Taxback.com’s Terry Clune is Entrepreneur of the Year

Terry Clune, who established global income tax service firm T axback.com in 1996, was last night named Ernst &Young; Entrepreneur of the Year at Dublin’s City West Hotel. Taxback.com provides international tax, finance and travel consultancy services to clients in over 100 countries. The company has 600 staff in 17 countries processing 130,000 tax refunds, 30,000 visas and 60,000 international money transfers annually. Taxback.com recently opened an office in Haiti, supported by Denis O’Brien’s company Digicel. From its office in the Digicel building in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, the company’s 24 new staff will provide tax documentation assistance to customers largely in North America. Also featuring in last night’s awards was the Clonmel-based…

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Abbott wins Chambers Ireland CSR award for 2009

Multinational pharmaceutical company Abbott, which has seven operations across Ireland, has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award from Chambers Ireland for 2009. The award, which recognised a firm’s sustained excellence in the execution of their CSR programme, is given to the company that has most clearly integrated CSR into its business philosophy. Abbott Ireland’s Human Resource Director John McAteer accepted the award presented by Minister of State at the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs John Curran TD at the Chambers Ireland 2009 President’s Awards for Corporate Social Responsibility held in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin last night. “Abbott is honored to have received this national award in recognition…

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Puma to Launch Mobile Phone

As part of its diversification strategy, Puma is launching a mobile phone in the second quarter of 2010. The sportswear company has signed a license agreement with French mobile phone manufacturer Sagem Wireless. According to Puma, the agreement is in line with its strategy to move into new categories that complement its range of sport and lifestyle footwear, apparel, and accessories. In a statement, it said: “Puma’s entry into mobile leverages its innovative brand and design skill to improve user experience and connect its community.” The phone will be sold globally in Puma’s own stores and through operators. The phone will be solar-powered (the solar implement will be on the back of…

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On the crest of a wave

Maynooth firm Wavebob is one of the early leaders in the global ocean-energy sector. A long time ago, scientists realized that if the power of the ocean could be harnessed, it would go a long way towards solving the world’s energy problems. One of the companies at the forefront of developing technology to do just that is a little-known Maynooth-based outfit called Wavebob . The 10-year-old company has developed a patented technology of the same name that converts ocean waves into electricity. Sounds simple, but, as CEO Andrew Parish explains, designing a piece of equipment – known as a wave-energy converter – that can absorb the sea’s power, without getting destroyed in…

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Airbus reveals concept cabin for 2050 air travel

Envisioning what it will be like to fly by 2050, Airbus is showcasing its concept cabin, which it says is inspired by nature and features green technologies to make flying a more interactive experience for passengers. As part of its ‘Vision for Aviation in 2050’, the aircraft manufacturer will be showing its concept cabin to the public at the Le Bourget International Airshow in Paris next week. Airbus says the aircraft’s bionic structure mimics the efficiency of bird bone with an intelligent cabin wall membrane that will control air temperature and can become transparent to give passengers panoramic views. Airbus says passengers in 2050 can sit back and enjoy the…

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Customers are the big picture in Aviva campaign

Aviva has launched its first global brand campaign today – ‘You are the big picture’ which is designed to demonstrate the company’s commitment to putting customers at the centre of its business. As part of the campaign, landmark buildings in six cities around the world – London, Paris, Warsaw, Singapore, Delhi and Mumbai – are being wrapped in portraits of Aviva customers, employees and partners. One building in each city will be handed over to the public with their photos being projected onto giant screens. The campaign kicked off today in London, Warsaw, Paris and Singapore, while Delhi and Mumbai will follow in a month. Buildings such as Sea Containers…

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Innovation: the execution challenge

As he publishes his latest book, The Other Side of Innovation, Ann O’Dea caught up with leading academic Vijay Govindarajan on a recent trip to London to discuss his thoughts on managing innovation. After the success of the much-vaunted 10 Rules for Strategic Innovators, Vijay Govindarajan has teamed up with his Tuck School collaborator Chris Trimble again on a new book that deals with executing innovation within an organisation – The Other Side of Innovation – Solving the Execution Challenge. When we meet in London he has just completed a two-year stint as chief innovation consultant with General Electric (GE), where he worked closely with the iconic Jeff Immelt. He…

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Radio Nova launch to create 32 jobs

The launch of Radio Nova, which has been licensed for Dublin City and the greater Dublin area and will begin broadcasting in September 2010, will result in the creation of 32 jobs – 18 full-time and 14 part-time – over the next two months. The jobs will include full-time presenters, engineers, production teams, researchers, sales and marketing and administrative staff. David Tighe, Radio Nova CEO, is set to sign the station’s contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) today, which concludes the licensing processes. Claiming that a gap exists in the Dublin market for something different in broadcasting, Tighe is forecasting that the station will capture 5pc market share…

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Irish consumer sentiment hits three-year high

Irish consumer sentiment hit a three-year high during June, a closely watched indicator has shown. The KBC Ireland/ESRI Consumer Sentiment Index rose to 67.9 this month, which is its highest level since October 2007. This compares to a figure of 65.3 in May and to the index’s all-time low of 39.6 in July 2008. According to David Duffy of the ESRI, the improvement reflects a more positive assessment by consumers of both the current situation and also the forward-looking components of the index – the Index of Current Conditions rose to 88.4 compared with 82.5 in May, while the Expectations Index increased to 54.1 from 53.7 in May. “Expectations rose…

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‘Three Strikes’ Rule Not Decided – Vodafone

Vodafone has said that while it is in discussions with music rights holders, it is still too early to confirm that it will implement the ‘three strikes and you’re out’ rule as applied by Eircom against illegal file-sharers. Vodafone, which took over the running of BT’s unbundled local loop (LLU) DSL network in Ireland last year, making it the second largest ISP in the country, told siliconrepublic.com that discussions with IRMA have indeed started. “It is too early to speculate the outcome,” a spokesperson for Vodafone said. “We’re engaged in discussions with IRMA, and we’re looking forward to a broader discussion. We are acknowledging in principal the concerns raised by…

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