Schroders drops stake in Wellstream after GE bid

first_imgSunday 24 October 2010 10:23 pm KCS-content Schroders drops stake in Wellstream after GE bid Share Read This NextThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap SCHRODERS has sold around half its stake in oil and gas pipeline company Wellstream after it rejected a take over offer from US conglomerate GE of $1.2bn (£755m) earlier this month. The fund manager has been reducing its stake from just over 13 per cent at the beginning of October to a little under seven per cent now. Wellstream’s largest investor has been selling aggressively as the oil and gas firm’s shares rose to highs of 785p following confirmation of the 750p-a-share approach from GE – a process called “top-slicing” where traditional investors trim holdings during a takeover tussle to lock in gains. It is understood that Wellstream’s chairman John Kennedy, has pressed GE to raise its offer closer to 800p per share in order to gain access to its books. That would value the company at £805m. whatsapp Tags: NULL whatsapp Show Comments ▼last_img read more

HMV exchanges contracts on £13.7m Oxford Street lease sale

first_imgWednesday 17 November 2010 7:50 pm KCS-content whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure SolutionSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMoneyPailShe Was The Dream Girl In The 90s, This Is Her NowMoneyPailBlood Pressure For LifeWhy Doctors May No Longer Prescribe Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure For LifeDaily Finance StoriesChrissy Metz, 40, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoDaily Finance Storiesmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthWolf & ShepherdNFL Star Rob Gronkowski Loves These ShoesWolf & Shepherd More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org HMV yesterday announced that it had exchanged contracts on the disposal of the leasehold for its store at 360 Oxford Street to US fashion retailer Forever 21, for £13.75m.In a statement HMV said the money will be used to reduce debt.It said that it will also work hard to transfer sales to its existing flagship store at 150 Oxford Street and its Trocadero outlet, as well as to its concession at Selfridges, which is near the store being sold. It is understood HMV will also invest in both Oxford Circus and Trocadero stores in a bid to pull in more customers in the tough consumer climate.Chief executive Simon Fox said that the deal represents great value for shareholders in the current economic climate.“We are confident of consolidating a proportion of the store’s sales into the remainder of HMV’s West End estate, including our flagship store at Oxford Street, where we recently extended our lease for a further 10 years,” he said. “HMV’s strong London presence will also enable us to redeploy our store colleagues from 360 Oxford Street to stores within a reasonable travelling distance,” he added. center_img Share whatsapp Show Comments ▼ HMV exchanges contracts on £13.7m Oxford Street lease sale Tags: NULLlast_img read more

National Grid agrees £8m Ofgem penalty

first_img Tags: NULL Thursday 6 January 2011 7:15 pm Show Comments ▼ Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof KCS-content Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comcenter_img whatsapp whatsapp National Grid agrees £8m Ofgem penalty BRITAIN’S energy regulator Ofgem yesterday imposed an £8m fine on National Grid for misreporting information during a gas mains replacement programme between 2005 and 2008.Ofgem will hold a 21-day consultation period on the fine to consider comments from the public.If the consultation concludes in favour of the penalty, National Grid will be expected to pay the fine this financial year, Ofgem said.The gas network operator did not benefit financially from the misreporting and all detriment to consumers had already been corrected, the regulator said.National Grid has accepted the fine and does not intend to appeal against it, a spokesman said.The energy network company is accused of various cases of filing inaccurate information, such as claiming to have completed work in one year when it was only finished the next year, a spokesman for Ofgem said.Another example of misreporting was that National Grid charged for completed work twice, he said.“We are disappointed that a matter such as this should ever have arisen,” National Grid executive director Mark Fairbairn said.“Significant enhancements have been made, including to processes and systems in the mains replacement programme within National Grid, to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the data provided to Ofgem.” last_img read more

