Minister for Finance Michael Noonan TD announced yesterday that Gilt Groupe, an innovative online shopping destination, has established its International Headquarters and Software Development Centre in Dublin and will also open a Customer Support Centre in Limerick. The company anticipates it will create between 100 and 200 jobs in the next couple of years with the support of IDA Ireland. This marks the first European operation for the company, and the company hopes to see strong growth in the region over the coming years.
TERMINALFOUR, a leading web content management company headquartered in Ireland, has announced it has signed eight new partners to its Advantage Partner Programme since the beginning of 2011. The Advantage Partner Programme is supporting TERMINALFOUR’s international expansion plans and is providing opportunities for the company to scale and drive growth in new and existing territories.
While the new government receives their first baptism of fire, small businesses continue to innovate and examine new ways of developing their service offering. The latest example of this comes in the form of a large dollop of creative thinking from Galway-based Tara Dalrymple of Busy Lizzie, who spotted an opportunity to build her business's audience through a mutually-beneficial working synergy with another West-of-Ireland colleague, Irish Business Intelligence.
Ten small or emerging food processing companies have been presented with their certificates for successfully completing the Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia sponsored Pallas Foods Supplier Development Programme. Already, as a result of participating on the programme, four of the companies - Couverture and Sushi King, both from Dublin, and Paddy’s O’Granola and G’s Gourmet Jam of Laois - have achieved product listings with Pallas Foods, while it is anticipated ongoing discussions will result in other participating companies being successful in the near future.
A new online shopping initiative to market and promote Irish retail brands at home and in the US which recently launched in Ireland is looking for more Irish businesses to join them - free of charge. In an ambitious initiative to drive the sale of Irish products to the UK and US, I Support Irish (www.isupportirish.ie) expects to sell over 2,000 Irish products covering a wide range of goods including handcrafts, art, books, cookery, foods, jewellery and fashion sectors.