Launch of Waterford Business Awards 2015



The Waterford Business Awards are open for entry from Monday, September 7th and will celebrate and honour the very best in business across a variety of ten categories.


Organised by Waterford Chamber and supported by Waterford City & County Council and WLRfm, the 2015/16 Awards were launched at the Medieval Museum, which was hosted by WLRfm’s Teresanne O’Reilly.


Speaking at the launch, Waterford Chamber President Michael O’Dwyer said: “Even after just one year, this event has become one of the main talking points on our calendar. This year we are delighted to announce, with the support of RIKON, we are opening online entries, so companies will be able to submit their entries through a safe and secure platform on the Waterford Chamber website. Thank you also to our sponsors who have come on board for a second year, your support is very much appreciated.


“Following on from the success of last year and from the hugely positive feedback we received, we are confident the level of entries will be of the highest standard and I look forward to celebrating with you all on March 4th next year in the beautiful setting of Faithlegg House Hotel for our gala dinner.”



The awards are open for entry from Monday, September 7th until November 16, 2015, where after a shortlist of 30 finalists will be announced and the gala awards ceremony will be held on Friday, March 4th in Faithlegg House Hotel.


The ten categories comprise of Arts & Culture, Tourism & Hospitality, Services, Food and Agri Business, Retail, Best Small Business, New Business, Innovation and Technology, Manufacturing and Industry, Community and Social Enterprise and an Overall Business of the Year award which will be sponsored by Waterford City and County Council.


Last year’s Overall Winner was Dawn Meats and Commercial Director Paul Nolan endorsed the awards at the launch by saying: “This time last year we would have questioned whether we should put ourselves out there but I can safely say right now it was worth it. It is not only fantastic to be recognised by your peers and receive the amount of publicity we did, but it creates a massive sense of pride within the team and we have had well wishes from clients all over the country and beyond. I couldn’t recommend the Waterford Business Awards highly enough and would encourage everyone in business to enter. There are no losers in this.”


The Business Awards are free to enter and are open to all businesses including non-members of Waterford Chamber.


From Monday, 7th September, entries can be submitted online here on our website or on the official entry form, which can be emailed or posted to Waterford Chamber.

Waterford Chamber welcomes the commencement of the Lobbying Register


Waterford Chamber today (1/09/2015) welcomes the commencement of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 which introduces the requirement for lobbyists to record and register their activities with the Standards in Public Office Commission.


Speaking today, Michael O’Dwyer, Chamber President said: “We in the Chambers of Commerce network welcome the legislation and the move towards increased openness and transparency in the way public policy is influenced in Ireland.”


“We see the new requirements as an opportunity to show the constructive and productive dialogue that Chambers Ireland and the broader Chamber network regularly engage in with public officials and elected representatives around the country.”


“We encourage the Commission to continue to work with the business community, as they have done in recent months, to ensure that the new legislation does not become a barrier to accessing our public officials, but rather a tool that promotes a more open and transparent conversation with them.”

Industrial Technologies & Operational Excellence Conference 2015


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The third annual Waterford Chamber Multi-Sector Conference will take place on Thursday, 8th October in the Tower Hotel. Sponsored by Vodafone, the Industrial Technologies & Operational Excellence Conference will focus on the impacts on business of emerging technologies, Operational Excellence and Energy Management.


The keynote speaker for the event is Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland, who has considerable experience in a variety of industry sectors having worked with local, national and multi-national companies.


The day-long conference, which is supported by WIT, Waterford Chamber Skillnet and Waterford Local Enterprise Office, will feature speaker sessions in the morning and breakout practical sessions in the afternoon. A variety of vendors will also exhibit at the event.


