Leading renewable energy firm, DP Energy, appoints Adam Cronin as Offshore Technical and Engineering Manager

DP Energy, one of Ireland’s leading developers of renewable energy projects, has appointed Adam Cronin as Technical and Engineering Manager of its Irish Offshore team. Headquartered in Buttevant in North Cork and operating across the world, DP Energy is committed to using the most sustainable and environmentally responsible methods possible in all of their energy developments.

Currently, DP Energy has a 1,500-megawatt portfolio of wind and solar energy projects across Ireland, Australia, the UK and Canada. The company is also a driving force in ocean energy, with tidal energy projects ongoing in Canada, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is also working in the wave energy sector with a strong focus on opportunities in the west of Ireland.

Adam will lead DP Energy’s technical and engineering teams in the delivery of the company’s exciting and ambitious offshore renewable development brief in Ireland. The company has submitted foreshore site investigation licences for three off-shore wind projects around the Irish Coast and to develop these projects, DP Energy has partnered with global energy leader Iberdrola, one of the world’s largest renewable energy producers. Iberdrola has substantial experience in offshore wind development and, importantly, shares DP Energy’s commitment to a sustainable and ethical approach to development. Delivery of these three schemes, hoped to be operational between 2028 and 2030, will significantly contribute to Ireland’s Climate Action Plan target of 70% renewable electricity by 2030.

Adam has decades of experience in the design, consenting and development of marine and offshore projects. This includes offshore energy, subsea cabling, dredging and port and harbour developments supporting the offshore renewable sector. Prior to joining DP Energy, Adam was Director of the Marine Engineering practice at ByrneLooby. He has also held roles in the Department of Communications and Natural Resources and the Department of the Environment. He holds a B. Eng. in Civil and Coastal Engineering from the University of Sunderland and a MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Trinity College Dublin.

Commenting on the appointment, Adam said: “I’m passionate about renewable energy and the sustainable utilisation of our marine resources and I’m delighted to join DP Energy during what is a very exciting and pivotal time for offshore wind projects in Ireland. The development of Irish offshore wind farms will significantly contribute to Ireland’s Climate Action Plan targets, leading the way in our fight against climate change.”

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Irish advertising and marketing practitioners urged by Association of Advertisers in Ireland (AAI) to take part in first ever global industry census of diversity and inclusion

  • World Federation of Advertisers census questionnaire is live until 2 July
  • Irish survey results will feed into global initiative to investigate workforce composition across the industry
  • 22 countries taking part in bid to establish tangible baseline for the global industry which will help inform an action plan for improvement led by the WFA

The Association of Advertisers in Ireland (AAI), the national advocacy group for promoting the interests of advertisers, is delighted to announce that the first ever global census of the advertising and marketing industry is now open for completion by Irish advertising and marketing practitioners.

The research will assess where the global advertising and marketing industry is in relation to diversity, equity and inclusion by investigating workforce composition across the industry. It will also look at people’s perception of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, including their sense of belonging and their perception of progress.

Members of the Irish advertising and marketing sector can now visit this site to give their insights and the census questionnaire will be live until July 2:

https://kantarinsights.fra1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aeIETsOlYwl074y

The WFA believe that the strains and pressures of the pandemic have made it harder for many organisations to prioritise their diversity and inclusion efforts, while research has found that many women, in particular, have considered leaving the profession. Working alongside Kantar, the goal is to generate the largest and most representative sample possible, with the aim of establishing a tangible baseline for the global industry which will help inform an action plan for improvement led by the WFA’s taskforce.

Ireland has been chosen as one of the 22 countries to participate in the census and the other countries are: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Greece, the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates), Hong Kong (SAR), China, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and USA.

The results will be compiled and analysed by Kantar and the key findings will be published by Campaign’s global network of editions later in the year and presented at leading industry events in October 2021. The results will also be used as the basis for an action plan devised and led by WFA’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.

