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AllinAll Ingredients officially opens new state-of-the-art €5m facility in Dublin
New R&D facility is part of major expansion into new markets and expands ability to work on joint technology projects with Irish and international researchers in Ireland.
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, officially opened AllinAll Ingredient’s new state of the art manufacturing and Research and Development facility in Rosemount, Dublin. The company, which has been in the food industry for over 20 years, develops and manufactures ingredients, sauces and blends for the processed food market. Its R&D lead team have developed over 500 new products so far this year and last year it developed over 900.
Previously based in Parkwest, Dublin, AllinAll Ingredient’s new facility at Rosemount includes a Pilot Plant which provides the infrastructure and scientific equipment which food scientists use to trial, develop and demonstrate new products. The new facility will support the company’s growth ambitions as it looks to further grow its sales in Eastern Europe and the Middle East as well as seek new export markets by linking up with new Distributors.
The growth trajectory which AllinAll Ingredients has been on has been substantial, doubling its employee numbers over the last four years to forty and hoping to hire a further twenty people over the next four years.
Speaking at the event, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, said:
“It is very encouraging to see cutting edge food research and innovation being developed in Dublin West. AllinAll Ingredients has been at the forefront of innovation in the food sector and the investment in this new state of the art facility should help the company to expand into more new markets in the years ahead.
Daniel Hickey, Chief Executive Officer at AllinAll Ingredients and former ISME chairperson said:
“As people’s tastes and food needs change, we need to change with them. Our new R&D facility and Pilot Plant are an important part of the new operation as it allows us trial and demonstrate new ideas and solutions for customers. We will over the coming months not only be trialling and developing new products for our customers, but we will also welcome food scientists from at home and abroad who will be coming to jointly work with us and use our facilities.”
Wins all round for Big Red Cloud at The Business All-Stars Awards
Marc O’Dwyer, CEO of Ireland’s leading accounting software company has been crowned CEO of the Year at the Business All-Star Awards. Marc was awarded the coveted prize at an awards ceremony that took place at the All-Star Summit in Croke Park. It was the software company’s day as Big Red Cloud also scooped the 'All Stars Brand of the Year' Award.
The Business All-Star programme is an annual competition designed to identify and recognise Irish companies and individuals that have distinguished themselves in the conduct of their business over the last 12 months.
Speaking of the win Marc, an Irish entrepreneur who, in 2001, bought the majority share in a small Irish software company, Big Red Book, said -
“I am absolutely honoured and humbled by the win. The calibre of people and businesses shortlisted was stellar, so I knew I was in good company even to have made the final. To win is honestly something I’m immensely proud of. Obviously, for any CEO to be effective they must have a good team of people around them and I definitely have that. The Brand of the Year win for the company is testament to the hard work my BRC team put in day in day out.”
Marc launched Big Red Cloud, the online version of Big Red Book, in June 2012 to keep pace with rapidly changing advancements in tech, which saw more and more business taking their operations online. Marc continues to run both Big Red Book & Big Red Cloud. Big Red Cloud is a leading supplier of online account’s software to the SME market in Ireland. 50,000 companies use their award-winning suite of products.
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Codex Marches Forward into 2018
ISME member Codex Office Solutions have a recent sales conference reviewing 2017 and planning 2018. Codex have rolled out its new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) catalogue and are delighted to partner with another great Irish Company Portwest to offer a full range of products for the workplace that cover from head to toe.
‘Making every customer’s connection matter’ 2017 has been a bumper year for Codex Office Solutions, reviewing the sales numbers and the activity from the year at their annual sales conference
Siobhan O’Connor Managing Director took time out to recap on the remarkable twelve months.
Read more here.
Careers For Mums Announce Opening of CFM Agency
Since Careers For Mums launched in 2016, they continually received requests from users to personally assist them in finding suitable roles.
Unfortunately, they had to direct them back to their website to look at the roles there, a customer experience which didn’t sit at all well with them or their users. As such, they started exploring the possibility of adding a recruitment agency division to the business and are delighted to announce that CFM Agency is now live. It will work as a traditional agency in the sense that they will work closely with both candidates and clients to fill roles, whilst not restricting the roles to just those of a flexible nature. With the skills & experience of their current consultants, they specialise in Marketing, Sales, Insurance, Financial Services, Customer Experience, Customer Service and Telcos. They are looking to add further staff to the agency over the coming months and so will potentially add further to their areas of expertise.
Find out more about the CFM Agency here.
HouseMyDog wins County Final of IBYE Competition
James McElroy, co-founder of housemydog.com, was selected as the overall winner at November's Dublin County Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition.
HouseMyDog is the leading platform for booking pet service online. Since 2015 the company has grown from a small community in Dublin to over 30 cities throughout Europe.
“We’re delighted to have been selected as the overall winner at the IBYE Dublin County Finals. We’re looking forward to the next phase of the competition and growing HouseMyDog to Europe’s largest booking platform for pet sitters and dog walkers” said James.
Read more about housemydog.com here.
Western Hygiene Celebrates 30 Years in Business!
Western Hygiene Supplies Ltd. marks 30 years in business in January 2018.
As the years have passed, lots has changed, but one thing remains constant in Western Hygiene: their primary aim is to exceed their customers’ expectations with innovative and effective hygiene solutions along with perfect delivery and service.
See what Western Hygiene have to offer here.
Codex Office Solutions Win BOSS Award!
The BOSS (British Office Supplies and Services) Federation is the authoritative body for the UK office products industry. Every year they hold an awards ceremony for nominees of the BOSS Industry awards.The awards recognise organisations who set the standards for incredible industry achievements. Codex was nominated for 2 BOSS industry awards - The Dealer Excellence Award and the Sustainable Leadership Award for office supplies and services.
Codex were honoured to have won the BOSS Dealer Excellence Award for UK & Ireland, it was a great vindication for all of the team’s tremendous hard work in 2017.
See more news from Codex Office Solutions here.
Close Brothers Are 'UK SME Champion of the Year!'
The Leasing Life Awards 2017 resulted in success for Close Brothers Asset Finance as they were awarded with the prestigious title of ‘UK SME Champion of the Year’.
Adrian Madden, Head of Sales in Ireland, said
'It is with thanks to our dedicated team that we were presented with an award that recognises our commitment to the SME market, demonstrating our interests beyond the provision of finance in supporting the growth and demands of the SME market.'
Find out more about Close Brothers Asset Finance on their website.