Cpl is delighted to announce that we have once again been honoured as a Great Place to Work. We ranked in the top 20 in the ‘Large Company’ category which includes companies such as SAP, Vodafone and Salesforce.
The Great Place to Work Ireland awards were held last night in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road. This is Cpl’s third year taking part in the Great Place to Work initiative, and the third win for the organisation.
Cpl’s CEO Anne Heraty commented on the accolade, remarking "Great Place to Work gives us a clear benchmark in which to address our employees’ suggestions and views about working at Cpl. I have always advocated that being part of this programme is a journey for us, it gives us direction in addressing the issues that are important to you."
"This award clearly reflects the commitment, drive, innovation and teamwork of everybody at Cpl and I congratulate and thank each and every one of you in helping us to achieve this award."
Great Place to Work published its first list of best workplaces in Ireland in 2003 and the initiative has been expanding ever since, now running in 45 countries around the world. On average, Great Place to Work collaborates with over 5,500 companies, speaking for over 10 million employees. The Great Place to Work believes that trust is the defining characteristic of a truly great workplace. Empowering your employees to make decisions and feel that they have direct impact on the wider missions and goals of the company is something that helps establish a strong and enduring workplace culture. It is the foundation of a truly great place to work.
The full list of winners for 2017 is available at www.greatplacetowork.ie.
New law to random test all those who drive in the course of their work
Driving for work includes any person who drives on the road as part of their work either in a company vehicle or in their own vehicle and receives an allowance from their employer for miles driven and will be subject to random roadside drug testing when a commencement order expected in March 2017 will give effect to the Road Traffic Act 2016.
This Act adds to number of previous road traffic laws. The Road Traffic Act 2011 introduced new drink driving limits and the Road Traffic Act 2014 allowed Gardaí to conduct roadside impairment for intoxicants.
Reporting and Driving for Work under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol – Employer’s Legal Obligations
The EAP Institute will conduct a number of seminars on this topics in the following locations:
- Portlaoise, Heritage Hotel, Thursday 9th March 2017
- Co. Clare, The Inn at Dromoland, Thursday 27th April 2017
- Dublin The Ashling Hotel, Thursday 21st September 2017
View details here
Were you aware that employees have a RIGHT to select a Safety Representative?
The LCE Safety Rep Training course aims to promote and maintain safety and health in the workplace. On this course..
- Learn how to identify training needs in the workplace
- Understand the relevant legislation for your employer
- Develop an effective safety culture within your organisation
LCE will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to effectively carry out the role as Safety Representative. Start thinking safely now, not later...when it may be too late!
Dates: March 7th - 9th
Cost: *€595 (including light lunch, refreshments and documentation)
Book your training with LCE today while spaces are still available. Ring Róisín to reserve your place and get your *10% discount on this course on 051 364344 or email
Your business partner for safety engineering, training and ergonomics.
Leyden Consulting Engineers is a specialist safety engineering consultancy providing the full range of safety consultancy services to clients in all industrial and commercial sectors throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe.
Being able to provide both technical and practical safety consultancy is what sets LCE apart – we work in partnership with clients to provide solutions and systems that suit each organisation, from the self-employed to the multinational.
LCE is now doing First Aid Courses – Occupational First Aid, First Aid Refresher, Cardiac First Responder & 1 day Basic First Aid Training, while also specialising in Noise Monitoring, OH Monitoring, Floor Slip Testing, ATEX Assessments and Safety Auditing.
Some of the LCE Training courses include VDU Assessors Training, IOSH Managing & Working Safely and Essential Employee H&S Training.
The phenomenal success of LCE can be attributed to the LCE approach to clients - the LCE mission statement is "to exceed customer expectations and redefine the perception of consultancy services", and the commitment to this is demonstrated by the level of positive client feedback, client referrals and most importantly, by clients continually returning to LCE for additional consultancy and training.
For professional, friendly and efficient service, contact LCE today on 051 364344 or visit www.lce.ie.
Getting your business ready for the possibility of a ‘hard’ Brexit – preparing for the challenges and possible opportunities ahead
Speakers will discuss some of the practical steps you can take for your business as the UK Government prepares to trigger Article 50.
We know that you may have been overwhelmed by the variety of information in the general media about how Brexit will affect your business and how uncertain the future is at the moment, in particular now that it seems the UK is heading towards a ‘hard’ Brexit. However, we hope that our speakers can help to guide and inform you, and we would also like to talk about the potential opportunities in the midst of these challenges.
- Michael O’Dwyer, Head of AIB, Kilkenny & Waterford
- John Fahey, AIB Senior Economist
- Jane Kavanagh, Relationship Manager, Customer Treasury Services, AIB
- Michael Hoyne, Merlyn Industries Ltd
Date: Thursday, 2nd March
Location: Granville Hotel, Waterford
To Register: email Lynda at lynda.lawton@waterfordchamber by 4pm on 27th February.
Date: Tuesday, 7th March
Venue: Viking Hotel Waterford
Cost: €35 (10% discount available to Chamber members; please email
for the discount code)
Bookings: click here
What is Design Thinking?
“Design thinking can be described as a discipline that uses the designer’s sensibility and methods to match people’s needs with what is technologically feasible and what a viable business strategy can convert into customer value and market opportunity.”
- Tim Brown CEO, IDEO
Design Thinking is a human centered process that follows a series of steps to understand and create new and often innovative ways to solve problems.
The design thinking process involves empathy, observation and communication to discover current and future customer unmet needs within the framework and limitations of a particular set of circumstances. Design Thinking defines the opportunity and scope for innovation through ideation, generating creative ideas, testing and refining solutions.
What to Expect from this Workshop
We will introduce the design thinking process and the application in business. We will equip you with sample tools for application in your organisation.
This is an engaging, creative and interactive learning experience where participants will go through the steps involved in the Design Thinking Process. Learning by doing is the focus. Participants can expect to take part in hands-on sample design thinking challenges to experience the practical application for Design Thinking. (No role play!)
Who is the workshop for?
It is aimed at business owners/managers who are curious about exploring a methodology for design led innovation and a framework to help identify new opportunities for growth and innovation.
What is required?
All that is required is an open mindset to explore a creative way of thinking to solve problems!
In the first half of their 75th season, Waterford Music presented four wonderfully varied recitals. The unusual combination of David Power’s uilleann pipes with Baroque strings filled the Large Room to open proceedings. Rising star pianist, Nathalia Millstein thrilled us on a night of thunder and lightning on the Mall. The Vanbrugh visited us for a bittersweet final visit and Chamber Choir Ireland raised their voices in an all Bach programme.
As we say farewell and thanks to all these superb artists, we look forward to four more recitals in the Spring. Baritone Gavan Ring takes a break from his busy operatic career to visit us in the first week of March. Included in his programme will be a new song setting by Marian Ingoldsby.
French piano and cello duo Emanuelle Bertrand and Pascal Amoyel stop off on their Irish tour. For our 600th concert in April, we welcome back the Irish Chamber Orchestra to the Large Room in a joint venture with the Symphony Club of Waterford. We close our season with string sextets with a high-powered ensemble assembled by violinist Elizabeth Cooney.
Waterford Music has received acknowledgement for Arts Council grant approval for €7,000 under the Festivals and Events Strand for 2017. Chairman Elizbeth Twohig said, “We are delighted to have our efforts recognized by the Arts Council and this support will underpin our ambitious plans for our anniversary year.”
Waterford Music ticket prices remain great value at €15, students €5 and a special family half season ticket is €75 for all four recitals.
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