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Inaugural VLM flight from Waterford Airport

 

Waterford Airport VLM 

Waterford Chamber has welcomed the resumption of the Waterford to London Luton flights, which began this morning as a VLM aircraft departed from Waterford Airport at 7.30am.

 

Speaking on WLR FM’s Deise AM today, Waterford Chamber CEO Nick Donnelly said the flights to London and the retention of the existing flights to Birmingham will have a positive impact on the economy, not just for Waterford but for the South East region.

 

“Supporting the new routes through Waterford Airport in turn protects existing jobs and creates opportunity for new employment. Waterford Airport is a significant contributor to the local economy as an employer but also because of the value that visitors through the airport can generate locally. This supports in particular our hospitality, tourism and retail sectors which are so important to our future prosperity. We congratulate all involved and wish VLM every success going forward.”

 

Irish Ambassador to the UK Dan Mulhall has also expressed his delight. “As a Waterford man and a regular visitor to Ireland’s oldest city, I am delighted to learn of the resumption of flights from London Luton to Waterford Airport. I hope that this new service will encourage more and more people from Britain to sample the attractions of heritage-rich Waterford City and its hinterland – the scenic Copper Coast and Ireland’s Ancient East.”

 

On the London Luton route VLM Airlines offer a 12 times a week services in each direction with twice-daily Monday-Friday flights specially timed for business traveller convenience, as well as a Saturday and a Sunday service. On the Birmingham route VLM Airlines offer a four day a week service in each direction with flights operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

 

Waterford Airport offer a convenient and hassle-free option for passengers including a friendly and easy check-in service right up to 30 minutes before your flight departure, FREE baggage allowance of up to 23kg, no delays at security PLUS a car-park that is right outside the front door!

 

Bookings can be made through www.flyvlm.com.

 
Chamber President welcomes Agora jobs announcement

 

Agora 

Waterford Chamber President Dr Derek O’Byrne has welcomed the announcement of 100 new jobs for Waterford this morning. The jobs will be created by Agora Publishing, a group of global publishing companies with offices in over a dozen countries, including an existing operation, International Living, in Waterford.

 

With support from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Waterford, Agora Publishing are to establish a multilingual contact centre and a technology services centre in Waterford, adding 100 new jobs over three years.

 

Commenting on the new jobs, Dr Derek O’Byrne said: “This significant jobs announcement shows great confidence in Waterford and the South East Region. President of Publishing Services Daryl Berver indicated to me today that they are hugely impressed by the skill level in the region and we look forward to seeing the group prosper and grow in Waterford.”

 

Speaking at the announcement in the Granville Hotel, Mr Berver said: “We are very pleased to make this announcement today, we have had a long relationship with Waterford and this investment allows us to meet the demands of our growing business and take advantage of the high quality of talent available.”

 

Thirty-three people are currently employed by International Living Publishing Ltd. at Elysium House in Waterford City. The companies have chosen to locate their centralised operations in Portlaw where they acquired a period building which is currently under renovation. A capital investment of some €4.4M is being made in the project, with the aim of the works being completed by May 2016. All three companies will relocate to Portlaw at that time. In the interim, the new companies will locate in temporary office space in Waterford City.

 

The new companies will recruit for roles across two divisions: Emerald Contact Centre and Agora Publishing Services Ireland Ltd and applicants can apply through www.agorajobs.ie.

 
Purple Flag Bank Holiday Weekend

 

Purple Flag May Bank Holiday

 

A celebration party for everyone to enjoy is set to take place in Waterford City’s John Robert’s Square on Friday, 1st May.

 

The ‘Purple Flag Party’ will commence at 5pm and a host of entertainment will be on offer until 8pm. Councillor James Tobin Mayor of Waterford City & County and Councillor Lola O’Sullivan Mayor of the Waterford Metropolitan District will open the party at Broad Street.

 

Visitors and locals alike can enjoy a host of entertainment including live music from three top local music acts with MC for the night getting the party starter TV Presenter Conor Donelan.

 

Street performers will be traversing the streets and will entertain with circus performances, juggling, stilt walking and a fire performance. You might even help a ‘wandering minstrel’ on his way during the evening! Purple flag Ambassador Ashley Loftus will also be joining the celebrations.

 

Commenting on the upcoming event, Waterford Chamber CEO Nick Donnelly said, “We are asking businesses to enter in to the spirit of the weekend from Friday through to Monday by using Purple merchandising and helping to raise the purple flag over the City of Waterford. We also hope that businesses will consider adding to the theme with their own ideas all under the “Purple Flag” theme.”

