Learn at Lunch: The European Investment Plan and Economic Policies


Learn at Lunch European Investment Plan 1


Economists and the local business community to attract EU funding to the South East


Last Thursday two of Ireland’s eminent economists Patrick O’Riordian, European Commission Representation in Ireland and Loretta O’Sullivian, Chief Economist with the Bank of Ireland met local SMEs and entrepreneurs in the Europe Direct Centre at Central Library to discuss the EU Investment Fund which is available to local businesses.  Proceedings were introduced and chaired by Nick Donnelly, CEO Waterford Chamber.


The speakers outlined how 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.


Under the plan, major investors have better access to viable projects throughout Europe and it’s now easier for SMEs, local authorities, universities and individuals to source finance for innovative ventures.


The plan is already showing results, with around €50 billion of investment triggered during 2015, and dozens of Irish SMEs, start-up businesses and local authorities are set to benefit from the initiative.


The EU recognises that there are plenty of great ideas that can create employment and generate growth in the European Union, but sourcing finance to get them off the ground can be a problem. The Investment Plan creates new opportunities to bring together institutional investors, from both the EU and around the world, and project promoters with innovative ideas that need financial backing. Micro-loans and loans are available for entrepreneurs in Ireland looking for finance. EIF intermediaries in Ireland are Bank of Ireland,  llied Irish Banks (AIB) and Microfinance Ireland.


Ireland is already benefitting from the Investment Plan for Europe as a major project to build 14 primary health care centres around the country (including one in Waterford City) was one of the first to receive pre-financing. The EIB and the EIF agreed to fund up to €70 million of construction costs for the centres, which will create thousands of construction jobs as well as numerous training and apprenticeship opportunities.


The Waterford Europe Direct Centre based at Central Library, Lady Lane is a service which helps the public find answers to questions about the European Union. It offers information on all sorts of subjects related to the EU including your rights and opportunities as an EU citizen. It can provide direct responses to general inquiries and, if you have more detailed questions, signpost you to the best sources of information and advice at EU, national, regional and local levels. You can contact the centre by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.


Business After Hours at WLR


Waterford Chamber hosted a Business After Hours at WLR on Thursday, 8th October.


Photos by Aileen Drohan, Photozone.


Golf Classic 2016


GolfClassic2016 Winners



The annual Waterford Chamber Golf Classic took place at Faithlegg Golf Club on Friday, 15th July.


The classic four-person team event with a shotgun start began at 2pm and prizes were awarded for first, second and third place as well as for nearest the pin and the longest drive, all sponsored by the House of Waterford Crystal.


The prize winners include KBC Bank in first place, followed by Anderco in second place and Sun Life Financial in third place.


Commenting on the Golf Classic event at Faithlegg Golf Club, Laurent Borla, Chamber President said, “This has been another fantastic event for all of our members, existing and new to come along and enjoy a great day of sport and network. It is great to have the House of Waterford Crystal return as sponsors of the fantastic prizes again this year and we would like to thank them for their continued support. We also thank KBC Bank for supporting this event for the first time this year, as well as all our members who sponsored tee signs and helped out with the event in many different ways. We were also delighted this year to raise funds for Waterford Hospice as part of the event and our appreciation to all the golfers who contributed to this worthy cause.”


Sponsored by:


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Golf Classic Teams Sponsors

Event Cancellation Policy

Event Cancellation Policy

Waterford Chamber reserves the right to cancel an event due to low bookings or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If Waterford Chamber cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund where payment has already been made.



In the event that someone cancels attendance at a Chamber event the following conditions will apply:

  • Cancellations may be made in writing or via email, phone or fax
  • Cancellations made less than 72 hours before an event will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee
  • Cancellations received less than 48 hours before an event will not receive a refund.
  • Refunds will not be available for registrants who choose not to attend an event


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  • Send a fax to 051 876002
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