Elbow / collarbone injuries in children, lacerations and chest wall trauma are among the Top Five injuries experienced by Dubliners – Affidea ExpressCare Clinics

Ever wondered what injuries and ailments most affect those living in Dublin?

The teams working at the walk-in Affidea ExpressCare Clinics located in Northwood, Santry and in Tallaght get a very realistic picture of the most common ailments that affect the patients who visit them every day.

Below are the top five injuries and illnesses that the doctors and nurses at the Affidea ExpressCare Clinics in Dublin deal with on a daily basis:

  • Elbow and collarbone injuries in children
  • Lacerations
  • Chest wall injuries
  • Finger injuries
  • Ankle injuries

David Foley, Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Medical Director of Affidea ExpressCare Clinics, says,: “We see a wide range of injuries at our Clinics in Dublin including chest wall trauma, elbow and collarbone injuries in children as well as hand and wrist conditions. Treatment will depend on the type and severity of the injury but we would always advise you see a doctor if the pain persists. At Affidea, we pride ourselves on reviewing each patient and having all x-rays done within an hour of them coming into the ExpressCare Clinic.”

David outlines below some reasons why these injuries are the most commonly treated at both ExpressCare Clinics in Dublin  – and some top tips on how to avoid them:

  1. Elbow and collarbone injuries inchildren

Elbow fractures are common childhood injuries that are normally sustained from falls and account for a large proportion of children’s fractures. Children who have elbow and collarbone injuries should be evaluated by a doctor in case of a fracture. Diagnosing an elbow injury in a child can be complicated, since their elbow joints are mainly cartilage, making injuries difficult to detect on an x-ray. Often the only sign of a broken elbow in a child is swelling seen on x-ray. In this case, the elbow should be treated as a break. Similarly, fractures or breaks of the collarbone most commonly occur from a fall on the side of the shoulder. Broken collar bones are most common during contact sport so adequate padding will reduce the risk.

  1. Lacerations

Lacerations can occur anywhere on the body. This is a wound that is produced by the tearing of soft body tissue – it is usually jagged and irregular. In most cases, tissue injury is minimal, and infections are uncommon. However, severe lacerations may extend through the full thickness of the skin and into subcutaneous tissues, including underlying muscle, internal organs, or bone. Severe lacerations can often be accompanied by significant bleeding and pain. It is usually best to consult a doctor if you obtain a laceration as you may need stitches. Keep the area clean and inspect the wound – if you feel it may be prone to infection make sure you cover it up and visit an Affidea ExpressCare Clinic.

  1. Chest wall injuries

A blow to the chest can cause fractured ribs, a fractured sternum or bruising to the lungs. These can occur following impact trauma to the chest such as a car accident or during impact sports. Chest wall injuries are managed differently depending on the severity of the injury and the symptoms experienced. Even a minor injury can cause chest pain for days after the injury. Deep breathing, coughing, or sneezing can increase the pain, as can pressing down or lying on the injured area.

  1. Finger injuries

Everyone has suffered a minor finger injury from an activity or a DIY job that went wrong. If you suffer from pain, always check to see if you can move your finger to ensure that it is not broken. Following that, it’s important to rest the injury and apply ice as this can reduce pain and swelling. If you’re unsure about how to wrap your injury, consult a doctor so that they can effectively wrap the injured area.

  1. Ankle injuries

Similiar to a finger injury, an ankle injury can be an inconvenience. It’s important to take the necesary steps to achieve a full recovery. First, it’s essential to consult a doctor to make sure the bone is not broken. After that, elevation, icing and compression will be the most effective form of care.

Accidents can occur anywhere at any time but with appropriate safety precautions and an awareness of one’s environment, many can be avoided or prevented. For treatment of minor cuts and injuries, Affidea ExpressCare Clinics are giving away First Aid Kits on their Facebook page for the month of July. To be in with a chance of winning one, visit https://www.facebook.com/AffideaIreland/ for more information.

Offering fast turnaround times without an appointment, ExpressCare Clinics treats minor injuries and illnesses such as fractures and sprains, lacerations requiring stitches, sports and DIY injuries, minor burns and scalds, eye and ear injuries, insect and animal bites, infections and rashes. Children over the age of one are also treated, eliminating the need for a stressful visit to a hospital A&E department with an injured child. All ExpressCare Clinics are open from 10am to 10pm, 365 days a year.

Affidea ExpressCare provides services to all patients who attend on a fee for service basis, and it’sa covered benefit for health insurance providers Laya Healthcare and Irish Life Health.

For tips and advice, or to find out more about Affidea’s ExpressCare Clinics, check out www.affidea.ie

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Farm Safety Week 2019 – Advertisers reminded of ASAI Code requirements when creating ads located in an agricultural setting

Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland says onus is on advertisers to ensure all advertisements depicting an agricultural setting complies with ASAI code

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To tie in with Farm Safety Week, which takes place from the 15th – 19th July, the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI), is reminding advertisers of their requirements when creating ads that are set in an agricultural setting.

The organisation, which is the independent self-regulatory body committed to promoting the highest standards of marketing communications in Ireland, is particularly keen to highlight what advertisers need to be aware of when featuring children in adverts that have an agricultural focus.

The ASAI’s Code of Standards for Advertising and Marketing Communications states that marketing communications should be prepared with a sense of responsibility to consumers and to society. It also says that marketing communications shouldn’t encourage or condone dangerous behaviour or unsafe practices as well as additional rules that are specific to children.

