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Posted by John Cunningham on February 25 2016 @ 12:14

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Doing Business In China - Irish Independent Podcast

Posted by John Cunningham on February 04 2016 @ 10:00

How to do business in China?  If you’re an Irish business wondering how to get into the biggest market in the world, this week’s Ready Business show is here to help.

http://www.independent.ie/business/small-business/doing-business-in-china-34420788.html

Fiona Craul of Sweetspot sourcing based in Naas and Fujian, and John Cunningham of Epicom, a contract food manufacturing company in Meath that are supplying baby food to China, join Brian Purcell to outline how they’ve set up in China and built their companies with contracts in the Far East.

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John Cunningham and Fiona Craul, Director of Sweetspot,
with Ready Business Podcast Presenter Brian Purcell

Fiona and her founding partner, Susan Dempsey, set up Sweetspot four years ago to assist Irish companies in sourcing manufactured goods from UK, Europe and China.  From drinks glasses to aftershave bags and promotional materials, they have built up a large client base in Ireland using their office in China as a central sourcing hub.

For John Cunningham and Epicom, providing products to the Chinese has meant a longer process in ensuring that everything is quality approved.  Face to face meetings and building up trust over time is key to a successful client relationship he says.

China is not a place that you would go as a start-up, John Cunningham cautions.  It is a large market who expect companies to be able to deal with larger orders and it is best if you build your company up in Ireland, UK and Europe first before then deciding to approach the Chinese market.  For Fiona and Sweetspot, getting a trusted agent on the ground has been vital to ensure quality of products and goods being sourced.

In our #readybusinessadvice slot, Irish business owners asked about order sizes – ‘usually minimum of 1,000’ advises Fiona Craul, to the main obstacles for Irish business – ‘scaling up and giving yourself a few years to build up the necessary trust’ says John Cunningham.

The benefits of success in China are obvious though and both Fiona and John believe that with the systems and support in place, it is definitely worth exploring as another market for Irish business.

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Government's Mid East Region Action Plan for Jobs 2016 - 2017

Posted by John Cunningham on January 11 2016 @ 11:00

The Government's Mid East Region Action Plan for Jobs was unveiled jointly today in Epicom by Jobs Minister, Richard Bruton, and Junior Minister Damien English.

The plan aims to create 25,000 new jobs in Meath, Kildare and Wicklow over the next few years.  The plan is the seventh of eight regional action palns for jobs for which the Government has set aside €250m. The Department of Jobs said key sectors targeted as part of the plan will include "high tech-manufacturing, agri-food, tourism, renewable energy, the equine industry and the film/creative content industry".

Attended by various guests from all three regions this plan will seek to build on the existing strengths and assets of each region to maximise enterprise growth and job creation.

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Helen McEntee, said agri-food and tourism are sectors that will see benefit from the initative and this is great news especially for the Boyne Valley Region while Deputy Regina Doherty said she is confident that the jobs plan will build on Meath's strengths and particularly welcomed the focus on tourism.

Gary O'Meara, Manager of Meath Enterprise Centre, said that the Boyne Valley Food Hub would be a major part of the Action Plan. The Hub, which will be driven by Meath Enterprise in conjunction with Meath County Council and in partnership with several key stakeholders, will be located on a 20 are site on the outskirts of Navan.

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Santa Visits Epicom

Posted by John Cunningham on December 12 2015 @ 15:00

Santa once again called to Epicom on Saturday 12th December and approximately 50 children were excited to see him and pass on their Santa letters.  A big Thank You to Santa, senior and junior elves and all Epicom staff who helped out both on the day and in setting up the Grotto.

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Epicom Food Win Meath Business Award

Posted by John Cunningham on November 27 2015 @ 20:00

Epicom are delighted to be announced as winners in the Small to Medium Business Category of the sixth Meath Tourism and Business Awards 2015.

