LINC member company Stainless Quality Fabrication – SQ Fabs are a stainless steel fabrication company that specialise In the production of a wide range of stainless products. With over 20 years experience within the fabrication industry we are a ‘ONE STOP SHOP’ engineering service with clients ranging from the Food, Dairy & Pharmaceutical Plants, Water Treatment and Construction Industries, also specialising in various custom designed projects and general bespoke items.

SQ Fabs’ highly skilled team of engineers and fabrication team insist that their product quality and service has been the cornerstone of the company’s development.

See more from SQ Fabs here:

The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar T.D. has announced a Budget package to help businesses with escalating energy costs and to plan for the future.

Overall funding allocated to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment in Budget 2023 has increased by €36 million, to €940 million. This aims to help businesses of all sizes to deal with escalating energy costs and make them more sustainable through five new targeted supports.

More from Budget 2023 here:

https://lnkd.in/e3wXgdnK

Now in its 16th year, National Women’s Enterprise Day celebrates female entrepreneurs success and inspires female start ups. Join Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West for a National Women’s Enterprise Day event, “Our Future, Our Way” in The Brehon Hotel Killarney on 13th October.

Hear from female entrepreneurs from across the southwest region for a day of exciting speakers, networking, inspiration and motivation!

Book your spot now at:

https://lnkd.in/eZcUW34s

Since people use search engines to find products both online and locally, it is important that a company gets found at the top of search results for words that relate to their product or service. Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West are hosting a Search Engine Optimisation Seminar to inform you how to compete with larger companies by being visible on search engines.

The course will take place on 29th September from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Book your place here:

https://lnkd.in/esf23tz4

We are delighted to announce that we won the Agri-Engineering Award and the AgriTech Centre of Excellence (ACE) at the Enterprise Ireland 2022 Innovation Arena Awards at the National Ploughing Championships yesterday 🎉 Congrats to all the other winners! 🎉

Huge thanks to Enterprise Ireland and all the judges: James Maloney(Enterprise Ireland), Hughes TJ (Enterprise Ireland), Alfie Cox (Consultant), Kieran O’Donoghue (@AgriTech Ireland /AgriTech Centre of Excellence (ACE)) ,Dermot Forristal(Teagasc), David Leydon (Ifac Ireland), Karina Pierce (University College Dublin) and Niamh Collins (AgTechUCD Innovation Centre).

To find out about our Smart Microdairy and other milk vending solutions visit us at the Innovation Arena at the National Ploughing Association / Championships or get in touch at sales@unison.ie

Do you want to (virtually) join the EPS Group as they do their best to make a difference?

Alan Burke and Paul McCafferty of member company EPS will join their DPS colleagues as they all take on the challenge that is Action Cancer’s 7 Peak Challenge on Saturday, September 17th.

The 7 Peaks is an 18 mile, 8,100ft test of endurance and mountain skills. The objective of the event is to climb all seven peaks in the Mourne Mountains that are over 700m above sea level following a set route – not only that, but we have just 15 hours in which to do it!

But the main thing is that all the money raised is going to Action Cancer and every donation, little or large, will help.

We wish you all at EPS and DPS the very best of luck, you should all be very proud!

If you would like to get involved visit:

https://lnkd.in/ebfez4v7

Local Enterprise Office Limerick is providing a “Marketing Management Programme” which will give participants an understanding of the background of Marketing and the strategy behind how and what makes it work when used in a planned and strategic manner.

The course will be hosted by Theresa Mulvihill of Smart Marketing Limited. The aim of this 10-week programme is to assist participants in developing and focusing their skills to help them implement effective Marketing strategies within their business. Participants will see how Marketing can become a business’ most valuable tool in increasing sales and achieving a competitive edge.

Book your spot here:

https://lnkd.in/eynHrTHz

Back by popular demand! Local Enterprise Office Limerick’s “Search Engine Optimisation” course returns on 15th September from 9.3-am to 12.30pm.

This half day webinar will demonstrate how to avail of search engine optimisation (SEO) to help drive customers to a business website by demonstrating how to use free listing techniques as well as pay-per-click listings.

Book here:

https://lnkd.in/e9Umc4PY

Are you considering joining the LINC Engineering Netwrok?

LINC Engineering Network gives support to Engineering firms in the North Cork / East and West Limerick regions .LINC members gain access to business development and sales opportunities from within the group, between member companies and external to the group. LINC has strong relations with stakeholders who assist in developing international opportunities.

Hear what some of our members think of us in the video below!

https://fb.watch/fozj4ZmR04/

There are usually three main motivations for getting an energy audit

✔️ Saving money by reducing energy costs

✔️ Customers are enquiring about sustainable practices

✔️ Employees, especially new joiners, are increasingly interested in their workplace’s sustainability initiatives

The SEAI Support Scheme for Energy Audits supports SMEs to get an audit and learn how to use energy more efficiently.

Find out what’s involved:

https://www.seai.ie/blog/what-happens-energy-audit/

EPS Group‘s Regional Service Supervisor Alan Burke and one of our newest Operators, Paul McCafferty will join the DPS team to take on Action Cancer’s 7 Peak Challenge on Saturday, September 17th.

Do you want to join our team (virtually!) as we do our best to make a difference?!

Our Regional Service Supervisor Alan Burke and one of our newest Operators, Paul McCafferty will join the DPS team of Nick Torrens, Curtis Skipp, Michael Ballantine, Alex Jamshidi & Matthew Morris as we join forces across the Group to take on Action Cancer’s 7 Peak Challenge on Saturday, September 17th.

Of the those registered, a number are undertaking the challenge in memory of those who have not survived their battle with cancer, are currently undergoing treatment or just for those whom we hold dear to our hearts.

The 7 Peaks is an 18 mile, 8,100ft test of endurance and mountain skills. The objective of the event is to climb all seven peaks in the Mourne Mountains that are over 700m above sea level following a set route – not only that, but we have just 15 hours in which to do it!!

But the main thing is that all the money raised is going to Action Cancer and every donation, little or large, will help. Thank you so much in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to us.

EPS (Facebook)

Established in 1980, Munster Tool Company supplies top quality automotive tools and garage equipment to the automotive, agricultural, plant hire and HGV and allied industries in Ireland and worldwide.

Priding themselves on their world class customer service, Munster Tool Co will demonstrate the product and let customers try them while considering a purchase. Operating from a modern computerised administration centre, and warehouse in Mallow, Their fleet of modern state of the art sales/demonstration vans support our growing list of customers.

Visit Munster Tool Co website here:

https://www.munstertoolco.ie/

LINC cluster run a series of training and networking events in collaboration with members and stakeholders. These events take place in the form of training events: physical networking events; company site visits and fortnightly online meetings.

LINC members gain access to business development and sales opportunities from within the group, between member companies and external to the group. LINC has strong relations with stakeholders who assist in developing international opportunities.

Local Enterprise Office Limerick‘s “How to Develop a Business Plan” Facilitated by Terry Harmer with PAUL Partnership this short module on business planning takes the participants through the key areas essential to any business plan, and trains “how to” complete their own business plan. For Limerick business owners & entrepreneurs.

This FREE, online course will take place on Tuesday 13 September from 10am to 1pm.

Book now at:https://lnkd.in/ezcMpRYz

EBS Mortgage Master, Billy Holland, visited LINC Member Irish Rollforming to talk to their staff about mortgages. This was a very successful and informative event by all accounts.

Thanks to Billy Holland for taking time to share his knowledge and congratulations to Irish Rollforming for focusing and growth and learning, two key aims of Linc Engineering Network!

Well done to the EPS team members who took on the Ironman Ireland CORK in Youghal at the weekend!

The weather provided them with a grueling test, but the people of Youghal and their online supporters provided them with some extra motivation.

It’s fantastic to see such hard work and dedication that really exemplifies what EPS Group and LINC Engineering Network are all about.

Join Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West for a highly informative free webinar to find out more about the trading online voucher scheme.

The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is a financial incentive/grant to small businesses to develop or enhance their ability to trade online. Under the scheme a qualifying business may apply for funding up to a maximum value of €2,500 or 50% of eligible expenditure (exclusive of VAT), up to a maximum of €2,500.

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.

EPSwater.ie

For over 52 years, EPS has been providing innovative and progressive products and solutions to the water sector. Through two generations of leadership, EPS has remained a progressive, innovative, reliable and client focused company.

To find out more about EPS products and services click the button below

Are you considering remote working for your business?

This checklist has been prepared by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment to provide employers with a quick way to navigate the adoption of remote working arrangements.

More information here

There has never been a better opportunity for those looking to upskill or reskill with the expanding range of part-time and online courses now available from both further and higher education providers through Springboard, HCI and Skills to Advance.

The Regional Skills Forum have provided a detailed overview on a wide selection of programmes together with start dates, contact details and funding supports.

Check out the Regional Skills upskilling booklet for opportunity details here

Since people use search engines to find products both online and locally, it is important that a company gets found high on search results for words that relate to their product or service. Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West are hosting a Search Engine Optimisation Seminar to inform you how to compete with larger companies by being visible on search engines.

The course will take place on 29th September from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Book your spot here: https://lnkd.in/eTKj-waw

A great boost for Limerick and Clare as @Future Mobility Campus Ireland (FMCI) officially opens in Shannon.

The new state-of-the-art facility, which cost around €5.5m to develop, focuses on technology research and development spanning ground and air uses.

Projects involving unmanned drones, electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, Advanced Air Mobility, autonomous driving, micro-mobility, smart cities, and V2X vehicle communication systems are accommodated.

