Business After Hours at Bank of Ireland Ardkeen


Waterford Chamber hosted a Business After Hours at Bank of Ireland’s new branch at Ardkeen on Thursday, 23rd October. The new branch is part of a €2m investment for Waterford following major refurbishment and modernisation at branches in Lisduggan and The Quay in late 2015.


During the event, former Tipperary Senior Hurling Manager Liam Sheedy, Head of Bank of Ireland Munster interviewed Austin Gleeson, U21 All-Ireland hurling champion and Bank of Ireland Youth Ambassador for Waterford. This was warmly received by all in attendance with plenty of questions from the floor. Winner of the hamper kindly sponsored by Mulligans Pharmacy was Jeni Pim, Pims Business Systems.


Photos by Garrett FitzGerald Photography.






The Waterford Chamber Industrial Technologies conference, in partnership with Waterford Institute of Technology and sponsored by Vodafone, is back again on 13th October in the Tower Hotel for its fourth edition.


In our new global hyper-competitive world, industry cannot ignore the advances of technologies. Streamlining processes, leveraging information and generating value are key to business survival.


Technologies such as Internet of Things, metal 3D printing, collaborative robotics and energy generation will be presented and discussed. Vendors will be onsite to demonstrate practical solutions.


This event is once again an excellent opportunity to discover some of the latest technologies applicable to industry and to network with engineering peers across industries who share the same issues on a daily basis.


Date: Thursday, 13th October 2016

Time: 8.30am to 2.00pm

Venue: The Tower Hotel, Waterford

Cost: €90 + VAT (Chamber Member) / €110 + VAT (Non Member)

* 10% discount when booking 3 or more places


Bookings: Contact Jemma Archbold at 051 311136 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




Keynote Speaker
Damain Finn, General Manager, Bausch + Lomb



'Vodafone Business Offering'
Leo O'Leary, Vodafone



'Leveraging Internet of Things in the Healthcare Industry'
Carol Stafford, Vodafone



'Additive Manufacturing Technologies: 3D Printing'
Jonathan Downey, Schivo Group



'Collaborative Robotics: YuMi'
Mike Wilson, ABB



'Business Side of Sustainability'
Rodger Greene, Waterford Institute of Technology



'Environmental-Friendly Power Plant: CHP'
Derek O'Connor, Bausch + Lomb



Waterford Business Awards 2016


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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Waterford Business Awards following the official launch of the 12 award categories at an event on Tuesday, 13th September at the Medieval Museum in Waterford City.


The Awards which are organised by Waterford Chamber and supported by Waterford City & County Council and WLR FM are designed to recognise the achievement of individual businesses and business leaders in Waterford and they will celebrate and honour the very best in business across a variety of twelve different categories.


Speaking at the launch, Waterford Chamber President, Laurent Borla said, “We are delighted that the number of categories has increased this year from 10 to 12 and we are grateful to our sponsors and partners for their ongoing support and commitment to the Waterford Business Awards. We have been hugely impressed by the energy and resilience of businesses in Waterford and wish to acknowledge the important role played by business in driving our local economy forward.”


The twelve categories comprise of Arts, Culture & Heritage sponsored by Cpl Resources; Best in Retail sponsored by Waterford Gift Voucher; Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality sponsored by Waterford Airport; Community & Social Enterprise sponsored by Faithlegg House Hotel and The Tower Hotel; Customer Service Excellence sponsored by KBC Bank; Emerging New Business sponsored by City Enterprise Centre; Food & Agri Business sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers; Manufacturing & Industry sponsored by WIT; Research, Innovation & Technology sponsored by Medite SmartPly; Services sponsored by RIKON; Best Small Business sponsored by AIB Bank; a Special Recognition Award sponsored by Dawn Meats and an Overall Business of the Year Award which is sponsored by Waterford City & County Council.


The independent judging panel includes former Chamber President, Frank O’Regan; Bill Halley; Liam Moran, Faithlegg House Hotel; Lena Murphy, Beat 102-103 / WLR; John Noonan, E. Flahavan & Sons; Lisa Grant, Waterford City & County Council; Louise Grubb, NutriScience, Q1 Scientific; Noel Kelly, Nypro; Tina Darrer, Dooley’s Hotel and TV Honan, Waterford Spraoi.


