Delorentos play surprise set at Waterford’s first Thanksgiving Party
Waterford’s first ever Thanksgiving Party was in for a big surprise at the Medieval Museum on Thursday night last when chart-toppers Delorentos played a surprise set for guests before going on stage at the Theatre Royal.
A Night at the Museum – A Festive Thanksgiving Party was a collaboration between Waterford Chamber, Waterford Chamber Skillnet, EveryEvent and Winterval to give the business community the opportunity to give thanks and help support Focus Ireland and The Samaritans.
The event began with a special showing of the Winterval Illuminates Light Show on Cathedral Square, complete with Muldoon Hot Chocolate and popcorn. Afterwards, guests made their way through the Museum to the Garden Room, where games were set up, a wine reception was in full flow, thanks to sponsors Liberty Blue Estate Agents, and delicious food was on offer thanks to Waterford Chamber Skillnet entrepreneurs Flavourhaus and Cakeface.
Guests were asked in advance to bring a gift or donation to Santa and in return they all received special Waterford Purple Flag santa hats. Santa welcomed all the partygoers to his grotto in the old Wine Cellar in the Undercrofts, which was sponsored by Shellac Nails.
Waterford Chamber President Michael O’Dwyer thanked everyone for their support. “Tonight is about giving thanks for what we have and giving something back to those less fortunate. Waterford Chamber are delighted to welcome you here this evening and we would like to thank our partners in this event, or sponsors and of course all of you for making this a sell-out event.”
Delorentos entertained the audience before running off to perform their gig at the Theatre Royal, while guests made their way to the chill-out bar, hosted by The Reg, or to get competitive over a game of Connect Four and Jenga! It was certainly a night for big kids to have fun!
On leaving, Waterford Chamber Skillnet gifted everybody with a specially commissioned Christmas decoration made by Waterford Traditional Skills.
As Santa packed up all the beautiful presents and donations he received for Focus Ireland and the Samaritans, he said he was very proud of all the big boys and girls in Waterford and would be bringing them something extra special this Christmas for being so kind!
Waterford Chamber in conjunction with Chartered Accountants Ireland Waterford Chapter and Deloitte Waterford held a Learn at Lunch event in the Tower Hotel focusing on Financial Reporting and the Corporate Funding Landscape.
The panel of speakers included Honor Moore, Deloitte, who presented on Company Law and offered a Financial Reporting Update and Brendán Ó'Callarán, Deloitte, who spoke about the current funding landscape when raising working capital.
Patsy Carney, CEO, EirGen Pharma, also spoke about his experience taking the Waterford company from its initial startup in 2005 through various rounds of raising funding to eventual acquisition by US firm Opko for €135m in 2015.
Commenting on the success of the event, Andy Byrne, Deloitte Waterford said: “It is fantastic to see so many here today. There is a keen interest in learning and upskilling and the Learn at Lunch format is very appealing to busy professionals. There have many important developments that will impact businesses in Waterford in the topics covered today, and attendees will have taken away some very practical tips on how to address these. We are delighted to partner with Waterford Chamber on this event and hope to replicate it again in 2016 with a new up to the minute and relevant topic.”
The Waterford Chamber Annual Dinner took place at the Tower Hotel on Friday evening last (November 13). The Annual Dinner celebrated Waterford and its future as a time for growth and innovation, which was reinforced with an inspiring talk from WIT President and Chair of TSSG Prof. Willie Donnelly.
Opening the evening, Mayor of the City and County of Waterford, Cllr John Cummins said: “I’m happy to say 2015 has been a good year on the employment front for Waterford, a 7% growth in employment figures with over 1,000 headline jobs being announced across the Pharma, Biopharma, ICT, Advanced Manufacturing and Service sectors. But even more significant is the investment in terms of new builds and expansions at the likes of West Pharma, Bausch and Lomb, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Genzyme, Glanbia, Agora, nearForm, SmartPly and Tech Mahindra which will embed these companies in Waterford and ensure they grow here in Waterford.
“For our part Waterford City and County Council will next year embark on one of the biggest urban regeneration plans ever undertaken with over €10 million to be spent on improving our public realm, linking the Viking Triangle to the city centre, improving access to and from the city, and building some landmark features such as the roofing of the apple market area. These plans were approved this week by Council and I look forward to overseeing the commencement of what will ultimately be a 2-3 year project.”
Also speaking at the event, President of Waterford Chamber, Mr Michael O’Dwyer said: “This has been a hugely positive year for Waterford Chamber. Our membership is up, attendance at events has never been stronger, membership engagement is encouraging and we continue to be the number one voice for business in the region.
“These are also positive times for Waterford and there have been a number of fantastic initiatives in which we as a key stakeholder have been involved, including the Action Plan for Jobs, Destination Waterford, Safety in our City, Age Friendly Business and Purple Flag, among others. We continue to work closely with Waterford City and County Council, key business groups, and infrastructural bodies such as Irish Rail, the Port of Waterford and Waterford Airport to ensure the continued development of our city and region.
“This region has a renowned entrepreneurial culture, from strong family businesses in traditional sectors to successful entrepreneurs and start-ups in high tech and pharma. Entrepreneurs are playing their part in driving the region forward.”
Speaking on the evening Prof. Donnelly said: “The time has come to reimagine Waterford as an entrepreneurial and innovation hub at the centre of the new knowledge economy. In the new knowledge economy Waterford must position itself as a knowledge hub connecting the region to the global economy. It is important to note that in the knowledge economy based around the internet, physical location is not the impediment to economic development.
“Building on what has already been achieved, our target is to make Waterford an international location of choice for leading scientists, engineers, designers, innovators and entrepreneurs in mobile services, biopharma and advance manufacturing. The spirit of adventure and innovation which WIT has brought to the social and economic development of the city, will continue to drive its development as we go forward.”
The Annual Dinner was sponsored by EY and the drinks reception was sponsored by McDonald Dwyer Reddy & Byrne Insurances. Photos by Gerry O'Carroll Photography and Photozone.
Waterford Chamber and Bank of Ireland invite you to our 'Inspiring Women in Business Lunch' at the Athenaeum House Hotel on Thursday, 3rd December from 12.00–2.30pm.
Anne Heraty, CEO, Cpl Resources will deliver a keynote address.
Anne Heraty is Chief Executive of Cpl Resources plc., Ireland’s leading provider of specialist recruitment and outsourcing solutions. Headquartered in Dublin, with 14 offices across Europe and a new office recently opened in Waterford, Cpl helps clients to attract, retain and develop the best people in Technology, Finance & Accounting, Engineering, Sales, International Customer Service & Healthcare.
Last year Cpl finished the year with over 9,500 people working on behalf of Cpl on client projects. Anne founded Cpl in 1989 and has played a central role in its establishment as one of Ireland’s most successful employment services company. As of 2014 their revenues were over €380 million.
Anne holds numerous business accolades including being the first female CEO of a publicly quoted company on the Irish Stock Exchange. As one of the founding corporate sponsors of the Science Gallery of Dublin, Anne is a strong advocator of Science, Maths and IT education in Ireland.
Cpl is a corporate partner of the Ireland Funds, Promising Ireland Campaign, which has raised funds of over $140M by connecting the global Irish to supporting programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland.
Anne was recently named the IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year, and in 2006 she was named the Ernst & Young Businesswomen of the Year.