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Irish Exports Hit Record High

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Irish exports hit record high; increase in 10% since last year, reports Enterprise Ireland

According to Enterprise Ireland, exports by Irish-owned companies increased by 10% since last year; a record high value of €18.6 billion. Goods to the UK valued at €6.8 billion while exports to the USA and Canada totalled €2.3 billion in worth: that’s up 16%.

All exports to Latin America saw the biggest gain: up 42%, with sales of €224 million. Ten years, the value of export sales was €8.5 billion from companies Enterprise Ireland supports. Today, the agency reported exports stand at 51% of sales and are targeting export sales of €22 billion by the end of next year.

The software sector accounts for the biggest percentage increase in these exports.

Julie Sinnamon, chief executive of Enterprise Ireland, said that growth was recorded across all sectors as well and in all international markets.

“These results are reflected in the record jobs performance by Enterprise Ireland clients in 2014 where the agency’s clients recorded the highest net job gains in the history of the agency and further validate Enterprise Ireland’s investment in indigenous industry,” stated Julie.

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Saint Patrick’s Day 2015

Happy Saint Patrick's Day 2015

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day 2015

This year’s Saint Patrick’s festival will kick off on Saturday 14th of March up to the day itself on the 17th of March.

The Irish government established the festival of Saint Patrick’s in November 1995. Their aim was to be among the greatest Saint Patrick’s festivals that take place around the world. One of which that the ‘owners’ of St. Patrick’s Day (and the festival alike), the Irish people, could be proud.

Saint Patrick’s is the only national holiday that is celebrated in more countries than any other. It’s a day when everybody, no matter what background, wants to be Irish!

Why the festival was established

Patrick’s Day and festival was started to rank among all of the greatest celebrations in the world. Just as the Chinese New Year is celebrated the world over, so too is Patrick’s Day. The festival creates an excitement throughout Ireland and inspires innovation, creativity, grassroots involvement, and marketing activity for all businesses.

It helps involve, provide opportunity and motivation for all those who claim Irish descent, and those who sometimes wish they were Irish, to attend and join in the imaginative and expressive celebrations. The festival aims at projecting an accurate image of Ireland to the world, and one that is seen as a creative, professional and sophisticated country that can appeal to everyone.

Plan your Saint Patrick’s Day 2015 Festival with the numerous events taking place throughout Ireland. As usual, the Saint Patrick’s Day parade comes to life on the 17th of March.

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2014 Irish Exporters Association Awards

Irish Exporters Association Awards 2014

Irish Exporters Association Awards 2014 — sponsored by Enterprise Ireland

Irish Exporters Association Awards 2014

If you’re an exporter here’s a great opportunity to have your company recognized.

Enterprise Ireland is one of the sponsors of the 2014 Irish Exporters Association Export Industry Awards, which is now open for nominations.

There are 11 categories covering different sectors and a range of stages of development and size of a company. One example is for early stage Irish companies that have surpassed export expectations over the last two years.

It is open to Irish companies in any sector

  • who export goods or services developed in Ireland
  • who have been in business for at least two years
  • who are between one and three years into their export journey
  • and are able to demonstrate a clear export strategy

Judges will consider both criteria

  • Product Innovation
  • and Disruptive Innovation

View all the details of the awards and criteria on the Irish Exporters Association website.

Closing date for applications is the 30th of October 2014.

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STAR Translation attends Blanchardstown Jobs Fair

Damian and Keith at the Blanchardstown Jobs Fair
Damian and Keith at Blanchardstown Job Fair, Dublin

Following another successful year of growth, STAR Translation in Dublin is continuing to hire new staff.

STAR at Blanchardstown Jobs Fair

Keith McManus and Damian Scattergood recently attended the Blanchardstown Jobs Fair seeking to hire new telesales people for our sales team. We help companies in Ireland and the UK expand their businesses around the world.

We translate documents and websites, and are interested in hiring sales people to sell translation services. If you are interested in working for us, visit our latest sales vacancies on our Jobs page.

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It was an amazing day that saw thousands of visitors attend. The event was organised by Joan Burton, the minister for the Department of Social Protection. And it was covered by RTÉ News! Some of our eagle-eyed readers also spotted Damian Scattergood, our managing director on the news that evening.

Damian Scattergood on RTE News at the Jobs Fair in Blanchardstown
Keith discussing our sales roles at the Blanchardstown Jobs Fair
Keith discussing sales roles at Jobs Fair, Blanchardstown

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Bank Of Ireland: Payments to China Made Easy

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Payments to China in Chinese Yuan

The Bank Of Ireland is driving the way forward for businesses in Ireland that wish to transact with the world’s second largest economy in its own currency: the Chinese Yuan. For decades, international investors and companies were unable to receive or make payments in the Chinese currency, this is no longer the case as the Yuan can now be booked as a Spot or Forward contract for all Bank Of Ireland customers.

Advantages for Chinese Importers

For companies who import from China, they can now purchase goods in Yuan. Buying goods in the local currency may potentially reduce the cost of said goods, saving money and giving  greater price transparency throughout.