Barry Dooley, Chief Executive of the AAI, said: During lockdown, while some companies focused on survival, diversity and inclusion took a back seat but never before has D&I been so important. We owe it to employees to put greater emphasis on this as the breadth of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences is what enables success and drives growth. This global industry-first research is a huge step in advancing diversity and inclusion across the industry. In addition, the AAI and WFA look forward to conducting this survey every year so that this situation can be continually monitored for the benefit of the advertising and marketing industry as a whole.”

Stephan Loerke, WFA CEO, added: “This is a historic moment for our industry. For all the talk of ‘we are in this together’, the pandemic has shown this to be simply untrue. Inequalities have been exacerbated by recent hardships. Anecdotal evidence suggests the industry is going backwards on diversity and inclusion. It is imperative we get a first-ever industry baseline so that we can draw a line in the sand and move forward together in improving the state of diversity, equity and inclusion in our industry.”

The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) makes marketing better by championing more effective and sustainable marketing communications. It is the voice of marketers worldwide, representing 90% of global marketing communications spend – roughly US$900 billion per annum.

WFA connects the world’s biggest brand owners and national advertiser associations in more than 60 markets, bringing together tens of thousands of brands at local level. Together, they create a global network which offers a unique source of leadership, expertise and inspiration. More information at www.wfanet.org.

The Association of Advertisers in Ireland was established in 1951, to advance the commercial interests of advertisers by advocating for the right to responsible self-regulation and fair competition. The AAI provides its members with a forum for intelligent exchange, access to a network of industry leaders and opportunities to shape policies that impact commercial communication.

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Business services, engineering, logistics and wholesale sectors generate most enquiries about Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme according to Bibby Financial Services Ireland

Bibby Financial Service Ireland providing individual facilities of up to €1m for eligible SME customers as part of Credit Guarantee Scheme

Bibby Financial Services Ireland, a leading provider of financial support and funding solutions to Irish SMEs, has said the business services sector has generated the most interest in the Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme since its launch.

As well as business services, other sectors that were most active in engaging with Bibby Financial Services Ireland about the scheme were engineering, logistics and wholesale services. The company is also reporting that a significant number of enquiries are from businesses located in the west of Ireland.

Bibby has participated in the Government’s Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme, brought in to support Irish businesses in the wake of the pandemic, since 31st March 2021, to provide individual facilities of up to €1 million for eligible customers. 

The Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme was announced by the Irish Government as part of a series of measures to support businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It offers a partial Government guarantee of 80% to SMEs and other businesses availing of products covered under the scheme.

Businesses can then use the funding both as a form of working capital to cover wages, stock and other overheads, and for further investment in terms of new equipment or machinery. While initially the Scheme was delivered via some of the major banks, participation has now been extended to include non-bank lenders and support a wider range of products, including invoice finance.

Invoice Finance enables SMEs to access cash flow tied up in their outstanding invoices, helping them to access income they have already earned but not yet received. This helps businesses avoid having to take on term debt.

Once a business issues an invoice to a customer, that business can receive up to 90% of the invoice’s value within 24 hours from Bibby Financial Services Ireland. The remaining balance will then be paid to the business minus an agreed fee when the customer has paid their bill.

This makes invoice finance an excellent funding solution for businesses that have customers on longer payment terms, or who often pay late. By releasing that cash quickly, businesses can manage the day-to-day activities and plan for growth with a sustainable cashflow that builds working capital. Unlike with a loan or overdraft, businesses can avoid high fixed repayments and increase their funding in line with business growth. Invoice Finance also offers the opportunity to potentially improve profit by paying suppliers early and taking advantage of substantial discounts.

Welcoming the announcement, Mark O’Rourke, Managing Director, Bibby Financial Services Ireland, said: “Ireland’s 250,000 SMEs are the backbone of our economy, and have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have seen a wide range of businesses applying for the Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme but it is especially interesting to see professional services and engineering among the sectors most interested. We’re delighted to be able to support these businesses through the Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme, helping them manage cashflow challenges, protect jobs and broaden the funding options available to them.

