UK:: New jobs in Glasgow as Co-op expansion creates nearly 300 roles

A retailer plans to create almost 300 new jobs as it prepares to open 18 new stores in Scotland this year.

Co-op plans to invest £28 million in the expansion, which will also see a further 20 shops upgraded.

The move is set to create 275 new jobs in 2018.

John McNeill, divisional managing director, said: “Such sustained investment is indicative of our long and proud history in Scotland – we are passionate about serving the many diverse communities across the country and want to give shoppers the opportunity to buy what they want, when they want it, in great looking stores that also give back to the community.”

New stores are lined up for Forres in Moray, Kilmacolm in Inverclyde, Kelty in Fife and Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as other locations.

It comes as part of the firm’s UK-wide plans to invest £160 million in 100 new premises and 150 store makeovers in 2018, which will create an estimated 1,600 jobs.

Co-op is now the fourth largest retailer in Scotland, having seen sales growth of 3.1% over the past year.



What will shape future smart cities of India? Find out here

A Scottish university has joined forces with two of India’s leading institutions to shape a vision of future cities for India.

A Scottish university has joined forces with two of India’s leading institutions to shape a vision of future cities for India. Glasgow-based University of Strathclyde has signed separate agreements with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai and the TERI School of Advanced Studies (SAS) in Delhi. “The aim is to help ensure India’s cities develop in a way that enhances quality of life, supports sustainable economic growth, delivers equitable outcomes for citizens and protects the environment,” the university said in a statement. The agreements, the university added, will see the institutions combine their expertise to tackle some of the major challenges faced by India’s cities as they continue to grow by making use of data to model potential solutions to a variety of problems. Alongside, five Scottish government scholarships were launched for Indian students to study on Strathclyde’s MSc in Global Sustainable Cities programme. Prof Atilla Incecik of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, who signed the MoU with TISS, said, “India’s cities are growing and with that comes a host of challenges—urban planning, pollution and transport. Our partnerships aim to look at how India’s cities of the future can meet the demands placed on them through smarter approaches to policy and design.”

Prof Richard Bellingham of the Institute of Future Cities at University of Strathclyde, who signed the MoU with TERI SAS, added, “Cities consume most of the world’s energy and emit 85% of GHG emissions. If we don’t change the way we live, work and invest in cities, it’ll only continue to grow. That is why it is vital we provide the next generation with the skills to become the leaders in design and delivery of sustainable city strategies.”

The University of Strathclyde has the second-highest population of Indian students in Scotland and works with a number of leading institutions in India.


Ireland:: Eli Lilly office block will add capacity for 500 new jobs in Cork

US pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly is set to add capacity for about 500 new jobs in Cork.

The company has signed contracts for a new €20m office building in Little Island, which will be its second in the city’s Eastgate Business Park.

If the capacity of a new office block is fully realised in the future, the move would more than double the company’s work force at its Little Island base to around 1,000. It already employs 400 people.

Construction is due begin in the coming weeks and is expected to be completed in 2019.

The Irish Examiner’s Tommy Barker reports that developers O’Flynn Group are set to build the €20m, 70,000 sq ft office block, capable of housing up to 500 workers, for pharma giant Lilly’s Global Business Solutions Centre in Eastgate.

The Lilly deal, a long time in the offing for the 120-acre business park just east of the Jack Lynch Tunnel, will see the O’Flynn Group construct this second, fourth-generation office building to be called Island Hall.

It is to go right next to Lilly’s existing Cork offices footprint, Island House, which they secured from O’Flynn Group at Eastgate in 2013 at a €10m-plus cost.

Now, Lilly are further expanding that presence, bringing their space there up to 135,000 sq ft of offices, and clearly signalling the arrival of several hundred more diverse back-office service jobs locating to Cork in the next few years.

Pharma giant Eli Lilly has been in Ireland since 1976, and has been manufacturing in Dunderrow, Kinsale since 1981, where it employs 500, plus hundreds of contractors, and is actively expanding into the biopharma sector, with a new €200m plant under way.


London firm expansion creates 37 new science data jobs in Glasgow

A London start-up company’s expansion into Glasgow will result in the creation of 37 new data science jobs.

B2B payment decisions firm Previse has secured a £800,000 grant from Scottish Enterprise to launch the development in Scotland’s biggest city.

It will be the organisation’s first office in Scotland, from where it plans to start rolling out its first instant-payments programme with a number of blue chip multinational buyers.

Welcoming the announcement, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse said: “Scotland is a world renowned centre for expertise in data science and digital technologies and I am delighted to welcome Previse to our thriving financial technology community.

“The Scottish Government are supporting business innovation by providing an additional £15 million a year for research and development, which will aim to help lever in further business expenditure on research and development that will stimulate further economic and employment growth, and develop leading edge expertise.”

Previse’s technology uses artificial intelligence to enable large businesses to pay their suppliers the day they receive an invoice.Using hundreds of millions of data points, it creates an independent score of a multinational buyer’s likelihood to pay an invoice.

The technology uses this to make a decision about which invoices will be paid, so funding can be extended to SME suppliers instantly.Previse aims to tackle the problem of late payment for the supply chain, which has been identified as a growing challenge for Britain’s small businesses.

