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86% of SMEs optimistic about business environment in Ireland in 2024, up from 70% in 2023

    86% of SMEs optimistic about business environment in Ireland in 2024, up from 70% in 2023

86% of SMEs are optimistic about the business environment in Ireland this year, according to the Melior Funding for Growth Survey 2024, an increase from 70% in last year’s comparable

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Food and drink makers secure Made Smarter backing

    Food and drink makers secure Made Smarter backing

SME manufacturers in the UK food and drink sector are the latest to secure backing from Made Smarter’s trailblazing adoption programme. Brightside Brewing Company, Just Bee Honey, Studio Bakery, Chandley

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Majority of Irish SMEs confident about 2024

    Majority of Irish SMEs confident about 2024

A new economic survey, by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), has found that 80% of SMEs are either as confident or more confident about their business prospects for

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New €16 million ‘Work IQ’ Innovation Centre opening in South Dublin in early 2024

    New €16 million ‘Work IQ’ Innovation Centre opening in South Dublin in early 2024

A €16 million purpose-built innovation centre, Work IQ, situated in Tallaght’s newly developed Innovation Quarter is on track to open early next year. Enquiries are now being taken at www.workiq.ie to register interest

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Origin Green Gold Membership 2023 Recognises Sustainability Excellence in Irish Food and Drink Sector

    Origin Green Gold Membership 2023 Recognises Sustainability Excellence in Irish Food and Drink Sector

Bord Bia has acknowledged the sustainability performance of 97 Irish food and drink companies that have attained Origin Green Gold Membership in 2023. Gold Membership is given to companies, which

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Made Smarter national roll-out to turbo charge digital transformation for British SME manufacturers

    Made Smarter national roll-out to turbo charge digital transformation for British SME manufacturers

Made Smarter, a programme helping British SME manufacturers access technology and digital skills, is to be rolled out nationally. The Government has committed to expanding the Made Smarter Adoption Programme

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All four European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHS) now operational in Ireland

    All four European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHS) now operational in Ireland

With the recent establishment of CeADAR and ENTIRE as European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH), the number of Irish Hubs that are operational has now reached the full complement of four.

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UK industry risks falling behind on AI and automation as competitors steal a march

    UK industry risks falling behind on AI and automation as competitors steal a march

Britain’s manufacturing sector is warning the UK risks falling behind its international rivals in the race to embrace cutting edge technologies such as AI and other game changing automation seen

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UK regional SME innovation clusters to receive up to £75 million boost to economies

    UK regional SME innovation clusters to receive up to £75 million boost to economies

Regional small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) clusters of world-class innovation across the UK are being backed by a share of £75 million that will boost local economies and pioneer game-changing

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Industry and academia partnerships aim to boost UK economic growth

    Industry and academia partnerships aim to boost UK economic growth

Nine new regional partnerships between UK universities and manufacturing businesses will address industry-driven challenges and develop new technologies. The Early-Stage Prosperity Partnerships have received almost £5 million from the Engineering

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The SMEs guide to cloud technology

    The SMEs guide to cloud technology

Thousands of UK-based small and medium-sized businesses struggle to overcome their fear of technology, placing them in jeopardy of lagging behind rival companies. Experts from TelephoneSystems.Cloud have now issued guidance for SMEs

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Made Smarter whitepaper to accelerate manufacturers to net zero

    Made Smarter whitepaper to accelerate manufacturers to net zero

Made Smarter has launched a whitepaper to help SME manufacturers accelerate their net zero plans. ‘Decarbonisation through Digitalisation: manufacturing made smarter and greener with technology’ is a practical guide to industry’s

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€47 million funding for Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Programme

    €47 million funding for Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Programme

The Government has announced €47 million of funding for the continuation of the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Programme until 2029. Charged with increasing the levels of interaction between Irish Industry

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Made Smarter Awards recognise food manufacturers pursuing digital transformation

    Made Smarter Awards recognise food manufacturers pursuing digital transformation

Two food businesses are among the first recipients of the Made Smarter Awards, which celebrate excellence in manufacturing. The scheme has been launched to mark the fourth anniversary of the

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Boyne Valley Food Hub opens for business

    Boyne Valley Food Hub opens for business

A flagship food development project in the heart of one of Ireland’s richest farmland areas has been unveiled this week with the official launch of the Boyne Valley Food Hub

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A further €17.8 million invested in innovative and novel technologies under Calls 4 & 5 of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund in Ireland

    A further €17.8 million invested in innovative and novel technologies under Calls 4 & 5 of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund in Ireland

Funding has been announced for a further five innovative projects under the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF). Two projects have been approved funding of up to €9.6 million in the

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Technophobia threatening the future of British SMEs

    Technophobia threatening the future of British SMEs

Small and medium UK businesses are being held back post-pandemic by a reluctance to adopt new technologies, experts have warned. Experts from TelephoneSystems.Cloud have warned that the future of many SMEs is at risk

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Invest NI commits £1.3 million to support local SMEs to grow exports by £12 million and create over 150 jobs

