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Open access network operator Enet is building ‘Ireland’s first fibre-enabled town’ in Claremorris, Co Mayo, involving a €500,000 investment in broadband infrastructure. Being launched at 3pm today, Enet Fibredirect brings fibre directly into every business in the town with services delivered over the network via AirSpeed Telecom . Supported by Claremorris Chamber of Commerce and Mayo County Council, is a genuine 100pc fibre service, with fibre optic cables being delivered directly into premises. Other so-called ‘fibre’ services connect to a local telecoms exchange or cabinet, but still rely on older copper networks to reach premises, resulting in a significant loss of performance, according to Enet. Construction of the new Enet Fibredirect network…

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The National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) in Dublin is currently evaluating 70 Irish and international applications to participate in its Launchpad accelerator programme for digital start-up enterprises. The 15 most promising start-ups will be selected for the investment programme, which starts in mid-February and concludes with a year-end competition for a follow-on investment sourced from VCs and angels. NDRC will provide up to €20,000 per project in micro-seed investment to support the founders during the programme. After the current selection process, NDRC Launchpad participants will begin a three-month intensive mentoring and advisory programme, alongside other start-ups, innovators, engineers and investors.  At the end of this, the start-up promoters will pitch for follow-on…

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L’Oréal largest hair colour plant

The L’Oréal Group is claiming to have opened the largest hair colour production plant in the world in terms of production capacity, in Mexico, with a $100m investment. The new factory will double the production capacity in Mexico and will supply both Latin America and North America. Focusing entirely on hair colour products, the 32,000 sq m facility is located in the Logistik II Industrial Park, in Villa de Reyes, State of San Luis Potosí. L’Oréal’s other production plant is located in Mexico City. “The L’Oréal Group has decided to open its new production plant in Mexico, since this is one of the most strategic countries for the group, a…

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Electronic Payment Services for Credit Union Group

The Credit Union Service Organisation for Payments (CUSOP) has been granted a payment institution license by the Central Bank of Ireland that will allow credit unions to provide electronic payment services to members nationwide. The new service will allow credit union members to have payments from a bank, employer or social welfare office paid directly into their credit union account by electronic transfer. According to CUSOP, the service will be available to all credit unions in Ireland and will be rolled out to Northern Ireland credit unions in due course. Danske Bank has been appointed to provide the infrastructural support and services to enable the electronic payments using the Sepa…

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Euromedic Ireland opening

Euromedic Ireland has announced the opening of a new €1.5m medical scanning clinic in Dublin city centre. The centre, which will be located in the new €6m Meath Primary Care clinic on the site of the former Meath Hospital in Dublin 8, will open in June and will offer access to MRI and ultrasound scans. The facility, Euromedic’s seventh in Ireland, will create five new jobs in the administration and clinical areas. “Since opening our first centre in Ireland in 2007, over one million people have received scans in our centres throughout the country,” said Euromedic Ireland CEO Colm Davitt. “Our partnership with Meath Primary Care demonstrates our firm commitment…

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When sales are slower, it doesn’t mean that you have to slow down the business or settle for diminished returns. Any economic downturn is a wake-up call for you to look for new opportunities. Seven steps to improving business and getting ahead in slow times. Reshape Your Vision Redefine your original business vision and start projects so dynamic that you’ll be eager to get to work each morning. Take a few days off, and ponder the direction you want to follow. Recognize that you will have to work smarter and possibly harder. Analyze New Market Conditions Which parts of the market are most profitable? How large are these parts, and…

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Business Award

Business awards attract media attention and raise your profile. Here’s how to increase your chances of winning: Inquire about awards and nominations through your local chamber of commerce and trade groups. Complete applications for awards carefully. Profile your business, describe major challenges you have faced and overcome, explain your solutions. Submit your award entries well in advance of the deadline. When you win—and even when you are just nominated—write press releases about the awards and send them to local media.

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Business Card

When creating business cards, be aware of these dos and don’ts: Do use a white background, not colored. List a home number only if you have a phone line dedicated to business. Present the card at the end of a conversation, when both parties have an interest in staying in touch. Don’t list an unbusinesslike E-mail address. Have a photo of yourself on the card, mention a degree, unless it is necessary for your specific field. Helpful: Keep cards in a place that you can reach easily so you never have to search for them in a purse or pocket.

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Reward Emplyee

A lack of recognition is the number one cause of employee dissatisfaction. Give creatively to employees, and they will give back productivity, loyalty and team spirit. Here are low-cost ways to reward employees: Name it. If Kelly was drinking coffee while working on a report until 2 am, post a sign on the coffeemaker dedicating it to her. Name the conference room after the employee who scored a big account. Change the names as the people who deserve recognition change. Bribe the spouse. Show appreciation to the support person behind the star employee. A simple note works. Flowers, wine or dinner is even better. Give discounts. Macy’s employees enjoy discounted…

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Overcoming Objections and Building Trust

Say you dream up an innovative product or advertising strategy. Or you have devised a better system for paying bills at home. But when you present the idea to your colleagues, boss, spouse—whomever—you are met with resistance. Here’s how to head off opposition, before it gathers steam, by addressing the three types of resistance: “I DON’T GET IT” The individual or group simply doesn’t understand your idea. Perhaps you used the wrong language. Jargon may work in your department, but to those down the hall, it may sound like you come from another country. Or your audience lacks the background to understand the concept. When my accountant reviews my retirement…

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