Inside Track

first_img More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Share Inside Track IT’S been a good few days for some of the world’s investment banks, with merger mania hitting the stock exchanges, the final consummation of the drugs merger between Sanofi-Aventis and US biotech firm Genzyme and then yesterday’s £1.3bn spirits bid from the drinks group Diageo.It’s not quite an unrestrained takeover environment but it certainly feels like things are picking up for those making a living out of M&A.In Sanofi’s agreed $20.1bn merger with Genzyme there was massive relief since it took nine months to close the deal. After last year’s abortive megadeals by Prudential for AIA and BHP for Potash, there is always going to be nervousness that a deal such as Genzyme might hit the buffers. Credit Suisse, in particular, the bank that led the Prudential’s quest for AIA, must have been pleased to get a result as one of Genzyme’s bankers – fees for the Sanofi Genzyme transaction are estimated at around $125m. On the exchanges front, one mystery was cleared up last week when JP Morgan was selected to advise Deutsche Boerse in its bid for NYSE Euronext. Many had wondered why JP Morgan, as joint broker for the LSE, had not been included on its deal to buy Canada’s TMX. The Deutsche Boerse appointment provides the answer since JP Morgan would have been unable to work for both clients in such closely related deals.There is no such clear reason as to why LSE chief executive Xavier Rolet omitted Nomura from his team of advisers. The Japanese bank was joint broker along with JP Morgan but found itself on the sidelines when it came to selecting a team. Nomura sources say the relationship between the two organisations remains strong and point out that under William Vereker the investment banking team is building up clients and mandates.Others worry about a steady trickle of departures from the team, with some following Christian Meissner to rivals Bank of America Merrill Lynch.Barclays Capital, which did feature on the LSE’s list of advisers, is also the adviser of choice for Justice, a cash shell IPO, and the proposed deal between BATS and Chi-x is being advised by two specialist players in the industry, Lexicon Partners and Beech Hill Securities. UBS and HSBC are Diageo’s advisers on the Turkish deal.As the deals begin to proliferate, they leave fees and hope for more deals, in their wake. KCS-content whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Monday 21 February 2011 8:34 pmlast_img read more

Buoyant market for N Ireland fundraisers

first_img Tagged with: Ireland Recruitment / people Buoyant market for N Ireland fundraisers Advertisement  34 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 28 May 2005 | Newscenter_img The demand for fundraisers in Northern Ireland has continued this year with six posts advertised last week alone.Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke, NIMBA, Women’s Aid, Marie Cure Cancer Care and the HIV Support Centre are seeking fundraisers with a range of skills including community fundraising, corporate and fundraising management. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

‘Wormwood,’ the DPRK, and germ warfare

first_imgIn 1952, a six-person international scientific commission, led by the preeminent British biochemist, Joseph Needham, visited the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The U.S. was carpet bombing the DPRK then.  Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay later bragged to the Office of Air War History of his exploits: “Over a period of three years or so, we killed off — what — 20 percent of the population.” (Washington Post, March 24, 2015)But it wasn’t only exploding bombs and napalm that were being rained down on the DPRK. The international commission found evidence that the U.S. had engaged in germ warfare that sickened and killed villagers in this young socialist country — which had so recently liberated itself from 35 years of Japanese colonial rule.The team took films of insects crawling on the snow-covered ground next to canisters dropped from the sky. They interviewed villagers who had strange lesions all over their bodies and who had become ill with contagious diseases after U.S. planes flew overhead.When their findings were made public, the U.S. government and obedient media were shocked and scandalized. What an outrageous charge! This country, leader of the free world, would never do such a thing! What liars, what dupes are these “fellow travelers” of the “commies”!Viewers should keep all this in mind when watching “Wormwood,” the six-part documentary series now being aired on Netflix. “Wormwood” is about the death in 1953 of Frank Olson.  At that time he was a leading scientist at the U.S. Army’s germ warfare facility at Fort Detrick, Md., and an employee of the CIA.Olson’s body was found on the pavement in front of the Statler Hotel in New York on the night of Nov. 28, 1953. The authorities explained to the press that Olson had plunged to his death from a 13th-story room in the hotel in either an accident or a suicide. Neither explanation was easy for his shocked and mourning family to accept.One of Olson’s sons, Eric Olson, couldn’t let it go. He turned over and over in his mind the circumstances of his father’s death; the official explanation just didn’t add up. So he began what turned into decades of probing and prodding to try to find out the truth.CIA secrets exposedIn 1975, secrets of the CIA’s MKUltra mind-control program finally came out. Then came a “confession” from the government: Olson had jumped out of the window because of a CIA experiment with LSD that had “gone wrong.”Eventually Olson’s family met with CIA head William Colby, as well as President Gerald Ford, who both apologized for the unfortunate “accident.” Olson’s relatives were given a monetary settlement for his “wrongful death.”But still Eric Olson persisted. Without revealing a “spoiler” for those who intend to watch this series, it is enough to say that the film makes a strong case for Olson being deliberately murdered by the CIA because he wanted “out” from his job of perfecting horrible weapons, like aerosolized anthrax.Seymour Hersh, the investigative journalist, appears in the series. He is cagey not to reveal any sources, but agrees with Eric Olson that the CIA murdered his father. This film uncovers a lifetime of government deceit.Doesn’t this tell us a lot about the vicious U.S. lies and defamation of the leaders and people of north Korea that persist today and have reached a crescendo just because that country has finally developed a powerful way to defend itself from another horrible U.S. war?FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

