West Pharmaceutical Services chief financial officer  Bernard Birkett. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

US-headquartered firm adds more roles with creation of new global finance centre

Bernard Birkett: ‘If you keep developing yourself and keep your eyes and ears open, opportunity is out there and you just have to go and take it.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Interview: Bernard Birkett, West Pharmaceutical Services

Kevin Brennan

Kevin Brennan, Michael Burke and Peter Foley nominated in the International category

Brian O’Sullivan, Zeus Packaging

The people behind Deli Lites, Zeus Packaging, EPS and Atlantic Dawn Group

Jim Darragh, Totalmobile

The final four of eight shortlisted nominees in the industry category of the award

We profile four more nominees in the industry category of the awards

Chupi Sweetman, Chupi: “With the Brexit vote I saw a huge risk in the traditional retail model so we pivoted the entire business over the following three years to become direct to consumer.”

We profile four more nominees in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award

Lisa and Vanessa Creaven, co-founders of Spotlight Oral Care.

The first four of eight nominees in the Emerging category of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award are profiled this week

The Lotto game paid out 19 prizes in excess of €1 million, with a €10.7 million jackpot in Cork the last year largest lotto jackpot of the year. Photograph: iStock

Games create 33 new millionaires in 2020 with €253m going to good causes

Gianluigi Donnarumma of Italy saves England’s fifth penalty, taken by Bukayo Saka, leading to their side’s victory in the Euro 2020 Championship final at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

GPS trackers, VR and player protection among areas firms are competing in

Revenue claims Perrigo owes  €1.64bn   because of its purchase of Irish pharma group Elan in 2013 and the sale by Elan eight months previously of its MS drug Tysabri to Biogen. Photograph: Adam Bird/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Hearings will include an action in which US pharma giant Perrigo will appeal its €1.64bn tax bill

Henry Street in Dublin at one point had a vacancy rate of 31%. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

US brand joins a host of other retailers closing their physical shops in Ireland

Diageo directors say the impact the  pandemic will have over the coming one to three years remains “highly uncertain”. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

Drinks giant saw turnover at North’s business fall £10m in the year to the end of June 2020

At the beginning of September last year there were still eight all male boards on Euronext Dublin, the NWC says. Photograph: iStock

NWC urges urges Government to introduce 40% quota on non-State boards

For multinationals with operations in the Republic, a target of 40% women  in leadership roles by 2023 has been set. File photograph: Getty

Gender balance: Concern expressed that pandemic may impede progress in Irish firms

APC CEO Dr Mark Barrett. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Interview: APC co-founder Dr Mark Barrett on his company’s ambitious plans

The biggest gainer in the year was Flutter Entertainment chief executive Peter Jackson, who received a 258 per cent pay increase.

Covid-19 may have hit some pay packets hard, but the leaders of the Top 1000 may have fared better

EY Entrepreneur of the Year Nicola Mitchell: ‘I don’t want to end up in snake oils. I’m a scientist so I want to understand mother nature.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton

Interview: Life Scientific founder Nicola Mitchell is focused on how science is changing food

The underlying technology behind bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies, is clearly a promising innovation.

Top 1000: As crypto currencies demonstrate their volatility lately, we look at the risks and rewards

Dublin Chamber also called on Government to accelerate the ‘transition to a green economy’. Photograph: Getty

Business pressure group seeking reduction from prevailing tax rate of 33% to 20%

In addition to providing delivery services, UPS offers supply-chain solutions, freight forwarding, customs brokerage, fulfilment and financial transactions. The Irish entity was established in 1986. Photograph: iStock

Dublin-registered company, which also handles work for UPS in Europe and other parts of the world, saw turnover decline marginally(...)

