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Monday 11th December.

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Cork Business Community Welcomes Revised Flood Defence Plans
Reduced bus fares in Cork suburbs
Subsidised Training
Data Protection for Business (GDPR)
Building a Brand Newsroom
Festive After Hours at The LookOut
Trading abroad or have ambitions to? We want your thoughts!
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Local Authority Agreement Strengthens Cork


Cork Chamber welcomes the historic decision by Cork City and County Councils to agree new local government structures in Cork. 
Commenting Bill O’Connell, Cork Chamber President, said:  “This agreement has been challenging for all involved and we welcome that Cork’s two local authorities have been able to reach a mutually agreeable compromise to what is a hugely important issue for the future of Cork.
In line with the Chamber view of Mackinnon as a framework for the Local Authorities to meet and reach a mutually acceptable agreement, we are pleased to see that the need for flexibility and compromise has been acknowledged by all involved. It provides a workable, practical solution to ensure the city and county are vibrant and proud, serving the citizens and businesses of Cork well.
With agreement reached, focus can be concentrated on how best to position and invest in Cork to maximise its potential as the driver of growth in the Southern region while Government plans for the development of Ireland to 2040 through the National Planning Framework.
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Annual Dinner Tickets

Set your reminders now! Tickets for Cork Chamber’s Annual Dinner 2018 will go on sale at 9.30am on Friday 15th December on the Cork Chamber website


Tickets can only be purchased by logging in on the Cork Chamber website so please make sure you have your login details ready.  Tickets always sell out extremely quickly so it is important that you make sure you can log in successfully to the Member’s Information Centre (MIC) to avoid any potentially delays on the 15th. 

If you have never used the MIC or can’t remember your password please contact Donna for assistance.


Cork Chamber's Annual Dinner will take place Friday, 2nd February. 

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Chambers Ireland Launches New Brand

A new brand for Chambers Ireland and its affiliated Chambers across the country was launched recently reflecting our heritage and our ongoing evolution as a strong, influential and collaborative network that effects real change as the voice of business in every community. Chambers Ireland is the largest business network in the country and one we are proud to be part of. Check out their new logo. Cork Chamber will be introducing this new logo over time with more exciting developments to follow!

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Cork Business Community Welcomes Revised Flood Defence Plans

Cork Chamber and Cork Business Association have welcomed the progress shown in the detail and design of the Lower Lee flood relief scheme following publication of the OPW consultation report.
Both organisations believe that the development of an appropriate flood defence scheme is critical for business in Cork. The proposed OPW scheme provides comprehensive protection from tidal and fluvial flooding through a raft of measures from upstream bunds to the restoration of 3km of walls in the City Centre.
Chamber President Bill O’ Connell said: “We’ve been consistent in our support of the scheme, provided that it is finished to a high standard and respectful to the heritage of the city.  It is important to note the extensive lengths being taken, not only through the provision of flood protection, but through innovative measures at locations such as North Mall and Sullivan’s Quay. We highlighted the need for improved design during consultation and the inclusion of full retractable demountable barriers at these locations show the lengths being taken to listen to stakeholders. We welcome the improved design published today.”

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Reduced bus fares in Cork suburbs

From the 1st of December adult Bus Éireann fares in Cork suburbs dropped to €2.70(cash)/€1.89(leap). Just in time for local shopping! 


The Chamber has lobbied extensively for reduced fares that recognise the realities of commuting patterns and to encourage increased use of public transport by all members of the community.


The new Red Zone will include Carrigaline, Ballincollig, Cork Airport, Glanmire, Carrigtwohill, Monkstown, Ringaskiddy, Crosshaven, Fountainstown…..details of all routes are here


An Adult can now travel from Carrigaline to UCC for €2.70 (cash fare) or €1.89 (Leap Fare).  The new Leap Fares apply to Students/Child U19/School Child also.


Check out the taxsaver leaflet which shows the savings to be made when joining the scheme for point to point tickets and Leap Card Red Zone Monthly Product.


