In brief: Acorn cleans up at marketing awards
ACORN Marketing has won 17 gongs at the An Post Direct Marketing Awards, including Agency of the Year, for client campaigns carried out in 2010 and 2011. The agency won six "gold" awards, five "silver" awards and four "bronze" prizes for campaigns including 'Best Loyalty' for Eircom and 'Best New Product or Service Launch' for 123.ie.
Aon adds staff to Irish consultancy
US insurance giant Aon is expanding its Irish operations with the launch of an Irish branch of its Global Risk Consulting business. The new unit is expected to add a small number of new staff to the current 600 employees at its Dublin HQ.
Dublin Chamber's surplus at €1.6m
THE Dublin Chamber of Commerce boosted its annual surplus to €1.6m last year, according to accounts just filed with the Companies Office. The business group took in €1.8m in membership fees and charges for services over the year. The Chamber is sitting on €4m of funds.
Sodexo in merger deal for Zehnacker
ON-SITE service solutions provider Sodexo Ireland has acquired Zehnacker Ireland, which provides specialist facilities management services for healthcare facilities. The company, which employs 25 people in Ireland, will be renamed Sodexo Zehnacker Healthcare.
US hedge fund tries to block AIB move
New York hedge fund Abadi & Co plans to continue with a legal bid aimed at blocking "burden sharing" by AIB with its subordinated bondholders. Last night Abadi told Bloomberg it was "dismayed at the emerging details" of AIB's bond buyback offer.
Petroceltic in share issue to raise $60m
PETROCELTIC, a Dublin-based company looking for oil in North Africa, said it intends to raise about $60m (€42m) through a placing of new ordinary shares to help pay for another rig in Algeria. The company said it would place the shares with new and existing customers.