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€520,000 Profit at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

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Ireland's only two Michelin star restaurant, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, has recorded record profits of over €520,000 for the year ending 2018. Newly released accounts for Becklock Ltd show that post tax profits for the company rose by 34%, from
'Ireland's only two Michelin star restaurant, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, has recorded record profits of over €520,000 for the year ending 2018. Newly released accounts for Becklock Ltd show that post tax profits for the company rose by 34%, from €390,840 to €524,952, in the 12 months to the end of August 2018. Accumulated profits at the business now stand at €1.69m, while its cash pile is now €1.17m. Around 40 staff are on the books, including 14 in the kitchen, and salaries amounted to €1.43m in 2018. Directors' pay came in at €488,338 while pension contributions totalled €104,808. Having weathered the recession, the celebrated Dublin restaurant has now recorded five record breaking years - 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and now 2018. In mid 2016, the restaurant closed for several months for a major refurbishment, finally reopening in November of that year. The 21 seater restaurant has held two stars since 1996, and it has long been a dream for Patrick Guilbaud and his team to secure a third star.'

Chipper Serves up Battered Strawberries for Wimbledon

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A chipper in Cleethorpes, East Lincolnshire, was serving up battered strawberries and cream recently to mark the occasion of Wimbledon. Papas Fish & Chips at the pier in Cleethorpes gave the Wimbledon classic the full chipper treatment with a fresh
'A chipper in Cleethorpes, East Lincolnshire, was serving up battered strawberries and cream recently to mark the occasion of Wimbledon. Papas Fish & Chips at the pier in Cleethorpes gave the Wimbledon classic the full chipper treatment with a fresh batter coating, insiting that the treat 'really works'. A spokesperson said the frying process helps the strawberries become really juicy, describing the taste as close to strawberry pancakes with cream. To help things along, the chipper was also donating all proceeds from the limited time item to local sports chairities, to help find the next Wimbledon champion. The offer was available for the first two weeks in July at Papas locations in Cleethorpes and Willerby.'

Manchester United Stars’ Stock Exchange Hotel to Launch in November

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Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester, backed by former Manchester United stars Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, is to open on 15th November as a Relais & Châteaux property. The former stock exchange in the heart of the city, which boasts Edwardian
'Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester, backed by former Manchester United stars Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, is to open on 15th November as a Relais & Châteaux property. The former stock exchange in the heart of the city, which boasts Edwardian architecture from the 20th century, opened in 1906 as the Manchester Stock Exchange before becoming the Northern Stock Exchange until it ceased trading in 1979 when it was amalgamated into the London Stock Exchange. It then served as offices and as a restaurant until 2014. It has now been transformed into a 40-bedroom hotel including two signature suites and a 3,500 sq ft penthouse. The food and beverage operation within the hotel will be overseen by celebrity chef Tom Kerridge, who runs the two Michelin starred Hand and Flowers in Marlow. It will be operated by GG Hospitality, and co-owned by Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and hotelier Winston Zahra, who purchased the Grade-II-listed building six years ago using their vehicle Finestday Ltd. Interiors of the hotel have been designed by agency Autoban, and room prices start at £160 (€178) a night with suites from £320 (€356) and signature suites from £650 (€724) per night. The penthouse residence, The House, starts from £1,750 (€1,949) a night. In a statement, Neville, Giggs and Zahra said: “We knew the Stock Exchange well from when it was a restaurant but it was only when we viewed it in its entirety that we realised the extent of the history there. “Most people familiar with the building will know of the domed ceiling above the old trading room floor, but there are many other original features that will not have been seen by many, such as fireplaces, vaults and stained glass windows. For us it was critical that this heritage was protected, and it now sits at the heart of what we hope will be an exciting new concept for Manchester.” Speaking about the association with Relais & Châteaux, co-owner and GG Hospitality CEO Winston Zahra said: “We are honoured to be the first ever Relais & Châteaux member in Manchester and one of the first properties in the 65 year history of the fellowship to become a member before its doors open. “The values and foundations of Relais & Châteaux to protect and defend local arts of living are are reflected in every detail of our offering and we are committed to preserving an important part of Manchester’s heritage, while offering quality service in an exceptional setting.” Philippe Gombert, president of Relais & Châteaux, said: “We are very happy to count Stock Exchange Hotel as a member of our family and to be able to accompany them in the opening of this beautiful house. I am deeply convinced that Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Winston Zahra will revive Stock Exchange and its history in a remarkable way. This is a perfect example of what Relais & Châteaux is: properties anchored in their region, ambassadors of their heritage, but also passionate about their craft and deeply committed to forging warm, lasting relationships with their guests.”'

