Business of the Week: Marla Communications


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While branding and marketing strategies remain a key part of the range of services provided by local business Márla Communications, the agency continues to increase their resources and expertise in the area of digital marketing.


Digital marketing has arguably become the most important marketing communication mechanism, with the average person now spending more time online than on all other media combined.


According to Sheila Gallogly, Managing Director of Márla Communications “If a business is not devoting resources to digital marketing, they are at an immediate and serious disadvantage; customer engagement is happening online – all day, every day. However, having a presence on line is not enough; it is essential that businesses have a targeted and measurable approach, based entirely on their customer profile, their wants/needs and expectations”.


Márla Communications have just launched a ‘Digital or Bust’ campaign, highlighting the need for businesses to challenge their own thinking in terms of their on-line strategies, across all digital variables including web communication, search engine optimisation & ad campaigns, social media management and on-line video. As part of this campaign, Márla Communications are offering Chamber Members a FREE website health check throughout the month of June. To avail of this offer, or any of the other digital marketing services offered by Márla Communications please contact Ann Marie Coonan, Marketing Director at Márla Communications.


Since the business was first established in 2006, Márla Communications has built a national client base of over 300 clients, spanning all market sectors including food marketing, tourism, professional services, government bodies and charities. The team work with some of Ireland’s most prestigious brands, including ABP Meats, Portobello Institute, Kerrigan’s Food for Fitness and The Irish Exporters Association; as a local agency, they also work with a wide range of Waterford based companies including Sienna Home Furnishings, Glorious Sushi, Aoife Hearne and Coffee House Lane. They also work closely with Waterford Council and Waterford Local Enterprise Office.


The team at Márla Communications would be delighted to hear from any of their fellow Chamber members to discuss both their online / offline marketing requirements.

Jump start the Bank Holiday at Tramore Racecourse


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Racing returns to the seaside venue for its traditional two day June bank holiday fixture.


Development work has continued in the enclosures since the last race meeting in April, with the electrification of the bookmaker ring along with the launch of the new Boylesports On Course Bookmaker shop.


A new online booking system in partnership with Future Ticketing is also now available and this new system allows the racecourse sell tickets directly through and to celebrate they are offering €5 discount for all online sales for Sat June 3rd.


The Waterford Senior Hurling team are visiting Tramore Races on Friday June 2nd as part of their Club Deise fundraiser in the build up to their Championship campaign. Speaking at the launch of the evening which was held at Pat Flynn's yard in Rathgormack Derek McGrath, Senior Hurling manager said "The fusion between the team involved in Tramore Racecourse with the committee of Club Deise, will ensure not alone a great evening's racing and entertainment, but will act as a vehicle and a catalyst to give us our best possible chance to prepare with diligence and professionalism."


Other sporting sponsors on the evening include Tramore Golf Club, Al Eile Stud and Waterford Technologies. Indigo Mood will entertain the racegoers from 4.30pm each evening and first of seven national hunt races is off at 5.40pm


Racing continues on Saturday June 3rd, another evening meeting called Craic at the Track, and McCarthy's Fuels and Builders Providers are sponsoring the feature race. Waterford Rose Chloe McGrath will be special guest on the evening and the craic will continue long into the evening with The Jam Tarts playing after the last race.

Theatre Royal invites Chamber members to the launch of its Summer Season


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Upcoming Health and Safety Training Courses at LCE Training Academy


LCE logo20th - 22nd June: Safety Rep Training (3 Days)


20th June: Design Risk Assessment


21st June: PSDP Training


22nd June: 1 Day Essential Employee H&S Training


4th,11th,18th July: Occupational First Aid Training (Certified 3 Day Course)


25th July: First Aid Refresher Training

Irene Treacy wins Network Ireland Waterford Branch Award


Irene Treacy awardCongratulations to Chamber member Irene Treacy who won Network Ireland Waterford Branch Business Woman Of the Year 2017 in the Emerging New Business Category.


Since Irene has returned from Lanzarote only in July last year she has started 6 different smovey classes throughout Ireland with more starting soon. Irene discovered these amazing health and wellness tools while she was living in Lanzarote in 2015. It was only when she saw what immediate relief it gave her friend who suffers with Parkinson's that she had the vision to set up smovey classes in Lanzarote which she did for 7 months.


