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Research reveals benefits of Junior Entrepreneurship Programme

A survey of 330 national schools has revealed that 87pc of its teachers saw an increase in confidence in children participating in the Junior Entrepreneurship Programme (JEP), with a further 66pc stating that taking part in the programme improved communication skills and the ability to work as a team. Life skills such as decision making,…

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Top 50 Women in Business

A compendium of the most influential and powerful Irish women in business today, commissioned by the Irish Independent in June 2008. Anne Heraty Anne Heraty is co-founder of Irish recruitment firm CPL. She is also chairperson of the Expert Group for Future Skills Needs and a non-executive director of Bord na Móna, the Irish Stock…

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Aer Lingus to start Cork to Düsseldorf service in 2016

Aer Lingus is to operate a new Cork to Düsseldorf service, which will operate twice weekly on Wednesday and Sunday from May 2016. Düsseldorf is located in the centre of the Rhine-Ruhr region, Germany’s largest metropolitan area, with a population of about 11 million people. The news has been welcomed by Cork Airport, Tourism Ireland…

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Malin takes 38pc stake in Irish medtech company 3D4Medical for US$16.4m

Malin has bought a 38pc stake in Irish medical technology company 3D4Medical for US$16.4m. The deal also gives Malin a further call option to increase its stakeholding to 50pc. 3D4Medical, which was founded in 2004 by its John Moore, CEO, and Niall Johnston, director of business development,  specialises in the development of medical, educational and…

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Public sector to be targeted in healthy workplace campaign

The public sector is to be the focus of a new campaign to encourage healthy workplace policies. The campaign is being prepared by Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, and will be driven by the Healthy Ireland initiative, which aims to improve the country’s physical and mental health. As part of the campaign, employers across the…

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Reflections on corporate governance following Clerys closure

The sudden closure of department store Clerys in June 2015 raises some interesting corporate governance issues, writes Niamh Brennan, Michael MacCormac Professor of Management at University College Dublin (UCD). By way of background, Clerys is a department store in Dublin’s main street, O’Connell Street. Until recently it was a family-owned business, having been established in…

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€1m Rabodirect campaign focuses on truth

Telling the truth is the central theme of an integrated online and off-line marketing campaign for Rabodirect, which launches next Monday and will involve a spend of €1m. According to Rabodirect, the ‘Truth’ campaign, which was developed together with Brando, will take the bank’s straight-talking approach to a new level and will continue to challenge…

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EMC and Vodafone launch industrial internet of things platform developed in Cork

Tech multinational EMC has developed an innovation platform from its Cork base specifically designed for industrial internet of things (IoT) development, in partnership with Vodafone Ireland. Involving an initial €2m investment and called Infinite, this is the first large-scale Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) approved industrial IoT innovation platform in Europe. The platform is spread across…

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