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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 as its newest member. Make UK Defence champions and celebrates

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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 Smarter. Lakes Ice Cream, based in Kendal, makes 1.2 million

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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. Eco-I North West, a large-scale research and development initiative, supports

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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 the supply chain, energy costs, post-Brexit and COVID. Made Smarter,

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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 to up-skill digitally and enhance their online capabilities. The newly

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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 solution for small and medium enterprises. The project has secured

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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 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE); including £1.2 million of

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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 one step closer to being fully approved as European Digital

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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 The Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT). However, this

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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 ISME – the Irish SME Association – in partnership with

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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 businesses in their ability to grow in the face of

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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 provide SMEs with greater flexibility and more affordable packaging solutions.

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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 the previous year, according to Irish Venture Capital Association VenturePulse

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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 its third anniversary by reaching a major milestone. Three years

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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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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 major challenges of coronavirus, Brexit, and climate change. The Made

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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 of Made Smarter. The Made Smarter Adoption Programme in the

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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 through Made Smarter’s innovative Leadership Programme. Five cohorts of managers

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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 and navigate Covid-19 restrictions. The wearable device enables technology specialists

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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 mid-size enterprises (SMEs) take advantage of collaborative robots (cobots) to

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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 efforts to double its turnover. The successful SME is well

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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 Ireland, in conjunction with The European Commission’s Directorate-General for 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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Corporate Culture a Turn-off For Irish Workers

    Corporate Culture a Turn-off For Irish Workers

New research commissioned by One4all has found that start-ups and SMEs are the workplace of choice for a large majority

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Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland Call On Government to Retain Excise Relief

    Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland Call On Government to Retain Excise Relief

The Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland (ICBI), representing 34 small independent craft breweries, have asked Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe

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Major New SME Policy

    Major New SME Policy

The Government is developing a major new policy on SMEs and entrepreneurship under Future Jobs Ireland, the new plan to prepare

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Bibby Financial Services Ireland and SBCI Launch New Trade Finance Product

    Bibby Financial Services Ireland and SBCI Launch New Trade Finance Product

A new Trade Finance product that allows businesses to buy, receive and sell goods before needing to pay for them

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Bibby Financial Services Ireland Opens Cork Office

    Bibby Financial Services Ireland Opens Cork Office

To facilitate an increase in business in the Munster region, Bibby Financial Services Ireland (BFSI), a leading provider of financial

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Skillnet Ireland Launches New Network For Small Firms Sector

    Skillnet Ireland Launches New Network For Small Firms Sector

Skillnet Ireland, the national agency responsible for the promotion and facilitation of workforce learning in Ireland, has launched six new networks

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Support For Ireland’s Ambition to Increase the Number of Companies Exporting to the Eurozone

    Support For Ireland’s Ambition to Increase the Number of Companies Exporting to the Eurozone

Google has launched a new Grow with Google programme in Ireland which will see the company train more than 8,000

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Skillnet Ireland Joins European DIGITAL SME Alliance

    Skillnet Ireland Joins European DIGITAL SME Alliance

Skillnet Ireland is the newest member of the European DIGITAL SME Alliance. The European DIGITAL SME Alliance is the largest

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Grants For SMEs to Save Up to 60% on Lighting Energy Costs

    Grants For SMEs to Save Up to 60% on Lighting Energy Costs

The Government has announced €2 million funding for small and medium-sized businesses to invest in energy efficient lighting. The grant,

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Government Launches €300 Million Future Growth Loan Scheme For SMEs and Farmers

    Government Launches €300 Million Future Growth Loan Scheme For SMEs and Farmers

The Government has launched the Future Growth Loan Scheme to allow for the roll out of €300 million in funding to

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European Investment Bank Report Highlights Digitalisation Benefits For Irish SMEs

    European Investment Bank Report Highlights Digitalisation Benefits For Irish SMEs

The Government has formally accepted a report entitled ‘The Digitalisation of small and medium enterprises in Ireland’ from Andrew McDowell, Vice

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52% of SMEs in ROI and 56% in NI Have Yet to Begin Brexit Planning

    52% of SMEs in ROI and 56% in NI Have Yet to Begin Brexit Planning

The AIB Brexit Sentiment Index for Q4 2018 reveals that 35% of SMEs in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and

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Over €75 Million For 27 Groundbreaking Projects Under Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

    Over €75 Million For 27 Groundbreaking Projects Under Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

The Government has unveiled the 27 innovative projects who are sharing over €75 million in funding out to 2021 under the

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European Investment Fund and Enterprise Ireland Double Business Angels Fund to €40 Million

    European Investment Fund and Enterprise Ireland Double Business Angels Fund to €40 Million

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, the Government of Ireland, through Enterprise Ireland, and the European Investment Fund (EIF)

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Smart Dublin in Partnership With Enterprise Ireland Award 21 New Innovation Contracts

    Smart Dublin in Partnership With Enterprise Ireland Award 21 New Innovation Contracts

Approximately €700,000 is to be awarded to companies under Enterprise Ireland’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) initiative which will enable

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78% of Irish SMEs Feel Confident About Borrowing as They Look to Expand in 2019

    78% of Irish SMEs Feel Confident About Borrowing as They Look to Expand in 2019

According to new SME research conducted by Bank of Ireland and Red C, 78% of Irish SMEs are confident in

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Digitalisation of Irish SMEs and National Research Investment to Benefit From European Best-practice

    Digitalisation of Irish SMEs and National Research Investment to Benefit From European Best-practice

Crucial future investment to improve Ireland’s competitiveness will be strengthened by assessment of international best-practice in two key policy areas.

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What are the Pillars of SME Success? Diversity, Leadership, Strategy and The Team

    What are the Pillars of SME Success? Diversity, Leadership, Strategy and The Team

The second annual Skillnet Ireland SME Research Conference took place recently in Dublin. Hosted by Skillnet Ireland in partnership with

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Food and Drink Suppliers in Northern Ireland Get A ‘Kick Start’ From Lidl

    Food and Drink Suppliers in Northern Ireland Get A ‘Kick Start’ From Lidl

Lidl is championing local suppliers with the roll-out of their Kick Start Supplier Development Programme aimed at giving food and

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TechConnect Live – RDS, Dublin – May 30th, 2018

    TechConnect Live – RDS, Dublin – May 30th, 2018

TechConnect Live, Ireland’s largest technology event, is expected to attract over 3,000 visitors from across the Irish and international tech

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Research Reveals SMEs Lose €2.2 Billion a Year in Productivity Due to Administration

    Research Reveals SMEs Lose €2.2 Billion a Year in Productivity Due to Administration

Sage, a market leader in cloud accounting software, has revealed that Irish SMEs lose up to €2.2 billion annually in

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Government Remains Committed to Getting an Extra 100,000 People at Work by End of 2020

    Government Remains Committed to Getting an Extra 100,000 People at Work by End of 2020

The  Government has launched Enterprise 2025 Renewed and the Action Plan for Jobs 2018. The Action Plan for Jobs 2018 is the 7th cross-Government annual plan to

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