Read full Limerick Leader Newspaper article here: https://lnkd.in/eCqWSB-J

The H2020 project InterConnect launches its first Open Call on Interoperable-by-design Prototypes to support ICT/Energy SMEs and Startups to develop and test novel Interoperable applications or services for smart homes and grids, with a clear societal and economic value.

The eligible candidates can submit their applications through the FundingBox platform microsite created for this purpose by filling up and easy online application form by 26/07/2022 (17:00 Brussels Time).

Application found here:

https://interconnect-1-oc.fundingbox.com/

Join Local Enterprise Office Limerick for a FREE Virtual one-to-one mentoring session with a designated LEO Limerick Mentor.

Business Advice Clinics have been developed to assist those who are thinking about starting out in business or those who have an existing business and are at a stage where they need some direction and advice. The clinics are often the first stop before being referred to our more intensive mentoring programme.

Register for your spot here

The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar T.D. today published Ireland’s new National Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) 2022-2027 to identify and invest in the strengths and opportunities of every region in the country.

Through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for 2022-2027, Ireland is set to receive €396 million from the European Commission to support regional investment. The development of a S3 is an essential pre-requisite for Ireland to receive this structural funding.

Full report available here

Viska Systems are currently hiring a Machine Vision Systems Engineer, a Robotics Engineer, and a Graduate Engineer. Viska Systems are advanced automation specialists in the areas of Machine Vision, Robotics, and LabVIEW development. They design/build high-accuracy manufacturing and measurement automation systems for the medical device, automotive, electronics, semi-conductor, and research industries. A full job description is available here

The Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme is designed to assist businesses, including Primary producers, impacted by Covid-19 to access credit. The Scheme enables a borrower impacted by Covid-19 to access credit. The borrower contributes to the cost of the Scheme by paying a guarantee premium on the credit advanced. This premium is separate from and is in addition to the cost of the credit advanced.

For more information click here

Limerick City and County Council aspire to evolve a city that is liveable, service-driven, Smart, and Digital, and leads with its reputation as a place to ideate and innovate. On Thursday 9th and Friday 10th December LIVE events will bring together a diverse mix of authorities, agencies, industry partners, universities, citizen networks and more, all collaborating in bringing attention and focus on Innovation – for the city. All LIVE events will take place at CONFIRM Centre, Park Point, Dublin Road, Limerick and will be streamed online.

To register to attend Limerick Innovation Virtual Event (LIVE) click here

Congratulation to the LINC Members who took pat in The National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition on 23rd & 24th November at RDS Simmonscourt. The Event was a great success and provided us with an opportunity to showcase the great work that our LINC Members are capable of.

The following LINC Members were in attendance: Donlouco Ireland Ltd, Stainless Quality Fabrication, Viska Systems, Unison Process Solutions, Tecoled Ltd, Munster Tool Company, Allenweld Ltd, EPS Group, Keltec Engineering and Mungret Engineering.

We would like to thank everybody who was involved and ensured this event was successful!

We are very much looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow at the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition! The seminars on stage will run from 10.00am – 16.00pm on 23rd November and 10.00am – 16.00pm on 24th November. Registration is open at 9am and is open all day. The event is also being collocated with the following events, they all share a large hall and delegates are free to move between them.Tomorrow (23rd of November):Main Stage Day 13D Printing & Advanced EngineeringRobotics & AutomationLean, Productivity & Continuous ImprovementSupply Chain & LogisticsWednesday (24th of November):DAY 2 :Main Stage Day 2Pharma, Medtech, Biotech & Life Science StageIoT, Industry 4.0, Cybersecurity, AI & 5GCareers, Skills & Training – The Future of WorkThe Sustainability Summit

Mungret Engineering is a stainless and mild steel specialist fabrication company with over 50 years’ experience in the industry. Their range of specialty is wide and varied including staircases and walkways in both mild and stainless steel. Through the use of a state of the art workshop and design team they have designed and fabricated a wide and varied range of products from start to finish.

Mungret Engineering can fabricate a wide range of specialist stainless steel items including cleanroom benches and cabinets for storage of chemicals. They have also in the past fabricated various custom made projects for the transfer of materials between cleanrooms and on production floors.

Mungret Engineering will be in attendance at the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition starting the 23rd of November. Make sure to stop by!

We’re officially only a week out from the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition!! The event is the ideal opportunity for you to meet with current and prospective clients all under one roof and update them on your latest products and trends.

The National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition is taking place on 23rd & 24th November at RDS Simmonscourt. The day starts at 9am on both the days and runs until 16.00pm on the 23rd and 15.00pm on the 24th.

The following LINC Members will be in attendance: Donlouco Ireland Ltd, Stainless Quality Fabrication, Viska Systems, Unison Process Solutions, Tecoled Ltd, Munster Tool Company, Allenweld Ltd, EPS Group, Keltec Engineering and Mungret Engineering.

REGSITER HERE

The National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition is taking place on 23rd & 24th November at RDS Simmonscourt. The day starts at 9am on both the days and runs until 16.00pm on the 23rd and 15.00pm on the 24th. The following LINC Members will be in attendance: Donlouco Ireland Ltd, Stainless Quality Fabrication, Viska Systems, Unison Process Solutions, Tecoled Ltd, Munster Tool Company, Allenweld Ltd, EPS Group, Keltec Engineering and Mungret Engineering.

The seminars will run from 10.00am – 16.00pm on 23rd November and 10.00am – 14.30pm on 24th November. Registration is open at 9am and is open all day. The event is also being collocated with the following events, they all share a large hall and delegates are free to move between them.

Here are the stages taking place on each day:

DAY 1 :

Main Stage Day 1

3D Printing & Advanced Engineering

Robotics & Automation

Lean, Productivity & Continuous Improvement

Supply Chain & Logistics

DAY 2 :

Main Stage Day 2

Pharma, Medtech, Biotech & Life Science Stage

IoT, Industry 4.0, Cybersecurity, AI & 5G

Careers, Skills & Training – The Future of Work

The Sustainability Summit

If you wish to attend you may book free tickets by clicking here

FREE tickets are now available for the 7th National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition which will be held at the RDS Simmonscourt on the 23rd and 24th of November 2021. It has been a turbulent year with Economic activity in the manufacturing sector ascended to a new peak on the back of record rates of growth in output and new orders and another severe lengthening in suppliers’ delivery times. The volume of new orders received by Irish manufacturers rose at the fastest in many decades. Companies have reported strong inflows of new work as customers reopened and lockdown restrictions began to loosen.Come and support local Irish business! Tickets: https://www.manufacturingevent.com/register/

Only 14 days until the The National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition! One of the LINC members in attendance is Munster Tool Company.

Established in 1980, Munster Tool Co supplies top quality automotive tools and garage equipment to the automotive, agricultural, plant hire and HGV and allied industries in Ireland and worldwide.Today they distribute a comprehensive range of tools and equipment from the world’s leading brands to customers in 32 counties and deliver to all corners of the globe every day by express courier.Munster Tool Co operates from a modern computerised administration centre, and warehouse in Mallow, and our fleet of modern state of the art sales/demonstration vans support our growing list of customers.

Linc Member Unison Process Solutions will be attending the upcoming National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition on 23/24 November 2021 in RDS Simmonscourt. Find out more about Unison below:

As a leading manufacturer and supplier of process solutions, Unison Process Solutions specialises in liquid processing. They manufacture and supply state-of the-art machinery and systems specialising in pasteurizers, homogenizers, separators, heat exchangers, pumps, and valves. Unison is also revolutionizing the way that heat exchangers are tested with their HEIST™ system, the world’s first integrated Heat Exchanger Integrity Self Testing system. Whether you are a small or mid-sized company, a multinational corporation, a farmer or an artisan producer – Unison can help you improve your process. One of the core products at Unison is their pasteurizers. User-friendly and fully automatic, Unison’s pasteurization systems are uniquely built and to accommodate artisan producers’ exact specifications. Catering for all liquids including Milk, Beer, and Juice, and processing 200 to 50,000 litres of liquid per hour – their continuous systems save time, energy and money. It’s truly a win-win for producers.

Only 21 days remaining until The National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition!!!The National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition is taking place on 23rd & 24th November at RDS Simmonscourt. The exhibition starts at 9am on both the days and runs until 16.00pm on the 23rd and 15.00pm on the 24th.There will be an impressive line-up of manufacturing leaders, academics and government agencies who will engage in a stimulating blend of key note addresses and debates. The event will also feature an extensive exhibition showcasing the latest technological solutions and business services. It will also give attending businesses a platform to showcase their products and expertise on a national level. LINC Members in attendance include, Donlouco Ireland Ltd, Stainless Quality Fabrication, Viska Systems, Unison Process Solutions, Tecoled Ltd, Munster Tool Company, Allenweld Ltd, EPS Group, Keltec Engineering and Mungret Engineering.

Register Here: https://www.manufacturingevent.com/#NationalManufacturing#supplychain#expo2021#ireland

Engineers Ireland are holding a one-day course which will provide an insight to valve and actuator technology. The course will be delivered Tuesday, 2 November 2021 between 9:30 and 16:30.It will cover check valves, shut-off valves, solenoid valves, regulators, pressure relief valves, control valves, actuators, and valve accessories.This course is focused to the needs of chemical, instrumentation, maintenance, and mechanical engineers and technicians working with pumps across the biopharma, food, water and wastewater, chemical and power generation sectors.find out more at: https://www.engineersireland.ie/Events/event/7741…#opportunities#engeneering#engineer#ireland

Local Enterprise Office Limerick is now accepting applications for stands at Showcase 2022. Showcase offers manufacturers, designers, and craft makers the opportunity to exhibit their new collections. Showcase is organized on behalf of Design & Crafts Council Ireland, with support from Enterprise Ireland in promoting the trade show internationally through their network of offices overseas, and the Local Enterprise Offices nationwide.

