Frank O'Keeffe: 'Sentiment amongst business leaders is cautiously optimistic’
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by BP Reporter
4h ago
Interview with Frank O’Keeffe, EY UK & Ireland Managing Partner, Markets & EY Ireland Managing Partner       ● How was trading for EY over the past year? What service areas are most in demand? EY is incredibly proud to have delivered a third year of market-leading growth in our most recent financial year to 30 June 2023, a performance which further underscores our position as the largest, most ambitious and fastest growing professional services firm on the island of Ireland. This fantastic result for EY Ireland across all our service lines - Assurance, Consulti ..read more
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UK MPs express 'deep concern' over Cadbury owner's Russian activity
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by Subeditor
6h ago
The owner of Cadbury has been attacked by MPs in the UK for continuing to sell chocolate in Russia two years after the invasion of Ukraine, writes Emily Hawkins. Alex Sobel, of the UK's Labour party, who cochairs an all-party Ukraine group, has written to Dirk Van de Put, chief executive of US food giant Mondelez, which took over the beloved British chocolate brand Cadbury in 2010. It comes after Van de Put this week said investors do not "morally care" whether companies continue to do business in Russia, adding that no shareholders had pressured it to leave after the invasion of Ukraine. Mon ..read more
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Eir finally hangs up on payphone boxes
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by Subeditor
9h ago
It is the end of the line for the country’s last remaining payphone boxes, writes Helen Bruce. Almost a century after they first appeared, the boxes will be taken down by Eir in the coming months. Since their introduction, payphone boxes have been a familiar sight on the streets of Ireland, serving the public before the advent of mobile phones, and at a time when landlines were an exception rather than the rule in Irish homes. At their peak, approximately 3,300 payphone boxes dotted the landscape, complemented by over 5,000 indoor units. However, as landlines and then mobile phones became the ..read more
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Petstop named best website at National Digital Awards
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by Robert O’Brien
1d ago
Petstop has named PTSB Website of the Year at the National Digital Awards organised by Digital Business Ireland. Digital Business Ireland, the country’s largest representative body for digital and online businesses, hosted the awards and a luncheon function at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin. Awards were presented in 22 categories, and all the winners can be viewed here. Kyran O’Mahoney of IA Labs was selected as Digital Advocate of the Year. This event marked the fourth iteration of the awards. The organisers said 550 businesses, people, and organisations from across Ireland made a subm ..read more
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Enterprise Ireland and MTU launch €7m cybersecurity entrepreneurship initiative
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by George Morahan
1d ago
Enterprise Ireland and Munster Technological University have launched a €7m initiative aimed at boosting cybersecurity innovation and entrepreneurship over the next six years. Funded by the Enterprise Ireland Innovators' Initiative: Pioneering Smart Futures training programme, Cyber Innovate is set to spur indigenous company formations and job creation in the sector before the end of the decade. It is also set to create a stream of graduates to strengthen the sector and enhance Ireland's reputation as a global player in cybersecurity innovation by founding their own start-ups The 12-15 partic ..read more
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Platform94 opens €5.2m extension at Galway tech innovation centre
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by George Morahan
1d ago
Technology innovation centre Platform94 has opened a €5.2m extension at its Galway city headquarters. The site has been extended to 66,000 sq ft across four floors as Platform94 seeks to facilitate the development and expansion of the tech cluster and knowledge economy across the western region. Platform94 estimates that it will bring in more than €66.8m of gross added value to the regional economy and hopes to cement itself as the definitive centre of excellence enabling the west’s scaling technology businesses to achieve their global ambitions. "This is a momentous day for us all at Platfor ..read more
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Danone starts 2024 with confidence after 7% like-for-like sales growth
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by George Morahan
1d ago
Danone has said it is starting this year with confidence after reporting like-for-like sales growth of 7% for 2023. The French food group, which owns Evian and Activia, recorded net sales of €27,619m in 2023 despite volumes declining 0.4% as prices increased 7.4%. The company's margin was 12.6%, up from 12.2% in 2022 and ahead of analyst expectations. "2023 was a year of consistent progress and strong delivery against our Renew Danone agenda. We put science back at the heart of what we do and further tied sustainability to business performance," said Antoine de Saint-Affrique, CEO of Danone ..read more
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Buymedia to add over 100 skilled jobs in Galway
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by George Morahan
1d ago
Advertising platform Buymedia is set to add over 100 skilled jobs at its Galway base over the next four years following the opening of the expanded Platform94 technology innovation centre. The company is also building international partnerships and seeking strategic investment to propel its global growth plans and solidify its position in the international AdTech space. At the launch event, Buymedia showcases generative AI tools for marketing professionals created by the company, which provide advertising planning rationale and predictive analytics. "This event marks a defining chapter in Buy ..read more
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SHR Group launches Digital Marketing Academy for Co-operation Ireland
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by George Morahan
1d ago
Houston-based hotel technology group SHR has launched a Digital Marketing Academy designed for all-island peace-building organisation Co-operation Ireland's Future Leaders Programme. The Digital Marketing Academy will be delivered by SHR's digital marketing team over a four-week period, covering the essentials of digital marketing strategy, pay-per-click advertising, search engine optimisation and social media advertising. The aim of the programme is to equip participants with the foundational knowledge required for key areas across digital marketing and support them with Google accreditation ..read more
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Lidl procures record €1.6bn of Irish goods and services in 2023
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by George Morahan
1d ago
Lidl Ireland procured a record €1.6bn worth of goods and services from Irish suppliers and business partners last year. The supermarket chain spent €1.1bn with local food and drink suppliers, €300m of which was exported to other Lidl stores in 31 countries while the remaining €800m was stocked in Irish stores. Lidl also spent €500m on services provided by Irish businesses last year, and the company's Supplier and Business Partner Impact report includes details of its procurement. The retailer contracted Castlebar's Structural Design Solutions (SDS) Ltd for engineering consulting to support it ..read more
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