Waterford’s family-run coffee roaster, Coffee House Lane, will host our next Business After Hours on Thursday, 27th April.
The event will celebrate the official opening of the Bergin family’s coffee roasting facility in the IDA Northern Extension (beside the An Post Mail Centre).
The move from a 2,000 square feet premises in Kilcohan Industrial Complex to the new 6,000 square feet home at the IDA Northern Extension will facilitate increased production, create employment, expansion into new export markets and development of new coffee blends.
Guests will also have the chance to roast and pack beans to take home and will be entered into a business card draw for a Nespresso Coffee Machine with a supply of Coffee House Lane compatible coffee pods.
About Coffee House Lane
Although Coffee House Lane is a relatively new brand, Mark and his family have a long association with coffee. Mark’s father, Stephen, began working with coffee in the 1960s. Coffee Warehouse created its first range, Ponticelli in 2009 and in 2014 launched its award-winning signature ‘1690 Blend’ which pays tribute to the true home of coffee in Ireland, Coffee House Lane.
Date: Thursday, 27th April
Venue: Coffee House Lane, Northern Extension, IDA Industrial Estate
Cost: Free of charge
BOOKINGS: Contact Lynda at 051 311130 or
Commenting on the publication of the Draft Stability Programme Update, Laurent Borla, Waterford Chamber President said, "The improved GDP forecast and the positive employment growth predicted are further evidence that now is the time for Government to invest in capital infrastructure projects.
"This investment will support future economic growth and help insulate the economy from any potential economic shocks that result from the UK withdrawal from the EU, as referenced in the Draft Stability Programme Update.
"The strong performance of the Irish economy in recent years coupled with a growing population has led to increased pressure on existing infrastructure, particularly in city and urban areas. The strong forecasts for employment growth in 2018 along with the recently published summary results from Census 2016 show that Ireland had the fastest growing population in the European Union between 2011 and 2016 and indicate that the pressure on transport infrastructure and housing will continue to increase.
"This highlights the urgent need for Government to invest in infrastructure while the economy is performing strongly and to fund capital projects that will enable us to not only keep up with the current pace of growth but also drive future economic growth across Ireland."
Do you know where your business is headed post-Brexit? Keep it in the right direction, with the support of InterTradeIreland. We’re holding a FREE breakfast briefing event, where SMEs from Waterford and surrounding areas can access the most up-to-date information and advice to help prepare for new trading relationships.
The event will answer any questions you may have on business planning, currency hedging, innovation, diversification and building cross-border relationships. A new range of Brexit readiness support from InterTradeIreland will also be shared. By understanding the risks, and opportunities, you’ll be well equipped for the journey ahead.
8.00am Registration & Breakfast
8.30am Welcome & Presentation: Thomas Hunter McGowan, CEO, InterTradeIreland
8.50am Case Study: Paul Nolan, Group Development Manager, Dawn Meats
Chamber Expo bursting with positivity for a bright future
The positive air in Waterford was clearly evident at the fourth Waterford Chamber Business Expo, which took place at Audi Waterford on Thursday last.
Sponsored by BMCI Insurance and Investments, the event saw over 100 exhibitors network and support local business.
Speaking at the event, Waterford Chamber President Laurent Borla said: “The atmosphere here today is one of positivity and determination. We are coming off the back of some very significant announcements in recent weeks which will no doubt be game changers for Waterford.
“There is so much potential for Waterford right now, it’s hard not to be positive, from the proposed development of the North Quays, Waterford Greenway and the very significant ongoing and planned infrastructural investment in the city centre, all of which can only present opportunity for business growth. It’s up to each of us to capitalise on and embrace the positive change that is around us.”
He went on to introduce incoming CEO Gerald Hurley who took the time to meet with Chamber members before commencing his position on Monday, 10th April. Gerald is a familiar face to many members, having spent most of his career with McInerney Construction, which he joined in 1987, becoming an Executive Director of the company in 1997 and brings a wealth of experience to the role.
Laurent Borla concluded by thanking the exhibitors, sponsors and Chamber members for their continued support, as well as WLR’s Teresanne O’Reilly who was broadcasting live from the showroom throughout the event.
Speaking on air to Teresanne, Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr Adam Wyse said: “This event shows the opportunities in business in Waterford and how working together will yield results. Having everyone under one roof like this is amazing. SMEs are the backbone of the Irish economy and this just demonstrates their willingness to succeed.”
Brendan Walsh, General Manager at Audi Waterford said he was delighted to support local business by hosting such a positive event in the Audi showroom.
“This has been an amazing event for us to host. The numbers attending are incredible and it is great for Waterford to have an event like this to showcase all the wonderful businesses out there.”
Closing the event, sponsor Teresa Jane O’Mahoney of BMCI Insurance and Investments said: “This is our fourth year sponsoring the Waterford Chamber Business Expo and as it grows and grows each year we are delighted to show our support for Waterford Chamber. These are great times for Waterford and it is fantastic to see so many businesses working together. If we stick together, support local businesses and put the best foot forward there is nothing we can’t achieve. This evening is a perfect example of that.”
Waterford Chamber is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Gerald Hurley as Chief Executive Officer.
Gerald has a long and successful track record in business, both in Ireland and abroad, and is a past President of Rotary International – Waterford.
Speaking on his appointment, Waterford Chamber President Laurent Borla said: “We are delighted to welcome Gerald to the team and looking forward to further growing Waterford Chamber under his leadership. Gerald brings a wealth of experience to the role and has an undeniable passion for the progression of Waterford. There are hugely exciting times ahead for Waterford and Gerald will no doubt be a significant voice for business as we work together into the future.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Nick Donnelly for his commitment to Waterford Chamber over the past four years. His dedication and contribution to the business life in Waterford has been hugely important and his support of me, the Board and Chamber staff has been phenomenal.”
Gerald was Managing Director of Limerick firm John Clune Ltd between 1978 and 1984 and then managed the interests of the Dubai-based National Trading Development Establishment in London. However, he has spent most of his career with McInerney Construction, which he joined in 1987, becoming an Executive Director of the company in 1997. Gerald has also been involved at different times in developing business opportunities in the Middle East, the UK and Brazil.
Born in Limerick in, Gerald was educated at Clongowes Wood College and the University of Limerick. He is married to Bernadette and they have lived for many years at Faithlegg. They have three children, Bryan, Laura and Gerald.
Gerald will take up his position of CEO of Waterford Chamber on Monday, 10th April.