Saturday 24 March 2018

The Punt: Accountants' eye for figures

The Punt has never claimed to be a fashion expert. We tend to buy our shirts in shades of white or blue and, only if we're feeling especially edgy, some combination of the two.

It's fair to say that the dilemma of what to wear tomorrow is rarely what keeps us awake at night.

But a two-page fashion spread, as opposed to spreadsheet, in the current issue of 'Accountancy Ireland' did catch our philistine eye.

The "Styled to Success" feature pops up unannounced amid the expected reports on the future of audit, tax and corporate governance.

You'd almost describe it as a falsh of colour in a sea of grey, almost.

Its just that the featured fashion comes overwhelmingly in shades that appear designed to appeal to geologists.

Five of the seven items of apparal photographed in the fashion spread are actually grey, with a few little touches in a nice grey dress, pictured below.

The only exceptions to the grey rule are one sober blue and white jacket from Jasper Conrad and a striking multicoloured (OK lurid) Fantasia Kaftan from East.

The fashions in Accountancy Ireland are more or less a sea of grey, in a sea of grey.

Vive la différence

Talk about quintessentially French. The explosion in pop up mobile food outlets that has swept Europe in the past decade has even breached the gastronomic citadels of France.

Rather than resist this latest invasion of vulgarity, the French have gone all in and embraced, and of course in typical Gallic fashion, perfected the trend.

Car-maker Peugeot Citroen has just launched a food truck, named Le Bistrot du Lion, specifically designed as a mobile kitchen and serving counter.

Given the number of vans the Punt sees on the streets these days that have been adapted with varying degrees of success to hawk everything from crepes to colcannon it looks like a potential winner.

Peugeot's kitchen on wheels has everything from integrated waste disposal to fold-away awnings and counters. Parfait.

The big surprise is that the 40-strong project team that created the truck is led by Cathal Loughnane, Galway-born head of Peugeot Design Lab.

Its no surprise that the French would formalise the most casual of dining experiences, but Galway too has a proud tradition, including in ice-cream vans and mobile chippers.

Trinity man joins Excelsys

Cork-based designer and manufacturer Excelsys Technologies has appointed John Tracey, former chief executive of Trinity Venture Capital and TVC Holdings, to its board.

Excelsys has big ambitions. The company has recorded an increase in revenue of 250pc in the last five years and projects revenues to double again over the next four years.

Excelsys said it has been experiencing strong growth thanks to increased deployment of its power conversion technology, globally in mission applications in specialist equipment markets, including medical, industrial, military and communications.

End market revenues are up 250pc in the past five years to €15m, and are planned to double again in the next four years.

And it is a big fan of Tracey.

"We are delighted to have someone with John's exceptional experience join our board as we embark on the next phase of growth of our business," said Gary Duffy, Excelsys' chief executive.

In May of last year, TVC said it was effectively shutting up shop because it couldn't find any companies to invest in.

Irish Independent

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