Chocolatey Clare anyone?

‘So your bar is there’, says Clare. ‘You have to have that and give me an appraisal’. ‘You can be honest’, she adds. That’s a terrible idea, Clare, I think to myself. I‘m a hopeless chocolate snob. ‘Dairy-free milk chocolate’? How is that even possible? As Clare herself admits, when you say the word ‘vegan’, people assume it’s going to be horrible. She reckons that ‘oh my God it probably tastes like sawdust!’ is what they’re thinking. But guess what? This Chocolatey Clare’s Salted Peanut bar tastes great. Not too sweet and icky like lots of non-milk milk chocolate. Not too pale and wishy-washy. This milk chocolate has a hefty 5

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Dublin-based app makes splitting the bill as easy as sending an emoji!

Dublin-based payments app Circle has made two exciting announcements. Firstly, the company has launched its new Groups feature, which allows users to create group chats where they can all send and receive money in any country or currency. Circle is now the only peer-to-peer payment app in Ireland offering this functionality. Users can have groups with as many as 20 people, which can be used to chat, share images and GIFs, as well as transferring payments. Circle prides itself on being safe so it has industry-leading security features, like touch ID, two-factor authentication and FCA authorisation.


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A 2-day live event celebrating the innovators in design, media, creativity and culture, and the role they play in the future of society, business and the spaces in between. Join us. Get involved. Be a part of The Future. Some of the speakers at the event include: • Adrian Newey OBE (Red Bull Formula One) • Ilse Crawford (Studio Ilse) • VICE / Ciaran Bonass • Stefan Sagmeister Co-Founder of Sagmeister & Walsh. • Nelly Ben Hayoun - Dubbed the Willy Wonka of Design and Science, award-winning director. • Godfrey Dadich Partners - Founders Scott Dadich, former Editor in C

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Meet a Dubliner: Christina Murphy, Elephant Keeper

I moved here a few years ago from Atlanta, Georgia and started working at Dublin Zoo. We’ve had six new calves here in the last three years. All those babies were born here so that makes them Irish! But really, Ireland has fantastic weather for Asian elephants because they like mild rainy days. Sometimes you will even see them going swimming more on rainy days. Christina Murphy. Images: Dublin Zoo

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Boost for Ireland’s start-ups as income tax is removed from share options

KEEP scheme will prove to be an important lever for companies to reward and retain staff as war for tech talent escalates. Employees of SMEs and start-ups can no longer be penalised for receiving share options, according to new provisions in the Finance Bill following Budget 2018. This overcomes a critical hurdle in the war for talent as small companies can now offer shares to retain workers who might be lured elsewhere by attractive benefits and perks. Critics of the Irish State’s backward tax rules for entrepreneurs have been lobbying hard for years for changes in the taxation of share options. Details in the new Key Employee Engagement Programme (KEEP) revealed in yesterday’s (19 October) Finance Bill, show that owners of businesses can reward valued staff members with shares in the company exempt of tax, universal social charge (USC) and PRSI. However, when the employee disposes of the shares – such as in the case of an acquisition – they would still be subject to 33pc capital gains tax (CGT). Share options key to staff retention: The move is, nevertheless, a step in the right direction because, until now, if a company tried to reward an employee with shares in the business, that employee would instantly have to come up with the cash to cover the rate of income tax. The KEEP initiative brings Irish tax rules on share options in line with the UK’s EMI (Enterprise Management Incentive) scheme. However, Ireland is still behind the UK when it comes to CGT. Under existing CGT rules, the tax is 10pc only for the first €1m of a transaction, and the 33pc is applied for remaining amounts. In the UK, however, under the EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme), entrepreneurs pay just 10pc tax on the first €10m they make.


PlayersXpo 2017

The Convention Centre Dublin

Whether it’s Minecraft or Mario Kart, Hearthstone or Call of Duty, PlayersXpo is the gaming event you’ve been waiting for. We’ve gathered the biggest names in blogging and YouTube, the most dedicated publishers and developers to create an experience that offers a first look at the hottest new release updates. PlayersXpo has a talented team of experts creating what promises to be Ireland’s ultimate gaming event an event like no other. PlayersXpo ( is an event organized and entirely owned by INM Events. The event ticketing system is managed by FitLive, who use Stripe pay

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Jobs Expo Dublin 2017

Cusack suite

The twelth bi-annual Jobs Expo will be held at Dublin’s Croke Park Conference Centre, Cusack Suite, St Josephs Avenue on Saturday 21st October 2017 from 10am to 4pm. Established as Ireland’s largest recruitment fair, Jobs Expo Dublin features hundreds of active job opportunities at home and abroad and is the only careers exhibition of its type to feature FREE ADMISSION. With economic recovery underway and increasing levels of competition for jobs and employment, Jobs Expo Dublin 2017 will provide job seekers with real opportunities to find new employment. What can you expect at Jobs

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The GALAS Awards 2017

The Mansion House

The eighth annual GALAS, Ireland’s LGBT Awards, will take place in Dublin’s Mansion House on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The GALAS were set up by GCN and the National LGBT Federation (NXF) to honour LGBT+ people and organisations for their contributions to Irish society. The awards are also to honour politicians, employers and others who are committed to advancing equality and social acceptance for LGBT+ people in Ireland. The GALAS International Award, which gives a bursary of €2,000 to person fighting for LGBT+ rights in countries that seriously discriminate against LGBT's will be

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European Cyber Threat Summit

The Helix

Now in our seventh year, this year's Cyber Threat Summit will have a very European focus. The largest event of it's kind, it will attract cyber security experts from all over Europe to discuss all aspects of cyber security including issues such as GDPR, the NIS Directive and of course BREXIT. We have three distinct streams running concurrently; "Strategic", "Operational" and "Technical". 2017 will also see the introduction of a Cyber Startup Zone giving innovators a chance to shine and network with potential investors. Women in Cyber, the Safety of Children, the Cyber Skills Gap and Ireland'

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The Guinness Enterprise Centre, on Taylor’s Lane in the heart of Dublin’s Liberties, is managed by Dublin Business Innovation Centre and has been named the no.1 university associated business incubation centre in the world. In the first of two articles about the GEC, talks to Eamonn Sayers, the centre’s manager since 2011. I’m an entrepreneur. I’ve got an idea. What can the GEC do for me here? Eamonn Sayers: The first step here is that we’ll try and put you in front of an entrepreneur who’s in the same industry. We’ll say have a chat with this person, see what they’re thinking. If you’ve identified your target market, again we’ll say we know someone here who’s in the same market and they’ll have a coffee with you too. Then what happens? Eamonn Sayers: Our role here is to help your company grow and scale. We help to make it become better and we help to make you a better entrepreneur. We create an environment and a community and a sense of belonging that makes entrepreneurs very comfortable, makes them enjoy the fact that this is their office, this is their workplace, so that both the entrepreneur and their teams are in the best place to grow their businesses.

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