BIM Holds Innovation Workshop

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A two week long Innovation Workshop concluded on Thursday 10th July, focusing on disrupting global acquaculture. The workshop, which took place in the Guinness Enterprise Centre, was held by Hatch and supported by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) under the
'A two week long Innovation Workshop concluded on Thursday 10th July, focusing on disrupting global acquaculture. The workshop, which took place in the Guinness Enterprise Centre, was held by Hatch and supported by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. Participants were offered specific supports to start-ups including exposure to capital, mentoring and marketing expertise. The 13 Irish based start-ups and projects selected to join the workshop specialised in areas such as aquaculture analytics, use of pulsed light for underwater disinfection, and the integrated use of bogland for trout production. Jim O’Toole, CEO of BIM, met with founders of some of the businesses at the workshop and spoke about the need to drive innovation within the seafood sector in Ireland. “BIM is constantly looking at how best to balance the demands being placed on the sector by a growing population and growing appetite for seafood in a way that’s sustainable for future generations. This workshop and this approach is helping to fast-track innovation to help address this.” Participants at the workshop learned how to develop business plans and how to manage their business from Irish based and international mentors. The programme, aimed at strengthening the aquaculture innovation ecosystem in Ireland, has included mentors from international aquaculture spheres including Einar Wathne, ex global CEO of Cargill Aqua Nutrition and Chairperson of NCE Seafood Cluster in Bergen; Hatch Advisor Alex Marsh, Cargill Aqua Nutrition; and Jason Cleaversmith, General manager of Akva Scotland Group, Scotland. Richard Donnelly, Development and Innovation Manager, BIM said: “This model helps to create a sense of urgency to the way we develop the aquaculture sector. This is the second Hatch workshop BIM has supported in less than 12 months. It’s been hugely encouraging to see the range of diversity of start-ups in this space.” Wayne Murphy, Founder and COO, Hatch, said: “Ireland has a wonderful chance right now to play a strategic role in shaping the future of the global aquaculture industry by playing to its strengths, in terms of its ability to innovate and identify opportunity. This aquaculture workshop is focused on supporting those innovators by providing them with valuable insights into the industry, creating an entrepreneurial mindset and connecting them to a global network of people who can add real value to their potential.” All startups will continue to receive follow-up support from BIM and Hatch.'

White Hag Prepares for Hagstravaganza 2019

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The White Hag Brewing Company, Sligo, is preparing to host the third annual Hagstravaganza international beer festival this coming 26th and 27th July. The festival has firmly set itself on the international craft beer calendar and is the largest
'The White Hag Brewing Company, Sligo, is preparing to host the third annual Hagstravaganza international beer festival this coming 26th and 27th July. The festival has firmly set itself on the international craft beer calendar and is the largest craft beer event of its kind in Ireland. Over €500,000 is expected to be spent over the weekend by visiting brewers, trade guests and beer fans. The invitational nature of the festival ensures only the best breweries in Ireland and globally are asked to attend and pour their beers, with a completely new set of breweries attending year-on-year. The festival will attract over 1,500 beer lovers to Sligo over the two day event. This year's theme is 80 Beers You've Never Tasted Before. All breweries attending must bring three to six beers each, the main attraction is that the beer cannot have poured before in Ireland. This means for Irish beer fans they get to sample and taste up to 80 brand new beers over a weekend from around the world. Some of the big attractions will include Bagby brewing from California, Collective Arts from Toronto, Cloudwater Brew Co. from Manchester and Lambrate brewery from Milan. Commercial Director of The White Hag, Bob Coggins, said: \'Hagstravaganza has now become the biggest and most innovative brewery event in Ireland, now seeing visitors coming from across the US, including Ohio, Utah, Florida, New Jersey and Mass, as well as Moscow, Norway, Switzerland and across the UK. In fact over 90% of attendees coming travel from outside the northwest of Ireland. \'We are really only seeing the start of the potential for beer tourism, which up to now has been limited to Guinness Storehouse and Temple bar.\' Tickets start from €24 up to €50 and festivities start with an exclusive barrel aged tasting on Friday evening, with the festival proper kicking off on the 27th. Features will include a food court of eight local craft food suppliers from the Sligo food trail, the beer olympics yard games, 23 breweries and 70+ never seen beers, the Sligo pub crawl and of course the legendary noisiest train in Ireland into Sligo town on the Saturday evening. 90% of tickets are now sold, with the rest likely to sell in the next week, ahead of the announcement of the Fringe events in Sligo town. Tickets and more info can be found at Thewhitehag.com/hagstravaganza .'

