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Irish construction activity continues to rise, but at softest pace in eight months

    Irish construction activity continues to rise, but at softest pace in eight months

The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – dropped to 53.7 in December, down from 56.3 in November.

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Irish Food and Drink Exports Enjoyed a Record Year as Value of Sales Up 4% to €13.5 billion in 2021

    Irish Food and Drink Exports Enjoyed a Record Year as Value of Sales Up 4% to €13.5 billion in 2021

The value of Ireland’s food, drink and horticulture exports increased by 4% to a record €13.5 billion in 2021, despite the impact of Covid-19 and Brexit on trading. Ireland exported

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Highest annual increase in net employment reported by Enterprise Ireland

    Highest annual increase in net employment reported by Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland has announced that net jobs created in companies supported by Enterprise Ireland increased by 11,911 in 2021. This is the highest annual increase in net employment reported by

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Ireland’s economy ends 2021 on stronger platform for growth than projected

    Ireland’s economy ends 2021 on stronger platform for growth than projected

Ireland’s economy ends 2021 on a stronger platform for growth than was projected, despite the economic and societal headwinds of the past 21 months, according to EY Ireland’s Economic Eye

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Shared Island research highlights potential for growing services trade and enhancing attractiveness to high-value foreign direct investment across the island of Ireland

    Shared Island research highlights potential for growing services trade and enhancing attractiveness to high-value foreign direct investment across the island of Ireland

The ESRI has published two reports titled Cross-border trade in services and Enhancing the attractiveness of the island of Ireland to high-value foreign direct investment. These are the first publications from the

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Rail Freight 2040 Strategy targets five-fold increase in freight services on Ireland’s rail network

    Rail Freight 2040 Strategy targets five-fold increase in freight services on Ireland’s rail network

Iarnród Éireann has launch its new Rail Freight 2040 Strategy. Prepared during the European Commission’s European Year of Rail 2021, which targets rail freight development across the EU amongst its

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CeADAR to help firms transform with Artificial Intelligence

    CeADAR to help firms transform with Artificial Intelligence

CeADAR’s experience suggests companies are aware of the power of data, AI and machine learning but are hesitant to explore the potential for their businesses for a number of reasons

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EPA and Engineers Ireland launch new partnership to support STEM skills development

    EPA and Engineers Ireland launch new partnership to support STEM skills development

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Engineers Ireland have launched a new partnership to foster STEM skills development in Ireland. The strategic partnership between Ireland’s independent public body responsible for

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Made Smarter gives food and drink industry the ingredients for digitalisation with free guide

    Made Smarter gives food and drink industry the ingredients for digitalisation with free guide

SMEs in the food and drinks industry are being offered a free guide to give them the ingredients for digitalisation. The downloadable document has been produced by Made Smarter, the

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Further sharp rise in Irish construction activity as new order growth continues

    Further sharp rise in Irish construction activity as new order growth continues

The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – ticked up to 56.9 in October from 56.3 in September.

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Irish Government Invests €70 Million to Help Food Producers Develop and Diversify Post Brexit

    Irish Government Invests €70 Million to Help Food Producers Develop and Diversify Post Brexit

The Irish Government has announced that 22 projects in the meat and dairy sectors across the country will receive funding to enable them to develop and diversify, following Britain’s exit from

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3,000 additional jobs enabled by launch of expanded Guinness Enterprise Centre incubator

    3,000 additional jobs enabled by launch of expanded Guinness Enterprise Centre incubator

Guinness Enterprise Centre (GEC), a top global incubator in the heart of Dublin City, has launched its new 100,000 sq ft space following a €10 million expansion project. A €1

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Irish Government launches Call 4 of Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

    Irish Government launches Call 4 of Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

The Irish Government has launched call 4 of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF). The aim of the fund is to encourage collaborations between industry and the research sector on

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Enterprise Ireland to invest €14 million in new research programme

    Enterprise Ireland to invest €14 million in new research programme

The Government has announced significant new investment in the next phase of research at the Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC). The DPTC, which is hosted by the University of Limerick,

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Manufacturing boost for North West as LYIT showcase revolutionary scanning technology

    Manufacturing boost for North West as LYIT showcase revolutionary scanning technology

