Medite SmartPly launch new augmented reality app


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MEDITE SMARTPLY, producers of innovative timber panel products, has launched a interesting new app for its SMARTPLY product range.


The ‘SMARTPLY AR’ app, which is live on iOS and Android, features a ‘Product Data Tool’ providing a comprehensive breakdown of the entire SMARTPLY product range. The tool includes detailed information that is broken down into easy to digest sections, making it ideal for reading on the go and a useful companion when selling, specifying or using SMARTPLY products. In addition to the Product Data Tool, the app also includes a ‘Forest to Factory’ feature, a 3D augmented reality, step by step walk through the company’s manufacturing process.


The visualisation takes you all the way through the supply chain, from the sourcing of raw material from the company owned forests, right through to the products being loaded onto a lorry and being delivered to the customer.


“Our new SMARTPLY manufacturing facility and our sustainable supply chain are things we are extremely proud of”, says Stuart Devoil, Head of Marketing and Brand at MEDITE SMARTPLY, “It’s great for our audience to now be able to see exactly how much goes into producing our products to such a high standard. Seeing the procedure so clearly documented provides the chance to see exactly how we operate and really brings the process to life.


“The app also doubles as a handy SMARTPLY pocket product library on your phone that shows users the benefits, features and proper handling instructions for the entire SMARTPLY product range.”


The app is available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play now. Simply search for ‘SMARTPLY AR’, then use the infographic featured here or download and print a copy from the ‘downloads’ section of the website.

IWSC ‘Outstanding Gold’ Medal Award for Thin Gin plus three other Medals for Anchor Spirits Ireland


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Thin Gin, by Anchor Spirits Ireland, has won a ‘Gold Outstanding’ award in the Gin & Tonic category of the International Wines and Spirits Competition announced in London today.  Thin Gin was also bestowed a Silver Outstanding Medal in its gin category.


This brings to four the number of prestigious awards held by Thin Gin.  In 2015 Thin Gin won Best Irish Gin at the Irish Whiskey Awards followed by a Gold Medal in 2016.  It now adds two international accolades to the list.


At the 2017 IWSC Awards Anchor Spirits took four Medals in total for the three products they currently have on the market.   This is a huge achievement for the boutique beverage company headquartered at 33 The Mall in Waterford city.  The products will be showcased at a gala dinner in the Guild Hall in London in November of this year.


Nichola Beresford, Managing Director of Anchor Spirits said, “We’re really pleased.  Thin Gin now has four very well recognised awards, including ‘Best Irish Gin’ and so for all the bars, restaurants, hotels and Off Licences that have been hugely supportive of our endeavours, now they are promoting not just Irish products because they are Irish, but Irish products with an international stamp of excellence.  Thin Gin, Muldoon Irish Whiskey Liqueur and Spike Island Spiced Rum have all been recognised individually.  It’s a tremendous boost.”


Anchor Spirits Ireland Limited brought Muldoon Irish Whiskey Liqueur to market in 2014.  Since then the company has grown to include two more award winning products and has taken up residence and restored one of Ireland’s most historic buildings; 33 The Mall in Waterford City, while plans for a new boutique distillery at another site are well underway.


The four IWSC awards won in London were a Silver medal for Spike Island Rum, a Silver Outstanding for Thin Gin, a bronze medal for Muldoon Irish Whiskey Liqueur and a Gold Outstanding award for Thin Gin in the Gin & Tonic category.


Summer's Simply Chic Wedding Showcase at Waterford Castle Hotel




Summer's Simply Chic Wedding Showcase is hosted on the island at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort. Join us July 30th from 2:00-4:30pm. Meet our award winning wedding coordinators, take a tour of the 16th Century Castle "Voted The Best Wedding Venue 2016" by Irish Wedding Diary.


Visit with our premier wedding suppliers on the day and meet the Waterford Castle Team.Plus be in for a chance to win one of several fabulous prizes, if you book on the day.


Visit Ireland's Magical Wedding Destination and leave your worries at the shore. Add your name to our guest list!


IrishWeddingDiary Summer2017


ARTeSYN Biosolutions holds Ribbon Cutting Event to mark its move into new Waterford premises


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ARTeSYN Biosolutions was delighted to be joined by Paul Nolan, President of Waterford Chamber of Commerce along with friends from the local community at its Ribbon Cutting Event on Wednesday, 28th June to mark its move into new premises at Six Cross Roads, Waterford. 


ARTeSYN Biosolutions, a US company, is a leading provider of process systems and components to the Global Biopharma industry. It has set up in Waterford to service its growing business outside of the US. The Waterford operation will consist of manufacturing, assembly, engineering, sales and administration.

