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Bausch + Lomb to invest €90 million in Waterford

    Bausch + Lomb to invest €90 million in Waterford

Bausch + Lomb, a leading global eye health company, plans to invest €90 million to expand manufacturing operations at its Waterford facility. The investment is expected to generate 130 additional

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British industry’s dependence on EU ebbs away

    British industry’s dependence on EU ebbs away

Britain’s manufacturers were seeing their dependence on the EU as an export market decline even before the impact of full departure and the agreement of a trade deal, according to

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Invest NI describes 2020/21 as a year of business resilience

    Invest NI describes 2020/21 as a year of business resilience

Invest Northern Ireland has released its end of year results, including the final outturn against its four year business strategy and an overview of additional business support fast-tracked due to

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UK businesses forecast record growth in employment

    UK businesses forecast record growth in employment

UK business optimism continued to strengthen midway through the year, as expectations of a strong recovery enabled firms to plan a record increase in staffing levels over the next 12

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Irish Construction activity continues to ramp up

    Irish Construction activity continues to ramp up

The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – remained well above the 50.0 no-change mark in June, posting 65.0

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Scottish private sector ends second quarter with further rapid expansion

    Scottish private sector ends second quarter with further rapid expansion

Scottish private sector firms registered another solid performance during June, according to the latest Royal Bank of Scotland PMI®, as looser COVID-19 restrictions continued to spur growth. The seasonally adjusted

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Cause for optimism as NI’s economic recovery gathers pace

    Cause for optimism as NI’s economic recovery gathers pace

Northern Ireland’s economic recovery strengthened during Q2 2021 with signs of confidence returning to both the manufacturing and services sectors, according to the most recent Quarterly Economic Survey from Northern

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New Director of Dairy Processing Technology Centre

    New Director of Dairy Processing Technology Centre

Dr Anne Marie Henihan, has been appointed as the new Centre Director of Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC), the Enterprise Ireland Technology Centre hosted at the University of Limerick. The

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70 jobs announced at Irish process automation firm

    70 jobs announced at Irish process automation firm

SimoTech, the largest Irish-owned process automation services and manufacturing IT systems company for the pharma/biotech sector, has announced the creation of 70 new jobs over the next two years. These jobs will be based

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UK retail food and grocery market to slow sharply

    UK retail food and grocery market to slow sharply

In its highly anticipated annual retail food and grocery channel forecasts, IGD, provider of foresight and analysis for the food and consumer goods industry, predicts that the unprecedented 8.5% growth in

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‘Irish Whiskey Global’ report launched

    ‘Irish Whiskey Global’ report launched

More international trade deals are key to the continued growth of the Irish Whiskey industry. That’s according to a new report launched by the Irish Whiskey Association. ‘Irish Whiskey Global’ is the

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Clustering companies will strengthen Irish border region economy

    Clustering companies will strengthen Irish border region economy

IT Sligo is leading a new initiative, funded by Enterprise Ireland and in partnership with Letterkenny and Dundalk Institutes of Technologies, to strengthen collaboration between manufacturing companies across the border

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British Manufacturing growth forecast doubles to outpace economy overall

    British Manufacturing growth forecast doubles to outpace economy overall

Britain’s manufacturers are accelerating as growth prospects become significantly more positive for the rest of the year, according to a major survey published today by Make UK and business advisory

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Irish pharmaceutical company unveils €25 million investment

    Irish pharmaceutical company unveils €25 million investment

APC Ltd, the award-winning Irish pharmaceutical research and development company, is investing €25 million and creating 120 jobs through the formation of a ‘Global Centre of Excellence for Vaccine and

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New Make UK/HSBC UK guide to help companies take first steps into new markets

    New Make UK/HSBC UK guide to help companies take first steps into new markets

Manufactured goods accounted for over half of UK total exports at the end of 2019 bringing in £687 billion for UK plc, but many smaller companies are still missing out

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UK Manufacturing PMI surges to record high in May

    UK Manufacturing PMI surges to record high in May

Conditions in the manufacturing sector improved at an unprecedented rate in May, as output growth strengthened and new orders rose at the quickest pace in the near three decade survey

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Irish builders concerned at impact of increased cost of building materials on affordability of homes

    Irish builders concerned at impact of increased cost of building materials on affordability of homes

A survey carried out by the Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA) of its membership has found that increased timber prices and supply chain issues, exacerbated by Covid-19 and Brexit, have

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Kraft Heinz plans £140 million investment in Wigan site

    Kraft Heinz plans £140 million investment in Wigan site

The Kraft Heinz Company is planning to make a £140 million investment in Kitt Green, Europe’s largest food manufacturing facility located near Wigan, in the North-West of the UK. This

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Enterprise Ireland encourages companies to start planning for a green future now