The WiSAR Technology Gateway, at LYIT, has unveiled a new €170,000 state of the art, 8-axis portable CMM (coordinate measuring machine) arm, equipped with an ultra-high precision scanner and related

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Private labels are poised to increase sales as leading FMCG brands pass on inflationary price increases to consumers

    Private labels are poised to increase sales as leading FMCG brands pass on inflationary price increases to consumers

Findings from IRI’s biannual ‘FMCG Demand Signals’ report reveals how demand for major supermarkets’ own private labels have dragged, preventing them from capitalising on potential growth in value sales, despite

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Dublin Port Company to open €48 million Dublin Inland Port

    Dublin Port Company to open €48 million Dublin Inland Port

Dublin Port Company (DPC) has announced that Dublin Inland Port will open in early November 2021, with Dublin Ferryport Terminals (DFT) confirmed as the first company licensed to begin operating

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Food’s Great Reset – 2 Sisters owner’s stark ‘food is too cheap’ message as inflation spirals

    Food’s Great Reset – 2 Sisters owner’s stark ‘food is too cheap’ message as inflation spirals

Cash-strapped British shoppers are facing a ‘Great Food Reset’ with less choice and higher prices, according to the owner of one of the nation’s biggest food producers. Ranjit Singh Boparan,

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Irish Construction – New orders continue to rise sharply, despite rate of growth softening

    Irish Construction – New orders continue to rise sharply, despite rate of growth softening

The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – posted 56.3 in September. Although dipping from 57.5 in August and

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Two thirds of companies in Ireland are not confident they could reach carbon neutrality by 2030

    Two thirds of companies in Ireland are not confident they could reach carbon neutrality by 2030

New data from the inaugural EY Ireland State of Sustainability report reveals that although 41% of businesses believe the pandemic has spurred them to improve their sustainability efforts, two thirds (66%) are doubtful they could reach

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National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 2021 – 23rd & 24th November – RDS Simmonscourt , Dublin

    National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 2021 – 23rd & 24th November – RDS Simmonscourt , Dublin

Following a period of unprecedented change and upheaval in the manufacturing and supply chain sector over the past 18 months the organisers of The National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference

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Bord na Móna to develop Ireland’s first business park co-located with large scale renewable energy

    Bord na Móna to develop Ireland’s first business park co-located with large scale renewable energy

The Midland’s Region is set to receive an economic boost following the announcement that  Bord na Móna is to develop Ireland’s first dedicated renewable energy business park on 3,000 hectares

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Driving Productivity – Four strategic challenges to strengthen competitiveness and achieve sustainable and inclusive growth in the Irish economy

    Driving Productivity – Four strategic challenges to strengthen competitiveness and achieve sustainable and inclusive growth in the Irish economy

The Chair of the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC), Dr Frances Ruane, has launched Ireland’s Competitiveness Challenge 2021 report. The Competitiveness Challenge 2021 notes that despite positive forecasts, considerable uncertainty remains with regards

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British Irish Chamber calls for ‘Shared Islands Fund’ to Reboot the UK–Ireland Economic Relationship

    British Irish Chamber calls for ‘Shared Islands Fund’ to Reboot the UK–Ireland Economic Relationship

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce has today unveiled its Budget 2022 submission calling for the establishment of a ‘Shared

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Irish Construction industry advised to be aware of over-ambitious targets in government capital spending programme

    Irish Construction industry advised to be aware of over-ambitious  targets in government capital spending programme

It would be prudent for the Irish construction industry to discount over-ambitious targets in the next version of the National

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Launch of Inaugural Guaranteed Irish Business Awards

    Launch of Inaugural Guaranteed Irish Business Awards

Championing Irish business since 1974, Guaranteed Irish has launched its first-ever business awards, created to deliver a national celebration of

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Fewer UK Sectors Grow as Staff Shortages Bite

    Fewer UK Sectors Grow as Staff Shortages Bite

The number of UK sectors reporting output growth fell to a six-month low in August, as the impact of labour

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Irish construction firms see further sharp rises in activity and new orders

    Irish construction firms see further sharp rises in activity and new orders

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

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British Irish Chamber welcomes UK Government announcement to delay import controls for EU goods

