Converting conversations into real opportunities

first_imgVicky calls for right to die with dignity Advertisement WhatsApp TAGSCommunityenterpriseInterviewNews Twitter Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Email Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Printcenter_img Previous articleHarvest time at Lime Tree and Belltable theatresNext articleWillie’s moustache enters the housing debate Staff Reporter Facebook Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership chief executive Liam McElligott.Photo: Jillian RyanLIMERICK has become a business and employment city. It is now on the international stage with the possibility of becoming a modular gateway to Europe.That’s the view of Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership chief executive Liam McElligott who says that the work that has gone on over the last ten years means that the city and county can thrive with its people to the forefront.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Some years ago, the notion that Limerick needed to create 10,000 jobs was somewhat aspirational and an amazing statement to make. Yet steadily and methodically, like peeling back an onion, we’ve had multi-billion euro investments like Regeneron transforming the economic outlook.“It was a ‘phoenix from the ashes’ scenario and this is what has made Limerick great again.“What I love about Limerick at the moment is that we have been having conversations in the city that have been very engaging and very productive. It’s invigorating to be here at this time.”The vastly experienced executive was one of the co-founders of Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP) which was set up in 2000 in response to the closure of Krups who were major employers in the area for many years.The founding principles of LEDP were of employment generation and being a conduit for social, educational and economic development of Limerick and the surrounding area.Through relationships established with diverse groups, it has become an advocate and channel for change in the social, economic, educational and regenerative processes in play in Limerick and the surrounding areas.It is through this lens that its chief executive shares his experience of Limerick’s emergence from the difficulties of its past.“There was talk of multi-billion dollar companies replacing lost jobs. There was talk of film industry here. There was talk of many things happening including us becoming a hub for the tech industry and more.“What a hoot. But steadily the work has produced the results. We have major FDI employers, we have a film industry and we have our third level colleges feeding the economy more and more.“The conversations we are having across the board and then the ability to bring them to fruition is possibly the most exciting thing in the city – and that is what we in Limerick are about – just getting it done”.He believes that the education process has been “very supportive of Limerick’s ability to change and move on. We are producing bright kids out of UL, LIT and Mary I as well as the many other institutions that are feeding into them.Echoing this sentiment, LEDP manager George Lee said that when UL started out as the National Institute for Higher Education (NIHE), it coincided with Ireland’s entry into the EU.“Indigenous businesses began to struggle – bacon curing, shoemaking and more – but with the college we were actually beginning the process of setting ourselves up for the future.“We started producing graduates of quality and things started to happen with the arrival of top-level companies and this continues today.Looking towards the future, Liam McElligott says that with an expectation to deliver quickly on plans, “you are into the realms of instant gratification and that doesn’t exist.“Solid, steady and relentless progression is what you are looking for because that is more sustainable for the future.“The way the city and the region is going, it’s better that we cleared the mist with the unification of the local authorities and the combined unified message of business promotion.“We are operating on a level that we hadn’t done before and Limerick is now the most interesting city on the island.“It is one thing to have conversations but you have to make sure that people are listening as it is only a monologue otherwise.“We had a conversation one evening and it turned into the creation of Troy Studio – so anything is possible once the right people talk and create a partnership.“Since the early part of the century, Ireland exported its people to foreign lands. “We were sending up to 50,000 people a year out of the country in cattle boats. The future to me is turning our back on all of that and retaining what we have – even to the point of bringing people back to continue to drive our economy.“It is not inconceivable for Limerick to be a gateway in terms of multi-modal direct gateway portal into Europe.And as for Brexit, the LEDP boss is remarkably sanguine“It’s only a blip in life in terms of what we have already overcome,” he concludes. Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year NewsBusinessCommunityConverting conversations into real opportunitiesBy Staff Reporter – September 8, 2018 1517 Limerick on Covid watch list last_img read more

US Navy rolls out new IFRV coveralls

first_img The US Navy announced February 5 that the newest version of flame-resistant coveralls was now available to commands after passing a series of afloat wear tests.Improved Flame Resistant Variant (IFRV) coveralls are being introduced as a fleet organizational clothing item to replace the legacy Flame Resistant Variant (FRV). The IFRV addresses comfort and durability issues found with the original FRV coverall.“The original FRV was rapidly introduced to the fleet because sailor safety is our top priority,” said CAPT Mark Runstrom, director, Fleet Supply Operations/Services, USFF. “However, we recognized immediately that we needed a coverall that is more durable, functional, and comfortable as well as safe. That is what the IFRV is all about.”Sailors stationed aboard ships and submarines will be issued a minimum of two IFRV coveralls with units authorized to procure name tags using unit operating target funds. The manner of wear will be the same as the FRV coveralls, prescribing wearers to don full sleeves and secured fastenings. The current 9-inch black, steel-toed boot and Navy or command ball caps are authorized for wear with the coverall.Approved belts include a black cotton web belt for E1-E6, a khaki cotton web belt for chief petty officers and officers and; rigger’s belts are authorized at command discretion.Rank tabs and insignia are authorized to be sewn or pinned on the coverall based on the wearer’s duties and unit preference.Rectangular, Velcro-backed name tags will be worn centered, 1/4-inch above the left breast pocket-similar in size, shape and content to the V-neck sweater name tag. Embossed leather name tags or fabric embroidered unit specific name tags similar to those worn on the green Nomex flight jacket will be authorized for wear at the discretion of unit commanders.Blue or brown undershirts are authorized for wear with the IFRV, although blue undershirts are being phased out with the introduction of the Navy Working Uniform Type III.The IFRV coverall is made from a flame resistant, tri-fiber blend designed to offer arc flash protection and provide improved moisture management by allowing the fiber to breathe more efficiently. The IFRV coverall is also designed for sustained durability lasting nearly twice as long as the FRV.Additionally, feedback during fleet testing of the IFRV revealed a desire for a two-piece FRV. USFF has developed several versions with varying design features that will be tested in the spring of 2018. US Navy rolls out new IFRV coveralls View post tag: US Navy View post tag: IFRV February 6, 2018center_img Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy rolls out new IFRV coveralls Share this articlelast_img read more

Cooks consolidates stores as it chases profitability

first_imgRetail bakery chain Cooks, formerly Three Cooks, has reduced its estate to 180 stores as it focuses on boosting profitability. The chain, which is the UK’s third-largest retail bakery chain after Greggs and Lyndale Foods, has closed around 60 stores over the last 18 months. It is refurbishing those stores which it believes have a long-term future and closing those that don’t, chairman Geoff Peppiatt told British Baker. The company will also close any more stores that become unviable – perhaps reducing the estate to 160 stores – but will also open new stores as suitable opportunities arise, he said.Smaller traditional stores, which were not increasing their turnover, could not survive as costs – such as energy, rents and rates – rose, he said. Energy prices alone had risen 50% over the last year.“The strategy is that if we have an unprofitable store we will close it,” said Peppiatt. “We only have one priority – to improve the quality of the estate, by closing, opening or refitting stores. I would much rather protect the jobs of 1,200 staff than continue to fund loss-making stores.”However, the company is refitting and refurbishing those stores which it does believe to be viable, he said, and is rolling out the new “Cooks” fascia. Some 20 stores have been refurbished over the last year, and the project is set to take around another 18 months to complete.The store refit project is often delayed by local authority planning issues, he added. You may want to open the new store in August and have to wait until October,” he said.But he is confident about the future of the company and is investing “millions” in the refit project, and in rolling out new Electronic Point of Sale tills and internet systems to stores, he added.last_img read more