 

Earlier this year Waterford was awarded the Purple Flag status becoming the first city in the South East to join the Purple standard. Waterford is now one of over 50 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland who have been awarded with Purple Flag status for their achievements in helping people have a great night out and one of 10 Irish locations awarded.

 

COMPETITION TIME - PURPLE FLAG MEGA PRIZE GIVEAWAY WORTH OVER €1000

  • 2 night family break in Waterford
  • Family dinner @ Burzza Restaurant
  • Traditional sailing trip on the Brian Boru
  • Adventure exp @ Dunmore Adventure Centre
  • Epic Tour of Viking Triangle
  • Family Dinner @ The Reg Gastro Bar

 

TO ENTER, go to the Purple Flag Facebook page here: http://woobox.com/2bkkbd

 
Taking Care of Business

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One stop shop event for small businesses in South East region launched by Minister Bruton

Taking Care of Business is aimed at informing existing and potential entrepreneurs of the Government supports available to them

 

REGISTER NOW: Thursday 30th April in The Tower Hotel, Waterford at 8.30am to 1.30pm www.takingcareofbusiness.ie

 

Event will allow small business owners to learn about financial supports and assistance available

 

Get advice from a diverse mix of Government Agencies

 

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, T.D together with the Minister for Housing, Planning and Coordination of Construction 2020 Strategy, Paudie Coffey, T.D., today (Wednesday) launched Taking Care of Business – a one-stop-shop event for existing and potential entrepreneurs in the South East region.

 

This free event will take place on Thursday 30th April in the Towers Hotel, Waterford from 8.30am to 1.30pm.

 

The half-day event is specifically targeted at people thinking of starting a business, as well as small business owners and managers. Attending the event will allow entrepreneurs to:

 

  • Better understand the key regulations that affect them so that they can focus on the main task of running their business;
  • Meet experts from a broad range of public bodies in an informal setting;
  • Find out about advice and supports that are available from across the public sector.

 

This joint initiative of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the Health and Safety Authority, as part of the Action Plan for Jobs, will bring together over 26 State bodies in one location and builds on previous events in Dublin in 2013 and 2014. Earlier in 2014, three regional events were held in Cork, Limerick and Galway, bringing the total attendance at TCOB events to date to just over 1,750.

 

Minister Bruton said: “‘Taking Care of Business’ is part of a wider effort to communicate better with business and promote awareness and understanding of the full range of Government supports that are available for the SME sector. Two thirds of all new jobs come from start-up businesses in the first five years of their existence, so it is essential for Government to support new businesses in order to grow employment and that is what we have being doing through the Action Plan for Jobs process.

 

“This will also be a great opportunity for people to ask questions and raise individual concerns face-to-face with staff from across the public sector. The Government is committed to engaging with the small business community and this event will help SMEs to better understand the regulatory environment. I would strongly encourage anyone with a business or thinking of setting up a business to come along to get free information about state supports”.

 

Minister Nash, who will attend the event on April 30th, said: “As the minister with responsibility for SMEs, I would encourage businesses from across the South-East, but particularly start-ups or people thinking of making the leap to start their own business to attend this event. Government has a range of supports available to help SMEs make their business a success and the Taking Care of Business event is a great way for busy people to get all the information they might need from our agencies in one spot.”

 

The State offices and agencies represented will provide information across a wide range of areas, including:

 

  • Tax, employment and Health & Safety obligations;
  • Legal requirements for setting up and running a business;
  • Requirements in areas such as food and environmental safety;
  • Advice on government procurement and intellectual property;
  • Assistance and supports from enterprise agencies and Local Authorities.

 

There will be two separate strands running concurrently with presentations from State bodies in one area and information stands manned by staff from these bodies in a separate area. The concise presentations will focus on key regulatory requirements as well as assistance available to help entrepreneurs develop their businesses. Experts will be available at the information stands to speak directly to attendees and answer questions throughout the event.

 

Speaking at the launch, Minister Coffey said: “This event will allow small business owners to informally ask questions and get advice from a diverse mix of government agencies; Ireland needs small businesses to thrive and so I welcome efforts such as this to demystify government regulation and tell people about the supports available to them.”

 

It is essential for SMEs to make the most of the advice and supports available to them so I encourage entrepreneurs and those thinking of starting a business to capitalise on this chance to hear from a wide variety of agencies, in one location”.

 

The Minister for Housing, Planning and Coordination of Construction 2020 Strategy, Paudie Coffey, T.D., will give the keynote address. Clare Hughes, Managing Director of CF Pharma Ltd, will Chair the first set of presentations. Dermot Walsh, Director, M & D Bakery Ltd and Louise Grubb, CEO Q1 Scientific will chair the remaining two sessions. Minister for Employment and Business, Ged Nash T.D., will close the event.