Apply here: https://www.localenterprise.ie/…/Expression-of-Interest…#design#opportunity#network

Members of LINC Engineering Network will be taking part in the ‘National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition’.

The National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition is taking place on 23rd & 24th November at RDS Simmonscourt. The day starts at 9am on both the days and runs until 16.00pm on the 23rd and 15.00pm on the 24th.

There will be an impressive line-up of manufacturing leaders, academics and government agencies who will engage in a stimulating blend of key note addresses and debates. The event will also feature an extensive exhibition showcasing the latest technological solutions and business services. It will also give attending businesses a platform to showcase their products and expertise on a national level.

LINC Members in attendance include, Donlouco Ireland Ltd, Stainless Quality Fabrication, Viska Systems, Unison Process Solutions, Tecoled Ltd, Munster Tool Company, Allenweld Ltd, EPS Group, Keltec Engineering and Mungret Engineering.

Local Enterprise Office Limerick is hosting a ‘Selling Online’ information webinar which will take place on Wednesday 27th October. This course will highlight eCommerce issues including – pricing & hidden costs, dealing with third parties, converting sales, getting your design, content & layout right, and how to target your customers.

Apply Here:

https://www.localenterprise.ie/Limerick/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/Selling-Online-Webinar1111.html?fbclid=IwAR2ifBFn28XcFnJ97oKbEaUhdgU22lKPveFEC_PAj-jtqTtJhhOqTU44zwQ

Want to spruce up your social media? LEO Limerick is hosting an online social media Bootcamp. This Social Media Marketing Bootcamp takes place over four online sessions and is ideal for retailers and businesses who want to sell their products or services. It is an intensive course on the main aspects of Social Media Marketing including Facebook marketing, Twitter marketing, Instagram marketing, Video marketing and how design eye-catching images for social media.

Click Below to Apply

https://www.localenterprise.ie/…/Social-Media-Marketing…

FREE Funding Advisory Service Workshop Wednesday 20 October 2021

InterTradeIreland and Grant Thornton will be hosting a webinar aimed at providing SMEs with practical information focused on tax considerations and funding options, followed by a Q&A session. Getting the tax right can have substantial impact on the Gross funding requirement of the SME.

Webinar outline:

-Tax structuring presentation

-Company presentation-Panel Discussion

-Q&A session

To RSVP for this workshop, please click below.

https://intertradeireland.com/events/funding-advisory-service-workshop-20th-october-2021

PLEASE NOTE :This event is NOT aimed at start-up businesses & only SMEs with a trading history of at least 18 months and a turnover in excess of £100,000 (or euro equivalent) should attend.

Today is National Women’s Enterprise day!

It’s a day all about celebrating the incredible entrepreneurial talent of women in Ireland.
To celebrate, Local Enterprise Offices have provided several videos with inspirational speakers including Derval O’Rourke & Sonia Deasy.

Those videos can be accessed here: https://www.localenterprise.ie/Enable-Enterprise-Culture/NWED/Watch-on-Demand/Watch-on-Demand.html

TPS is a private, family owned Irish company (formally RKT), who service and fulfil customer requirements from our manufacturing bases in Co. Limerick, Ireland. They are a leading custom plastic injection moulder and have been manufacturing and validating high precision moulded components for our OEM and Tier 1 customer base for over 12 years. They have developed, implemented and now use their own production management system (MaHaSy). This has been developed in line with the demands from customers in allowing their business to effectively manage incoming volume production orders and provide components “on time” within very short lead times.

See TPS Member Profile: https://www.lincnetwork.ie/member/tps/

See TPS Website: http://tps-amc.com/

Being acknowledged as a Platinum System Partner with KUKA Robotics is an accolade not awarded lightly with a number of strict criteria having to be met which is why we were thrilled to be awarded this official status for the sixth year in a row. Mark Elwell, Head of Robotic Sales Ireland joined DesignPro onsite last week for the official presentation. This partnership has opened up opportunities to new markets & kept DesignPro at the forefront of the latest technological advancements. The wide range of support services & training available has meant that their robotic engineers are constantly developing their skill sets above and beyond the industry standard.

LINC Management would like to congratulate DesignPro Automation for this fantastic accreditation.

LINC Member DesignPro is based in Limerick and is a leading provider of precision automation and machine build services to a variety of industries such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, aviation, automotive, cosmetics and renewable energy.

See DesignPro Member Profile

Meet LINC Engineering Network member Barrett Engineering Ltd. located in Barna, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. They specialise in profiling sheet and plate steel to exact specification, using High Definition CNC Plasma Cutting Technology.

Barrett Engineering was established in 1993 and during this time has established itself as a leading steel fabrication and steel services company through their continued commitment to their customers, to the quality they consistently deliver and to their reputation of achieving on-time delivery of high-profile projects.

See Barrett Engineering Website:

http://www.barretteng.ie/

LINC Member Ashgrove Renewables, in conjunction with SEAI are running a new Home Energy Upgrade scheme.

If you are interested in reducing your running costs and CO2 footprint, and if your house was built before 31st Dec 2005 you could be eligible for this amazing offer under the SEAI BEC or BEH scheme !!

Qualifying homes could get a complete home energy upgrade including :

Insulation Upgrade

Air/Water Heat Pump & Hot Water Cylinder

Solar PV Panels

Energy Monitor

Contact sales@ashgrove.ie for further information

Local Enterprise Office Limerick’s 3 hour webinar on ‘How to Create Marketing Videos on a Budget’ still some availability on Thursday 24th June!

About the workshop:

Would you like to be able to shoot and edit lots of marketing videos for your website or social media posts but you don’t know how to do it? In this LIVE online course which you can attend from the comfort of your home you will learn what kind of online marketing videos you can make for your business, how you can shoot videos with your smartphone – if you have some additional low cost equipment – and how to edit the footage (using video editing software on a PC) into a marketing video. This course is for businesses based in Limerick only!

LEO Limerick

To book use this link: https://bit.ly/3wD3lJC

Leo Cork North & west – “A presence on Google Search and Maps can help customers find you more easily. Ensure you’re being as helpful as you can by providing customers with accurate, updated information about your business on Google Search and Google Maps. Join us online to learn about search and how to create a Business Profile on Google Search and Maps.

Topics covered will include: 

  • What is search and how does it work.
  • How to build your online presence and where it appears in search results.
  • Ways to optimise your business profile on Google Search and Maps.

Who is this webinar suitable for?

  • Businesses of any size.
  • Beginners level. 

Places available on the 2nd series of Google Digital Garage Webinars on Wednesday 23rd of June next week. Book Here!https://www.localenterprise.ie/…/Google-Digital-Garage…Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West

Meet LINC Engineering Network member CPH Plant & Platform Hire located in Charleville, Co. Cork. CPH is Irelands Largest Independent Construction Services Company and they provide Access Hire, Plant
Machinery Hire,  and Tool Hire  Nationwide

CPH makes your life easier. They understand what you
want and make sure you get it. They offer Reliable and trustworthy advice and service as well as Reliable Delivery.

For further information see their:

Member Profile

Website

Great news from LINC Member, EPS Group today as they have confirmed that they will sponsor Peter Lawless Solo Non-stop Circumnavigation as he sails solo, non-stop, unassisted around the world from Kilrush, Co. Clare & back to Ireland via the 5 great Capes, using just a sextant and paper charts as his primary navigation tools.

Peter is hoping to be the first Irish person to successfully complete this endeavour when he sails his Waxwing cruising yacht out of Kilrush in August.

About EPS Group

EPS Water Treatment Manager Shane Corcoran and Managing Director Patrick Buckley presented Peter with a Spectra Watermakers Ventura 150R, which turns sea water into drinking water to allow access to drinking water onboard. They also gave him some EPS goodies like our nice snug fleece jacket, beanie hats and stainless steel water bottles – which he’s wearing & using already as you’ll see in this video!

https://youtu.be/F_kS9XNEONk

Best of luck to Peter’s and we wish him well over the coming months both as he prepares for the sailing and during his epic voyage.

See EPS Group Profile

The Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters (TAME) grant enables clients to explore and develop new market opportunities.

The TAME grant part-funds the costs that can be incurred investigating and researching export markets, e.g. exhibiting at Trade Fairs, preparing marketing material and developing websites specifically targeting overseas markets.

The grant is called: ‘Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters’ and 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.

Don’t forget…

The maximum Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters grant is €2,500 (excluding VAT), up to a maximum of 50% of eligible costs. Micro enterprises cannot receive more than one Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters’ grant per year.

Eligibility criteria, and general conditions of the Financial Support Instruments apply.

The Local Enterprise Offices are co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020.

Grant terms, eligible projects and expenditure

Grant terms:

  • Grant Covers 50% of eligible costs (net of vat) to a max of €2,500.
  • Applications must be made prior to any expenditure being incurred
  • Payments will be made to approved projects on receipt of proof of payment of all qualifying and approved expenses.
  • Successful applicants should consider using an Enterprise Ireland Mentor to develop an export/marketing plan.

Projects eligible for support include:

  • Enterprises not employing more than 10 people;
  • Enterprises located within the geographic location of the Local Enterprise Office
  • Enterprises operating in the commercial sphere
  • Enterprises must demonstrate a market for their proposed product/service
  • Enterprises engaged in manufacturing or internationally traded services
  • Innovative businesses with prototype products
  • Enterprises must not have received any funding for this proposal from any other source

What does the TAME Grant cover?