“Having the option to access invoice finance rather than a term loan will mean SMEs don’t necessarily have to take on additional debt, and our ability to quickly deliver funding when it is most needed means we stand ready to assist as many businesses as possible.”

Businesses can apply directly for the Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme by contacting Bibby Financial Services Ireland here: www.bibbyfinancialservices.ie/funding/credit-guarantee-scheme

The Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme was extended in November 2020 and will now remain open for applications until 31st December 2021 or until fully utilised.

Bibby Financial Services Ireland is a leading provider of financial support and funding solutions to Irish SMEs. The company helps businesses to thrive and grow in domestic and international markets by providing tailored and flexible funding solutions for a range of scenarios including cashflow funding, new equipment purchase, growth and expansion, management buy-ins and buy-outs, refinancing, corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions.

Bibby Financial Services Ireland’s funding portfolio includes confidential invoice, trade and export finance, bad debt protection and specialist funding for a range of sectors. With a 95% client satisfaction rating, our clients have confidence that we support their business.

Bibby Financial Services Ireland is part of Bibby Financial Services Group, a leading global financial services partner operating in 40 locations across 10 countries. With 40 years’ experience, the business has a funding capability that exceeds £1 billion and an annual collective client turnover of £10.1 billion.

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New Irish digital healthcare business, VIGO Health, partners with Meagher’s Pharmacy Group to offer free nationwide prescription delivery for customers

VIGO Health customers to also receive 10% discount for Meagher’s online store

VIGO Health, a new and innovative health cover proposition that covers everyday health costs under one simple plan, has unveiled a new partnership with Meagher’s Pharmacy Group which offers free nationwide prescription delivery to its customers.

VIGO Health offers access to over 30 everyday health services under one plan for just one price – all on one digital platform. Costing less than €10 a week, paid via a monthly subscription, the service utilises a combination of innovative digital healthcare solutions and cash benefits to connect customers to a range of health professionals at the time they need them.

The new exclusive partnership between the two brands means that VIGO Health customers across Ireland can benefit from free prescription delivery from Meaghers, as well as a 10% discount on any OTC items purchased from the Meaghers online store.

Meagher’s, which has nine stores across Dublin, has been recently recognised as a ‘Deloitte Best Managed Company’ as well as one of Ireland’s Best Small Workplaces through the Great Place To Work trust index for 2021.

Ruth Bailey, CEO of VIGO Health, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Meagher’s Pharmacy Group on this unique offering for VIGO Health customers. This will assist our customers with speedy access to the prescription supports they need when they need them. Meagher’s Pharmacy is a leader for delivering excellence in patient care and in the provision of consultation services, serving the community and expanding the role of the pharmacist. As a result, they share the same vision as VIGO Health.  Partnering with Meaghers Pharmacy means that VIGO Health customers can making a GP booking online, have a full video GP consultation and have any prescriptions they might need delivered right to their door, all without leaving the comfort of their own home. 

Oonagh O’Hagan, Owner and Managing Director of Meagher’s Pharmacy, said: “Meagher’s Pharmacy strive to be at the forefront of our industry embracing the evolving role of pharmacy and delivering new innovative services to the communities we serve.  Finding ways to deliver innovative, value-added services in everyday healthcare is at the heart of the VIGO Health offering and we are delighted to be partnering with them on this exciting new digital healthcare offering and to provide a free prescription delivery to their customers.” 

Aimed primarily at those aged under 40 who don’t have hospital insurance, cover with VIGO Health includes unlimited, on-demand virtual Nurse Chat which is available online or via messaging apps during working hours – with no appointment necessary. The nurse can also connect the user with any other required services they need. Similarly, the on-demand ‘Ask a Doctor’ service is also unlimited, available 24/7 and accessed online or via messaging apps without an appointment.

This means that customers can simply text a nurse or doctor a question at any time and they’ll receive a response within minutes. Unlimited 24/7 virtual GP visits are also included in the price, while face-to-face GP visits are covered for up to €200 a year.

