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Teagasc and DAFM have developed a new web portal called Opt-In which highlights employment related skills development and personal development opportunities. Click on the link below for more information.

The portal was launched at the National Ploughing Championships by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Andrew Doyle TD





Business Development/ Enterprise Centre(s) Manager Wanted

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Business Development/ Enterprise Centre(s) Manager

Job brief

We are looking for an ambitious and energetic Business Development Manager to help us expand our Enterprise Centres and create jobs in West Limerick.

The Business Development Manager will be responsible for managing and developing the three Enterprise Centres based in Kantoher, Broadford and the Red Door in Newcastle West. West Limerick is also synonymous with food business and as a key part of this role would be to further develop food businesses –experience in food business would be very important.

The primary goal is to attract

  • Existing businesses with expansion plans and
  • New businesses to set up in one of three locations with the objective of creating jobs and increasing employment in the three locations.


  • Conduct research to identify businesses with expansion plans, foreign direct investment opportunities through  Connect Ireland as well as identifying  people with startup business ideas
  • Identify and meet potential clients by growing, maintaining, and leveraging your network
  • Contact prospects to set up meetings
  • Plan and implement  marketing initiatives
  • Build relationships with prospects by networking at conferences, meetings, lunches and other social events
  • Use knowledge of the market , identify and develop the Centre’s unique selling propositions and differentiators
  • Developing proposals
  • Negotiate and close deals
  • Achieve sales goals
  • Manage the  Enterprise Centres on a day to day basis
  • Negotiate new lettings and renewals to increase Enterprise Centres profitability
  • Prepare monthly progress reports for each Centre and attend regular meetings with Boards of Directors

The skills you need to excel in this position include:

  • Strong communication and influencing skills
  • Creative talents and the ability to solve  problems
  • In-depth knowledge of  industry trends
  • The ability to handle pressure and meet deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent time management and organisational ability


  • A minimum of 5 years proven work experience in food business ,sales, marketing , rural development or other relevant areas
  • Proficiency in MS Office
  • Excellent communication and Influencing skills
  • Excellent ability to build rapport
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • A passion for rural and community development
  • A full clean current driving  licence and be prepared to travel and work  outside normal working hours

Term:  2 Year Contract. Position based out of Kantoher Enterprise Centre.

Apply with cover letter and CV to hrkdgrp@gmail.com by 5pm on Friday, 15th September 2016

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BHSL team up with State of Maryland

Kantoher based, chicken manure firm, BHSL teams up with State of Maryland in €3m pilot energy project.

Read more about it in the Irish Independent

BHSL In The News




Kantoher-based company bhsl was recently featured in the Irish Independent following an EU Commission decision to give the green light to allow poultry manure as a fuel source under their existing regulations. bhsl technology and machinery is used in Ireland, the UK, Europe and Asia to convert poultry manure, and other low-value biomass, into energy.

Read the full article on the Irish Independent website by clicking here.

Read more about bhsl on their own website here.