  • Participation at trade fairs and shows covering Trade Show Exhibitor costs including rental/fees relating to space/stands; foreign travel & subsistence*
  • Participation at international trade networking events organised through the Enterprise Europe Network;
  • Development of specific Marketing Materials aimed at exploring new export markets;
  • Translation, e.g. of existing material (booklets,webpages, etc.) for export markets;
  • Development of export related websites;
  • Investigation of new internal or external processes to develop export business, e.g. new business model or the carrying out of non-regulatory technical requirements;

* Note: Travel & Subsistence Costs are only eligible for overseas trips:

Eligible Travel Costs: Economy Air/Ferry or Rail Fares; Mileage (60c per kilometre) or Economy Car Hire (mileage cannot be claimed on Car Hire)

Subsistence Rates: Overnight Rate – 24 hour period; €200 per day; Day rate < 24 hours €60

To find out More Click Here

Sustainability is often quite a theoretical concept and many small businesses just don’t know where to start. This practical ‘how to’ event will help you to ‘Green’ your business and benefit from practical guidance on how to make your business more sustainable.

We’re taking the theory away and just bringing this down to practical action steps for business. Discover the benefits of doing so from business owners who have already done it.

Meet a selection of SMEs from around the country who have introduced green principles into their business. Learn how to market your green business credentials as a unique selling point.

You will also hear about the new Local Enterprise Office ‘Green for Micro’ supports. This programme is designed to provide small businesses with tailored expert advice on how to drive sustainability. Qualifying SMEs will access two days of intensive mentoring including a sustainability audit and action plan, designed to help “green” your business.

For further information, contact your Local Enterprise Office

Click here to download the Green for Micro brochure

Businesses operating from a non-rateable premises such as a home office or hot-desk now eligible for help with fixed costs

Self-employed working from home, wedding planners, on-course bookmakers, travel counsellors and photographers among those expected to benefit

Micro Enterprise Assistance Scheme also reopened to help smallest businesses

Tánaiste extends eligibility of Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID (SBASC)

18th May 2021

Businesses operating from a non-rateable premises such as a home office or hot-desk now eligible for help with fixed costs

Self-employed working from home, wedding planners, on-course bookmakers, travel counsellors and photographers among those expected to benefit

Micro Enterprise Assistance Scheme also reopened to help smallest businesses

The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD today extended eligibility for the €60m Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID (SBASC) to include businesses operating from a non-rateable premise like a home business or yard. The Tánaiste is also relaunching the Micro Enterprise Assistance Scheme so that our smallest businesses, those with a turnover of less than €50,000 can apply for a grant of €1000 to help with fixed costs.

The Tánaiste said:

“We have tried through various Government schemes to help as many businesses as possible with their fixed costs. By extending eligibility for the SBASC, we hope to catch those who have not qualified under our existing schemes, mainly because they don’t operate from a rateable premises.

“Those who are self-employed and working from a non-rateable premises, such as their own home for example, can apply for a €4,000 payment to help with fixed costs.

“While the grant is modest, it will make a big difference to those businesses. It is designed to help with energy bills, security, IT systems fees, legal and accounting fees or any other fixed costs that may incur as part of running a business.

“We are also relaunching the Micro Enterprise Assistance Scheme so that our smallest businesses, those with a turnover of less than €50,000 can apply for a grant of €1000.

“It has been a really tough few months for anyone brave enough to run their own business. Things are looking up now.”

The Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID (SBASC) is for businesses which are not eligible for CRSS or other sector specific grants, that are down 75% or more of turnover.

Further details, including the go-live date for Q2, will be announced shortly. Those who applied under Phase 1 are still eligible to apply for a second payment of €4,000 if they continue to meet the criteria. Interested businesses should contact their local authority. Closing date for Phase 2 applications will be 21 July.

The Micro Enterprise Assistance Scheme is for companies facing particular hardship and that do not qualify for other government schemes. It will provide a grant of up to €1,000 to businesses with previous turnover of less than €50,000 that meet the other criteria for SBASC.

This scheme is in addition to the comprehensive package the Government has put in place to help businesses and workers during the pandemic, including the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS), the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP), the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS), low-cost loans, the deferral and warehousing of tax liabilities and the waiver of commercial rates.

The Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English TD said:

“At the heart of Ireland’s jobs-led revival will be the small business community who made major sacrifices during the pandemic to sustain their operations.  For many negatively impacted upon by Covid, their efforts are firmly fixed on trading successfully once again as the economy continues to reopen and the remaining public health restrictions are eased.

This second round of SBASC will reach a further cohort of businesses and will contribute towards some of the ongoing fixed costs associated with maintaining operations.  I am optimistic that small firms can return to viability and contribute positively to the economic recovery.”

The Minister of State for Trade Promotion Robert Troy TD said:

“The outlook is hopeful as we now enter the early stages of recovery but central to our economic recovery is the small and micro business community. We know businesses across the country continue to feel the impact Covid-19 has had on their normal operations. The expansion of the eligibility criteria of the SBASC to those working in non-rateable premises and the re-launch of support available to our micro enterprises through the Micro Enterprise Assistance Scheme is welcome, both of which I had been pushing for with my colleagues. While modest, both schemes will assist in addressing some of their ongoing fixed costs.

“I will continue to work with my colleagues across Government to ensure we address the needs of our smallest businesses and the update to the schemes announced today will give some level of help to those who need it most. Along with the other Government schemes and regulatory responses currently underway, I want small and micro businesses to know that we are committed to supporting their long-term viability.

(Click here for original article from Gov.ie)

The Minister for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy TD, today launched a public consultation on the European Commission’s recently announced proposal for a Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive.

The proposal, which revises the current rules on Non-Financial Reporting substantially increases the detail of the information which must be provided in particular through the development of new EU sustainability reporting standards

To coincide with the public consultation, Minister Troy hosted a webinar to inform key stakeholders, including Irish businesses directly impacted, about the details of the proposal. It featured keynote remarks by Commissioner Mairead Mc Guinness and presentations by Elena Arveras of the European Commission DG FISMA and from Tomás Sercovich CEO of Business in the Community Ireland.

Speaking after the webinar, Minister Troy said:

“We all know how important the next ten years are if we are to address the climate change and biodiversity crisis. Last month, the Government introduced the Climate Action Bill – demonstrating our ambition and commitment in this regard. It’s for good reason climate change is a top agenda item both here and internationally, and part of this includes discussing company reporting.

“Today’s webinar brought together stakeholders from across the Irish business community to hear presentations on the recently published proposal. I would like to thank Commissioner McGuinness for taking the time to share her vision of the future of sustainability reporting, and Elena and Tomás for their very informative and insightful presentations. The proposal by the European Commission demonstrates the commitment of the European Union to addressing the challenges of climate change through innovative new sustainability reporting obligations.

“This is an important opportunity to reflect on what has been done and given the extraordinary global upheaval, forge an effective approach to raise the transparency of the environmental information provided by undertakings in all sectors and result in lasting change for the better.”

The public consultation on the proposal will be open until 23 June. Encouraging submissions to the public consultation, the Minister said:

“I would strongly encourage all stakeholders, particularly the Irish business community, to engage with the consultation and submit their views over the coming weeks. The input received from stakeholders will play an important part in the development of Ireland’s approach in the forthcoming negotiations on the proposal. It therefore is important that the Department hears your views on this significant topic.”

Covid-19 restrictions are due to ease further from Monday 10 May. Here is a brief summary of the key changes.

Travel

Intercounty travel for non-essential reasons can return.

Owners of stationary mobile homes or caravans can travel to another county to stay in their mobile homes, and caravan parks are permitted to open to facilitate access for owners. However, no rentals are allowed, and shared facilities are not permitted.

Rental of accommodation will not be allowed. It is expected to resume from 2 June, subject to the public health conditions at the time.

Social visits

A maximum of three households, or up to six people from individual households, can meet outdoors, including in private gardens. Children aged 12 and under are not included in the limits.

Additionally, people who are fully vaccinated can meet indoors with other fully vaccinated people, with a maximum of three households present.

Fully vaccinated people can meet indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household, as long as they are not at risk of severe illness. Again, there is a limit of three households in total for such visits.

Outdoor gatherings

Up to 15 people can attend organised gatherings outdoors.

Outdoor sports training for adults can return, in pods with a maximum of 15 people.

Retail

The phased reopening of non-essential retail begins.

Stores can offer click-and-collect, or in-store shopping by appointment.

Outdoor retail can also resume.

Personal services

Hairdressers, barbers and beauticians can reopen for customers, by appointment only.

Cultural services

Galleries, museums and other cultural attractions can reopen.

Libraries can reopen for lending services, but there should be no access to reader spaces or computer facilities.

Religious services, funerals and weddings

In-person religious services can resume, with a limit of 50 people attending.

The Government says Communions and Confirmations should not take place at this time.

Up to 50 mourners are allowed to attend funeral services. Related events should not take place before or after the service.

50 guests are allowed to attend wedding services, whether civil or religious. For celebrations or receptions after the service, a maximum of six people will be allowed to attend indoors, and up to 15 outdoors.

Public transport

The number of people allowed on public transport increases to 50% of normal capacity.

For information about Coronavirus symptoms, testing and keeping well see the HSE’s website here.

Click here for detailed information on Covid-19 Restrictions from Gov.ie

(via enterprise.gov.ie)

Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Canada, South Korea, Mexico and Japan will increase GDP and wages, especially for low-income workers, according to a major new trade study published today by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Trade Promotion Robert Troy TD.

 The independent examination, conducted by Copenhagen Economics, looked into the economic opportunities and effects for Ireland arising from four recently concluded EU Free Trade Agreements – Korea, Canada, Mexico and Japan.