It requires advertisers to be mindful that children may imitate what they see in marketing communications, and given that, they should not be encouraged, whether directly or indirectly, to copy any practice that might be unsafe. Full details on relevant aspects of the Code are outlined at the end of this document.

Orla Twomey, Chief Executive of the ASAI, says: “While we are not a safety organisation, our Code contains rules related to safety. Advertisers have a special responsibility around the inclusion of children in marketing communications, including ads that take place in an agricultural setting. Advertisers should be aware of safe distances between children and machinery depicted in ads, as well as the appropriate safety around animals, and other various safety protocols. Essentially, advertisers should not show behaviour that if imitated, could result in a child being hurt.”

“As the independent self-regulatory body committed, in the public interest, to promoting the highest standards of marketing communications in Ireland, the ASAI aims to lead the way in ensuring all marketing communications are not only legal, decent, honest and truthful; but also safe.”

There are a range of resources that can help in designing advertising that does not show unsafe behaviour and of course, the ASAI are also here to help with our copyadvice@asai.ie service. 

The Code rules that are of particular relevance to this topic are:

3.3        Marketing communications should be prepared with a sense of responsibility to consumers and to society.

Safety

3.24      (a) A marketing communication should not encourage or condone dangerous behaviour or unsafe practices.

(b) Where the purpose of a marketing communication is to promote safety, it may be acceptable to portray dangerous behaviour or unsafe practices.

7.2        Children lack adults’ knowledge, experience and maturity of judgement. Marketing communications addressed directly or indirectly to children, or marketing communications likely to be seen or heard by a significant proportion of them, should have regard to the special characteristics of children and the ways in which they perceive and react to marketing communications.

7.3        The way in which children perceive and react to marketing communications is influenced by their age, experience and the context in which the message is delivered. For example, marketing communications that are acceptable for young teenagers will not necessarily be acceptable for younger children. The ASAI will take these factors into account when assessing marketing communications and their compliance with the Code.

7.4        Marketing communications should contain nothing that is likely to result in physical, mental or moral harm to children or that is likely to frighten or disturb them, except to promote safety or in the public interest. In principle and subject to the qualifications above, the following rules apply.

(c) Children should not be shown in morally or physically dangerous situations or behaving dangerously in the home or outside. Children should not be shown unattended in street scenes unless they are old enough to take responsibility for their own safety.

(e) Where children appear as pedestrians or cyclists, they should be seen to observe the Rules of the Road. Special attention should be paid, where relevant, to the use of child car seats and the wearing of car seat-belts and safety helmets.

(f) Younger children in particular should not be shown using or in close proximity to dangerous substances or equipment without direct adult supervision. Examples include matches, petrol, gas, medicines and certain household substances, as well as certain electrical appliances and machinery, including agricultural equipment.

(h) Given that children may imitate what they see in marketing communications, they should not be encouraged, whether directly or indirectly, to copy any practice that might be unsafe.

To find out more about Farm Safety Week 2019 please visit https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/farm-safety-week-asai-promotes-children-advertising-orla-twomey

Other useful resources:  www.agrikids.ie | www.hsa.ie | www.ifa.ie

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Average ‘sold price’ for houses in Cork drop by 8% in first half of 2019 – New research from Perfect Property

  • Average ‘sold price’ of a house in Cork in H1 2018 was €286,501 while in H1 2019 the average price was €264,552 – an 8% decrease
  • Prices dropping in places such as Carrigaline, Ballincollig and Skibbereen while Youghal and Macroom see substantial prices rises

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The average ‘sold price’ for houses across Cork in the first half of 2019 has dropped by 8% when compared to last year, according to new research by Perfect Property, Ireland’s innovative property search engine.

The average sold price of a house in Cork in H1 2018 was €286,501, while in H1 2019 the average sold price was €264,552, a decrease of 8%.

An analysis of the figures also reveals those area that have seen the most dramatic fall in sold prices across Cork. Skibbereen has seen house prices drop by 19% between H1 2019 and H1 2018, while in Ballincollig and Carrigaline, sold prices have dropped a significant 13% and 6% respectively.

Other areas, however, have seen an increase in price. Youghal has incurred the biggest increase, with house prices 24% higher in H1 2019 compared to H2 2018, followed by Macroom up 22%, Kanturk up 19%, Blarney up 15%, Kinsale up 12%, Douglas up 11% and Fermoy, Cobh and Mallow seeing a 4% increase.

When broken down further, the figures showed an 11% increase in average sold price between Q1 2018 and Q1 2019, whereas there was a 21% decrease in the average sold price when Q2 2019 is compared to Q2 2018.

This research was carried out by search platform Perfect Property, which features properties from a range of estate agents including REA, Knight Frank, REMAX and Sotheby’s. Currently the average price of property uploaded to the website every day is €20.3m, with new properties worth €142m added every week. The platform has a wide range of user-friendly features, meaning it is fast becoming the property search portal of choice for home buyers and sellers, as well as those seeking a new rental property.

