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Weekly Roundup, November 29, 2016

An Taoiseach and Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor urge support for Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday falls on 3rd December and is about informing consumers about the value of shopping locally and supporting small businesses.

Independence finance provider Capitalflow has warned of a volatile 2017 for SMEs. At an event organised by the company, panellists discussed the impact of Brexit, Trump presidency, and the possible outcomes of French and German elections, and said that SMEs will likely be hit hardest by difficult changes.

Revenue has seized 600,000 cigarettes at Dublin Port. The operation occurred on the 25 November and the ‘L & M’ brand cigarettes seized were estimated to have a retail value of almost €304,000, representing potential loss to the Exchequer of €261,000.

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) is hosting a conference to discuss unfair trading practises between retailers and suppliers. The conference will be held tomorrow, 30 November. In attendance will be Joe Healy, IFA President & Chairman; Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; Christine Tacon, UK Groceries Code Adjudicator; and John Shine, Director of Regulation and Advocacy Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

Craft brewer Walled City Brewing is to set up the first-ever Homebrew Academy in Northern Ireland. The academy is the brainchild of James Huey, founder of Walled City Brewing, and is aiming to open its doors in Derry in January.

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