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Google is Ireland’s No 1 exporter with turnover of €17bn in top 250 report

Google Ireland has been named the No 1 exporting company in the Top 250 Exporters in Ireland and Northern Ireland report for 2014, released by the Irish Exporters Association in association with Investec. Moving up one place from its previous year’s ranking, the internet giant recorded a 36.5pc increase in export turnover to reach €17bn this year. Google was followed by Microsoft Ireland (with export turnover of €15bn), Johnson & Johnson (with €10.5bn); Dell (with €8.5bn); and Smurfit Kappa Group (with €7.3bn). The ranking, compiled by StubbsGazette based on company accounts, shows that the information communications and technology (ICT) sector…

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BAI signs sound broadcasting contracts with FM104, South East Radio and East Coast Radio

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today signed contracts for three 10-year sound broadcasting services for the franchise areas of Dublin, Wexford and Wicklow. The services are operated by FM104, South East Radio and East Coast Radio respectively. “The BAI’s Broadcasting Services Strategy envisages that the people of Ireland will be served by a vibrant broadcasting sector which provides content and programming that caters for and reflects diversity within Irish society,” said Bob Collins, chairperson of the BAI. “Each service signing a contract today has contributed greatly to that vibrant mix in their respective franchise areas in the past…

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Chocolate shoe wins product of the year at SHOP

Artisan confectionary producer Skelligs Chocolates from Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry has won the Overall Product of the Year at the SHOP trade expo for its chocolate shoe product. Established in 1996, Skelligs was awarded €2,000 of retail support intelligence from awards sponsor, Shelfspace, alongside the prestige of being named as the number one product at SHOP. “For the past year, we have worked tirelessly to ensure our chocolate shoes look exquisite whilst tasting great,” said Colm Healy, proprietor of Skelligs Chocolates.  “We hope that this national recognition will continue to open doors with new customers and will expand our newly rebranded…

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Irish competitiveness performance mixed, says NCC report

Ireland’s competitiveness has improved in certain areas over the last couple of years, but the country remains an expensive one in which to do business, according to a new report from the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), which has outlined seven priority areas where progress is required. Ireland’s Competitive Scorecard 2011 assesses the country’s performance using 127 statistical indicators – drawn from a range of data sources, including Forfás, OECD, Eurostat and CSO – that provide insights into its ability to compete on world markets. The report indicates mixed competitiveness performance for Ireland in 2011. It finds that export focused enterprise…

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