    Enterprise Ireland encourages companies to start planning for a green future now

Irish manufacturing and exporting companies have an important role to play in reducing emissions and building a more sustainable future and Enterprise Ireland has a range of green supports to

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Developing public land set to get easier for SMEs in England

    Developing public land set to get easier for SMEs in England

Smaller housebuilders are to be given a better chance of bidding to develop public land following a major overhaul of the system. Housing accelerator Homes England is making the process more

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ISME elects New Chair and National Council

    ISME elects New Chair and National Council

The Irish SME Association (ISME) has announced the election of Margaret O’Rourke Doherty (pictured) as the new Chair of the National Council for the 2021-2023 term. Margaret O’Rourke Doherty is

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Data Centres & Critical Infrastructure Online 365 Manufacturing & Supply Chain Webinar – May 27th

    Data Centres & Critical Infrastructure Online 365 Manufacturing & Supply Chain Webinar – May 27th

The Data Centres & Critical Infrastructure Online Webinar will be held on Thursday, May 10th. The event is the latest in the Online 365 Manufacturing & Supply Chain Webinar Series

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UK Industry calls for targeted sectoral approach on Apprenticeship funding to support high value, high growth manufacturing jobs

    UK Industry calls for targeted sectoral approach on Apprenticeship funding to support high value, high growth manufacturing jobs

Britain’s manufacturers have called on Government to adopt a sectoral rethink on how levy money can be spent to boost essential skills in high growth industries like manufacturing and engineering.

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Ireland’s first dedicated Quantum Computer Engineering Centre launched

    Ireland’s first dedicated Quantum Computer Engineering Centre launched

The Government has launched Ireland’s first dedicated Quantum Computer Engineering Centre (QCEC) at Tyndall National Institute, the national institute for

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New Digital Transformation Programme to support over 1000 businesses across Northern Ireland

    New Digital Transformation Programme to support over 1000 businesses across Northern Ireland

Businesses across Northern Ireland will be able to enhance their productivity and digital capabilities through a new Digital Transformation Programme.

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Discount Channel to Add €34 Billion to European Grocery Retail Market

    Discount Channel to Add €34 Billion to European Grocery Retail Market

The discount channel accounts for 43% of retail growth across Europe and will add €34 billion in sales from 2020

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Irish Construction could fall short of meeting demands even when it fully opens

    Irish Construction could fall short of meeting demands even when it fully opens

As lockdown ends, and building is finally allowed to recommence, Irish construction may not be ready to meet the pent

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75% of Irish food SMEs expect revenue growth in the year ahead

    75% of Irish food SMEs expect revenue growth in the year ahead

Irish food SMEs are optimistic about their growth prospects, according to new research by Love Irish Food and PwC, which found

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Galway Technology Centre expansion to generate 12,500 jobs and €1.4 billion investment for west

    Galway Technology Centre expansion to generate 12,500 jobs and €1.4 billion investment for west

Galway Technology Centre, (GTC) has announced details of their new AcademyWest expansion, which is expected to generate a cumulative total

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€95 million for ground-breaking projects under Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

    €95 million for ground-breaking projects under Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

The Irish Government has announced that 29 exciting new projects have succeeded in securing funding under the third round of

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New Climate Fund to Help Irish Businesses Adapt

    New Climate Fund to Help Irish Businesses Adapt

The Irish Government has launched the Climate Enterprise Action Fund with an initial allocation of €10 million. The Fund, which

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Confidence around turnover and profitability is improving for both Northern Ireland manufacturing and service sectors

    Confidence around turnover and profitability is improving for both Northern Ireland manufacturing and service sectors

53% of Northern Ireland’s manufacturers are expecting to raise prices over the next quarter, the highest share recorded since the

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COVID-19 lockdown leads to further decline in Irish construction activity, but confidence reaches two-and-a-half year high

    COVID-19 lockdown leads to further decline in Irish construction activity, but confidence reaches two-and-a-half year high

The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – posted 30.9

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UK housebuilding surge fuels six-year high construction rise

    UK housebuilding surge fuels six-year high construction rise

UK construction activity boomed in March with the purchasing managers’ index reaching 61.7 – the highest reading since the second half of 2014. This

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€338,000 for New Technology Gateway to Help Business Become More Energy Efficient

    €338,000 for New Technology Gateway to Help Business Become More Energy Efficient

The Government has announced funding of €338,000 to establish a new Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway for the North-East in Dundalk

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Lidl Ireland & NI launch first island-wide supermarket circular economy strategy

    Lidl Ireland & NI launch first island-wide supermarket circular economy strategy

Headquartered in Tallaght, County Dublin, Lidl Ireland & Northern Ireland is set to become the first large nationwide supermarket to

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Dublin Belfast Economic Corridor launched

    Dublin Belfast Economic Corridor launched

Fingal County Council is one of eight local authorities from either side of the border which came together recently to

