Please see the following images for information regarding the workshops;

Advanced Facebook for Business (8th July ) https://www.localenterprise.ie/CorkNorthandWest/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/Advanced-FaceBook.html

Advanced linkedIn for Business (14th July) https://www.localenterprise.ie/CorkNorthandWest/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/Advanced-LinkedIn-for-Business.html

Online Content Creation 16/09/2020

https://www.localenterprise.ie/CorkNorthandWest/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/Online-Content-Creation.html

Video Creation for Business 09/09/2020

https://www.localenterprise.ie/CorkNorthandWest/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/Videi-Creation-for-your-Business.html

Advanced Instagram for Business 26/08/2020

https://www.localenterprise.ie/CorkNorthandWest/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/Advanced-Instagram-For-Business.html

Advanced Twitter for Business 20/08/2020

https://www.localenterprise.ie/CorkNorthandWest/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/Advanced-Twitter-For-Business.html

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, has asked the Chairpersons of the nine Regional Enterprise Plan Committees to put forward proposals that would help to address economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in their region.

Based on the success of Regional enterprise Plans that launched last year, the minister said the plans now need to focus on tackling economic challenged presented by Covid-19.

Click here to see the full story.

Event takes place June 27th – 10:00-16:00

Reserve your place at Ashgrove Renewables FREE Information Events which are now being held at their offices just outside Mallow.

With all trade shows and self build events likely to be cancelled for 2020, come along to their office where they bring the showroom outdoors allowing you to hear about their systems, view them and ask questions in a completely safe environment.

With designated parking, sanitisation stations and social distancing observed, its the perfect opportunity to research your homes new Heat Pump, Underfloor Heating, Solar PV and Heat Recovery Ventilation options. Book your place TODAY by contacting the team @sales@ashgrove.eu as session spaces will be limited.

For information or booking instructions you can use the following methods;

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AshgroveRenewables/events/

Email: sales@ashgrove.eu

LINC Engineering would like to wish well to everybody involved!

Congratulations to LINC Member SQ FABS (Stainless Quality Fabrications) on the launch of their brand new website.

Graham Whelan of SQ Fabs states:

“Stainless Quality Fabrications are delighted to announce that we have officially launched our new website on May 29th, 2020! 

After several months of hard work and dedication, with our team working in tandem with Mark O’Leary at Web Design Ireland, Theresa at LINC Engineering Network and also the continuous support from the Limerick Local Enterprise Board we now invite you to visit us at www.sqfabs.ie.

We hope that you enjoy the fresh look and feel of our updated website and find that it serves as a valuable resource to you and for any of your stainless steel fabrication requirements. Thanks to the entire SQ FABS team for their hard work and dedication on making our new website a reality.

For any questions, suggestions, comments or enquiries please contact us at www.info@sqfabs.ie.  We look forward to seeing you at www.sqfabs.ie

Thank you!”

We wish Noel, Graham and all the team at SQ Fabs the very best of luck with their new website and will enjoy watching them build on the continued success of their company.

The  Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway and Technology Centre capital funding programme 2020 has €6million worth of funding to help out companies who are looking to get involved in R&D but perhaps feel they don’t have the necessary resources for such an undertaking.

According to an article in the Irish Times, working with the Institutes of Technology, the funding programme gives companies access to “hundreds of highly skilled and industrially focused researchers, together with specialist equipment and facilities”.

Companies are encouraged to apply if they feel they could do with a capital investment to upgrade to new technologies or develop new products/processes.

The full article can be read here: https://www.irishtimes.com/sponsored/innovation-partner-profiles/from-cheese-to-cobots-opening-new-tech-gateways-to-greatness-1.4267863

Enterprise Ireland are running a webinar on Tuesday 9th June 10:30 – 12:30

During this session, you will learn about how the supports work and eligibility criteria. So, if you’re thinking of restructuring your work processes or developing your products or services, this free webinar could provide a very informative use of your time and potentially finance your undertaking with up to 50% in support for product, process or service development projects with a total cost of up to €300,000.

To book your spot now, click here: https://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/Research-Innovation/Companies/R-D-Funding/Agile-Promotional-Events.html

Following the success of our training on Friday 22nd May, many of you are now in a position to prepare your business for reopening after the Covid-19 closures. The Government and Local Authorities are providing a ‘Restart Grant’ to help with the costs associated with reopening.

LINC would encourage anyone who is applicable to apply sooner rather than later to ensure your best chance of securing this grant.

Criteria:

To avail of the Restart Grant, a business must be in the Local Authorities Commercial Rates Payment System and: 

  1. Have an annual turnover of less than €5m and employ between 1 to 50 people;
  2. Have closed and/or suffered a projected 25%+ loss in turnover to end of June 2020; 
  3. Commit to remain open or to reopen if it was closed;
  4. Declare the intention to retaining employees that are on The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) and to reemploy staff on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) where applicable.

The grant will be equivalent to the rates bill of the business in 2019 with a minimum payment of €2,000 and a maximum payment of €10,000.

The grant can be used to defray ongoing fixed costs, for replenishing stock and for measures needed to ensure employee and customer safety. 

Cork linkhttps://www.yourcouncil.ie/AchieveForms/?mode=fill&consentMessage=yes&form_uri=sandbox-publish://AF-Process-8a03a9e0-a929-49a4-9154-0f0a7a8848d7/AF-Stage-980318be-3f85-4a27-a3e2-b3f2bf6878d1/definition.json&process=1&process_uri=sandbox-processes://AF-Process-8a03a9e0-a929-49a4-9154-0f0a7a8848d7&process_id=AF-Process-8a03a9e0-a929-49a4-9154-0f0a7a8848d7

Limerick link
https://www.limerick.ie/form/business-restart-application

This grant will be discussed at our members meeting on Friday 29th May. Make sure you check your email for the link. If you did not receive the link, please email info@linknetwork.ie

A training event has been organised for member companies on preparing to return to work and dealing with Covid 19. This will be an online training session held on

Friday 22nd May 2020

08:00am – 11:00am 

Please check your inbox for the Zoom link. If you have not received this email, please click on the link below to register your interest before 4pm Thursday 21st May and an email will be sent to you containing the zoom link.

https://forms.gle/StGKpGbSuWF2XAMXA

Please note that this training is for LINC member companies only.

As we prepare to reopen following the Government Roadmap, we must take time to familiarise ourselves with what our businesses will have to do to reopen safely. Attached, you will find the policy document the government have issued. The Protocol should be used by all workplaces to adapt their workplace procedures and practices to comply fully with the COVID-19 related public health protection measures identified as necessary by the HSE.

Unison Engineering Services, backed by the Local Enterprise Office Limerick and Enterprise Ireland are helping to respond to the Covid-19 crisis by developing a fully automated production unit which creates non toxic liquid used for disinfection

Well done to LINC Network Member Unison Engineering Services Limited. For an interesting read, please click the pdf document below and scroll to the second page. Well done Paul and Team.

The Covid-19 Pandemic has thrown up challenging and uncertain times for Engineering businesses. Here is an outline of some of the supports available to your business right now.

The Covid-19 Pandemic has created severe challenges for Irish businesses with an uncertain road ahead.  Below is a list of supports available to businesses during this unprecedented time.  There are three main sections:

  1. LEO Supports
  2. Government Supports
  3. Practical Steps

1. LEO Supports

Business Continuity Voucher

In conjunction with your Local Enterprise Office, this grant is an excellent support to help any engineering business through this difficult time.  It offers €2,500 towards consultancy costs to aid with finance, HR, supply chain, marketing, digitisation issues and more to enable businesses to continue trading through this crisis.  Application closing date 15th May 2020.

Limerick: https://www.localenterprise.ie/response/Business-Continuity-Voucher/

Cork North & West: https://corknorthandwestleo.submit.com/show/33

Trading Online Voucher

The TOV is a grant offering up to €2,500 for a business to develop or enhance their ability to trade online.  I would urge any Engineering firm who is eligible for this and who has not availed of this in the past to apply for it to build a strong online presence and/or upgrade your website.  If you have applied for this previously then there is a second online trading voucher available to businesses.

Your Local Enterprise Office is offering to cover up to 90% of the costs involved in getting your business online where previously it assisted with 50%.  This enhanced assistance is available until September 30th 2020 after which it will revert to original supports.

