BNY Mellon and comedian Brendan O’Carroll have been recognised for their philanthropic efforts at the seventh Philanthropic of the Year awards. Run by The Community Foundation for Ireland, the awards were established to recognise the extraordinary generosity and leadership of philanthropists in the country. BNY Mellon won Corporate Philanthropist of the Year for its work with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Wexford while O’Carroll was named National Philanthropist of the Year for his work with St Vincent de Paul. The special Brian Wilson Award is awarded to Jim and Adeline Callery for their contribution to cultural and educational projects in Co Roscommon, including the foundation of the Irish National Famine Museum.…

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Ireland third in the EU for innovative enterprises

Ireland has the third highest proportion of innovative enterprises in the EU, new Eurostat figures reveal. According to Eurostat, 48.9pc of enterprises of 10 employees or more in the EU reported innovation activity between 2010 and 2012. In Ireland, the figure rises to 58.7pc, placing it third behind Germany (66.9pc) and Luxembourg (66.1pc). The proportion of innovative enterprises in the EU28 dropped in 2010-2012 compared with both 2006-2008 (51.5pc innovative enterprises) and the peak recorded in 2008-2010 (52.8pc). This pattern was observed in most member states, including Ireland (56.5pc in 2006-2008; 59.5pc in 2008-2010). Innovation activities refer to product and process innovation as well as organizational and marketing innovation. Between…

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The art of persuasive communication Conor Neill

Conor Neill, programme director for a new programme from Smurfit Executive Development at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School on this month entitled ‘Influence and Persuasive Communications’, provides ten tips that differentiate powerful speakers from the rest. Practise beforehand Rehearse out loud. Work to control filler words. Use a clock to check your time, and allow for the unexpected.   Know the set-up Arrive in advance to check out the speaking area, and practice using the microphone and any visual aids.   Know your audience Try to speak to one or two people as they arrive – they will be your allies during the speech.   Start with a…

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Dr Trish Gorman

In the first article in Business & Leadership’s new ‘Future Business’ series published in association with Vodafone, Sorcha Corcoran explores the concept of business agility in reacting to changing customer needs. The expression ‘if you snooze, you lose’ has to be resonating more and more with the business community as the world hurtles through a period of unprecedented change and consumers become ever more demanding. The past 10 years have brought us pervasive internet connectivity, cloud-based applications, mobile devices that connect everywhere, remote working and digital innovations that create newly empowered customers. And with rapid technological advancement and high consumer expectations has come an increased level of disruption. “A disrupter…

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Jennifer Maguire, RTE and MC, Kevin Godley, founder WholeWorldBand, Gary Disley, marketing director, Eircom Business Solutions, John Holland, WholeWorldBand and Bernard O'Shea, RTE and MC

Dublin-based music and video app WholeWorldBand (WWB) has won the top prize at the 2014 Eircom Spider Awards as well as winning the awards for best app and innovative use of technology in digital marketing. WWB is a free iPhone and iPad app that allows anyone to easily make music and videos that can be shared and enjoyed worldwide. The app already has users ranging from Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones, Stewart Copeland from The Police and Dave Stewart from Eurythmics to thousands of beginners and up-and-coming musicians collaborating together. Launched at the end of last year, the app is now live in over 100 countries on the Apple…

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Gillian Keating, president of Cork Chamber, John Higgins, EY, Darina Allen and Conor Healy, CEO, Cork Chamber

Owner of the Ballymaloe Cookery School Darina Allen has received an outstanding achievement award from Cork Chamber for her commitment to promoting Irish food. The teacher, food writer, cookbook author and television presenter was presented with the award at Cork Chamber’s Dublin Dinner, in association with EY, at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel last night, 18 November. Gillian Keating, president of Cork Chamber, said that Allen in her capacity as owner of Ballymaloe Cookery School had put Irish food on the world stage. “She sits at the table of the country’s key representative bodies in the food movement including the Taste Council of Bord Bia, the Artisan Food Forum, the Food…

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UCD’s Prof Barry Smyth has been named the Science Foundation Ireland Researcher of the Year 2014. The award was announced last night by Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English at the SFI Science Summit, which was attended by 300 researchers. Prof Smyth is an international expert on personalisation technologies and recommender systems and has been recognised by his peers for his “exceptional research accomplishments and contribution to the Irish scientific community” over the past year. He holds the digital chair of computer science in UCD’s School of Computer Science and Informatics. He is a co-founder of ChangingWorlds, which was acquired by Amdocs Inc in 2008 for US$60m, and…

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Paulina Szklanna, postgraduate student at UCD

A total of 219 students from 17 institutes in Ireland have received combined funding of €16.8m over four years under the latest round of the Irish Research Council’s postgraduate scholarship scheme awards. Household energy demand, the impact of obesity on motor development, the construction of Irish identity and potential therapies for autoimmune disease are some of the research topics covered. For example, one of this year’s postgraduate scholarship scheme awardees, Bianca Ní Ghrógáin, a student of Dublin City University, has focused her research on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Her research project is entitled ‘Computers, Creativity and the Flipped Classroom: Using Computer Construction Kits in Primary Schools to…

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Five new world-class SFI research centres are to be set up with Government and industry funding of €245m over the next six years. The five new centres are: Adapt, which is focused on global digital connectivity; Connect Centre for Future Networks and Communications, focused on future broadband, cellular and internet-of-things networks; Cúram Centre for Research in Medical Devices; iCRAG Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences; and Lero, The Irish Software Research Centre. The five centres will be involved in over 165 industry collaborations with partners ranging from multinationals to SMEs and including Intel, Google, Microsoft, Medtronic Vascular Galway Ltd, Xilinx, and Huawei. Funding of €155m from the Department of Jobs will be…

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