Andrew O’Shaughnessy of Poppulo. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

The last four of eight shortlisted nominees in the international category of the award

Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Iseq closed up 1.13%, FTSE 100 index rose 0.3% while pan-European Stoxx 600 index slipped

Estée Lauder staff striking outside Dublin Airport on Friday. Photograph: Mandate

About 40 staff went on strike for a second day on Friday in effort to stop compulsory layoffs

“Access to strong education has been at the heart of Ireland’s appeal over many decades – coupled with a ‘can-do’ attitude.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Incoming president notes twin challenges of Covid and Brexit

More than 860 responses were received for this survey which was conducted before any new restrictions in Dublin were imposed. Photograph: iStock

Chambers Ireland survey details a pessimistic outlook for the rest of this year

“Family business were here before, they’re here now, and they’ll be here afterwards...The fundamental thing is that they don’t cut and run when things get tough.” Photograph: iStock

Lobby group suggests tax should be cut from 33% to 20%

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Businesses need to be ready to deal with inevitable changes, Leo Varadkar says

The net wealth of the median household has jumped by almost three quarters in five years. Photograph: iStock

CSO data suggests many in better position to deal with Covid-19 crisis than 2008 crash

A&L Goodbody said the Government had identified the need for defamation reform in its programme for Government. Photograph: iStock

A&L Goodbody is seeking the removal of juries from defamation actions

Fergal Moran of CJ Sheeran Group: “We need to have a competitive source of Irish timber to remain competitive ourselves.”

Raw material shortage creating production problems, CJ Sheeran Group warns

Retailers benefitted from the reopening of schools in September with sales of baked morning goods up 11% and lunch box staples like yoghurt drinks and juices growing by 17%. Photograph: iStock

Shoppers spent €19m more on groceries in past month compared to same time last year

Petrel Resources chairman John Teeling. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Oil and gas explorer has interests in offshore Ireland, Ghana and Iraq

The new funding  will be used to finance the cost of building an all-season road to connect an important well with the local road network. Photograph: iStock

Petroneft will build winter road to ensure year-round production at its key Russian project

DCC chief executive Donal Murphy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish group has also agreed acquisition in the Netherlands subject to approval

New Beginning chief executive Ross Maguire: ‘There are real benefits to long-term leasing, not least the fast delivery of permanent homes at discounted rent.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fund established by New Beginning and RoundShield plans to acquire properties

Pat McDonagh’s recently-completed Portlaoise plaza in Co Laois

Restaurant owner to reapply for leave to build on Galway-to-Limerick motorway

Antonia Hendron, M50 Truck and Van Centre

Profiles of four of the eight nominees in the industry category

Padulli’s  connection with Luggala was revealed in July of last year when a company called Luggala Estate Limited was registered

Elusive Italian has many business interests and owns Rubens and Michelangelo works

Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Iseq all-share index tumbled 1.2% on the day

Applegreen’s interim report shows that revenues fell to €1.1bn   in the first six months of this year compared with €1.5bn    last year

Chief executive Bob Etchingham says impact of Covid has affected fuel retailer, but recovery is under way

Vincent Hughes, founder and chief executive of Frontier Foods, with Cathy Bryce, AIB’s managing director of corporate, institutional and business banking.  Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Coalesce

Frontier Foods on track to almost double turnover this year, with further plans to expand

Decathlon’s chief executive in the Republic Bastien Grandgeorge (right) with Kieran O’Shea, store leader in the company’s Ballymun store. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Company has sold 40,000 backpacks, 600 tents and 300 kayaks since opening

Global Risk Partners (GRP), an insurance intermediary, said its first deal in the Republic signals the company’s intention to seek further acquisitions.

Global Risk Partners has acquired a majority share in Crotty Insurance

From Thursday, the PUP will move from two rates of payment to three rates of payment. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Q&A: Will I be eligible under the new payment bands?

Photograph: iStock

Delays in State appeals process has led to substantial timber shortage

The Construction Industry Federation took aim at bureaucratic processes which it said add cost, and delay the delivery of public and private construction.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Changes to procurement and support for private housing needed, lobby group says

Gabriel Makhlouf: “It is not in the community’s interest that it supports loss-making enterprises.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Economy ‘more vulnerable to future shocks’ if circumstances change, Makhlouf says

The decision means that people who bought a new home since 2013 are still not liable to pay the tax. Photograph: iStock

Homeowners who bought new build since 2013 still exempt from local property tax

About 40% of SMEs didn’t have sufficient resources to cover the revenue gaps that occurred during the height of the lockdown. Photograph: iStock

