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Weekly Round-Up November 17 2015

By Publications Checkout
Weekly Round-Up November 17 2015

BWG Group posted sales of up to €1.2 billion in the 12 months to the end of September 2015, according to financial reports released by 80% shareholder Spar South Africa. The Irish Times reported that the owner of Spar, Mace XL and as of recently, Londis recorded growth of 6.7% in the period.

Former Musgrave chief Hugh Mackeown has hit out at the government’s lack of support for Irish, family-owned businesses compared to that offered to multinationals, the Irish Independent reported. "What kind of a message does it send to Irish businesses when our Minister for Finance goes to Shannon to meet Mr Trump, who plans to invest in an existing golf club?,” Mackeown told a meeting of Cork Chamber. "No Musgrave CEO has been met by a politician off a plane, or anything else, in 140 years.”

Newry’s Buttercrane Shopping Centre has secured seven new brands, as well as a £3.725 million investment in new shop fittings and expansion, creating 120 new jobs, according to the Newry Times. The centre is currently anchored by M&S, Dunnes Stores and Primark, and will soon host brands such as Vera Moda, Vila, name it, Jack & Jones, The Works, Yours and specialist toy shop, Order Sixty Six.

The Southern Region Waste Management Office is reminding householders of how they can both reduce their food waste and save money, ahead of European Week for Waste Reduction. The Southern Waste Region, including Carlow, Clare, Cork, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford, has a recycling rate of 48%, but the office wants to show households new ways to avoid wasting food with recipes and tips on its website

Managing director at Glanbia, Siobhán Talbot has won the Ireland-US Council’s 2015 award for outstanding achievement for her leadership of the company’s contribution to enhancing the economic relationship between the US and Ireland, The Irish Times reported. Glanbia operates thee cheese plants in Idaho and also has a joint venture in New Mexico.


Bord Iascaigh Mhara has announced George Stephens of The Fish Market in Blanchardstown, Dublin, as the overall winner of BIM’s Young Fishmonger 2016 competition. The finalists included Peter Shanahan, Fish Seafood Deli, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork; Stephen Fagan, Kish Fish, Coolock, Dublin; Lidia Ulaszek, Dunnes Stores, Knocknacarra, Co. Galway, and Eoghan Crowe of Quinlan’s, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Parcel Connect and its parent company Fastway Couriers Ireland has signed a contract with Irish-based delivery management platform Scurri, which will see it facilitate the delivery of over €3.4 billion worth of merchandise predicted to be ordered through retailers like Littlewoods and ASOS over the next five years.

Following Aramark’s takeover of the business, Avoca is set to add five of six new café and retail stores to its current network of 11 in Ireland, according to The Irish Times. Aramark is also reportedly taking the brand to the UK, and possibly the US.

Checkout magazine has been nominated for three awards at the forthcoming Magazines Ireland Awards, taking place in Dublin on December 3. Checkout is nominated in the ‘Business To Business Magazine, More Than 5,000 Circulation’ category, as well as the ‘Best Digital Product’ category for In addition, Stephen Wynne-Jones, editor, Checkout, is nominated for Editor of the Year, Business to Business Magazines.

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