Commenting on the recent figures, Laura Pollard, Managing Director of Perfect Property, said:

“Our research shows a very dynamic housing market in Cork, with considerable regional variation in sold prices. Reviewing achieved sold prices, rather than listing prices, is key to understanding the true state of the market. While Cork is down 8% as a whole, the lack of growth has not been experienced in all areas, with Youghal, Macroom, Kanturk and Blarney showing an increase in sold prices, so the research has produced varied and interesting results.”

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Sports injury, lacerations, falls, wrist/finger injuries and ankle/foot injuries are the top five injuries and illnesses treated at the Affidea ExpressCare Clinic in Cork

Ever wondered what injuries and illnesses most affect those living in Cork?

The walk-in Affidea ExpressCare Clinic is located in the Elysian Building, right in the heart of Cork, meaning that the team get a very realistic picture of the most common ailments that affect the patients who visit them every day.

Below are the top five injuries and illnesses that the doctors and nurses at the Affidea ExpressCare Clinic deal with on a daily basis:

  • Sports injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Falls
  • Wrist/finger injuries
  • Ankle/foot injuries

Dr. Tony Lynch, Clinical Lead Doctor in Affidea ExpressCare Clinic in The Elysian in Cork, says: “The most common injuries that we see at the Clinic in Cork generally result from sport and extremity injuries due to falls. Treatment will depend on the type and severity of the injury but it’s always advised to see a doctor if the pain persists. Often what people think is a straightforward sprain can actually be a fractured bone. At Affidea, we pride ourselves on reviewing each patient and having all X-rays done with a plan of action within an hour of them coming into the clinic.”

Tony outlines below some reasons why these injuries and illnesses are the most commonly treated in Cork – and some top tips on how to avoid them:

  1. Sports Injury

Nowadays, it seems like everyone is into their fitness and looking after their health. Whether you prefer working out at a gym, playing sport or having an evening stroll in the long, bright summer evenings, are all great choices to get the heart pumping. While many sport and exercise related injuries can be avoided with the use of protective gear, others may be unavoidable. Sports injuries result from acute trauma or repetitive stress associated with athletic activities. They can affect bones or soft tissue such as ligaments, muscles and tendons. Many sports injuries can be avoided by suitable conditioning, sufficient warm up, wearing appropriate footwear and using correct techniques. 

  1. Lacerations

Lacerations can occur anywhere on the body. This is a wound that is produced by the tearing of soft body tissue – it is usually jagged and irregular. In most cases, tissue injury is minimal, and infections are uncommon. However, severe lacerations may extend through the full thickness of the skin and into subcutaneous tissues, including underlying muscle, internal organs, or bone. Severe lacerations can often be accompanied by significant bleeding and pain. It is usually best to consult a doctor if you obtain a laceration as you may need stitches. Keep the area clean and inspect the wound – if you feel it may be prone to infection make sure you cover it up and visit an Affidea ExpressCare Clinic.

  1. Falls

Nearly everyone falls now and then, and some falls are unavoidable. Falls prevention is about recognising, and where possible, taking action to reduce the risk. Weak muscles that make it more difficult to stand up or keep your balance are a common cause of falls. Visit an Affidea ExpressCare Clinic if you have suffered an injury from a fall, or if you experience any recurrent, sudden or severe dizziness.

  1. Wrist/Finger Injuries

Everyone has suffered a minor finger, hand, or wrist injury. Most of the time our body movements do not cause problems, but it’s not surprising that symptoms occur from everyday wear and tear or from overuse. Finger, hand, or wrist problems can also be caused by a certain type of injury. If you suffer from pain in these areas, always check to see if you can move your wrist or finger to ensure that it is not broken. Following that, it’s important to rest the injury and apply ice as this can reduce pain and swelling. If you’re unsure about how to wrap your injury, consult a doctor so that they can effectively wrap the injured area.

  1. Ankle/Foot Injuries

Similiar to a wrist or finger injury, ankle and foot injuries can be a severe inconvenience. It’s important to take the necesary steps to achieve a full recovery. First, it’s essential to consult a doctor to make sure the bone is not broken. After that, elevation, icing and compression will be the most effective form of care.

Accidents can occur anywhere at any time but with appropriate safety precautions and an awareness of one’s environment, many can be avoided or prevented. For treatment of minor cuts and injuries, Affidea ExpressCare Clinics are giving away First Aid Kits on their Facebook page for the month of July. To be in with a chance of winning one, visit https://www.facebook.com/AffideaIreland/ for more information.

Offering fast turnaround times without an appointment, ExpressCare Clinics treats minor injuries and illnesses such as fractures and sprains, lacerations requiring stitches, sports and DIY injuries, minor burns and scalds, eye and ear injuries, insect and animal bites, infections and rashes. Children over the age of one are also treated, eliminating the need for a stressful visit to a hospital A&E department with an injured child. All ExpressCare Clinics are open from 10am to 10pm, 365 days a year.

Affidea ExpressCare provides services to all patients who attend on a fee for service basis, and it’sa covered benefit for health insurance providers Laya Healthcare and Irish Life Health.

For tips and advice, or to find out more about Affidea’s ExpressCare Clinics, check out www.affidea.ie

Follow @AffideaIreland on Twitter and Facebook

Core secures silver ‘Investors in Diversity’ award from Irish Centre for Diversity

Procedure helps Core to recognise key strengths and identify further areas for development

Core, Ireland’s largest marketing communications company, has secured a silver ‘Investors in Diversity’ award in recognition of its diversity and inclusion programme and ongoing self-evaluation and improvement procedures.

