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Did You Know ... February 1, 2017

By Donna Ahern
Did You Know ... February 1, 2017

Did You Know ... Improper Butter has secured an additional €200,000 in funding. New shareholders, among them Des Traynor, the co-founder of tech company Intercom, have seen potential in the butter business. Improper Butter is a sustainable producer making Irish grass-fed butter in flavours such as garlic and herb.

Did You Know ... Listoke Distillery has opened Ireland's first gin school. The school, situated on the grounds of Listoke House in Drogheda, Co Louth, is "am amazing marketing tool for tenders and training," according to co-founder Bronagh Conlon.

Did You Know ... One4all gift card sales grew by more than 20% in 2016. Gift card sales in the last three months of the year surpassed €96 million in Ireland, aligning with the Christmas gift season. The increase was likely linked to the Government’s benefit-in-kind programme, which renders non-cash gifts to employees tax free.

Did You Know ... The Asset Based Finance Association has appointed Michael Walsh as Chairperson of the organisation in Ireland and Mark O’Rourke as Vice Chairperson? The association represents the assess-based finance industry in the UK and Ireland, and now provides an average of €1.3 billion of working capital to 2,000 different Irish businesses.

Did You Know ... M&S are now making Colin the Caterpillar wedding cakes? The cakes come as a bride and bridegroom option and are much larger than the average Colin the Caterpillar cake.


Did You Know ... Coca-Cola has come out against US President Donald Trump's travel ban. “As a US company that has operations in more than 200 countries and territories, we respect people from all backgrounds and greatly value the diversity of our global system’s more than 700,000 associates,” said Chief Executive Officer Muhtar Kent.

Did You Know ... Lidl is submitting planning applications to construct new stores in Ballymun, Dublin and Douglas, Co Cork? Lidl was selected as the preferred bidder for the three acre Dublin site, which the local council was disposing of. The retailer has already submitted its planning application for the Cork site, and is expecting a decision in February.

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