Brexit Breakfast Briefing with AIB


AIB Brexit Briefing


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

Time: 7.30-9.30am


To Register: email Lynda at lynda.lawton@waterfordchamber by 4pm on 27th February.

Design Thinking Workshop


Design Thinking Workshop


Date: Tuesday, 7th March

Time: 9:15am–12:30pm

Venue: Viking Hotel Waterford

Cost: €35 (10% discount available to Chamber members; please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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!

Waterford Music


Waterford Music Gavan Ring 1


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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Cathy Desmond

086 1041626

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Musgrave Marketplace Business Essentials Deals

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Business of the Week: Dream Boat


Dream BoatIn the early nineties, two young brothers ran through the fields and woods of county Waterford with a borrowed video camera coming up with silly characters to entertain their family and friends. They strapped Halloween bangers to their toys and blew them up, playing the video back in slow motion for an epic Hollywood explosion effect.


The intervening decades have seen them accumulate a wealth of experience and skills in a wide variety of areas but, crucially, keep their vivid and unique imagination. It’s this enthusiasm along with their skills and a keen creative sensibility that give them their edge.


Founded in 2015 by Waterford brothers Dara and Evin O’Neill, DREAM BOAT is an independent creative film and video production company, consistently delivering exciting and engaging entertainment and commercial content for the digital age.


The $1trillion global market for audio visual content is a great incentive but for them it’s not just a business, it’s a vocation.


Evin is an award winning film director and graduate of the National Film School (IADT). Dara is a successful entrepreneur who returned to Ireland after 10 years running a number of businesses in Berlin.


They have identified opportunities in the Film, TV and Content Creation Industries in Ireland and globally, in Commercial Production and Film & Television Production.



In their first year of operation DREAM BOAT has developed a number of products for these markets including a video campaign for White Ribbon Ireland, with the INMO and the GAA, content for Waterford Whispers News, music videos, and short films such as DIGS FOR PENNIES.


DREAM BOAT is a registered active member of the South Eastern Creative Corridor, an initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices to support the development and growth of enterprises operating within the creative audio visual sector. The objective is to assist participating businesses to increase sales, improve profitability, explore new markets and take full advantage of the opportunities in the sector. It is expected that the outcomes of the programme will include job creation as well as the development of a sustainable creative industry cluster in the region.


DREAM BOAT already has a successful funding relationship with the Department of the Taoiseach and is now perfectly placed to take full advantage of the Creative Ireland programme launched in December 2016 by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Heather Humphreys TD, and Paschal Donohoe TD.


Creative Ireland is a five-year all-of-government initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which will further develop Ireland as a global hub for film and TV production. Creative Ireland will develop a platform for a major initiative in this sector involving the Irish Film Board, RTÉ, the independent production sector, third level institutions, and other stakeholders to position and enable Ireland to be a leading international centre for media production.


At the end of 2016 DREAM BOAT were crowned county winners of Ireland's Best Young  Entrepreneur.

Design for Manufacture Workshop


SEAM Research Centre based within Waterford Institute of Technology is hosting 'Design for Manufacture' Workshop on Friday 3rd March 2017 in the Institute's Main Auditorium located in WIT Main Campus.


This event is being organised mainly for Industries to refresh on the various Design aspects associated with the Manufacturing. Minister John Halligan (Minister for Training and Skills) will be addressing the delegates at 10.10am. A Town Hall type meeting to discuss Training and Skills requirements for Manufacturing Industries in the current climate is also scheduled.


Local and regional industries are invited.


SEAM Research Centre, currently seed funded under the auspices of the Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway Programme, has been providing assistance to industries in the South and SE region of Ireland and beyond since its launch in Feb. 2009. It has currently established collaboration with over 140 industries in Ireland.


Refreshments and Lunch are planned and I would ask you to please advise Vivienne Evans of your availability to attend by February, 24th 2017 either directly at 051-306129 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


8.30 – 9.00 a.m. Registration and Coffee
9.00 – 9.10 a.m Welcome Address: Prof. William O’Donnelly, President, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)  
9.10 - 9.20 a.m.

Brief overview of how SEAM assists Manufacturing Industries in Ireland

Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra, SEAM Centre Director & Technology Gateway Manager, WIT.  