 The Tánaiste said:

“Free trade agreements are good for workers, good for business, good for producers and good for consumers. This study shows how widespread and significant the benefits are for everyone of cutting out red tape and reducing friction in trade with other countries.

“Some countries, such as Norway, Australia and the Gulf States, use their rich natural resources to create employment and fund services and a good quality of life for their citizens. Ireland, however, has very little oil, gas or mineral wealth. For us, trade is the source of our economic growth. It is what has consistently raised our living standards over decades and created hundreds of thousands of jobs for our citizens.”

 Principal findings of the study:

  • Real wages are expected to increase between 2.6 and 4.4 per cent in 2030 due to the FTAs, with the largest increases found for low-income workers.
  • Imports are and will continue to become cheaper, reducing costs for consumers and Irish firms with global value chains.
  • Irish GDP will be 2.3 per cent higher in 2030 than would have been the case without the four FTAs in place.
  • The higher GDP is driven by an increase in global total Irish exports of 3.3 per cent and an increase in global imports of 3.3 per cent.
  • Increased market access benefits Irish exporters who can specialise in production, where they have a comparative advantage and are productive relative to competitors
  • As a small open economy with a limited home market, Irish producers will benefit more than producers in large countries who can gain scale in their home markets. 

The Tánaiste said:

 “These findings show that the Free Trade Agreements we have reached with Canada, Korea, Mexico and Japan will increase wages, especially for low-income workers, increase Ireland’s GDP, our national income and our productivity. Consumers are also better off as increased trade provides more choice and keeps prices competitive. For business, trade deals open up new and exciting markets, make doing business easier removing bureaucracy, tariffs, quotas and regulatory barriers. This is particularly important for SMEs, given that trade barriers tend to disproportionately burden smaller firms.

 “I am strongly committed to ensuring that the Government is doing everything possible to support businesses in Ireland to internationalise and diversify export markets, particularly in the context of the impacts of Brexit, to safeguard Irish jobs and investment.”

 Ireland currently exports over €20bn in goods and services to the four specific FTA partners subject of this study, equivalent to almost six per cent of total Irish exports of goods and services in 2019. These markets are growing as significant export destinations for Ireland, with exports to these partners increasing by 270 per cent – almost threefold – over the last decade, over twice the rate of growth in total global Irish exports of 126 per cent in the same period.

 The study indicates early benefits are arising from the FTAs since their application. For example, exports to South Korea grew 19 per cent per year since 2015 and 22.8 percent per year since 2017. Irish goods exports to Canada increased from €953 million in 2016 to more than €1.7 billion in 2020 (+78%) and services exports grew from €1.6 billion in 2016 to more than €2.3 billion in 2019 (+44%). 

 Minister for Trade Promotion, Robert Troy TD, added that:

 “As a small, open economy trade and investment is crucial to our recovery and future prosperity. The more we trade, the more jobs we support and the better the living standards for all.  

 “The best way to grow our exports and market diversification is by improving the terms of trade for Irish firms. The report highlights the significant benefits of the respective trade agreements, and it is important that we continue to secure greater market access for our exports and reduce the costs of entering those markets as we look to trade our way to a more favourable, post-pandemic, economic position.

 “I look forward to continued engagement with our dynamic Irish-based enterprises, especially SMEs, on maximising the potential of these markets and what other Free Trade Agreements offer.  Moreover, the European Commission’s “Access2Markets” portal should facilitate all companies, including our SMEs, in identifying the favourable tariff and quota arrangements that apply for their goods exports to these particular destinations.”

(See original article from Enterprise Ireland)

Online resource provides a one-stop-shop for start-up entrepreneurs

Enterprise Ireland has announced the launch of ‘Start In Ireland’, a single online repository of information for all things relating to the Irish start-up landscape.

The new online portal simplifies the process of finding relevant start-up information and provides a pathway through a detailed list of supports available to people who want to start or grow their early-stage businesses. Available on desktop and mobile, users can easily refine their search results to identify suitable supports for their business needs.

Ireland’s support for entrepreneurship continues to grow and our thriving start-up community is underpinned by a multitude of relevant supports and events, including start-up ‘office hours’ for first-time founders, pre-accelerators, accelerators, competitions, hackathons and more.

Commenting on the announcement, Jenny Melia, Divisional Manager, High Potential Start-Ups, Enterprise Ireland said, “Enterprise Ireland works closely with start-up businesses from the very early-stages of development. While there is a wide range of information available from multiple sources on how to set up your business and the supports available, it can be challenging to find the right information at the right time.

“So, we are delighted to launch Enterprise Ireland’s ‘Start In Ireland’ portal after an extensive and collaborative development process with industry and stakeholders. We believe that this portal solves a real problem for potential, new and existing start-ups. By offering a one-stop-shop, start-ups can easily access information about the vast array of supports on offer throughout the country.”

Updated by industry, the portal can be accessed via Enterprise Ireland sites https://globalambition.ie/startinireland/ and https://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/startinireland/. Enterprise Ireland is also in discussions with industry stakeholders to host the portal on their own sites to ensure the widest access possible.

The Post-Brexit Advisory Support helps businesses to create a strong action plan and identify the opportunities and risks that the new trading environment in the UK may pose to your business.

The initiative is available to Enterprise Ireland supported companies and is delivered at no cost to the company. The initiative is intended to help companies strengthen their capabilities in three key business areas:

(1) Strategic Sourcing

(2) Customs and Logistics

(3) Financial and Currency Management*

The structure of the assignment between the company and the consultant consists of:

  • A half day with the consultant and your company to discuss your current arrangements and the challenges that Brexit brings
  • Consultant spending a half day analysing the findings and formulating practical advice and recommended actions for your company
  • Consultant spending a further half day with your company discussing the advice and recommendations and agreeing on an action plan that clearly outlines the various actions
  • A final half day spent by the consultant preparing a unique and specific report for your company, articulating the challenges and actions agreed (including details of dates and responsibilities).
  • *Note: The Business Financial Planning Grant will support companies that wish to develop their financial capability. See Covid-19 Business Financial Planning Grant for details.

Eligibility Criteria

You must already be an Enterprise Ireland client to be eligible.

How to Apply

To apply, contact your Development Adviser (DA) or email the Brexit unit to express your interest in the programme.

The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and Enterprise Ireland invite you to a webinar on World Intellectual Property day (April 26th) where you can learn how the new guidance standard (ISO 56005) on IP management can support innovation and business efforts in Irish SMEs.

Background: Intellectual Property (IP) can be daunting for many Irish SMEs. They may not be able to identify the IP in different areas of their business, let alone know how to create and implement a successful IP strategy.

ISO 56005 is a new guidance framework for SMEs to effectively manage the IP that supports and protects their innovation. Forming part of the ISO 56000 Innovation Series of Guidance Standards developed by the world’s leading IP experts, this document will be a valuable resource and practical tool for Irish companies navigating through the world of Intellectual Property management.

This event, coinciding with #WorldIPDay under the theme of ‘IP and SMEs: Taking your ideas to market’, is the official launch of the ISO IP guidance Standard in Ireland, and will show how IP strategy, a typical pain point for innovators, can now be streamlined thanks to this new Standard.
Join the experts behind the framework on April 26th at 11am to learn more. Click the banner in the attached document to register, or register directly via link below:

https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fregister.gotowebinar.com%2fregister%2f6873164147434886156&c=E,1,SM3iqGWoB69bHnZt2ZT0ucLiDpTY3L117AQaiozFQFvwSAEO2Yr8RFvqdnI5bX-hUl7CZFX1Xs7Y5z8Iz489yXmXPnukX0fGxGrHgKTqoU2SkP-85KbTehxhmQ,,&typo=1  


Speakers

Paul Killeen, NSAI
Paul Killeen is a Senior Standards Officer and ‘Research & Innovation’ lead at the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). Formerly the Head of Research, Innovation & Enterprise Development at AIT, he chaired the Knowledge & Technology Transfer Committee for the Institutes of Technology Ireland and was a member of the Knowledge Transfer Ireland Stakeholder Forum. Paul currently manages Irish participation through NSAI in the development of International Standards in Systematic Innovation Management (ISO 56000 Series), and participates in various European programmes designed to use European and International standards development as an effective knowledge Transfer mechanism to help bridge the innovation gap between research and market impact for new and emerging technologies. NSAI supports enterprise, trade, consumers and government in the areas of Standards, Legal Metrology, Agrément, Certification and Scientific/Industrial Metrology.

Joe Doyle, Enterprise Ireland
Joe is Intellectual Property (IP) Manager with Enterprise Ireland (EI) where his role is to promote the integration of IP strategy with the business strategies of EI client companies. He provides a first line of enquiry in EI on IP issues, promotes IP awareness and manages the EI IP Strategy funding scheme. Joe was very active as an Irish IP expert representing NSAI in the development of the ISO 56005 guidance standard on IP Management – from its initial conception to its final publication.

Nikos Minas, Hanna Moore and Curley
Nikos helps companies and universities to define their IP strategy and protect their IP assets. Before becoming a patent attorney, Nikos worked as a researcher and in-house patent manager for a prominent R&D organisation, where he was responsible for developing the IP roadmap to support the innovation and business efforts of the different R&D groups. As an Irish IP expert representing NSAI, Nikos actively contributed to the development of the ISO 56005 guidance standard on IP Management.


Mary White, Evoquent
Mary worked in a leading Irish intellectual property law firm, before setting up brand consultancy Evoquent with the aim of bringing intellectual property skills to the SME sector. Mary is an Irish trade mark agent and professional representative before the EU Intellectual Property Office.  She provides clients with commercial and strategic advice on their trade marks, including conducting portfolio audits and international filing strategies.  
She has particular expertise in handling objections and oppositions at the IPO and EUIPO.  Mary has been member of the NSAI Technical Committee 45 and ISO Technical Committee 279 (Innovation Management) since 2019 and has contributed to the ISO 56005:2020 (IP Management) and ISO56010 (Innovation management – Illustrative examples) standards.  

