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Up in the cloud holds key to future competitiveness

Nenagh-based Mid-West Regional Authority (MWRA) is looking to Europe to increase the number of rural small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Clare, Limerick and Tipperary availing of cloud clustering technology.

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Chapter referrals translate into €3.2m

MORE than €3.2m worth of internal business referrals have been generated by the Armada Chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) over the past four years, it has emerged.The chapter, which was established in West Clare in June 2009, has 15 members. Business is generated through word of mouth referrals and only referrals that result in paid-for business transactions were included in the overall figure.The Armada BNI Chapter has met 194 times, resulting in 8,650 referrals since it was set up. The chapter, which has members from Kilkee, Kilrush, Doonbeg, Cooraclare, Quilty, Miltown, Inagh and Ennis, among other areas, meets every Wednesday at 6.30am in the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point. Only one person from each profession is allowed to join a BNI chapter.Kilrush-based Eileen Clair, who operates a holistic centre, is the current Armada BNI Chapter director.“When I walked in first of all, I thought that this was a group of guys from trades. But it has made a huge difference …

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Planting seeds for future funding

DETAILS of Ireland’s biggest business competition will be unveiled at a free workshop for new and emerging businesses at the Ennis Innovate Regional Innovation Centre next month.The InterTrade Ireland Seedcorn Promotional Workshop takes place at the Information Age Park facility on June 7 and is aimed at SMEs who are interested in becoming ‘investor ready’. The free event features the launch of the 11th annual InterTrade Ireland Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition, which has a cash prize fund of €280,000 and aims to transform equity raising businesses into first-class investor ready companies.According to Gert O’Rourke, director of Ennis Innovate, “The workshop is free of charge and there will be plenty of opportunities for questions and networking. Individuals and companies who are interested in entering the Seedcorn Competition this year can discover the process for entering the competition and receive advice on what an investor looks for in a business plan.”Now in its 11th year, the Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition has supported …

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€70m discrepancy in valuation of airport

SHANNON Airport has a value of €35 million according to a document that has been filed with the Companies Office.

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Profits up for Dromoland Castle Holdings

DROMOLAND Castle Holdings Limited this week revealed it recorded sales revenues of €13.7 million last year.

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Wave energy investigation to start this year

THE Government has granted a foreshore licence to a wave energy developer for site investigation works along the West Clare coast.

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New owners for Durty Nelly’s

ONE of the Clare’s oldest landmark pubs, Durty Nelly’s in Bunratty, which was once valued at €12.5m, has been taken over by Dubliners Martin Scully and Mary McCoy.

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Hughes & Hughes going under the Eason banner

THE Hughes & Hughes bookshop in Ennis will operate as an Eason franchise from next month.

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