Waterford Chamber has today (27/03/15) welcomed the release of the Copenhagen Economics report on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement which predicts a large and positive impact for the Irish Economy.
Speaking this morning Nick Donnelly, CEO of Waterford Chamber said “This trade agreement being negotiated between the EU and the US has the potential to increase Ireland’s annual GDP by at least €2 billion. While direct savings of tariffs of up to $300 million per annum is significant, the potential for the reduction or elimination of costly regulatory barriers, which typically only large companies have the capacity and resources to address, provides a great opportunity for SMEs in Ireland to export to the US.”
“As you would expect, the negotiations are very complex. Any new trade agreement will take some years to fully implement and therefore we encourage the negotiators for both regions to leverage the current momentum on both sides of the Atlantic to reach a deal that will allow both economies to realise the full benefits as soon as possible.”
Nationwide, we need to provide opportunities for these skilled students to remain in Waterford, and the wider South East region, once they graduate or to return to the area in future years.”
This year, Dataworks are continuing to work in close partnership with WIT and, owing to the high calibre of candidate on the computer science programme, have offered a further two students internships with the company. Eric Colgan from Waterford and Michael O’Neill from Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary are currently working on a number of .NET projects with guidance from the senior development team.
According to Martina Mullally, ICT Skills Placement Coordinator at WIT, “The Institute and Dataworks have a long history of working together and we consistently leverage our relationship through the Higher Education Authority ICT Skills conversion programme. Dataworks has provided students with great exposure to the workplace through first-hand experience of building software, allowing them to put academic theory to practice and assist with personal and professional growth.”
The Higher Diploma in Science in Computer Science is an intensive, 18-month conversion course specifically designed to allow existing non-ICT level 8 graduates to acquire the industry-relevant ICT and software development skills, expertise and practical experience required to become suitable candidates for employment in the ICT domain in general and in software development in particular.
The students on the Higher Diploma in Science in Computer Science benefit from regular presentations from Dataworks CTO, Brian Robinson.
Waterford Chamber has welcomed the government’s new tourism policy, which was launched by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe earlier this week.
Commenting on the announcement, Waterford Chamber CEO said: “Tourism is vital to the economic growth and prosperity of not just Waterford, but the region. We are engaging with a number of stakeholders on an ongoing basis and the Government’s renewed commitment to tourism will certainly benefit that. We are looking forward to working with all stakeholders to achieve the targets outlined in the policy, which will not alone ensure a larger footfall the region, but all add significantly to job creation.”
The policy, entitled ‘People, Place and Policy – Growing Tourism to 2025’, targets 250,000 tourism jobs and revenues of €5 billion a year by 2025 across the country. Other strategies outlined at the launch, which was also attended by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, include retaining the 9% VAT rate as long as the tourism sector remains cost-competitive, while a “possible repeat” of The Gathering will also be given consideration.
Waterford Chamber members enjoyed an evening of networking at our first Business After Hours of the year, which was held at Cantec, Cleaboy Business Park. Managing Director of Cantec Greg Tuohy, who also sits on the Board of Directors at Waterford Chamber, spoke about how the family run business has grown from humble beginnings to now having a team operating throughout the country providing the best in printing equipment and services.
Desmond O’Flynn, CEO of Waterford Airport, informed guests that bookings were strong since the announcement of the return of the Waterford to London Luton flights and said every effort was made and is still being made to ensure the best service is made available to the region, for business travel and also for tourism.
In a new format for the Business After Hours, there were also short presentations from three Chamber members, Gavin Butler of Arnold Industries, Daniel Farinha of Shellac Nails and Stephen Davis of Colortrend.
A fantastic event and many thanks to the team at Cantec for all their efforts.
An hour of intensive training in social media over four Wednesdays in April, facilitated by Justin Kearns of Shadow Marketing and featuring Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, social media videos and LinkedIn.
Dates: Wednesdays: 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29thApril
Time: 12.45pm – 2.15pm
Cost: €20 per session or €70 for all four (light lunch included)
To book your place or for detailed course content, contact Lynda Lawton on 051 311130 or email
This ‘Funding for your Business’ session aims to give you up-to-date information about the wide range of supports, grants, funding, mentoring, assistance programmes and other options available to help start up and trading SME's.
Most businesses are so busy with the day to day concerns of operating that they don’t have the time to research and source the many grants and business funding supports they may be entitled to. This briefing, sponsored by Ulster Bank, will be an informative session intended to guide businesses toward practical and straight forward routes to funding and supports.
This is a free event for Chamber Members, though places will be limited so booking is essential. To book, contact the Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber Office on 05845054 or