Construction SMEs excluded from public sector contracts

Small and medium Irish businesses are excluded from securing public sector contracts by multiple barriers. Currently, SMEs account for 99% of businesses in Ireland but smaller companies deliver less than 33% of public sector projects. A CIF report identified several barriers militating against SME participation in public sector contracts. These were identified as: · a […]

Just half of businesses understand the Circular Economy – Ibec survey

Just one in two businesses (51%) understand what is meant by the Circular Economy, with only 39% aware of EU initiatives to drive sustainable change, according to a survey conducted by Ibec in association with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). More encouragingly, half the respondents (49%) acknowledged that moving to a more circular economy presents […]

Foodie Destinations 2019 Applications Open Now!

The Restaurants Association of Ireland are delighted to announce the launch of Foodie Destinations 2019! Applications are now open and can be submitted until the 11th July at 12 noon. Foodie Destinations was launched yesterday in Kilkenny, who were the winners of Foodie Destinations in 2018. The Restaurants Association of Ireland are behind the initiative, […]

CRNI Urges Climate Action through Repair, Reuse and Recycling

The calls for urgent climate action were heard loud and clear during the election. As the Government draws up its All of Government Plan on Climate Disruption, now is the time for Ireland to act to reduce the climate impact of our resource consumption. Recent studies have found that up to 40% of global emissions […]

Final Call for Applications for the Innovation Arena at the National Ploughing Championships 2019

The application deadline to exhibit at the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena and to be nominated for the Awards at the National Ploughing Championships, in conjunction with the National Ploughing Association (NPA) is now extended to the 7th June 2019. Irish agri companies are invited to apply to showcase their products and innovations at the Innovation […]

Finalists announced for inaugural Energia Family Business Awards

Irish businesses old and new to be celebrated at prestigious ceremony The finalists have been announced for this year’s Energia Family Business Awards. The ceremony which is the first of its kind in Ireland celebrates successful generations who work together. The Energia Family Business Awards take place on the 24th May 2019 in the Round […]

€750,000 funding available for start-ups in all sectors through Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD and Enterprise Ireland today announced the second Competitive Start Fund (CSF) of the year which will open to all sectors for applications on Tuesday 16th April. The €750,000 fund will support up to 15 successful start-up companies with an investment of up to €50,000 in equity funding. Closing […]

Family businesses ‘the backbone and fabric’ of Ireland’s indigenous economy

Family Business Ireland boss says generations that work together are more important to us than we think The Director of Family Business Ireland says Irish family business companies need to be better acknowledged, as they are the ‘backbone and fabric’ of Ireland’s indigenous economy. JJ O’Connell, Co-Chair and Director of Family Business Ireland made the […]

The Mná Na hÉireann Fund Launched

Social Innovation Fund Ireland, in partnership with Bank of America and the Department of Rural and Community Development, are delighted to officially launch the Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Fund. Pictured L-R: Deirdre Mortell, CEO, Social Innovation Fund Ireland, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD,  Anne Finucane, Chairman, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Europe and Vice Chairman, […]

Search is on for best young Food Entrepreneurs in Laois

Registration is now open for GROW2CEO – a unique competition to find Irelands’ next young food entrepreneurs. GROW2CEO is a collaboration between Cully & Sully and GIY. The campaign was launched today in Cork by food entrepreneur Cullen Allen from Cully & Sully and Mick Kelly founder of GIY. GROW2CEO will give students and teenagers […]

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