The award was made by the Irish Centre for Diversity, supported by Ibec and the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion, which aims to transform businesses’ diversity practices and culture. The silver award focuses on employees’ sense of fairness and belonging to the business, and provides an overview of key strengths and areas for development.

As part of its application for the award, Core aimed to evaluate how it could improve existing practices by seeking out detailed feedback from team members across the business, and benchmark itself against other leading businesses.

Jill Downey, lead for Diversity & Inclusion at Core, says: “We’re delighted to have received this award in recognition of our efforts to date, and are looking forward to improving further.

“Designing and implementing a diversity and inclusion programme is a challenge for businesses of any size. But, as the saying goes, ‘you can’t manage what you don’t measure.’ Engaging with Investors in Diversity was a natural step for us to take in our journey, so that we could accurately capture what people in our business felt across the entire diversity and inclusion spectrum and continue to improve.”

Caroline Tyler, Irish Centre for Diversity, says: “Research shows that inclusive and diverse organisations are successful. As a trailblazer for its sector, Core recognises the importance of celebrating the diversity of its staff and being an inclusive organisation, both for itself as a company but also the communities and organisations within which it works. Working with the Irish Centre for Diversity and achieving Investors in Diversity Silver sends a clear message to everyone of how seriously Core takes its commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, now and as part of its ongoing journey towards excellence.”

As part of its feedback following the award, Core identified additional training needs to challenge unconscious biases in the workplace. Going forward, Core plans to provide all staff with training in this area, and has already held a number of talks and workshops this year.

As well as offering a range of training, Core also has a dedicated team who have celebrated International Women’s Day, Africa Day and most recently Pride month. In addition, Core has hosted a ‘Lean In’ event with Sheryl Sandberg, the 30% Club Council and just recently held a workshop with BeLonG To exploring inclusivity of and allyship with  LGBTQi.

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Lynk increases its number of hybrid electric taxis to 250 vehicles

Hybrid vehicles will comprise over 20% of Lynk’s total fleet by September as it calls for greater partnership between local authorities and private sector

Lynk, Dublin’s taxi booking app, has increased its fleet of hybrid electric vehicles to 250, as it continues to reduce its carbon emission levels. Lynk now possesses one of the largest hybrid taxi fleets in Ireland, and expects hybrid vehicles to comprise over 20% of its total fleet by September. 

The increase in hybrid vehicle numbers comes as the Government aims to accelerate Ireland’s take-up of EV cars and vans and achieve a target of 950,000 EVs on the road by 2030, including both Battery Electric Vehicles and Plug-in Hybrids.

Lynk currently has a fleet of 1,500 professional drivers city-wide and has delivered over 2.5 million trips and counting. The growing availability of charge points at shopping centres, hospitals, parks and garages around the city is encouraging more taxi drivers to make a change in the type of vehicles they purchase, and Lynk intends that its driver app will facilitate this by mapping out EV charge points throughout the city.

However, more must be done to encourage private partnerships with local authorities in order to ensure the development of sufficient EV infrastructure throughout Dublin.

Noel Ebbs, CEO of Lynk, says: “The businesses that use our services are increasingly conscious of their environmental impact and are actively seeking greener modes of transport. Hybrid vehicles save on fuel, have lower emissions and result in better air quality for us all.

“In this trade there was previously a greater focus on large diesel cars, but over the past year drivers are instead choosing lower-emission or hybrid vehicles. We’re doing all we can to assist drivers looking to make the transition to hybrid or entirely electric vehicles, but greater co-operation between businesses and local authorities across Dublin will be essential if more EV infrastructure and charging points are to be rolled out.”

Lynk was launched in February 2015 by founder and CEO Noel Ebbs, a taxi tech entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in taxi technology. Developed specifically for the Irish market, Lynk provides a quality, safe and efficient service. Lynk is based in Newmarket, Dublin and provides 75 Irish jobs.

For more information see www.lynk.ie or download the app on the App Store or Google Play

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Hybrid vehicles will comprise over 20% of Lynk’s total fleet by September as it calls for greater partnership between local authorities and private sector

2 July 2019: Lynk, Dublin’s taxi booking app, has increased its fleet of hybrid electric vehicles to 250, as it continues to reduce its carbon emission levels. Lynk now possesses one of the largest hybrid taxi fleets in Ireland, and expects hybrid vehicles to comprise over 20% of its total fleet by September. 

The increase in hybrid vehicle numbers comes as the Government aims to accelerate Ireland’s take-up of EV cars and vans and achieve a target of 950,000 EVs on the road by 2030, including both Battery Electric Vehicles and Plug-in Hybrids.

Lynk currently has a fleet of 1,500 professional drivers city-wide and has delivered over 2.5 million trips and counting. The growing availability of charge points at shopping centres, hospitals, parks and garages around the city is encouraging more taxi drivers to make a change in the type of vehicles they purchase, and Lynk intends that its driver app will facilitate this by mapping out EV charge points throughout the city.

However, more must be done to encourage private partnerships with local authorities in order to ensure the development of sufficient EV infrastructure throughout Dublin.

Noel Ebbs, CEO of Lynk, says: “The businesses that use our services are increasingly conscious of their environmental impact and are actively seeking greener modes of transport. Hybrid vehicles save on fuel, have lower emissions and result in better air quality for us all.

