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This page will be updated frequently as more retailers sign up. Businessses who would like to participate can do so by completing the following Agreement Form and returning to Waterford Chamber, 2 George's Street, Waterford or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Look out for the window sticker (image above) for businesses who accept the vouchers.

 

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Chamber welcomes IDA regional appointment

 

AMT Bio pic J0229140071 (3)Waterford Chamber President, Dr. Derek O’Byrne has welcomed the appointment of Anne-Marie Tierney-Le Roux as the new IDA Regional Manager for the South East.


Commenting on the announcement, Dr. O’Byrne said: “We at Chamber look forward to working with Anne-Marie in building a better future for Waterford. Job creation has always been, and will continue to be, a priority for us and we will offer every support to Anne-Marie in her bid to engage foreign investment for the region.


“Anne-Marie brings a wealth of experience to this role, having worked extensively in the South East with the IDA. In her role as Director of Europe for IDA Ireland, where she was responsible for leading European foreign direct investment to Ireland across the European network of offices in Paris, Frankfurt and London, she amassed an impressive portfolio of contacts and we are certain the region will benefit from that in the years to come.”


In July 2007 Anne-Marie opened the Paris offices of IDA Ireland as Director of France & Benelux (Paris) and in September 2009 moved to the role of Director of Europe. She is a law graduate of University College Dublin, holds an MSc in International Marketing (Glamorgan) and is an Associate Practitioner of the European Chartered Institute of Marketing (London Guildhall). Prior to working with IDA Ireland, Anne-Marie worked for the global consulting practice PriceWaterhouseCooper in London.


Anne-Marie brings strong management, operational and overseas experience to the role. As South East Regional Manager she will be tasked with regional marketing to clients and working with global operations teams in winning investments for the South East. Anne-Marie will also manage existing client relationships, stakeholder engagement in support of winning FDI for the Regions, the influencing agenda on the development of the skills, research and access and infrastructural development required for the Regions to complete for FDI investments and working to ensure that appropriate property solutions are available in the Region for FDI.

 
Arkopharma to close with 18 job losses

 

Waterford Chamber CEO Nick Donnelly has expressed his disappointment at the announcement that Arkopharma is to close in the city with the loss of 18 jobs.

 

The French-headquartered multinational specialising in herbal medicine and dietary supplement has had a site in Waterford since 1998 will cease operations in June with employees departing on a phased basis from the end of February onwards.

 

“The announcement of the close of Arkopharma is certainly regrettable, particularly as the site was performing well and has the highest calibre of personnel on site. Thankfully the company is looking after the interests of their staff and have engaged a specialist to assist them in identifying new employment opportunities within the sector.”

 

The smallest in the Arkopharma manufacturing organisation, the Waterford site supplies products to more than 20 countries with Russia and neighbouring countries among the key markets until recently.

 
Arts grants a welcome boost

 

Over €700,000 has been awarded to Waterford organisations by the Arts Council for the coming year.

 

Six organisations in total will benefit from the investment, including Spraoi, who have retained the same funding awarded in 2014.

 

Garter Lane will receive €170,000; €80,000 goes to the Theatre Royal Society, while Waterford Youth Arts have been allocated €50,000.

 

Waterford Healing Arts Trust will be in receipt of €95,000 and concluding the payout is Waterford City and County Council Arts Services who will bank €80,000.

 

Commenting on the funding, Waterford Chamber CEO Nick Donnelly said: “The arts are an integral part of our society and something Waterford is known for not just nationally but internationally. We bring the highest in standards to street theatre and stage and I am particularly happy to see Spraoi have retained their funding for the year ahead. Spraoi is undoubtedly the best street theatre festival in the country and contributes significantly to the local economy each year by attracting thousands of visitors to our city.

 

“I’m also delighted for Garter Lane and the Theatre Royal Society, both of whom are located in the Purple Flag zone here in the city centre and who bring great vibrancy to our evening and night time economy,” he concluded.

 
Positive outlook for 2015

 

Growing on the success of 2014, Waterford Chamber is again looking forward to working collaboratively with the business community and other key stakeholders to build a better future for Waterford.

 

Our annual subscriptions are now due for payment and of course we welcome new members who wish to join. Along with our high profile annual events and networking opportunities in 2015, we also have a number of new additions to the events calendar, including the highly anticipated Waterford Business Awards Dinner scheduled to take place on 6th March.

 

The Waterford Gift Voucher Scheme proved a huge success over the Christmas period. In excess of €175,000 worth of vouchers have been sold since the scheme's inception 14 months ago, all of which is spent locally and the initiative is supported by over 110 business. We would encourage all businesses to get involved by accepting the vouchers so we can build on their success in 2015.

 

Policy and Lobbying has always been, and will continue to be, a priority for us. Waterford Chamber co-ordinated the bid for Purple Flag status for Waterford, a gold standard international accreditation for the evening and night time economy and we expect to achieve that award in the coming weeks. We are also working in earnest on job creation, economic development, tourism and infrastructure and of course University status for WIT is high on the agenda.

 

2014 proved a good year for Waterford Chamber with membership figures consolidating and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.

 

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

The Chamber team.

 
Achievements in 2014 lay foundation for sustainable growth

 

Following the release of the 2014 Exchequer Statement yesterday (05/01/15), Waterford Chamber has called on Government to maintain its focus on job creation and cost management.

 

Speaking this morning, Nick Donnelly, Chief Executive, Waterford Chamber said “The 2014 Exchequer Statement provides evidence of just how far the Irish economy has progressed in the past twelve months. The increases in tax receipts, particularly in VAT and Capital Gains Tax, point to a significant growth in economic activity and an improvement in the domestic economy.”

 

“2015 will be a watershed year for Ireland’s economic recovery and we must continue to build on the strong performance of 2014. However risks remain, many outside our control such as ongoing international developments. Therefore Government must not lose focus and needs to continue to commit to the prioritisation of job creation and cost containment in the economy as the key drivers of competitiveness,” he concluded.

 

 

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