Kerry businesses urged to apply for EU funding

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has encouraged SME businesses in the county to apply for up to €1.25 billion in EU funding which has been made available for the sector.

The MEP said that with the SME sector representing over 99% of businesses in Ireland, and across the EU, it was critical to support their growth and innovation.

“However, one of the most important issues facing SMEs is their difficulty accessing finance. Ireland has been particularly successful at accessing funding from Europe for our Small and Medium sized business sector. We have the highest success rate in Europe for the Horizon 2020 SME fund with a 16% success rate compared to a European average of 6%.”

SME Companies can receive €50,000 in funding under phase 1 and from €500,000 to €2.5 million under phase 2 of the Horizon 2020 SME funding. In total, 50 Irish SME companies have been awarded Horizon 2020 SME Phase 1 funding since its launch in 2014.


Careers Fair at IT Tralee next month

The Careers Fair at the Institute of Technology Tralee is organised by the Business Department at Dromtacker each year but it is always something that involves far more that just dry posters and people in suits inviting graduates to ‘come and work for us’.

It takes place on Wednesday September 26 this year. With music and entertainment going on throughout as well, there is no shortage of activities to enjoy and it is an event that is not confined to graduates from the IT but to everyone looking for a good job.

Last year, there were nearly 40 companies present with a wide variety of jobs on offer including all the major players in the county and west Munster. Kerry Group plc, FEXCO, Dairymaster, Liebherr, a number of the companies at Kerry Technology Park, Kostal, which operates a plant in Abbeyfeale, are among those seeking to recruit and in 2017, there were several enterprises from other parts of the country - from as far away as County Antrim even - operating stands in the IT on the hunt for staff.

So for anyone in search of a career, the fair is a perfect opportunity to scan the range of prospects. Further information is available at