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Doing Business in Africa: Seminar on Logistics and Supply Chain

The Africa Business Forum, in association with PwC and Emerald Freight Express / Bollore Africa Logistics, are delighted to invite you to this seminar on the practical issues facing companies seeking to increase trade with Africa.

Date: Tuesday, 24th of March, 2015
Time: 7.30 am to 9.30 am
Venue: PwC, One Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1
Click here for directions
Format: Speaker presentations followed by Q&A / Panel discussion

To register for this event please contact Marta Marin or 01 642 4170


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Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency

The CKEA is an Independent, Impartial, Accredited, Award Winning Energy Agency with a proven track record of high quality service and project implementation.


Making improvements to your work place or home is a very easy way to save money on your energy bills and improve your level of comfort.

An Energy Audit for your building will not only give you an impartial perspective but also a very cost effective strategy that helps you prioritise your budget.

In CKEA we provide a full range of services from Energy Efficiency to Renewable Energies and Energy Management giving you a full picture of what can be achieved in a cost effective manner.


· Perform an Energy Audit to identify the most efficient way to use your budget and save money.

· Identify Funding Available.

· Prepare Grant Applications on you or your clients behalf.

· Provide Measurement and Verification on your projects.

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Call us: 056 779 08 56

Free phone consultation

Please quote: CKEA

We are the winners of the SEAI Community Awards 2014.

The Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency has vast experience in the Support, Administration and Grant Application process.

Energy Efficiency Grant Available:

· Up to 50% funding to community facilities – community halls, charity facilities, GAA clubs etc.

· Up to 30% funding for private sector – hotels, large commercial buildings, private nursing homes, SMEs

· DEADLINE: Project Application & Paperwork must be submitted before the 20th of March 2015



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Waterford IT firm achieve Microsoft Gold Partner Status!

HCS Business Solutions are recognised as Microsoft’s first Partner in Ireland to achieve Gold status in the new Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency.

Waterford based IT Services Company, HCS Business Solutions are the first Microsoft Partner in Ireland to achieve Gold status in the new Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency.

HCS Business Solutions – a Microsoft Cloud Specialist, 2014 Microsoft Global Partner of the year Award Finalist and Outsourced IT Support company are very proud to announce we are the first Microsoft Partner in Ireland to achieve the new Microsoft Gold Competency in the “small and midmarket cloud solutions” category. This distinction is indicative of the HCS team’s training, certifications, and experience in this fast-growing market.

“We are honoured to have received this recognition from Microsoft because it validates our commitment in providing Microsoft Cloud solutions,” said Neil Phelan, Director of HCS. “A Gold Competency continues to separate us from other outsourced IT providers and we are committed to progressive technology, using services like Office 365 and infrastructure such as Microsoft Azure”

Microsoft issues its Gold Competency to select partners that pass a series of rigorous exams, consistently demonstrate expertise in implementing Microsoft products into SMB, while also demonstrating successful implementation of Microsoft products based on customer testimonies that experienced value first hand.

“These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top one percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology.”

Call us today on 051 595200, visit or email to arrange an appointment with HCS, Microsoft’s first Gold Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions Partner in Ireland and see how you can make technology a business advantage to achieve your business goals.