Vital to Ireland that EU-US free trade agreement concludes this year – briefing

The EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) offers Ireland an opportunity to make sure its development of a strong institutional framework and investment in an educated workforce are rewarded, according to a former US under secretary of commerce Grant Aldonas. He was the keynote speaker at a high-level briefing on TTIP and its implications for US investment in Ireland hosted by Grant Thornton in association with European Movement Ireland this morning in Dublin. Irish exports to the US are worth over €18bn, and according to Aldonas the TTIP will help further stimulate economic growth between Ireland and the US, and provide confidence and stability for US firms investing in…

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IEA aims to boost Latin America trade with new resource for Irish businesses

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IEA aims to boost Latin America trade with new resource for Irish businessesPictured: Rio de Janeiro The Irish Exporters Association’s Latin America Trade Forum (LATF) is being launched by Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, this morning. Based at the offices of the Irish Exporters Association , the new forum will be a resource to Irish businesses interested in developing trade with Latin America. It will bring together Irish companies, industry organisations, State agencies as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to foster trade, economic and commercial relations between Ireland and Latin America. “Latin America offers exciting opportunities for Irish companies as we move forward with our export-driven…

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Salmon Software to implement new TMS at UK’s Kelda Group

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Irish-owned Salmon Software has won a contract to implement a new treasury management system at Kelda Group, parent company of Yorkshire Water, which provides water and sewerage services to nearly five million people and 130,000 businesses. According to Christopher Elliff, cash and banking manager, Kelda Group, the company wanted to replace an aging TMS to manage critical transactions across the business, including visibility of short term loans and deposits, long term debt and index linked derivatives and other instruments. Following a pre-selection process the Kelda Group reviewed six TMS solutions. “We selected Salmon Software because they had the best package for our requirements combined with a competitive price,” said Elliff.…

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Sleep monitor launched in Japan using BiancaMed technology

ResMed Inc has announced the launch of the first product in Japan using technology developed by its BiancaMed division headquartered at University College Dublin (UCD). The product, launched by BiancaMed partner Omron Healthcare, is a new wireless sleep monitoring device. The Omron Sleep Design HSL-101 uses BiancaMed technology to offer wireless, non-contact sleep monitoring, which in turn connects to healthcare support services in Japan. The device is part of a new ‘All for Healthcare’ strategy by Omron. To use the Omron Sleep Design HSL-101, a patient places the device beside the bed. With the non-contact sensing technology it measures sleep throughout the night and can report key sleep quality metrics,…

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Scaling the Heights: Irish Success Stories – Sensorpro

Scaling the Heights. Irish Success Stories - Sensorpro

Sensorpro Chris Byrne Limerick-based software company Sensorpro has signed a global partnership agreement with Danish headquartered firm Sitecore, which has significant operations in the US. The reciprocal arrangement will involve Sensorpro’s messaging and feedback platform being offered to Sitecore customers, and Sitecore’s content management system – which allows for the intelligent delivery of highly personalized content for every website visit – being offered to Sensorpro’s customer base. Founded 12 years ago by Christopher Byrne, Sensorpro has over 10,000 customers globally and employs 11 people in Limerick. Irish users of the Sensorpro platform include An Post, Arnotts and, and it counts global brands such as Ben & Jerry’s, Kraft and…

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Ivanka Trump: What Does She Do at the White House?

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Ivanka Trump has taken on an official job as assistant to the President of the United States, for her father, Donald Trump. Even though she has publicly stated she won’t take a salary, ethics experts have said she would have to be extremely careful in trade negotiations with countries that export clothing for her label. Just has her husband Jared has a seemingly endless list of priorities and responsibilities, Ivanka’s role is equally as “unknown.” She has been called “assistant to the President” and has shown up for meetings with foreign leaders with no prior experience or official title to be present at such meetings. Ethics experts are concerned because…

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Brandtone in new agreement with Unilever targeting South East Asia

Dublin headquartered mobile marketing business Brandtone has signed a new agreement with Unilever that will mean its consumer engagement platform is to be deployed in Thailand, Vietnam and The Philippines reaching millions of customers. Building on an existing global partnership between the two parties, the two parties first began working together in the South East Asian region last year. Since then, Brandtone’s work with Unilever has seen its promotional campaigns for Sunlight and Magnum in Indonesia become among its most successful mobile engagements to date, according to the Irish firm. Donald Fitzmaurice, CEO, Brandtone, said: “When we announced our expansion into Indonesia almost a year ago, even we could not…

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Scaling the heights: Irish success stories – Trustev

Chief executive and co-founder of Irish tech start-up Trustev Pat Phelan describes the past year or so since he moved to the New York to oversee the company’s US expansion as a “whirlwind” and it’s hardly surprising. Trustev is a software platform with new technology that can analyse accurately in real time which buyers are fraudulent. The impact for companies that deploy it is dramatically reduced fraud and increased sales. Phelan started the company in Cork in 2012 where it currently employs 20 people. Since launching Trustev has set up an office in New York, grown to multi-million dollar annual revenues and secured large customers such as global information solutions…

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IEA and American Airlines join forces to help businesses trade with the US

The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) and American Airlines are to partner on a series of business briefings aimed at providing chief executives, managing directors and business leaders with a platform to network and share best practice when doing business with the US. The IEA said the aim of the events is to bring exporting companies together to network, share best practice and collaborate to identify solutions to international trade problems.  The events will take place in Dublin, Cork and Galway throughout the year. “With the current exchange rate of euro to dollar at an all-time low it is a good time for exporters to take advantage of the favourable trading…

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EPS to create 50 new jobs with €3m expansion in Mallow

Mallow-based EPS today announced plans for a new €3m design and manufacturing centre of excellence that will create 50 new high-skilled jobs. EPS is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland. Founded in December 1968 and with 340 employees throughout Ireland, UK and Middle East, EPS provides water and wastewater treatment solutions. The new facility is subject to a planning application with Cork County Council and if that’s successful, the company intends to begin construction in the summer, with an expected completion time of 12 months. The construction process will create 35 construction jobs. “The proposed expansion is the next necessary step in the development of…

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