Business After Hours at NAS Training Centre




Our next Business After Hours will take place at NAS Training Centre, Cleaboy Business Park, Old Kilmeaden Road, Waterford. Come along and view the meeting & training facilities that are available to hire. NAS will also be showcasing the training courses available there including a short CPR workshop.

Meet with the NAS Training Centre strategic partners who are bringing new training opportunities to Waterford and the South East. Some of these training partners include: The Irish Times Training , University College Cork (UCC), Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD), Mary Daly & Associates (Food Hygiene), Darlington Consulting (Health and Safety), and Michael Connolly NLP Training. All of these training partners will be available with information about the courses they provide on the evening.

Our Business After Hours events are your best opportunity to meet new business contacts, promote your business and learn information. Members are encouraged to bring along another business colleague or staff member.

Business cards will be entered into a draw for a 1-day Introduction to NLP course. This practical and comprehensive introduction course provides participants with the basic yet powerful foundations and tools of NLP designed to help them in understanding what NLP is and how it can be applied in personal and business life.

BOOKINGS: This is a FREE event. Call Sheila at 051 872639 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


nas-training-centreAbout NAS Training Centre
The NAS Training Centre is a state of the art training and meeting facility located at the Cleaboy Business Park, Waterford. Opened in 2006, the NAS Training Centre has gained a reputation as one of the region's leading meeting and training venues. It is comfortable, bright and spacious. The NAS team is on hand to take the stress and worry out of organising your meeting or training course. The NAS Centre also provides a wide range of training courses and programmes, facilitated by highly trained instructors.

R&D Credits - what you need to know to avail of the relief



What is the R&D credit?

This is an additional tax relief available to companies that are carrying out qualifying R&D in Ireland and elsewhere.

Can you avail of the relief?

Most companies that are involved in manufacturing carry on some element of R&D every year. Just because you refer to the expenditure as R&D does not mean that relief is due – strict conditions apply to the nature of the expenditure that will benefit from the relief. But, if your company is involved in R&D activities, some additional tax relief may be due.

Join us...

PwC in association with Waterford Chamber will be hosting an information evening to explain the requirements for obtaining the R&D credit, how it works and what type of R&D activities qualify. PwC will also provide an update on current Revenue practice in this area.  Meet your peers, join the discussion and share your views/concerns on Wednesday, 7th May at the Viking Hotel Waterford, Cork Road, Waterford.

Tea/Coffee and Registration is from 5.30pm and presentations will commence at 6.00pm. This will be followed by a Question and Answer session, which will conclude at around 7.00pm.


BOOKINGS: There is no charge for this event. Reserve your place by contacting Serena Gleria at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 051 872639.

Potential for Creation of 100,000 Jobs

Chambers-Ireland-Local-Elections-ManifestoChambers Ireland Launches Local Election Manifesto

Chambers Ireland has today (17/04/14) called on local elections candidates to support the business community by making five key commitments, which will reduce the cost of doing business and increase competitiveness. If these commitments are adhered to, there is the potential to create 100,000 jobs in the construction, retail and tourism sectors.


These commitments are:


  1. Support local economies through business engagement on Local Enterprise Offices and Local Community Development Committees; working with Chambers to support local tourism and supporting town centres through fair car parking rates;
  2. Support procurement policies that support local businesses by encouraging local authorities to focus on job creation and the economy rather than lowest price when awarding contracts;
  3. Ensure Local Government reform benefits business through targeted reductions in commercial rates and that monies raised through the Local Property Tax are spent on local services;
  4. Guarantee the rollout of Irish Water will not lead to increased charges for business by encouraging local authorities to work with Irish Water to produce a reliable and sustainable supply for all; and
  5. Make infrastructure and planning contribute to growth by ensuring planning laws and decisions support business development.


Speaking today, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said "The business community is the largest single source of funding for Local Authorities throughout Ireland and it is vital that their contribution to the local community is recognised. The reform of Local Government offers a unique opportunity to enhance the collaborative process between businesses and Local Authorities and we encourage all candidates to commit to being pro-active advocates for business.”