    Invest NI commits £1.3 million to support local SMEs to grow exports by £12 million and create over 150 jobs

Invest Northern Ireland’s Ambition to Grow Programme has offered support to 37 local companies to assist them to grow exports by £12 million and create 154 new jobs. Announced in

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Positive outlook for UK manufacturing small businesses in a quarter rocked by market uncertainty

    Positive outlook for UK manufacturing small businesses in a quarter rocked by market uncertainty

The beginning of 2023 has seen a significant rise in manufacturing small businesses predicting growth in the next three months, from 35% in Q4’22 to 44% this quarter, according to

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Launch of Skills for Better Business – a new resource for Irish SMEs

    Launch of Skills for Better Business – a new resource for Irish SMEs

The Irish Government has launched Skills for Better Business, a two-part initiative aimed at assisting SME owners and managers across Ireland. Skills for Better Business comprises an Online Tool for management skills

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Major change for small Irish companies

    Major change for small Irish companies

Thousands more Irish companies will now be eligible for Government export grants in a move designed to fill a crucial gap and help strengthen Ireland’s indigenous SMEs. The Government has

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£6.1 million funding boost to accelerate digitalisation among SME food and drink manufacturers

    £6.1 million funding boost to accelerate digitalisation among SME food and drink manufacturers

A trailblazing programme that has backed 2,500 manufacturers to adopt new digital technology and skills to create growth and jobs has secured £6.1 million funding to continue for three more

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Call for financial support for Irish SMEs amid ongoing energy crisis

    Call for financial support for Irish SMEs amid ongoing energy crisis

The Irish SME Association (ISME) is calling on the Government to provide greater levels of support for SME businesses in Ireland amid the ever-worsening energy cost crisis. While the Government

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Make UK Defence welcomes UK’s leading independent paint manufacturer

    Make UK Defence welcomes UK’s leading independent paint manufacturer

Make UK Defence, the national not-for-profit, member owned defence trade association, part of Make UK – has welcomed HMG Paints

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Lakes Ice Cream in Kendal backed by Made Smarter’s North West Adoption Programme

    Lakes Ice Cream in Kendal backed by Made Smarter’s North West Adoption Programme

An ice cream manufacturer is ready for the summer rush after using technology to transform with the support of Made

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English SME manufacturers help cut 3,850 tonnes of CO2 through R&D programme

    English SME manufacturers help cut 3,850 tonnes of CO2 through R&D programme

SME manufacturers are helping cut 3,850 tonnes of CO2 emissions through a programme enabling business-university collaborations to tackle climate change.

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Made Smarter survey reveals need for manufacturers to digitalise to survive, recover and grow

    Made Smarter survey reveals need for manufacturers to digitalise to survive, recover and grow

UK SME manufacturers across all sectors are being urged to accelerate technology adoption to adjust to the economic challenges around

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New digital training scheme for Irish SMEs launched

    New digital training scheme for Irish SMEs launched

Google, Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices have announced a new partnership, with a focus on supporting Irish businesses

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Siemens and Awen Collective collaborate to provide SMEs affordable cybersecurity solutions

    Siemens and Awen Collective collaborate to provide SMEs affordable cybersecurity solutions

Siemens has partnered with Welsh cybersecurity software company Awen Collective to develop a new, accessible and affordable, managed OT security

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£3.2 million for food and drink tech hub in Scottish Highlands

    £3.2 million for food and drink tech hub in Scottish Highlands

A project to create a food and drink technology centre in the Highlands has secured more than £3.2 million investment

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Next Stage of New European Digital Innovation Hubs

    Next Stage of New European Digital Innovation Hubs

The European Commission has announced that CeADAR based in UCD, Dublin, and the FactoryxChange consortium in the Irish Midlands are

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Latest UK export data highlights revenue challenges for SMEs

    Latest UK export data highlights revenue challenges for SMEs

The number of UK exporters increased slightly in May 2022 according to the latest Exporter Monitor by Coriolis Technologies and

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ISME Launches New Finance Solution for Irish Businesses

    ISME Launches New Finance Solution for Irish Businesses

An exciting new business funding matching tool that will revolutionise access to finance for businesses in Ireland has been launched by

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Irish food businesses face tidal wave of challenges but still expect growth

    Irish food businesses face tidal wave of challenges but still expect growth

Research published by Love Irish Food and PwC and conducted among Irish food businesses, the 2022 SME Food Barometer points to the confidence of Irish food

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New printed packaging service launched for food and drink SMEs

    New printed packaging service launched for food and drink SMEs

One of the UK’s leading label manufacturers is disrupting the packaging market with the launch of its new service to

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Irish tech start-ups and SMEs raise record €1.3 billion venture capital in 2021

    Irish tech start-ups and SMEs raise record €1.3 billion venture capital in 2021

Venture capital investment into Irish tech start-ups and SMEs reached a record €1.3 billion in 2021, up 44% from €925m

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Food and drink manufacturers help Made Smarter reach major milestone

    Food and drink manufacturers help Made Smarter reach major milestone

A new wave of manufacturers in the food and drink industry have helped Made Smarter’s trailblazing technology adoption programme mark

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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.