Revenue fell below expenditure for half of SMEs during main Covid-19 lockdown period

Greencoat Renewables shed 1.68 per cent of its value to close at €1.17. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Iseq rises 0.48% on the day, with Ryanair and Aer Lingus owner IAG among travel gainers

Dr Sinéad Bleiel, AnaBio Technologies

Four of the eight finalists have built businesses in biotech, pharma and employee engagement

Among gainers on the Iseq all-share index  were construction names such as insulation maker Kingspan and  Dublin-headquartered but London-listed Grafton Group. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Iseq all-share index closed 0.42% higher on the day

Global Shares chief executive  Tim Houstoun. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Clonakilty-based company hiring 150 and planning to float

“Our message is simple, Brexit will be a reality from January 1st, there will be no change in that date, your business needs to be ready and you need to get ready now,” said Lynda Slattery, head of Revenue’s Brexit policy unit.

Tax collector will contact 90,000 businesses next week

The authors noted that the costs of longer journeys will fall partly on individuals but also on government budgets, as many countries or cities subsidise particular transport modes.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Workers face trade-off between high commuting costs and low housing costs, research notes

NTMA chief executive Conor O’Kelly has previously warned that the increased level of borrowing has left the State exposed to rising interest rates. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Funding will be used to pay for Government measures to deal with pandemic

Charitable organisations are entitled to claim a refund of a proportion of their eligible VAT costs, based on their level of non-public funding. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Revenue scheme is capped at €5m a year, so funds will be distributed on pro-rata basis

The CRU deals with complaints in respect of energy suppliers and network operators. Photograph: iStock

Electric Ireland had highest volume of complaints upheld against it

Two of the farms – the Blundelstown and Harristown solar farms – are in Meath while the other three farms are spread across Tipperary, Laois and Cork.  Photograph: iStock

Statkraft acquires solar farms in Cork, Laois, Meath and Tipperary from Lighthouse BP

Dr Lisa Creaven and Dr Venessa Creaven, two of the three co-founders of Spotlight Oral Care

Dermot Desmond’s IIU has invested €2m in Spotlight Oral Care in exchange for a 10% stake

Royal Mail topped the mid-cap index, marking a record gain. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Iseq all-share index fell almost 0.5% on the day

Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Some 25 settlements worth €8.49m made in three months to end of June

The data shows a disconnect between the views of larger-sized companies and small and medium businesses.

More employers expect to shed staff than recruit, according to Manpower Group survey

Mackin Group founder Andrew Mackin: “Spend time on personal development that will instil good habits.”

Sectors include health and safety, pharma, crop protection and refrigeration

The proposed new paid drop-off and pick-up zones will operate in front of terminal one and terminal two, and will not be introduced during the Covid-19 crisis. Photograph: DAA

New system will require private drivers to park if they’re collecting a passenger

The Iseq all-share index outperformed European peers on the day, helped by share placings that took place earlier this week.

Markets report: Iseq outperforms peers, closing just 0.04% lower

Oliver Loomes (l), managing director of Diageo Ireland, with Ballymore’s chairman and chief executive Sean Mulryan. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

New ‘Guinness quarter’ will include space for housing, offices, shops and businesses

The services sector purchasing managers’ index rose the fourth month running from April’s low. Photograph: iStock

Growth in sector still weaker than pre-crisis trend, AIB data shows

Some 78% of those surveyed hadn’t taken any sick leave since March.  Photograph: iStock

Research finds only one-fifth of respondents have taken sick leave during Covid-19 crisis

The pan-European Stoxx 600 index ended 0.4 per cent lower on the day. Photograph: Nathan Laine/Bloomberg

Iseq all-share index falls 0.5% on the day

Close to 30,000 Irish car-buyers favoured the colour grey. More than 14,000 opted for a black vehicle, while almost 12,000 chose white

Registrations of new cars down 28.6% so far this year

Dalata chief executive Pat McCann: “For 2020 it’s all about survival, and making sure we end up in a very good place with a strong balance sheet”

Hotel group raising €94m in share placing to capitalise on Covid opportunities

Cormac McCloskey of Errigal Contracts.