VIGO Health also offers the following benefits for less than €10 a week:

  • Up to 10 virtual appointments with physio and mental health professionals are fully covered
  • Full cover for MRI and CT scans
  • Full cover for the first two visits to a Minor Injury Clinic
  • Up to €300 a year for blood tests and x-rays and up to €500 a year for consultant visits
  • Contributions are also made towards visits to see a dentist, optician, nutritionist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, massage therapist and reflexologist. (“See full list of benefits below)

VIGO Health is an insurance intermediary, authorised in Ireland. Irish Life Health underwrite the cash benefits of the VIGO cash plan while VIGO Health provides digital health services directly to customers. Irish Life Group is an investor in VIGO Health.

*Premium is charged on a monthly basis as €40 per month per adult / €20 per month per child.  Prices are correct at May 2021.

www.vigohealth.ie

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Facebook –@VIGOHealthIre

Tik Tok – @VIGO.Health

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Facebook – @meagherspharmacy

Jose Mourinho unveiled as columnist for The Irish Sun’s EURO 2020 coverage and will feature in new ‘Eur All Invited’ advertising campaign

  • Legendary Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho to also feature exclusively in TV, press, radio and digital media advertising activity
  • Wayne Rooney and David Moyes also signed up as columnists for EURO 2020

The Irish Sun, Ireland’s bestselling daily tabloid newspaper, has unveiled its ‘Eur All Invited’ campaign with Champions League winning manager Jose Mourinho leading its coverage of the upcoming EURO 2020 tournament.

The newly appointed AS Roma Manager Jose Mourinho will be part of The Irish Sun’s TV, press, radio and digital marketing campaign for the tournament which begins on Friday 11 June, 2021, as the tournament gets underway in Rome, with Italy taking on Turkey in Mourinho’s new home of the Stadio Olimipco. The campaign will run for two weeks. A free wallchart, stickers and a detailed guide will also be included in The Irish Sun newspaper to help Irish football fans gear up for the first time the tournament is being held across Europe.

Jose Mourinho has won league titles in Portugal, Italy, Spain and England, with three Premier League crowns at Chelsea. He also led Inter Milan and FC Porto to Champions League glory and will provide expert analysis on his home nation’s quest to retain the postponed European Championship.

While Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland team will miss out on this summer’s showpiece event, The Irish Sun will have full coverage of the tournament with everyone invited along. West Ham United Manager David Moyes and former England star Wayne Rooney will also be in hand to give readers their expert analysis of the summer’s games.

Kieran McDaid, Editor of The Irish Sun, says: “Our ‘Eur All Invited’ campaign will be the number one destination for Irish football fans for this summer’s European Championship. With the coverage led by such an illustrious manager in European football, The Irish Sun will be the best place to get your expert analysis during what is promising to be a fascinating tournament. Though the Boys in Green will not be there, we will make sure all Irish football fans are involved through our superb coverage in The Irish Sun.”

The Irish Sun is Ireland’s bestselling daily tabloid newspaper, with the latest local and global news, fashion, entertainment and sport.

Check out www.thesun.ie or follow us on @IrishSunOnline

The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland calls for the new media commission to take account of non-statutory complaints mechanisms at pre-legislative scrutiny of theOnline Safety and Media Regulation Bill

The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI), the independent self-regulatory body committed to promoting the highest standards of marketing communications in Ireland, attended the Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media, on Wednesday 2nd June, to discuss the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill.

While ASAI recognizes and supports that the new media commission will oversee the new regulatory framework for online platforms based in Ireland, the self-regulatory body believe no one regulator could apply an effective complaints mechanism. 

The scale of advertising across the European Union is such that no single advertising regulator could operate an effective complaints’ handling mechanism. An additional complexity is that advertising in individual countries will be in the language of that country. EU citizens currently can have their complaints addressed by their local advertising self-regulatory body, in their own language. 

ASAI, the recognised advertising regulator with 40 years’ experience, covers advertising that appears on radio, linear and non-linear broadcast, digital (web, social, mobile, in-game ads, influencer marketing (user-generated commercial content), vlogs and blogs, etc.) as well as print, outdoor, direct mail, SMS and cinema.