Limerick: https://www.localenterprise.ie/Limerick/Financial-Supports/Online-Trading-Voucher/

Cork North & West: https://www.localenterprise.ie/CorkNorthandWest/Financial-Supports/Trading-Online-Vouchers/

New Covid-19 Business Loan

The COVID-19 Business Loan from Microfinance Ireland (MFI), in partnership with Local Enterprise Offices, is a Government-funded initiative to support small businesses through the current period of uncertainty.  This is a business loan of between €5,000 and €50,000 and is designed for micro-enterprises that are:

a) having difficulty accessing Bank finance and

b) impacted, or may be impacted negatively, by COVID-19 resulting in a reduction of 15% or more in turnover or profit.

More information:

Limerick: https://www.localenterprise.ie/Limerick/Financial-Supports/Microfinance-Loans/MFI%20COVID%2019%20Business%20Loans%20-%20Up%20to%20%E2%82%AC50,000%20available/

Cork North & West: https://www.localenterprise.ie/CorkNorthandWest/Financial-Supports/Microfinance-Ireland-Loans/

Mentoring

LEO are now offering Mentoring supports free of charge to develop robust strategies, identify possible issues and maximise potential opportunities when Covid-19 crisis comes to an end.

More information:

Limerick: https://www.localenterprise.ie/Limerick/Training-Events/Mentoring/

Cork North & West: https://www.localenterprise.ie/CorkNorthandWest/Training-Events/Mentoring/

Training and Webinars  

Local Enterprise Offices have moved training programmes, workshops and networking meet-ups online, covering areas such as cash management in a crisis, leading your business through COVID-19 and advice for employers impacted by the crisis. Training programmes are free of charge and places can be booked online, through the links below

Limerick: https://www.localenterprise.ie/Limerick/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/

Cork North & West: https://www.localenterprise.ie/CorkNorthandWest/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/

LEAN for Micro

LEAN for Micro is available to LEO clients to help build resilience within small companies.  Under this programme, clients can avail of consultancy support with a LEAN Expert (a qualified practitioner), who will work with the company to introduce lean principles, undertake a specific cost savings project and assist the company in benchmarking its performance. LEAN for Micro can also be used to help implement new remote working and physical distancing guidelines.

Further information:

Limerick: https://www.localenterprise.ie/Limerick/Training-Events/Programmes/LEAN-for-Micro-Programme/

Cork North & West: https://www.localenterprise.ie/CorkNorthandWest/

Other LEO Financial Supports

For existing companies and potential start-ups that meet eligibility criteria (such as employing 10 or fewer people with the potential for growth and job creation), Local Enterprise Offices can offer additional financial supports to help manage current market challenges:

  • Business Priming Grants*
  • Business Expansion Grants*
  • Feasibility Study Grants*
  • Technical Assistance for Micro-Exporters Grant*

Please note: *For LEO Financial Supports, further eligibility criteria apply.

Limerick: https://www.localenterprise.ie/Portal/Discover-Business-Supports/Discover-Business-Supports.html

Cork North & West: https://www.localenterprise.ie/CorkNorthandWest/Financial-Supports/

2. Government Supports

Covid-19: An Employer’s Guide

The HR Suite in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland have developed a guide for employers. The guide provides direction to Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Office and Údarás na Gaeltachta client companies on how they should manage the Covid-19 situation from an employer/employee perspective. It may also be relevant to other SME and large companies operating in Ireland. It covers topics such as the current situation, Your obligations as an employer, Examples of preventative and precautionary measures, Covid-19 company response template and others.

Covid – 19 Financial Planning Grant

The grant is designed to help companies to develop a robust financial plan, including the preparation of documentation required to support applications for external finance from banks and/or other finance providers (including Enterprise Ireland). The Covid-19 Business Financial Planning Grant, worth up to €5,000, will enable companies to access external support from approved financial consultants to prepare a financial plan to secure the company in the short to medium terms. Click below for more information.

Sustaining Enterprise Fund

This €180m Fund is open to eligible companies which:

  • Employ 10 or more full-time employees
  • Are operating in the manufacturing and internationally traded services sectors
  • For SMEs – have applied for funding from a financial institution, including, where appropriate, through the SBCI Covid-19 Working Capital Loan/Future Growth Loan Schemes
  • For large companies – have applied for funding with an appropriate financial institution.
  • Businesses qualifying under this EU-supported scheme will be offered a repayable advance of up to €800,000.
Click Link

SBCI Covid-19 Working Capital Loan Scheme

Working Capital is the liquid assets that finances the day to day running of our businesses.            This loan is for innovative businesses and the link below outlines eligibility criteria.  It is noted that in a similar scheme operated by the SBCI for Brexit impacted businesses, of the applications to date for eligibility to that scheme, less than 1% have been declined due to not meeting the innovation criteria.

If your liquid assets (including cash flow for operational purposes) are impacted by Covid-19, you can apply for a loan between €25,000 and €1.5 million.  No security is required for loans of up to €500,000.  The loan period is up to 3 years and the interest rate is set at a maximum of 4%.  The scheme operates until March 2021 or until the scheme has been fully subscribed.  There is a link on the Local Enterprise Office website and below.

https://sbci.gov.ie/schemes/covid-19-loan-application/

Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme

This government scheme is aimed at SMEs who are affected by a minimum of 25% decline in turnover as a direct result of Covid 19 and are struggling to pay employees but are keeping them on payroll.  We all know it is difficult to recruit staff within the Engineering industry and most Engineering firms are doing their best to hold on to the staff in which they have invested.  This scheme can help Engineering firms ensure they keep staff on payroll while reducing the cost of employing them.  It can be particularly useful for staff who are on reduced working hours.  The rates of pay were updated on 04th May 2020 and differ for employees earning up to €586 per week and those earning over €586 per week.  It is expected this scheme will run until 18th June 2020.

https://www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/communications/covid19/temporary-covid-19-wage-subsidy-scheme.aspx

Other Government Supports:

https://www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/communications/covid19/temporary-covid-19-wage-subsidy-scheme.aspx

3. Practical Steps

Talk to your bank

All banks have stated that they will offer flexibility to their customers. They are open to discussions regarding payment holidays, emergency working capital facilities and other supports.

Take steps to manage your cashflows now

  • Look at your spending – can you lower/renegotiate your costs (e.g. insurance, rent, etc), can you delay discretionary expenditure?
  • Speak with your suppliers – are they willing to extend your repayment contract?
  • Speak with your debtors – can you expedite your accounts receivable?

Engage with the Revenue Commissioners

Revenue Commissioners have provided guidance on areas including

  • debt enforcement
  • RCT measures suspension of interest
  • retention of tax clearance status
  • guidance on e-working
  • tax relief

If you feel like you might need to speak with the Revenue Commissioners, you can contact:

Revenue Regional Office Cork: 021 602 7000

An overview of the funding options for your business, overview of credit and credit assessment – what the finance company reviews and why?

Overview of programme content & methodology: 

–          ‘CAMPARI’ acronym

–          Business current account profile, monthly turnover, peak and troughs match to management accounts?

–          Business credit history (ICB and central credit register) as past performance can indicate future risk

–          Competition and peer analysis (compare gross and net margins, wages as a % of sales, price and USP)

–          Relevant management experience in the sector

–          Product or service offered and market for same

  • Outline of the credit market in Ireland including the range and type of finance providers (including alternate finance providers) and outlining their credit appetite and cost:

–          Banks products and services

–          Overview and application of the Governments Credit Guarantee Scheme

–          Use of Microfinance Ireland

–          Alternate finance providers

  • Tips and strategies for getting you or your business ‘finance ready’
  • Strategies for dealing with and addressing either poor credit history or personal credit legacy issues
  • Business plan for business vs. business plan for finance – key differences
  • Key financial indicators required for projections and cashflows
  • Working capital & cashflow workshop – linking cashflow to credible assumptions
  • Case studies & examples
  • Templates for participants for finance applications

*This workshop is facilitated by First Choice Financial Services DAC

Bookings available online

Would you like to join the team at ABS Engineering? 

Now hiring! 

With over thirty years of experience, ABS Engineering is an established player in the industrial automation and BEMS sector. They operate at the cutting edge of innovation and technology.

ABS Engineering is currently recruiting for the following positions at ABS Engineering Controls Ltd in Newcastle West.

If you feel you would like to join the team, send send a Curriculum Vitae to info@absengineering.ie 

More positions available:

Full-time Electrician

Apprentice Electrician

Instrumentation Technician 

As hubs of expert advice, information and practical supports, dedicated Local Enterprise Office teams can help you manage your Brexit response through – 

Here’s a handy guide to Brexit supports, which are available through your Local Enterprise Office.

