On Friday Night 15th October, on behalf of Finance OTC Consulting Ltd I will be sleeping out on Spike Island to Shine A Light on homelessness in Ireland.
Across Ireland, 925 families including 2,193 children are currently without a home.
By participating in Shine A Light Night with Focus Ireland, I am raising vital funds to help the most vulnerable people in our communities. In 2020, support for Shine A Light Night allowed Focus Ireland to move 883 families out of homelessness.
I need your help!
The Montenotte Hotel is delighted to announce the appointment of Fergus Mac Devitt as the Director of Food and Beverage at the family-owned, multi-award winning, design-led destination hotel in Cork.
With over 15 years of multicultural experience with leading global hotel brands, Fergus joins The Montenotte Hotel and Ireland with a wealth of experience in the area of Food & Beverage and has joined from The Pullman Tokyo Tamachi having previously worked in various Swissotel properties in Japan, China
Cork GAA are delighted to offer their “Rebels' Rising Premium Seat offer” for Pairc Ui Chaoimh to fellow Cork Chamber members.
The stadium which hosts games for the Cork Hurling and Football teams along with the Cork Ladies Football and Camogie teams, along with a large number of club games, has been recognised as one of the premier sporting venues in the country. The stadium which re-opened in 2017 has also seen artists such as Ed Sheeran and Rod Stewart perform at the leeside venue, with Westlife,
Be A SuPAWhero will run from October 1st to 31st and funds raised will go towards training a further 25 autism assistance dogs. This will allow Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI) to reopen their waiting list in 2022 and offer more children the life changing support of an autism assistance dog.
In 2021, AADI reopened their waiting list and allocated 30 assistance dogs in under 2 MINUTES to 30 very grateful families. Sadly, the AADI waiting list is now closed but the Be A SuPAWhero campaign aims to
Annual Shine a Light Night event returns to Spike Island for Business Leaders on October 15th
Shine A Light Night also appeals to local companies, employees and individuals to join and sleep out across Cork
Focus Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy are calling on business leaders, companies, employees and individuals across Cork to sleep out for one night on Friday October 15th – to help raise funds for vital homelessness services. Recent figures from the Department of Housing report that 413 people are
Cork Chamber of Commerce member Masterkabin Ltd are celebrating 30 years in business this September.
Masterkabin was founded in 1991 by Managing Director Anthony O’Donovan. Today it has grown into Munster’s leading providers of Modular, Off-Site and Portable buildings solutions.
Commenting on the 30 year anniversary, Anthony said ‘We have survived two recessions and a worldwide pandemic so we must be doing something right! I am very lucky to have a fantastic team with me here at Masterkabin
OfficeMaster are delighted to announce the addition of Nathan Morehu to their expanding business development team at the OfficeMaster offices and showroom in Northpoint Business Park.
Nathan joins the team with 10 years of experience in commercial sales across 3 continents. Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, he has relocated to Cork in recent years. OfficeMaster are one of the regions leading commercial office furniture suppliers. In business since 1973, their expertise in creating vibrant
SMEs make ‘clear move’ towards higher prices for consumers, according to an article on the Irish Times on September 8th, and Behaviours and Attitudes’ report, which detected big increase on firms planning to charge more. This increase is driven, especially, by medium to large SMEs based outside Dublin area.
Although the SME Confidence Index, scored confidence at 65.6 out of 100 in the second quarter, above the pre-pandemic level of 65.2 at the end of 2019, “signs of growing price inflation” particularly
We're extremely excited that the Cork Global Goals Youth Village is now open to visitors in the grounds of the Scala Retreat and Conference Centre in Blackrock, Cork. For almost 1 year now, a group of Cork-based volunteers have been working together to create a Youth Village to promote the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Our volunteers launch this educational Global Trail on Culture Night - Fri 17th Sept. All ages welcome. Follow them on Instagram for updates. You can also
Could these Cork sailors be Ireland’s next OlympiansTwo Cork sailing athletes announce they will compete for the 2024 Paris Olympics
With everyone still on a high from Ireland (and Cork’s) success at the recent Tokyo 2021 Olympics, dreams of Paris 2024 are starting to set sail. As the countdown officially begins, two of Cork’s top sailing athletes have announced that they joined the Irish 49er (2 person boat) 2024 Olympic campaign.