Christmas late night busses start from this Friday 8th December, more details here


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Festive After Hours at The LookOut

Date: Wednesday 20th December

Time: 5pm – 6:30pm

Venue: The LookOut Terrace, River Lee Hotel

Cost: FREE for Chamber Members



Over 100 members have already booked their place at the last After Hours of 2017! You won’t get a better opportunity to make new connections before the end of the year, so get a head start on your 2018 resolutions, bring a pocketful of business cards.... and go for it! 


Places are limited so book now to join us in The LookOut, the stunning outdoor terrace at the River Lee Hotel. This versatile and stylish space is the perfect place soak up some of the magical Christmas atmosphere while sharing a Christmas toast with fellow Chamber members.


Please note this After Hours will start at the slightly earlier time of 5pm and finish at 6.30pm, so you’ll have time to get some last minute Christmas shopping done if necessary!


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Trading abroad or have ambitions to? We want your thoughts!

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) at Cork Chamber is currently reviewing and planning for 2018. In order to help us to better serve you, please complete this very short survey. All responses to this survey will be kept confidential and anonymous. If you would like us to follow up with you on any specific aspect of our services, please include your details at the very end of the survey. Contact Eimear for further information. 

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Subsidised Training
Data Protection for Business (GDPR)
13th December, Cork International Hotel, €140 for Chamber Members
  • Understand data protection principles
  • Understand how data protection practice is evolving under GDPR
  • Examine how data protection law is applied operationally across the business
  • Identify what changes are required for the organisation to be ready for GDPR


The focus of the course at all times is on practical application of data protection within real-world business scenarios equipping participants with knowledge and tools that can be applied immediately for the benefit of the business.

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Building a Brand Newsroom
11th December, Cork Airport Hotel, €130


Delivered by the respected journalist & digital communications specialist Jennifer O’Connell (Irish Times Magazine columnist & feature writer. Ex eBay, Indo, SBP, RTE &, this programme will give you practical tips and advice including how to write for digital media, how to utilise corporate storytelling best practice, and how to build an editorial calendar suitable to the needs of your business.

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Member News
Latest Member News
  • Cork Institute of Technology launches Entrepreneurship Strategy – read more
  • Ronan Daly Jermyn announces partnership promotions for 2017 – read more
  • Treasury Solutions worked with NUIG on their recent European Investment Bank (EIB) – read more
  • Youghal lights up for the Mercy Hospital Foundation this Christmas – read more
  • Real Insights launches bespoke research and consultancy service to prepare businesses for Brexit – read more
  • Circular Ocean Sets Sail with Volvo Ocean Race – read more


You can share a press release to our website through the Member Information Centre (MIC), see on news on our website.

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Members Offers
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Member to Memeber offers
  • Pimbrook SoftwareSage Accounts & Payroll Starter Packread more
  • Cork City Gaol: 20% Off Team Building - Gaol Quest @ Cork City Gaol - read more
  • Compass AFM - Macroom: Free Consultation - Reduce your Facilities Management Expenditure -  read more
  • Energia: Save up to 20% on your energy bills - read more

Do business with fellow Cork Chamber members through sharing an offer. Offers can be submitted through the Member Information Centre (MIC) and all current offers are displayed on our website.

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Member Events
Upcoming Member Events
  • Data Compliance and GDPR Seminar, 7th  Dec. - read more
  • The Everyman: Beauty & The Beast 9th Dec - 14th Jan - read more
  • Kilkenny Shop: Christmas Night In, 14th Dec. - read more
  • Carrigaline Court Hotel: Christmas Parties 2017, 2nd -16th Dec. - read more
  • Hayfield Manor: Go Full Irish for Charity - read more
  • Cork International Choral Festival: Christmas at the Cathedral, 9th Dec. - read more
  • Republic of Work: Lunch & Learn:Your Job Specs–A suitable first impression?- Liam O'Callaghan, 12th Dec. - read more
  • Cork Autism: Carol's by Candlelight Concert, 15th Dec.- read more
  • Enable Ireland:  Fire & Ice Ball, 16th Dec. - read more
    Promote an upcoming event through our Interactive Member Information Centre, all upcoming member events are listed on our website

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