When? Thursday 24th October 2019

What time? 5pm to 7pm

Where? Trident Hotel, Kinsale

As part of Cork County Council’s Local Enterprise Offices – Cork North & West Cork and Cork South’s continued support to the Gift/ Craft / Design/ Homewares/ Skincare and gift Food products, they will host a “Meet the USA Buyers” event on Thursday 24th October from 5pm to 7pm.  The event will take the form of a ‘Pop Up Trade Show’ with a short retail and export seminar within.

Over 15 NACTA buyers will attend this trade only event to meet with new, emerging and establish businesses targeting USA retail market.  NACTA is made up of over 100 retailers in North America and are a key buyer sector of Showcase Ireland.  They organise the Showcase Exports Award each year and working closely with Enterprise Ireland.  We will also invite Cork gift retailers to this event.  The short seminar is designed to make the event more interesting for the retailers and exhibitors attending.

The event will allow Cork businesses to meet with USA trade buyers in an intimate and informal setting, while maximising the sales and revenue opportunities

If you are planning to sell into to USA shops, stores and e commerce sites, this is a must attend event for your business. A limited number of business can exhibit heir gift products to these retail buyers at the Pop Up Trade Show.

To avail of this opportunity: 

  • Please complete a short application form and return to Méabh Ring at meabhring@gmail.com
  • This form will ask for product details, your price list and 2 images of your products, deadline for receipt of application is Monday 9th September before 5pm.
  • Applications will be reviewed and you will be contact by your local LEO from Friday 13th September. A shortlist may be created.

Find an application form here

Our member company Ashgrove Renewables has been selected as finalists in the upcoming Plumbing & Heating Awards 2019.

Ireland’s Plumbing & Heating Awards provide a unique opportunity to recognise the achievements of this specialised sector in Ireland. The 2019 competition boasts 17 categories and are independently judged by experienced panel of experts.

The 2019 Awards culminate in a black-tie Gala Evening at the Citywest Hotel, Saggart, Dublin on Friday, September 13, 2019, with an estimation of over 500 people, including leading figures in attendance.

Best of luck to Ashgrove Renewables Team!

The International Cheese Awards were held in Nantwich on Tuesday 30th July. The awards are the biggest cheese show in the world which have over 5,000 entries from over 30 countries and a huge 1,380 attendees to the event.  

Dairygold had great success at this years awards, achieving the best results we have ever had with a massive 16 awards!  Congratulations!

Trading Online Voucher Seminar (TOV) is taking place on Thursday, 29 August 2019 from 09:30-12:30 in Kilmurry Lodge, Castletroy.

What are you waiting for, boost your business by enhancing your online trading presence today!

Venue:    Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick
Date:      29/08/2019
Time:      9.30 am – 12.00 noon

Registration is essential.

The TOV scheme offers small businesses and retailers the opportunity to apply for match funding to the value of €2,500 to develop and improve their online trading presence.

This scheme offers small businesses a huge opportunity to develop and engage in the hugely powerful market of online sales.

The TOVs are available to eligible SMEs in the region and can be used for;

  • The development or upgrade of an e-commerce website such as implementing online payments or booking systems;
  • Purchase of Internet related software;
  • Online advertising;
  • Development of an app;
  • Implementation of a digital marketing strategy;
  • Consultation with ICT experts for early stage adopters of online strategy
  • Training/skills development specifically to establish and manage any online trading activity;
  • Photography.

The scheme is open to businesses that are trading for over 6 months, have a limited online trading presence, less than 10 employees and a turnover less than €2 million.

The Trading Online Voucher Programme is supported by the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources through the National Digital Strategy.
Eligibility Criteria

  • Vouchers will be available to a maximum value of €2,500 or 50% eligible expenditure (exclusive of VAT), whichever is the lesser;
  • Voucher approval must be gained prior to incurring any expense;
  • Own labour is not an eligible expense;
  • Third party costs only will be considered;
  • All third party/supplier invoices must contain proper business details (e.g. Tax and Business Registration details).

The ‘Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters’ grant is available through all Local Enterprise Offices to help more small businesses in Ireland develop products and services that will unlock export markets.

This grant can cover up to 50% of qualifying expenditure, up to a maximum of €2,500 (excluding VAT).
The grant is designed to help micro enterprises explore, develop and unlock new overseas markets for their products and services, within Europe and beyond.

The Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters grant can help part-fund the costs of:

– Attending international Trade Fairs and renting exhibition space to meet potential customers face-to-face.
– Developing export-focused websites and marketing materials and the translation of these materials into foreign languages, to communicate directly with new target audiences overseas.
– Investigating new ways and processes to develop export business, such as setting up a new business model or fulfilling non-regulatory technical requirements.

If you want unlock export markets….

Take the first steps by talking to your Local Enterprise Office.If this grant will support the development of your business (and if your business is eligible), they will ask you to fill out a short application form.

More information available online www.localenterprise.ie.

For the 3rd year running, DesignPro has been recognised as part of the global network, receiving KUKA System Partner 2019 certificate. Find out more on the success of this partnership & just what it means to be aligned with one of the leading manufacturers of industrial robots in the world today, visit https://buff.ly/2Je8ktL.

If you are interested in finding out more about KUKA’s range of robots and how DesignPro can help you to integrate them, contact DesignPro today to speak with one of our experienced robotic engineers.


Are you a guidance counsellor, parent, student or career-changer? Meet leading industry organisations from Aviation, Engineering, ICT, Finance, Construction, Hospitality and more on Wednesday 16th October 10am-8pm in South Court Convention Centre, Limerick.

More details on the Mid-West Regional Skills Forum available here.

Great seeing our Network Manager Theresa Mulvihill representing LINC in the Midlands UK this week meeting with a very high calibre of delegates and speakers from across the UK Midlands including representatives of government, industry and academia, joining the dots and making new connections.

“Last November in Cork, together with the Tánaiste and Cork Chamber, I launched ‘Joining the Dots’, the UK – South West Ireland programme to promote stronger business partnerships and collaboration. The accompanying report clearly showed the untapped potential for economic co-operation between our regions. This was reflected in the energy and enthusiasm among the participants that day, including our Honorary Prosperity Consul for South West Ireland, Mark Hutchinson, who all saw the potential to develop new UK-Ireland links. 

This is the phase of Joining the Dots in the UK, in the Midlands. This is a region with deep and valued Irish links, world-class businesses and ambitious growth plans. Nowhere epitomises this more than the Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty Park, which bridges the space between research and industry, supports the commercial application of new technologies and also focuses on upskilling and training. It is truly a fitting venue for this launch. 

The delegation includes major global companies and innovative indigenous firms spanning manufacturing, agri-tech and financial services. In addition to a strong Cork contingent, I am also pleased to welcome senior business and government representatives from Limerick, Kerry and elsewhere in Ireland, and of course national organisations like Ibec and the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, also – LINC Engineering Network.

We are thrilled to share that for the third year in a row, EPS Group has scored 100% across the board in their Achilles audit. The 2 day audit took place just a few weeks ago between the main office and a site in Bandon. It’s a credit to their teams who work hard behind the scenes every day to ensure that EPS group is compliant and conforming. Congratulations!

Kisnabrin Engineering is currently hiring. Anyone with any interest or background in engineering don’t hesitate to call in, with or without a CV and just have a look around to see if what we do here is something that you might be interested in! You can also email to info@lisnabrin.ie or call 025 84562.

Lisnabrin Engineering is recognised by its customers as being one of Irelands leading sub contract CNC specialists. We have a highly skilled and highly motivated team of toolmakers and engineers which are dedicated to completing any job, large or small.

Massive thanks to our members for all the support! We were delighted to be exhibiting on behalf of our member companies at the Manufacturing Solutions in Limerick Institute of Technologies in Limerick.

Organised by the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) & GTMA, The Manufacturing Solutions Conference is a focal point for manufacturing technologies and engineering solutions.

Over 100 of the most advanced providers of metrology, inspection, machine tools, workholding, cutting tools, and Cad/Cam/PLM manufacturing software and ancillary products and services will be exhibiting.

Bringing all the leading technology suppliers together the GTMA and LIT are providing an ideal conduit for the transfer of technology from the specialist suppliers to the practical industrial landscape, where its take-up and practical application can be used to gain a competitive business advantage.”

More information about the event, available here.

Earlier this month LINC Engineering Network members meet in Dairygold. The opening of Dairygold’s €86 million Nutritionals Campus in Mallow marks a significant milestone in the co-operative’s Post Quota Expansion plan.

The Mallow Nutritionals Campus is a key pillar of Dairygold’s Expansion Plan to support the growth ambitions of its 2,900 suppliers across the Munster region. 

New Nutritionals Campus in Mallow is simply impressive! Thank you for the presentation and a warm welcome! 

