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U.S. franchise BrightStar Care®

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Franchise Opportunity: BrightStar Care®

U.S. franchise BrightStar Care® is interested in introducing their brand to Ireland.   BrightStar Care® is the leading U.S. medical service franchise with 250 agency locations that offer a range of services, including medical staffing, home healthcare / home nursing, as well as non-medical care at home.  BrightStar Care® was ranked in the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private American companies from 2009 to 2011, and it is currently ranked #54 of the fastest-growing private U.S. health sector companies.

BrightStar Care® is seeking a Master Licensee to acquire exclusive national rights for Ireland with the flexibility to open Master-owned locations or sell franchises into select markets. Depending on the Master Licensee’s expansion strategy, the total capital required for the BrightStar Master Licensee in Ireland will be in the range of €500,000 to €750,000.

Attached is a summary with additional details on BrightStar Care®. Please share this opportunity with your members and provide us with any contacts that you think might be interested in bringing the BrightStar Care® brand to Ireland.  Interested parties should contact Melissa Kinter at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 01-237-5862 for more information.

Senior Enterprise Forum

Senior Enterprise has organised an International Event aimed at those interested in enterprise activities over 50. The Senior Enterprise Forum will take place on 14th and 15th October 2013 in the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, Co. Meath and will be a residential event. Please find attached the first notification of the event and a more detailed programme will be circulated later.  This event is very likely to be well attended and is now open for booking.  Please email Mary Grehan at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to confirm your booking.



The JobsPlus programme

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The JobsPlus programme was launched on 8th July, 2013 by an Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD under the Government initiative Action Plan for Jobs. This programme is available to employers from 1st July 2013.

JobsPlus ‐ Introduces a new Incentive Scheme to Encourage Businesses to Recruit Long Term Unemployed

There are already a suite of measures that support employers to employ or provide access to the labour market for those on the Live Register but there has been low take‐up of some schemes to‐date. For that reason the existing PRSI exemption and Revenue Tax Assist schemes will be replaced by a simplified initiative. The objective with the new JobsPlus scheme is to provide a simple, easily understood and attractive scheme that will encourage employers to recruit from the cohort of the long term unemployed.

From an employer perspective, the typical value of the incentive over a two year period is circa 23 per cent of the gross minimum wage cost – in effect the State will pay €1 of every €4 it costs the employer to recruit the person off the Live Register. The new incentive is payable, on a monthly in arrears basis, over a two year period.

The incentive favours the long term unemployed so that the value of the incentive is set at two levels:

  • In respect of recruits unemployed for more than 12 but less than 24 months: €7,500
  • In respect of recruits unemployed for more than 24 months: €10,000

Sustainable building technologies a 'key driver' of green economy

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Businesses from North and South have gathered in County Armagh to discuss collaboration in order to sustain growth within the renewable construction sector.

The event, hosted by Smart ECO Hub, took place at Northern Ireland's first zero carbon house to be accredited by the Government, where key speakers  delivered the message that sustainable building technologies is a key driver for the green economy in Northern Ireland.

Ciaran McGrath, a Technical Manager at Smart ECO Hub, said it is essential for businesses to work together and to promote sustainable building technologies to boost the green economy.

Speaking at the First Sustainable Energy Building Cluster, Mr McGrath said: "It's fantastic to see the range of people here from local authorities and various sustainable building companies from across the island.

"The M1 Energy cluster will support local businesses through the delivery of product and technology innovation. Joining the Smart ECO Hub will help create employment and growth in energy sector on both a local and regional level. This project is part financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme managed by the Special EU programmes Body."

Mr McGrath provided an overview of the role of Smart ECO Hub and market opportunities that the sector offered to local businesses while John McClatchey, owner of Zero Carbon House, shared his experience of working within the sector and discussed the challenges that he had addressed over the years in order to sustain his business.

Mr McClatchey said: "The construction sector in Northern Ireland is on the move again and people are being very smart now in relation to the types of buildings they want to have built. We have heard so much in the news recently about rising energy prices but people now understand that they can completely avoid being at the hands of the volatile energy markets by buying homes which are energy efficient. It costs approximately £300 to heat and light this 3,000 sq ft house. It is vital that homeowners take energy costs into consideration when they are buying their homes."

This overview was complimented by a tour of the Zero Carbon House along with renewable energy technology demonstrations from Damien Philips of Green Energy Technology and Terry Hutt of August Biopro Ireland.  Cookstown based company, Atlantic Air, the company responsible for signing off on the Zero Carbon House in January 2012, was also at the M1 Energy Cluster with Peter Loughran explaining why air tightness is so important in the construction of homes.

