The Waterford Chamber Annual Dinner took place at the Tower Hotel on Friday evening last (November 21). The Annual Dinner celebrated 1100 years of trade in Waterford showing the strength of the city and of its great business tradition this was reinforced with an inspiring talk from Waterford man and Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain Dan Mulhall.
Opening the evening, Mayor of the City and County of Waterford, Cllr James Tobin, said he was delighted to celebrate the evening as the first citizen of a new unified Waterford. He went on to say that through our local government system and despite difficulties, Waterford is favourably positioned for the upturn through infrastructure, transport, water and communications of the highest standard.
Also speaking at the event President of Waterford Chamber, Dr Derek O’Byrne, said, “Waterford Chamber of Commerce has played its part for 227 years now and continues to lead as the voice of business in Waterford and as a catalyst for economic development. Our role is critical in an economy that is showing the early signs of economic recovery. We need to continue to position Waterford as the place to do business. To that end the voice of Waterford needs to be strong, we need collectively to articulate our strengths and to impassion our beliefs in others. Chamber intends to continue to lead this charge.”
Speaking on the evening Ambassador Mulhall said, “I’m very proud of my Waterford origins and actually the older I get I think the prouder I become. I am honoured to have been able to represent Ireland over the years in a variety of countries and now in London.
“The role of an ambassador is to promote Ireland and my job in Britain is to tell Ireland’s story and at the moment we have a good story to tell. I have had an amazing first year in Britain, as shortly after I arrived I was told I was going to be the first ever Irish Ambassador to host a state visit by our President and those four days in April of this year were definitely the highlight of my career. I started my career in the 70s when relations between Ireland and Great Britain were difficult and the President’s visit this year was a symbolic expression of the way in which links between our two countries have been transformed in a very positive way.
“So, what does this have to do with business and the work of a Chamber of Commerce? My view is that relations between Britain and Ireland operate at various levels. We have always had very strong economic links, with Britain being one of our major export markets and we have always had an enormous number of Irish people living in Britain - now 600,000 people. The symbolic level of our links actually adds to the connections because of the generations of Irish people that are there; this connection removes a complication that might possibly otherwise cut across business links that our companies want and need to develop with our nearest neighbour and therefore, I think all of us here in Waterford can profit from these new links and relations between Britain and Ireland.”
Thanks to everyone who attended our Annual Dinner, event sponsors EY, drinks reception sponsors McDonald Dwyer Reddy & Byrne Insurances, plus the many businesses who kindly supported the event. Photos by Garrett FitzGerald Photography and Gerry O'Carroll Photography.
Waterford Chamber and Bank of Ireland invite you to our 'Inspiring Women in Business Lunch' at the Athenaeum House Hotel on Thursday, 4th December. Heather Reynolds, Founder and Director of Eishtec will deliver a keynote address.
13:00 Networking Lunch
€20 per person. Call 051 872639 or email
to book your place.
Heather Reynolds, Eishtec
Heather Reynolds is one of the owners of a now three year old Irish company, Eishtec, which is based in the South-East of Ireland. Eishtec is an outsourced contact centre, providing tailored customer service solutions, and has delivered over 950 jobs across Waterford and Wexford. Eishtec won a CCA global excellence award in 2013 and more recently the 'Business of the Year' award via Wexford Chamber.
Heather has over 20 years industry experience in the services sector across a number of Blue Chip organisations including AOL Inc, Dell UK and TalkTalk Group where she held a number of senior roles including Customer Experience Director, General Manager and the role of Director of Operations. Heather holds a Business Degree from WIT.
In 2013 Heather was one of six Industry partners appointed to the Action Plan for Jobs based on her track record of job creation and developing a business. In addition, Heather was appointed to both the National Competiveness and Labour Market Councils of which she is actively involved. In early 2014 Heather was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Respond Housing Association plus became a Lead Entrepreneur as part of the Going for Growth initiative supporting women in business.
The Waterford Gift Voucher was launched in 2013 to support the shop local campaign and has been promoted by Waterford Chamber, Waterford Business Group and the Local Authority. To date we have well over 100 businesses on board and this number is growing every week. We have also been helped greatly by local employers who now offer & promote the Voucher with their employees and we are working to grow the support of local employers in the short term.
In terms of growing our local economy, the Waterford Gift Voucher helps to ensure that shopping is kept local and this in turn supports existing jobs – so please support the Voucher Scheme and for further information, please contact the Chamber at 051 872639. Gift Vouchers can also be purchased from the Book Centre in Waterford City and from the Tramore Tourism office on Lower Branch Road in Tramore.