Recently at the British Cheese Awards 2019, Dairygold Food Ingredients Leeds received a Silver medal with their  American Style Soft Cheese in the Lactic – Cow, Goat, Sheep or Buffalo Class and a Silver medal with their Imokilly Cottage Cheese in the Cottage Class.

They also received a Bronze medal with their  Dairygold Mature White Cheddar in the Cheddar – Mature Block (Classic Starter) Class and a Bronze medal with their  Dairygold Extra Mature White Cheddar in the Cheddar – Extra Mature Block (Classic Starter) Class.

This is a great start to the Cheese Awards season and is a wonderful recognition of the passion, high-standards and innovation that Dairygold dedicates to the craft of cheesemaking and its products.

Source: dairygold.ie

Keltec Engineering is hiring! If you are looking for a new exciting opportunity, where no two days are the same and where thinking of innovative ways to solve agricultural and industrial problems is encouraged then Keltec Engineering might be the perfect fit for you.

Keltec Engineering is currently looking for a welder/fabricator. If you are interested, please contact the office on 063 98688 for more details. You can also apply for by sending your CV and a cover letter to info@keltec.ie or alternatively by post.

Keltec provides a wide range of design, development and manufacturing services – from concept development to volume manufacture. Since the foundation in 1988, Keltec has diversified from agricultural based products into products for the construction, water treatment and horticultural industries. Keltec personnel have built up a high level of expertise in custom design and are currently involved in various research and development projects for construction and food sectors.

Massive congratulations to LINC member Viska Systems on winning the IBYE LEO Cork North and West “Best Young Enterpreneur” and “Best Established Business 2019” awards! Well deserved!

IBYE is a programme run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) with the support of the Department of Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland. The competition is open to people between the ages of 18 and 35 with an innovative business idea, new start-up or established business.

Now in its 5th year, IBYE has an investment fund of up to €2million. IBYE is a nationwide competition, run across three categories: Best Business Idea, Best Start-Up Business and Best Established Business. Up to 450 young entrepreneurs will be invited by the LEOs to attend free regional ‘Entrepreneur Bootcamps’ later in the year to help them develop their business and new venture ideas.

Enterprise Excellence Ireland 2019 will take place on Wednesday, 22nd of May in Croke Park. EEI will bring together over 700 LEAN Managers from the European, Japanese and Irish business to discuss the implementation of LEAN management systems within their organisations.

Delegates from the Irish manufacturing & business sectors who are responsible for the efficient performance of their operations within Ireland and across the world will come together to provide an insight to the elimination of waste in all business processes.  

In addition to the conference a small number of solution consultants will be on hand to answer any questions delegates and speakers may have during the event.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

  • Adrian Furey – General Manager – Zimmer Biomet
  • Alex McDonnell – CEO – Expertivity Technologies
  • Dr. Andrew McCormack – Technical Director EMEAI – Minteq
  • Arthur Stone – Chief Executive Officer – OEEsystems International
  • Colm Sheils – Operations Director – Boston Scientific
  • Denis Lucey – Vice President – Dell EMC EMEA
  • Caroline Dowling – Flex
  • Fergus Bates – Lean Champion – Kersia Ireland
  • Frank Dolphin – Chairman – Rigney Dolphin
  • Dr Heiko Gierhardt – Global Director Purchasing – Jaguar Land Rover
  • Joe O’Sullivan – Regional Director – Sisk
  • John O’Brien – Business Optimisation Manager – Coca–Cola
  • Jude Carey – Head of Asset Management – Irish Rail
  • Michael Prendiville – Engineering Manager – Johnson & Johnson
  • Padraic O’Neill – Vice President – Pfizer Global Business Services (GBS)

Delegate Charge: €195 (+vat)

More Information – HERE   

Register – HERE

LINC meeting hosted by one of our member companies – EPS Water – a trusted provider of innovative, progressive and future proof products, solutions and services to the water sector. A big thank you to John Fitzgerald and Tom Fitzgerald sharing their experience with others. Massive thanks to all our members for participating. We are looking forward to our next meeting in May.,

EPS Group is an international water infrastructure specialist operating across the Republic of Ireland, the UK and the Middle East. It is one of the few genuine end-to-end service providers in the global water sector.

Celebrating our 50th year in 2019, EPS has grown from a modest electrical and pumping services business into an innovative, internationally exporting product and service provider, now focused upon the water, wastewater and clean technology sectors. The Group provides services to municipal, industrial, commercial, agricultural and domestic clients and currently exports to over 30 different countries worldwide.

Nereda and Off-Site Construction at Great Dunmow Makes the Press

An article by EPS’ Shaun Stevens and Michael O’Sullivan on the combination of Nereda® technology with off-site construction was featured in a recent edition of the Insitute of Water Magazine.

Great Dunmow is a biological treatment plant with 3 No. reactors, 600m³ each.

EPS provided a DB/DfMA package to the value of £3.4m, which consisted of:

  • layout & hydraulic design
  • design manufacture and installation of storm tank tipping buckets
  • interconnecting pipework system & Nereda® technology for influent buffer
  • Nereda reactors & sludge buffers
  • tertiary treatment
  • instrumentation system
  • access steelwork &
  • process commissioning

EPS provided a full DfMA federated 3D model; minimised site deliveries and installation time.

Online Trading Voucher Seminars are taking place on 29th of April 9.30am – 11.30am in the E Centre Fermoy (register localenterprise.ie/CorkNorthandWest) and 15th of May 9.30am – 12.00noon in Deebert House Hotel, Kilmallock (register localenterprise.ie/Limerick).

The Trading Online Voucher Scheme assists small businesses to trade online.  Eligible businesses can

apply for a voucher of up to €2,500 matched by own funding to invest in developing their e-commerce capability.

Vouchers can be used for:

– IT consultation

– Development or upgrade of an e-commerce website

– Implementing online payments or booking systems

– Purchase of internet related software

– Purchase of online advertising

– Developing an app

– Implementing a digital marketing strategy

– Consultation with ICT experts

– Training/skills development specifically to establish and manage online trading activity

If you wish to be contacted with details of future information session dates, email localenterprise@limerick.ie or call 061 557 499.

For queries to LEO North Cork call 022 43 235 or email  joan.kelleher@leo.corkcoco.ie.

Pictured above President Michael D Higgins at the LIT stand, Ireland Skills live event in March at the RDS Dublin. The event showcased all the trades, skills and career opportunities available to students. It was an incredible showcase of talent and innovation. 

While it’s no secret that there is a serious skills shortage in Ireland right now, the solution is a little harder to recognise. 

Ireland Skills Live 2019  promoted skills in apprenticeships, traineeship and graduate courses through competition linked to WorldSkills International standards. It encouraged students, their parents and in some cases teachers and careers advisers to engage positively with career choices that provide learning and earning potential from early stages.

The Seedcorn competition reflects the real-life investment process and can greatly improve your ability to attract investment for your business by helping you and your business become investor ready.

The competition is aimed at early and new start companies that have a new equity funding requirement and has a total cash prize fund of €280,000.

More info available online intertradeireland.com/funding/seedcorn

The eplan event that is running in LIT on the 16th of April – (good luck finding info online – there is nothing much but I will attach all I have below)

“In relation to the 16th of April at Limerick Institute of Technology  – EPLAN, the global market leader of electrical CAE software, are hosting an event with the aim of discussing the German concept, Industry 4.0. The event will allow companies to understand what Industry 4.0 means and how existing and near future technologies can help them move towards becoming a smart factory which ultimately produces machines and products that effectively talk to one another. 

To enable companies to understand Industry 4.0 and how it impacts them and their future, EPLAN are bringing together their strategic partners; Abb, Igus, Omron, Panasonic, Phoenix Contact, Rittal, Siemens and more to demonstrate integrative technologies and highlight how technologies can improve the integration along the value chain and enable visitors to discover how companies are preparing for Industry 4.0.      

The event is free to attend, LINC will be taking a stand on behalf of our member companies. If in the event you wish to take your own stand, please register your interest with us before this Friday 5th of April. The event is open to visitors between 9:30 – 15:00. Throughout the day there will be a series of seminars which will be announced shortly”

 The Midwest Careers Fair 2019. The event will take place in the South Court Hotel, Raheen, Limerick on Wednesday 27 March 2019 from 11 am to 5.30pm.The careers fair is one of some 80 events taking place around the country during National Jobs Week, which runs from Monday, March 25 to Friday, March 29.

Organised in conjunction with the Mid-West Regional Skills Forum, some 30 Employers and 15 Training Providers will attend the Midwest Careers Fair 2019. Entry is FREE. 

