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When: Monday, 20th November

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Brexit is a big challenge facing the island of Ireland. It affects sectors and regions in different ways.

This discussion document is to explore how it affects the South-East and how we can protect the region from the impact of Brexit.

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WIT SEAI Award10 November 2017: The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) last night announced the winners of its Sustainable Energy Awards at a gala event which saw Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) take away the top prize for Energy Team of the Year.

The Awards reward excellence in energy management in businesses, communities and public sector organisations. WIT impressed judges with its organisation wide approach to saving energy, with staff and students working together it has surpassed its 33% energy efficiency target and is saving an impressive €300,000 per year on energy bills.

Commenting on the Awards, Jim Gannon, Chief Executive of SEAI, said:

“The SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards are all about showcasing the excellent work that is happening around the country as businesses, communities and public bodies push the boundaries in energy efficiency and the switch to clean energy. This is especially the case where climate change is at the forefront of the news agenda, particularly as countries gather for climate talks at COP23 in Bonn right now. The 120 entrants to the Awards are playing their part and I commend the winners on their outstanding achievements in saving energy.”

Speaking on their Energy Team Award win, Elaine Greenan, Estates Manager from WIT said:

“We are truly delighted to win this Sustainable Energy Award. This acknowledges the dedication and commitment from both staff and students who have worked tirelessly for the last number of years to make our campus a better place to work and study. In addition to the significant savings that we’re achieving, we’re extremely proud that we have surpassed our 33% energy efficiency target and can be considered a green campus.”

This is the 14th year of the SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards and entrants to the eight categories demonstrated savings of over €27 million. Other winners on the night included Dairygold in the Large Business Energy Management category. The company completed seven significant energy management projects in the past 18 months delivering annual savings of €300,000. The National Ambulance Service won the Public Sector Award for reducing fuel use and emissions from a combination of driver behaviour change, an eco-anti-idle system and built in solar chargers.

New to the Awards this year, was a €10,000 bursary for the winner of the Research category. Exergyn picked up this prize for its research on the development of a zero emissions engine that converts low grade heat into power. The funding will go towards the next stages of research for the company as it tests the longevity of different materials for its engine.

Other winners of the Awards included; Energy Communities Tipperary Co-Op for the Community Award, M50 Concession Ltd for the Small Business Award, Astellas Kerry for the Large Business Energy Project Award, and Durkan Residential for the Energy in Design Award.

For full details on all winning projects, visit www.seai.ie.

Crystal Valley Tech Showcase

Waterford witnessed a great turnout for its showcase of Waterford and South East's tech companies on 9th November 2017 in WIT Arena.

There were 60 Companies in the end and almost 3,000 attendees (thanks to the phenomenal WIT group that worked on this), and there was an announcement of Suir Valley Ventures leading a €1m investment in Provision and a fantastic speaker line up.

Feedback from the attendees surpassed expectations, from Sales Leads to Company Visits to Idea Sharing - the appetite for this group is enormous. Crystal Valley Tech is very excited about 2018 and taking up many of the offers of help from the attendees in WIT Arena.

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The board of Crystal Valley Tech want to extend a huge thanks to all involved in a great event.

Suir Valley ProVision

Suir Valley Ventures, the entrepreneur-led venture capital fund, launched in February 2017, has, together with private investors, invested a combined total of €1,000,000 in ProVision Vehicle Cameras, a leading Internet of Things (‘IoT’) company focused on providing advanced fleet and driver management systems.

This is Suir’s fourth investment and follows closely on the heels of investments in an educational VR business, Immersive VR Education, leading IoT cloud platform, Wia, and reality games developer, WarDucks.

ProVision is a world leader in the field of quality video recording capabilities known as CameraMatics. This technology provides remotely accessible IoT solutions to manage and reduce fleet risk, enhance driver safety, increase fleet efficiencies and help operators comply with growing governance and compliance regulations. The technology combines highest quality vehicle camera and tracking technology linked to advanced cloud software, and ProVision’s most advanced products can issue warnings such as flagging driver fatigue, mobile phone use, collision dangers, lane departure and driver distractions, ultimately improving road safety and helping companies with compliance requirements.

