Export For Growth Seminar


Waterford Chamber and Enterprise Europe Network invite you to a free seminar aimed at both existing exporters and potential exporters.


Find out what supports are available to exporters, how to explore new markets & opportunities, and hear a case study from a local SME on their export success story. With the value of Irish exports of goods & services worth €177bn in 2013, there has never been a better time to begin or grow your exporting business.


This seminar is kindly sponsored by AIB Bank and is supported by Local Enterprise Office Waterford, Enterprise Ireland and Irish Exporters Association.


Date: Wednesday, 5th November

Time: 9.30am-12.30pm

Venue: Dooley's Hotel

Cost: Free of charge


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





Welcome by Waterford Chamber


Caoimhe Delaney, Irish Exporters Association
Overview of the Irish Export environment, potential opportunities and threats, emerging markets and the forecast for the future


David Byrne, Potential Exporters Division of Enterprise Ireland
Enterprise Ireland supports for exporters and potential exporters


Ciaran Cullen, Local Enterprise Office Waterford
Local supports for exporters




AIB Bank - Finance for Exporters


Local Case Study


Waterford Chamber closing remarks





Annual Dinner 2014




The evening will include:

Drinks Reception, sponsored by McDonald, Dwyer, Reddy & Byrne Insurances Ltd

Dinner followed by Entertainment

Dress Code: Black Tie


This year's guest speaker is Dan Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain.


DanMulhallBorn in Waterford, Ireland in April 1955, Daniel Mulhall joined the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland in 1978 and has held positions in the Department’s Economic, Political, Development Cooperation and Press Sections. He has had diplomatic postings in New Delhi, Vienna, Brussels (EU), Edinburgh (Consul General of Ireland in Scotland).


Between 2001 and 2005, he was Ireland’s Ambassador to Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. In August 2005, he was appointed Director-General of the European Union Division at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Prior to his appointment in London he was Ireland’s Ambassador in Berlin between 2009 and 2013.


Among his interests are Irish history and literature, on which he has published many articles and a book, A New Day Dawning: a Portrait of Ireland in 1900 (Cork, 1999).


This year's Annual Dinner is sponsored by EY.


BOOKINGS: Tickets €100 inc. VAT. Call 051 872639 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Rise in Doing Business rank welcome but warning signs remain


Waterford Chamber has today (30/10/14) welcomed the news that Ireland has moved up four places to thirteen in the World Bank Group Doing Business 2015 rank.


Speaking this morning, Nick Donnelly, CEO, Waterford Chamber said, “It is great news overall that we have moved up in the World Bank global ranking system. However, when you take a closer look there is one particularly worrying statistic. Ireland’s performance in the category dealing with planning and construction permits has deteriorated from an already inadequate ranking of 117th place to 128th place.”


“This is an enormous warning sign for Government that our planning and permit regimes are not fit for purpose and need a radical overhaul. We cannot expect to be the best small country in the world in which to do business if the regulatory framework inhibits development. It is well within our control to dramatically improve in this area and this must be a key focus of Government efforts in the next 12 months,” he concluded.

Waterford Chamber outlines support for Technological University


The Governing Body of WIT has announced the suspension of all activities relating to its merger with IT Carlow following their meeting yesterday (21st Oct. 2014).


Commenting today (22nd Oct.) on this development, Nick Donnelly, Chamber CEO said, “Waterford Chamber is committed to a Technological University for the South East and we very much recognize the positive impact that a Technological University would have in terms of Waterford directly, as well as the South East region.


“WIT contributes in a significant way to the economic vibrancy here in Waterford and remains committed to a Technological University. However, as the Taoiseach recently commented when questioned on the process, he made it very clear that it was a demanding process and that key criteria must be met in order to achieve Technological University status. So, it is important at this time in Waterford that we fully support WIT in this process and recognise that in making difficult decisions they must ensure that the key criteria & standards for TU status are ultimately achieved in the shortest possible timescale.”

Chamber in discussions with Tramore Tourism


At their recent AGM, Tramore Tourism agreed to form a new entity in Tramore which expands the scope of the organisation going forward. As part of this process, Waterford Chamber has been in discussions with the Tramore Tourism committee with a view to building a model which combines the efforts of both organisations in Tramore and establishing a new Governance structure which is appropriate for the future. In this regard, a new limited company will be formed and a Board of Directors will be appointed before the year end.


The objectives of the new organisation will be focused on developing and improving Tramore’s economic prosperity and to guarantee a sustained vibrancy which ensures that all stakeholders in Tramore are working in a cohesive and collaborative manner. Following the Local Authority reform in Waterford, the timing for the emergence of a more dynamic and representative organisation is appropriate for all concerned and the potential to make a difference is significant.


The Board of Waterford Chamber is committed to working with Tramore Tourism over the coming months and to ensure that the delivery of the new organisation is in place and functioning by the start of next year. Commenting on the initiative, Chamber President, Dr. Derek O’Byrne said, “We have been working closely with Mary Daniels and her team at Tramore Tourism and we believe there is a significant opportunity to launch a new organisation which will make a difference in Tramore. The feedback from the recent AGM has mandated the steering group to focus over the coming months on what needs to be done in order to deliver on the timelines which are challenging but realistic and Waterford Chamber will play it’s part.”


We will keep our members updated over the next few months.












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