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
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.”
Mayor of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr Adam Wyse, cut the ribbon on the new self-service lobby at AIB Bank, The Quay, at a Corporate evening co-hosted with Waterford Chamber.
The new self-service lobby is now open 364 days of the year from 8am to 9pm and is a significant move marking another important milestone in the bank's customer-led strategy.
Speaking at the event Waterford Chamber President Laurent Borla said: “The investment by AIB Bank shows their commitment to Waterford and I’m led to believe the branch here on the Quay is only one of a select few who have been approved for such a modern and dynamic transformation.”
Over the past number of years, AIB Bank has transformed its business to be more focussed on customer needs, with flexible banking hours, the latest in in-branch technologies and significant improvements in mobile and online banking.
AIB Bank Branch Manager Marian Keane thanked the invited guests for their attendance and continued custom. She said, as a team, they are extremely pleased with the refurbishment and look forward to bringing the banking experience to a whole new level for the customer. “We are proud and delighted that our Branch was one of the flagship branches to be chosen for this level of upgrade and we are one of 20 branches in the Country to have a Lobby with extended opening hours. This is thanks to the support of the people of Waterford and its environs who have supported AIB over many years.”
Waterford Chamber and Waterford Chamber Skillnet kicked off their 2017 Learn at Lunch series by teaming up with PwC at Dooley’s Hotel. Senior Manager Brian Hogan is PwC South East's VAT specialist and gave a talk on VAT in a growing economy, while Lisa Cliffe, a Manager in PwC's Entity Governance and Compliance Department, gave a comprehensive update on Company Law.
New theatre season launched at Waterford Chamber Business After Hours
There’s a dramatic season ahead at the Theatre Royal, as guests of the Waterford Chamber Business After Hours event were informed of the new season schedule in the historic theatre on Thursday night.
Welcoming in excess of one hundred business people and theatre enthusiasts, Waterford Chamber Deputy President Paul Nolan said: “Pearls like the Theatre Royal in the Viking Triangle are an integral part of Waterford. Their ongoing creative offering brings our world renowned arts and culture heritage to life.”
Mr Nolan went on to say that “proactivity creates vibrancy”, reminding the audience that Waterford Chamber was their organisation, the voice of business for Waterford and its strength lay in the vibrancy of its membership.
Guests were treated to delicious food, music by the Butterfly Band and a fascinating historical tour of one of Waterford’s oldest buildings. Meanwhile Artistic Director Ben Barnes launched the new season, showcasing some of the exciting events on the 2017 schedule, of which highlights include the much anticipated return of My Real Life and the tour of Lyric Theatre’s Educating Rita and Opera Theatre Company’s Acis & Galatea.
Commenting on the event, Theatre Royal Commercial Director Nora Widger said: “A rich and vibrant arts culture is at the heart of the development of our City and Region. Partnering with Waterford Chamber for their first Business After Hours in 2017 allows us the opportunity to bring the diverse offering which Theatre Royal provides to the Chamber members and a wider audience.”