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.”
Waterford Chamber and Bank of Ireland hosted an 'Inspiring Women in Business Lunch' at the Athenaeum House Hotel on Friday, 2nd December with guest speaker, Ruth Beadle, General Manager at Sanofi Waterford.
Over 250 members of the Waterford business community gathered at the Tower Hotel on Friday evening last for a very successful, Waterford Chamber Annual Dinner accompanied by a wonderful contribution from the guest speaker founder of Pieta House Joan Freeman who told the audience that the people of Waterford are an example of a community of coming together.
Opening the evening, Mayor of the City and County of Waterford, Cllr Adam Wyse said: “It’s important that we use these opportunities to network and to further improve relationships which allow us as Waterford Council, Waterford Chamber, local traders and as people to work as a collective for one goal. That goal is for the people living and working in this city to be happy and to enjoy what they have around them. That can only be achieved as a collective, I strongly believe that.
Very soon we will have one of our biggest and most entertaining events kicking off. Winterval will begin and we are confident that it will be another major success. I simply could not imagine Waterford without Winterval anymore. We have truly become Irelands Christmas location. This festive period is extremely important for all of our local traders and it’s their continued support and sponsorship which has made the festival so successful in the past and will ensure its success into the future. I would encourage everyone here to support Winterval as much as possible.
We are not just a retail centre. We are not just a festival city. We are not just a coastline and we are not just the Viking Triangle. We are Ireland’s Oldest City, we are a city of innovators, artists, statesman, and legislators and most importantly, we are a city of hard workers. So let’s continue on this path and ensure everyone sees that Waterford is vibrant, safe and also a whole lot of fun.” Mayor of Waterford concluded.
Speaking at the event and welcoming the guest speaker on the evening was President of Waterford Chamber, Mr Laurent Borla said: "This annual dinner is a great occasion for the business community to recognise and acknowledge what is good about Waterford. We face many challenges but we are also creating many opportunities. The story of Pieta House shows us that motivated and resilient people like Senator Joan Freeman can transform our community. As business leaders, we have a responsibility to demonstrate vision, courage and drive to shape a better future for all."
Speaking on the evening Joan Freeman said “From the beginning I felt part of a mighty community – a community who loved their neighbours and who in essence loved humanity. The people of Waterford are a perfect example of a community coming together to bring a life-saving service for the most vulnerable men, women and children in their city.”
The Annual Dinner was sponsored by Liberty Blue Estate Agents and the drinks reception was sponsored by McDonald Dwyer Reddy & Byrne Insurances.
Venue: Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, Barrack Street, Waterford
Cost: This is a free event with lunch included. Places are limited.
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Waterford Chamber Industrial Technologies conference highlights planning for Tech Change
Waterford Chamber hosted its fourth annual Industrial Technologies conference today (Thursday, October 13) at the Tower Hotel in Waterford City.
The conference hosted in partnership with Waterford Institute of Technology and sponsored by Vodafone Ireland saw a number of experts in the technology and industrial sectors take to the stage to discuss technologies such as Internet of Things, metal 3D printing, collaborative robotics and energy generation.
The panel of experts included Damain Finn General Manager of Waterford’s largest private sector employer, Bausch + Lomb, Jonathan Downey who is responsible for management and implementation of projects, which are of strategic importance to the Schivo Group, Mike Wilson, ABB who has over 30 years of experience in the application of automation to manufacturing, Rodger Greene lecturer in Energy Management within the Department of the Built Environment at WIT, Derek O’Connor Facilities Engineering and Structural Manager for Bausch + Lomb Ireland and Carol Stafford of Vodafone Ireland who addressed Leveraging Internet of Things in the Healthcare Industry.
The keynote address at the conference was delivered by General Manager of Waterford’s largest private sector employer, Bausch + Lomb Damain Finn. Speaking at the event Damain said, “According to a recent survey, 86% of executives anticipated that the pace of technology change will increase rapidly or at an unprecedented rate in industry over the next three years. Many companies will find themselves overwhelmed with the magnitude of the tasks ahead. It may be an old saying, but, in the words of Benjamin Franklin ‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’. The Bausch + Lomb, Waterford site recognized this challenge and worked with employees to develop a 5-year strategic plan “Vision 20/20” to embrace technology improvements, improve automation and increase capacity at the site. Today, 2 years into that journey, the site continues to execute to this strategic plan and to seek out new automation concepts at key manufacturing steps.”
Speaking at the Conference, Leo O’Leary, Head of Large Sales at Vodafone Ireland, said: “Vodafone Ireland is delighted to sponsor the Waterford Chamber Industrial Technologies Conference. Our Connected Futures Report, which is the first series of research reports commissioned by Vodafone, explores the impact and potential of digital connectivity in realising a vision for Ireland as a ‘Gigabit Society’. Vodafone’s vision is that every consumer, company and community in Ireland will be an equal member of the gigabit society and is able access to high quality services at high speeds. World class connectivity plays a crucial role not only when exploring the latest technology developments in the industry, but in society so people can connect to what matters most to them.”
Speaking on the importance of hosting such an event and sharing best practice models President of Waterford Chamber Laurent Borla said, “The IndTech conference is a significant event on the Waterford Chamber calendar. It provides an opportunity for technology and engineering professionals to discuss about new developments and share experiences. It also provides a platform for local vendors, Waterford Institute of Technology and our sponsor Vodafone to demonstrate the services and goods on offer to the many manufacturing companies in the region. Topics such as Internet of Things, collaborative robotics, 3D printing and energy sustainability are critical to the competitiveness of Irish industry. We are grateful for the support of all our partners in organising this event."
Click on the links below to download speaker presentations.