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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.”

Dublin

·         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

Munster

·     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

 

 

Double Success For Dromad In Paris

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Dundalk company wins second European award.

The awards, organised by the European Rental Association, were announced at a dinner Wednesday 15th of May at the Hyatt Paris Etoile Hotel in front of an audience of 300 rental managers and representatives from equipment manufacturers to recognise the tool hire industries elite
Dromad won the overall award - Small Rental Company of the Year (turnover <€15m)
The international judges stated Dromad Hire “was not a ‘wait and see’ kind of company. In an extremely difficult market they remained positive and looked for solutions. They found new markets outside of construction, including a departure into renting fitness equipment, and were successful in completely transforming the company.”
According to Dromad Hire’s Managing Director Seamus Byrne “ This award reflects on every one of the great people we have working at Dromad Hire, some have been here over 16 years and are still giving 110% day in day out. Everyone of them is so positive and I am delighted they have been recognised on an international stage for the professional people they are”.
“I also must take this opportunity to thank the people from Dundalk and county Louth, because it really is their award too. We simply wouldn’t be here today without them supporting us over this last 20 years"
Dromad Hire employs 23 local staff from Dundalk and surrounding areas.

This award comes just two weeks after Dromad Hire won the Hire association Europe’s ‘hire company of the year’ at their annual event held in the Savoy hotel London

http://www.khl.com/magazines/international-rental-news/detail/item85260/European-rental-award-winners-announced-in-Paris

 

Momentum Focus Your Talent project.

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Do you want to take on a skilled workforce placement for 13 weeks with no financial implication to your business ? Read more about Momentum Focus Your Talent project to benefit.

Dundalk Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Optimum Ltd is supporting a new and innovative government initiative which is being brought to Dundalk and the surrounding area.  Optimum Ltd is a first class professional training company specialising in Customer Service and Sales Negotiation skills. 

The candidates, who have come forward to participate on this programme, undergo an intensive 6 six week training programme in Customer Service and Sales Negotiation Skills which is delivered in Dundalk by Optimum Ltd. Following this training period they will commence a 13 week pre-employment period in a local business. All participating businesses have the opportunity to pre-select/interview the candidates to choose the most suitable for their business. It is envisaged that the company will retain the candidate following the 13 week placement as an employee. The project is being run out in conjunction with the local Chamber of Commerce to focus on the needs of both unemployed individuals and employers in the local area.

This fully funded programme engages with businesses, allowing them to expand and grow in a cost effective manner.  The MOMENTUM Focus Your Talent project is aimed at up-skilling participants with the relevant knowledge and skills needed for personal growth and sustainable employment.  The target profile for the project is long term unemployed 18-25 year olds as there are upwards of 50% of this category on the live register.  The aim is to return these young and enthusiastic participants to the work place through this programme with the view to increase productivity and competitiveness in your company as well as boosting the local economy. 

Course Title: Customer Service and Sales Negotiation Skills

Course Content:

  • Customer Service – FETAC level 5 & 6
  • Communications – FETAC level 4 & 5
  • Sales Negotiation skills – FETAC level 6


Benefits to the Employer:

  1. 13 weeks of skilled workforce placement with no financial implication to your business
  2. Candidates upskilled to the specific needs of the company.
  3. Full control over interview and selection process from trained candidates.
  4. Structured support and training through the work placement period.
  5. Improving productivity and increasing sales at a reduced cost.
  6. Increasing company profile in the local community.
  7. Availability of PRSI exemption for employment

Benefits to the job seeker:

  1. A unique chance to develop professional skills in customer service and sales
  2. An opportunity to put these skills into practice through a structured work placement in a local business and reveal your potential to the employer
  3. Benefit from personal mentor support and local business networks
  4. Develop knowledge and skills required to engage professionally with local businesses and enhance employability opportunities.

Project Coordinator – Lorraine Murphy [Lorraine Murphy Coaching & Training] will be in contact with you in the coming days, however if you have any immediate queries or questions please feel free to contact her on:: E – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it T- 087 2549434

 

Ice-Vibe

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Ice-Vibe, the latest innovation from Dundalk based company Horseware, has been shortlisted in the Life Sciences category of the prestigious Irish Times and InterTrade Ireland Innovation Awards.


Following a presentation to the judges on February 6th, winners in each category will be chosen by an independent panel of judges from the shortlist of 3 finalists. An overall ‘Innovation of the Year’ winner will be drawn from the category winners. The winner will be announced in a ceremony at the Titanic Centre in Belfast on March 22nd.
Ice-Vibe are rechargeable vibrating boots that boost circulation in horse’s legs. Created by Co. Tipperary based New Zealander Louisa Williams and developed by Horseware, Ice-Vibe boots combine the effects of cooling and massage therapy to effectively treat strains, ligament and tendon damage.
Louisa says: “we believe that Ice-Vibe can really make a difference to the quality of life experienced by many hard working horses and we know that using the boots has prolonged the competitive careers of several top class horses. Too often horses with tendon problems are written off. We hope that the use of Ice-Vibe boots will give a second chance to horses who would otherwise have been put to sleep.”
Ice-Vibe already has one innovation award under its belt, having won the Innovation Award at the 2012 British Equestrian Trade Association fair.

 
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