On the Picket Line: Struggle by Kentucky educators continues

first_imgStruggle by Kentucky educators continuesTen Kentucky school districts have closed since Feb. 28 due to teacher absences, called “sickouts,” because teachers took sick days to protest at the state capitol in Frankfort. Jefferson County Public Schools, one of the largest U.S. school districts, with more than 98,000 students, including Louisville, shut down six times in two weeks. The Republican-dominated legislature, meeting since February, is considering proposals to change who manages the teachers’ underfunded pension fund and also to indirectly support private schools with tax credits — both strongly opposed by educators. The body has only one day left in session, March 28.Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis, who heads a board appointed by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, announced March 15 that he would not rule out disciplining teachers who protest on sick days. He asked the 10 districts on March 14 for names of all teachers requesting sick days when districts were forced to close. This is the second year Kentucky teachers used sickouts to protest anti-education-worker legislation.The Kentucky Education Association, which represents over 43,000 teachers, denounced Lewis’ request, accusing him of trying to intimidate them. The KEA added that Lewis is “using the power of his office to compile an ‘enemies list’ of educators for the Bevin Administration.”Teachers’ attorney Mark Wohlander sent Lewis a letter March 15 demanding all related department documents be preserved because of a possible federal civil rights lawsuit against the department’s “unprecedented interference with [teachers’] First Amendment rights.” (abcnews.go.com, March 15)Education workers organize in TennesseeA new coalition of Tennessee teachers hopes to seize the energy that inspired the wave of teacher strikes rocking the U.S. last year and continuing this year. TN Teachers United, formed using a Facebook questionnaire, was launched the week of March 3. The group initially garnered 200 members and hopes to expand to all 66,000 public teachers, as well as to retired teachers, parents, students and community members.The fledgling TNTU group was connected on Feb. 28 to organizers who led strikes in West Virginia and Arizona. The three primary TNTU organizers, all women and frustrated former leaders of the Tennessee Education Association, are building TNTU on the blueprint of those struggles. Labor Notes, a labor media and organizing group founded in 1979, facilitated the connection. (Commercial Appeal, March 11)Tennessee per-pupil funding remains the lowest in the South and is in the bottom half of U.S. funding. The TEA lost collective bargaining in 2011, and teacher strikes have been illegal since 1978. Tennessee teachers are leaving the profession in droves due to underfunding and damaging reforms, like teacher evaluations based on student testing. Gov. Bill Lee wants a voucher program to drain public schools and pay for private and charter schools. “We feel like public education is under attack,” organizer Tikeila Rucker told Chalkbeat on March 12.TNTU aims for full funding for the state’s Basic Education program and a moratorium on state testing. A strike is currently off the table until a strong base of support has been built. But if teachers are forced to strike, says Rucker, it will be because they were not being heard by those who ”have the power to make the change that’s necessary.” ILWU shows solidarity with L.A. teachers’ strikeInternational Longshore and Warehouse Union members in the Southern California District Council contributed their organizing experience and solidarity to help 55,000 Los Angeles teachers win their six-day strike in January. (WW articles, Jan. 22 and 28) Because ILWU is dedicated to a strong public school system, once the strike was announced it began mobilizing members to attend community meetings and reach out to nearby unions. Its goal was to have experienced union members join the “adopt-a-school” program and help local schools during the strike. A total of 63 schools were supported by hundreds of ILWU members, past and present, and their families, as well as from the Marine Firemen, Steelworkers Union and numerous community groups. This meant picketing with teachers in the rain, bringing them food and ponchos, and showing “we have your back” with signs reading “The ILWU supports teachers.” ILWU members also collected and distributed food to help the 80 percent of low-income students who depend on school meals.Teachers expressed gratitude to ILWU on social media: “The ILWU kept us afloat,” wrote Michael Gearin. Cathy Familathe, president of SCDC, who wrote a Dispatcher Newspaper article detailing the solidarity, wrote: “This is what we do — we help other unions and union members and … support working families in our community. … Defending our public schools is one of the most sacred and important things we can do as union members.” (ilwu.org, Feb. 8)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