    British Irish Chamber welcomes UK Government announcement to delay import controls for EU goods

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the announcement by the UK Government that it will delay the introduction

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Amazon to open its first fulfilment centre in the Republic of Ireland

    Amazon to open its first fulfilment centre in the Republic of Ireland

Amazon has announced plans to open its first fulfilment centre in the Republic of Ireland, creating 500 new permanent jobs to

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Made Smarter to boost the North West’s £10 billion chemical industry

    Made Smarter to boost the North West’s £10 billion chemical industry

The £10 billion chemical industry in the North West of England is set to grow further thanks to the support

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Work begins on one of Ireland’s most sustainable large buildings

    Work begins on one of Ireland’s most sustainable large buildings

Work has commenced on the E3 Learning Foundry, a state-of-the-art building situated at the eastern end of the Trinity College

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Register to Attend The 2021 National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition – 23rd & 24th November, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin

    Register to Attend The 2021 National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition – 23rd & 24th November, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin

Free registration is now open for the 2021 National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition. Incorporating a comprehensive conference programme and

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UK Food and drink exports recovering in non-EU markets

    UK Food and drink exports recovering in non-EU markets

Sales of UK food and drink to non-EU countries were up 13%, accounting for 46.6% (£4.3 billion) of all UK

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Eatron and WMG win funding for project COBRA

    Eatron and WMG win funding for project COBRA

A new partnership between Eatron Technologies and WMG has been formed for the COBRA (‘Cloud/Onboard Battery Remaining useful life Algorithm)

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Irish tech companies raise record venture capital funding

    Irish tech companies raise record venture capital funding

Venture capital investment into Irish tech firms in the second quarter this year hit a record €392 million, up 7.6%

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UK construction output grows in Q2 although monthly data points to a slowdown in activity

    UK construction output grows in Q2 although monthly data points to a slowdown in activity

While the UK construction industry contracted sharply by 14% in 2020, a strong recovery is expected, with output forecast to

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5 Key Reasons Behind the HGV Driver Crisis

    5 Key Reasons Behind the HGV Driver Crisis

As the current shortage of HGV drivers causes widespread chaos across multiple sectors, the fragility of our national supply chains

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Post-Brexit products certification postponed to avoid supply crisis

    Post-Brexit products certification postponed to avoid supply crisis

Manufacturers have won an extra year to get products tested to comply with new UK certification rules originally due to

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Staff shortages and rising input costs slow pace of UK economic growth

    Staff shortages and rising input costs slow pace of UK economic growth

The number of UK sectors reporting output growth was not unanimous for the first time since March in July, as

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New modular factory to produce 5000 homes a year

    New modular factory to produce 5000 homes a year

A new steel frame modular housebuilder opened its first factory recently intending to build 5000 new homes a year within

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Irish construction Activity rises sharply again, but cost inflation hits fresh record high

    Irish construction Activity rises sharply again, but cost inflation hits fresh record high

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

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Double-digit growth forecast for UK construction for 2021

    Double-digit growth forecast for UK construction for 2021

Construction output is forecast to rise by 14 per cent in 2021 and 6.3 per cent next year, according to

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Latest UK seafood sector review shows Brexit and Covid-19 impacts

    Latest UK seafood sector review shows Brexit and Covid-19 impacts

Seafish has published its latest review into how the impacts of Covid-19 have been felt across the UK’s seafood supply chain. The latest report

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Irish Manufacturing sector maintains rapid growth in July

    Irish Manufacturing sector maintains rapid growth in July

Business conditions at Irish manufacturers continued to improve markedly in July, according to the latest AIB PMI® data. New order

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Resource and staff shortages constrain growth and drive up costs at UK manufacturers in July

    Resource and staff shortages constrain growth and drive up costs at UK manufacturers in July

The UK manufacturing upturn remained solid in July. Although rates of expansion in output and new orders slowed, they remained

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2 Sisters founder’s empty shelves warning as perfect storm grips food sector

    2 Sisters founder’s empty shelves warning as perfect storm grips food sector

The founder of one of Britain’s biggest food producers claims UK supermarket shelves will be bare and panic buying will

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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