Both young members of the Royal Cork Yacht Club and UCC Sailing
World’s oldest yacht club hoists sails again for tricentenaryTaoiseach salutes 300 years of sailing in Cork at Tricentenary Maritime Parade and AIB RCYC Tricentenary At Home Regatta Weekend
It’s sails’ ahoy once more for The Royal Cork Yacht Club’s tricentenary celebrations this weekend.
An Taoiseach Micheál Martin joined the club’s Admiral Colin Morehead earlier today to salute 300 years of sailing in Cork at a Tricentenary Maritime Parade across Cork Harbour. They reviewed a stunning spectacle of
Are you too busy to improve?
As small business owners it’s easy to fall into the trap of spending all your time working IN your business.
You find one or two good clients, and they’re willing to buy as much of your time as they can get. You work for them long hours, maybe 40-60 hours per week. Then one of them changes tack, and doesn’t want your services anymore.
Suddenly your income plummets, and you have to replace them, fast. You scramble, make lots of phone calls, pay a fortune for social media
Music to the ears of festival goers!
Today, Wednesday 8th September, Guinness confirmed that the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival will take place over the bank holiday weekend from 22nd – 25th October 2021.
The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, one of the biggest and longest running events on the Irish music calendar, was cancelled in 2020 in line with Government guidelines.
Speaking about this year’s festival, Rory Sheridan, Head of Partnerships, Diageo Ireland said: “We are absolutely delighted to confirm
Over the last 18 months, the global pandemic has caused many field service business owners to make adjustments to the way they manage their business and lead their staff. We interviewed Curtis Thomson, one of simPRO’s Executive Directors, and gained his advice on how businesses can navigate difficult times.
If you could give one piece of advice to business owners during times of change, what would that be?
Expect, embrace and ride the wave of change.
This may seem like obvious or even cliché
The running pods within Frontrunners Cork allows members to reconnect after lockdown
Frontrunners Cork has been chosen as “The Cork International Hotel Community Spirit Award” winner for June. The club provides a safe space for runners within the LGBT+ community to meet and run.
Frontrunners Cork was established in September 2018 and is part of Cork’s Gay Project. The club holds twice weekly runs on Saturday morning and Monday evening from Kennedy Quay and Kennedy Park. They cater for runners of
SERVE is buzzing with campaigning and planning!
Our Active 30 fundraising campaign is getting a lot of support from people all over Ireland. Please help our campaigners raise €3,000 to cover the operational costs of the Entrepreneurship Hub, which is one of the highlights of the SERVE Skills for Youth Resilience Programme 2021-2024 in collaboration with Young Africa.
Please Make a donation here.
We're also very excited this week because preparations for Cork Culture Night 2021 are well underway. Our
By now you’ve all likely seen the coverage and reports around The Great Resignation, with reports highlighting that up to 40% of employees are considering leaving their current job in the next year.
We know that the last two years has been a steep learning curve for both employees and management, changing how we work, collaborate and communicate. According to Harvard Business Review the combination of new return-to-office mandates, previous departure plans that were delayed by the pandemic, and many new
Reliance Automation won not 1 but 2 awards from OnRobot at their partners event in Edinburgh. The awards recognised Reliance Automation for having the “Highest turnover” and “Best collaborative application” for projects carried out in 2021. OnRobot is a major worldwide supplier of collaborative and innovative end of arm tooling.
Automation division manager, Gerry Graham, delivered a presentation on how Reliance Automation adopts a partnership approach with clients to choose the best end
With winter just around the corner, employers everywhere are preparing for an increase in employee absences. Each case of absence is different and needs to be treated as such, with much to consider when handling each instance.
To help employers effectively manage employee absences, employment law consultant Peninsula outlines the essential considerations in their helpful article.