The black tie event, which is a celebration of success and innovation in County Meath, was hosted by RTE TV Presenter, Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, and held at the Newgrange Hotel, Navan, on Friday last 27th November.  Attended by over 270 guests, representing all areas of business in the Meath area, this annual event is an opportunity to recognise the commitment and constant endeavours of local businesses to achieve business excellence while delivering local employment.

It is a great honour for Epicom to win this Award and reflects all the effort, commitment and dedication of our hardworking and valued staff.

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Meath Tourism & Business Awards 2015

Left to Right: Catherine Masterson;  Aisling Vaughan, AIB; John Cunningham, Managing Director;  Angela Cunningham; Patricia Tyndall;  Iolana Hoffman and Jerry Ryan

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Meath Enterprise Week 2015

Posted by John Cunningham on November 19 2015 @ 18:00

As part of Meath Enterprise Week 2015 a business conference and expo was held in the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, Co. Meath on 19th November 2015.  This event, with Food, Digital & Entrepreneurship as the three main themes, showcased leading companies and state agencies and welcomed numerous guest speakers including Minister Damien English, Mairead McGuinness MEP and Dane Strangler of the US Kauffman Foundation.

John Cunningham took part in a panel discussion entitled "Food Innovation - Boyne Valley Food Hub" and, with numerous panel discussions and talks throughout the day, the event proved to be very successful.

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Rugby World Cup 2015

Posted by John Cunningham on November 06 2015 @ 16:30

Congrats to Tom Kennedy and Dean O'Rouke who had the winners of the Rugby World Cup Sweetstakes - New Zealand.  Due to demand in rugby the company had to hold two sweepstakes.  In 2016 we will be running a Euro 2016 sweepstakes.

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Kieran Smith presents winner Tom Kennedy with his prize

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Gerry Ryan, Night Supervisor, presents winnder Dean O'Rourke with his prize

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CNCA Approval For Epicom

Posted by John Cunningham on November 04 2015 @ 09:00

In March 2015, Epicom applied to the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the Peoples Republic of China for approval to export milk powders to China.

This process involved working closely with the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and the Marine here in Ireland and interpretation of international legislation in line with local legislation. This was a detailed and comprehensive process which took almost 9 months to complete.

On the 4th November 2015 Epicom received the fantastic news that it had been added as an approved producer of milk powder products for export to China. Epicom has a long history of producing high value added retail milk powder products for Western Europe. CNCA approval now opens up exciting opportunities to work with Chinese partners to develop Irish retail products specifically for the growing Chinese market. This is a very important step in the ongoing development of our global business. We intend to use our vast knowledge of product development as well as our expertise in producing retail solutions to develop many routes to market in China. Our specific areas of interest will include retail packs for senior or adult nutrition, milk based nutrition for the general public, general health products and new category development. All products will be manufactured here in our Navan plant, in Ireland and will be produced to the very highest quality standards. We aim to work with the many co-operative milk producers on the island of Ireland to bring Irish milk powder, in its many forms, to consumers in China.

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Boyne Valley - The Home Of Food Innovation

Posted by John Cunningham on October 07 2015 @ 14:00

Meath County Council and Meath Enterprise hosted "Boyne Valley - The Home Of Food Innovation" as part of the Startup Gathering 2015 with a focus on "food" entrepreneurship and innovation.  Held in the Pillo Hotel, in Ashbourne, on 7th October 2015, this event consisted of an expo/conference and workshops/one-to-one clinics and was officially opened by Damien English, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills and Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation - with Special Responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation.

John Cunningham was delighted to participate in this event which included a panel discussion "Feeding Innovation in the Boyne Valley".

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Word Search Competition

Posted by John Cunningham on September 25 2015 @ 13:30

Epicom employees were asked in September to enter a competition where they had to complete a word search that included some key words which we sometimes use to describe Epicom and its products. Particupation was extremely high and we had 2 winners - Dace Reinfelde and Arunas Rudaitis.

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Tom McDonnell presents Dace with her winners' prize

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Catherine Masterson presents Arunas with his prize

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