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With over 80 exhibitors, the Waterford Chamber Business Expo, which takes place this Thursday, May 5th in Tom Murphy Car Sales Mercedes Benz on the Cork Road, is set to be the biggest business networking event of the year.

 

Following on from the success of last year’s event, it comes as no surprise that the exhibition space is now almost completely full, but Waterford Chamber President Michael O’Dwyer is encouraging all business people to come along on the day and network anyway.

 

“This is a free event for everyone to attend. We have over 80 businesses on show, but we are also expecting a large turn out from the business community. It’s rare you get a chance to promote your business to so many under one roof so even if you don’t have a stand, come along and generate those all important sales leads anyway. ‘The Ultimate Business After Hours’ is the perfect opportunity to hand out your business card, network, meet new people and support local enterprise.”

 

Sponsored by BMCI Insurance & Investments Ltd., the Expo will have a number of interesting features – WLR’s Teresanne O’Reilly will be broadcasting live, cocktails are being served by The Reg, free tea/coffee and snacks will be provided by Musgrave MarketPlace, the Three Sisters Bid team will be on hand and there will be plenty of surprises, giveaways and spot prizes along the way!

 

For more information, call Lynda Lawton on 051 311130.

 
Business After Hours at Fieldmaster

 

Fieldmaster Ltd will host the May Waterford Chamber Business After Hours on Wednesday, 11th May at 4.30pm. The event will be the conclusion of their ‘Open Day’ at their newly revamped Quayside premises.

 

With an emphasis on ergonomics and well being in the work place, the networking event will also form part of Mayor’s Health Week which runs from May 7th to 14th. Mayor of the Metropolitan District Cllr Eamon Quinlan will speak about #kindwaterford which is aimed at promoting and raising awareness of positive mental health and wellbeing and tell us how organisations can pledge support to #littlethings – a national mental health promotion campaign.

 

Health and well being in the work place is an integral part of what Fieldmaster do and they work closely with a number of local businesses on such matters. Sharing her experiences on the design, implementation and evolution of a Wellness Strategy in a Multi-National organisation will be Edel Spillane, Associate Director Human Resources at Sun Life Financial. Edel will speak about how a global organisation can promote and offer wellness initiatives that really make a difference to the environment and culture in an organisation.

 

Refreshments will be served and don’t forget your business card to be entered into a FREE draw.

 

To understand and learn more about creating an inclusive and engaging work environment with a dedicated focus on Workplace Wellness, come along to Fieldmaster on Wednesday, May 11th and to book your free place contact Lynda Lawton on 051 311130 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
AGM 2016

 

The 229th Annual General Meeting of Waterford Chamber and the 29th Annual General Meeting of Waterford Chamber of Commerce, a Company Limited by Guarantee, will take place at the Granville Hotel, Waterford on Monday, 23rd May at 5.30pm.

 

Please note that this meeting should conclude no later than 7.00pm – registration and light refreshments will be available at 5.00pm to ensure a prompt start.

 

ELECTIONS: This year is an election year so a new board of directors will be elected by members in attendance at the AGM. Candidates wishing to go forward for election should complete the nomination form and return it to the Company Secretary, Waterford Chamber of Commerce, no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday, 11th May.

 

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

 

AGENDA:

 

  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of 2015 AGM and Matters Arising
  3. Election of Directors
  4. Address by Michael O’Dwyer, outgoing President
  5. Report on Chamber Activity 2015
  6. Hon. Treasurer’s report for the year ending 31/12/15 and presentation of the Audited Accounts for that period
  7. Reappointment of the Auditors
  8. Election of Hon. Treasurer
  9. Election of and address by incoming President
  10. Election of Deputy President
  11. Election of Vice President
  12. Confirmation of Directors
  13. Any Other Business
 
Consumer Rights Directive and reducing burden for business

 

Earlier last year, Chambers Ireland, in partnership with Eurochambres, committed to developing a project knows as the “Burden Tracker”. This project aims to indentify pieces of legislation that are burdensome for SMEs and subsequently alert policy makers to their negative impact. As part of the process, Chambers Ireland worked throughout 2015 to identify pieces of legislation that could be deemed “burdensome” to SMEs. After reaching out to companies and Chambers across the European Union, it was decided that it would be most beneficial to SMEs to focus on one piece of legislation with the aim of reforming it to make it more SME friendly. The Consumer Rights Directive ((2011/83/EC)) was chosen.

 

The Directive

The aim of the Consumer Rights Directive, which entered into force in June 2014, is to harmonise national consumer rules in several important areas, such as the information consumers need before they purchase goods and services, and their right to cancel online purchases. However, based on feedback from Chambers and businesses from across Europe, companies noted legal uncertainty, enormous bureaucracy and excessive regulatory burdens for companies, especially SMEs, with particular reference to off-premises contracts and distance contracts.

 

Types of businesses impacted:

  • Crafts, painters, construction, mobile hairdressers, undertakers, gasfitters and plumbers, electricians, garden designers etc.
  • Real estate agents
  • E-commerce

 

What We Need from Business

In order for us to more clearly indentify how the Directive can be reformed to make it more SME-friendly for business, we need testimonials from business regarding the problems with the legislation and the costs incurred by the business because of these problems. These testimonials should include examples and anecdotal evidence to corroborate our research that the Consumer Rights Directive causes unnecessary additional burdens and legal uncertainty for SMEs. 

 

Waterford Chamber would like to hear from members on whether they have found the requirements of the Directive to be burdensome for their company. If you have any feedback on this Directive please contact us at 051 872639 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
North Quays Development an opportunity to make a bold statement of Waterford’s ambition

 

Waterford Chamber recently made its submission to Waterford City & County Council in respect of the North Quays Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) Planning Scheme.

 

The government’s designation of the North Quays as the southeast region’s first SDZ means that prospective developers will have a high degree of certainty around the planning process with a masterplan setting out a design vision and permitted uses.

 

Michael O’Dwyer, Waterford Chamber President said, “We would like to see development at the North Quays that makes a bold statement of our ambition for 21st Century Waterford, speaking to how we see our city developing as the major economic engine-room of the southeast.

 

“Strong regions must be anchored by strong cities and the time is now right for Waterford to lead the southeast with the regenerated North Quays enabling our city to grow and to be readied for the opportunities that will arise in 2020 and beyond.

 

“Waterford Chamber is wholly supportive of appropriate development on the North Quays and ranks progress on this as a key item on the wider Waterford agenda.

 

“We view the Strategic Development Zone designation and the current master-planning process as exciting steps towards delivering prominent riverside buildings for a variety of uses along with great public spaces and an accessible quayside – all combining to create a quality new city quarter of significant economic value and impact with hundreds of people working and living in an attractive setting.

 

“This land-bank has tremendous potential not only on a local and regional scale but also nationally and internationally. It represents a huge opportunity for Waterford and Ireland.

 

“We are confident that Waterford City & County Council as the lead development agency can – in close cooperation with all of the key stakeholders – formulate a visionary masterplan that is both ambitious and achievable within a reasonable timeframe.”

 

A copy of the Chamber’s submission is available here.

 

 

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