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Irish mobile marketing company raises €10m in investor backing Irish mobile phone marketing business Brandtone has raised almost €10m in backing from investors. Unilever Ventures is one of the backers of the company, which was set up less than two years ago to develop mobile phone marketing systems. Other investors include Belgian firm Verlinvest, Vision Private Equity, and Enterprise Ireland. With headquarters in Dublin, Brandtone has operations in five countries and is run by entrepreneur Donald Fitzmaurice, who previously set up nanotechnology firm Ntera. Brandtone uses a free phone system to gather information on consumers, who are incentivized with mobile phone credit and other ‘rewards’ from big brands. The company has targeted South…
Online classified ads site DoneDeal announced today that it’s sponsoring Setanta Sports’s coverage of this year’s FA Cup. The sponsorship will include DoneDeal stings throughout the broadcast of 30 live games. The official announcement was made this morning at Setanta Sports offices with the FA Cup on hand. “There is a natural fit between DoneDeal and Ireland’s leading premium sports broadcaster,” said Irene Parker, marketing manager at DoneDeal. “We see the sponsorship of the prestigious FA Cup as the perfect platform to drive new traffic to the 60,000 listings in our cars section. This sponsorship is a key part of DoneDeal’s 2015 marketing strategy to grow our motoring section.” “The FA Cup…
Ian Talbot, chief executive of Chambers Ireland The waiting period before the budget announcement is impeding both business and consumer sentiment, says Chambers Ireland , as it calls for immediate access to personal income tax changes. Chambers Ireland , which represents 13,000 Irish businesses, said today that if significant changes are to apply to levies and other taxes, then businesses should be informed now. Chief executive Ian Talbot said it is unreasonable to expect employers to wait until December 7 to assess and plan for revised payroll processes. “They need adequate time to test and implement payroll software solutions for these changes in a timely and cost effective manner,” he said. Commenting on the imminent Budget,…
Brand champion – the Q&A series: Simon DemeryPictured: Simon Demery, general sales manager for Swizzels in Ireland Simon Demery is the general sales manager for Swizzels in Ireland where he is responsible for all aspects of the business with particular focus on the sales and marketing function in Ireland. He works closely with agents and customers to plan at least six to eight months in advance for key sales periods such as Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and key summer activity. Swizzels Matlow was established in 1928 and started as a market stall in Hackney, London. Today, the factory in New Mills now produces more than 14 tons of chew sweets,…
Agile Networks predicts 20pc sales increase for 2015Agile Networks managing director Darragh Richardson Dublin-based company Agile Networks is predicting a 20pc increase in sales for 2015, further to reporting revenue growth of 55pc for 2014. The company designs, builds, and supports IT networks across 1,300 sites that support 1.3 million end users. In completing its third full year of operations since a management buyout in 2011, the firm has grown revenues from under €1m to over €7.4m in 2014. “For 2015, we’re forecasting another year of buoyant growth, which means that we’re now the biggest independent network integrator in the country,” said managing director Darragh Richardson. “For our first quarter, we’re…
Over the last ten years, there has been a growing trend in public and in private schools of children afflicted by autism. Many parents and even teachers are unaware that something as simple as specialized classroom rugs can make a huge impact on struggling students.
Ireland’s Entrepreneurs Soar
More and more people are starting new businesses in the proud country of Ireland . The strongest surge of entrepreneurs is in the immigrant population. Ian Brodie , an e-commerce expert in the UK, has stated the importance of these new business owners to not only get customers but to keep them as well. Jon Shugart and Luke Sample share their Book Profits system in our featured interviews.
Australia Is On The Move
With the economy picking up, families across Australia are picking up too, by moving. You can avoid a nightmare moving experience by either hiring the right moving company or by doing it yourself. If you can’t afford professional removalists, you might consider selling annuity payments to do it. Check out the reviews from NL Brand Reviews .
Torts and Product Liability
Everyone wants to believe when they undergo a medical procedure that everyone involved has their best interests in mind. From the hospital staff to the products used in the surgery. That isn’t always the case. “If you feel you did not get the care you deserved, or are having complications from a medical procedure, it is always wise to receive counsel from a qualified attorney,” advises Scott Matthews of Matthews Law Firm .
Are Banks Overcharging?
When it comes to getting your personal or business checks printed , you probably give little thought to the process and instead blindly allow your bank to print your checks because “it is just easier and it is more secure if my bank does it.” But your bank doesn’t do the printing. Instead, the job is contracted out to a third-party printer. The costs are often 3-4 times the going rates. It is possible to get quality business checks online that are professionally printed and have the security measures in place to protect your account.
Schools to Close
Many schools all across Ireland are closing due to protests by teachers over proposed public-sector pay cuts . Teachers, who are not just protesting to protest, are looking for sweeping changes across the schools in order to not just give them the pay and benefits they need, but also to give the students much needed equipment and supplies. Teachers are also looking to further their education to be more effective in the classroom. The Teacher’s Learning Center has been mentioned as one of the top resources available.
Leadership in London
The London Leaders Programme is one that takes into account important economic issues in the thriving global city. One London business veteran knows well of what London has to offer and the right way to grow your business with fierce competitors at every turn.
The Craze That Never Dies
As the late-great Muhammad Ali famously said, “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” From triathlon gear to fitness trackers , to home gyms, maybe this is the year you finally make that commitment to yourself. The time is right now to get in shape. And to find the right gear, IthacaSports.com was named a leading retailer. Also, owning a yoga gym made the list of one of the top businesses to start .
Focusing on Green Energy
Leadership & Dogs
As society continues to reform and more and more people are turning to living alone, more dogs are being sought out as “companions” than actual pets. There are some people who treat their dogs better than they do their own family members! Seeking out the best dog products or advice on training have been hot and trending topics this year.
Cyber Attacks & Randsomware
More businesses around the world are being hit and hit hard. Before you are the next victim of randsomware, protect yourself and your business and get a solid understanding of the right protection from antivirus software reviews. “Online security is not something you should take lightly. It should be top priority for every business world-wide,” says Ron Halversen of Clarity-Ventures .
Stamp and Coin Collecting 101
With the lines growing ever longer at the post office and the obviously starving stamp vending machines (due to their penchant to eat your money and deliver nothing), “Where can I buy stamps?!?!” When collecting coins, independent retailers who deal exclusively in physical bullion are best.
Differing Opinions on Your Health and Your Diet
HealthXL’s global event in Dublin showcased seven revolutionary start-ups in the areas of diet and nutrition. Are trans fats hiding in your foods? What are the best health supplements from BiOptimizers ? How can the natural Pure Vision Method improve your eyesight? Should you shop the farmers market for healthy items or rely on a diet food delivery service?