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Port of Waterford Silver MuseThe Port of Waterford has recorded operating profits of €964,000 for the first six months of this year, up substantially from the same period in 2016. Turnover at the company increased by 21% to €3.8m for the first half of the year.

One of the major contributors to the increased turnover was additional bulk throughput with total bulk tonnes up to 701,992 for the six months, an increase of 30% on the equivalent period a year ago. 

Growth was experienced across all products handled with animal feed and project cargo activity performing particularly strongly.

The commercial state company has also recently published its annual corporate plan update covering the years to 2021. 

This envisages activity and profitability increasing significantly with annual revenues targeted to reach almost €10m and capital investment of €5m forecast. 

Ship arrivals in the six months to June 30 were up 19% on the first half of 2016 and an additional three people are now directly employed by the Port.

An economic study on the cruise business in the southeast is underway and this week saw a maiden call by the newly-commissioned Silver Muse at Dunmore East. 

The company also continues to work with the southeast’s local authorities and a wide group of other stakeholders to advance the region’s economic agenda.

Looking at the first half performance in 2017, Frank Ronan, Chief Executive, Port of Waterford, said: "The ongoing success of our partners in the bulk sector has helped deliver a strong trading performance. In other parts of the business, we are working hard to attract additional container services and to find ways to grow our share of the cruise market. The support of our various allies in the region is key to our success and we will continue to work in close partnership with all of our stakeholders."

The Port of Waterford Corporate Plan 2017-2021 is available at www.portofwaterford.com

CIMA logoDate: Wednesday, 27th September

Time: 6.45pm for 7.00-8.00pm

Venue: The Granville Hotel, Meagher's Quay, Waterford

Cost: Free of charge

Bookings: click here to book a place

This event will explore Lean Procurement as a driver of cost savings for business.  The main objective for any company is to improve the bottom line and return equitable value to shareholders.

This translates itself in to 3 strategies:

  • Increase sales; 
  • Reduce cost; and
  • Be operationally efficient.

This event will explore how lean principles can be applied to procurement.  

Speaker: Ingrid De Doncker

Ingrid, originally from Belgium, is founder of IDD Consult, a company that focuses on increasing your business’s profitability by reducing cost upfront and by designing 'value beyond cost savings' procurement programs. Prior to embarking as an entrepreneur in Procurement Excellence, Ingrid developed and managed the tender program for direct and indirect spend for Musgrave Group. During the previous 10 years, Ingrid worked in various corporate procurement roles. Current client base come from various backgrounds such as airports, public / semi state bodies, sales companies, manufacturers, retail, pharma and IT.

Lloyds Hair Supreme TeamWaterford salon Lloyds Hair has been named Ireland's SUPREME TEAM at top UK and Ireland hairdressing competition, Most Wanted.

Presented by Creative HEAD magazine, Most Wanted recognises the very best salons, teams and individuals in Irish and UK hairdressing.  The SUPREME TEAM award is given to an Irish salon that demonstrates teamwork at its best.

The Lloyds entry impressed the judges, including Alexa Chung's hairdresser George Northwood and top beauty journalist Alice Hart-Davis, who loved the management style displayed by owner Danielle Kennedy, including an ethos of 'catching people doing things right' and initiatives like Breast Cancer fundraising and the team being tasked to pay 10 compliments per day.  

The team was honoured at the annual Creative HEAD Most Wanted Grand Final, held on Monday 4 September 2017 at London's historic Guildhall. Hosted by Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan, the awards were attended by a 600-strong A-List crowd of people from the hair, fashion and media industries, who gathered to see the 15 Most Wanted trophies presented.

Along with their Most Wanted trophy, Lloyds has won an exclusive prize, courtesy of category sponsor L'Oréal Professionnel, and publicity in Creative HEAD Magazine for their winning year.

“It’s amazing! This is the most important award that we’ve every actually gone for, it’s for the team, this is their award and I couldn’t be more proud,” said salon owner Danielle Kennedy.

"It was clear from the judges' comments that the team at Lloyds Hair is extremely professional and all team members love what they do," commented Catherine Handcock, publisher of Creative HEAD. "They not only pull together to create an amazing experience for their customers in Waterford, but they are also contributing enormously to the local community. Creative HEAD loves being able to put the spotlight on committed salons like Lloyds, and this award proves they are amongst the very best in the country."

Lloyds Walk In Salon, 40-44 Patrick Street, Waterford

http://lloydshair.ie/

051 878964

AQFS 50 Years

Ardkeen Quality Food Store are celebrating 50 years of retail with an instore birthday party on Saturday the 16th of September from 12 noon to 5pm.

Enjoy a FREE BBQ, lots of family fun and music and of course an opportunity to sample many of their wonderful small batch suppliers. 

Ardkeen QFS Theatre of Food 2017

Electric Picnic is an annual arts and music festival which has been staged since 2004 at Stradbally Hall in Stradbally, Co. Laois. Originally a 1-day event with 10,000 attendees the festival has grown exponentially the last 13 years to now hosting 55,000 people over a three-day weekend.

An eclectic mix of music, cookery demos, tastings, workshops and discussions, The Theatre of Food Marquee is the flagship of food at the festival. The brainchild of John & Sally McKenna, this year yet again ToF attracted an impressive list of luminaries from the Irish food community including Darina Allen, Rory O’Connell, JP McMahon, Gary O’Hanlon and Rosanna Davidson.

For the third year running Ardkeen Quality Food Store were invited to provision the ingredients for Theatre of Food, bringing the very best of Ireland’s artisan and craft food producers to the stage and to the attention of some of Ireland's top chefs.

Colin & Kevin Jephson even took to the stage with fellow Waterfordians and chefs Michael Quinn and Paul Flynn (The Tannery). Paul was intrigued as to how a small independent store could have thrived let alone survive for 50 years in the midst of international retail giants.

The Jephson’s cited strong relationships and a commitment to quality as the reason behind the longevity and success of Ardkeen which boasts both customers and suppliers who are 2nd and 3rd generation.

Michael Quinn was keen to point out provenance also played an important role, reinforced appropriately by cooking a recipe which included fine Irish producers like Rings Farm, Highbank Orchard, O’Neill’s Bacon and Wexford potatoes.

KBC Amber YoungAmber Young was recently appointed KBC Waterford Hub Manager.

Amber is one of a number of recent appointments at KBC, which has committed its long term future to Ireland. It is growing its retail business in Ireland with market leading mortgage, personal loan and credit card rates. KBC’s mortgage offering includes rates as low as 2.9%. As well as being able to meet customers’ needs at its hub in Waterford city, KBC has also made a €100m investment to become a digital-first customer centric bank. 

Prior to her appointment, Amber was Business Development Associate in KBC Waterford where she was responsible for managing the development of the KBC business for the greater Waterford area. Amber has almost ten years banking experience prior to KBC as a Mortgage Advisor, Sales Manager, and Business Advisor. A qualified financial advisor, Amber also holds a degree in chemical engineering from UCD.

Amber and her team can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 051-515980 or in person at KBC’s hub at 55 High Street with any banking queries.

 

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