Joanne Griffin, AdaptIQ
A former tech exec and Chartered Accountant, Joanne founded AdaptIQ to help companies thrive in an increasingly volatile landscape, and foster adaptability in their teams and businesses.
With a passion for problem-solving and an agile mindset, Joanne has extensive experience in finance, business transformation, automation, innovation management and behavioural change. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of emerging technologies, building resilience, and exploring resistance to change

(See original article at enterprise.gov.ie)

An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD and the Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications and Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan TD today launched the Climate Enterprise Action Fund with an initial allocation of €10m.

The Fund, which will be administered by Enterprise Ireland, will help businesses take action to drive down their emissions and embed sustainability in how they work.

An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD said:

“The road to recovery after the pandemic must be a sustainable one. We must break the link between economic prosperity and fossil fuels and fully embrace the transition to a low-carbon economy. The enterprise sector accounts for just over 13% of the economy’s total emissions so all businesses will have a part to play in achieving the 7% per year, on average, emissions reduction that the Government has committed to over the next decade.

“With our new Climate law, Ireland is now one of the most ambitious countries in the world on climate. I think this presents significant opportunities for Irish businesses, whether that be in the huge expansion of entire industries, such as retrofitting or offshore wind, by becoming an electricity exporter, or new jobs in cleantech. Those that act first, will see the greatest reward.

“This Fund is about helping companies, no matter where they are on their journey towards sustainability, to put a plan in place. We hope these companies become exemplars of best practice in their respective fields, so that others can learn from their experience and see what works. Some of this Fund will also be channeled into high impact feasibility projects, to explore new ways of working which could ultimately have a really significant impact across Irish enterprise as a whole.”

The new fund will:

  • Fund up to 850 companies at an early stage of exploring climate and sustainability to develop a high-level company action plan, which will enable them to measure their carbon footprint and identify projects leading to reduced emissions and greater resource efficiency (for example, energy, water, materials). The plan will assess the company’s operations, supply chain, market opportunities and challenges through a climate and sustainability lens.
  • Fund up to 100 more advanced companies to develop comprehensive multi-annual business plans with climate change and sustainability actions integrated into the company’s overall strategy.
  • The Fund will also support a small number of public/private partnerships working on high-impact feasibility projects that will enhance climate change and sustainability capabilities across Irish enterprise (for example, R&D, new ways of working) 

Minister Eamon Ryan TD said:

“The Government has recently published the Climate Bill which commits Ireland to halving our greenhouse gases by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2050. There is now a huge opportunity for Irish business to reap the financial and reputational benefits of being early adopters when it comes to climate action.

“The Enterprise sector will have a key role to play; not only can it take action to reduce its own emissions, it can influence the entire economy by driving innovation in other sectors such as transport, housing, energy and agriculture.

“I would encourage companies to access the Fund announced today, along with other supports for businesses such as the EXEED fund from the SEAI. I welcome Enterprise Ireland taking such a proactive approach and I am confident they will help Irish business become leaders in this field.”

Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Irelandsaid:

“Supporting Irish companies to reduce their carbon footprint and capitalise on opportunities emerging from the low-carbon transition is a key strategic priority for Enterprise Ireland.  As Irish businesses continue to adapt to the evolving Covid-19 pandemic and prepare for getting back on the road to recovery, we need to also build resilience and ensure Irish companies have the capabilities in place to meet the challenges of climate change.  Substantial changes are required across the enterprise sector to meet national and EU emissions targets, increasing regulation, changing consumer and buyer preferences. Increasing customer demand for sustainable and innovative products and services will also provide more Irish businesses with opportunities. The new €10m Climate Enterprise Action Fund will help a wide range of businesses to accelerate their planning or take the first step to compete and grow in a low-carbon future.

“Enterprise Ireland recently launched a new international ‘Ready for a Green Future’ campaign. The campaign promotes Irish innovators and businesses which are delivering sustainable solutions to tackle climate change.”

For More Details See:

globalambition.ie/climate-enterprise-action-fund/

(See original article here)

It would take a brave man, or woman, to be emphatic about the future of work. Jobs once imagined secure and beyond the reach of change are now vulnerable — ask anyone in banking or the wider financial services sector. It is less difficult to offer plausible opinions on the place of work in society. It will, in whatever form it takes or at least it should take, a manifestation of opportunity. 

To that end, the Government is to launch this week a new scheme to encourage people to take up apprenticeships and to encourage employers to offer apprenticeships, especially to women. Employers will get  €3,000 payment for every apprentice employed and an extra sum, almost €3,000 if they take on a female apprentice. Bonus supports will be offered to those who employ, lone parents, people with disabilities or those living in direct provision.

Our long-standing attitudes to apprenticeships have been more than unhelpful and disadvantaged far too many individuals. This scheme will, hopefully, go some way to making this idea an attractive option.

Dublin 12 April 2021 – London-based consultancy firm Albany Beck is launching an EU Operations Centre in Dublin that will create 100 new jobs over the next three years. The new roles created will be in in the areas of Software Development, Software Engineering, Cloud-Services, Machine Learning/AI/Automation, Know Your Customer (KYC) and Transaction Management. Recruitment will begin immediately for Software Developers, Full-stack software engineers, Python Developers and KYC Analysts.

After expanding successfully into Ireland in 2018 and rapidly growing to a team of 87, the company has identified Dublin as the optimum location to invest in and to scale its EU business following Brexit.     
This expansion will allow Albany Beck to seamlessly provide its cutting-edge services to its EU clients, from regulatory and compliance advice to digital transformation and systems implementation.

The company is supported by the Irish government through IDA Ireland.

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD said: “I really welcome this announcement from Albany Beck. The decision to expand and base its EU Operations Centre in Ireland is a great vote of confidence in Dublin City and underscores the company’s continued commitment to our country. The 100 new jobs are a real boost. I wish the company all this best with this exciting new chapter.”

Adam Kelly, Albany Beck Partner & Head of EU Operations Centre said: “Over the last couple of years our success in Ireland has been exceptional. Dublin has been the ideal location for Albany Beck and our service offering. The depth of talent in Ireland, especially in software development and financial services has been the key to our growth. As a Dubliner, I take great pleasure in seeing the city continue to thrive, especially with Albany Beck being a part of it.”

Celia Johnson, Albany Beck Associate Partner, added: “Being a part of Albany Beck’s continued growth in my home country over the past 18 months, has been a journey of both pride and passion. Spending so much time in Ireland prior to Covid-19, I’ve watched us grow by developing new client relationships, helping them build their teams, hit regulatory commitments and deliver transformational programmes. This new centre will boost our capabilities and I can’t wait to see it in action.”

Since Albany Beck arrived in Ireland it has won several international projects for high profile European financial services clients and is looking to accelerate its growth across the EU from Ireland.

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan commented on the announcement saying: “Albany Beck’s commitment to Dublin represents an endorsement of the talented workforce available here and is evidence of Dublin’s growing reputation as a great place for financial services companies seeking to access EU markets.”
 
About Albany Beck
 
Albany Beck are a specialist financial services consultancy with over 170 expert consultants, providing senior SME and junior delivery support across Technology, Risk, Data and Operations to global banking clients.
 
Through their Employed Consultant Model (ECM), Albany Beck provide cost-effective access to specialist talent, enabling clients to overcome immediate workplace skill gaps and prepare for future needs, by offering the option to internalise consultants, free of charge.
 
To ensure all consultants are perfectly suited to each role, Albany Beck offer a thorough L&D and professional qualification programme, bespoke designed with each client requirement in mind. By engaging with Albany Beck, each clients benefits from a stable, flexible and highly productive workforce that can grow with its organisation.

TUESDAY 13TH OF APRIL, 2021

LEO Cork City are hosting a Trading Online Voucher Webinar, presented by Almedia;

Join us at our Trading Online Voucher WEBINAR on TUESDAY 13TH APRIL, 2021 at 9.30 A.M. This FREE Webinar is the first step in applying for the Trading Online Voucher. It is mandatory to attend an information seminar before submitting an application. Applicants will be informed of the purpose of the Scheme and how best to use and get value from the voucher to support your online trading proposition. Online registration is essential. What will be covered: Customers finding your business online covering basic SEO, mobile friendly websites, selling products & services online, e-Commerce, how to find new customers online, pay per click advertising, Google Vs Facebook, targeting demographics, increasing traffic & online engagement, using your voucher wisely, how to identify individual needs of each participating business and increase the return on investment. This seminar will be facilitated by Alan O’ Meara – Almedia Ltd.

localenterprise.ie/CorkCity

If you are interested in this event, you can book now by clicking the button below.

LINC Network Acts as Catalyst for Growth amongst Engineering Companies in Limerick and North Cork

The Limerick Post

This week’s Limerick Post (pictured) and the Avondhu newspaper will feature a success story about LINC Engineering Network. Featured proudly is Chris Doody, of LINC Member, Doody Engineering.

The article gives a brief history of LINC and outlines how LINC has helped member to succeed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many LINC Members are featured and have quotes featured throughout. This is no doubt a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our members.

We are extremely proud to be achieving such levels of recognition and would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Members for incredible work.

If you would like to read one of many articles, here’s one from limerick.ie: https://www.limerick.ie/business/news-events/news/linc-network-acts-catalyst-growth-amongst-engineering-companies-limerick

Tánaiste also invites views on putting Right to Request Remote Working into law

(see original article at https://enterprise.gov.ie/)

From today, all employees officially have the Right to Disconnect from work and have a better work-life balance, after Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD brought in a new Code of Practice.

