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GOOGLE WORKSHOP: Attending the Grow with Google Digital Garage Workshop at the Brehon Hotel, Killarney last week from left are: Martin Corkery (Regional Director South, Enterprise Ireland), Se‡n Kelly (MEP), Michael O'Shea (Snr. Director of Global SME Customer Acquisition, Google) and Marie Davis (Head of Google Customer Solutions). Photo: Pauline Dennigan

 

SMEs and start-ups from across Kerry and the South West attended the ‘Grow With Google Digital Garage Workshop’ at the Brehon Hotel, Killarney last week.

The workshop was hosted in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and helped people and businesses acquire the skills needed to embrace opportunity presented by technology. The aim of the half-day workshop was to support these businesses to grow as they navigate an uncertain climate and featured mentoring and talks focussed on digital skills that businesses had highlighted as important to them as they try to leverage today’s business and commercial opportunities, including ‘Getting Your Business Online’, ‘Using Data to Drive Growth’ and ‘Going Global with Digital’.

“Local businesses are the foundation of the economy in Kerry and the South West, and we know that the coming months and years will bring uncertainty and business challenges for rural business communities,” Seán Kelly, MEP, who addressed attendees at the event, said.

 

“The Grow with Google Digital Garage is a great opportunity for businesses in the South-West to receive mentoring and coaching in the tools and skills that can help them prepare for the changes over the coming months and continue to grow in an ever-increasing competitive global marketplace.”

 

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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Lee Strand awarded Gold in Sustainability Programme

Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards. Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink […]

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Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards.

Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme led by Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board. Gold Membership is awarded to companies who demonstrate an exceptional annual performance on their sustainability targets.

“We are delighted Lee Strand is recognised once again with the prestigious Origin Green Gold Membership for our commitment to sustainability,” Gearoid Linnane, CEO said.

“In Lee Strand environmental management and sustainability are key elements of our business model, from launching 100% renewable cartons, to reducing water usage and energy efficiency. This is a great achievement by our sustainability team who are continually striving for higher levels of environmental excellence. We would also like to thank Veronica Kennelly from the Munster Technological University who assisted Lee Strand in the development of our Origin Green plan.”

Origin Green continues to evolve to ensure Bord Bia is helping Irish food and drink companies to remain up to date with the evolving needs of trade customers and their consumers, globally. With the introduction of the Origin Green credits system in early 2022, it is now easier to identify members who are performing at a high level or excelling in their sustainability performance.

To retain ongoing membership of Origin Green, companies must subsequently submit an annual review to demonstrate clear progress against the established targets and initiatives set. This annual review is subject to an independent third-party review by their verification authority Mabbett. This ensures minimum programme requirements are consistently met and maintained. Companies receive credits for their performance in areas such as raw material sourcing; water and energy efficiency; waste reduction; packaging; and social sustainability. Origin Green has established five different membership tiers based on company size and turnover, so that a real diversity of industry is reflected in the overall Gold Membership.

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