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Chamber President welcomes talks with Government Ministers

 

Paschal DonohoeWaterford Chamber President Michael O’Dwyer, CEO Nick Donnelly, a number of Chamber Directors and members met with Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Paschal Donohoe, when he visited Waterford last week.

 

The Minister was welcomed on his official visit by Minister of State for the Department of the Environment, Paudie Coffey.

 

The Chamber delegation took the opportunity to highlight a series of issues which are pertinent to Waterford City and County at present, including the retention of the 9% VAT Rate for the Hospitality Sector in Waterford which Chamber believes is critical, both in terms of Jobs Retention and indeed Jobs Growth in the short to medium term.

 

They also asked the Minister to consider the potential to further develop the Waterford Greenway route and outlined it will require additional Grant Support of circa €6m, which they hoped the Minister would assist with.

 

In terms of Ireland’s Ancient East, which is warmly welcomed by Waterford Chamber, the group discussed various aspects relating to the initiative, such as the potential, the level of funding and resources committed to the project and in particular the timing and roll-out. In particular they requested the marketing spend be given priority going forward over the Wild Atlantic Way, which the Minister acknowledged.

 

The opportunity to extend the Wild Atlantic Way Route into East Cork and Waterford was also discussed. Chamber emphasised it would mean a major opportunity to boost visitor numbers in the short term without compromising the existing route or indeed the Ancient East Trail. It is acknowledged that the Wild Atlantic Way has delivered significant benefits to locations on the existing route and should Waterford be included, there would be substantial benefits, remembering the Waterford coastline offering is also very relevant and appropriate.

 

Whilst acknowledging the potential of the Ancient East Trail, it is recognised that traction will not be delivered around visitor numbers. Therefore, inclusion for Waterford in the Wild Atlantic Way Route would deliver additional activity and value and the Minister was asked to give consideration to this request.

 

In speaking about connectivity, the Department’s support of Waterford Airport was credited and it was reiterated that OPEX funding needs to be maintained.

 

Waterford Chamber is working closely with Irish Rail on the provision of a daily Express Service to and from Dublin – currently this is being piloted on Fridays only with very good demand so far. The willingness to improve the service on Irish Rail’s part was also acknowledged.

 

According to Waterford Chamber President Michael O’Dwyer, the meeting was informative and he looked forward to further engagement with the Minister on a number of matters over the coming months.

 
Golf Classic 2015

 

Golf Classic 2015 

arachas-logoThis year's Golf Classic event, sponsored by Arachas, will take place at Waterford Golf Club on Friday, 24th July 2015.

 

This will be a 4-Person team event with a shotgun start at 2pm (registration is at 1pm). Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, nearest the pin and longest drive.

House of Waterford

Prizes are generously sponsored by the House of Waterford Crystal, including the impressive perpetual trophy.

 

Enter a team: €381.50 inc. VAT for team of 4 (includes goodie bag sponsored by Caulfield's SuperValu and meal at 7pm)

 

Sponsor a tee sign: €100

Caulfields

 

Bookings: To book a team or sponsor a tee sign please complete the booking form and send to Lynda email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Alternatively, please call Lynda at 051 311130.  

 
President's Lunch

 

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Waterford Chamber President Michael O’Dwyer welcomed US Ambassador Kevin F. O’Malley to Waterford Castle today (19/6/15) for his first official visit to Waterford.

 

Ambassador O’Malley was the guest speaker at the Waterford Chamber President’s Lunch which hosted a capacity crowd, including Minister of State for the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey, TD; Waterford City & County Council CEO Michael Walsh, WIT President Prof. Willie Donnelly and Anne-Marie Tierney-Le Roux, Regional Director, IDA Ireland.

 

Welcoming the Ambassador, Mr. O’Dwyer said: “It’s been a difficult week for our two communities with the tragedy at Berkeley which has been heartfelt not just across Ireland but around the world.

 

“Today was about strengthening our business ties with the US. We also now stand united in sadness. Ambassador can I thank you personally for all your hard work over the past few days and extend a very warm welcome to you and your wife Dena.”

 

Mr. O’Dwyer went on to speak of the positivity, determination and renewed sense of hope that is evident in the business community at present, making reference to the groundbreaking ceremony at West Pharma earlier this week, along with the positive news in terms of job creation and significant investments which are ongoing in the region.

 

“It is the time to plan for the future, to turn our back on the difficult times of recent years and strive for an even better Waterford. As Chamber President, I want my year in office to reflect just that – ‘Looking to the Future – as a time for growth and innovation’. Ambassador, we can assure you Waterford is open for business and can offer the very best in terms of skill, education and lifestyle.”

 

In keeping with the positive theme, Ambassador O’Malley said: “I am delighted to be in Waterford today. There is a long history of strong commercial, educational and cultural linkages between the U.S. and Waterford. The Chamber’s vision of Waterford as a ‘Vibrant Gateway’ has wide-reaching benefits not only for the local economy and community, but for the region as a whole.”

 

Photos by Leo Murphy Photography.

 

 
Learn At Lunch - The Companies Act

 

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The second instalment of Waterford Chamber’s Learn at Lunch series has again proved popular with the business community, as was seen in the Tower Hotel on Wednesday, 10th June for an information seminar on the new Companies Act.

 

Facilitated by Tom Murran, Principal at Peter O’Connor & Son Solicitors and Lisa Cliffe, Manager, Entity Governance and Compliance, at PwC, the briefing covered the new act which came into effect on 1st June.

 

The Companies Act 2014 represents a significant reform of Irish company law and will have far reaching implications for directors, shareholders, company secretaries and their legal and professional advisors.

 

The Act provides for a number of innovative features which should reduce costs and simplify corporate re-organisations and transactions. Mr Murran and Ms Cliffe highlighted some of the more innovative features of the Act including single director companies, key accounting issues, summary approval procedure and the new merger regime.

 

Commenting on the success of the Learn at Lunch Series, Waterford Chamber CEO Nick Donnelly said: “Having engaged with our members, we identified the interest in lunchtime learning. The impressive volume of take-up at these seminars has now shown us that business people are keen to participate in high intensity learning sessions, which this series offers. It’s all the information you need in a short period of time and we even throw in lunch! Having local presenters like Tom Murran from Peter O’Connor & Son Solicitors and Lisa Cliffe of PwC is essential to the success of such events and their knowledge and skill at sharing it is second to none. This series will continue into the Autumn and beyond as we continue to work with our members to identify areas of learning which are beneficial to them.”

 

 
Business After Hours @ Three Store, City Square

 

Pictured at our Business After Hours at the Three Store on 4th June (l-r): Matt Wall, Hewden Communications; Michael O'Dwyer, Waterford Chamber President; Marie Clancy, Hewden Communications; Oliver Conroy, Three Ireland. Photos by Garrett FitzGerald Photography.

 

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