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DCC plc said today that it has reached agreement to buy Esso SAF’s unmanned retail petrol station network and motorway concessions in France. The total consideration will be €106m (£84m), plus stock in tank at the date of acquisition, all payable in cash on completion. The acquisition includes Esso SAF’s network of 274 Esso Express unmanned petrol stations; 48 Esso branded motorway concessions; and contracts to supply around 75 dealer owned dealer operated sites. As part of the transaction, DCC Energy will enter into a long term branded supply agreeement with Esso SAF. The acquired business will have annual volumes of approximately 1.9 billion litres and revenues of approximately €2.2bn…

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UK business services outsourcing group Capita plc has bought Cork-headquartered SouthWestern Business Process Services Ltd from private equity group Ion Equity for €35m. SouthWestern provides customer relationship management, financial shared services, data processing and inspectorate services to private and public sector organisations from offices in Ireland, the UK and Poland. Its clients include the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine, Bord Gáis, the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Bord Bia, Eircom and Failte Ireland. It employs around 1,000 employees, primarily based across three sites in Co Cork, and one in Lodz, Poland, together with smaller operations in Dublin and Milton Keynes. The company is forecasting an operating…

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Payzone said today that it has sold its payments services business in Sweden, Payzone Nordic AB, to Pan Nordic payment transaction services provider Nets for an undisclosed sum. Payzone Nordic AB provides payment services customised for the retail, hotel and restaurant sectors. Set up in 1989, the company is headquartered in Stockholm and processes over 150 million transactions a year. According to Payzone, the company, which operates solely in the integrated payment service provider (PSP) sector, is one of the largest electronic funds transfer networks in Sweden. It generated sales around approximately SEK70m (€8m) in 2013 and employs nearly 50 people. Payzone Nordic’s CEO, Carl-Greger Leijonhufvud, will remain with the…

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Daybreak Information Technologies, a provider of global information technology services to the biotech sector that is headquartered in Dublin, has announced that it has signed an alliance agreement to partner with San Diego-based Bell Canyon Consulting LLC, a provider of data management products and software services provider to global life sciences companies. The companies said that the partnership creates the first comprehensive IT solutions provider dedicated to the biotech and pharma markets. “This partnership expands Daybreak’s capabilities in the commercial segment of the biotech value chain. Bell Canyon has proven expertise in the commercial data management market and we will leverage its assets to establish a strong capability in the…

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Botswana Diamonds said today that it will start a drilling programme in Orapa, Botswana in the third week of September. The two targets to be drilled are in the northern part of the 2.9 sq km PL117 block. The targets, identified from recent work by Sunland Minerals, the 50/50 joint venture between Alrosa and Botswana Diamonds, are prospective for the discovery of kimberlite bodies. Verification drilling depth will be 100 metres and after the core is studied in Botswana, specimens and samples will be sent for analysis to St Petersburg. The final report from Sunland Minerals prepared by Alrosa geologists that will outline opportunities arising from the detailed analysis of…

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Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI) has contracted Cill Chiaráin Éisc Teoranta to process €20m of fish from its Kilkieran Bay site in Connemara next year. MHI currently employs 15 staff on the site, which it has been operating since October 2013. The agreement will see €20m worth of its ‘Irish Organic Salmon Co’ product processed by Cill Chiaráin Éisc Teoranta between March and July 2015. Around 85pc of the processed product will be exported to 15 countries worldwide. “Marine Harvest Ireland looks to work with local partners and suppliers where at all possible and we utilise in excess of 600 local suppliers across the country,” said Pat Connors, sales and processing…

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Over the past 18 months AirSpeed Telecom has achieved 40pc revenue growth and taken on 12 new staff, according to CEO Liam O’Kelly, who was the winner of the RSM Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the European Business Awards last May. A broadcast engineer by profession, O’Kelly had originally set up a company called Viscom, which built TV stations and broadcast facilities globally. By 2002, new radio technologies were emerging and he could see that these had the real potential to offer an alternative telecommunications system to businesses all over Ireland, including in remote regions such as Donegal, Kerry and along the west coast of Ireland. “The existing operators…

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The Mount Wolseley exits examinership

Over 170 jobs have been safeguarded at The Mount Wolseley Hotel in Carlow further to an investment package worth €7.5m being made by Brehon Capital as the hotel successfully exits examinership. This is the first successful provincial hotel examinership in the country, showing hotels can successfully restructure their operations within a three-month time frame under the protection of the court, according to examiner Ian Lawlor, the managing partner at JPA Brenson Lawlor accountants. He said that this is an “extremely valuable alternative” to a receivership process that can often take some years to conclude and probably result in job losses and loss of goodwill. “It’s important to point out the…

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London City Airport has held onto the top spot as most punctual airport in the UK with the most flights on time in Q1 2014. The airport said it has been the most punctual one consistently since April 2012. It has also recorded the shortest average delay at six minutes. “The latest statistics from the Civil Aviation Authority show that London City Airport has been the most punctual of all UK airports for the last two years running,” said Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport. “In addition, we also have the shortest average delay in the country, at just six minutes compared to an average of nine minutes. It’s…

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The number of jobs advertised online grew by 4pc between the first and second quarters of this year, while they were up by 2pc year-on-year, according to the quarterly IrishJobs.ie Jobs Index. IrishJobs.ie said the annual increase was driven by a number of key sectors increasing year on year, most notably medical and healthcare, up by 19pc; science and pharmaceuticals, up by 27pc; and transport and warehousing, up by 38pc. On a quarterly basis, the index shows growth in: IT, up by 14pc; tourism, travel and airlines, up by 15pc; legal, up 9pc; accountancy and finance, up 5pc; and transport, up 4pc. IrishJobs.ie said construction is not showing the buoyancy…

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