Advantages for Exporters to China

For companies exporting to China, they can now invoice their goods and receive payments in Yuan. Selling goods in Yuan will support international growth and will give the ability to minimise Foreign Exchange related to any Yuan costs incurred in the sales process.

Case Study: Irish to Chinese Businesses

An Irish retailer in the garden furniture business imports from a number of Chinese based manufacturing suppliers. They previously paid all invoices to China in the international trade currency i.e.  US Dollars. This limited exposure by way of Forward contracts through Bank Of Ireland Global Markets.

During the said Irish retailer’s recent trip to meet suppliers, a Chinese company indicated that they had all their production and administrative costs carried out within China and as a result, it was simpler and safer for them to receive payments in their local currency. They enquired whether future invoices could be settled in Chinese Yuan, as a means of further business co-operation. This gave the Irish retailer an opportunity to negotiate on price, resulting in savings and in some cases, represented a significant discount from previous orders thereon.

The Irish retailer spoke candidly with Bank Of Ireland Global Markets on how they could benefit from this opportunity. Since nothing changes from the Irish retailer’s point of view, in relation to their Foreign Exchange exposure; they simply purchased Chinese Yuan instead of US Dollars, albeit, through the Bank Of Ireland Global Markets.

While the Chinese Authorities have certain restrictions around the trading of Yuan, the BOI experienced Treasury Specialists will guide its customers through each step of the process.

Making payments to China: if you wish to discuss this further, please contact your Bank Of Ireland Relationship Manager. Making payments or contact BOI Dealers on +353 (0)7662 44300

Visit Bank Of Ireland for more inforamtion.

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We are hiring: phone a friend and earn €750

Phone a friend, sales jobs
Can your friends sell? Job opening at STAR Translation

Phone a friend, earn €750

We are looking to hire a new salesperson to join our team in Dublin.

We’re innovative and serious about hiring the best, as you can see from this offer. We provide translation services for companies that want to translate their documents, websites, videos and brochures into different languages.

Customers include famous brand names to government departments and we’ve customers around the world.

Here’s the deal

If we hire your sales friend, we will pay you €750. Plain and simple. Terms and conditions apply. The key one is they have to stay with us at least three months and this is only for this sales role. If they make the grade, we pay you.

What do you need to do?

If you think one of your friends would love to work for us, send them the link asking them to submit their application through our Jobs page.

Reference: PHONE A FRIEND, SALES JOB followed by your name and phone number.

Ask them to put your name and phone number in their application also along with their CV. So we can phone you back. We will read all the CVs and reply to those who we think match our requirements.

Our MD Damian, phone a friend
Want to join the team?

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Bobby Kerr on how to think positive in business

Bobby Kerr with Keith McManus, think positive in business
Bobby Kerr with Keith McManus / STAR Translation Imaging

Think Positive in Business with Bobby Kerr

Yesterday, Keith McManus from our business development team had the pleasure of meeting Bobby Kerr at a lunchtime enterprise meeting in the Docklands Innovation Park: Think Positive in Business.

Bobby Kerr is the Chairman of Insomnia Coffee, and is probably best know as a Dragon on the Irish version of Dragons’ Den. As a successful Dragon, he has made 10 investments over the first three seasons of the show. Along with his brother and his sister, Joe and Anne Barrett, he purchased Bang Café and reopened this popular restaurant in March 2010.

An excellent speaker, he explained during the meeting the key items required to create and manage a business. Two of these were the importance of “added value for the customers” and your “customer relationship”.

It was great to hear and meet such an important personality and get an insight into running a business. We certainly came away with lots of new ideas for our teams to implement. If you are interested in Bobby’s career, then visit his website.

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How Twitter influenced the vote on Seanad abolition

Illustration of a woman using a smartphone, Seanad aboliton
User engagement / Stock photo

Twitter and the Seanad Abolition

A week ago, a referendum was held in order to decide whether to abolish the Seanad. That kind of decision is normally the subject of controversial discussions, and especially online where people can express their opinions openly.

That’s why Edelman Digital in Dublin gleaned through the Twitter traffic to see what was being said during this time on the run up to the voting.

Their study showed that it was mainly during the weekend of polling that conversations were very intense: 13,136 conversations online with 94pc of these on Twitter.

The most interesting part of the study was the key online influencers. In fact, it showed that out of 41 Irish senators on Twitter, the active accounts were dominated by Labour and Independent.

For example, Senator David Norris was the most retweeted when he tweeted that he would simply vote no: 213 retweets in total.

The top ten tweeters were…

  • Jillian Van Turnhout, Independent: 4,631 followers
  • David Norris, Independent: 28,041 followers
  • Fiach Mac Conghail, Independent: 8,167 followers
  • John Crown, Independent; 9,302 followers
  • Fidelma Healy Eames, Fine Gael; 2,409 followers
  • Susan O’Keefe, Labour: 2,265 followers
  • Ivana Bacik, Labour: 10,479 followers
  • Kathryn Reilly, Sinn Fein: 2,012 followers
  • John Gilroy, Labour: 1,643 followers
  • Averil Power, Fianna Fail: 3,646 followers

Senators were very engaged on Twitter, posting tweets several times a day or per hour. That’s why they have greater influence unlike the senators who publish tweets weekly only.