For further information or to book call Lynda Lawton at 051 311130 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 Conference brochure with speaker profiles




Keynote Speaker
Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland



Technology for Business; the Benefits
Anne Sheehan, Vodafone Ireland



Emerging Trends for Technology in Irish Business
Gerry McCourt, Vodafone Ireland



Technology Transformation; How Technology has Transformed an Irish Agri Business
Conan Condon and John McCurdy, Keenan Group



Operational Excellence: Lean Transformation of a QC Lab
Dr. Stephen McGrath, Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland



Holistic Design of a New Healthcare Factory
Ken McClannon, Nypro



Breakout Session #1: Sustainable Energy Management
Facilitated by Rodger Greene, Waterford Institute of Technology



Breakout Session #2: Operational Excellence - Managing Lean Transformations
Facilitated by Patrick Quinn, Genzyme Ireland

Greenstar take the trophy at Chamber Golf Classic



The team from Greenstar beat off stiff competition as they were deemed outright at this year’s Waterford Chamber Annual Golf at Waterford Golf Club.


Not far behind were House of Waterford Crystal and the team from Teva claimed the third spot.


Speaking on the night, Waterford Chamber President, Michael O’Dwyer thanked the sponsors saying that without them, the event could not happen. “We are delighted to have Arachas on board again this year as the event sponsor. This is our second year working with Arachas and their commitment to the Golf Classic is hugely appreciated.


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“House of Waterford Crystal has been with this event since the very start, this is our 21st year running the event and as you will see from the stunning perpetual crystal trophy, it looks as good today as it did back in 1995. They have also been hugely generous in their sponsorship of the prizes, which are from the new Lismore Collection and we thank House of Waterford Crystal for their continued support.”


Speaking on the night Gary O’Keeffe, Commercial Account Director at Arachas said: “Arachas are delighted to be involved as main sponsor of the Chamber golf classic for a second year. As a local company who employ 45 people we feel it is important to support local events. Arachas have a strong heritage in supporting the business community in Waterford dating back to when we traded as Fitzgerald Insurances, located on The Quay.”


Gary also introduced Alan Hickey their latest recruit who is heading up their Financial Services Team and finished by thanking the Chamber for running an excellent event and congratulated all prize winners on the day.


Before presenting the prizes, Tom Walsh of House of Waterford Crystal said: “Golfing tournaments all around the world are a key part of our business. We take great pride in supporting Waterford Chamber’s annual tournament. It's a great event for the city of Waterford and House of Waterford Crystal.”


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Regional Job Momentum Must Be Maintained


Waterford Chamber today (26/08/15) welcomes the latest Quarterly National Household Survey which shows continual growth in employment figures.


Commenting on the Survey's publication, Michael O' Dwyer, Chamber President, said "The ongoing reduction in unemployment numbers is very positive and indicates that Ireland has at last entered a new phase of economic growth."


"Critically, the latest figures show that job creation has spread too all regions and is no longer limited to our main urban areas. It is furthermore very positive to see how the number of self-employed is growing at a faster rate than employees."


"Increasing the number of indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs is vital to ensuring a sustainable job market which provides local employment opportunities in all our regions. In order to drive this momentum, we urge Government to use Budget 2016 as a tool to make entrepreneurship even more attractive, notably by ensuring that self-employed people no longer are penalised under our tax system."


"We also believe that more can be done to advance regional business growth and call on Government to incentivise Local Authorities to ring fence a portion of commercial rates for local economic development through a match funding programme from the Exchequer"

Create sales leads at Chamber Business Expo


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The second annual Waterford Chamber Business Expo will take place on Thursday, September 10th in Bolands BMW & MINI Showrooms from 4pm to 7pm.


Sponsored by BMCI Insurances & Investments Ltd., the event will feature over 70 local businesses across all sectors, from innovation and technology to hospitality and entertainment.


This ‘Ultimate Business After Hours’ event will offer the perfect opportunity for anyone in business, whether exhibiting or not, to network, create sales leads and share information.


Exhibition stands are fully booked at this stage but the event is open to anyone to attend – and best of all it’s free and there are loads of prizes and special offers up for grabs.


To book your place, simply email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 051 311130.

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