Elaine O'Regan

Elaine O'Regan

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A Longford producer of pet food has awarded a €100,000 contract to Dell to build a hardware platform for a new manufacturing system amid plans for expansion.

Talking Point: Why the cloud is not for every company

Talking Point: Why the cloud is not for every company

Though now firmly bedded into the business vernacular as the way forward for low-cost IT, 'the cloud' can be a somewhat daunting concept for the cash-strapped start-up.

The biggest and best deals of 2012

The biggest and best deals of 2012

In a special end-of-year report, Elaine O'Regan reviews the most significant contracts, investments and funding announcements of the past six months.

Talking Point: Irish firms cautious despite an upswing

Talking Point: Irish firms cautious despite an upswing

As the year draws to a close, a new report has found that business may be picking up for homegrown firms selling to Irish consumers, writes Elaine O'Regan.

Lifestyle change led couple to make a game of healthy living

Lifestyle change led couple to make a game of healthy living

An unexpected change in lifestyle led husband and wife PJ Shankey and Francis O'Duffy to invent a question and answer card game that teaches players about health issues.

Agile in €150,000 Analogue deal

Agile in €150,000 Analogue deal

A Dublin-based IT firm formed in November 2011, when its Irish management team bought out its US parent, has recorded sales of €2.3 million in its first year of business.

Crisp new approach for marketing brothers

Crisp new approach for marketing brothers

William and Michael Rochford, the brothers behind specialty marketing firm BR Foods, are investing €1 million to launch their own range of hand-cooked crisps.

Bombay Pantry adds Atomic spice to brand

Bombay Pantry adds Atomic spice to brand

Indian food chain Bombay Pantry is undergoing a €100,000 overhaul, which will see the company's seven takeaway and delivery outlets redesigned in line with new branding.

Talking Point: All angels have a price

Talking Point: All angels have a price

Just recently, we dedicated a Talking Point column to the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN), which is reporting an upturn in angel activity in the Irish market.

Mid-East deal worth €64m to firm

Mid-East deal worth €64m to firm

Energy services firm Crowley Carbon is valuing a multi-property deal with a facilities management company in the Middle East at €64 million over three years.

Auxilion lands €5m Mainstream IT deal

Auxilion lands €5m Mainstream IT deal

Global wind and solar energy company Mainstream Renewable Power has awarded a €5 million contract to a cloud computing firm in Ireland.

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New this week

Monaghan's Swift Fine Foods has secured a contract worth €2 million per annum to supply SuperValu with a range of premium carvery meals under the retailer's own brand.

Come west along the road

Come west along the road

An investment model pioneered by a fund that supports indigenous firms in the west of Ireland could benefit other regions and sectors, writes Elaine O'Regan.

Talking Point: Entrepreneurs still the economy's driving force

Talking Point: Entrepreneurs still the economy's driving force

Ireland's entrepreneurs are reporting a slight improvement in business conditions, but those reliant on domestic trade continue to suffer most in the recession.

Popping up for Christmas

Popping up for Christmas

Christmas shoppers are being invited to pop into a new temporary outlet on Dublin's South Anne Street stocking cut-price fashion, homeware and golf gear.