Marriott International Faces £99m Data Breach Fine

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Marriott International is facing a £99m (€110m) fine for breaches of data protection law after Starwood hotels group’s systems were hacked in 2014. Marriott said it would “vigorously defend its position” in response to the news. The hack resulted in
'Marriott International is facing a £99m (€110m) fine for breaches of data protection law after Starwood hotels group’s systems were hacked in 2014. Marriott said it would “vigorously defend its position” in response to the news. The hack resulted in personal data contained in 339m guest records globally being exposed, of which 30m related to residents of 31 countries in the European Economic Area (EEA), where the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) apply. Seven million of those records related to UK residents. Now the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned Marriott International that it faces the multi-million-pound sanction under GDPR, despite the fact that it did not own Starwood at the time its records were breached. Marriott International bought Starwood in 2016, two years after the hack, but the exposure of customer information was not discovered until 2018. Marriott International notified the ICO in November 2018 of the breach but an ICO investigation has found that the hotel group failed to undertake sufficient due diligence when it bought Starwood and should, in its view, have done more to secure its systems. Marriott has co-operated with the ICO investigation and has made improvements to its security arrangements, the ICO said. It now has an opportunity to make representations as to the proposed findings and sanctions. Information commissioner Elizabeth Denham said: “The GDPR makes it clear that organisations must be accountable for the personal data they hold. This can include carrying out proper due diligence when making a corporate acquisition, and putting in place proper accountability measures to assess not only what personal data has been acquired, but also how it is protected. “Personal data has a real value so organisations have a legal duty to ensure its security, just like they would do with any other asset. If that doesn’t happen, we will not hesitate to take strong action when necessary to protect the rights of the public.” Marriott International’s president and CEO, Arne Sorenson, said: “We are disappointed with this notice of intent from the ICO, which we will contest.  Marriott has been cooperating with the ICO throughout its investigation into the incident, which involved a criminal attack against the Starwood guest reservation database. “We deeply regret this incident happened.  We take the privacy and security of guest information very seriously and continue to work hard to meet the standard of excellence that our guests expect from Marriott.”'

Falling Apple Rosé Cider Launched to Market

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Carlow Brewing Company has launched a new rosé cider to market, under its Falling Apple brand. The new rosé cider has been produced from a blend of 100% Irish apples, with no added sugar. Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Falstaff and Elstar apple
'Carlow Brewing Company has launched a new rosé cider to market, under its Falling Apple brand. The new rosé cider has been produced from a blend of 100% Irish apples, with no added sugar. Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Falstaff and Elstar apple varieties have been blended together for the new release. Seamus O’Hara, Founder and CEO of Carlow Brewing Company, said: “We are really satisfied that our ciders can guarantee transparency in both production and provenance, we get most of our apples from Cappoquin Estate in Co. Waterford, and some from Boyne Valley in Drogheda, and are produced without any additives, or ‘nasties’, which means customers can enjoy a cleaner, healthier, more authentic and delicious cider experience.” On the production process, Seamus said: “Pink or regular, the craft process always remains of the utmost importance to the cider making team. We don't use sugar as an ingredient, so all the sweetness in our ciders comes from the apples! The apples are harvested in autumn and pressed into juice. The fermentation process can then take from 3 weeks to 3 months, it depends on the ambient temperature really.” The new release promises a fresh and crisp apple pulp scene on the nose followed by an apple drop candy aroma. On the tongue, red fruit notes hit first, balanced with a fresh and lingering sweetness. The cider pairs well with summer BBQ style dishes, especially chargrilled meats and seafood, as well as party foods like pork and cheesy canapés - in particular those made with goats cheese. Coming in at an ABV of 5%, Falling Apple Rosé Cider is available from select independent off licences nationwide with an RRP of €3.69.'

Sole Named Best Seafood Restaurant in Europe

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Dublin’s Sole restaurant on South William St has been named Best Luxury Seafood Restaurant at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards which took place in St Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday 6th July. Established in 2015, the World Luxury Restaurant Awards
'Dublin’s Sole restaurant on South William St has been named Best Luxury Seafood Restaurant at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards which took place in St Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday 6th July. Established in 2015, the World Luxury Restaurant Awards saw over 850 entrants this year. Awards are presented on a country, regional, continental and global basis, and winners are selected by public vote online. Other winners on the night included Bio-Spa Victoria Gran Lujo in Spain being named Spa of the Year, while overall Restaurant of the Year went to Gåte at Quoin Rock in South Africa’s winelands. Speaking about the win, Executive Head Chef at Sole, Richie Wilson, said: “The team at Sole are absolutely blown away. Since opening in 2018, the whole team have worked so hard to raise the standard of seafood in Dublin and offer patrons a top quality dining experience with Irish produce on the top of our agenda. To win such a prestigious award is such a testament to the whole teams passion and dedication.” Sole recently launched its new Afternoon Seafood Towers lunchtime offering where guests can sample a selection of Irish seafood on a tiered platter for €29.50 per person.'