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Carlow-based e-commerce company Nirvana Wholesale is doing well from an export perspective with 85pc of its customers being independent retailers in the UK. Starting from humble beginnings selling jewellery at Kilkenny market in 2003, founders Bob and Malene Devitt started selling wholesale from their website in 2008. The business moved online just before the recession hit, but right from the beginning was targeting overseas business through online advertising. Nirvana Wholesale sells wholesale fashion jewellery online to retailers in the UK and Ireland from its warehouse outside Carlow. “We sell to jewellery shops, gift shops, hair dressing salons, online sellers and party planners. All orders are processed and shipped from our newly built…

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Canadian engineering firm JV Driver have confirmed that it will be actively recruiting for 200 positions at Jobs Expo 2012, an employment and recruitment fair being held in Dublin’s RDS on Saturday, 12 Sunday, 13 May. JV Driver, who is sponsoring the Engineering Village at Jobs Expo 2012 , is a large industrial construction company, offering a range of services for the oil and gas, forestry, petrochemicals, energy and mining industries. JV Driver, who are based in Alberta, will be recruiting for the following positions: 50 Welders B-Pressure (TIG Welders) 40 Pipefitters 13 Steel Plate Fitters 30 Welders 50 Iron Workers 5 Senior Project Managers 10 Senior. Estimators 3 Project Engineers Jobs Expo…

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Libya is set to lift its 16-year ban on importing beef from Ireland and other EU countries, according to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD. The Minister said he is optimistic that official confirmation of this will be received imminently. He said the progress reflects intensive efforts over many years at political, diplomatic and technical level and represented the continuing improvement in relations between Libya and the EU. In addition, he said, it recognises the quality and safety of Irish and EU beef. “This is a very exciting time for Irish agriculture and food,” said Minister Coveney. “My visit to China last week was tangible evidence…

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University College Dublin (UCD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chinese dairy producer Dairy United, which will result in multi-million euro contracts. The MOU envisages the development of a China-Ireland Agricultural demonstration farm in Hohhot (Inner Mongolia), collaborative research projects, the provision of education and training services, and collaboration on the creation of a trade corridor to facilitate the introduction of Irish exporters to the Inner Mongolian region. UCD will be collaborating with a number of Irish agricultural equipment and services companies to deliver an integrated package of education and training, research, services and technology to Dairy United. “This partnership came about because of Ireland’s global reputation in…

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Joanna Norton, founder and CEO of Click4ESOL; economist Jim Power; Asheesh Dewan, founder of the Jaipur restaurant chain and Segala.com (originally from India); Maciej Koczur, founder of the social enterprise CallamediC (originally from Poland); Professor

Ireland’s immigrants and expats offer a viable means of expanding merchandise and service exports from the SME sector, which usually underperforms big business in international trade, a seminar heard today. This was a view put across by Professor Ivan Light, an international expert on migration and enterprise, who believes Ireland is uniquely placed to benefit from migrant entrepreneurship. The seminar, co-hosted by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, focused on the economic contribution made by migrant entrepreneurs; the level of entrepreneurship amongst Ireland’s migrant communities; and the job creation impact of enterprises founded by migrants. A professor of sociology at the University of California, Professor Light has researched and written extensively…

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Food entrepreneurs and those who feel they could create and run a successful export-orientated food business will be interested in ‘Food Works’, a new comprehensive training and development programme launched today. Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc have combined resources to design an in-depth process aimed at finding and fostering global food entrepreneurs. Successful participants will be given a range of practical business supports required to develop an initial concept into a winning food product with international appeal. The available supports will include consumer market research, business plan development, technical advice, commercial viability testing in addition to access to incubation units, research and development (R&D) facilities and possible investors. Speaking…

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A new website, launched by InterTradeIreland today, www.footinthedoor.info, will be offering 30 export sales jobs later this year through it’s ACUMEN programme. A further 60 positions will also be on offer through its technology transfer progamme, FUSION. The jobs are located across the island and are open to recent and past graduates, north and south. The new website will offer access to the latest job details, videos from past graduates on their experience and place to share knowledge and information with other graduates. The social hub within the website will also give current graduates and alumni the opportunity to further engage with one another, raise discussions and share best practice…

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Chief executive of the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) John Whelan has welcomed the vision for a new era for visa systems for Ireland, which was outlined at the second meeting of the Export Trade Council held last week. The main elements of this new era are: Visa waiver programme The Irish short-stay visa waiver programme started last July was scheduled to run until the end of October 2012, taking into account the period of the London Olympics. Due to the positive impact of this programme a proposal to extend it indefinitely will be submitted to Government by the end of February and is expected to be approved, according to Whelan.…

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Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore TD is leading an Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Turkey from 8-11 April with the aim of increasing exchanges between the two countries. Twenty-five Irish software, engineering, and internationally traded services companies are going on the trade mission. The delegation will undertake a series of high-level meetings with government Ministries in Ankara together with some business meetings, engagements and networking events in Istanbul. According to Kevin Buckley, Enterprise Ireland manager for Turkey and Italy, the trade mission will serve as an important springboard for Irish companies wishing to expand their focus in the Turkish market and build on their regional…

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