The ASAI works with the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA) to develop and maintain high advertising standards across Europe and are engaged with the network’s support of the implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and the continuing involvement of its complaints handling for individual EU citizens (the ASAI has handled over 37,500 complaints in the domestic market alone). The ASAI has immense expertise and, as a contemporary regulator, has in-depth knowledge of relevant aspects and application of the AVMSD and the currently revised AVMSD.

In addition to this, since 2006, ASAI has proactively monitored 29,000 ads to date, and it will also be working with the EASA to develop tools for widescale monitoring of advertising content in the online space.

Speaking about their involvement with the pre-legislative scrutiny of the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill, Orla Twomey, Chief Executive of the ASAI, commented:

“ASAI’s sectoral remit is very broad, covering most of the areas mentioned in the AVMSD, protection of minors, recognisability, human dignity, discriminatory content, health and safety, environmental concerns, control of alcohol advertising.  These are all addressed by the 18 sections of the ASAI Code, and more.

“We welcome that the Bill provides latitude for the Media Commission to enter into cooperation agreements with other bodies as it sees fit [Head 29] and, in furtherance of this collaborative approach, have a number of suggestions:

  • The AVMSD explicitly encourages the use of self-regulation, an area in which the ASAI is a subject matter expert.  We consider that the Bill should provide at Head 73 that the Committee not only provide assistance in setting up standards but also may cooperate with or give assistance to an existing self-regulatory system who apply standards in respect of audiovisual or audio content or related electronic media.
  • We also consider that, at Heads 13 and 50A, the Commission should be required to take account of established non-statutory mechanisms as part of the regulatory framework.
  • We further consider in relation to funding at Head 40, that legislation should provide for the Commission to direct funds to systems that it supports.

The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland is financed by the advertising industry and committed, in the public interest, to promoting the highest standards of marketing communications that is advertising, promotional marketing and direct marketing. The objective is to ensure that all commercial marketing communications are ‘legal, decent, honest and truthful’.

The Code covers commercial marketing communications and sales promotions in all media in Ireland including digital web, social, mobile, in-game ads, influencer marketing (user-generated commercial content), print, outdoor, radio, TV, leaflets/brochures, SMS/MMS, cinema, and direct marketing.

Further information on advertising self-regulation, the ASAI and the operation

of the system is available at  www.asai.ie

Follow the ASAI on Twitter @THE_ASAI

New Irish digital healthcare business, VIGO Health, offers access to 30+ everyday health services on one platform for one price – less than €10 a week*

  • VIGO Health aimed at those who don’t have private health insurance and addresses gap in the Irish market for fast access to everyday health services at a reasonable price – via one digital platform
  • Combination of innovative digital solutions and cash benefits allow customers to access all their health connections in one place including virtual GP’s, nurses, physio, mental health and wellbeing services and everyday supports such as dentists, nutritionists and acupuncturists
  • First health cover in Ireland to deliver unlimited and on-demand virtual Nurse Chat and Ask a Doctor Service – unlimited virtual GP visits via video / telephone also included
  • VIGO Health partnering with Irish Life Health, Abi Global Health, Health Hero and Meaghers Pharmacy to deliver services

A new and innovative health cover proposition that covers everyday health costs for those who don’t have private health insurance is being unveiled today in the Irish marketplace.

VIGO Health offers access to over 30 everyday health services under one plan for just one price – all on one digital platform. Costing less than €10 a week, paid via a monthly subscription, the service utilises a combination of innovative digital healthcare solutions and cash benefits to connect customers to a range of health professionals at the time they need them.

Cover includes unlimited, on-demand virtual Nurse Chat which is available online or via messaging apps during working hours – with no appointment necessary. The nurse can also connect the user with any other required services they need. Similarly, the on-demand ‘Ask a Doctor’ service is also unlimited, available 24/7 and accessed online or via messaging apps without an appointment.

This means that customers can simply text a nurse or doctor a question at any time and they’ll receive a response within minutes. Unlimited 24/7 virtual GP visits are also included in the price, while face-to-face GP visits are covered for up to €200 a year.