If you wish to be part of the LINC stand, I will be attending on the day. If there is any information you want me to gather on behalf of your company please reply with your quires.


This event will provide an opportunity for Jobseekers, Job Changers, and Job Returners to meet with local companies actively recruiting. Local Education and Training Providers will also be exhibiting at the event. Companies attending range from Multi-Nationals to small and medium-sized enterprises and include, Guidant IRC, OpTech Ltd, General Motors, First Data, WP Engine, Atlantic Aviation, Jaguar Land Rover and Johnson and Johnson.

In only its first year, Ireland Skills Live will pack the RDS Simmonscourt this March 21-23 with hundreds of competitors, exhibitors potential employers and thousands of visitors.

While it’s no secret that there is a serious skills shortage in Ireland right now, the solution is a little harder to recognise. 

Ireland Skills Live 2019 will promote skills in apprenticeship, traineeship and graduate courses through competition linked to WorldSkills International standards. It will encourage students, their parents and in some cases teachers and careers advisers to engage positively with career choices that provide learning and earning potential from the first day of registration. 

There can be nothing more empowering than a real face to face opportunity allowing students, parents and teachers to experience the realities that so many of our apprenticeships and skills can offer today. 

David Moore, Managing Director of Viska Systems takes on the Business & Finance 60-second interview challenge.

Q. In three words or fewer, how do you define success?

Achieving perfect balance

Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A mentor once told me that the market will pay “almost anything” if you can give them a unique product or capability. There is obviously an element of hyperbole in that advice, but it always makes me think about how we add value for our customers in the marketplace.

Q. How do you motivate yourself and your staff?

I’m very lucky in that our staff are very self-motivated – so in general I try to support them doing their thing.

Read full “Business and Finance” interview here.

Mid-West employer briefing on the new Laboratory Technician Apprenticeships will take place on the March 28th 8AM – 9.30AM in LIT.

LIT will be presenting new initiatives such as their new Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship programme and New Science Springboard opportunities.

Register today if looking to build your lab team!

For more information and confirmation of attendance, please email scienceinfo@lit.ie by Friday, 15th of March 2019.

Barry Lowe, engineering manager at Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon, highlights how engineering talent development is critically important to the future success of Limerick and the mid-west.

Over the last five years at Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon (LTTS) we have become increasingly focused on talent development. We recognise the strategic importance of talent development within our engineering team in order to support future product and technology development plans for our company. As the country reaches full employment and talent shortage in industry intensifies, talent development is critically important to our future success.

Developing engineering talent at work

Our first step was to establish a structured approach to learning and development to ensure alignment with our vision for our future business. We identified the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Accredited Employer Standard from Engineers Ireland as a comprehensive and well-structured programme to support our talent development.

The standard is based on seven core criteria that span “aligning CPD outcomes to organisational strategy” to “establishment of external learning linkages”. It is not overly prescriptive, allowing each organisation the flexibility to tailor their programme within the set framework.

Implementation of the Employer Standard within LTTS was and continues to be a very collaborative process between management and employees, resulting in a win-win outcome as it benefits both the organisation and individual personal development.

Having achieved the CPD Accredited Employer Standard, we now have a comprehensive system for managing our talent development in line with the future needs of our company. It provides a basis for determining competency requirements and potential gaps that need to be addressed through our employee development activities. The programme also encourages our engineers to be more externally focused to help inspire innovation and creativity. This is extremely important in a rapidly changing environment, including industry 4.0 and digitalisation.

Engineering for the mid-west region

LTTS joined Limerick for Engineering, an industry-led initiative that has the support of the education and training providers in the region, having identified it as an important external linkage to support our talent development.

Established in 2015, the primary goal of Limerick for Engineering is to increase the quality and quantity of engineering talent (apprentices, technicians and engineers) available in the region. Industry members and academic partners (including the Limerick Institute of Technology, University of Limerick, and the Limerick Clare Education and Training Board) form a plenary group that oversees three working groups – the showcase group, the promotions and identity group, and the talent group – each being led by an industry member.

Engaging future generations of engineers

The Limerick for Engineering Showcase is an annual event that takes place in March to coincide with Engineers Week. The event is an exhibition of the careers that are available in engineering in our region. This coming Thursday, 7 March, more than 40 organisations, training providers and representatives from third-level institutions across the region will take part in the event in the departures hall at Shannon Airport – the world’s first free-trade zone, which also has a long tradition with industrial development in the Shannon region.

Last year, the event was attended by more than 1,500 students and parents, and proved very effective in generating interest in careers in engineering. Exhibitors included many of the best manufacturing companies in the mid-west region, including Analog Devices, Cook Medical, Regeneron, Stryker, Roadbridge, Intel, Molex, General Electric, SL Controls, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Dell, Jaguar Land Rover, Lufthansa Technik, Modular Automation and Zimmer.

‘It shows the fact that these jobs are interesting, challenging and very well paid, and, most importantly, they do not have to leave this region to have it all’
– PASCHAL MEEHAN

The event provided students and their parents with an excellent opportunity to meet young engineers working in a wide variety of industries, including electronics, medical devices, aerospace and automotive. They could speak with engineers from many different disciplines in a variety of engineering jobs, including research and development, design, production, materials, and maintenance, to help them get a better understanding of the various roles.

Paschal Meehan, dean of work-based learning and vice-president of international engagement at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), aptly commented that, “The purpose of the showcase is to demonstrate to young people and their parents what it is they would do if they worked as an engineer or technician in the participating companies. It shows the variety of jobs; the opportunities for long-term careers; the fact that the jobs are interesting, challenging and very well paid; and, most importantly, they do not have to leave this region to have it all.”

Towards a diverse future

The Limerick for Engineering promotions and identity group is responsible for marketing and communications to engage with second-level students and their parents with relevant messages that create a curiosity around engineering. This group also develops links with local schools to promote careers in engineering among students and teachers, and also attends high-profile career events in our region.

We actively promote diversity within engineering to attract more people to pursue careers in engineering. For example, the Limerick for Engineering ‘Inspire’ Women for Engineering event, recently hosted by LIT at Moylish Campus, was organised to give young women in fourth, fifth and sixth year an insight into engineering in the STEM industries. The students were addressed by inspirational speakers, including Dr Norah Patten, entrepreneur; Samira Kaissi, site lead at BD-GenCell Biosystems; Gráinne Barry, regional operations director of EMEA at STATS and co-founder of SportsTech Ireland; and Marian Corcoran, independent director, coach and business leader. The Inspire event had 350 girls in attendance along with their teachers and a cohort of industry representatives.

Quality through education

While the showcase and promotions and identity groups focus on attracting more students to pursue careers in engineering (increasing the quantity), the talent group at Limerick for Engineering is focused on talent development (increasing the quality) in our region. This group identifies future industry talent needs and works with the education providers to develop courses and programmes to meet these future needs.

An important aspect of talent development is to provide employees with career path options to be able to progress from operative to technician and engineer. Given the transformation that is taking place in Ireland with apprenticeships, the talent group works with the education and training providers to develop new apprenticeships to meet industry needs in new technological areas such as vision systems (Level 7 at LIT) and professional skills for graduate engineers (Level 9 at University of Limerick). They are currently working on a Level 8 automation and robotics course.

Collaboration for a common purpose

Limerick for Engineering is an excellent network of organisations and people with a common purpose. It is all about collaboration, which is at the heart of the success being experienced in our region. The component parts of Limerick for Engineering exist in every region but the lubricant that makes everything work is the people.

The mid-west region has more than 1,500 companies that employ engineers and, given the forecast growth, there will be an increasing demand for engineering talent. The innovations that are taking place within manufacturing, such as industry 4.0 and digitalisation, are driving the evolution of new roles and skills requirements. Therefore, the initiatives being pursued in our region are strategically important to sustain future growth.

We all have a responsibility to support these initiatives and remember the importance of collaboration towards our common goal.

By Barry Lowe

Barry Lowe is the engineering manager at Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon, a leading aero engine parts repair facility in Shannon. He is the current chair of Engineers Ireland Thomond Region and is a strong advocate for continuing professional development.

Second-level students, parents of school-going children, teachers, career guidance counsellors and those curious about the ever-developing world of engineering are all invited to attend the Limerick for Engineering Showcase. This free event will showcase the diverse range of engineering careers available with companies in the mid-west region.

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Massive congratulations to EPS representing EPS at the Deloitte Digital Best ManagedCompanies Awards in The Convention Centre Dublin!

Gold Requalifiers this year – this is their 5th year making this prestigious list amongst such illustrious company! 