Waterford Chamber welcomes applications from all businesses located in Waterford City and County, both members and non-members.


The closing date for nominations and applications for the 2016/17 Waterford Business Awards is Monday, 21st November 2016. The Business Awards are free to enter and applications can be completed online, kindly supported by RIKON at Waterford Institute of Technology, here. Click here to download entry form as a Word document and click here for additional information about each category.

Learn at Lunch: Employment Services and PRSI Categories


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This Learn at Lunch event will focus on services and supports available to employers through the Department of Social Protection, as well as an in-depth look at PRSI categories.


Date: Wednesday, 28th September
Time: 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Venue: Viking Hotel, Cork Road, Waterford
Cost: Free of charge (light lunch included)


2 Law Society CPD Hours available. Attendance certs available on request.


BOOKINGS: Call Kelly Cummins at 051 311135 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Employment Services and Supports to Employers:

  • INTREO Services, Jobs Ireland, JobsPlus, Jobbridge/First Steps, Wage Subsidy Scheme, Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, EURES (European Employment Service)



  • Classes of PRSI – focusing on classes A, J. M and S (and how entitlement to State Contributory Pensions, and other DSP Benefits are affected)
  • Employer and Employee Responsibilities
  • Self-Employment (Sole Traders/Company Directors and their entitlement to Jobseekers Benefit/Allowances)
  • Spousal Employment (Class of PRSI appropriate to spouse working for his/her spouse as a sole trader/managed company/partnership)
  • Company Directors (What class of PRSI is applicable depending on shareholding)



  • Liam Murphy is a Case Officer in the Department of Social Protection where he engages in start-up enterprises and guides them through the process in establishing a successful business.  He also assists employers in accessing Department of Social Protection incentives such as Jobs Plus, work experience Internships, Recruitment services, EURES and disability services.
  • Pierce Twomey deals primarily with social insurance work on behalf of DSP. His role is to undertake inspections on employers on behalf of the Dept. to insure PRSI compliance so that individuals receive their entitlements to DSP benefits and deal with possible fraud. He interviews both company representative and individuals to determine what class of PRSI is appropriate. He investigates claims to Occupational Injury Benefit/Disablement Benefit when and if a discrepancy arises between employer and employees as to an accident having taken place in the workplace.
Learn at Lunch: The European Investment Plan and Economic Policies


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The Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre in association with Waterford Chamber of Commerce are delighted to present a learn at lunch time session:


The European Investment Plan and Economic Policies – What’s in it for the South East’s SMEs and entrepreneurs?


Date: Thursday, 6th October

Time: 12:45pm – 2.00pm

Venue: Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford

Cost: This is a FREE event with lunch included. Places are limited.



Are you an SME or an entrepreneur with an idea but need funding?

  • Would you like access to major investors throughout Europe?
  • Would you like to find out about this new investment friendly environment, supporting investors and entrepreneurs with good ideas?
  • Do you want to access support for Irish SMEs on how to benefit from the Investment Plan?


If the answer is yes, then don’t miss out on this Learn at Lunch time session on the European Investment Plan with keynote speakers:


We all know that there are plenty of great ideas that can create jobs and sustain growth in our regions but sourcing finance to get them off the ground can be a problem. 


That is why, the Investment Plan for Europe aims to generate at least €315 billion of funding for projects in key strategic areas to get more people back to work and to stimulate economic and social progress. The plan is already showing results, with approved projects in 26 EU countries, including Ireland, expected to trigger more than €115 billion of new investment, and many more Irish SMEs can benefit from the initiative.


For more information you can contact Sinead at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Budget Breakfast with PricewaterhouseCoopers


The Government's Budget for 2017 will be presented by the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan TD on 11th 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.


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Date: Wednesday, 12th October 

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

Venue: Dooley's Hotel

Cost: €20 per person


BOOKINGS: Call Jemma at 051 311136 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .





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