Industrial Technologies & Operational Excellence Conference 2015


The third annual Waterford Chamber Multi-Sector Conference took place on Thursday, 8th October in the Tower Hotel. Sponsored by Vodafone, the Industrial Technologies & Operational Excellence Conference focused on the impacts on business of emerging technologies, Operational Excellence and Energy Management.


Presentations from this conference will be added here shortly.


 Gerry McCourt - Emerging Trends for Technology in Irish Business
 Conan Condon - How Technology has Transformed an Irish Agri Business
 Dr. Stephen McGrath - Lean Transformation of a QC Lab
 Ken McClannon - Holistic Design of a New Healthcare Factory
 Julie Sinnamon - Driving Enterprise, Delivering Jobs

Budget Breakfast with PricewaterhouseCoopers


pwc logoThe Government's Budget for 2016 will be presented by the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan TD on 13th October. Waterford Chamber in association with PricewaterhouseCoopers will host a Breakfast Briefing which will outline the key issues arising from this Budget.


Tax experts from PricewaterhouseCoopers will outline the detailed changes in the Budget and well-known economist Jim Power will provide an overview of the effect of the Budget on the economy.


Date: Wednesday, 14th October
Venue: Dooley's Hotel
Time: 7.45am (breakfast & registration), 8.30-9.30am (presentations)
Cost: €20 per person


Contact Lynda at 051 311130 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to book a place.

How the Government can improve our social infrastructure in Budget 2016


This week, Waterford Chamber will detail its pre-Budget recommendations for making childcare affordable and for refocusing the National Training Fund (NTF) to up-skill those currently in employment and allow businesses to remain competitive.


Proper access to affordable childcare services has positive implications for female labour market participation, the social well-being of children, the gender-pay gap, and Government revenues due to higher labour participation rates and reduced social problems. Waterford Chamber therefore recommends Government to:

  • Provide direct Government subsidies to the providers of child and afterschool care in the form of capitation grants.
  • Make subsidies conditional upon educational quality standards being met.
  • Vary the level of the grant per child in accordance with parents’ income to ensure that services become affordable for low-income households.


Although we recognise that a complete reform of the child and afterschool care sector will take time and a large scale investment, we suggest that Government in the short term build on the existing ECCE model by extending it to 48 weeks and expand the scheme to cover a second year.


Furthermore, we suggest that the level of funding for the ECCE scheme should be increased by €30 per child per week to allow for the recruitment and retention of qualified staff. Current funding levels are insufficient to cover the cost of high-quality childcare which has caused some service providers to operate at a loss and may ultimately force some providers out of business.


Given the high rates of unemployment facing the country over the past number of years, it was appropriate that the majority of the National Training Fund (NTF) was directed towards training for the unemployed. While it is right and proper that some of the funding still is used to train the unemployed, we believe it is time to refocus the NTF now that unemployment levels have fallen.


Waterford Chamber advocates that a commitment be made to ensure that the majority of funding from the NTF is committed to up-skilling those within companies to ensure companies in Ireland are developing the skills necessary to expand, grow and compete internationally. This measure would have no impact on Exchequer funding and would support the competitiveness of our enterprises.


Next week, Waterford Chamber will detail its recommendations for supporting efficiency in our public service.

Waterford Chamber meeting with Minister Paudie Coffey


Minister Paudie Coffey Meeting Oct 2015 

Waterford Chamber today (02/10/2015) met with Minister Paudie Coffey to discuss its pre-Budget submission. Commenting on the meeting, Chamber President, Michael O’Dwyer said, "We had a very positive engagement with Minister Coffey and he recognised that Budget 2016 was an opportunity to reinforce Ireland’s growth and was keen to hear the needs of the business community in Waterford as we potentially enter a new phase of economic growth."







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