Business Breakfast with Kevin O'Sullivan, Editor, Irish Times

'The change lessons from upheaval in the media world'

Waterford Chamber will host a Business Breakfast with Kevin O'Sullivan of the Irish Times on Friday, 26th September at Dooley's Hotel. Registration and continental breakfast from 8.00am.


Kevin O'Sullivan was appointed Editor of the Irish Times in 2009, having previously served as News Editor, Night Editor and other positions at the newspaper. Kevin is a native of Tramore, Co. Waterford.


BOOKINGS: Cost is €10. Call Sheila at 051 872639 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Manufacturing Conference 2014



Sustainable Manufacturing - Managing improvements into the future

The second annual Waterford Chamber multi-sector conference will focus on Lean Management and Manufacturing Information Systems.


Lean Manufacturing and Manufacturing Information Systems (MIS) are widely used within businesses in the South East to systematically find and sustain value. Lean makes obvious what adds value by removing waste. It is successful in both the manufacturing and the services sectors and can also be found in a Waterford school. Effective lean management requires committed leadership, organisation-wide cultural focus, employee engagement, and genuine respect for people.


Manufacturing Information Systems provide the right information at the right time to help operational people, from operators to managers, decide how the conditions on the plant floor can be optimised to improve production output.


Date: Thursday, 9th October 2014

Time: 8.30am-4.00pm

Venue: Tower Hotel, Waterford


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Waterford Business Expo


Waterford Chamber hosted its first Business Expo at the Tower Hotel on 9th September 2014. The Expo was kindly sponsored by BMCI Insurance & Investments. Photos by Garrett Fitzgerald Photography.




Athenaeum House Hotel
BMCI Insurance and Investments
Breen, David M. & Co.
Bus Éireann
CSS Facilities
Curran Foods Express Cuisine
Darlington Consulting
Dooley's Hotel
Ennis Gough
FitzGerald Life & Pensions
Fitzgerald Menswear
Fitzwilton Hotel
Focus Ireland
FOCUS Visual Communication
Gerry O'Carroll
Glen Parquet Flooring
Glorious Sushi
Granville Hotel
Harvey Travel
HCS Business Solutions
Hooper Dolan Insurances
Hosting Ireland
Leyden Consulting Engineers
M.M. Halley Solicitors

Mary Daly & Associates
Metalman Brewing
Morris Oil
Mulligans Pharmacy
NAS Centre
New Links Training Solutions
Occupational First Aid Training
O'Leary Insurances (Waterford)
O'Sullivan Scanlon Brazil
Passion for Creative
Radius Technologies
Shellac Nails Ltd
Spirit Spa & Leisure Centre
Strand Travel
Success Online
Swift Print
Theatre Royal
TLC - The Limo Company
Tom Murphy Car Sales
Travel Creations
Ulster Bank
Waterford Area Partnership
Waterford Micro Business Network
Waterford Chamber Skillnet
WIT Business Graduate Programe

Waterford Business Awards open for nominations




Waterford Chamber of Commerce officially launched the new Business Awards programme at an event on Wednesday, 3rd September at the Medieval Museum in Waterford.


The ‘Waterford Business Awards’ are now open for nominations and will celebrate and honour the very best in business across ten different categories, which have been kindly sponsored by local businesses and organisations.


The awards are designed to recognise the achievement of individual businesses, business leaders and organisations in ‘Arts and Culture’ sponsored by Genzyme – A Sanofi Company. The ‘Best Small Business’ category, sponsored by AIB Bank; ‘Community and Social Enterprise’ sponsored by Faithlegg House Hotel and The Tower Hotel, Waterford.


In the food sector, the ‘Food and Agri Business’ award is sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the ‘Innovation and Technology’ award is sponsored by Coillte Panel Products. ‘Manufacturing and Industry’ is sponsored by WIT and the best ‘New Business’ category is sponsored by the Waterford City Enterprise Centre.


The best in the ‘Retail’ sector is sponsored by Clock Tower Car Park and the best in the ‘Services’ sector is sponsored by RIKON and the final category is ‘Tourism and Hospitality’ sponsored by Waterford Airport. An overall Business of the Year award is sponsored by Waterford City & County Council.


The public, individual businesses and organisations can freely nominate themselves or others for an award in any of the categories from now until 28th November 2014, whereafter a shortlist of finalists will be announced and an award ceremony will be held in February 2015 to honour the award winners under each category.


Launching the awards at the Waterford’s Medieval Museum, President of Waterford Chamber, Dr. Derek O’Byrne said, “We are delighted to officially launch the Waterford Business Awards. The awards will acknowledge and honour the investment that both companies and people have made in Waterford for the betterment of the economy but also for the betterment of the local community. The awards are open to members and non-members of Waterford Chamber to nominate businesses and individuals involved in all of the award categories.”


“All entry forms will be carefully considered by an appointed panel which will be chaired by well-known Waterford businessman and former President of Waterford Chamber, Frank O'Regan,” Dr. O’Byrne concluded.



Speaking also at the event was Waterford City & County Council CEO, Michael Walsh who said, “The timing of the Waterford Business Awards launch is very appropriate given the recent indicators which are suggesting a lift in both the local and national economies. This is a time where the importance of recognising champions both in business and throughout our local community should be encouraged, and we are asking everyone to support the nomination & entry process which is now open for the next three months.”


The Waterford Business Awards media partner is WLR FM.


Download the nomination form to nominate a business (PDF)


word_icon Download an entry form (for businesses wishing to enter) (Word)

Waterford Chamber Skillnet - Training Needs 2015 - Funding Request


In the coming months Skillnets Ltd will be asking all training networks to submit their training applications for 2015 funding. This process will take place during September and October so NOW is your chance to submit any training requirements to Waterford Chamber Skillnet for consideration.


Our members are invited and encouraged to partake in this training application process. By taking part this will assist Waterford Chamber Skillnet in submitting a realistic and relevant TNA to Skillnets Ltd for funding. Members are not obligated to partake in training if needs change, and may request other programmes or release the funds to others.


When thinking of the future training needs for your business, Waterford Chamber Skillnet would request that you consider and try to answer some of the following questions:

  • What are the important demand factors in your sector?
  • What type and level of training is your company currently doing?
  • Which programmes take priority and why?
  • Does your company require certified courses?
  • What length of course best suits your business?
  • What training do you require potential future employees to have?


All businesses from all sectors are welcome to submit training requests.


Please find attached:

  • A list of suggested courses for 2015.
  • An extended Training Needs Analysis Guide to further assist your business.


If you wish to submit a TNA to Waterford Skillnet please do so by 5pm on Thursday, 25th September 2014.We highly recommend setting up a meeting with network manager Sara Mullally to discuss your training requirements - please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to arrange a meeting with your preferred date and time.

Budget Breakfast with PricewaterhouseCoopers


pwcTax experts from PricewaterhouseCoopers will outline the detailed changes in the Budget and well-known Economist Jim Power will provide an overview of the effect of the budget on the economy.


Date: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Time: 7.45-9.30am

Venue: Dooley's Hotel


BOOKINGS: Cost is €20. Call Michael at 051 311132 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .





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