 

To register for the event and for more details including the running order of presentations and the full list of State Bodies attending, please visit www.takingcareofbusiness.ie. Early booking is strongly advised as there are a limited number of places available.

 
Waterford to play integral role in new tourism initiative

 

Irelands-Ancient-East-MapWaterford Chamber President Dr Derek O’Byrne has welcomed the launch of a new tourism initiative, announced today by Failte Ireland.

 

Ireland’s Ancient East aims to promote the east and south with a cultural and heritage trail extending from the Boyne Valley, through the midlands, Kilkenny, Waterford and ending in Co. Cork.

 

Following the success of the Wild Atlantic Way, Failte Ireland focused its attention on the east of the country and according to their research, the initiative could increase visitor revenue to €950m by 2020. It is also anticipated that it could deliver an extra 600,000 visitors a year to the east and south, which would be most welcome, considering the east and south currently only accounts for 20% of international tourist nights in paid accommodation in Ireland.

 

"Today’s announcement is certainly a boost for tourism in Waterford and the wider region. The work which has been ongoing in areas such as the Viking Triangle is now more significant than ever and Waterford as Ireland’s oldest city will play an integral role in Ireland’s Ancient East. It is important to also remember the potential for job creation here, as well as the financial benefits to the local economy," Dr O’Byrne said.

 

With the chance to experience 5,000 years of European history, the route will focus on heritage and history themed along four pillars - ancient Ireland, early Christian Ireland, medieval Ireland and Anglo Ireland.

 

Commenting on the initiative, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe said the trail would match the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

"With the great amount of history and heritage in such a relatively compact area, Ireland's Ancient East will allow us to seriously build on the assets we have in the east and south - and the significant investment which has been made in tourism attractions in the region over the last few years," he said.

 

"While appealing to a different type of a visitor, I am confident that Ireland's Ancient East will prove as effective and popular as the Wild Atlantic Way and will deliver significant additional numbers of visitors, revenue and jobs to the region."

 

Full details here: http://www.failteireland.ie/Ireland-s-Ancient-East.aspx

 
New grants a positive step towards regeneration

 

Waterford Chamber has welcomed the announcement of a number of new grants for retail business by Waterford City and County Council.

 

Four supports in total were outlined at the recent council meeting, for artisan producers, commercial services, office refurbishment and retail fit out.

 

Commenting on the grants, Waterford Chamber President Dr Derek O’Byrne said: “This new grant scheme shows the serious commitment of Waterford City & County Council to the economic regeneration of Waterford City centre and Waterford’s towns and villages. It can only be a positive thing for the future development of Waterford and is hugely encouraging for those in business who fit the criteria.”

 

The aim of Art/Craft Studio or Art/Craft/Artisan Food Shop Grant Scheme is to encourage applicants to occupy commercial premises/retail units that have been vacant for a period of three or more months. This in turn will enhance the vitality and vibrancy of Waterford City centre and strengthen Waterford’s towns and villages by promoting the redevelopment of underused village centre sites.

 

The New Non Competing Retail & Commercial Services Grant Scheme offers an incentive to those looking to establish their business in Waterford’s village centres, including locations such as Ardmore, Ballymacarbry, Cappoquin, Dunhill, Dunmore East, Kilmacthomas, Kilmeaden, Lismore, Passage East, Portlaw, Stradbally, Kill, Knockanore, Lemybrien, Cheekpoint and Fenor among others.

 

The third grant scheme is for office refurbishment, the objective of which is to increase the availability of suitable office accommodation in the main urban centres of Waterford City, Dungarvan and Tramore. It aims to encourage new businesses to occupy vacant commercial premises or upgrade existing office accommodation.

 

And finally the Fit Out Grant Scheme encourages new businesses to occupy commercial premises/ retail units that have been vacant over an extended period of time. The provision of new retail units is certain to enhance the vitality and vibrancy of Waterford’s City centre. The scheme will be available to new clothing, footwear and home ware retailers in the City Centre Commercial Area (i.e. retail entities not currently trading in the City Centre Commercial Area and who have not traded in the City Centre Commercial Area during the last two years). The Scheme is applicable to existing vacant properties (vacant for a minimum of three months) and to new developments.

 

Any queries regarding these schemes should be directed to Lisa Grant on 0761 099709 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Full details of all the schemes are available at:

http://www.waterfordcouncil.ie/en/Business/Starting,a,Business/Retail,Business,Supports/

 
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