Smovey 'Wellness in the Workplace' programme


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We would like to introduce our "wellness in the workplace" program and give an exclusive offer to all Waterford Chamber members.


smoveys are an exercise, health and wellness tool that is vibration therapy. It's not only a physical workout but as the vibrations travel through the entire body and brain it has a positive effect both mentally and physically. It will encourage better health & wellbeing through exercise and also ease aches & pains through massage.


As we know there are numerous benefits in having a dedicated wellness in the workplace program installed and I'd love to introduce you to ours.


The main point is how beneficial and productive it will be for your employees but also It's so cost effective at only €797 which includes 11 smoveys (your trainer and 10 employees) plus full training. We train two of your employees that you feel would be most suitable to undertake giving the smovey classes every day for 10 minutes per class.


So over one hour, you could have minimum 40 staff smoveyed for 10 minutes each resulting in massive health benefits for both the employee and employer!


For any Chamber member that books our wellness in the workplace package before 14th July will receive an extra set of smoveys completely FREE.


Please contact Irene Treacy at 085 8525766 for further details. She would be delighted to come to your workplace and give you a personal demonstration.

Increased service from Waterford City to Tramore and new return fares


Tramore Bus


From Sunday 1st July 2017, following approval from the National Transport Authority, Bus Éireann will increase frequency on Route 360 for the Summer (July & August) to/from Waterford City to Tramore – A new return fare will also be available from this date for Adult and Children.


New Return Fares:

Adult Return: €6.00

Child Return: €3.00


EXTRA buses will operate for July & August only, there will be a bus every 15 mins to/from Waterford City to Tramore from 12:15 to 19:45 daily.


Full timetable available on or from Bus Éireann, Travel Centre, The Quays, Waterford.


Telephone: 1850 8366111

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Business of the Week: Kustom Workwear




Kustom Workwear is a part of the William Kinsella Ltd group, which strives to provide high quality work wear and PPE solutions for companies engaged across a wide range of industries. At William Kinsella Ltd, a manufacturer and wholesaler of apparel since 1979, they engage with their customers on an ongoing basis so as to ensure that the products received are matched to their customers specific needs.


Their aim is to provide a personalised product and service to all of their customers, underpinned by Kustom Workwear’s promise of superior quality and value.

Japanese Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Mari Miyoshi oversees 13th century archery display at Tramore’s Japanese Gardens


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Her Excellency Ambassador Mari Miyoshi visited the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, Tramore, Friday, 23rd June for their second birthday celebration. These gardens first opened to the public at the end of June 2015. 


The ambassador, who was brought on a garden walk about by Agnes Aylward of Tramore Development Trust, expressed her appreciation and delight at the extent of growth and development in the gardens since her visit the previous year.  She said that as she walked around she had had ‘a real feeling of being back in Japan’.


The ambassador was shown plans for the next phase in the garden development, which has just commenced.  This new development is the replication of elements of the gardens at Lafcadio Hearn’s former residence at Matsue, Japan.  Heart described these gardens in his famous 1890 essay entitled “In a Japanese Garden”. The gardens still exist today, as described by Hearn, and they are a focal point of both Japanese and international visitor interest in Matsue.


The ambassador met with Japanese gardener Mr. Kazuki Kusumi  from Kyoto who is presently in Tramore to plan and commence the garden construction. Ambassador Miyoshi commented on the excellent condition of the gardens and the great work being done on a daily basis by the garden staff. She was also delighted to know that so many visitors were now visiting the gardens from all over the world and through the many events being held there were also being introduced to Japanese Culture.


Agnes Aylward commented on the growing visitor numbers and the very high levels of visitor satisfaction.  She praised the work of all the garden team and said it was a matter of great pride to all involved.  The gardens had “a kind of magic’ and this would only grow stronger as the years passed.


The main event of the day was a spectacular display of  Japanese martial arts by Dragon’s Lair Marital Arts, which included Jiu Jitsu (hand to hand fighting and defence) and Ken Jutsu (Art of the Sword – utilizing the katana sword and other blades. The event which was attended by almost 400 people ended with a spectacular display of 13th Century Japanese Archery (Kyu Jutsu).

Tower Hotel summer meeting room offer


Tower Hotel Waterford Summer Meeting Offer


The Tower Hotel are pleased to offer Chamber Members a discount for any meeting rooms booked over the Summer months. The Tower Hotel has a range of meeting rooms catering from 2 – 450 people so there are options to suit all types of meetings and events. 


With free car parking and tasty catering options to choose from please call our dedicated events team please call Deirdre or Aine to book your event today. Tel 051 862300 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

New First Aid Response Training


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The Health & Safety Authority (HSA) now recognises the PHECC First Aid Response (FAR) training course as meeting the needs of occupational first aid. The FAR Standard was developed by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) an independent statutory body who set the standards for education and training for pre-hospital emergency care in Ireland.


On completion of this 2-and-a-half-day course, the First Aid Responder will be equipped with the necessary practical skills, knowledge and confidence to give effective life support, diagnose and treat injuries or illness, and maintain care and comfort of a patient who has become suddenly ill or injured in the workplace or elsewhere until the arrival of emergency medical services. Also included is training in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and the administration of aspirin for cases of a suspected heart attack.


