European SME Week 2014 - Free Workshops for SMEs

Waterford Chamber

European SME Week 2014 will take place from 29th September to 5th October. Co-ordinated by the European Commission this campaign promotes enterprise across Europe and is taking place in 37 countries, with events being organsied at local, regional and national level.


Your local Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) based at Waterford Chamber would like to remind local businesses and potential entrepreneurs that we are available during SME Week and all other times to assist you with any queries you may have regarding a setting up or running your business.


Waterford Chamber and EEN will run five informative workshops during European SME Week. These workshops will be free of charge and all are welcome.


Thursday, 2nd October

09.30am-10.30am: Business Planning

10.40am-11.40am: Branding Strategy

11.50am-12.50am: How To Get More Business Online


Friday, 3rd October

09.30am-10.30am: Working with the Tech Transfer Office in WIT

10.40am-11.40am: SME Instrument in Horizon 2020


Click here to view workshop outlines and speaker profiles


Places are limited so booking is essential. For bookings please contact Michelle McHugh at 051 872639 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Membership & Events Executive


Job Title: Membership & Events Executive


Overview: We are currently inviting applications for the above position in Waterford Chamber. The ideal candidate will have the ability to deliver under all key attributes outlined below and to develop the profile of Waterford Chamber as a key business organisation (representing over 350 businesses), actively involved in promoting Waterford as an ideal location to work, live & do business.


This is a permanent full-time position (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday). The successful candidate must be available to work flexible hours as required by Chamber events.


Remuneration will be in line with relevant educational & business experience.


Reporting to: CEO and Board of Directors


Education & Experience:

  • Minimum relevant Degree level qualification required
  • Proven event/project management experience essential
  • Experience working in a relevant business


Key Responsibilities:


Event Management:

  • Scheduling, management, administration and budgeting for all Chamber events
  • Securing event sponsorship
  • Contact programme with event sponsors
  • Developing a speaker programme
  • Carry out post-event evaluation (e.g. survey of attendees)



  • Collection of membership subscriptions in line with budget
  • Meeting with potential new members
  • Recruitment of new members
  • Retention of existing members
  • Maintain the membership database


Other Responsibilities:

  • To report to the Chamber CEO as required on key performance issues
  • To help develop & deliver on Chamber’s strategic direction
  • Playing a key role in representing the Chamber both locally & regionally
  • To support the administration of the Chamber’s affairs in accordance with its rules & regulations
  • To work as part of a wider team in Chamber and with key stakeholders across Waterford
  • Ensure that public relations & communications are delivered in an effective manner at all times


Key Competencies:

  • Strong communications & media/PR skill
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access) and IT skills
  • General administration skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Customer service
  • Sales & marketing
  • Financial planning and ability to manage budgets
  • Knowledge of local business community
  • Full driving license and own means of transport
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative


How to apply for this position:

CVs should be sent by post only by Friday, 17th October to:


Nick Donnelly


Waterford Chamber

2 George’s Street


Business Breakfast with Kevin O'Sullivan, Editor, The Irish Times


Waterford Chamber hosted a Business Breakfast with Kevin O'Sullivan, Editor of the Irish Times on Friday, 26th September at Dooley's Hotel. Pictured below (l-r): Dr Derek O'Byrne, Chamber President; Kevin O'Sullivan, Editor, The Irish Times; Cllr Lola O'Sullivan, Mayor of the Metropolitan District; Nick Donnelly, Chamber CEO. Photo by Leo Murphy Photography.


Click here to read Kevin's speech



Manufacturing Conference 2014



Sustainable Manufacturing - Managing improvements into the future

The second annual Waterford Chamber multi-sector conference will focus on Lean Management and Manufacturing Information Systems.


Lean Manufacturing and Manufacturing Information Systems (MIS) are widely used within businesses in the South East to systematically find and sustain value. Lean makes obvious what adds value by removing waste. It is successful in both the manufacturing and the services sectors and can also be found in a Waterford school. Effective lean management requires committed leadership, organisation-wide cultural focus, employee engagement, and genuine respect for people.


Manufacturing Information Systems provide the right information at the right time to help operational people, from operators to managers, decide how the conditions on the plant floor can be optimised to improve production output.


Date: Thursday, 9th October 2014

Time: 8.30am-4.00pm

Venue: Tower Hotel, Waterford


Download Conference Brochure & Booking Form



Budget Breakfast with PricewaterhouseCoopers


pwcThe Government's Budget for 2015 will be presented by the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan TD on 14th 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, 15th October

Time: 7.45am (breakfast & registration), 8.30-9.30am (presentations)

Venue: Dooley's Hotel

Cost: €20 per person


BOOKINGS: Call Michael at 051 311132 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Waterford Business Expo


Waterford Chamber hosted its first Business Expo at the Tower Hotel on 9th September 2014. The Expo was kindly sponsored by BMCI Insurance & Investments.




Photos by Garrett Fitzgerald Photography.




Athenaeum House Hotel
BMCI Insurance and Investments
Breen, David M. & Co.
Bus Éireann
CSS Facilities
Curran Foods Express Cuisine
Darlington Consulting
Dooley's Hotel
Ennis Gough
FitzGerald Life & Pensions
Fitzgerald Menswear
Fitzwilton Hotel
Focus Ireland
FOCUS Visual Communication
Gerry O'Carroll
Glen Parquet Flooring
Glorious Sushi
Granville Hotel
Harvey Travel
HCS Business Solutions
Hooper Dolan Insurances
Hosting Ireland
Leyden Consulting Engineers
M.M. Halley Solicitors

Mary Daly & Associates
Metalman Brewing
Morris Oil
Mulligans Pharmacy
NAS Centre
New Links Training Solutions
Occupational First Aid Training
O'Leary Insurances (Waterford)
O'Sullivan Scanlon Brazil
Passion for Creative
Radius Technologies
Shellac Nails Ltd
Spirit Spa & Leisure Centre
Strand Travel
Success Online
Swift Print
Theatre Royal
TLC - The Limo Company
Tom Murphy Car Sales
Travel Creations
Ulster Bank
Waterford Area Partnership
Waterford Micro Business Network
Waterford Chamber Skillnet
WIT Business Graduate Programe











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