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CNGL invest €19.8M, intelligent content research

Damian Scattergood attending the CNGL conference
Damian Scattergood at the CNGL announcement / STAR Translation

CNGL investments

Yesterday Damian Scattergood and Paul Quigley – Directors of STAR Translation – had the pleasure of attending the CNGL conference at the AVIVA stadium for the announcement of €19.8 million in research funding.

Amongst the prestigious guests were Mr John Perry TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Small Businesses at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Professor Vincent Wade the CNGL Director and Professor Vinny Cahill, the Dean of Research of Trinity College Dublin.

There was a number of demonstrations showcasing new technological applications, which help to provide high-quality translation and content analysis.

Minister John Perry speaking at the CNGL Conference
Minister John Perry announcing the new funding to the CNGL

CNGL has engaged with hundreds of companies in Ireland and beyond. The commercial expertise, the multiple licences and the large number of applied research collaborations are now reinforced by an €19.8 million investment.

In fact, the government through the Science Foundation Ireland and 16 industry partners have invested in CNGL. Industry partners include tech giants as Symantec, Microsoft, McAfee, Cisco, Welocalize and Intel and by this investment show their trust in the group and its research into intelligent content. This new investment will directly support 75 high-class research jobs especially in key area of digital platforms, content and applications.

It was a great day to network with like minded translation and information technology experts. STAR provides technology and services for multilingual information management.  GRIPS: STAR’s Information Management and Publication System provides semantic information that allows intelligent content publishing. Thanks to everyone at CNGL and the Aviva Stadium for their hospitality. We really enjoyed it.

STAR's visit to the Aviva Satdium for a CNGL Conference
Paul Quigley (right), from STAR Translation, discusses intelligent content research and the impact for improved translation.
STAR at the CNGL conference, Aviva Stadium
STAR at the CNGL conference, Aviva Stadium.
Networking at the CNGL conference in the Aviva Stadium
Networking at the CNGL conference, Aviva Stadium.

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GIG: An Gaeilgeoir is Greannmhaire (English)

GIG: An Gaeilgeoir is Greannmhaire ar TG4
G.I.G. Stand-up as Gaeilge / TG4

An Gaeilgeoir is Greannmhaire, Best Irish Stand-up

Do you make people laugh? Are you a budding comedian?

Good Company Productions presents “G.I.G.”, a new 8-part reality television series for TG4.

GIG is on the hunt to find Ireland’s funniest, quick-witted and most entertaining Gaeilgeoir comic with the winner taking home a cash prize, and a slot at a major comedy festival in 2014.

For more information, contact John or Orla at (01) 497 3225 or (087) 238 7222, or like them on Facebook.

Applicants must be over 18 and fluent Irish is essential. Closing Date for applications is 17:00, Wednesday 31st of July 2013.

8 X 25” – TG4, Filming September / October 2013 for broadcast in January 2014

“An Gaeilgeoir is Greannmhaire” (G.I.G) is a newly formatted series for TG4 where we find and mould the funniest Irish Speaking Comedian (Gaeilgeoir) in Ireland.

Anchored by Síle Seoige we join our eclectic mix of judges from the world of comic entertainment as in a unique television experience we trawl the countryside and the cities of Ireland in search of Ireland’s funniest ‘real’ Gaeilgeoir.

Based on the collective experience of our judges (to be announced at a later date) on stage, in comedy, drama, lecturing, writing and performing it, they have the criteria for what they think is funny and comical as they weed out the voices, the comics, the characters, the fluency, the stars and the chancers who think they have what it takes.

We are looking for the comical butcher from Bóthar na Trá, the joking teacher from Tír Chonaill, the laughing carpenter from Ciarraí or the cynical student from Streamstown. This is a chance for the funniest Gaeilgeoirs of Ireland to come out in their droves and make a name for themselves.

Over an 8-week period, our judges will enlist the help of many well-known mentors as the ‘wannabees’ begin the training and the tutoring process. We will take them on a journey into the world of Irish comedy and comics, as through themed programmes anchored by these masterclasses. Our mentors and tutors will train them to be the best; to write the best; to think the best and to perform the best…

Locating our final line-up in Galway City, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe becomes our home for both learning and the weekly performance. Only 8 aspiring comics will be chosen as we start out, but many will be eliminated by the judges along the way.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be coached and mentored to become a stand-up comic. We know it’s been done in the English language. The question is, can they transform these skills to work in the Irish language?

Who will stick the pace, who will create the best material and who will head to the finale in Killarney and perform to 200 native speakers at the premier Irish Language Festival in Ireland, ‘Oireachtas na Samhna’ as they showcase 8 nóiméad of stand-up as Gaeilge and be crowned An Gaeilgeoir is Greannmhaire.

It promises to be a night to remember both historically and comically.

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