The Tánaiste is today also inviting views on his plans to put the right to request remote working into law.

Both are part of the Tánaiste’s commitment to create more flexible family-friendly working arrangements, including working from home and working more flexible hours. They also build on the Our Rural Future plan published this week, the Government’s blueprint to transform rural Ireland, by facilitating more people to work remotely and flexibly.

The Tánaiste said:

“The pandemic has transformed working practices, and many of those changes will be long-lasting. Although much of the impact of the pandemic has been negative, particularly for those who have lost jobs, income or whose businesses have been closed, it also offers an opportunity to make permanent changes for the better, whether that’s working more from home, having more time with the family, or more flexible working hours.

“I am announcing two things today. Firstly, I have signed a new Code of Practice giving all employees the Right to Disconnect. This is effective immediately. Secondly, I am opening a public consultation on the right to request remote working, inviting views from all on how this right can be enshrined in law.”

Right to Disconnect

The Right to Disconnect gives employees the right to switch off from work outside of normal working hours, including the right to not respond immediately to emails, telephone calls or other messages. There are three rights enshrined in the Code which comes into effect today:

  • The right of an employee to not have to routinely perform work outside their normal working hours.
  • The right not to be penalised for refusing to attend to work matters outside of normal working hours.
  • The duty to respect another person’s right to disconnect (e.g., by not routinely emailing or calling outside normal working hours).

The Tánaiste said:

“The Code of Practice comes into effect immediately and applies to all types of employment, whether you are working remotely or not. It will help employees, no matter what their job is, to strike a better work-life balance and switch off from work outside of their normal working hours.”

The Code of Practice needs employers and employees to work together to determine the appropriate working arrangements and policies. Because the Code is flexible, employees will have more options to work outside of traditional hours, which many people have availed of during the pandemic. And it reflects the fact that many Irish employees are part of a global network, requiring contact with colleagues around the world.

While placing the onus of management of working time on the employer is appropriate, individual responsibility on the part of employees is also required (e.g., being mindful of other colleagues’ right to disconnect or cooperating with any employer mechanism to keep a record of hours worked).

If problems or issues arise, employees have the right to raise the matter with the Workplace Relations Commission.

The Code was developed by the Workplace Relations Commission, following a request by the Tánaiste in November 2020, underpinning the commitment made in the Programme for Government to facilitate and support remote working.

Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English TD, said:

“The right to disconnect has never been more important following a seismic shift in work practices this time last year, as Government asked people who could work from home to do so in the interest of suppressing the virus.  The publication of the Code of Practice is a positive step in providing practical guidance on the right to disconnect.  It will ensure that both employers and employees are aware of their requirements and entitlements and understand how they apply, especially when it is time to unplug and recharge the batteries by switching off properly from work, especially in a remote working scenario.”

The Director General of the WRC, Liam Kelly, commented:

“Disconnecting from work and work-related devices necessitates a joint approach by employers and employees. While placing the onus of management of working time on the employer is appropriate, individual responsibility on the part of employees is also required.”

The Tánaiste noted:

“Thanks to the WRC for its role in putting this Code together. I’d also like to thank and acknowledge the work of ICTU and IBEC for their contribution. I now encourage employers to engage proactively with employees to develop a Policy suited to their needs. The Code of Conduct includes a generic template policy to get people started.”

Right to Request Remote Working

The Tánaiste is today also inviting views on his plans to put the right to ask for remote working into law.

The Tánaiste said:

“Putting the right to request remote working into law will provide a clear framework around which requesting, approving or refusing remote work can be based. In putting this into law, we recognise that remote working doesn’t work for everyone or for every organisation, so the Government will take a balanced approach with the new legislation. I encourage employers and employees alike to engage with this consultation and make their views known.”

Currently in Ireland, all employees can ask their employers for the right to work remotely, but there is no legal framework around which a request can be made and how it should be dealt with by the employer. This new law will set out clearly how these requests should be facilitated as far as possible.

Not all work lends itself easily to remote working, for example where a worker needs to be physically present on site to do a task, interact with others, or use location-specific specialised machinery or equipment. In cases where remote work is suitable, a hybrid or blended model with a combination of remote work and onsite work may be the preferred arrangement. Some organisations may prefer a model where employees are required to come onsite only a few days a week or month. Some companies will need a core of ‘anchor’ people, who will be in the office or on site most days because they need to be. The new law will look at how all of these possibilities can be facilitated.

The full Code is available to view here: workplacerelations.ie/wrc/en/what_you_should_know/codes_practice/code-of-practice-for-employers-and-employees-on-the-right-to-disconnect.pdf

(For the original article see enterprise.gov.ie)

The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar T.D. today announced the setting up of a High-level Working Group under the auspices of the Labour Employer Economic Forum (LEEF) to review collective bargaining and the industrial relations landscape in Ireland.

The Tánaiste said:

“The approach to industrial relations in Ireland is one of voluntarism, whereby the State does not seek to impose a solution on the parties to a dispute but will, where appropriate, assist them in arriving at a solution.  This approach has served us well for many years. 

“However, whilst there is an extensive range of statutory provisions designed to back up the voluntary bargaining process, some of these are currently subject to legal challenge. In the light of this and international moves to look more closely at how employers and trade unions engage on matters of mutual interest, I now consider it timely to review collective bargaining and the industrial relations landscape in Ireland.”

The Tánaiste has nominated Professor Michael Doherty, Department of Law, Maynooth University as Chair of the group, the membership of which will include senior representatives of union and employer sides nominated by ICTU and Ibec, Professor Bill Roche of UCD and officials from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment and the Department of the Taoiseach.

The Group will:

  • Examine the issue of trade union recognition and the implication of same on the collective bargaining processes.
  • Examine the adequacy of the workplace relations framework supporting the conduct and determination of pay and conditions of employment, having regard to the legal, economic, and social conditions in which it operates.
  • Consider the legal and constitutional impediments that may exist in the reform of the current systems. In doing so, the group will need to be cognisant of the individual employment rights frameworks and the EU context. It may wish to consider other models of employee relations and pay determination established in other Member States.
  • Review the current statutory wage setting mechanisms and, where appropriate, make recommendations for reform.  This aspect will commence following the Supreme Court ruling in the National Electrical Contractors Ireland case that is currently before the Labour Court – expected in Q2.

The group will report quarterly to the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment who will, in turn update the LEEF. The Group will convene in mid-April with the aim of producing an interim report by the end of July 2021 and completing its work as soon as possible thereafter.

ENDS

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) plays a key role in implementing the Government’s policies of stimulating the productive capacity of the economy and creating an environment which supports job creation and maintenance. The Department has lead responsibility for Irish policy on global trade and inward investment and a remit to promote fair competition in the marketplace, protect consumers and safeguard workers.

Venue: Online – Zoom

Date:07/04/2021

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At this end of this course participants will be aware of the different ways to use Twitter for your business. You will know how to use Twitter to build a relevant network and for customer acquisition. Get hands-on experience using some key Twitter tools and features.

Notes for Participants

It would be beneficial if all participants could have their Twitter account created prior to the course. It is important that all participants are able to access their Twitter account on their smartphone and PC/Laptop. This video may help as it shows how to navigate from Zoom to your browser on your computer http://bit.ly/navigatingzoom.

If you are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with navigating from Zoom to your browser it may be beneficial to attend the Zoom session via a tablet (phone screen will be too small) and your LinkedIn account via your PC/Laptop or browser.

Course outline

  • Choosing a username and writing an effective bio
  • Features and tools: a walk-through key features:
  • Composing and sending tweets. Engaging with tweets.
  • Using the search function.
  • Tagging accounts and using hashtags.
  • Creating lists and moments.
  • Blocking and muting topics and accounts
  • Understanding Twitter timeline filter and how to increase organic reach and engagement.
  • Twitter etiquette – the DOs and DON’Ts
  • Scheduelling tweets.
  • Hashtags – what they are, creating a hashtag and how to use them effectively.
  • Case Studies – showcasing relevant case studies.

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Substantial progress made in first three months of Plan

New personal injury guidelines adopted

New office to promote competition established

See Original Article ( https://enterprise.gov.ie/en/News-And-Events/Department-News/2021/March/20210324b.html )

Today the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD, chaired a meeting of the cabinet committee sub-group on insurance reform.

Reflecting the priority reforming the insurance sector is for the Government, the cabinet committee sub-group is attended by the Ministers for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, Justice, Children and Ministers of State at the Departments of Finance and Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

The meeting considered the progress made in the first three months of the Government’s Action Plan for Insurance Reform.

Actions delivered in first three months include:

  • New personal injuries guidelines adopted & published
  • New office to promote competition established
  • Public consultation on enhancing role of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) commenced
  • New regulations on solicitors advertising introduced

Priorities for the next three months include: reform of the duty of care, strengthening the laws on perjury, enhancing the enforcement powers of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), expanding the National Claims Information Database and reforming PIAB and responding to the Central Bank report on dual-pricing.

The meeting was also updated on recent engagement with stakeholders such as the Alliance for Insurance Reform and Insurance Ireland, which is helping to inform the Government’s reform agenda.

Following the meeting the Tánaiste said:

“This Government is committed to bringing down the cost and increasing the availability of insurance for motorists, homeowners, businesses and voluntary groups alike. There is no silver bullet, no simple solution to do this, it will require action and sustained action right across Government.  Today the cabinet committee sub-group met to consider the progress we have made in the first three months of the Plan and to agree priorities for the next period.

