Limerick food has a roadmap for success

first_imgProceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR No vaccines in Limerick yet Conn Murray, Minister Jan O’Sullivan, Deputy Mayor Cllr Gerald Mitchell and Eamon Ryan joined to launch the new Limerick Food Strategy 2016 – 2018Andrew Careyandr[email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A NEW blueprint outlining Limerick’s food strategy for the next three years was launched this Monday for the local food community to take forward as a roadmap to enhance “our food reputation and for Limerick to become a recognised food destination”.Food producers and suppliers gathered at the Strand Hotel to hear details of the ‘Limerick City and County Council Food Strategy for Limerick 2016-2018’, which is targeting 6 per cent additional growth for the local food tourism sector and 10 per cent additional sales growth for producers.Consultant James Burke, commissioned to carry out the study on behalf of Local Enterprise Office Limerick told the launch that the aim of the publication was to conduct and a review of the food industry in Limerick with a view to outlining a roadmap for the future. The process behind the creation of the strategy came about by “taking stock of the situation to hand, listening to the stakeholders in the region, interpret their views, concerns and visions and put them together in a strategy for the future”, Mr Burke explained. To that end, the Vision to enhance Limerick’s reputation for great food and to build on existing support structures designed to help maximise the economic prosperity for its food stakeholders, was born.Addressing the launch of the plan, Mr Burke said that it was up to the local community to take ownership of the new strategy and realise its full potential.“Something good and very big is happening in Limerick and now you have the framework to march forward with it, Mr Burke told industry representatives, food producers and councillors at the Limerick Strand Hotel.At a lunch celebrating the best of Limerick produce, Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Jan O’Sullivan officially launched the food strategy by congratulating all involved and noting that some 86 new jobs would be created over the three year life time of the plan. “Food exports off this island are exceeding €10bn and this strategic plan, along with a number of other initiatives, will energize the community even further”, Minister O’Sullivan added. Noting the heritage and fame of some of Limerick’s finest produce such as Limerick ham, Minister O’Sullivan said that implementation of the plan could see Limerick become a fully recognised food destination.The three year plan is set to focus of both short and long term objectives including the formulation of a food community network, a full food calendar of events, improvement of business skill sets and educating the community as to Limerick’s food story and strategy.“The breadth and scale of activity ongoing in the local food sector will be complemented by the launch of the Limerick Food Strategy,” stated Minister O’Sullivan adding that “The Irish food landscape has changed dramatically over the last decade with significant growth recorded in new producers starting up with a general focus on locally sourced food on menus in restaurants and hotels. The food tourism sector has also grown considerably with many visitors to Ireland citing the food experience as one of the outstanding features of their time in Ireland.”Research conducted during the preparation of the Strategy indicated that Limerick had many strengths in its food sector including the improved diversity in Limerick’s food offering in recent years, a growing food producer base, new emerging food festivals and new enthusiasm from food stakeholders. The research also highlighted some weaknesses including a small number of speciality producers and the absence of “joined up thinking” with regard to developing the food sector.A full copy of the report may be downloaded from www.limerick.ie/council and the Local Enterprise Office Limerick website, www.localenterprise.ie/Limerick TAGSfeatured Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Linkedin Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Print Advertisementcenter_img First Irish death from Coronavirus Email Facebook Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Twitter Previous articleLimerick’s €500,000 lottery winner running out of timeNext articleThe art of writing for cinema Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsLimerick food has a roadmap for successBy Staff Reporter – February 8, 2016 892 WhatsApplast_img read more

4 mortgage staffing essentials

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Applying the best in ‘people practices’ can help CUs do well in the home loan marketby: Dennis HardimanCredit unions have long prided themselves on their outstanding member service. Their mortgage business is no exception. However, as the cost, complexity and risk involved with originating mortgages continue to climb, many credit unions are struggling to keep up with larger institutions.The good news is that much can be done to build up a mortgage staff to help make a credit union’s mortgage operation successful. The following four steps are ones leveraged by Embrace Home Loans and the team at Affinity, our outsourced mortgage solution. You can apply them at your credit union, too.1. Recruit the right talent. First and foremost, your credit union must ensure it is recruiting the right loan officers and mortgage staff. With national banks continuing to lay off their mortgage teams, there is a growing talent pool of professionals with extensive experience. For instance, Wells Fargo is cutting more than 1,000 lending jobs this year, presenting credit unions with an opportunity to scoop up top talent.Location-agnostic talent can also be a benefit by virtually supporting your credit union’s goal to provide members with mortgage loans. As an example, Embrace Home Loans is recruiting work-at-home underwriters. continue reading »last_img read more