Steel manufacturer and paint manufacturer also on EY Entrepreneur of the Year shortlist

BPerfect Cosmetics founder Brendan McDowell.

Finalists have built businesses in cosmetics, retail apps, medical devices and agriculture

The second set of seven winners of this year’s Irish Times Business Person of the Month Awards are among the country’s most accomplished business leaders. Photograph: Getty Images

The monthly award marks excellence and outstanding achievement in the field, and is open to business people at home and abroad

A patient with Covid-19 being transferred in St Vincents University Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

New technology allows doctors to see which hospitals have available beds in ICUs

Dalata Hotel Group chief executive Pat McCann won the monthly award for September 2019 after the company grew profits by almost a fifth. Photograph: Maxwell

The winner of The Irish Times Business Person of the Year Award, in association with KPMG, will be announced in early September

An artists’ impression of Johnny Ronan’s AquaVetro Tower on Tara Street.

City centre space looks secure in terms of value and rents, but secondary locations and retail will suffer

Photograph: iStock

Delivery group averaged 730,000 per week in May and June

Deliveroo has assigned more staff to help new restaurant partners offer their wares on the platform. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Delivery group now has more than 1,800 restaurant partners, with Mexican food tops

AIB was the standout faller on the Dublin stock market on Thursday. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Iseq slides 0.46% with investors unimpressed by AIB results; Bank of Ireland slips over 6%

In 2013, Nama put its Northern Ireland loan book on the market. What happened then?

The July purchasing managers index (PMI) witnessed a modest expansion, but the volumes of income new sales fell further. Photograph: iStock

Service providers cut staff for fifth month running, with financial services seeing the strongest decline in jobs

Irish Water will spend €4.5 billion between now and 2024.

Utility had sought to spend €4.8bn but CRU said less was sufficient

The directors attributed the company’s profitability growth to a cost restructuring in addition to the increase in turnover. Photograph: Getty

Associated Newspapers (Ireland) spent €3.25m on redundancies during the year

Ryanair rose almost 2% on the Dublin stock market on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin’s Iseq fell 0.65% on the day

The average sum assured on a life assurance term policy between 2015 and 2019 for women was €179,604. For men, the average over the same period was €297,022.Photograph: iStock

Gender pay gap and working in the home mean women’s financial contribution is less valued

A computer generated image of the apartments to be built on 143 Merrion Road.

Developer Lioncor to build apartments on €18m half acre Dublin site bought in 2018

The Bill is designed to address  practical issues facing businesses, says Robert Troy, Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

New Bill extends the period of examinership to 150 days

Arkle Resources is a zinc and gold explorer. Photograph: iStock

Patrick Cullen was chief executive of the mining group since August 2017

In total, the company has generated £33 million from its investment in TransferWise. Photograph: iStock

Venture capital firm also led investment round in fraud detection group Ravelin

Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Explorer has forecast lower oil prices into the long term

In Dublin, Ryanair rebounded by 6.62 per cent on the day to €11.19. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Markets report: Iseq up 1.14% as travel stocks and banks gain

An empty Grafton Street in Dublin at one point during the lockdown. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Sales grew 38.4% in June compared to May as lockdown restrictions are lifted

JustEat is in the process of a brand ’refresh’ to reflect the merger of Just Eat and Takeaway. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Restaurant marketplace had to increase headcount during pandemic due to demand

Sales of sun cream have plunged by 66 per cent this summer as shoppers were confined to staycation. Photograph: iStock

Restrictions on social gatherings saw deodorant sales fall but alcohol sales rise sharply

Tadhg Furlong in action for the British and Irish Lions against New Zealand three years ago. Vodafone will be lead sponsor for the 2021 tour to South Africa. Photograph: Nigel Marple/Reuters

Telco will have its logo on the front of the Lions’ rugby shirts in deal worth up to €6m

rLiberty Insurance intends to invest €100 million in a technology upgrade across its western European operations over the next four years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Insurer intends to improve transparency around prices for varying options

The Portlaoise plaza which will open off junction 17 on the M7. Photograph: Alf Harvey

Some €10m has been invested in Portlaoise plaza in Co Laois, which will create 120 jobs

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