“Policies such as the 80% rezoning levy on brown field lands and high car parking rates are anti-consumer and candidates have a duty to the local community and economy to make changes in these areas if elected.”


The full Local Elections 2014 Business Manifesto can be downloaded here.

Jobs and Advice Fair




International Employment Services/EURES (EURopean Employment Services) have held a number of very successful Recruitment Fairs in Ireland over the last few years in various Regions around the country. Employers have found these a valuable source for recruiting clients, providing information and networking with other employers and Service Providers.


EURES are holding an International Employment Services / Waterford Jobs & Advice Fair in The Central Library, Waterford City on 15th May 2014 (2pm to 6pm) & 16th May 2014 (10am to 4pm).


EURES would like to invite you to attend this event to help you source suitable candidates.


At the venue, we will provide you with:


  • An Exhibition Stand which will include a backdrop with your company name, table and chairs
  • Internet Access and Power
  • Catering facilities


EURES will match all qualified clients from our national database and invite them to meet you at the fair.


EURES will further promote your vacancies to qualified clients using mass media, including Social Media, Newspapers, etc.




  • Provide us with full details of all your vacancies on the attached Vacancy Form
  • Staff your stand throughout the event and meet potential clients
  • Register using the attached Registration Form.




If you are interested in attending, please complete the Registration Form and return it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

A Strategic Procurement Policy for Ireland

Public Procurement Must Be About Strategic Goals Not Just Cost Saving

€800 Million Worth of Public Contracts Leave Ireland Every Year


Chambers Ireland has launched ‘A Strategic Procurement Policy for Ireland’ which puts forward a number of recommendations on how to make public procurement benefit the economy as a whole rather than simply acting as a cost saving exercise.


Waterford Chamber Chief Executive Nick Donnelly said, “Current procurement policy in Ireland leaves many SMEs feeling excluded from the process. This is due to a narrow focus on cost by contracting authorities and overly complicated systems of pre qualification and tendering. One of the side effects of this is that 8.8% or €800 million worth of public contracts leave Ireland every year, well above the EU average of 3.5%.”


“Our document outlines a number of ways in which procurement can support the wider economy. We believe the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) should use metrics such as job creation and long term benefit for the economy. Too many contracts continue to be awarded on price alone without taking into account the number of jobs created in Ireland or monies that could be lost in tax revenue.”


“The OGP is currently located within the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. This sends the message that their main priority is cost saving. We propose moving the OGP to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation which would signal an approach to procurement that focuses on opportunity, job creation and supporting the domestic economy.”


“There are many models of best practice across Europe and we suggest the Government take a closer look at some with a view to implementing them in Ireland. Taking the lead from the Netherlands on executing the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programme and the UK on CompeteFor, a unique system which allows businesses to compete for opportunities and produce community benefits, would significantly improve the procurement process in Ireland.”


“The growth of indigenous Irish business is the single most important contributor to a sustainable economic recovery. If acted on, this strategy could result in a procurement policy of benefit to both buyers and suppliers. Crucially, however, it would also benefit all public procurement stakeholders and would contribute to a far-sighted, sustainable economic recovery,” he concluded.


Download ‘A Strategic Procurement Policy for Ireland’ here.


Key Recommendations


  • A Strategic Procurement Policy for Ireland outlines a range of recommendations to improve the process of public procurement. Key recommendations include:
  • Move the OGP from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation signalling a commitment to supporting job creation and the local economy rather than solely focussing on cost
  • Transpose the new European Union directives into national law in a timely fashion, without any gold-plating
  • Reduce the number and types of contracts being awarded on the basis of price alone. An appreciation of the benefits to the Irish economy in terms of jobs created or revenue raised through taxation should become the norm in tendering procedures
  • Complete the pilot Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programme, announced in the Action Plan for Jobs 2014, in a timely fashion; guarantee funding for its further use and encourage contracting authorities to maximise its potential.
  • Simplify the process of pre-qualification and reduce the amount of material that must be provided by suppliers at this stage. Make the process of ‘banking’ or saving information on the system for use in subsequent tenders work better for SMEs

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