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Weekly Round Up, 24 May, 2016

Published on May 24 2016 7:29 AM

Weekly Round Up, 24 May, 2016

Group Corporate Services Director at Topaz, Paul Candon is set to leave the business, according to The Sunday Times. Candon worked with Roches Stores before holding several senior positions at Topaz, including Group Marketing Director, and Group HR Director.

BOI Payment Acceptance (BOIPA) has announced a new partnership with global online payments company, Intelligent Payments (IPG). The deal will see BOIPA process online payments via IPG’s ecommerce gateway, which was developed to allow for tailored solutions to suit different merchants.

This week sees the Small Firms Association host its Annual Conference, bringing together business owners with policymakers, educators and more to examine the biggest challenges facing small businesses in Ireland. The event takes place tomorrow, 25 May, at The O’Reilly Hall in UCD

The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) has appointed Michael Lee as its new Assistant Chief Executive. The role will see Lee support ASAI Chief Executive Orla Twomey in the development of policy and strategy, as well as liaising with the ASAI Board and Complaints Committee.

Irish organisations that use standards see a 20% increase in turnover, according to a new Behaviour and Attitudes study, carried out on behalf of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). Nearly half of the 250 firms surveyed reported an increase in turnover as a result of using standards, with 88% of Irish firms now using standards within their organisations, compared with only 69% in 2012.

Pettitt’s SuperValu in Wexford has received Bord Bia certification under the Retail Butcher Quality Assurance scheme. This means that meat for sale at the store’s butcher counter is fully traceable and Bord Bia quality assured, reassuring customers of the integrity of the products on offer.

Eight leading Irish seafood companies have put their ideas to the test in the first of three mentoring sessions in the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Seafood Innovation Academy programme. The aim of the Academy is to boost the Irish seafood processing sector’s skill sets in terms of product development, technology transfer and business model innovation, and to help companies bring seafood product ideas from concept to market launch.

Clonakilty Food Company is looking into manufacturing products in the United States under contract with a local player, reports IrishTimes.com. The company, best known for its black pudding, already contract manufactures goods in Australia, and now has somebody from Bord Bia examining the feasibility of doing so in the US.

ABP Food Group’s Chief Executive, Paul Finnerty will retire in September to be replaced by current Chief Operating Officer Frank Stephenson, reports The Sunday Times. Prior to joining ABP, Stephenson was Chief Operating Officer at Glanbia Performance Nutrition, based in Chicago.

Tesco Ireland is phasing out the use of 22c single-use plastic bags in its stores, reports Independent.ie. A Tesco spokesperson speaking to the news website explained that the retailer is aiming to become more sustainable by encouraging customers to re-use bags when they shop

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