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Did You Know, 23 June 2015

By Steve Wynne-Jones
Did You Know, 23 June 2015

Did you know… Stillorgan Shopping Centre, in south County Dublin, has been earmarked for a revamp by owners Kennedy Wilson, with plans to put a roof on the centre? Kennedy Wilson has submitted a planning application to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, seeking permission to change the "canopy and facade, while retaining the local community atmosphere that differentiates it from other centres". Stillorgan Shopping Centre first opened in 1966. [pic: Google Maps]

Did you know...ISME has warned that small business owners need to be vigilant following an increase in the number of scam attempts being made by fraudsters? Many of these scams have convincing fake email addresses and websites, and international business directory scams are especially prominent, ISME said in a statement. “For all businesses, ‘When in doubt don’t pay out’ should be the motto, particularly for all suspicious invoices,” said ISME chief executive Mark Fielding.

Did you know...The trend for video as a marketing tool has fuelled a surge in business for Morrow Communications, the Holywood, Co. Down-based company has said? Having recently shown off a reel of work done by Morrow’s production company at the recent 2015 NI Food & Drink Awards, company director Moya Neeson says there has never been a more exciting time for video in food marketing.

Did you know...Aldi has been rated as the most compliant supermarket under the UK’s industry code designed to protect suppliers? Iceland ranks as the least compliant, according to a survey from YouGov, commissioned by the Groceries Code Adjudicator. Sharecast reported that Waitrose and Marks & Spencer were the second highest and third-highest rated respectively, while Tesco and Morrisons were also in the bottom three.

Did you know...International economist Professor Ozlem Onaran from University of Greenwich has told an conference that both Ireland and Europe need to introduce pay increases to stimulate growth and avoid deflation. She was speaking at think-tank TASC’s sixth annual conference, where she called low wage policies counter-productive.


Did you know… Ibec has said that the government should not consider banning minimum hour and flexible contracts? According to The Irish Times, the employers group said that such moves could be ‘detrimental’ to the economy. “We had high enough unemployment as it was, we needed those flexibilities,” he said.

Did you know… A study by The Guardian has found that an unnamed Irish bacon product on sale in UK supermarkets tested positive for MRSA CC398, a potentially harmful bacteria? 100 pork products were tested as part of the investigation, with eight Danish products and one Irish testing positive for the bacteria.

Did you know… Show Me I.D Awareness Week 2015 commenced yesterday (22 June), and runs until Friday? The scheme assists retailers in preventing minors from accessing tobacco and other age restricted products. Visit to check out the free, online training on age restricted sales.

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