Also attending were representatives from Belfast City Council, Cornett Design Associates Ltd, Orchard Property Services, Inovative Roof Systems Ltd, Health Direct NI, Joyce Clarke Ltd, CG Architects, Newry & Mourne District Council and New Innovation.


Environmental Innovation Funding Opportunities

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Please see some opportunities which may be relevant to your business.

Environmental Innovation Funding Opportunities

The aim of GreenEnterprise is to encourage better business practices, helping to reduce the consumption of resources and minimise environmental burden through process and product innovation. This provides a win-win solution as organisations become more

economically and environmentally sustainable. In keeping with ongoing support of Food Harvest 2020, applications are particularly encouraged from the food/drink production and processing sectors. In addition, applications aimed at developing behavioral change and suitable metrics are a key target area for this call. Available grant-aid will range from €5,000 to €60,000 depending on project scope. For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Enterprise Florida

At a recent US Embassy event, Chambers Ireland met a representative from Enterprise Florida. They are keen to support Irish companies whose growth at home is leading them to invest in the US. Florida and are open to assist any companies that Chambers in Ireland are working with if they are considering investing. Enterprise Florida can provide market information, help finding premises, recruitment, training and access to incentives, all free-of-charge. For more information contact Julia Mills, Deputy Director on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

See this link for more info.


“The Big Push for Small Business” Launched by Admailer.ie from An Post

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Nationwide Campaign to Help Small Business Owners Attract New Business Unveiled with 100,000 Potential Customers Up for Grabs

Research Reveals that 64% of Small Business Owners Say that Selling Existing Products to New Customers is their Top Priority

Admailer.ie, the revolutionary marketing service for small business from An Post has today launched “The Big Push for Small Business” a nationwide campaign to help small business in Ireland attract up to 100,000 new customers. By simply visiting www.admailer.ie small business owners can design their own postcard campaign, save to register their details, and be in with a chance to win their own marketing campaign – with the potential to attract up to 2,000 new customers per campaign.

“The Big Push for Small Business” will allow small business owners the opportunity to win one of 50 direct marketing campaigns. To be in with a chance to win log onto admailer.ie and tune in to The Sunday Business Show on Today FM this Sunday, 9th June from 10am – 11am. Professor Damien McLoughlin, Head of Marketing, UCD, Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School will feature on the show along with Jillian McGuirk owner of McGuirk Beggan Property who will share her experience of using admailer.ie.

Admailer.ie knows from talking to its customers that one of the main things keeping them up at night is how to raise their profile and target new customers.    While they know potential customers are “out there”, they are unsure how best to target and communicate with them to tell them about their business generally and their special offers specifically.

Recent research carried out by Amárach Research, on behalf of An Post, showed conclusively that selling existing products to new clients is not just high on the list of priorities for small businesses, but the number one priority for well over half of them - a staggering 64% of respondents.  While targeting new customers is often their first priority, many small business owners simply lack the skills or expertise to implement campaigns and ultimately end up frustrated; constantly re-thinking how they can target new customers effectively and ensure they sit up and notice them.  While more than half of those small businesses surveyed (51%) believe that direct mail is effective at reaching new households and targeting new customers, 38% don’t know yet what they plan spending on marketing this year – again pointing to the need for some clear direction and assistance.

The research conducted in Dublin and Munster, by An Post also revealed some positive results.  One in three of the companies surveyed said that business is “getting better.”


·         55% of companies surveyed in Dublin said that in the last 12 months revenue has increased significantly or somewhat;

·        52% of those surveyed said that increasing loyalty amongst current customers is top of their agenda

·        49% surveyed are prepared to invest in marketing to deliver results but lack the time or expertise to see it through


·     30% of companies surveyed in Munster said that in the last 12 months revenue has increased significantly or somewhat;

·     65% of those surveyed said that increasing loyalty amongst current customers is top of their agenda

·     43% surveyed are prepared to invest in marketing to deliver results but lack the time or expertise to see it through

While small business owners may find the question of targeting new business to be a complex one, thankfully the solution is simple. Admailer.ie is a marketing service that marries traditional mail and technology, giving small businesses a simple, one-stop-shop solution to this marketing conundrum for the first time.

Business owners can select the streets and areas they want to target with a unique mapping tool; then they choose a professional design template of a postcard with messaging or upload their own; approve the list and the card – and that local campaign will be printed and delivered by An Post within 3-4 working days, all for less than the price of a stamp.  They place a minimum order of 200 items (costing 58c ex VAT per postcard) and their problem is solved; the “campaign” is done and dusted, letting owners get back to the day job of running their business.

For further information please contact:

Deirdre McNamara, (01)6329 250, 087 239 1199, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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