Congratulations to Leaving Certificate Students


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Waterford Chamber congratulates the 58, 000 students who are receiving Leaving Certificate results today (16 August 2017).


Speaking this morning, Gerald Hurley, CEO of Wateford Chamber said, “We wish all students the best of luck as they begin on the pathway towards their future career. Leaving Certificate results day is important for many young people across Ireland as they plan to make the next step.”


“Third level education is an important route for many students. However, due to recent Government investment there has been a significant increase in the apprenticeship and training options available to post-Leaving Certificate students.  We encourage students to consider apprenticeship training and the range of new options available in many sectors.”


“We would like to remind employers of the changes to the Leaving Certificate grading system and to take this into account when considering job applications from school leavers.” 


Waterford Chamber to develop next generation of business leaders


cb6Responding to the need to develop a pipeline of future leaders in the South East region, Waterford Chamber, with the support of Bausch + Lomb and Waterford Chamber Skillnet, have introduced a Regional Leaders Programme to develop business leaders for the future through mentorship and skills sharing.


The programme is aimed at professionals who want to develop their leadership skills or for companies who would like to increase the capacity of their internal talent pool to ensure the next generation of their company is in safe hands.


Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley said:  “Our Regional Leaders Programme is a perfect vehicle for leaders within our business community to share their expertise with the participants. Having somewhere to turn for advice, whether you are the founder of a start-up or an executive within a more established company is crucial, and we hope this programme will meet that need while enhancing leadership capabilities across the region.  We are delighted to partner with Bausch + Lomb and Waterford Chamber Skillnet on this initiative. Experts from both organisations will be centrally involved in the delivery of the programme.”


The programme runs monthly from September to July beginning on 27th September. It will be made up of five bi-monthly networking lunches. Each will involve an address from some of the country’s most well-known executives – someone from either the private or public sector.


In between the bi-monthly leadership talks, the participants will participate in smaller groups with a mentor. This will be a senior leader from the region who will work with them to develop their leadership skills. Each group will receive a new mentor every two months, ensuring that they are exposed to many different leadership styles drawn from a broad range of sectors.


Ultimately the programme will identify the training needs and required supports for employers in the region as Sara Mullally, Network Manager at Waterford Chamber Skillnet explains. “The issue of skills shortages is constantly to the fore in industry and this programme will help us pin-point exactly what is needed. The outcomes of the programme will form the basis of a long term strategic plan for Waterford Chamber Skillnet to cater for those requirements and work with companies to grow and develop the workforce.”


Leadership and professional development is a key component of the Bausch + Lomb ethos, making them the ideal partner for the Regional Leaders Programme.


“Being a leader today is challenging.  This programme will help current and potential leaders explore their leadership style using a competency framework for leaders. Through the guidance of the Business Mentors, participants will be able to identify a range of approaches and broaden their business perspectives to meet the challenges they face individually, with their teams and organisations,” said Mark Hennessy, Site Leader, Bausch + Lomb.


The cost for the eleven-month programme is €350 for Waterford Chamber/Skillnet members and €499 for non members. For more information on the Regional Leaders Programme, please contact Lynda Lawton on 051 311130 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Paper highlights urgent need for commencement of substantive negotiations


Chambers Ireland today (15th August 2017) noted the UK government’s published policy paper on customs, indicating a desire for a future customs arrangement with the EU and proposals for a temporary transitional period that would allow the UK to retain its current customs arrangement with the EU.


Speaking following the publication of the paper, Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley said, “We are nearly five months on from the UK’s decision to trigger Article 50 and to date, businesses have felt frustrated by the absence of detail from the UK on its proposals for a future trading relationship with the EU. Therefore, indications that the UK may be willing to enter into a transitional arrangement with the EU, following Brexit, will be cautiously welcomed by business. Nobody wants to see the “cliff-edge scenario” so it is positive to see that the UK Government has moved away from that language.”


“However, the UK’s position that their desired interim customs arrangements would be negotiated and implemented before the end of March 2019 appears wildly optimistic. We remain of the view that the best kind of transitional agreement for businesses in the UK and the EU would be the maintenance of the status quo during that period, allowing continued access to the Single Market and the existing Customs Union on an interim basis.


“The enormity of the changes facing the business community following Brexit cannot be underestimated. A realistic implementation period must be prioritised by both negotiating teams and therefore it is imperative that substantive negotiations between the parties on the real issues facing business commence as a matter of urgency.


“Since the UK voted to leave the EU, our members have been vocal in their desire to prepare for what lies ahead, yet in order to do this, they need to know what to prepare for. The publication of today’s policy paper contributes little to creating a more certain environment for business. This in turn points to the need for the Irish Government to invest in development of our infrastructure as a priority in Budget 2018.

Toys4.0Engineers Conference & Expo at WIT Arena


Toys4Engineering AnnouncementRobots, smart bikes, virtual reality, electric cars, vision systems,’s all going on at Toys4.0Engineers Conference & Expo at WIT Arena on September 22nd.


Organised by Waterford Chamber and Waterford Institute of Technology, Toys4.0Engineers is a must visit for CEOs, CTOs and Engineering personnel at all levels who are interested in advancing their knowledge of the latest technologies for adoption in their own companies, as well as those looking for a career in the engineering sector.


‘Industry 4.0’ is driving the Technology, Innovation and Recruitment agendas of companies in all sectors of the economy.  Engineers need to develop and use new ‘toys’ to address the many competitive challenges, including Robotics, Electric Vehicles, Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing, Big Data, Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Drones, Vision Systems, Green Energy, Sensors etc.

Golf Classic 2017




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1st: TEVA Pharmaceuticals

2nd: Medite SmartPly

3rd: AIB Bank

Nearest-the-pin: Michael Coleman (Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Resort)

Longest drive: Aiden Treacy (Medite SmartPly)


Thanks to all teams at our Golf Classic on 28th July and thanks to all our sponsors. (click image below to enlarge)


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Prizes sponsored by House of Waterford Crystal. Goodie bags sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care. Tee signs sponsored by Swift Print. Drinks sponsored by Heineken Ireland. Newspapers courtesy of the Irish Times.


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