“In this trade there was previously a greater focus on large diesel cars, but over the past year drivers are instead choosing lower-emission or hybrid vehicles. We’re doing all we can to assist drivers looking to make the transition to hybrid or entirely electric vehicles, but greater co-operation between businesses and local authorities across Dublin will be essential if more EV infrastructure and charging points are to be rolled out.”

Lynk was launched in February 2015 by founder and CEO Noel Ebbs, a taxi tech entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in taxi technology. Developed specifically for the Irish market, Lynk provides a quality, safe and efficient service. Lynk is based in Newmarket, Dublin and provides 75 Irish jobs.

For more information see www.lynk.ie or download the app on the App Store or Google Play

Follow us on Twitter @LynkTaxis and on Facebook @LynkTaxi

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Creative Technology Acquires Ion Solutions

Creative Technology Group (CT), a Live Events Company of NEP Group and worldwide specialist in audio visual equipment and bespoke staging solutions, announced today that it has acquired Ion Solutions, a leading provider of professional audio visual and broadcast technology systems in Ireland.

Based in Dublin, Ireland, Ion Solutions specialises in the creative and technical delivery of indoor and outdoor live events, conferences and exhibitions, as well as the design, supply, installation and integration of audio-visual communications equipment, broadcast television systems, digital video production / computer graphics systems and digital signage solutions. Ion Solutions will now become part of the CT Europe & Middle East group and will be rebranded as Creative Technology (CT) Ireland after a transitionary period. The existing management team of Ion Solutions will continue to run the day-to-day business.

Ion Solutions was founded in 1967 as a technology engineering specialist, adding broadcast and AV systems integration, AV rental, facilities management and content creation capabilities. The business also offers a range of managed audio-visual services, ranging from maintenance contracts to on-site AV technician services. Today, Ion Solutions is led by an extremely experienced management team and employs 70+ full-time staff based out of two office locations in Sandyford, Dublin. Clients at Ion Solutions span a variety of sectors including broadcast, retail, healthcare, hospitality and educational facilities, as well as corporate venues.

NEP has 4,000+ employees in 24 countries, while CT operates 19 offices on three continents. Today’s acquisition is consistent with NEP’s stated strategy to become the world leader in Live Events services. The deal adds Ion Solutions’ significant high-end AV equipment inventory and local delivery capability on the island of Ireland, supported by an experienced technical team. The addition of Ion Solutions also increases synergies across NEP’s operating segments to provide clients with access to even more robust AV resources, a deeper pool of skilled engineers and technicians, and a range of end-to-end solutions to support live events and broadcast productions in Ireland and on the world stage.

Dave Crump, President and CEO of CT Europe & Middle East, said: “The addition of Ion Solutions strengthens the CT organisation, increasing our full range of services and rentals we can provide to our clients, especially in an increasingly significant business hub like Dublin. Beyond technology, though, our business, above all else, depends on the quality of our people, and we are delighted with the wealth of talent that Ion Solutions brings to the table. This is a great cultural fit for CT, NEP and Ion Solutions as we share similar core values and service-orientated cultures, and our clients worldwide will benefit from increased access to our innovative, high-quality, end-to-end AV solutions and talented staff.”

“From our earliest beginnings in 1967, Ion Solutions has always sought to innovate in the market, and to offer our unique experience in broadcast systems, coupled with the best of AV technology to our clients,” said John Roche, CEO of Ion Solutions. “We were looking for the next step in our evolution and becoming part of Creative Technology and the global NEP Worldwide Network – working alongside our existing partners on the NEP Ireland, Screen Scene and NEP Connect teams – will be a tremendous benefit to both our employees and our clients in Ireland and worldwide.

“CT, along with the other companies in NEP’s Live Events operating segment, as well as the entire NEP Worldwide Network, will support our business and provide access to a global pool of state-of-the-art assets and highly trained technical talent in Europe and around the world,” adds Roche. “Through this support, we will be in a position to provide our clients with additional services, and also work with clients right across the globe.”

To learn more about CT and their full range of live event solutions, visit www.ct-group.com.

For more information about Ion Solutions, visit www.ionsolutions.ie

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About Creative Technology

Creative Technology (CT), an NEP Live Events Company, is one of the world’s leading suppliers of specialist Audio Visual equipment to the corporate, exhibitions, sport and entertainment industries. Founded over 32 years ago as a video specialist, our portfolio has diversified to include audio-visual production facilities, lighting, digital and associated products and services. Our bespoke events staging services bring together advice, support and equipment of the highest quality, providing everything from large screen displays to content delivery systems for events of every size and type.

Our ability to combine the most innovative, experienced and specialist minds in our industry with world class technology and the highest levels of engineering and operational support is what makes CT unique. With local operations in 19 offices on three continents, we have worked in locations and venues across the globe to provide superior service to our clients.

Learn more by visiting us at www.ct-group.com.

About NEP Group

For over 30 years, NEP has been a worldwide outsourced technical production partner supporting premier content producers of live sports, entertainment, music and corporate events. Our services include remote production, specialty capture, RF and wireless video/audio, studio production, audio visual solutions, host broadcast support, post production, connectivity and transmission, premium playout and innovative software-based media management solutions. 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 87 countries on all seven continents.

NEP is headquartered in the United States and has operations in 24 countries. Learn more at nepgroup.com.