LINC Network Member Meeting took place last week. Thanks to the team at The Bernal Institute for hosting the meeting that was focused on the financeial supports for engineering businesses.

Massive thanks to Ray O’Brien for the interactive site tour and all who were able to make it! Here is more about the Bernal Institute, the largest research institute at the University of Limerick (UL).

Bernal Institute of the University of Limerick was established in November 2016 to promote scientific excellence, and stimulate Irish and global community in the key domain of materials. Bernal Institute aspires to “Advancing Materials” to the next level, pushing boundaries of understanding, of science, of engineering and of applications.

These activities include the synthesis and processing of materials and their building blocks, control of their quality, composition and structure, so that they can be manufactured into functional devices that deliver global and societal impact.

Bernal Institute is named for one of Ireland’s greatest scientists, J.D. Bernal who recognised the importance of the relationship between science and society. Bernal Institute will continue to emulate J.D.Bernal’s desire to champion the transformation of scientific research results into useful innovative productive systems. 

Bernal Institute will help nurture Ireland’s research leaders of the future and support Ireland’s progress for many generations to come. The Institute has already established a significant track record. We host a number of leading research centres, including: the Science Foundation Ireland funded Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) and three Enterprise Ireland/IDA funded Technology Centres: Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC), Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC) and the Irish Composites Centre (IComp).

More info available online www.bernalinstitute.com

The National Engineering Summit is being held on the 14th March 2019 in the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin.

The event will bring together a wide variety of sectors with an interest in engineering such as manufacturing, energy, utilities, IT, telecommunications, data centres, tech, transport, construction etc.

If you or your colleagues would like to attend, you can register for complimentary passes on the site and a badge will be waiting for you on day. Feel free to pass on the invitation.

You can find some general info about the day below. The event is Co-Located with several other events including the National Construction Summit. Over 2,000 delegates will attend on the day.

Key Topics Include

Construction, Civil Engineering, Mechanical and Electrical, Innovation, Continuous Improvement and Lean, BIM, Maintenance and Facility Management, IoT, Energy and Sustainability, Data and IT, Technology, Training and Skills, Manufacturing and Processing, Automation, Packaging, Material Handling, Robotics, Factory Optimisation, Industry 4.0, Compliance, OEE, Drives and controls, Process Control & Instrumentation, Product Development & Design,  Project Management and much more..

Call for Speakers:

If you are interested in speaking at the event, please email info@engineeringsummit.ie  or find out more online http://engineeringsummit.ie/.

Exhibiting or Sponsoring:

To exhibit at or sponsor the expo email info@engineeringsummit.ie or call Mark  Ryan  on +353 16120880.  
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While a lot of uncertainty exists around exactly what Brexit will mean for the business landscape in Ireland and further afield, there are supports available that will help mitigate some of the risks.

Local Enterprise Office Limerick is committed to supporting its clients in preparing for the risks and opportunities that Brexit poses. This 45 minute one-to-one clinic with an approved Brexit Mentor will enable clients to talk through their concerns regarding Brexit, as well as discuss supports and services available that can help a business re-evaluate its options and diversify its exposure to the UK market.

When? 28th of February

Where? LEO Offices, 7-8 Patrick Street, Limerick

An acute shortage of engineering graduates means there will not be enough qualified workers to meet the country’s current and future needs, the representative body for the profession has warned.

There has been a 55 per cent decrease in civil and building engineering graduates over the last five years, despite a jump in starting salaries and thousands of job openings in the sector.

While there has been a 48 per cent increase in entrants to civil and building engineering courses in higher education over the same period, this is from a low base when numbers dropped dramatically during the economic crisis.

Engineers Ireland said there is ongoing buoyancy in the sector with the financial position improving for most companies in the past year.

Brexit

Company surveys indicate that almost 90 per cent of engineering firms expecting their financial position to improve this year despite Brexit uncertainties.

It says this positive business performance is translating into significant demand for engineers , with over 6,000 job openings expected this year.

Graduate salaries – an average of €33,750 – are also up by just over 20 per cent since 2014.

The report has found that almost all engineering employers surveyed consider a shortage of experienced engineers to be a barrier to growth, while almost half expect this situation to get worse this year.

Civil and building engineers are most in demand with almost 60 per cent of organisations surveyed looking to hire engineers in this discipline.

The report, Engineering 2019: A barometer of the profession in Ireland, was launched by Minister for Education Joe McHugh on Wednesday as part of Engineers Week 2019, which runs until March 8th.

Engineers Ireland director general, Caroline Spillane, said the number of students moving into third-level engineering and technology sectors needs to be much larger to meet current and future needs.

“With just 35 per cent of the parents of secondary school children that we surveyed confident in explaining what an engineer does, as a society we need to collectively do more to inform the public about the importance and diversity of the modern engineer,” she said.

“ Junior Certificate results have shown that Irish students have a strong appetite for Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths).

“Now, more than ever, we need to retain this interest, particularly amongst females, and convert it into more third-level graduates – and ultimately more engineers entering into industry to fill the huge number of job vacancies that exist in Ireland.”

‘Critcal need’

Mr McHugh said the report strongly articulated the “critical need” for engineering skills to drive innovation in Ireland and deliver vital services and projects in our communities.

“It is also highlighting the huge opportunities that are out there now for engineers and for graduates coming through the system,” he said,

He added that the Government was committed to working with industry and the education system to ensure we have the skills needed to sustain our economic growth.

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An excellent opportunity is now available for the following position: IT Systems Support with The DesignPro.

The Role

The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day delivery of IT system support and platform administration across the Company.  He/she will play a key role in the implementation and integration of a new ERP system and will control and manage all Microsoft 365 applications and improvements. Training of staff on applications will also be included in this role. All internal IT systems management, support and debugging of issues that occur in terms of software and hardware including system optimisation are key aspects of this role. He/she will also support users on the application of SharePoint and Teams including management and review of the phone system.

Requirements

  • The successful candidate with hold a 3rd level IT qualification.
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in a similar IT support role required.
  • Highly knowledgeable in Microsoft 365 applications and IT systems.
  • Excellent troubleshooting, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with a new ERP Software provider and Management on the implementation and integration of a new system into the company, gaining a high knowledge level of the system.
  • Construct and provide training on all new software roll outs to internal staff as required.
  • Control and manage all current and new Microsoft 365 installations and review the full set-up of the system.
  • Improvements to the current 365 set-up (including applications used and current folder structure) and current user knowledge of all staff members.
  • Microsoft teams – structure and management.
  • Client portal system – new structure set-up for future projects
  • Set up SharePoint for all client/project interactions.
  • CRM integration and set-up, working closely with Marketing/Sales.
  • Service/support ticketing system selection and set-up (this maybe part of the ERP system).
  • Technical set-up of internal intranet in conjunction with Marketing/HR department.
  • All internal IT systems management, support and debugging of issues that occur – server/PC’s/tablets/Wi-Fi/printers/software (inventory logs).
    • Data backup and recovery
    • System security – Antivirus, Firewall, Remote access, VPN’s
    • Set up security groups
  • Link with Design office and PDM software set-up for solidworks.
  • Phone system management and review – to include mobile phones and contracts with Vodafone.
  • Broadband management and upgrades
  • Continuous review of systems in use with a view to optimisation, continuous improvement, preventative maintenance.
  • Transfer of data to SharePoint.
  • Use of SharePoint to reduce / eliminate paperwork, forms and approvals.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in highly progressive, dynamic and team orientated environment, please submit your CV to careers@designproautomation.com or contact the HR Department on +353 (0)69 63842 Ext. 312 for further information.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 1st March, 2019. More info available online: designproautomation.com.

The UK will leave the European Union on Friday 29 March 2019 at 11pm Irish time. In the absence of a Withdrawal Agreement (No-Deal), EU law will cease to apply to and in the UK as of 30 March 2019. Therefore, all businesses concerned have to prepare, make all necessary decisions, and complete all required administrative actions before 30 March 2019 in order to avoid disruption.

The European Commission has assembled a list of things businesses within the EU27 need to be aware of if they are to prepare for Brexit. We encourage you to use this list to understand the impacts that Brexit is likely to have on your business, and to guide your preparations. 

The list includes issues relating to:

  • Preparing for the 30 March 2019
  • Supply chain issues
  • Certificates, licences and authorisations
  • Customs, VAT and excise
  • Rules of origin
  • Prohibitions and restrictions for import/export of goods
  • Transfer of personal data

For full details, see Seven things businesses in the EU27 need to know in order to prepare for Brexit (PDF, 257KB)

Are you interested in growing your business through exporting but are not sure what might be involved?

