Business - 2 May 1985

M.J .FLOOD (Ireland) Ltd are proud to announce their recent appointment as distributors in Ireland for the Panafax UF 400 Facsimile by Panaasonic, the world's No. I producer of facsimile machines.
This acquisition represents a major success for M.J. Flood, with another brand leader to launch onto the Irish market place.

The UF 400 is the latest facsimile machine from Panasonic and comes with an unusually wide range of features for such a small, easilyyoperated machine. It is compatible with all CCITT approved facsimile machines and is of course approved and licensed by Telecom Eireann.

Martin Keating, Sales Director, pointed out that whilst M.J. Flood (Ireland) Ltd were anxious to move into this market, they were careful to spend a lot of time on research before deciding on the right product. "The Panasonic facsimile range had the right credentials," says Martin.

M.J. Flood is an Irish company with 50 years experience in the office equipment industry. The company operates a nationwide branch network. Each branch will now incorporate a Fax Centre as an added back up to their existing customer service.

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BANK of Ireland last month launched a new Start Your Own Business Commpetition. A prize fund of £25,000, in this, the bank's third competition, brings to £68,000 the total fund alloocated in prizes to date.

This year prizes of £1 0,000, £5,000, £4,000 and £3,000 will be used, as in previous years, as equity in the winning projects by the competition winners.

An additional prize of £3,000 will be awarded for the best project from an entrant under twenty-five years of age which has not received one of the main prizes.

The competition is open to indiividuals or groups over eighteen years of age, both in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland with a proposal for a new business which has not commmenced operation before 1 st April 1985.

The new business proposals can be in the manufacturing or service sectors. In addition to the prize fund, Bank of Ireland will provide guidance in setting up the winning projects and loan finance where appropriate.

The adjudication panel will be chaired by Mr T.P. Hardiman, Chairrman, Investment Bank of Ireland and will include:

* Professor George Pogue, Head of Accounting and Finance Faculty, University of Ulster.

* Eamon Cahill, Divisional Director, Business Advisory Service, Irish Prooductivity Centre.

* John Lyons, Managing Director, Hitol Limited, Waterford.

* Dick Butler, General Manager, Dublin Area, Bank of Ireland.

The principal assessment criteria for submissions will be:

*The viability of the proposal.

* The ability of the entrants to implement proposals.

* The growth potential of the prooposal in terms of output and employyment.

Other factors which will be connsidered are:

*The innovative nature of the prooposal.

* Its job creation potential.

* The potential for import substiitution/export earnings.

The closing date for entries for the Start Your Own Business Competition is 16th September 1985 and the winnners will be announced in March 1986.

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THE directors of Giordani'sRestaurant, Italian Wine Bar & Self-Service are pleased and proud to announce the opening of this elegant new restaurant complex at 40-41 Grafton Street.

There are three separate seating areas, designed to cater for the cusstomer's needs. The A La Carte Resstaurant will be open for lunch from 12.30pm-3pm, and for dinner from 6pm-ll.30pm (last orders) from Monnday to Sunday. The Self-Service will -be open from 7.30am for breakfast and will provide light meals and coffees throughout the day until 6pm, Monday-Saturday. The Italian Wine Bar will be open all day till midnight, serving wines, coffees, Italian ices, savouries and pastries. This bar was specially imported from Italy. The elegant restaurant will seat 114 people.

Giordani's is a wholly-owned subsiidiary of Charton Investments Ltd, whose chairman is Elio Malocco. The company managing director is Peter Daly, who is responsible for the overrall running of the restaurants and bar. Each area is managed by experienced professionals. Camillo Malocco is caterring manager and Tom Meaney, formerly of Henri's in Lucan, is head chef. The restaurant is managed by Ian Kilburn.

The restaurants and bar were named after Tommaso Giordani, a Neopolitan musician and composer, who came to live in Dublin at the end of the eighhteenth century. The whole concept of the complex was created by the Maggliocco family, originally from Southern Italy and now living in Dublin.

The restaurant's musical theme will be carried along by ten portraits of Irish musicians, especially commisssioned by the company from Tom Ryan RHA. The historical background has been provided by Terry de Valera.

The directors of Giordani's firmly believe that these elegant restaurants and bar will provide a much needed boost to the image of Grafton Street as the premier street of the city. It is hoped that future customers will find its range of service, from a simple coffee to a superb a la carte meal, to be a welcome addition to eating out in Dublin.