Bibby Financial Services Ireland and SBCI launch new Trade Finance product as part of its €70m funding facility for Irish SMEs

Ability to buy and sell goods before needing to pay for them will enhance Irish SMEs’ capacity for international trade ahead of Brexit

A new Trade Finance product that allows businesses to buy, receive and sell goods before needing to pay for them has been unveiled by Bibby Financial Services Ireland, a leading provider of financial support and funding solutions to SMEs, in collaboration with the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI). The new product is ideally suited to Irish SMEs looking to buy goods for resale, either within Ireland or from overseas.

Purchasing goods for resale can offer significant opportunities for growth, but small-to-medium sized businesses will often lack the resources and in-house skills to manage the complexities of buying and selling overseas.

SMEs can also face difficulties accessing sufficient cash for the purchase of goods, or may be unable to obtain or agree credit terms with suppliers. However, the new Trade Finance product guarantees to pay a business’s suppliers once goods are dispatched, and can also provide SMEs with much-needed funding to bridge the gap between paying suppliers and receiving payment from customers.

The Trade Finance product is tailored to support businesses operating in more than 70 different sectors, from clothing, textiles, cosmetics and perfumes through to electronics, furniture and sporting goods. The new facility is being offered in collaboration with the SBCI, which has partnered with Bibby Financial Services Ireland since 2016 to make €70m in funding available to Irish SMEs.

Under the terms of the product, Bibby Financial Services Ireland will make a same-day payment to suppliers, as well as paying duty, VAT and freight costs. The product is funded through the SBCI, and offers SMEs a discount of 2.16% per annum.

Clients will also have access to additional products including the foreign exchange service offering more competitive rates than many of the leading banks, and Bad Debt Protection to protect against a customers’ insolvency or inability to pay.

Pat Breen TD, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, says: “I am delighted that Bibby Financial Services has today announced a new Trade Finance product developed in collaboration with the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland.
While the nature of the UK’s departure from the EU still remains to be determined, Brexit continues to represent a significant challenge for businesses in Ireland. This product is designed to provide short-term finance to fund upfront purchase of stock and, with Brexit on the horizon, investment in working capital diversification has never been more important.”

Mark O’Rourke, Managing Director at Bibby Financial Services Ireland, says: “Safeguarding cashflow is one of the biggest challenges facing Irish SMEs, but many businesses lack the cash reserves and necessary expertise to meet demand for orders, especially large ones, severely limiting their potential for growth.

“Our new Trade Finance product gives businesses greater security, keeps the supply chain moving, and means they can buy and sell goods confident in the knowledge that they won’t suffer from a shortfall. As the SME specialists, our team of trade finance experts understand and can respond quickly to the needs of business owners, allowing them to accept new order and fulfil potential saves.”

Nick Ashmore, CEO at SBCI, says: “The SBCI is delighted to support Bibby Financial Services Ireland as it expands its portfolio to include this exciting new Trade Finance product. Availability of and access to sufficient working capital is critical for the success of any business and this product will assist Irish businesses seeking to expand and grow in a safe controlled way.”

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 bespoke financial assistance and a wide range of specialist and working capital funding options.

Bibby Financial Services Ireland’s funding portfolio includes confidential invoice, trade and export finance, foreign exchange services, bad debt protection and specialist funding for a range of sectors

Bibby Financial Services Ireland is part of Bibby Financial Services Group, an independent financial services partner to over 10,000 businesses across 14 countries. The Irish operation was established in 2006 and has an expert team of 30 employees based in Sandyford, Dublin.

For more information about Bibby Financial Services Ireland, please visit: www.bibbyfinancialservices.ie

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Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland releases latest Complaints Bulletin

  • 14 advertisements found to be in breach of the ASAI Code on grounds relating to Misleading Advertising, Health & Beauty, Nutrition and Children 

The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland’s (ASAI) independent Complaints Committee has released its latest Complaints Bulletin, which contains 16 case reports on complaints recently investigated by the organisation.

13 of the 16 advertisements were found to have been in breach of the ASAI Code on grounds relating to Misleading Advertising, Health & Beauty, Nutrition and Children. The advertisements complained of related to Email, Social Media, Online, Radio, Television and Print advertising. One of those upheld related to intra industry / interested party complaints. The ASAI Complaints Committee chose not to uphold two consumer complaints and one intra industry / interested party complaint.

The Complaints Committee is a completely independent arm of the ASAI and is responsible for considering and dealing with complaints submitted by the public, by a member of the ASAI, by a Government Department or any other person or body of persons. The Committee is made up of a range of experts from the advertising, media, education, consumer and marketing sectors. See further details here – http://www.asai.ie/about-us/complaints-committee

Commenting on the latest ASAI rulings, Orla Twomey, Chief Executive of the ASAI, stated:

“The latest complaints bulletin from the ASAI illustrates our ability to handle complaints across a large number of mediums. The ASAI is committed to protecting consumers in relation to advertising, – across all mediums – and our approach is to work with all advertisers to ultimately ensure that all marketing communications are legal, truthful, decent and honest.

“The ASAI provide a free and confidential copy advice service to the advertising industry to help them create responsible ads. If an advertiser, agency or medium has any concerns about a marketing communications’ compliance with the ASAI’s Code, they can contact us and avail of the free and confidential copy advice service.”

