Irish direct selling industry reports 121pc more new sellers

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The Direct Selling Association of Ireland (DSAI) has released new figures that show a significant rise in the number of people turning to direct selling since the start of the recession, as a way to earn additional income. The new figures show a 121pc increase in distributor numbers since the Irish recession began in 2008, whilst sales throughout the industry for the same period have more than doubled, with three of the largest direct selling companies in Ireland reporting a 103pc increase in sales between 2008 and 2012. Members of the DSAI include Amway, Forever Living and Herbalif. In addition, the DSAI has revealed that there has been substantial rise…

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Irish alcohol market in decline — report

Irish alcohol market in decline

The alcohol market in Ireland is declining as it is hit by continued economic weakness, taxation increases and changing consumer behaviour, according to the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland’s (DIGI) annual ‘Drinks Market Performance Report’. The report, by Anthony Foley of Dublin City University’s Business School, found that the volume of bar sales of alcohol continued to decline by a further 6pc in 2012. The total decline in the volume of bar sales of alcohol over the past 5 years is now 32.7pc. This decline is having a significant impact on jobs in this employment-intensive sector, where over 6,000 bar jobs alone have been lost since 2009. The specialist off…

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Nua Healthcare Stands Out in Autism Provision Accreditation

Nua Healthcare stands out in autism provision accreditation

The National Autistic Society (NAS) UK has renewed Irish healthcare company Nua Healthcare’s quality autism provision accreditation. In 2009, Nua Healthcare was the first and only adult autism service in the Republic of Ireland to achieve accredited status and is the sole Irish autism service provider to receive accreditation from the organization this year. With 14 facilities in Kildare, Laois, Offaly, and Dublin, Nua Healthcare provides specialized residential, respite and day services to individuals with autistic spectrum disorders, borderline personality disorders, brain injuries and mental health issues. Nua Healthcare’s director of operations Noel Dunne and senior services manager, Liz O’ Neill met with the National Autistic Society in London earlier…

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Musgrave Wholesale Partners signs €6m contract with Debenhams Ireland

Musgrave Wholesale Partners signs €6m contract with Debenhams Ireland

Musgrave Wholesale Partners has signed a contract worth €6m over three years to supply chilled, frozen and ambient foods to Debenhams Ireland. The deal will see Musgrave Wholesale Partners supply approximately 600 product lines directly to 11 Debenhams stores in Ireland, four of which are in Northern Ireland. “Musgrave Wholesale Partners has supplied Debenhams with chilled, frozen and ambient foods for nine years and we are delighted to extend our excellent working relationship for another three years,” said Noel Keeley, managing director of Musgrave Wholesale Partners. “At Musgrave Wholesale Partners we are committed to offering our customers best in class value, service and product range. This ongoing commitment combined with…

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Domestic economy recovery improving business confidence — IBEC

Business confidence improved strongly at the start of 2013 with most indicators in IBEC’s latest business sentiment survey climbing to the highest levels since 2009. Sales and order book indicators point towards growth and one in four managers indicated that they would be hiring new employees in the coming quarter. IBEC chief economist Fergal O’Brien said the improvement in confidence was mainly due to recovery in the domestic economy. “Consumer spending and business investment made a positive contribution to growth in the second half of last year and CEOs expect this trend to continue into 2013. The Irish economy is clearly re-balancing and it is very positive to see the…

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CRH profits down 5pc and Myles Lee to retire

Building materials group CRH has reported a 5pc drop in profit before tax for 2012 to €674m and its chief executive Myles Lee is to retire at the end of this year, having reached the age of 60. Sales revenue for the group went up by 3pc to reach €18.65bn. Lee, who has been at the helm for five years, said the results for 2012 reflected progress in CRH’s Americas operations helped by a strong recovery in residential construction and improving overall economic activity in the US. In contrast, he said, its European businesses had to contend with weakening consumer and investor confidence within the Eurozone. “Assuming no major financial…

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500 vacancies on offer at CCMA Ireland call centre jobs fair

CCMA Ireland call centre jobs fair

Amazon, BSkyB, PayPal and EA Games are among the companies that will be taking part in the CCMA Ireland Contact & Shared Services Centre Jobs Fair later this month, at which more than 500 vacancies will be on offer. The event will take place in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin from 10am to 7pm on 26 February. Companies with vacancies that will be participating include: Amazon (Cork), Arise (Limerick), BSkyB (Dublin), CarTrawler (Dublin), Chill Insurance (Dublin), EA Games (Galway), eBay (Dublin), Eishtec (Waterford and Wexford), Marriott International Global Reservations & Customer Care (Cork), PayPal (Dublin and Dundalk), ServiceSource (Dublin), TrendMicro (Cork), VoxPro (Cork) and Zevas (Cork). A series of free seminars on getting …

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Insomnia awards €150,000 cloud and connectivity contract to IT Force and Strencom

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IT Force, in partnership with Strencom, has won a contract worth more than €150,000 to provide a private cloud and connectivity system to the Insomnia chain of coffee shops. “We had encountered a number of difficulties in relation to our IT infrastructure and connectivity network, resulting in persistent issues in store,” said Insomnia chairman, Bobby Kerr.  “Ultimately our IT resources were being devoured by small and repeat issues, which was both frustrating and expensive in terms of downtime and staff resources. “The IT Force and Strencom solution made perfect business sense for us, enabling us to eliminate the IT issues, while providing a smart network that was scalable and robust…

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“Thousands of jobs” to be on offer at Jobs Expo 2013

Sky, Acorn Life and the Department of Health in Western Australia are among the organisations that will be recruiting and providing advice at next month’s Jobs Expo, where thousands of Irish and overseas jobs will be on offer, according to the event organisers. Learning Ireland, which runs the event, says Jobs Expo 2013 will provide job seekers with real opportunities to find a new job. Taking place from 11am to 5pm on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February in the Hogan Suite in Croke Park, the event is free of charge and will include a diverse range of companies with “a large number of job offers”. Confirmed organisations that will be there include…

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Ladbrokes buys Betdaq for £30m

Betting and gaming company Ladbrokes said today it has agreed to buy Global Betting Exchange Alderney Ltd (GBEA), the operator of the Betdaq exchange business, for an initial consideration of €30m on a cash free/debt free basis from TBH Ltd. Ladbrokes said it has also agreed to buy from TBH a 10pc stake in TBH Guernsey Ltd, the technology provider to GBEA, for €4m, with a call option to acquire the remaining shares in TBHG after four years. The transaction is subject to certain conditions and is expected to complete in late February 2013. “The Betdaq exchange is a well-regarded and well invested business and a close strategic fit for…

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