Enterprise Ireland invites you to a half-day masterclass to help you to:

  • Understand your business strengths and identify what you need to export successfully
  • Look at your products and / or services and their value to overseas customers
  • Assess the opportunities and the costs, the risks and the rewards
  • Hear from companies that have achieved success in export markets and meet the Enterprise Ireland experts

Working on your business you will use a range of tools and canvases to help you to:

  • Assess what your business could sell overseas
  • Chose an export market that has the most business potential for you
  • Work with an Export Checklist to understand the financial and operational requirements associated with your chosen export market
  • Plan your roadmap to successful exporting
The Essentials of Exporting will be run in the following locations in 2019:
7 February CORK: Radisson Blu Hotel, Little IslandREGISTER HERE FOR 7 FEB CORK
26 FebruaryGALWAY: Clayton Hotel Galway, Ballybrit REGISTER HERE FOR 26 FEB GALWAY
14 MarchMONAGHAN: Four Seasons HotelREGISTER HERE FOR 14 MARCH MONAGHAN

Tariffs affect your business?

In the event of a no-deal Brexit the tariffs that the EU have registered with the World Trade Organisation would be applied to goods being traded between the UK and the EU. It is likely the UK will register similar tariffs in the first instance for goods entering the UK.

For a more detailed tariff information which includes further details on any restrictions, quotas or special conditions relating to your product you may contact The Revenue Support.

The Revenue Support:

Customs Overview: www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents

Goods classification for customs: www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/importing-and-exporting/classification

HMRC Support:

Goods classification service: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/tariff-classification-service

For a quick guide to the potential tariff for your product simply enter key words in the search box. This will automatically generate the tariffs for products that match your search term.


The Northern Ireland High tech Manufacturing & Precision Engineering Expo is being held at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast on February 13th 2019.

This gathering of over 1000 senior management from the high tech manufacturing and precision engineering sector offers an opportunity for the sector to gather and keep up to keep up-to-date with the latest innovations, best practice and new technology solutions

Over 30 speakers and 50 exhibitors will inform and educate and inform the delegates who have network and listen to key note talks.

Simply, click here for your FREE DELEGATE PASS which will give you fast track entry to the event.

 Key Topics Include:

  • Composites
  • Innovation in Production Line and Automation
  • Augmented Reality
  • Precision Engineering
  • 3D Printing and Prototyping
  • Collaborative Robots
  • System and Device Interoperability
  • Digitalization
  • OEM
  • R&D
  • Machine Vision
  • Industry 4.0 Solutions
  • 3D Vision
  • Machine Learning
  • Process Control and Automation

To speak at the event, please email info@hightechmanufacturing-northernireland.com.

For exhibiting or sponsoring opportunities please email info@hightechmanufacturing-northernireland.com.  or call Darren McHugh on +44 207 183 7959

Are you a business looking to navigate your way through Brexit and are unsure what to do next? InterTradeIreland offers 100% financial support up to £2000/€2250 (inclusive of VAT) towards professional advice in relation to Brexit matters. This support can help your business get advice on specific issues such as movement of labour, goods, services and currency management.

1. Are you eligible?

  • Applications must be from an SME (250 employees or less) and Turnover < €50M (£ equivalent);
  • The business must have a satisfactory trading record (we reserve the right to request submission of Financial Accounts for the business);
  • The assistance requested must relate to a Brexit issue;
  • Companies based in Ireland must submit a valid tax clearance access number along with this application form.

Note: There are certain exclusions in line with specific State Aid guidelines, such as primary agriculture – please contact the Brexit Team at InterTradeIreland for further information.

The Voucher is provided under the European Commission Regulation on De Minimis Aid as stated in the documentation for the Brexit Start to Plan. The business must provide InterTradeIreland with details of all other De Minimis aid which has been granted to the business within the past three years. It should be noted that a false declaration by a business resulting in the threshold of €200,000 being exceeded could later give rise to the aid being recovered with interest.

Apply now

Revenue is committed to actively engaging with businesses to help in identifying and understanding the potential customs implications of Brexit and how the challenges can be addressed.

Please note that Eventbrite is being used to collect registrations for this event on behalf of the Revenue Commissioners. Once you choose your preferred location, you will be redirected to the Eventbrite website to complete registration for tickets.

As part of the campaign, seminars were held in Dublin and Cork during December 2018, and in Galway, Dundalk and Dublin in January 2019.

4th of February, Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick

Please note that registration opens half an hour prior to the event starting. Registration will commence at 10.00am, and the event will close at 1:45pm The seminar will offer advice and information on your customs responsibilities in a post – Brexit environment. It also outlines the impacts of moving products or animal or plant origin in the post Brexit environment.

If you have a specific topic to be covered, please contact the brexitqueries@revenue.ie outlining the topic details.

Other locations will be added subject to demand.

To assist businesses in their preparations for Brexit, a copy of the presentation from the seminars is included below:

Customs Brexit information seminar presentation

DesignPro is currently on the lookout for a CNC Operator who is an enthusiastic & self-motivated individual with experience in operating & programming a variety of machining equipment.

The Role

The successful candidate with be a qualified CNC Operator with hands on experience in a CNC role. Experience in operating and programming a variety of machining equipment, use of hand tools and precision measuring instruments is required. The ability to read and interpret mechanical documents and drawings is required.  The successful candidate must have a strong mechanical and numerical aptitude with a high level of attention to detail.

This person will work as part of a team in a busy environment. An enthusiastic and self-motivated individual with a high level of initiative and adaptability is essential for this role.

Key Responsibilities

  • Set up and programme, CNC milling machines, CNC lathes, drilling machines and surface grinders.
  • Uses a variety of hand tools and precision measuring instruments,
  • Understand/interpret mechanical drawings, sketches, engineering specifications, DXF & step files.
  • Perform machine-control offsets/basic NC modifications to enable the production of products that meet close tolerance limitations.
  • Performing mathematical calculations.
  • Recommend revisions in design and/or substitutions in material based on machine-ability or fabrication problems encountered.
  • Responsible for carrying out internal and external tooling inspection.
  • Carry out customer product inspection/validation.
  • Carry out machine maintenance.
  • Ensure all work is carried out adhering to production/customer deadlines.
  • Maintain machines and work area in a neat and orderly condition.
  • Maintain Quality Records and adhere to Quality Procedures.
  • Ensure all parts manufactured meet the required specification and standard of quality.
  • Ensure all duties are carried out adhering to health and safety policy.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in highly progressive, dynamic and team orientated environment, please submit your CV to careers@designproautomation.com or contact the HR Department on +353 (0)69 63842 Ext. 312 for further information.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 6th February, 2019.

LINC Engineering Network is announcing a new member company joining the network in January 2019. The company is based in Mallow, Co. Cork.

EPS is a trusted provider of innovative, progressive and future proof products, solutions and services to the water sector. With 50 years expertise, we pride ourselves on our client focus, embracing a can-do attitude; reliability, certainty of performance and delivery to clients.

More information about the company and the contact details available online.

The underlying strength of the Mid West Region is built upon a spirit of partnership and collaboration which is reflected in the work of the Regional Skills Forum. The forum is comprised of education and training providers working together with industry and enterprise to identify and address current and future skills needs.

regionalskills.ie/Regions/midwest

The Regional Skills Forum is a Department of Education & Skills initiative bringing employers and education and training providers together to collaboratively develp skills across the South-West region.

The Forum members work in partnership to proactively identify skills needss – existing & projected – across the region and put in place collaborative action plans between industry and education/training that build solutions to these so local talent supply is as well aligned to local industry need as possible.

regionalskills.ie/Regions/SouthWest

Discover more about interesting engineering careers, common to a diverse range of engineering organizations in the Mid-West on March 7th in Shannon Airport Departures Hall, Co. Clare

Meet with industry professionals who will provide information about their chosen fields as well as demonstrating some interesting technology they work with.

Talk to current students, graduates, academics, and professionals from the region. Understand which courses are available locally to prepare you for these opportunities.

More information available on the Limerick for Engineering website www.limerickforengineering.ie.

If you are looking for a trade or just have some machining background, this is for you! LINC Engineering Network member Lisnabrin Engineering is currently recruiting, email: e-mail: info@lisnabrin.ie or call 025 84562!

The Local Enterprise Office Limerick is currently seeking applications to identify Limerick’s best micro enterprise that will go forward to represent Limerick at the National Enterprise Awards. 