The First Aid Response Training covers all of the occupational first-aid requirements for places of work as outlined by the Health and Safety Authority. Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, there is a requirement on employers, based on a risk assessment, to have a sufficient number of adequately trained first-aiders in the workplace. The specific requirements for first aid provision at work depends on several factors including the size of the workplace, the numbers employed, the hazards arising, dispersal of employees and access to medical services.


LCE are currently running the QQI course but can offer the new PHECC course to clients also.


3 Day QQI Occupational First Aid Training

Dates: 4th, 11th, 18th July

Cost: €240


1 Day First Aid Refresher Training

Date: 25th July

Cost: €110


Why choose LCE Training Academy for your Health and Safety Training?


  • As a Waterford Chamber member we can offer you a 5% discount*
  • The practical assessments are specifically tailored to suit the job tasks relevant to the organisation
  • LCE is an ETB approved Training Centre so you know you are in a one of the best venues in the South East.
  • All our trainers are qualified, competent and have a vast amount of experience in their particular area of expertise.
  • LCE training courses provide attendees with the knowledge and capabilities to become more compliant within your organisation, promote efficiency and reach the highest standards in health and safety.
  • It is conveniently located in the Cleaboy Business Park which is easily accessible from all routes and is only 90 minutes
  • LCE Training courses are delivered in a professional, yet informal environment whilst adhering to the recommendations of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).


If your particular area of concern is not listed above, *please contact us on 051 364344, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or check out our website




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Nolke Opticians’ long term vision for business growth


Nolke Opticians Orla Reade


Nolke Opticians is delighted to welcome Optometrist Orla Reade to its team. Orla, originally from Carlow has practiced as an optometrist in Carlow and Kilkenny since 2006.


Owner, Kjell Nolke, opened the practice in Ardkeen on the Dunmore Road in Waterford City in 2004. Having experienced the highs and lows of the last 13 years, the practice has grown substantially and Orla’s arrival will allow it to develop and grow further.


Kjell commented on her appointment, “Orla will make a big difference to the practice. Apart from her enthusiasm, expertise and energy, she gives me more time to plan and manage the future for the practice. We have big plans for Nolke Opticians and now I have the opportunity and freedom to develop these”.


With experience in Specsavers opticians Orla will bring valuable knowledge to the work flow and processes in practice. Nolke Opticians eye-care practice is very much centred on the patient journey, giving time to the appointment as well as the use of the latest in technology. 


According to Orla, “I am really enjoying the ability to give our customers so much more time and care. The philosophy within Nolke Opticians is patient-centric, so it gives me the opportunity to really get to know our customers and this obviously improves the overall service”.


With an OCT (Ocular Coherance Tomographer) Nolke Opticians can view patients retinal structure, similar to an ultrasound scan. Combined with Hospital standard visual field screeners, painless glaucoma screening, custom contact lens fitting and a new low vision service for visually impaired patients, the practice is making huge strides forward.


Nolke Opticians believes in offering the very best eye care and recommends that everyone should have an initial complete OCT assessment, which will form a baseline figure and will be used as a reference from which future readings will be compared. This will allow them the greatest opportunity to confirm your eye’s health by detecting any evidence of change at the earliest stage.


For further information about Nolke Opticians call them on 051 855638 or view

Flights from Waterford Airport to three UK cities to resume on July 24th


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Waterford Airport today announces the resumption of scheduled services to three cities in the UK beginning on Monday, July 24 with an inaugural service to London Luton at 7.15am.


The services to London Luton, Manchester and Birmingham will be operated by a new airline, Aer Southeast, an Irish aviation start-up with registered offices at Waterford Airport, who have very considerable experience in regional aviation and the backing of Irish and Scandinavian investors. The service will use a Saab 340 aircraft that will be based at Waterford Airport.


Bookings can be made for London Luton via the Waterford Airport website, as well as the direct link, from 9am tomorrow (Tuesday, June 20). Bookings for Manchester and Birmingham on the Aer Southeast website will be available in the coming days and this will be communicated through the Airport’s website and social media accounts.


Aer Southeast will operate:


Six flights a week to London Luton with operating days and departure times from Waterford as follows:


Monday Depart at 07h15 Arrive at 08h45
Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday Depart at 09h30 Arrive at 11h00
Friday and Sunday Depart at 17h00 Arrive at 18h30


Three flights a week to Manchester, with operating days and departing times from Waterford as follows:


Wednesday Depart at 14h00 Arrive at 15h15
Friday and Sunday Depart at 13h00 Arrive at 14h15


Three flights a week to Birmingham, with operating days and departing times from Waterford Airport as follows:


Monday Depart at 13h00 Arrive at 14h15
Tuesday and Thursday Depart at 14h00 Arrive at 15h15


These scheduled services will provide people with a wide range of travel options through the whole week, and offer numerous possibilities for onward air travel from any of these UK airports.


A full list of both outgoing and returning flight times is available on the Airport’s website. Ticket prices to all destinations will start from €79 one-way.


Welcoming the announcement, Desmond O'Flynn, CEO, Waterford Airport, said:  “I am delighted that Aer Southeast will resume three scheduled air services to the UK, all of which have proved their worth and their vital importance to the South East over many years.”


He continued: “I am also very pleased to welcome this Scandinavian consortium to Waterford. We have had detailed discussions with a number of parties since the loss of scheduled services in June last year, but we were very impressed with the aviation experience of the consortium and their commitment to this project. We look forward to working closely with SkyTruckers [the company behind Aer Southeast], as once again regular and sustainable air links to key cities in the UK are operated over the coming months and years.”

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