Professor Bairbre Redmond, Independent Head of the Complaints Committee of the ASAI, says:

“Over the past few years, the Complaints Committee, comprised of independent and industry members, has dealt with a broad range of complaints. The Complaints Committee has also spent considerable time highlighting awareness in relation to advertising best practice within the advertising industry, ensuring all relevant parties are equipped with the knowledge and resources to correctly identify commercial marketing content across their platforms.”

Below is a list of complaints that have been found to be in breach of the ASAI Code:

Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details
  Motivation Weight Management   Decency and Propriety   16 complaints were received with five issues raised. Issue one stated the advertisement was a form of bullying. Issue two suggested the depiction on the woman was excessively unkind. Issue three noted that it raised the pressures which social media gives in relation to body image and considered the image had the potential to effect people’s mental health. Issue four stated it suggests the person in the advertisement was distressed because she needed to lose weight which is deemed irresponsible and the fifth issue questioned the weight of the woman in the advertisement who appeared to be of normal weight.   In breach of sections 3.3, 3.23 and 12.8 of the code.   Complaint Upheld in part.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/slimming-4/
  Universal Pictures Ireland     Decency and Propriety   Two complaints were received in relation to two advertisements for ‘Halloween’ that were shown on Virgin Media channels before 21:00 on the grounds that they were not suitable for family viewing time.   In breach of section 7.2 and 7.4 of the code.   Complaints Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/entertainment-3/
  The Sunday Business Post   Decency and Propriety   The complainant considered the advertising to be ageist and discriminatory under current legislation on the grounds of age.   In breach of section 3.17 of the code.   Complaint Upheld in part.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/publishing-newspaper/
  Smyths Homevalue Wexford   Decency and Propriety   The complainant considered the advertisement racist and that the advertisers were selling goods on the basis of racism. In breach of section 3.17, 3.19 (b) and (c) of the code. Complaint Upheld. Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/diy-tools/
    OH Fitness     Recognisability   The complainants noted that the influencer OH Fitness was a sponsored athlete for the advertisers MyProtein brand. As the influencer had not declared that she was a sponsored athlete in the posts where she was wearing the clothing, they considered that the posts were in breach of the code. In breach of section 3.31 and 3.32 of the code.   Complaints Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/health-fitness-2/
  As I Am Clinic   Misleading / Health     The complainant considered the advertisement created an unrealistic expectation by using “Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression”, that it was misleading in relation to the causes of Autism and the claims on detox, and that it created a fear of vaccinations.   In breach of sections 3.23, 4.1, 4.4, 4.9, 4.10, 11.1, 11.10 and 11.9 of the code.   Complaint Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/health-beauty-35/
  RosaleenAllen.ie   Misleading / Health   The complainant considered the advertising created unrealistic expectations of a cure for autism by referring to the therapy as CEASE. The complainant also considered the claims related to the causes of autism to be bogus claims which created fear and guilt in relation to vaccinations. The complainant then queried the validity of the detox claims referenced in the advertising.   In breach of sections 4.9 and 11.1 of the code.   Complaint Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/alternative-therapies-2/
  Argos   Misleading   The complainant considered the advertisement to be misleading as it implied the game was available to purchase immediately at the price stated. However, the product at that price was only available as a pre-order as the game had not yet been released.   In breach of section 4.1 of the code.   Complaint Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/computers-hardware-entertainment/
  Bluecrest Health Screening   Misleading / Health   Ten complaints were received about the direct mailings from the advertisers. The first issue considered the marketing communication to be misleading and that it would cause confusion and anxiety amongst consumers. The second issue considered the marketing communication resembled communications from the HSE and health centres communicating about health appointments and by inviting consumers to confirm their time, implied that an appointment had already been made. The third issue considered that multiple mentions of the ‘Free’ GP helpline was misleading as it was only on the fourth page that the cost of the screening, upon which the access to the free service was dependent, was mentioned.   In breach of sections 4.1, 4.4 and 5.22(a) of the code.   Complaint Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/health-4/
  Musgrave Group   Misleading   The complainant considered the advertisement to be misleading. The leaflet that the complainant received stated that the offer was available only in selected stores. After calling around to a number of stores the complainant was informed that the item was sold out the previous week, one week earlier than it was stated on the leaflet.   In breach of sections 4.1 and 4.4 of the code.   Complaint Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/supermarket-5/
  Flanagans Furniture LTD     Misleading   The complainant purchased the product and said that, although it appeared complete on the website, it was delivered flat-packed and therefore required assembly. They felt that this was misleading as this information was not provided on the product page.   In breach of sections 4.1 and 4.4 of the code.   Complaint Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/household-furniture-2/

The ASAI upheld a complaint made by Intra Industry / Interested Parties in the following case:

Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details
  Ryanair   Misleading   A complaint was received from Aer Lingus regarding the advertisement stating that Ryanair was No. 1 for punctuality. They said the advertisement was inaccurate, misleading and should not be used again   In breach of sections 4.1, 4.4 and 4.9 of the code.   Complaint Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/airline-services-3/
  Four Star Pizza   Misleading / Food   Two complaints were made on two posts posted by Four Star Pizza on their Facebook page. The Irish Heart Foundation objected to post one stating that the content was irresponsible by making fun of a balanced diet. They considered the content of post one indicated that a doctor’s recommendation was being mocked and by doing so were trying to engage with young people. The ASAI Executive asked the advertisers to comment on post two as it had featured a person appearing to consume a very large pizza.   In breach of sections 8.4 and 8.6 of the code.   Complaint Upheld in part.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/food-8/