With a reported 60 per cent experiencing the problem, figures show that late payments force 50,000 UK businesses to close every year.David Brown, Previse’s co-founder and chief product officer, added: “Glasgow has become a thriving center of UK financial technology, making it an ideal place for us.

“We are looking forward to further strengthening our ties to the Scottish business community as well as Scottish academia, through our work with The Data Lab, and support from Scottish Enterprise to take full advantage of the power of artificial technology to tackle late payments once and for all.”


Canada::B.C. government makes it a priority to prepare students for jobs in the tech industry

British Columbia’s tech sector generates more than $29 billion in revenue, is home to over 10,200 businesses, and supports upwards of 106,000 well-paying jobs. Those numbers are only growing.

One of the biggest challenges facing the industry is that the demand for jobs will outstrip B.C.’s ability to supply them. Skilled workers are already highly sought-after, and many companies look overseas to find specialists able to meet their industry requirements.

The ability to provide local talent for the tech sector is something that the provincial government has made it a priority to address. Engaging public colleges, universities, and institutes throughout the province, Melanie Mark—Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister—yesterday announced that work was underway to ramp up tech seats in B.C.

“It’s critical that British Columbians are equipped with the right education and training for good-paying jobs in a 21st-century economy,” said Mark, speaking after a meeting with a number of tech employers in Vancouver. “We’re building up British Columbians by improving access to affordable education and training so they can take advantage of growing tech sector opportunities.”

Much of the tech industry is based in Vancouver, with more than 75,000 of its total employees working in the city. Mark met with a number of top local employers, as well as tech co-op students and post-secondary partners, at the BC Tech Innovation Hub on the Great Northern Way Campus: a location that also houses a number of academic institutions that have already shifted their focus to train students for the industry. There, she participated in a roundtable discussion about how best to equip learners for success.

The visit concludes the ministry’s engagement with a number of individual public post-secondary institutions over the past several weeks, with the aim of determining the type of programming, number of seats, financial allocation, and timing for implementation necessary to best capitalize on the growing tech sector.

At the forefront of discussions were how to increase programming that fits with industry needs, allow transfer students to enter the courses, and aid locations with increasing demand. The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training is now developing a tech-talent plan to respond to the needs of the tech sector, and improve northern access.

More than 83,000 tech-related job openings are anticipated over the next 10 years, particularly for computer programmers, information system analysts, and software designers.


Ireland: Maynooth University applications pass 4,000 milestone


Maynooth University has received more than 4,000 first preference applications from the CAO for the first time since it was founded in 1997. A total of 4,037 students applied to the university this year, a 9 per cent increase on first preference applications from last year.

The CAO said on Tuesday it had received 61,500 changes submitted by about 43,000 applicants to their lists of course choices between May 5th and July 1st.

Maynooth University has experienced a “strong upward trend” driven by its new undergraduate curriculum which focuses on preparing students to adapt to the changing world of work.

The curriculum, launched in 2015 and phased in over two years, is designed to provide broader entry routes to college and allows students greater flexibility to specialise immediately or explore options in first year and specialise later.Students can also combine subjects across the arts and science areas.

Last year, some 800 students enrolled in the university’s new “critical skills”module, which was introduced as an optional subject for first years in all disciplines.

The university said the level of first preference applications the University received this year demonstrates the appeal of the new curriculum.

Total applications to Maynooth University courses have risen 12 per cent since 2016, with increased interest in courses across all major fields, including Arts, Law, Business, Biotechnology and Engineering.

Philip Nolan, president of Maynooth University, said the increase in applications past the 4,000 mark represented a “significant milestone” for the the Univeristy which recently marked 20 years since its foundation.

He said the university presented a “unique proposition” to Irish students with the introduction of the new undergraduate curriculum and the increased demand witnessed since then “has served as a resounding endorsement of this decision”.

“Maynooth University has recently marked 20 years since its foundation, and this is another significant milestone in this anniversary year. Maynooth has tremendous momentum as an institution, and our success allows us to continue to attract world-class researchers and highly motivated students to the University,” he said.


Ireland:Jobs to flow with Mexican food brand to open Limerick restaurant

LIMERICK is set to welcome another top food brand with Mexican food chain Boojum to open in the city, providing a jobs boost in the process. The company has this week sought job applications for a restaurant manager in Limerick.

And it appears like the chain will open its doors at the former Danske Bank unit at the Patrick Street-Denmark Street junction, with a huge hoarding erected over the shop frontage.

Cllr Vivienne Crowley, who chairs the council’s economic committee, has welcomed this new opening, as well as the re-opening of a number of other bars on Catherine Street in the city.

She said: “We need to encourage people into the city, and that includes students in the university and LIT. It’s good to see a focused plan in terms of the nightlife.”

Boojum already operates stores in Belfast, Dublin, Galway and Cork

The Mexican burrito chain was founded by husband and wife team John and Karen Blisard in Belfast with their own savings in 2007. The firm had opened its second outlet in Dublin in 2010, and by 2014 had five locations across the island of Ireland – two in Belfast, two in Dublin and one in Galway.