ProVision has already installed its systems into hundreds of fleets across the UK and Ireland, comprising thousands of vehicles, and plans to accelerate the roll-out through its partnerships with large fleet operators, leading insurance providers, motor manufacturers, and fleet leasing companies; the investment will enable ProVision to further implement its strategic expansion plans.

As part of the investment, Gareth Burchell, Head of Stockbroking at Shard Capital Stockbrokers, is joining the board of ProVision, bringing with him more than 15 years of experience in the City.

Suir Valley Ventures Managing Partner, Barry Downes, said, “This seed funding will enable ProVision, with its proven technology, to modernise an even greater number of fleets, resulting in increased road safety, compliance with regulations and shielding them from fraudulent claims against drivers. The IoT is an industry with vast potential and ProVision’s unique cloud based software solution provides fleet managers with the most comprehensive end-to-end solution available in the market. It is a privilege to support the ProVision team and we look forward to helping them to take their business to the next level.”

Mervyn O’Callaghan, Managing Director of ProVision, said, “IoT is growing at the speed of light; its total market size is expected to grow to $3.7 billion by 2020 up from $900 million in 2015. ProVision, with its established client base and proven technology, is perfectly placed to capitalise on this flourishing industry. We are delighted with the support that we have received from Suir Valley and our private investors and look forward to gaining an even stronger foothold in the sector.”

Black Friday Shopping Weekend Christmas in Waterford City

As a Retailer in Waterford we would like to invite your business to participate in the Launch of Shopping weekend which will take place during Winterval on the weekend of Friday the 24th of November in the City Centre from The Apple Market to The Quay inclusive.

The aim is to promote Waterford as a shopping destination this Christmas to a local & regional audience including:

  • Outside broadcast Beat 102103 in John Roberts Square/Barronstrand Street area/ Wlr fm 3 - 6pm in City Square
  • 1000’s of € worth of vouchers being given away throughout the broadcast and all week
  • Discounts and special offers in all stores throughout the weekend (Black Friday weekend)
  • Participating stores all open – Waterford is open for business this Festive Season
  • Launch on Friday 24th from 4pm – 7pm Beat
  • Gospel Choir singing 7pm – 8pm
  • Goody Bags (valued over €100) for 100 random customers
  • 100 Cadburys Selection boxes being given out randomly
  • 7.5ft Polar Bear Selfie Station
  • €1000 cash to be given away
  • Santa arrives into City Square on Sunday 2.30pm
  • From 5pm until Close Friday 24th maximum €2 in City Square Car Park

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askangela

Purple Flag Waterford partnering with WIT Students Union and working with local venues launched an ‘Ask For Angela’ campaign – a simple code-word campaign for people feeling unsafe while on a night out.

The campaign welcomed by local venue owners and managers as a positive step in raising the perception of safety in Waterford, will be fully in place for the busy Christmas party season.

Eric O’Brien, Chair of the Purple Flag Working Group outlined that the ‘Ask for Angela’ campaign gives assurance that where required, informed assistance is available. He commended the support shown by venues who will display campaign posters encouraging those in a situation where they feel vulnerable to approach staff and ask for ‘Angela’  – this code word will alert staff that help is needed to  get out of a situation discreetly. Angela was a play on the word (guardian) Angel. The posters are up in male and female toilets, and provide reassurance there is support available if needed.” The campaign has got global attention since introduced by Hayley Child in Lincolnshire, England in 2016.

Michael Murphy, President of WIT Students Union commented that “the ‘Ask For Angela’ campaign has the potential to make Waterford a safer place by encouraging people to discreetly ask for help by going to venue staff and ‘Ask for Angela’ – a phrase aimed at alerting staff so they can help defuse a situation. It is encouraging to see so many local businesses engaging with the campaign, all with a common objective to protect people who find themselves in vulnerable or distressing situations”.

 

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