Company Focus

In this series of articles which first appeared in the Sunday Independent, we take a look at some interesting companies in Ireland.

Company Focus - Insomnia Coffee - Sunday Independent

Established in 1997, Insomnia Coffee Company has become an iconic Irish brand. Insomnia is Ireland’s largest independently owned coffee shop chain and has grown from a single location in a Galway bookstore to an estate of 80 coffee shops across high street and through partnerships which include concessions and licence agreements with SPAR/BWG; Eason; Meadows & Byrne; Garden Works (Plantagen) and An Post.

Company Focus Netwatch - Sunday Independent

Established in Carlow in 2003 by David Walsh, Group CEO and Niall Kelly, Director of Technology, Netwatch deploy the most advanced video processing technologies to proactively monitor and protect their client’s properties and assets.

Company Focus SIP Energy Ltd - Sunday Independent

SIP Energy Ltd is one of Europe's leading modern method of construction companies. The company was formed in 2005 when brothers Micheal and Sheamus Quinn brought 30 years of insulated composite panel technology and expertise from their refrigerated and vehicle business to the construction industry.

Company Focus H2 Compliance - Sunday Independent

H2 Compliance is an Irish company operating in the niche chemical and environmental regulatory sector. Incorporated in 2006, its core areas of expertise are chemical control regulations, cosmetic regulations and product disposal, including waste, WEEE and emissions.

Company Focus Invesco Limited - Sunday Independent

Established in 1991 by Des McGarry, Invesco Limited is the largest Irish-owned firm of employee benefits consultants and wealth management advisors with 120 staff, providing services to a range of multinational and indigenous companies and private individuals.

Company Focus Celtech Software - Sunday Independent

Celtech was founded in San Francisco in 1992 but has been based in Dublin’s Eastpoint for over 15 years. Celtech has been pioneering IT solutions for retail & wholesale chains, especially the food and grocery, convenience and multiple chains, gaming and entertainment and pharmacy market sectors for the last 20 years and is very focused on both the UK and European markets.

Key Employee Engagement Programme (“KEEP”) – December 2017

In line with expectations, the Minister for Finance announced in his Budget 2018 speech the introduction of a new tax-advantaged share scheme in Ireland known as the “Key Employee Engagement Programme” (KEEP). Details of the scheme have been included in Finance Bill 2017, which is due to be enacted by the end of December.

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