The Action Plan for Insurance Reform is one of the most important programmes that this Government will undertake. Implementation of the Plan is on track. While this progress is welcome, we are committed to doing more to reduce insurance costs. Ministers reported today on an ambitious programme of legislative reform over the next quarter that will see significant changes made to reform the duty of care, strengthening the laws on perjury, strengthening the enforcement powers of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) and reforming PIAB. We will also see in the coming months the expansion of the National Claims Information Database and the Central Bank of Ireland’s final report on differential pricing. As chair of the sub-group, I will continue to meet regularly with Ministers to drive forward implementation of our plan and deliver meaningful reform of this sector.”

Following the meeting, the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe TD, said:

“Today’s meeting was very productive. Progress continues to be made across many areas, and the imminent introduction of the Personal Injuries Guidelines is a key milestone. Along with other aspects of the Government’s reform agenda, this should help improve both the cost and availability of insurance. I look forward to working with my colleagues across Government, to continue to drive other elements of the Action Plan. This will help achieve a more sustainable and competitive insurance market to the benefit of all consumers, businesses and community groups”.

The legislative amendments to give effect to the Personal Injury guidelines are progressing through the Oireachtas and will be commenced shortly thereafter.

Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, said,

 “The overriding concern is to address with urgency the economic impacts on businesses and consumers of high insurance costs, while ensuring fair compensation when someone is injured. The approach agreed by Government takes into account both the urgency in tackling high insurance costs and fairness for those who have suffered injury through no fault of their own, as well as those who are required to defend a claim.  I believe we have struck the correct balance.

“The recently adopted Personal Injury Guidelines mark an important step which I hope will have a lasting impact on the award of damages in personal injuries cases.  It is my hope that the new Guidelines will bring consistency, reduce litigation and reduce awards, which are a major driver of insurance costs.

“The recent introduction of Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (Advertising) Regulations 2020 now prohibits advertising by legal professionals that would solicit, encourage or offer inducements to make claims for personal injuries. Advertisements are prohibited from inappropriate locations including GP surgeries, hospitals and funeral homes, along with references to personal injuries and damages in excess of the Personal Injury Guidelines.”

The Minister of State with responsibility for Financial Services, Credit Unions and Insurance, Sean Fleming TDsaid:

“I am pleased to note that the price of motor insurance has fallen by around 6% since last year. I am meeting the Chief Executives of the main insurance companies to ensure all savings from the new personal injury guidelines will be passed onto the customers. I would also note that the work programme for the Office to Promote Competition has now been agreed. Encouraging greater competition in the insurance market is a key element of the insurance reform agenda.  As Chair of the Office, I look forward to continuing this work and having further engagement with relevant stakeholders. My main objective is to achieve a more competitive market to the benefit of all groups in society and the economy”.

Minister of State with responsibility for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy TD, added

“I know from speaking to businesses and consumers the importance of insurance cover being available and at a reasonable and fair price. This week, as part of Government’s plan to reform the insurance sector, I launched a public consultation on measures to reform and enhance the role of the PIAB. I believe these proposals will deliver real reform to reduce the cost of litigation and ultimately, insurance premiums.  I encourage all interested parties to submit a response. I am also progressing legislation that will strengthen competition law in Ireland. The legislation will break new ground in this area, giving competition authorities, such as the CCPC, teeth by providing for administrative sanctions and other tools in dealing with anti-competitive practices.”

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Notes to Editor

Insurance Reform

The Programme for Government contains commitments which together clearly demonstrate the Government’s commitment to real reform of the insurance sector to deliver an insurance system which is both affordable and reliable and one which underpins a vibrant economy.

The Sub-Group on Insurance Reform under the Cabinet Committee on Economic Recovery & Investment, chaired by the Tánaiste, with membership from Ministers and Ministers of State, is tasked with driving insurance reform on a cross-governmental approach.

The ‘Action Plan for Insurance Reform’ was launched on the December 8, 2020. The Action Plan sets out 66 actions for reform to bring down the costs for consumers and business and to introduce more competition into the market: Action Plan for Insurance Reform (PDF)

The following is from an article published by Irish Examiner. It describes LINC Networks hard work to prosper despite setbacks brought on by Covid-19

An engineering network in Munster is working towards enabling indigenous companies to expand despite the challenges brought about by Covid-19.

LINC Engineering Network is a member-led engineering cluster network based in north Cork and  Limerick where the mission is to bring companies together to increase the competitiveness of the region.

Initiated by a group of engineering firm owners in 2014, the network has gone from strength to strength in the intervening years and now has over 40 members.

In 2018, funding was secured through the REDZ fund under an application from the Local Enterprise Office in Limerick and in 2019, further financial assistance was allocated to continue the network into 2020 under the LEO Competitive Funds.

The network has become a hub for knowledge and information sharing as well as a forum to access key skills, contacts and collaboration opportunities that allow members to develop, grow and scale their business sustainably thereby bringing economic growth to the region.

Meanwhile, the cluster of companies with over 40 members comprises diverse engineering disciplines that range in size from start-ups to medium sized enterprises such as  Design Pro Automation, Takumi Engineering, and EPS Group which employs over 500 people.

The companies are spread across rural Co Limerick and north Cork in towns like Kildimo, Rathkeale, Newmarket and Mallow.

Collaboration

One of the core focuses of LINC Engineering Network is to support and promote peer learning, inter-company networking, collaboration and best practice.

Several member companies have found they are growing faster together than they would on their own due to ongoing collaboration.

Chris Doody, of Doody Engineering, which specialises in fabrication, highlighted the importance of networks such as LINC.

“As a small family-run company, it’s easier to grow in a group like LINC. On our own we’re living under a stone,” he said.

“Since joining LINC, we’ve been able to increase and diversify the range of services we offer clients by working in collaboration with other members.

“We don’t have our own laser-cutting machines but instead of turning work away, we now sub-contract that work to fellow members Irish Rollforming in Mallow.

“In the last year we responded to an e-tender with two other members; while we didn’t win it, this opportunity would never have been available to us in the past.

“We’re breaking new ground as a company and as a cluster.”

via Irish Examiner ( https://www.irishexaminer.com/business/economy/arid-40249847.html )

We are delighted to be receiving national media coverage and would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their continued hard work and dedication.

(see original article here from Case School of Engineering; https://online-engineering.case.edu/blog/the-story-of-st-patrick-the-engineer)

When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, you probably think of crowds of jovial people wearing green. It’s a day when even those who have even the smallest drop of Irish blood seem to develop an unmistakable brogue.

However, despite the revelry and the abundance of green that comes every March 17, there is actually a more serious reason for celebrating St. Patrick. Sure, we all might have heard about the driving of the snakes out of Ireland, but did you know that St. Patrick is also considered the patron saint of engineers?

Who Was St. Patrick?

The actual details of St. Patrick’s life are somewhat murky—and over several thousand years of retelling, the details have undoubtedly been embellished or forgotten. But the most accepted version of events is that the man who was to become St. Patrick was born in what is now Scotland in the late fourth century AD. His father was a deacon in the Christian church, which at that time was widely accepted throughout Britain.

In his adult life, St. Patrick worked to spread Christianity throughout the British Isles. As part of this mission, he built churches—including the first churches in Ireland, as a matter of fact. Before his arrival in Ireland, builders used a dry masonry technique that involved stacking flat stones on top of each other, gradually overlapping the stones to enclose the walls. St. Patrick, however, was familiar with more Romanized forms of architecture, including the use of lime mortar. It’s also believed that he introduced the concept of arches to Irish builders, giving them the knowledge they needed to build the traditional stone churches that still dot the Irish countryside today. Because of this, the Catholic church has deemed him the patron saint of engineers.

Celebrating St. Patrick, the Engineer

St. Patrick is usually represented in imagery with a serpent or snakes around his feet, referring to the legend of his driving the snakes out of Ireland with his shillelagh, a type of cane, as punishment for attacking him during a fast. Typically, his role in engineering and modernizing building methods isn’t celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day. At some engineering-focused academic institutions, however, his engineering legacy lives on. At Missouri University of Science and Technology, for instance, self-styled “Knights of St. Patrick” among the engineering faculty are well-known for celebrating his accomplishments through a series of traditions during the week of St. Patrick’s Day.

So, the next time you don your finest green attire in honor of St. Patrick, give a nod to his engineering accomplishments as well.

“Meet the Buyer event” with Enterprise Europe Network in conjunction with the Local Enterprise Offices in Ireland is hosting EENGINEXDate: Thursday 15th April 2021Location: Virtual Cost: FreeClosing date to register: 8 April 2021 This event will be of interest to companies engaged in:-• Mechanical Engineering• Industrial Tooling• Materials Handling• Materials and Components • Marine• Aviation and Aerospace• Electronic Engineering• Precision EngineeringIt is expected that in excess of 25 engineering buyers, and 100 supplier companies, will attend the event. Participants will be presented with a unique opportunity to engage virtually in face-to-face sales meetings with senior buyers from throughout Ireland and the EU. Further information and link to register: https://eenginex-meet-buyer-matchmaking-event.b2match.io/

We were delighted to hear Patrick speak about the importance of collaboration between the Linc engineering cluster network who are standing together as a team and working together to grow their business.

Check out the interview here:

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Our Funding Advisory Service is aimed at SMEs who are looking for new or alternative sources of funding to finance business growth. Is this you?This short workshop delivered by Grant Thornton on behalf of InterTradeIreland , will give you the opportunity to find out about the main sources of funding for growth suitable for your business and will include information on both traditional bank funding and the newer types of funding that are now available in the market.   WORKSHOP CONTENTOverview of the current funding landscape including active funders;How providers of funding make their funding decisions and discussions around the types of SMEs they have funded; andAdvice on how to make your business ready for funding. 

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