Business After Hours at GROW HQ




GROW HQ, home of the GIY (Grow It Yourself) movement, will host our next Business After Hours on Thursday, 6th July.


Join us for a wonderful evening of home grown and homemade food tasting, take a guided tour around the gardens and see how GIY has developed the site in such a short space of time. Hear the story of how GIY has grown from the brain-child of Michael Kelly into an international movement that is dedicated to supporting people grow some of their own food at home, school, work or in the community.


Be sure to bring your business cards as there are some fantastic prizes up for grabs!


Date: Thursday, 6th July

Time: 5.30pm–7.00pm

Venue: GROW HQ, Ardkeen (directions)

Cost: Free of charge

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



GROW HQ is the home of the GIY movement. It is a National Food Education Centre based in Farronshoneen, Ardkeen, Waterford City. It includes gardens, a cookery school, growing classes, meeting rooms and a café. Open to the public 7 days a week, from 9am to 5pm Sunday to Thursday and 9am to 8.30pm on Friday and Saturday.


For more information visit GROWHQ.ORG call 051 584422 or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Golf Classic 2017




This year's Golf Classic will take place at Waterford Golf Club on Friday, 28th July.


This will be a 4-Person team event with a shotgun start at 2pm (registration is at 1pm). Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, nearest the pin and longest drive, with thanks to House of Waterford Crystal.


Enter a team: €350 + VAT for team of 4

Sponsor a tee sign: €100


Bookings: To book a team or sponsor a tee sign please call Lynda at 051 311130 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

President's Lunch


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Networks collaborate for fun Summer Fiesta


Four of Waterford’s business support agencies joined forces for a networking event at the River Cottage, designed to inform and assist Start-ups and SMEs.


Organised by Waterford Local Enterprise Office, Waterford Chamber, Waterford Chamber Skillnet and Waterford Micro Business Network, Summer Fiesta, had all the ingredients for a fun night out – live music, sangria, delicious Spanish inspired cuisine, Legacy Irish Craft Cider and Argentine Tango Dancers.


Opening the event, Waterford Chamber President Paul Nolan said: “Networking and making new contacts is a key component to success in business. Events like this are the perfect platform to do that and it’s encouraging to see so many new businesses here starting on their own journey.”


Jacqui Gaule, Waterford Local Enterprise Office also said: “Having a collaborative event like this is fantastic as it showcases what supports are out there for new and small businesses. We are all here to help in various ways and encourage you all to make the most of what we can offer.”


During the evening, MC and Chairperson of Waterford Micro Business Network Joyce O’Carroll introduced a panel of business owners, including Tom Carroll, Tom’s Cases; Nuala Treacy Browne, Meraki Marketing; Michael Kelly, GIY and Margaret Fleming, DessertFirst, who offered words of wisdom on the Perils and Pearls of Business.


Waterford Walls were also present on the night with artist Estr creating a beautiful canvas, which was raffled off, bringing the night to a close.


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AGM 2017



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Paul Nolan, Group Development Manager at Dawn Meats, was elected President of Waterford Chamber at the 230th AGM in the Granville Hotel last night (Monday, 22nd May).


Mr Nolan has been involved with Waterford Chamber for a number of years and along with his work at Dawn Meats, he is a familiar voice on WLR FM for his rugby analysis.


Addressing Waterford Chamber members, Mr Nolan said: “Over my 32 years living in Waterford I have seen significant changes, which while not rapid have been steady and progressive with – just to name a few – the development of the RTC/WIT, the motorway link between ourselves and Dublin, the Viking Triangle, the amalgamation of the City and County Councils, the Greenway and of course the ongoing development of the Applemarket and City Square Shopping Centre.


“Indeed, we are now looking forward to developments with the NPF, North Wharf, Árd Rí, the Tower Hotel, the push for university designation for WIT, the expansion of existing businesses and the upcoming opening of new ones… all leading to a renewal of self-confidence for Waterford.


“All of this can only be good for business in the City but for these opportunities to be fully and positively exploited, I believe that we in Chamber must exercise and promote strong leadership both in and from Waterford in its key role as Capital of the South-East. I believe that we must lead regionally for the good of all the Region by sharing with our neighbours a win-win vision for all of us under the NPF as otherwise, why should or will they tog out with us?


“I am absolutely clear that all our actions in Waterford Chamber must come from, and be in line, with our members’ requirements and that we must continue to remain relevant and unique in the offering we strive to provide for all our members – as together the stronger our voice, the louder we can shout for their business interests.”


Outgoing President Laurent Borla said the future is bright for Waterford and there is still plenty to do. “The last 12 months have been positive overall for Waterford, the South East and Waterford Chamber. The path to economic prosperity is a never-ending process and I wish the best of luck to Paul Nolan. My year as President has been very rewarding and I am fortunate to have met great people along the way. I want to thank all the people in Chamber and around Waterford who are actively working to maintain Waterford as a great place to live and work.”


Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley reported that Chamber is performing better than it has in years, which was reiterated by Treasurer Ronan Brazil, who confirmed that membership was growing and Chamber is in a very solid position to develop going forward.


“One of the focal points of Waterford Chamber is to lobby on behalf of our members”, said Mr Hurley. “There’s a lot to do in terms of the region working together. My message is to take off the GAA jerseys and let’s behave like a region. Waterford will struggle to compete on its own, as will Kilkenny and Wexford. We can no longer afford to waste time competing with each other – the time for them and us has passed and the future is about the development of the region as a whole – that’s a regional Airport, a regional University, a regional Hospital with an interventional cardiology service and better connectivity among the regions.


“If we take off the county colours and start meaningfully working together to attract investment and jobs into the region, we will have a real chance. We must stand together and the bigger picture must always be in view.


“We might survive on our own but we will not thrive. So I say, enough of the parish pump politics, enough fighting for the scraps off Dublin’s table. Let’s stand together with one voice and offer a real alternative to Dublin.”

Business After Hours at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens


Japanese Gardens make for spectacular After Hours venue


Following days of glorious sunshine, the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens never looked so beautiful as they hosted the May Waterford Chamber Business After Hours, in conjunction with EveryEvent.


A large gathering from the Tramore and Waterford City business communities gathered together for a magical evening of networking, Sake and delicious sushi, compliments of Glorious Sushi, while also experiencing a corporate tour of Tramore’s newest tourist offering.


Opening the event, Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley said: “It’s wonderful to have a Business After Hours in such a gorgeous location here at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens.


There has been significant interest in our After Hours events in recent months and it is fantastic to see our members working together to showcase their businesses and tonight is a perfect example of that with EveryEvent adding their special magic to this event.”


Agnes Aylward, who spearheaded the development of the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, said she is delighted to now have a corporate offering. "We want to show people that we are more than a lovely garden - we are a venue - a space for corporate and creative events and other private functions. Working with Every Event last winter to create 'The Enchanted Garden' opened new doors for us."


John Grubb of EveryEvent said: “We love working with the team at the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens. It’s a very special place and to be allowed to add our creative touches to it is fantastic for us.”


The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens reflect the life and extensive wanderings of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo), who grew up in Ireland, and whose life journey embraced several parts of the world.


Follow Hearn's life journey, first through the Victorian Garden, then to the American and Greek gardens, until you eventually arrive in the Japanese gardens which feature many Japanese plants and Japanese architectural features. The gardens since opening have brought thousands of national and international visitors to Tramore Town Centre. A recent tour of Japanese visitors commented that the gardens were the number one most authentic Japanese Gardens they had seen.

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Photos by Garrett FitzGerald Photography.


Business Expo 2017


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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.”


Photos by Garrett FitzGerald Photography.


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