regional economic driver, significant marketing supports
Cork Chamber of Commerce held its AGM on July 27th. As a largely virtual event on this occasion it was a sign of the times but the focus was steadfastly on looking forward with confidence.The AGM saw the re-election of Paula Cogan, Doyle Collection as President and the election and announcement of new officers, Ronan Murray of Deloitte as Vice President; Thia Hennessy, Cork University Business School as Honorary Secretary and Gerard O’ Donovan, CIT as Honorary Treasurer. In addition, five new board members
Despite confidence in the Irish economy resting at 48% among members of the business community, and notwithstanding the pandemic, Brexit and climate change, sentiment remains high and businesses remain resolutely focused on a positive future for Cork says a major report launched today by Cork Chamber of Commerce.
Almost 1,000 people engaged in a series of sectoral think tanks and an open survey to identify the best route to a resilient and sustainable recovery for Cork. Each discussion was guided by the
March 2020: A new and innovative digital platform – WeSwitchU.ie – is set to make waves with energy users in Ireland. Promising to take the stress and hassle out of switching energy providers, the company assists residential customers to engage with the energy market, reducing their energy bills and carbon footprint each year.
Despite launching just weeks ago, the website, which is owned and operated by Limerick native Brendan Halpin, has already been making strides in the Irish business world. The