The ASAI chose not to uphold a complaint made by Intra Industry / Interested Parties in the following case:

Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details
  Kellogg’s   Health / Children   Complaint one came from The Irish Heart Foundation who expressed concerns regarding the content of the advertising. They felt this advertisement was in breach of section 8.16(b) of the code which stated marketing communications should not mislead children as to the potential benefits from consumption of a product either physically, socially or psychologically. In this regard they considered the advertisement had clearly portrayed children stating they were in heaven and very happy when eating the chocolate cereal. The second complaint, also coming from The Irish Heart foundation, stated the advertisement was in breach of section 8.18 of the code. which states communications should not condone or encourage poor nutritional habits or an unhealthy lifestyle in children. In this regard they considered it to be inappropriate to feature a young girl exclaiming that she would love to have chocolate in everything.   Complaint Not Upheld   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/food-9/  

The following complaints were investigated and following investigation, the ASAI Complaints Committee did not uphold the complaints. Both complaints were made by a consumer party:

Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details
  Procter & Gamble Ireland   Decency and Propriety     Nine complaints were received in relation to the advertisement. The complainants felt that the advertisement was offensive and that the use of the word ‘bedgasm’ was overtly sexual in nature. They also stated it was inappropriate to show the advertisement before 21:00 as it introduced children to adult concepts and prompted them to enquire as to the meaning of the word ‘bedgasm’, which would leave parents in an uncomfortable position.   Complaint Not Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/household-10/
  An Post (Irish Book Awards)   Decency and Propriety     The complainant referred to the problem of drugs in Ireland and said that the advertisement in his view implied an acceptance of mind-altering substances. The complainant considered the advertisement to be grossly inappropriate and in poor taste.   Complaint Not Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/leisure-16/

The ASAI conducts ongoing monitoring of advertising across all media and since 2007, has examined over 27,000 advertisements, with an overall compliance rate of 98 per cent. The ASAI Monitoring Service monitors compliance with the Complaints Committee’s adjudications.

Media members are reminded that advertisements found to be in breach of the Code cannot be accepted for publication.

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Bibby Financial Services Ireland opens Cork office as it continues to expand supports for SMEs nationwide

New office opens as 71% of Irish SMEs call for Government to implement tax breaks to help deal with Brexit

To facilitate an increase in business in the Munster region, Bibby Financial Services Ireland (BFSI), a leading provider of financial support and funding solutions to Irish SMEs, has announced the opening of its new Cork office.

The new office, located at Unit 10, South Bank, Crosse’s Green in Cork city centre will be led by recently-appointed Head of Sales for Munster Stephen McCarthy and offer bespoke financial assistance and a range of products tailored to support small and medium-sized businesses. BFSI is already working with leading Munster businesses such as specialist recruitment agency Hamilton French, and the new office will drive further expansion in its client base across the region.

The latest SME Ireland Confidence Tracker, published by Bibby Financial Services Ireland, found that 63% of SMEs believe the government should do more to assist the sector, with 71% identifying the need for additional tax breaks. The research also found that half of Irish SMEs expect to see either a slight (37%) or significant (12%) increase in sales in Q2 of 2019, despite the uncertainty regarding the outcome of Brexit. A further 38% expect their sales to remain steady.

Bibby Financial Services Ireland helps businesses to thrive and grow in domestic and international markets by providing bespoke financial assistance and a wide range of specialist and working capital funding options. Its funding portfolio includes confidential invoice, trade and export finance, foreign exchange services, bad debt protection and specialist funding for a range of sectors. With a global reach from North America, across Ireland, the UK, Europe and South East Asia, Bibby Financial Services possesses expert knowledge to assist businesses trading in these locations.

Stephen McCarthy, Head of Sales for Munster at Bibby Financial Services Ireland, said: “Cork continues to build on its reputation as a leading national and international business hub – thanks in no small part to its vibrant SME sector. We’re delighted to be expanding our geographical reach to give SMEs in Cork and the wider Munster region direct access to invoice financing and a range of funding solutions that can make a real difference to their business, safeguard cashflow, and fuel further growth.”

Mark O’Rourke, Managing Director at Bibby Financial Services Ireland, said: “We’re focused on building out our regional teams to support Irish SMEs responding to the challenges posed by Brexit – many of whom will be adversely affected by any disruption to existing supply chains or further fluctuations in the value of Sterling. The new Cork office will provide a convenient point of contact for SMEs looking to make the most of their business by speaking to a member of our expert team.”

Sean McGrath, Managing Director of Hamilton French, said: “Partnering with Bibby Financial Services Ireland was a game-changer for our business. Their in-depth knowledge of the challenges facing SMEs, the opportunities for growth, and their understanding of the various sectors for which we provide tailored recruitment services has seen our business go from strength to strength. We’re looking forward to working even more closely with the team here in Cork.”

Bibby Financial Services Ireland is part of Bibby Financial Services Group, an independent financial services partner to over 10,000 businesses across 14 countries. The Irish operation was established in 2006 and has an expert team of 30 employees headquartered in Sandyford, Dublin.

For more information about Bibby Financial Services Ireland, please visit: www.bibbyfinancialservices.ie

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