Aimed primarily at those aged under 40 who don’t have hospital insurance, VIGO Health also offers the following benefits for less than €10 a week:

  • Up to 10 virtual appointments with physio and mental health professionals are fully covered
  • Full cover for MRI and CT scans
  • Full cover for the first two visits to a Minor Injury Clinic
  • Up to €300 a year for blood tests and x-rays and up to €500 a year for consultant visits
  • Contributions are also made towards visits to see a dentist, optician, nutritionist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, massage therapist and reflexologist. (“See full list of benefits below)

Co-founded by health industry professionals Ruth Bailey and Stephen Loughman, VIGO Health is proud to be the first and only service in Ireland that offers both unlimited, on-demand virtual Nurse Chat and a 24/7 Ask a Doctor service with no appointment necessary. And, as the first brand to bring together on-demand health advice, quality information, and medical appointments, VIGO Health customers have the opportunity to receive a faster diagnosis and get medical attention when they need it.

VIGO Health has also partnered with leading industry names to deliver the service, including:

  • Irish Life Health – Underwriters for the cash benefits and ‘pay the claim’ payments for face-to-face healthcare costs
  • Abi Global Health – Provider of AI powered ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. Using AI to match your question to the right real life doctor. Once matched, the doctor will answer in minutes. An Irish company, Abi Global Health operates in dozens of countries across Europe, Asia, the Americas & Africa servicing more than seven million people in partnership with insurance and healthcare companies, governments and NGOs
  • Health Hero – Provider of virtual GP, Physio and Mental Health consultations
  • Meaghers Pharmacy – Provider of free prescription delivery, along with a 10% discount for their online store

Ruth Bailey, CEO of VIGO Health, says the business concept is based on in-depth research of their target audience to understand their everyday healthcare needs. “Currently, there is no product offering in the Irish marketplace that offers health connections via one platform, bringing together fast access to on-demand health advice, quality information, swift access to diagnostics, and proactive health management, as well as cover for everyday health costs without the full cost associated with hospital health insurance.”

“We want to address this very obvious gap in the Irish healthcare market for fast access to everyday physical and mental health and wellbeing services via one digital platform, while also removing unfair financial barriers to these services. Our aim is to make healthcare simple, and with the support of leading industry partners, we will be using the opportunity to proactively encourage customers to continually maintain their health and wellbeing so they can continue to live their best life!”

VIGO Health is an insurance intermediary, authorised in Ireland. Irish Life Health underwrite the cash benefits of the VIGO cash plan while VIGO Health provides digital health services directly to customers. Irish Life Group is an investor in VIGO Health.

*Premium is charged on a monthly basis as €40 per month per adult / €20 per month per child.  Prices are correct at May 2021.  VIGO Health Ltd T/A VIGO Health is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. The VIGO Cash Plan is underwritten by Irish Life Health dac and includes the virtual clinic and cash back for everyday health costs.  Irish Life Health Dac is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. All claim payments are subject to maximum limits as per the table of cover. The total maximum claim payout is €4000.  Ts&Cs apply.

www.vigohealth.ie

Instagram – @vigohealthireland

Facebook –@VIGOHealthIre

TikTok – @vigo.health

Core wins at the IAB MIXX Awards celebrating the best digital advertising campaigns in Europe

Core has picked up two awards at this year’s MIXX Awards in Europe. The An Post Irish Book Awards received the only accolade in the Branded Content category, with competition from Coca Cola and Unliever, taking home the Bronze award. While MediaWorks, part of Core, was awarded Bronze in the Direct Response/ Lead Generation category for their work with Liberty Insurance.

The annual MIXX Awards showcases the very best of digital advertising from across Europe. This year’s jury included experts from BBC Global News, Bloomberg Media, Bauer Media, Coca-Cola, Havas Media Group, Google, GroupM, Publicis Media, PHD, PubMatic, S4M, TikTok, Vodafone, Visa and WarnerMedia.