  Session 1: Design Thinking Presentations
9.20-9.45 a.m Design for 3D printing – Mr. Eoghan O’Donoghue, SEAM Technology Leader (FA/FEA)
9.45-10.10 a.m

The Five Rings of Lean-Designing for Market

Dr. Richard Keegan –Manager, Competitiveness Department,  Enterprise Ireland

10.10-10.25 a.m Keynote address by Minister John Halligan – Minister for Training and skills
10.25-10.45 a.m. Coffee Break

Designing for a Disrupted Future: Digital Transformation, Design & Engineering

Dr. Tony O Donnell, Vice President of Engineering at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dublin.

  Session 2: Design by Finite Element Analysis Presentations
11.10-11.35 a.m The role of simulation and experimental testing in the development of BLOK, a Protective Shell for the iPad- Mr. Fergal Corcoran, Principal Mechanical Design Engineer, Logitech, Cork
11.35-12.00 noon

Ahead of What’s Possible- Multi Physics Simulation of Electro Mechanical Systems

Mr. Eoin English – New Technology Evaluation Engineering Manager, Analog Devices, Limerick

12.00 -12.20 a.m

Pressure Vessel Design by Analysis

Mr. Patrick Donnellan, FEA Engineer, SEAM Research Centre, WIT.

12.20 – 1.10 p.m

Session 3: Panel Members – Audience Interaction (Town Hall Meeting)

Discussion: Training and Skills needed for the current Irish based Manufacturing Industries

1.10- 2.10 p.m. Lunch
  Session 4: Regional Presentations
2.10-2.25 p.m. Case Study: From Design Optimisation to Building Components –Mr. Jonathan Downey, Strategic Projects Manager, Schivo Precision Engineering Group
2.25-2.40 p.m. Case Study: Design for Reliability of Active Implant Components-Dr. John O’Rourke, Fellow Engineer, Boston Scientific Clonmel
2.40-2.55 p.m. Case Study: What Design + offers to Industries in the Design space? Ms.Ailish Delaney, Design + Gateway Manager, IT Carlow.
2.55-3.00 p.m. Concluding remarks: Dr. Ken Thomas, Head of School of Engineering, WIT.
  Session 5: Tour of SEAM Laboratories
3.00-4.00 p.m. SEAM Tour of facility
3Store February offers for Chamber members


3Store iPhone6s Feb 2017


3Store Samsung S7 Feb 2017



Holly House, Ardkeen Retail, Dunmore Road, Waterford

Tel: 051 841079

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We are a destination outlet for new and existing Three customers for both consumer and business.


The 3Store Ardkeen has a dedicated Business Section with a knowledgeable expert team and the Store offers ample free parking.

Away Days at GROW HQ




For a work outing with a difference GROW HQ ticks all the boxes.

A GROW COOK EAT experience is for everyone. Do some growing with our garden team, harvest some veg for a cookery demo and then get to eat a gorgeous lunch.


GROW HQ is a place where there are no barriers between where food is grown, cooked and eaten. We run a range of classes, programmes and activities for businesses. You can hold a meeting or event at GROW HQ or we can come to your office or workplace.



GIY can come to your office or workplace with our whole kit and caboodle. We’ll run a bespoke workshop in your workplace allowing you to fit some al desko growing into your busy schedule. We offer several bespoke workshops tailored to any skill level and varied interests from simple food growing, nutrition classes, juices or herb boxes.


To find out more or book an Away Day or GIY@Work call the fabulous Brooke Murphy on 087 3168916.

Whitfield showcased unique 3D eye surgery


Whitfield 3D 1


In a first-of-its-kind for Ireland, a broadcast of a 3D ophthalmic surgery took place last Saturday, February 4th at Whitfield in Waterford City.


50 eye doctors from all over Ireland viewed this event which allowed them to be "inside" the eye during surgery.


In a hugely exciting advance in ophthalmic surgery, 3D camera technology in Whitfield removes the need for surgeons to physically look through a microscope when operating and allows them, from anywhere in the world, to be "inside" a patient's eye during surgery. 


This surgery, performed by Mr. Eugene NG, was screened at a ‘New Approaches to Retinal Diseases’ conference on Saturday 4th February 2017 at Whitfield in Waterford City.


The Institute of Eye Surgery, Ireland’s most technologically advanced Retina Clinic, which focusses on innovative minimally invasive Retina surgery, based at the Whitfield Clinic, hosted the conference for Ophthalmologists.  The conference focussed on future cutting edge treatments for the commonest causes of blindness in Ireland.  These diseases include Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy.


If you would like to learn more about Whitfield’s services and facilities, you can visit Whitfield Clinic on

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