Kodaline, who are currently on their UK and European Tour, took time out of their busy schedule to announce details for the Student Enterprise Awards National Finals, which take place in Dublin in April. Co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Offices in every county, the competition is the most successful student enterprise programme of its kind and two members of Kodaline, the lead singer, Steve Garrigan, and lead guitarist, Mark Prendergast, set up their own student enterprise ten years ago, selling music lessons. The group are all past-pupils of participating schools.
LloydsPharmacy issued its last call for entries today to its New Business Clinic 2015. The business clinic is an exciting opportunity for Irish health and beauty companies to market their products in LloydsPharmacy stores across the country. The LloydsPharmacy New Business Clinic will allow Irish companies producing health and beauty products to showcase their products to LloydsPharmacy representatives, Ireland's largest pharmacy group, and compete to have their product marketed and sold in its 87 stores across Ireland.
One of the hardest parts about becoming an entrepreneur or small business owner is figuring out how to manage finances. We've written before about how to actually finance your business, which involves managing equity, accumulating debts and loans, etc. All of this is meant for when the business is just getting started, and any cash flow is directed into making it happen. But what happens when a business is actually off the ground and begins to profit?
Ged Nash TD, Minister of State for Business and Employment, has today launched the 2015 national third level student SPARK Social Enterprise Awards. The SPARK Social Enterprise Awards are the product of collaboration involving Social Care Practice lecturers working at DIT, IT Sligo and IT Tralee. The competition, now in its second year, is open to accountancy, business studies, early childhood care in education and social care practice students attending 10 Institutes of Technology. The Awards are intended to facilitate, recognize and reward creativity and innovation among students working on a diverse range of social issues.
The Fingal Local Enterprise Office has announced the judging panels for the biggest regional student enterprise event in the country – the Fingal Student Enterprise Awards on March 12th, which is supported by the Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board. The final countdown is underway for 'Judgement Day', which will see student entrepreneurs from twenty secondary schools and eight primary schools compete for a share of the €15,000 prize fund at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown, hosted by RTE's Rick O' Shea.
The award of €2.7 million in grant-aid to 18 seafood processing companies under the 2015 Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme has been announced by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD. Taken in conjunction with private sector investment, the total investment will be almost €9 million in 2015. The supported projects are projected to deliver 145 Jobs and €41 million in additional sales by 2017. The grants are co-funded by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine and the European Fisheries Fund under the Seafood Development Programme.