Clare Business News In Brief

Clare Business News In Brief


calculator-178127_1920A round-up of business news briefs from around County Clare.

Aldi gets green light for Ennistymon store

Aldi 1Aldi is set to increase its Clare workforce after An Bord Pleanala  gave the green light for construction to begin in Ennistymon on the site previously owned by Clare Marts Ltd.

With stores already in Ennis and Kilrush, Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd will now increase its amount of stores in the country to one-hundred. The retail impact assessment lodged with the proposal estimated that the annual turnover of the new store would be €9m, stating that there is currently more than a €21.7m surplus of convenience expenditure annually.

Shannon confirms deal with Norwegian Air

File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

As Cork Airport awaits news on when it can commence its first scheduled transatlantic service, it has emerged that management at Shannon have also struck a deal with the same airline.

As reported by The Clare Herald last week, there had been speculation that Shannon had also reached agreement with Norwegian Air International, the Irish based subsidiary of Norwegian Air.

It had been hoped that the airline would begin flying to Boston from Cork in May however, these plans have been grounded while a decision is awaited from the US department of transportation (DoT) on a foreign carrier licence application.

While the airline has expressed confidence that it could commence services later in the summer, the future of the flights is dependent on the outcome of that application process.

Doonbeg golf resort trumped by wall

Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
Pic Sean Curtin Photo.

Consultants acting for US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump have warned that if the businessman doesn’t secure planning permission for a 200,000-tonne ‘wall’ of rock armour to protect his Doonbeg golf resort, it risks potential closure.

The Irish Independent reports that the stark warning is contained in new plans lodged by the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel with Clare County Council for the construction of a €10m, 2.8km-long wall of limestone rock armour on Doughmore Beach at the golf resort.

“Food Works” is calling all Clare Food Entrepreneurs

fOOD wORKSFood Works, an intensive business development and accelerator programme designed for food and drink start-ups, is coming to Clare.

Ambitious individuals, with an interest in building an international food or drink business in Ireland, are being sought for participation in Food Works, a programme jointly run by Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc.


French travel programme brings Clare to the small screen

default-video-player-france3Images of Clare were seen by more than one million people in France over the weekend, in a special Ireland episode of a popular travel TV show called Échappées Belles.

The show’s presenter and crew filmed here last September, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. The Ireland episode aired on Saturday on France 3, the second largest public TV channel in France.

In Clare, filming for Échappées Belles took place at the matchmaking festival in Lisdoonvarna, the Burren Smokehouse and the Cliffs of Moher. Footage was also captured in counties Kerry and Galway.

Accommodation options take off with sale of Shannon Airport 767

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

An Irish entrepreneur has purchased a decommissioned Russian airplane from Shannon airport at a price of €20,000.

Funeral Director David McGowan is now making plans to move the massive Boeing 767 along the Wild Atlantic Way to his home in Enniscrone, Co. Sligo. The businessman told The Irish Independent he wanted “to create unusual accommodation to boost tourism to his hometown.”

Spring arrives early for the Motor Industry as February car sales blossom‏

electric carOfficial statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that new car registrations for the month of February were up 37%( 21,625) compared to February 2015 (15,778) while total new car sales are up 35% (61,350) on the same period last year (45,586).

Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV), are currently up 50% (3,484) on February 2015 (2,328) and year to date are up 39% (10,043) overall. While Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) registrations, are also up 26% for the month of February (260) 2016 compared to the same month last year (206), and are up 83% year to date.

Career advice for Ennis schools

DSC00229Executives from Shannon Group PLC recently visited Ennis Community College and Gaelcholáiste an Chláir to run a workshop on interview techniques and developing a CV.

The workshop was attended by students on the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme.

Flights disrupted after runway oil spillage

Flights to and from Shannon were delayed by over an hour on Monday after the runway at Gawick Airport was shut due to an oil spillage. Gatwick is the second largest airport in the UK by passenger traffic.

ISME urges start-ups support to ensure jobs growth

Mark Fielding, CEO, ISME. Picture Jason Clarke Photography
Mark Fielding, CEO, ISME. Picture Jason Clarke Photography

At the release of the Monthly Unemployment figures from the CSO today (1st March), ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association, demanded that the next administration revert to pro-business policies and put small businesses at the centre of the agenda. The Association called on the new government to concentrate on cost competitiveness, taxation stability and a renewed emphasis on entrepreneurs.

The Monthly Unemployment figures for February confirm that 190,900 people are still signing on the dole, a reduction of -2,000 in the month. The standardised unemployment rate is 8.8%.