Louise Cronje, Sponsorship Manager, An Post added:

Since 2018, #ReadersWanted has celebrated the joy and power of reading across all touchpoints as part of our campaign for the An Post Irish Book Awards to empower our audience to read more. In particular, in 2020, #ReadersWanted was effective in delivering much-needed respite to our audience during the pandemic, delivering huge reach and engagement through digital initiatives and virtual events. We are delighted to receive this accolade from the IAB Europe jury at the 2021 MIXX Awards Europe.”

Speaking about the award, Hannah-Louise Dunne, Head of Content Partnerships at Core said:

“Over the years, it has been so enjoyable to work with An Post on the Irish Book Awards. We are delighted to have won another award for this wonderful initiative, which has developed into a significant platform to empower so many of us to enjoy and share the world of reading.”

Catch up with Veronica’s story about returning to the world of education to learn to read and write from the 2020 #ReadersWanted campaign for the An Post Irish Book Awards:

NoCo creates Ireland’s largest workspace network following multiple partnership deals with co-working providers across Ireland

  • NoCo offers companies the opportunity to connect their team to a network of 100+ locations nationwide including towns and cities such as Dublin, Tralee, Naas, Portlaoise, Newtownmountkennedy, Carlow, Cork and Kilkenny
  • Service enables companies like Welltel and Johnson Hana to seamlessly manage their hybrid workspace options via one membership, one monthly invoice and one point of contact

NoCo, an innovative property company, has created Ireland’s largest hybrid workspace network after signing partnership deals with a range of co-working providers across the country. The move offers workers access to a single network that consists of over 100 remote working locations nationwide.

The NoCo service enables large companies to connect their team to a network of close to home workspaces across Ireland via one membership, one monthly invoice and one point of contact. This service is suitable for companies and organisations of any scale or size. A key part of the membership is the option of utilising open or shared workspaces in any of the locations on the network nationwide or alternatively, clients can have their own bespoke dedicated office network created for them.

To facilitate the network, NoCo has partnered with some of the country’s leading serviced office providers such as the Premier Business Centres Group, and independent coworking spaces such as the MSpace in Malahide. The network includes a host of locations across Dublin, Wicklow, Meath and Louth, as well as sites in Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Cork, Kerry, Wexford and Monaghan. NoCo is also planning to grow its workspace network across the UK and Europe before the end of the year.

Barbara Nolan, co-founder of M-Space, said: “Partnering with NoCo is the way forward in terms of offering a comprehensive service offering to the corporate client, who can now have talent distributed throughout Ireland. There are lots of owner-run hubs dotted around the country now, providing a local service to their community, so this is a significant step forward to all join forces under one NoCo network to satisfy the new demand for flexible working in Ireland.”

“M-Space are fully committed to providing a local and personalised service for any NoCo clients living in the Malahide or nearby Fingal communities. We are also very excited to expand our network with NoCo as a collaborative partner into other geographical locations, which will be client-driven and demand-led. The future of work and new way of working is very exciting.”

NoCo is already seeing significant demand from some of Ireland’s largest high profile professional services firms, as well as current industry leaders in hybrid working such as telecommunications firm Welltel and managed legal solutions provider Johnson Hana. As companies begin to gradually return to the office environment, they are utilising the NoCo network to implement their hybrid working strategies.

Johnson Hana’s CEO Dan Fox said: “We are delighted to partner with NoCo, whose objectives in supporting flexible and highly-productive work, aligns closely with our operating model. Johnson Hana has lawyers registered on our platform who are based all across the country, and through the NoCo network we can now support them with an appropriate workplace environment – closer to both where they live, and our client sites. NoCo provides an innovative solution to a constantly evolving working landscape. We can scale our office requirements to suit client demand, and this is now all made much easier thanks to NoCo.”

