Pivotal®, the company accelerating digital transformation for enterprises, today announced the creation of 130 new jobs and an investment of approximately €100 million in Ireland over the next five years, rapidly expanding the company's presence in the Irish market. Silicon Valley-head-quartered Pivotal is partially owned by EMC Corporation and VMware, Inc. with General Electric becoming an investor in May 2013.
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.
80 owner managers of small businesses are graduating from the Plato Dublin programme tomorrow, March 4th, with a focus on "real growth" within their businesses. The peer-to-peer business support forum has helped over 3,000 owner managers in Ireland and is supported by the Local Enterprise Offices in the Dublin region. Run as a not-for-profit organisation, large 'parent' companies such as IBM, Bank of Ireland, Paypal, Ericsson, Microsoft, Diageo and Pfizer facilitate group meetings, which take place all over the capital every month.
The Minister for Business and Employment has asked Enterprise Ireland to evaluate which of their programmes could be specifically aimed at supporting design. Launching a new report, "Design-Driven Innovation: Why it matters for SME competitiveness", Minister Ged Nash TD described design as the poor relation of Government supports to business. The new report, compiled by the Northern and Western Regional Assembly and funded by the European Commission, shows how design impacts positively on individual businesses and it shows what kinds of Government measures, in Ireland and internationally, work in support of design.
The Irish dairy processing sector continues to ramp up its preparations for the end of milk quotas with the announcement of an innovation investment of €35 million today. The investment by Government and industry will position Ireland as a world leader in dairy innovation, and help to maximise the long term growth opportunities created by anticipated increase of 50% in the Irish milk pool by 2020.