Manuel Pellegrini stands strong at City despite Pep Guardiola rumours

first_imgManuel Pellegrini accepts speculation linking Pep Guardiola with his job at Manchester City is inevitable. The rumours have resurfaced in recent days because Guardiola suggested he would make an announcement about his future in the next week. But Pellegrini, who was displaced by Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid in 2010, said: “We don’t know what Pep will do next season. There are rumours, speculation about what he wants to do. “I think Pep is one of the best coaches in the world so if he doesn’t continue at Bayern maybe a lot of teams can try to have him manage their team. “In my case, I don’t have any pressure about that. Maybe there are a lot of rumours – not only this season but going back to the other seasons – but the only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself to win. “When you have experience and manage so many big clubs, you know with every result that is not the result the club wants the media will start with different rumours about different things, but if you are worried about that it’s impossible to work in a big team.” Pellegrini guided City to Barclays Premier League title success and the Capital One Cup in his first season in charge. Their defence of their league title last season was poor but they still finished second and they are the favourites to take the crown this term. Such facts weigh heavily in Pellegrini’s favour and reclaiming the title – and perhaps winning other silverware – this season would make any decision to remove him seem particularly harsh, even if Guardiola was available. But the Chilean, who is contracted to City until 2017, said: “I cannot talk about what other people want to manage the club. Every owner has the right to see what is the best future for their club. “It’s not my problem because I don’t think for them. My thinking is to try to win and continue in a job where I am happy. After that it’s not my decision.” But the City manager claims he could not work properly if he let such rumours affect him. Bayern Munich’s much-coveted former Barcelona boss has been a reported target of City for several years, since even before Pellegrini arrived at the Etihad Stadium in 2013. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

#bofcon2017 – Looking Good…What do investors want to see in market enterprises?

first_img Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Share Submit Share SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Following a period of mass consolidation and sector realignment, is the betting industry still an attractive proposition for enterprise investors? A Betting on Football expert panel assess current market conditions and challenges awaiting investment and enterprise stakeholders.Professional venture investor Christian Elder Founder of Dreamworx Online, tells the audience that value may have diminished in the betting sector as market has become consolidated and stakeholders look solely for proven revenue generating assets.Elder backs his statement, detailing that pro-investors may look to ‘fresher ground’ within new digital markets such as e-sports, where enterprises and products can prove to be more disruptive. He further states that at present it feels like ‘betting stakeholders are not pushing for innovation’ creating a stagnant marketplace.Mark Blandford founder of industry Venture Capital firm Valhalla Investments, counters Elder’s point of view. From a VC level he states that he is propositioned regularly by entrepreneurs wanting to disrupt the market and bring new innovation into play.Blandford details that Valhalla will only review start-ups with a proven point of concept. As expected standards will vary in enterprises seeking investment, but Blandford is adamant that innovation can thrive in betting pointing to consumer engagements in other  markets through personalisation and mobile delivery that have yet to impact the sector.As COO of FTSE-listed GVC Holdings, Shay Segev is well aware of the pressures facing executive teams of leading operators. Though the industry has seen mass consolidation, Segev adds cautions to stakeholders detailing that a poor acquisition can be costly and can lead to loss of market share.Segev states that stakeholders have to be diligent in their review of assets and targets, assessing whether an enterprise can really add value to a firm’s operations and future growth strategies.As investment manager in private equity group Penta Investments, Marek Smrha backs Segev comments on reviewing assets and undertaking diligence. However, he further details that investors have to be more intricate with the targets they wish to acquire or invest in.Whilst many investors place a high emphasis on technology and operational gains, Smrha states that in international market where betting stakeholders want to expand, investors must be able to gauge whether the target company really understands its regional consumer and local market, judging whether the target company has created a dynamic regional consumer proposition… John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020last_img read more