Archives for April 2016 | Collins McNicholas

Congratulations to all the winners at the Athlone Chamber Business Awards!

Congratulations to all the winners at the Athlone Chamber Business Awards!Congratulations from Collins McNicholas to all the winners and nominees at the Athlone Chamber Business Awards! As members of the Athlone Chamber of Commerce we were delighted to attend the inaugural business awards held in the Sheraton last Saturday evening to celebrate the achievements of local businesses. The event was sponsored by an array of companies representing a cross section of business activity in the region; the sponsors ranged in size from multinationals to SMEs and family run businesses, and were from a variety of business sectors, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, retail, food, professional services, technology and financial services companies. The awards attracted over 320 business representatives from Athlone with a full house attending the Gala Dinner. They had over 80 nominations for 13 awards in different categories. The atmosphere was terrific and it was great to be part of such vibrancy and renewed business confidence in the midlands region. Congratulations to all the winners on the night, especially James McGee of Athlone Extrusions for a life time achievement award where he gave a great speech, providing an overview of how his manufacturing company grew over the past 40 years and how his company impacts local businesses in a very positive way. Other awards went to Kin Khao Thai Restaurant, Baysports, Athlone Training Centre, Grenham Travel, Athlone Tidy Towns, McGorisk’s Pharmacy, Savoury Fare, Alexion, Woodfit Acoustics, and Debapay. A special congratulations to Regina Bushell who won the Business Person of the Year Award and Colm Quinn who won the Business of the Year Award. It was great to see the multinational companies represented on the night – Erickson, Teleflex, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Alexion; as well as local companies – IO Systems, Woodfit, and Smart Business Analytics. Congratulation to Athlone Chamber and its President John McGrath for such a successful event. We look forward to attending more. From all our team here in the Collins McNicholas Athlone office – Mary, Ita, Tina, Donie, Jamie, Caroline, and Terry, thanks for a great night. Mary Mullin Athlone Regional Manager Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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The Medtech Industry in Ireland – Regional Overview Part 2

This is part 2 of our regional overview of the medical device industry in Ireland. Last week we looked at the West of Ireland, today we look at the South, South East and Midlands regions. South Cork has significant expertise in orthopaedic technologies. Stryker, which manufactures orthopaedic implants, minimally invasive surgical equipment and neurovascular products, is the biggest medical device employer in Cork. Stryker are building a new 44,000 sq. ft. surgical innovation centre in Cork that will conduct research on the surgical issues of bone cutting and soft tissue dissection. Stryker employs 1,200 people across its 3 Irish sites, two of which are located in Cork. DePuy Synthes produces orthopaedic knees and hips from its Cork plant, employing over 600 people. This site also includes a global supply chain operation and an R&D Innovation Centre. Boston Scientific employs approximately 1,100 people in Cork and produces over 5,600 devices, primarily for their Cardiology, Rhythm and Vascular Group, Endoscopy, and Urology & Women’s Health Divisions. ‘ South East Waterford hosts contact lens manufacturer Bausch & Lomb and precision engineering company Schivo. Bausch & Lomb is investing €75 million to increase its manufacturing capacity. Nypro Healthcare announced plans to establish a state-of-the-art facility in Waterford, which will create more than 200 jobs manufacturing complex respiratory and injection devices. Clearstream in Enniscorthy, which was bought by CR Bard, has added 160 roles since 2011 and, after a significant capital investment in its facility, will have the capacity to add 200 more roles in the coming years. Boston Scientific employs over 700 people in Clonmel and manufactures all of their pacemakers and implantable defibrillators...

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The Medtech Industry in Ireland – Regional Overview Part 1

Medical device companies are dispersed across Ireland. The presence of these companies throughout the country means that there is a steady supply of talent in every region, allowing medical device companies to easily set up a facility anywhere they choose. In part 1 of our regional overview of the medical technology industry in Ireland we take a look at the West of Ireland – encompassing the Midwest, West, and North West regions. West  Galway is the most important medtech cluster in the country. It accounts for approximately 31% of all medical device employment. Galway has significant expertise in vascular technologies, which are dominated by Boston Scientific and Medtronic. Boston Scientific is the largest medical device employer in Ireland with a staff of more than 4,500 across 3 sites located in Clonmel, Cork, and Galway. Boston Scientific employs around 3,000 people in Galway. Medtronic has roughly 2,000 staff working at its Galway facility, including over 100 employees working in R&D. Other notable companies in Galway include Merit Medical, Creganna, Crospon, and Zimmer, Aerogen, Creganna (800 staff) Mayo has several large multinational medtech companies with manufacturing operations, including Baxter and Hollister. They produce renal dialysis equipment, and ostomy/continence care products respectively. Hollister has invested €80 million in its Ballina plant, which currently employs over 600 people. North West    The North West is home to several large medtech companies. Abbott has a number of facilities in the region including Abbott Diabetes in Donegal, Abbott Diagnostics and Abbott Nutrition in Sligo, and Abbott Medical Optics in Mayo. with Irish owned Arrotek and Inblex Plastics based in Sligo. Multinationals B. Braun, Hospira, Amcor Flexibles, and...

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How to Write a Great Cover Letter

Your cover letter is often the first impression you make on a hiring manager, therefore it is essential to include the right information. It’s an opportunity to introduce yourself and it should make a hiring manager want to find out more about you. A cover letter is not as structured as a CV and so gives an opportunity to be more personable. Below is a quick list of things you should keep in mind when preparing a cover letter. It needs to be sent to the correct person – try to find out the best person to address the cover letter to rather than just saying ‘To whom it may concern.’ This could be the direct hiring manager or a contact in HR. A small bit of research should enable you to find a contact name. It should show that you have done some research on the company/job you are applying to – include a reference to the company or industry in the cover note. This could be mentioning something you read about the company or even just mentioning that you are aware they are an industry leader. It should be tailored to the specific job you are applying to – a generic cover note will not do. It needs to highlight your skills and experience that are relevant to the job. You can use the job specification find the key requirements and then highlight where your experience matched this. It should be kept short and concise – the cover note should be kept to a single page. You don’t need to highlight everything that is already covered in...

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