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Journalism awards

Journalists from Independent News & Media (INM) have been shortlisted for four prizes in the 2014 UCD Smurfit School Business Journalist Awards.

Sunday Independent reporter Sarah McCabe is shortlisted in the 'Upcoming Journalist' and 'Business Interview' categories, Irish Independent reporter Gavin McLoughlin is shortlisted in the 'Upcoming Journalist' category, and Personal Finance Editor Charlie Weston is shortlisted in the 'Specialist Business Reporter' category.

Journalists from RTE, 'The Irish Times' and 'The Sunday Times' are among others shortlisted.

Spar's new €5m design

Retailer Spar will invest €5m in rolling out a new store design after the launch of a new-look concept store at Dublin's Millennium Walkway.

Sales at the store have increased by 20pc since the design was introduced.

The design will now be rolled out to more than 100 stores nationwide.

BOI rugby prizes

Almost 1,000 firms have entered this year's Bank of Ireland 'Sponsor for a Day' competition.

Entrants are vying for the chance to sponsor the jerseys of either the Leinster or Munster rugby teams for one game, a prize valued at €50,000.

Five shortlisted firms for each province will be announced on November 24, and the competition will then be opened to a public vote.

Islands' energy win

Aran Islands Renewable Energy was named overall winner at the Sustainable Energy Awards last night, for projects that aim to make the islands carbon neutral and energy independent.

The company was set up by residents who wanted to reduce the islands' dependence on imported fossil fuels, and make them energy independent by 2022.

The group is trialling innovations in renewable energy, raising energy awareness and carrying out retrofitting programmes in homes and public buildings.

Ryanair's new base

Ryanair is to open a new base in Bratislava next March.

The airline said it will base two aircraft in the Slovakian capital and operate 16 routes -including one new route to Madrid.

The base will be Ryanair's first in Slovakia and 71st in total.

Ryanair said its investment in Bratislava will come to $200m (€160m), and that the base would create 1,000 on-site jobs.

Irish Independent