Local Enterprise Week 04-09 March
The Irish Times Innovation Awards 2018 invites Ireland's innovators to showcase their disruptive new services. From start-ups led by enterprising individuals, to the island's multinationals and every scale of business or organisation in between and every sector of business, this is a chance to showcase and get rewarded for excellence. The overall winner receives a high profile communications package worth in excess of €150,000 plus a scholarship for short courses in Executive Development in the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business. The awards are split into five categories.
Delighted to announce and wish all the best to Aine Lecky (financial controller) and Eibhlin Murphy (marketing manager) at Major Equipment (INTL) Ltd who are amongst the 24 finalists in 2018 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year.
Major Equipment Intl. in Ballyhaunis has been short-listed for the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards. We wish them every success in the final stage of the contest.
A company that controls and eradicates Japanese knotweed is expected to submit a planning application to Mayo County Council later this week to develop a facility in Ballyhaunis to process the invasive plant species. The Kerry based company plans for the soil recovery facility to be located at Drumbaun and is expected to create 16 jobs.
The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition is an opportunity for Local Enterprise Office clients or potential clients to bring their business idea from concept to pitch.
Chambers Ireland welcomes Formal Agreement of €300 million Brexit Loan Scheme
Commenting on today’s (22 January 2018) announcement of a formal agreement on the leveraging of a total of €300m for the Brexit Loan Scheme for Irish businesses, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said,
Enterprise Ireland’s first Competitive Start Fund (CSF) of the year will open to all sectors for applications on Tuesday 23rd January, 2018. The €750,000 fund will provide up to €50,000 in equity funding for up to 15 successful applicants. The fund closes to applications at 3pm on Tuesday, 6th February 2018.
Ballyhaunis employs approximately 2.500 people locally in various industries and the local chamber of commerce would like to see employees supporting local businesses this christmas. Lots of activities are planned in the run-up to the festive season . The Mayo SPCA will kick off celebrations with a market in the Parochial Hall on November 19th. On sunday November 26th the chrismas lights will be turned on by Santa and the blessing of the Crib will be performed by Fr. Farragher. December the 2nd is the annual Christmas Market day showcasing a wide range of local arts and crafts.
The Abbey Partnership will be hosting an information evening at the Abbey (The Friary) about how to make your home more energy efficient and warmer. This event will take place on Saturday November 25th at 8 pm. Two representatives from (SEAI) will speak on the opportunities for locals to make their homes more energy efficient and outline the grants available to make such improvements. Tea and coffee will be served after the talk and everyone is welcome.
Ballyhaunis Tidy towns are encouraging people to contact the local litter warden on 094 9024444 if they notice illegal dumping. This call comes after a number of cases of dumping of household rubbish in the area in recent weeks.
Ballyhaunis received some good news in the last few days from the Dept of Rural and Community Development. €96,000 in funding has been sanctioned to revamp the square. This work will commence early in the new year and plans for the revamp are being worked on at the moment.
The next opening date for the Standard Innovation Voucher will be Weds 6th September with a closing date of Wednesday 20th September 2017 at 3pm.
Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company or companies to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider.
The Innovation Voucher initiative was developed to build links between Ireland's public knowledge providers (i.e. higher education institutes, public research bodies) and small businesses.
Mayo County Council has launched an iniative through a new national website designed to gather information on vacant homes throughout the country. Local government wants to engage with owners to assist in bringing these homes back in to use.
To see how it works, log on to www.vacanthomes.ie
New mentoring assistance available for micro-enterprises through Local Enterprise Offices
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell-O’Connor T.D., today (17th June) welcomed the news that Microfinance Ireland (or MFI), the not-for-profit Government Agency providing funded finance to micro-enterprises, is offering micro-businesses the opportunity to avail of a cut in its interest rates (down by 1%) from 1st July 2016.
The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) encourages all SMEs to keep informed of potential tender opportunities in coming months. Register on www.etenders.gov.ie to see all Irish public sector procurement opportunities.