Waterford Airport on Thursday evening (21st May 2015) hosted a full house for the Waterford Chamber Business After Hours networking event at the Airport Terminal Building.
The Business After Hours event saw over 100 business people attend the evening where information on the new routes with VLM Airlines was detailed by Waterford Airport CEO Desmond O’Flynn.
Also speaking at the event on the South East’s Bid for the title of European Capital of Culture 2020, under the title the Three Sister 2020, was Michael Quinn of Waterford City Council and welcoming the new VLM services was Waterford Chamber President Dr Derek O’Byrne.
Commenting at the event, Desmond O’Flynn, CEO at Waterford Airport, said, “We are delighted to see such a strong turnout this evening and to welcome so many people from the business community here in Waterford.
“Since the start of the VLM flights just over three weeks ago, our services with VLM Airlines from Waterford have been very well received and we look forward to building passenger figures even further as we now move into the second month of the seven day a week return service to London and four day a week return services to Birmingham.
“VLM Airlines have made this all-important UK link from the South East extremely user friendly and convenient. The airline also wishes to create bespoke corporate packages for frequent air travel, and this evening we were delighted to welcome Dave Van den Heuvel from VLM Airlines whom is the direct point of contact in VLM for this business.”
Dr Derek O’Byrne, in his last official engagement as Waterford Chamber President said he was hugely encouraged by the turnout at the event and believes business in Waterford is fighting back and will go from strength to strength. He asked those in attendance to support Waterford Airport, emphasising that connectivity is hugely important for future growth of the region.
To discuss the specialised corporate packages with VLM Airlines, please contact Dave Van den Heuvel at
The 228th Annual General Meeting of Waterford Chamber and the 28th Annual General Meeting of Waterford Chamber of Commerce, a Company Limited by Guarantee, will take place at the Granville Hotel, Waterford on Monday, 25th May at 5.30pm.
Please note that this meeting should conclude no later than 6.30pm – registration and light refreshments will be available at 5.00pm to ensure a prompt start.
RSVP: call Lynda Lawton at 051 311130 or email
Minutes of 2014 AGM and Matters Arising
Address by Derek O’Byrne, outgoing President
Report on Chamber Activity 2014
Hon. Treasurer’s report for the year ending 31/12/14 and presentation of the Audited Accounts for that period
Reappointment of the Auditors
Installation of Michael O’Dwyer as incoming President
Our next Business After Hours networking event will be hosted by Matt Wall and Marie Clancy of Hewden Communications at the Three Store in City Square on Thursday, 4th June at 5.30pm.
The Three Store is a locally owned mobile franchise in Waterford and Matt and Marie will be joined on the evening by Oliver Conroy, SME Retail Channel Manager, Three Ireland who will give an overview on the telecommunications market for business.
The event is open to Chamber members and non-members.
Waterford Chamber has welcomed the results of the Ifo World Economic Survey, which forecasts accelerated growth in both Europe and the USA during 2015.
Nick Donnelly, Chief Executive, Waterford Chamber said, “The results of this survey provide further evidence that the economic situation globally is improving. Ireland needs to take advantage of this positive economic climate but must continue to implement the long term reforms necessary to ensure our competitiveness and growth into the future.”
“Irish businesses are well placed to take advantage of the predicted growth in the US in particular. This opportunity will be enhanced by the implementation of the EU / US Trade Agreement currently under negotiation,” he concluded.
Waterford Chamber has today (21/05/15) welcomed the latest results of the Quarterly National Household Survey which put the current rate of unemployment at 9.9%.
Speaking today, Nick Donnelly, Chief Executive, Waterford Chamber said, “For the first time since 2008, the rate of unemployment has fallen below 10%. This is a remarkable achievement involving huge commitment from both public and private sectors. With the number of those in employment increasing, now is the time for Government to focus on ensuring the services and infrastructure are in place to support our recovering economy and that quantifiable productivity gains are an agreed outcome of ongoing public sector pay discussions.”