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Ireland’s Top 25 Most Valuable Brands lose nearly €3 billion worth of brand value amid pandemic woes

    Ireland’s Top 25 Most Valuable Brands lose nearly €3 billion worth of brand value amid pandemic woes

Ireland has recorded mixed fortunes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with the lowest rates per capita in Europe in mid-December 2020,

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Government backs Make UK move to kickstart next generation of talent

    Government backs Make UK move to kickstart next generation of talent

The Government has given its backing to efforts by Make UK to help the next generation of talent by boosting

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Enterprise Ireland announces new CEO

    Enterprise Ireland announces new CEO

The Board of Enterprise Ireland, the state agency responsible for the development of Irish enterprise, has announced the appointment of

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Intel to expand Irish manufacturing operations

    Intel to expand Irish manufacturing operations

Intel has unveiled plans to enter a new era of innovation and technology growth with the acceleration of investment in

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Global demand for UK technology drives recovery in February

    Global demand for UK technology drives recovery in February

The number of UK sectors reporting output growth doubled in February, led by a strong performance from technology equipment manufacturers,

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British industry begins to move through the gears as recovery takes hold

    British industry begins to move through the gears as recovery takes hold

Britain’s manufacturers are beginning to move through the gears as growth prospects become more positive for the rest of the

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Budweiser Brewing Group investing more than £115 million in its UK breweries

    Budweiser Brewing Group investing more than £115 million in its UK breweries

Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, part of AB InBev, has announced a £115 million+ investment in its two major UK breweries

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Welsh food and drink manufacturers offered support to improve sustainability

    Welsh food and drink manufacturers offered support to improve sustainability

Welsh food and drink companies are being offered funded support to help improve their sustainability. Eligible companies can receive assistance

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Derry Strabane City Deal to transform the region

    Derry Strabane City Deal to transform the region

The key partners responsible for the delivery of the Derry~Londonderry Strabane City Deal, marking the single largest ever Government investment

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Bank of Ireland Economic Pulse rises in February

    Bank of Ireland Economic Pulse rises in February

The Bank of Ireland Economic Pulse came in at 68.6 in February 2021. The index, which combines the results of

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Oxford-Cambridge arc to be UK’s answer to the Silicon Valley

    Oxford-Cambridge arc to be UK’s answer to the Silicon Valley

A spatial framework mapping out the route for the Oxford-Cambridge arc to expand dramatically with more than one million new

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UK’s economic recovery falls behind the global benchmark in January

    UK’s economic recovery falls behind the global benchmark in January

The pace of the UK’s economic recovery fell behind the global benchmark in January, as the vaccine rollout drove the

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NI Chamber coronavirus survey – Extension of business support mechanisms critical

    NI Chamber coronavirus survey – Extension of business support mechanisms critical

Results from the latest Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) survey on the impact of Coronavirus confirm

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Digital savvy companies stay relevant to customers in post-pandemic era

    Digital savvy companies stay relevant to customers in post-pandemic era

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a paradigm shift towards digitization was already underway across the sectors. However, the pandemic has

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Record Irish goods exports of €160.8 billion for 2020

    Record Irish goods exports of €160.8 billion for 2020

The latest Goods Exports and Imports statistics show that the value of goods exports from Ireland rose to €160.8 billion

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Sedamyl provides boost to Yorkshire economy and signals growth ambitions with £80 million expansion of Selby plant

    Sedamyl provides boost to Yorkshire economy and signals growth ambitions with £80 million expansion of Selby plant

Italian-owned agribusiness Sedamyl has announced major plans to expand its Yorkshire plant which will see it double production, create additional

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First Call for €100 million Brexit Scheme for Irish Agri-food Sector

    First Call for €100 million Brexit Scheme for Irish Agri-food Sector

The Irish Government has opened the first call for applications under its €100m Scheme for the Agri-food sector. The Scheme

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Irish shoppers balance new year health kicks with beating lockdown blues

    Irish shoppers balance new year health kicks with beating lockdown blues

The latest figures from Kantar show that take-home grocery sales in Ireland grew by 16.4% in the 12 weeks to 24 January

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UK Manufacturers outperform other sectors

    UK Manufacturers outperform other sectors

Manufacturers helped push the UK’s economic recovery ahead of the global benchmark in December, according to the latest Lloyds Bank

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CCPC Publishes 2020 Annual Merger and Acquisitions Statistics

    CCPC Publishes 2020 Annual Merger and Acquisitions Statistics

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) in Ireland has published its annual merger report including statistics on the number

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Irish Food and drink 2020 exports steadied to 2% decline in period of record economic disruption

    Irish Food and drink 2020 exports steadied to 2% decline in period of record economic disruption

New figures released in the annual Bord Bia Export Performance and Prospects report 2020/2021 show that the value of exports of Irish

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