Celebrating over 20 years, the National Enterprise Awards was first introduced in 1997 to celebrate the contribution that small businesses make to the Irish economy. The aim of the National Enterprise Awards is to showcase, encourage and support a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurship in our communities in Ireland, to promote entrepreneurship and to showcase, encourage and to celebrate the achievement of clients of the LEOs. The National Enterprise Awards competition is open to small businesses that have received financial support from the Local Enterprise Office.

Eligible businesses must be clients of the Local Enterprise Office. The business will employ ten or less staff and be involved in manufacturing or an internationally traded service. The winners will be announced during Local Enterprise Week on Monday,  4th March 2019.  The National Final will take place in the Mansion House, Dublin on the 29th May 2019.

Application Forms to be completed by Wednesday, 13th February 2019

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Applicants must complete an application form and forward together with a current Business Plan and set of up to date financial statements to Local Enterprise Office, 7 – 8 Patrick Street, Limerick or email localenterprise@limerick.ie

While a lot of uncertainty exists around exactly what Brexit will mean for the European trading landscape, Irish companies need to examine their business strategy now and decide where adjustment, if any, is needed. This is crucial if companies are to be in the strongest position possible in terms of managing the range of challenges expected as well as taking advantage of new opportunities.

Enterprise Ireland is running a number of Brexit Advisory Clinics across the country. The core objective of the Advisory Clinics is to provide information and practical support to companies all around the country to allow them take action to address their exposure to Brexit.

Along with a series of practical seminars, the clinic provides the opportunity to get personalised advice specific to your business. This is delivered through one to one meetings of 40 minutes with independent experts across a number of business areas.

Learn more about Enterprise Ireland Supports – call +353 (1) 727 2727 or email brexitunit@enterprise-ireland.com.

Register here

Future Engineering Ireland is a new exhibition showcasing innovation and new technologies in Ireland’s advanced engineering and manufacturing sectors. Co-located with National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition, now in its 5th successful year, the exhibition will be taking place on January 17th 2019 at Citywest, Dublin.

Also, bringing together thousands of attendees from OEMs, tier 1 manufacturers, and supply chain partners. Advanced Engineering is the UK’s largest annual advanced engineering and manufacturing event taking place 30-31st of October 2019 in Birmingham, UK.

Contact James, if you are interested in attending via James.Stone@easyfairs.com or call +44 (0)20 3196 4300

Supporting digital skills development for employees in manufacturing in partnership with Regional Education & Training Boards.

WHAT WILL EXPLORE DO?

Improve digital skills of employees in manufacturing industries.

Explore opportunities for wider skills enhancement.

Explore improved health & wellbeing in the workplace.

Initiative is 100% funded by the Department of Education & Skills. Employers are asked to allow employees to participate on the initiative during working hours. A total of 2 days not consecutively off site & on-site mentoring. Express your interest via email joeleddin@regionalskills.ie or by phone: 0868160569

This programme is aimed at small business owners/managers across a variety of sectors who wish to gain an introduction to lean concepts and allow them to gain a practical understanding of lean principles to support increased efficiencies and competitiveness for their businesses.

The programme will consist of workshop training offsite to be delivered over 1 full day (January 30th) at the commencement of the programme and another half day at the end (date TBC).

It is a requirement for the Business Owner/s to attend on these days. Another key person involved in the business and project may also attend.

The workshop training will cover:

  • Introduction, overview and benefits of lean principles
  • Lean tools and techniques and how they relate to your business
  • Road map for lean in your business
  • Understanding the nature and scope of lean projects
  • Project selection and scoping for your business

In-company lean assignment:

Participants will receive regular on-site support from an Enterprise Ireland approved mentor over a 12 week period.

This programme is highly subsidised and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis to qualifying businesses.

Bookings available online.

LINC Member DesignPro has been named as a finalist in 3 categories for the Manufacturing & Supply Chain Awards 2019 taking place on the 17th of January in Citywest Hotel.

The awards will highlight the implementation of smart thinking to enable competitive manufacturing. Recognising Ireland’s capacity to deliver world class manufacturing and attract inward investment. Best of luck, DesignPro!

The Trading Online Voucher Scheme assists small businesses to trade online.  Eligible businesses can apply for a voucher of up to €2,500 matched by own funding to invest in developing their e-commerce capability.

Vouchers can be used for:

  • IT consultation
  • Development or upgrade of an e-commerce website
  • Implementing online payments or booking systems
  • Purchase of internet related software
  • Purchase of online advertising
  • Developing an app
  • Implementing a digital marketing strategy
  • Consultation with ICT experts
  • Training/skills development specifically to establish and manage online trading activity

If you wish to be contacted with details of future Trading Online Voucher Scheme information session dates with LEO Limerick, email localenterprise@limerick.ie or call 061 557 499.

For queries to LEO North Cork call 022 43 235 or email  joan.kelleher@leo.corkcoco.ie.

For queries to LEO West Cork call 023 8834700 or email christine.heffernan@leo.corkcoco.ie


Limerick Institute of Technology – 17th January, 2019

It’s a great opportunity for companies seeking equity investment to avail of a one-to-one meeting with Equity Advisor, Drew O’Sullivan. Drew will give independent advice on their fund raising activities including business plan review, investment pitch practice and signposting to investors across the island.

This service is provided free of charge with pre-screening under taken in advance to ensure companies using the service meet the minimum criteria.

To be eligible for this service you must have a minimum new equity funding requirement of €100,000.  We will also ask you to forward one of the following documents to us in advance:

  • Business Plan (preferred submission)
  • Executive summary/Investment Memorandum (we can provide you with a pro forma to complete in advance) or
  • Investment pitch slide deck

In addition, you must demonstrate that you meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • HPSU status or equivalent in Northern Ireland
  • Have been appointed a Development Advisor with Enterprise Ireland or Client Executive with Invest Northern Ireland
  • Sales in excess of €100,000 (or sterling equivalent)
  • Have already raised €50,000 (or sterling equivalent) equity finance
  • Have completed a recognised accelerator/platform programme

In some cases short listing may be applied where there is strong demand for the service.

Register for a clinic

Contact InterTradeIreland at clinics@intertradeireland.com or phone 048 3083 4151.

Members of the LINC Engineering Network came together for the second time since the network launch to talk about the current achievements, plans for 2019 and share ideas regarding the future collaborations and initiatives throughout the next year. Thanks to Declan from Wentworth, audit, tax and advisory service provider for an insightful presentation and Lisnabrin Engineering for hosting!

BCD Engineering currently has a vacancy for Project Engineer.

The role requires reporting to the Project Managers in the Pharma Department. The purpose of this position is to assist the Project Managers in the planning, organisation and running of a project in order to achieve the project objectives safely and within the agreed time, cost and performance criteria.

If you are interested, please contact hr@bcd.ie for further details.

On the 2nd November, DesignPro Automation took home an overall National Award for our Innovative Designs at the Deloitte Fast 50 awards and on Friday 16th November, scooped the ‘Best SME: Contribution to the Region 2018’ award at the Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards.

This is the company’s second time in four years winning the overall award for Best SME, first in 2015 and now in 2018. In those four years, their turnover has increased by 350% per annum with staff numbers increasing by nearly 300%, with a number of open positions and still on an ambitious recruitment drive.

Donlouco has a policy of working closely with customers in a very open and honest way with an overarching objective of growing revenue for both Donlouco and its customers in a sustainable way for the long-term good.

Donlouco is currently waiting for an ISO, EN1090 audit which is to take place shortly.

The recently launched LINC Engineering Network convened for their first official meeting on the 7th November at one of our member’s facility in Rathkeale, Co. Limerick. Design Pro were the first member to host this newly formed initiative which saw 11 engineering companies from the East / West Limerick and North Cork region in attendance.

Theresa Mulvihill headed up the meeting with attendees on the day from the following organisations;

  • Pro-clad Insulation Ltd
  • Rohan Engineering
  • Donlouco
  • Tecoled Ltd
  • Lisnabrin Engineering
  • Unison Engineering Services Ltd
  • Munster Tool Co
  • McAdare Ltd
  • Barrett Engineering
  • Airmount Engineering Ltd.

Also in attendance were Joan Kelleher, Business Advisor, Local Enterprise Office Cork North & West and Eamon Ryan, Head of Enterprise Local Enterprise Office Limerick.

Engaging in the initiative to support engineering firms in the East/ West Limerick North Cork region, the LINC Engineering Network was officially launched on the 11th of October in Woodlands Hotel in Adare.

Theresa Mulvihill, Network Manager, introduced the network for the first time and introduced network members for the first time. LINC Network partners also were in attendance, sharing practical information about supports available for the network members and introducing to some of the opportunities to avail from.