Commenting on the announcement Brian Moran, co-founder of NoCo, said: “We are delighted to be working with a variety of partners including Huckletree, MSpace and Republic of Work to bring a whole new range of options and ‘ready to go’ locations to Irish workers. While we were originally focused on the Dublin commuter belt, due to the impact of the pandemic on the future of work, we’ve pivoted the direction of business to address the wider geographical needs of the Irish workforce. We’re excited to be in a position to provide more accessible workspaces to communities across Ireland as well as employment opportunities, and believe this pivot will enable us to scale into the EU and UK at an even faster pace.”

www.noco.ie

Surge of applications for fully-paid Media Technology Graduate Training Programme offered by Creative Technology Ireland and NEP Ireland demonstrates unprecedented interest in Ireland’s growing audio visual industry

  • Full time, fully paid programme will support fresh talent and offer graduates a formal career path in audio visual technology industry 
  • Those who successfully complete the programme will be offered full time positions in either CT Ireland or NEP Ireland
  • Deadline for applications is 31 May

Over 50 students have applied to a new, fully-paid two-year Media Technology Graduate Training Programme which was recently unveiled by CT Ireland and NEP Ireland. With eight places available and still over one week left to apply, (deadline 31st May), the demand demonstrates the interest that exists for pursuing a career in specialised audio visual production services such as television, live events and visual technologies.

Aimed at shaping and enhancing the future skills of Ireland’s audiovisual industry, the programme is designed to cater for young people and adults who want to embark on a career within the sector as well as supporting those already working in the industry, with upskilling and further professional development. “Real World” crafts of broadcast and audio-visual technical operations, and as part of their training they will have the chance to rotate through various departments, learning on-the-job on some of the most high-profile and exciting events in the events calendar.

Creative Technology Ireland and NEP Ireland are both part of the NEP Group, a worldwide group with more than 4,000 employees. For the past three decades, NEP has been the leading worldwide technical production partner helping premier content producers bring live sports and entertainment to life. 

Trainees will learn a variety of crafts including vision and audio operations, technical maintenance, rigging, and associated skills. The graduates will be on full-time, paid contracts during their training, and will be expected to successfully complete a number of industry certification courses during their term with bodies such as Avixa (www.avixa.com) the global Audio-Visual educational organisation, and NEP-U, NEP group’s own worldwide University Programme.

Alan Burns, (NEP Europe) says: “Our business depends on energised and committed individuals, who love the technology, and are excited by the prospects of working on big events, whether it’s a Six Nations rugby game, or a television show like Dancing With The Stars, so it’s important for us to provide a more structured route in to the business for the up-and-coming talent coming out of the formal education system. Although they have completed a degree level course, there’s no substitute for the real-world experience of fixed deadlines with zero tolerance for errors, so this represents a great chance for the right people to get a foothold in the business.”

John Roche, (MD of CT Ireland) added: “Our business equally depends on people who love technology, and who love a challenge. Our team is full of individuals who spend every waking hour thinking of creative ways to use the fantastic audio-visual technology out there, and we love to see them coming up with new ideas. We are also delighted that CT Ireland includes the biggest cohort of female AV technical staff in the country, and this is something we actively encourage and strive to improve constantly, so we’d love to see plenty of female participation in this programme. This new scheme is, we believe, a vital step in the continuing development of what is more and more becoming an essential service, and never more so than can be seen over the past year, where we’ve actively developed no less than three virtual studios to maintain communications for our clients.”

Those successfully completing the programme will be offered full-time positions in either CT Ireland or NEP Ireland. It is intended to make this new innovation an annual programme to develop new talent to help the growth of the two companies.

Contacts:

John Roche, MD, CT Ireland: john.roche@ct-group.com  www.ct-ireland.ie

Alan Burns, aburns@nepgroup.com  www.nepireland.com

NEP and CT are both part of the NEP Group, a worldwide group with more than 4,000 employees.

For over 30 years, NEP has been the leading worldwide technical production partner helping premier content producers bring live sports and entertainment to life.  NEP’s 4,000+ employees are driven by a passion for superior service and a focus on technical innovation. Together, we have supported productions in 88 countries on all seven continents.

NEP is headquartered in the United States and has operations in 25 countries. Learn more at www.nepgroup.com