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Olive Ruane of Pieta House accepting a cheque for €1,115 from Dataworks Ltd, following their recent fundraising events in aid of Pieta House, including participating in The Tough Mudder Event in Co. Meath and holding a coffee morning.

Handheld ie have successfully overcome fierce competition in the first two stages of the InterTradeIreland All-Island Seedcorn competition in the New Start Company category. Having completed an in-depth investment proposal in the first round, and submitted a three minute promotional video for the second round, a panel of investment community professionals have shortlisted to go to the third stage which requires the Waterford company to submit an investment ready business plan.

The competition offers a cash prize fund of €280,000 with €100,000 going to the overall winner in the early stage category and €50,000 to the winner of the new start category. The winners in the Northern Ireland, Dublin, Connacht & Leinster, and Munster regions will each receive a guaranteed €20,000.

“The process of being in the competition has been great for our business,” says Ciarán Cullen founder of, “the business planning master classes have really challenged how we operate and clarified our target market as a business to business provider focusing on the food sector. Even if we don't win the investment, being challenged by panels of investors has been really valuable and has set us on a profitable path.”

Competing against big data companies, make mobile data collection software, information dissemination platforms and provide cloud storage services that allow clients to profit from using their data for decisions for their companies benefit. Handheld’s clients make a 75% annual direct financial saving on their current data capture costs, such as docket books, even before they benefit from all the indirect savings on administration time, production time and reporting time.

If successful in this stage they will deliver their investment proposal to a panel consisting of members of the investment community and compete across the Republic and Northern Ireland for €100,000.

Focus Shine Light Night 2019The rate of homelessness in Waterford is increasing with 106 adults currently without a home. In response, Bord Gáis Energy has announced an extension of its longstanding partnership with homelessness charity, Focus Ireland, to sponsor its annual fundraising initiative – Shine A Light Night.

On Friday 18th October the 8th annual Shine A Light Night will see business leaders sleep-out at The Edmund Rice Centre in addition to locations in Dublin, Cork, Wexford and Limerick. Employees of businesses around Ireland can also sign up to support the initiative by pledging to fundraise and sleep-out at their workplace.

Shine A Light Night challenges business leaders across Ireland to sleep-out for one night and in doing so raise vital funds to help alleviate homelessness.

Speaking at the event, David Niblock, South East Regional Manager, Focus Ireland said, “Focus Ireland works tirelessly with people experiencing homelessness to help them secure their home and to ensure they leave homelessness for good. We also work extensively across the area of prevention to make sure many other families and individuals never become homeless in the first place. We rely on the support of organisations like Bord Gáis Energy to make a success of fundraising events like Shine A Light Night and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their generous support.”

There are 1,700 families homeless in Ireland today and this number is growing. In Waterford, Focus Ireland provides housing support services for families and singles, support services for young people leaving care, short and long-term housing and a preparation for Education Training and Employment Programme.

Commenting at the launch, Michelle O’ Flynn, Key Account Manager with Bord Gáis Energy said, “The current homeless crisis in towns and communities across Ireland is worse than ever. It is heart-breaking that 3,749 children in Ireland today have no home. Bord Gáis Energy is committed to supporting Focus Ireland in the crucial work it does to address the causes of homelessness and increase support for those who are at risk of losing their home.

Shine A Light Night is an incredible initiative that has gathered more and more support year on year. However, with the alarming rise in homelessness, we need this year’s event to be bigger than ever in raising vital funds to support this devastating social issue. We are extremely proud to sponsor this year’s campaign. We urge every business in Waterford and the surrounding region to join us, sign up and give one night to make this the most successful Shine A Light Night yet. It may simply be one night of your life, but it can save suffering for those who are homeless.”

To date, Shine A Light Night has raised over €4m for people experiencing homelessness in Ireland. In 2018, this support enabled Focus Ireland to help over 15,500 people. With the support of the business community, every day Focus Ireland moves a family out of homelessness into a secure home of their own.

For further information contact Jessica Murphy, Waterford Fundraising and Marketing Executive for Focus Ireland on 0864116775 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To register to participate in Shine A Light Night 2019 visit

EY brexit watch issue 43 1

57 working days remain until the official Brexit withdrawal date of 31 October leaving very little room for manoeuvre.

£2.1 billion in additional Brexit supports has been announced with just 5.1% allocated to businesses in the UK. Business leaders in NI have come together to issue a joint statement warning of the dangers of a no-deal Brexit. The Confederation of British Industry have criticised business planning by the UK Government, outlining that it only mitigates issues in the short term leaving the long term open to uncertainty. Businesses have weathered much uncertainty over the past three years and going forward are likely to face more.

Reports indicate that Boris Johnson and his team have no plan to re-open negotiations and are operating under the assumption that the UK will leave the EU without a deal come 31 October. The Taoiseach remains more optimistic than both his EU and UK counterparts and continues to outline that avoiding a no-deal outcome is possible but is inconsistent with the EU position that the Withdrawal Agreement is not open for re-negotiation.

To read our latest Brexit Watch click here.


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