Black Friday Sale at Tom Murphy Car Sales‏


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Business of the Week: SwimFitpool


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SwimFitPool is Waterford's newest business just launched on Friday, 14th July with Chamber President Paul Nolan attending the bbq pool party!


Have you ever dreamed of having your own pool where you can swim, excerise, rehabilitate & relax? Now you can with SwimFitPool's affordable small footprint pools which you can install yourself with saltwater system, insulation & heater as standard...


Traditional Swimspas cost tens of thousands of Euros and often need to be lifted into a very large space by crane! Our iPool system gives you endless swimming in the comfort of your own home for just €4,500 including VAT & delivery.


And at 10ft x 7ft you get full swimming experience but only need 8 1/2ft x 11 1/2 ft space!! 


Visit or visit us in Dock rd, Ferrybank to see and even try out the pool! Call Jenny on 051 511083 to make an appointment. #SwimEveryDay

Deise Beers and Bites at Momo


Momo Deise Beers


Thursday, 20th July at 7:00pm


Tasting menu cooked and paired with Metalman beers.


The evening will showcase a selection of fantastic beers from Metalman brewery paired with Momo dishes incorporating these brews.


We will start the evening with a beer aperitif, followed by a five course tasting menu. Each dish will be paired with a different Metalman brew.


Tickets on sale @ Momo, 47 Patrick Street, Waterford.


€40 per person. Booking is essential. Call 051 581509.

Changes to first aid training


For any of you that have FIRST AIDERS onsite this training is due to change from September 1st! Did you know…


The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) are continuing the transition process from the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Occupational First Aid (OFA) learner training standard to PHECC’s First Aid Response (FAR), as the recognised standard meeting the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 299 of 2007).


The current QQI Occupational First Aid (OFA) course is changing to PHECC (Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council) First Aid Response Training from the 1st September. The course itself remains mostly the same but we have listed the main changes below:


  • The new PHECC course will allow up to 6 trainees per course (The QQI Occupational First Aid course allowed a total of 10).
  • The current QQI certificate is valid for 2 years and then you have 90 days grace in which time you can do a 1 day refresher up to 31st August. With the new PHECC First Aid Response course the refresher training will take 2 days and there is no 90 days grace from September 1st so once the date has passed the certificate is expired and you will have to complete the course all over again.
  • Training will now take 2.5 days (instead of 3)


Therefore for anyone who needs refresher training between now and next year we have dates for our upcoming refresher training courses here on the 25th July and the 24th August. There are 6 places left for the 25th July and 6 left for the 24th August but spaces are filling fast:


PLEASE NOTE that we do need a copy of your current certificate in order to verify the dates – either the 3 day OFA or the most recent 1 day Refresher training certificates to attend the above courses.


For more information or to book the remaining places on the First Aid Refresher contact LCE on 051 364344 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (*5% discount on any of our training courses for Waterford Chamber Members).

Bank of Ireland Breakfast Briefing


Bank of Ireland Customer Event The Granville Hotel


Bank of Ireland Life, in conjunction with Premier Banking, Business Banking and The Investment Centre, are co-ordinating a series of Economic & Investment breakfast briefings across the country and it is our turn in Waterford this Friday 14th July at the Granville Hotel with breakfast served from 8am.


The objective of these briefings is as follows:


  • Provide an update on the latest economic trends, developments and projections
  • Deep-dive on the performance of investment markets and customer strategies
  • Take the opportunity to raise awareness ofthe Bank of Ireland Premier Banking offering


Our 2 guest speakers are experts in the field of Investments.


Shane O’Brien (State Street Global Advisors)


Shane O'Brien joined State Street Global Advisors Ireland Limited in February 2007 and is a Senior Relationship Manager within the Relationship Management Team. Shane is currently responsible for Intermediary client relationships.
Shane started his career in 2005 working as a fund accountant with HSBC. Shane graduated from Dublin City University in 2005 with a degree in Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS), Finance. In December 2010 he became a Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA).


Kevin Quinn


Kevin Quinn is Investment Director at Bank of Ireland Private Banking, responsible for the firm’s investment management and products. A member of the senior management since 2000, Kevin has 28 years’ experience in investments and wealth management. 


Kevin holds a Business degree from Trinity College Dublin and a Master’s degree in Investments and Treasury from Dublin City University. Kevin is a Regular Member of the CFA Institute, a Licentiate of the Institute of Banking, an Associate of the Society of Investment Analysis in Ireland and a Certified Investment Fund Director.


A regular presenter to clients and professional advisors, Kevin published ‘Wealth Management’ in 2007. 

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