Five Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Impact Awardees to receive €20,000 each
Food waste, inequalities for multilingual families, a lack of supports for people with dyslexia, the need for increased grief education, and the exclusion and isolation caused by inaccessible games controllers are the social issues being tackled by the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) 2021 Impact Awardees. The five organisations, which address social problems through innovative solutions, have each won a place on the SEI Impact
Currently hosting the hugely popular exhibition, Changing Habits 250 Years of Convent Life, Nano Nagle Place on Douglas Street has been awarded a Travellers’ Choice Award by Trip Advisor which puts them in their top ten percent of attractions, WORLDWIDE! The Travellers’ Choice Award celebrates attractions that consistently deliver fantastic experiences to visitors and Trip Advisor says that Nano Nagle Place has “in this particularly challenging year, stood out by providing great service and
Come Together Again, to Celebrate Arts and Culture:
Culture Night 2021 promises an evening of live and online events in Cork City
With the announcement of further re-opening of the arts and cultural sector in the next few weeks, the return of evenings of music, art, dance and theatre are now tantalisingly close. The event that heralds the Autumn arts season, Culture Night, is in planning all across the country, and Cork City’s cultural community, as always, have some real treats in store.
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment conducted a public consultation on the introduction of a statutory Right to Request Remote Work in April this year and the report outlining the results (“the Report”) was published on the 20 August 2021.
The Report indicates that 86% of participants felt it was acceptable for employers to offer a hybrid working arrangement. The Report was part of the Irish Government’s National Remote Work Strategy which aims to ensure that remote working becomes a
Caption: l/r: John Crumlish, CEO, Galway International Arts Festival; John Rooney, managing director Flogas Ireland; Irish artist John Gerrard, creator of the Mirror Pavilion project and Paul Fahy, the Festival’s artistic director at the 'Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work, (Derrigimlagh) 2020' in Connemara
Flogas Ireland and the Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF) have again partnered up for the second part of Irish artist John Gerrard’s award-winning Mirror Pavilion project. The mesmerising ‘Mirror
Despite the challenges facing the arts sector, Triskel Arts Centre are powering ahead with an exciting Autumn programme. They’ll welcome back long-term partners the National String Quartet Foundation and Cork Folk Festival as well as acts from Music Network as part of a programme that brings classical, jazz and music from singer-songwriters to the people of Cork.
“Our recent experience with Triskel Courtyard proved to us how much the live experience means to people – to both audiences and performers,”
As the reality of the climate emergency becomes clearer every year, thinking about and acting on sustainability is no longer a nice-to-do but a must-do for all businesses, from the smallest start up to the largest multinational.
While everyone wants to play their part, the reality is that sustainability is complex. It’s common for businesses to get side-tracked by the easy wins like charity work and green initiatives in the workplace. It’s also easy to get overwhelmed with endless terminology, like CSR,
Be a seasonal savvy saver this September and snap up a luxury hotel break for less. Be quick though as the sale lasts just 7 days!
As the leaves change colour, the days turn cooler, and the evenings begin to draw in, you might start dreaming about a luxury autumnal break with indulgent spa treatments, cosy fires, spice lattes and other warming comforts.
Falling leaves means falling prices at the Flynn Hotel Collection of independent, family-owned hotels as they announce their ‘big treat, no
Over 60% of non-native English speakers working in Ireland say they need to work harder than their Irish peers to progress in the workplace, according to research published by AllTalk Training.
AllTalk Training is a training provider that specialises in communication and collaboration for multicultural workplaces.
It conducted focus group research with 80 non-native English speakers from across 24 countries, including Brazil, Spain, Germany, and India. The vast majority of participants (81%) have
As part of Ireland’s National Heritage Week celebrations, Irish International Trading Corporation (IITC) has handed over an extensive collection of archive materials to Cork City Library, ensuring that the rich history of the 101-year-old company will be maintained for generations to come. Local historian and Cork City Councillor Kieran McCarthy has also presented copies of his new book to the library, Irish International Trading Corporation (Cork), Celebrating 100 Years which details the company’s growth
Executive coaching is becoming a very valuable supportive tool in business, particularly for those who are in senior positions, are self-employed, have un-predictable or challenging workloads, work in stressful environments, with vulnerable clients and for those charged with leading others.