RSF supports journalist fired by Bulgaria’s national radio

first_img News Organisation Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Bulgaria’s state-owned national radio broadcaster to reinstate Lili Marinkova, a leading journalist who was wrongfully dismissed without warning last month, and condemns the harassment of journalists by the country’s politicians. RSF reiterates its support for Marinkova, one of Bulgaria National Radio’s most famous and outspoken journalists. Last month RSF signed a petition launched by other well-known journalists, who called for her reinstatement because they regarded her dismissal as politically-motivated. A formal request for her reinstatement has been submitted to the national radio broadcaster’s board of governors, which is due to take a decision in the next few days. The radio broadcaster’s management said Marinkova, 62, was let go because she had reached retirement age. But her dismissal coincided with Alexander Velev’s appointment by the Electronic Media Council, a regulatory body, as the broadcaster’s new boss. It is clear that Marinkova, who never minces her words or handles politicians with kid gloves, was deliberately taken off the airwaves ahead of upcoming elections. In one of her last broadcasts, she talked about the origins of Delyan Peevski, a legislator, leading cigaratte manufacturer and media tycoon who is described in RSF’s new report about oligarchs (read the report). “We cannot tolerate such an obvious act of censorship,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk. “Marinkova’s departure was not prompted by any fall in her programme’s ratings or any other objective criteria. This was a blatant act of censorship and must be redressed by the radio broadcaster’s management without delay.” At the start of this month, culture minister Vezhdi Rashidov tried to intimidate a journalist. After state TV presenter Georgi Angelov interviewed a sculptor critical of the minister, Rashidov said Angelov should be “less ironical about the government” and should “remember who pays his salary.” The Association of European Journalists reacted immediately, accusing the minister of pressuring and blackmailing Angelov. A demonstration was held in Sofia on 7 July to demand the departure of Rashidov, who finally issued an apology. Atanas Chobanos, one of the joint editors of the Bulgarian news website Bivol.bg, commented: “Marinkova’s dismissal and the ‘Sunday 150’ programme’s removal, and the culture minister’s attack on a state TV journalist are symptoms of the political authorities’ same illness, which has resulted in Bulgaria being ranked last in media freedom in the European Union.” Bulgaria is ranked 113th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en July 22, 2016 RSF supports journalist fired by Bulgaria’s national radio March 10, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Bulgaria Help by sharing this information BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Freedom of expression RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive February 11, 2021 Find out more Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest News News Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom Crédit: Nadezhda Chipeva to go further BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Freedom of expression December 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick man accused in fatal burglary case could not be located…

