Our next Business After Hours networking event takes place on Thursday, 9th February in the Fitzwilton Hotel.
Join us for a showcase of delicious food and take a look at what the newly renovated city centre hotel has to offer the corporate and leisure markets.
You could also be in with the chance to win one night B&B for two people at the Fitzwilton Hotel, dinner for two in Chez K's Bistro, and Lunch for two in the Met Bar Café.
About the Fitzwilton Hotel
The 4 star Fitzwilton Hotel recently completed a €650,000 refurbishment programme. The investment has refurbished all 90 of the hotels rooms including the Penthouse suite in addition to the hotel's dining facilities of Chez K's Bistro and the Met Bar.
The Fitzwilton Hotel is ideally located for corporate and leisure guests within a short distance to the city centre and nearby industrial estates making it an ideal location for work or play. There is free on-site parking and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi. The Met Bar Café is the ideal location for a coffee meeting plus food served for 9am to 9pm daily.
Date: Thursday, 9th February
Venue: Fitzwilton Hotel
Cost: Free of charge
Bookings: Contact Lynda at 051 311130 or
Commenting on UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech today (17/01/2017), Nick Donnelly, Waterford Chamber CEO said, "Ultimately the speech was no more than an articulation of the UK’s top-line negotiating position.
"Businesses in Ireland are no further advanced in understanding the issues that will need to be dealt with at the conclusion of this process but can take some solace in matters which the UK specified as being key elements in the negotiations. The reference to the special relationship with the Republic of Ireland and the importance of retaining the Common Travel Area is welcome although more clarity on barrier-free arrangements with Northern Ireland remains critical for businesses on both sides of the border.
"The acknowledgement of the desire to take in “elements of the Single Market” and a “new agreement on Customs Union” is positive for Irish exporters but will clearly be very contentious parts of the forthcoming negotiations and mutually beneficial solutions will need to be identified.
"Timing of any changes remains very unclear. The Prime Minister’s acknowledgement of the need for reasonable transition periods is positive. However the process for approval of any negotiated agreement by the remaining EU States and the UK Parliament, where both Houses will be given a vote, will generate continued uncertainty and potentially the risk of a Brexit with no deal in place.
"In addition the expressed desire to conduct negotiations with a high level of privacy will only contribute to continued uncertainty and volatility. While we understand the need for a degree of confidentiality to facilitate negotiators in identifying an agreement, a process to create some level of transparency to enable businesses to plan for possible future scenarios must be put in place.
It is vitally important that the Irish Government and all relevant stakeholders ensure that Ireland’s interests are properly represented in the forthcoming negotiations, that the desire for reasonable transition periods forms part of any agreement and that all States negotiate and reach agreement based on economically rational principles."
New theatre season launched at Waterford Chamber Business After Hours
There’s a dramatic season ahead at the Theatre Royal, as guests of the Waterford Chamber Business After Hours event were informed of the new season schedule in the historic theatre on Thursday night.
Welcoming in excess of one hundred business people and theatre enthusiasts, Waterford Chamber Deputy President Paul Nolan said: “Pearls like the Theatre Royal in the Viking Triangle are an integral part of Waterford. Their ongoing creative offering brings our world renowned arts and culture heritage to life.”
Mr Nolan went on to say that “proactivity creates vibrancy”, reminding the audience that Waterford Chamber was their organisation, the voice of business for Waterford and its strength lay in the vibrancy of its membership.
Guests were treated to delicious food, music by the Butterfly Band and a fascinating historical tour of one of Waterford’s oldest buildings. Meanwhile Artistic Director Ben Barnes launched the new season, showcasing some of the exciting events on the 2017 schedule, of which highlights include the much anticipated return of My Real Life and the tour of Lyric Theatre’s Educating Rita and Opera Theatre Company’s Acis & Galatea.
Commenting on the event, Theatre Royal Commercial Director Nora Widger said: “A rich and vibrant arts culture is at the heart of the development of our City and Region. Partnering with Waterford Chamber for their first Business After Hours in 2017 allows us the opportunity to bring the diverse offering which Theatre Royal provides to the Chamber members and a wider audience.”
Waterford Chamber of Commerce founded in 1787, representing Business in Ireland’s oldest city for over 200 years, wishes to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from April 2017.
The CEO will provide leadership, vision and guidance in the daily running of operations and the strategic direction for the Chamber, facilitating and leading the Board organisation in their efforts to deliver the mission and goals laid down. The CEO will have full responsibility for financial management revenue generation and will demonstrate an effective understanding of the local and regional economy, and the overall political and economic environment within it.
Marketing, membership development and the opportunities and challenges of both large and small employers must be fully understood in order to deliver for current members and attract new operators on an ongoing basis.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
Identify and create opportunities to grow Waterford Chamber membership
Support local business through innovative ideas and practices
Be responsible for all strategic planning and execution based on the Board’s strategic plans
Align the Chamber with other economic development groups, working closing with its stakeholders and collaborators
Develop the Chamber’s annual business plan with measurable objectives for delivery of successful outcomes on all events, programmes & projects
Planning, organising and executing the Board and all Chamber meetings and activities
Exercise an excellent rapport with the media
Ensure the smooth running of the Skillnet Programme
Compete for appropriate/beneficial EU projects
Maintain and increase income streams for the Chamber
Develop an annual budget for the Chamber’s operations, setting projected revenues, expenses & P&L
Reinforce the Chamber’s position as the voice of business in Waterford
Person attributes and competencies required:
In order to achieve the requirements for this post the successful candidate will need highly developed interpersonal skills and communication skills with an ability to team lead, negotiate and influence.
Applications should be sent by Friday, 27th January 2017 to:
Commenting on the release of the CSO Monthly Unemployment figures for December 2016, Laurent Borla, Waterford Chamber President said, “The ongoing reduction in the unemployment rate is positive news, coming as it does at a time of uncertainty for the Irish economy.
“However, the most encouraging aspect of the December figures is the drop in the rate of youth unemployment. Youth unemployment fell by 0.9% to 14.5% in December and while remaining high, the trend over the past six months is moving in the right direction. High youth unemployment remains as a legacy of the recession and needs to be addressed. Increasing opportunities for young people starting out in the workplace is important not only for economic reasons but is essential for the future social cohesion of Ireland.
“Government must remain focused on job creation and tackling youth unemployment in 2017. There are two clear ways this can be achieved. The first is by making youth unemployment a specific focus of the Action Plan for Jobs 2017. The Action Plan for Jobs programme has made a significant contribution to job creation over recent years, and by focusing on youth unemployment in 2017 we believe further progress will be made on this front.
“Secondly, the Action Plan for Education must be delivered as soon as possible. This Plan provides for an expansion of apprenticeship programmes, traineeships and workplace focused education and training, all of which will prepare young people for a modern labour market. These two measures will help Ireland meaningfully deal with what has proven a stubborn problem.”