In sport a good coach is invaluable, likewise in business.One of the key skills of an effective coach is that of communication; the ability to really listen, with mind and heart, and hear what is being said and not
Dressing up for Playful Culture Trail Fun!
All fairies and superheroes are invited along to Cork City's new Playful Culture Trail this weekend, for some dressing up cultural fun before heading back to school.
The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Colm Kelleher is encouraging families to visit the city's galleries, museums and attractions, which have been given a playful makeover this summer. And those that dress up in their favourite costume this weekend could be in with a chance of winning the ultimate play
About the Campaign
Active 30 is a 30-day fundraising campaign through which we hope to raise €3000 to support the operational costs of the Entrepreneurship Hub, which is one of the highlights of the Skills for Youth Resilience Programme 2021-2024 in partnership with Young Africa.
This 30-day challenge is in support of young people who are pursuing their dreams. They have entrepreneurship goals and need all the help they can get to make their dreams a reality. Entrepreneurship in Zimbabwe and
(“Altada”), a global provider of artificial intelligence (“AI”) solutions that enhance automation and data-driven decision-making for companies across sectors, announced today that Denis Canty has been appointed as Chief Technology Officer (“CTO”) based in Limerick, Ireland. Denis will lead Altada’s vision for technological advancements in the AI industry to further enable Altada to deliver enhanced outcomes for clients.
“We welcome Denis to our team as we continue to develop industry-leading solutions
Significant investment in Pro Bono supports Matheson’s Impactful Business Programme
Matheson, Ireland’s largest law firm, has appointed Niamh Counihan as Pro Bono Partner. Niamh will dedicate 50% of her professional time specifically to pro bono legal activities, with the other 50% continuing to be dedicated to her responsibilities as Matheson’s Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs.
Niamh will be responsible for working with management to refine Matheson’s pro bono strategy and for leading the
The Crann Centre has launched a €500,000 fundraising campaign to build an inclusive playground and leisure area for families with disabilities, set to be the first of its kind in Ireland.
Designed by families for families, the urgent need for this fully accessible amenity is supported by University College Cork research, run in partnership with Crann, a charity that provides supports for those living with neuro-physical disabilities. Of the 200 service users of Crann and their families who took part in
TELUS International Ireland, a global provider of multilingual digital customer experience (CX) and digital IT solutions, has announced the appointment of Ainhoa Toro as Digital Marketing Specialist within the Brand and Communications team. With extensive experience in communications, Ainhoa will be responsible for supporting the creation and delivery of brand and content marketing strategies and enhancing the overall digital presence of TELUS International Ireland.
Ainhoa joined TELUS International
For field service businesses growing and scaling means you need a business growth strategy that outlines the tools, resources and processes you need to support increased workloads and larger projects. The first step to this outline includes taking a long hard look at your current tech stack to determine if you’ve outgrown your existing software.
So what if you’ve determined that it’s time to upgrade your software? With many different field service management solutions on the market, it can be overwhelming
Cognate Health, the leading nationwide occupational health provider, has announced the appointment of Dr Shane Farrelly as its new Senior Medical Consultant in response to the company's rapid growth. With over 30 years’ experience as an expert in international occupational medicine, Dr Farrelly will be responsible for providing health-related advice and expertise to clients navigating the pandemic, along with informing risk assessment and policy recommendations in line with guidelines.
Dr Farrelly is
A state-of-the-art app designed to bridge the gap in communication between doctor and patient following consultations has won the prestigious MedApps Challenge, sponsored by Cognate Health. Emma Doyle and Anna Clancy, Biomedical Science students at University College Cork won the UCC Biomedical Science and Medical Research and Technology Societies competition, which was hosted in association with MTU Biomedical department.
The second-year students receive a cash prize as well as a support and
Thermo Fisher Scientific has appointed Shane Buckley as its new Senior Human Resources Manager for Irish operations. With over 20 years’ HR experience, Shane will be responsible for leading the HR team that serves the global life sciences company’s operations in Ireland, which has a 560-strong workforce nationwide. His appointment comes at a time of growth for Thermo Fisher Scientific in Ireland, with its largest Irish site — a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organisation (CDMO) in Cork — seeing a
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
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
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