first_imgEmail NewsLimerick man accused in fatal burglary case could not be located in prisonBy Staff Reporter – February 27, 2016 3017 Michael Casey Andrew [email protected] of the two men charged in connection with a Limerick burglary that resulted in the death of the homeowner near the village of Doon last August could not be located when court officials tried to determine what prison he was being held in.At Limerick District Court on Tuesday, Michael Casey (32) of Clonlong Halting Site, Southill was sent forward for trial at the Circuit Court on four charges in relation to thefts and criminal damage at homes in East Limerick last August.His cousin David Casey (21) of Caragh Park, Coolock, Dublin 17 is facing the same charges but Judge Marian O’Leary was told that he was not in attendance at the court because there was confusion in the prison service about where he was being held.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The court was later told that he was being held in Wheatfield prison and that he would be present in court next week to be served with the book of evidence.The cousins were arrested after 62-year-old John O’Donoghue collapsed and died of a heart attack after he interrupted two intruders at his home in Toomaline Upper, Doon on August 27 last.Mr O’Donoghue, a noted carpenter in the area, had arrived back home with his sister at the time of the incident to make the discovery that his home had been ransacked.The Casey cousins are charged with theft of a ladies watch and sum of sterling cash at Mr O’Donoghue’s home.They also face charges of stealing €1,000 worth of jewellery from a house at Kyle, Cappamore on the same date.It is also alleged that they caused €370 worth of criminal damage to houses in Dromsalagh and Portnard in Cappamore.After Michael Casey was returned for trial, Defence barrister Shauna Roe said David Casey was not in court as there was confusion over where he was being held and an adjournment was granted to next Tuesday.  Facebook Print Linkedincenter_img Advertisement Previous articleHSE used “unsafe system” to store oxygen tanks at Limerick hospitalNext articleThe brutal comedy of Whack!! Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

#ShopLimerick: Making it easier for customers to support your business

first_img Previous articleBoost for the Mid-West as work at Opera Site commencesNext article#ShopLimerick: Supporting Limerick’s small businesses through challenging times Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Alice Mansergh, Google Ireland’s director of small business.THE thousands of Limerick retailers classified as non-essential under the Level Five Covid restrictions are still in danger of missing out on their vital pre-Christmas trade.Their customers are there and still need their products but, with doors closed, hard-fought custom can seep away.People still need gifts, clothes, footwear, books, office supplies and everything else. We may need them now more than ever, as the constant stream of delivery vans.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up So how can small businesses get in on the online act, keeping relationships with customers alive and positioning themselves to survive and thrive in this pandemic and beyond?Seven in ten Irish adults have made a conscious effort to support local businesses due to the impact of Covid-19, a survey by iReach has found.“Shop local” is a sentiment small businesses can tap into. If someone googles “bookshops near me”, there are simple steps you can take to make sure your shop is found. And it doesn’t even require a website.“If you are a small local business, you can go to ‘Google my business’ and create your free business profile there,” says Google’s director of small business in Ireland, Alice Mansergh.“Add your address, opening hours, phone number and photos of your business and you can even specify whether you offer click and collect or kerb-side pick-up during lockdown.This first dipping of your toe into online takes about 15 minutes.“This is going to ensure that if your local customers are searching for you, your details are compelling and accurate and up to date on Google Search and Google Maps,” says Mansergh.Google has also launched Grow with Google, a package of free training, advertising credits and grants to help Irish small businesses to recover from the effects of the pandemic. On the grow.google/intl/ie website, small businesses will find video tutorials on how to set up a business profile, or create a website that sells.And if you don’t already have a website, it’s now easier than ever to get one. If you have one and it’s effectively just a brochure, it’s time to up your game.The Limerick Local Enterprise Office (LEO) is a good place to start. Its Trading Online Vouchers assist businesses with up to ten employees to make online trading easier and more profitable. Businesses can claim up to €2,500, with co-funding of ten per cent from themselves, towards developing an online presence.They must participate in training first, however, with courses on everything from developing a website to digital marketing, social media and search engine optimisation.The Government says the grant will cut the cost for a small business to develop online trading by up to 90 per cent. And, with Covid-19, Irish small businesses appear to be receptive. Local Enterprise Offices have approved some 9,920 such vouchers already this year, which is 8,790 more than in 2019.Read the Limerick Post Newspaper’s guide to local retailers HERE Advertisement Email Print Linkedin WhatsApp BusinessNews#ShopLimerick: Making it easier for customers to support your businessBy Staff Reporter – November 30, 2020 98 Facebook TAGS#ShopLimerick Twitterlast_img read more