Irene did her smovey coach training in Austria and came home in July 2016 for 3 months to introduce smovey to some people here. The smoveys have been so successful, Irene decided to stay in Ireland and set up her business "smovey health" and now has 15 smovey coaches working with her. They are a mixture of Physio, physical and holostic therapists, yoga and fitness instructors, kinesiologist, nurse and people with Parkinson's. These wellness tools help a range of conditions from increasing mobility, flexibility, balance, circulation, reducing stress and anxiety, helping with the digestive system and much more.


We wish Irene all the very best in her business and excited to follow her progress.


If you're interested in learning more or would like to talk about the possibility of working with smovey, please see or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dawn Meats and Dunbia Agree Strategic Partnership


Dawn Meats has agreed a strategic partnership with Dunbia to establish a majority owned joint venture [‘JV’] in the United Kingdom comprising the UK operations of both organisations. Dawn will separately acquire Dunbia’s operations in the Republic of Ireland. The deal is subject to approval by the relevant competition authorities.


In Ireland, Dawn Meats will have 9 facilities (including 5 abattoirs), following the addition of two complementary Dunbia facilities - one abattoir in Slane, and one boning hall in Kilbeggan.


The combined UK businesses will trade as Dunbia and will deliver enhanced scale and market presence to better serve existing farmer suppliers and customers of both organisations across the retail, manufacturing, wholesale and food service sectors. The businesses are highly complementary, and will offer customers regionally sourced solutions for both beef and lamb from 15 facilities across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


Dunbia’s CEO Jim Dobson, OBE will be CEO of the new Dunbia JV, and Dawn Meats’ CEO Niall Browne, will be Executive Chairman. The JV will be run from Dunbia’s existing headquarters in Dungannon, Northern Ireland.


Commenting, Niall Browne, CEO of Dawn Meats said: “We are both family businesses with a deep connection to farming and a culture and business ethos that is centered on quality and sustainability. Given the uncertainty posed by Brexit, this partnership should further underpin the competiveness of both operations to the benefit of all stakeholders in the UK, Ireland and across Europe.”


“We are very excited about the future of both companies and the opportunities that this transaction will bring for our staff, customers and suppliers. In our key operating markets we will be involved in 3 leading national businesses with Dawn Meats in Ireland, Dunbia in the UK and Elivia in France, with our cooperative partners Terrena.”


Jim Dobson, CEO of Dunbia said: “This is the right strategic partnership for Dunbia’s staff and customers and sees us joining with a company with a shared heritage of excellence in the production of premium beef and lamb products. The new UK joint venture confirms our future as a leading supplier in the UK market. In a consolidating industry this deal makes strategic sense for both companies, our customers and our farmer suppliers.”

Unique Device Identification (UDI) Update Webinar for Medical Devices


codico logoHear about the latest update on the EU Medical Device Regulation and share your thoughts and questions with your peers and industry experts.


New EU Regulations for medical devices and in vitro diagnostics which will provide enhanced protection for patients and users has now been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.


The new regulations, which have been in development since 2012, will come into effect at the end of May. With these new regulations in mind, Codico invites you to our webinar featuring a panel of subject matter experts.


During this free exclusive webinar, various subjects and themes will be discussed. In particular, the EU Legislative requirements and what this means for your manufacturing processes and overall business. It will feature a specific case study – “UDI on pens”. Furthermore, we will investigate and debate the data management and reporting aspects of unique device identification.


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During this free webinar you will learn:


  1. EU Legislative requirements
  2. Case Study: UDI on pens
  3. Data management and reporting


Date: Thursday, June 01 at 2.00pm



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Business of the Week: HCS Business Solutions




HCS Business Solutions (HCS), established in 1994, with offices in Dublin and Waterford. HCS provide Outsourced IT Support, IT System Upgrades, Software Development, Managed Telecoms and Microsoft Cloud across Ireland.


HCS Business Solutions are Microsoft Gold Partners and specialise in delivering Microsoft Cloud Services such as Office 365, SharePoint, Azure and Microsoft’s Unified Communications solution Skype for Business. In 2014 HCS’s expertise was officially recognised amongst an elite group of Microsoft Global Partner of the Year Company’s.


What they do


HCS provides Outsourced IT Services, IT Systems Upgrades, Software Development, Managed Telecoms and Microsoft Cloud Services to the SMB sector across Ireland. Specialising in delivering outsourced IT support services to the following sectors - Hotels, Accountants, Solicitors, Manufacturing, Agri, Retail, Professional Services, Garages, Food and Pharma.


Contact us today and let us show you how to work smarter with IT.

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