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From Farm to fork: how Made Smarter is giving food and drink makers the ingredients for digitalisation

    From Farm to fork: how Made Smarter is giving food and drink makers the ingredients for digitalisation

UK food and drink makers, with the support of Made Smarter, are using technology and digital skills to navigate the

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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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Food and drink manufacturers prepare for challenges of digital future with Leadership Programme

    Food and drink manufacturers prepare for challenges of digital future with Leadership Programme

Food and drink manufacturers are among 60 digital leaders now with the vision and the skills to pursue smarter manufacturing

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Made Smarter virtual factory tours to accelerate digital adoption

    Made Smarter virtual factory tours to accelerate digital adoption

Made Smarter’s technology adoption programme is deploying smart glasses to SME manufacturers to virtually fast track their digital adoption strategies

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Universal Robots Launches SME Automation Month in October

    Universal Robots Launches SME Automation Month in October

Universal Robots (UR) has announced October as SME Automation month. The whole month will be dedicated to helping small and

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£5 Million Investment and Over 30 New Jobs at Northern Ireland-based Mackle Petfoods

    £5 Million Investment and Over 30 New Jobs at Northern Ireland-based Mackle Petfoods

Dungannon-based petfood manufacturer, Mackle Petfoods is investing £5.7 million and creating 31 new jobs in a major expansion plan in

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National award for midlands engineering collaboration

    National award for midlands engineering collaboration

Engenuity Engineering Cluster Midlands is one of two national winners for the European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2020. This morning, Enterprise

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Guide to Exporting Companies in Meeting the Challenges of Covid-19

    Guide to Exporting Companies in Meeting the Challenges of Covid-19
Enterprise Ireland has published a Guide to assist affected exporting companies in transitioning through the immediate and critical challenges that
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A New Industrial Strategy For a Globally Competitive, Green and Digital Europe

    A New Industrial Strategy For a Globally Competitive, Green and Digital Europe
The European Commission has presented a new Strategy to help Europe's industry lead the twin transitions towards climate neutrality and
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Enterprise Ireland Approves €1.14 Million Co-funding For Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Competitive Challenges

    Enterprise Ireland Approves €1.14 Million Co-funding For Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Competitive Challenges
Enterprise Ireland (EI) has approved a total of €1.14 million joint funding to drive collaborative projects, or ‘Challenges’, between innovative
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European Commission Approves €200 Million Investment Scheme For Processing and Marketing of Agricultural Products in Ireland

    European Commission Approves €200 Million Investment Scheme For Processing and Marketing of Agricultural Products in Ireland

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, an Irish scheme to support long-term capital investments in the

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Record Number Now Employed by Enterprise Ireland Supported Companies

    Record Number Now Employed by Enterprise Ireland Supported Companies
The Government has reported the creation of 16,971 new jobs by Enterprise Ireland supported companies in 2019. 221,895 people are
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New Brexit Business Survey – SMEs Urged to Ramp Up Preparations

    New Brexit Business Survey – SMEs Urged to Ramp Up Preparations
The Department for Business, Enterprise and Innovation has published the findings of a new Brexit survey. The Behaviour & Attitudes
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Enterprise Ireland and HSE Award Five Companies Innovation Contracts to Address Diabetes

    Enterprise Ireland and HSE Award Five Companies Innovation Contracts to Address Diabetes
€100,000 in funding through Enterprise Ireland’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programme is to be awarded to five companies following
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DIVA: The Second Call For SME Funding is Now OPEN!

    DIVA: The Second Call For SME Funding is Now OPEN!
DIVA is an EU funded project that aims to support SMEs to apply their digital technology to the agrofood, forestry
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Major OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Policy Review

    Major OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Policy Review
The Government has launched an OECD Review of SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Ireland and an accompanying roadmap with priority
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Two New Equity Funds For Investments in Innovative SMEs

    Two New Equity Funds For Investments in Innovative SMEs
Invest Northern Ireland has launched two new Equity Funds offering investments to innovative high growth potential SMEs. The TechStart II
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Irish SMEs Struggling More With Rising Costs Than International Competitors

    Irish SMEs Struggling More With Rising Costs Than International Competitors
Small businesses around the world have described rising costs as their greatest challenge, and the problem is particularly acute in
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Only 46% of Small Business Owners Perceive Themselves to Have Good or Expert Knowledge of Financial Literacy

    Only 46% of Small Business Owners Perceive Themselves to Have Good or Expert Knowledge of Financial Literacy

The Small Firms Association (SFA) has launched the ‘Financial literacy amongst Irish micro, small and medium-sized businesses’ report, in collaboration

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InvoiceFair to Co-Host Seminar on Working Capital Funding For SME Growth in Shannon

    InvoiceFair to Co-Host Seminar on Working Capital Funding For SME Growth in Shannon

InvoiceFair, which provides SMEs with alternative working capital funding options through its marketplace platform, is co-hosting a finance seminar for

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