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Improving Cork
Safeguarding the rights of EU Citizens and their family members in the UK is a top priority
Reducing the Gender Pay Gap
Subsidised Training
Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt)
Dale Carnegie Programme - High Impact Presentations
Thursday Morning Throw-In
Customs and Trade post-Brexit: What do I need to know?
Get to Grips with Data Protection
Women in Leadership Executive Lunch
The Art of Business
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October Business Breakfast featuring Sinéad McSweeney, MD Twitter Ireland

In association with the Irish Examiner


7:30am – 9amFriday 6th October

Cork International Hotel

€25 members / €50 non-members



Cork Chamber is delighted to welcome Sinéad McSweeney, Managing Director Twitter Ireland as the guest speaker at our October Business Breakfast.  
As well as being MD of Twitter Ireland, Sinéad is also VP of Twitter's Public Policy and Communications team in EMEA.  A Midleton native, Sinéad has been a key leader within the Twitter team since she joined the company in 2012. Sinéad is a qualified barrister and has a wealth of experience with former roles including Director of Communications for An Garda Síochána, Director of Media and Public Relations for the Police Service of Northern Ireland and Special Adviser to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform. 


Book now to hear Sinéad’s unique story!

Missed last week's Pizza Party?
Lots of excitement was had at last week's Pizza Party at the Pleasuredome in Voxpro, check out our short video below with some highlights and our photo gallery!

Cork Chamber Pizza Party at the Voxpro Pleasuredome

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Improving Cork

Over the past weeks, the policy team has been very active making submissions to local and national Government to improve Cork’s attractiveness as a place to work and live.


We have shared our voice on:


  • The M28 Ringaskiddy motorway
  • The future traffic and transportation strategy for Little Island
  • The levying of Local Property Tax in Cork City
  • The design of the Harley Street Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge


All our policy submissions can be read here

As always, our policy submissions are formed on the back of our members’ valuable feedback.


Please do keep an eye out for future feedback requests, and do get in touch with the policy team if we can help advocate on your behalf.



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Safeguarding the rights of EU Citizens and their family members in the UK is a top priority

In the 14th edition of the Cork Chamber ‘Brexit Beyond the Border’ series, we spoke to Anna Hakala, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Finland to Ireland. Counsellor Hakala shared the Finnish outlook on Brexit and emphasised the need to increase trade and contacts between Finland and Ireland in the wake of Brexit.

Click here to read the latest edition


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Reducing the Gender Pay Gap

Reducing the gender pay gap is part of the Programme for Government. As part tackling this issue, the Department of Justice are currently inviting feedback on the following:

  • The factors creating the gender pay gap
  • The actions that need to be taken
  • How to implement these actions


One action proposed is: “Promote wage transparency by requiring companies of 50 or more employees to complete a wage survey periodically and report the results.”


If your company employs more than 50 people we would very much like to hear your thoughts on above by end-week, which we will then feed back into the Department.


Please contact Sarah with your views.

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Thursday Morning Throw-In
September Business Breakfast in association with the Irish Examiner

Date: Thursday 14th September
Time: 7.30am – 9.00am

Venue: Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Where Legends are Born

Cost: €25 members/ €50 non-members


Cork Chamber is proud to bring you Thursday Morning Throw-In, the September Business Breakfast which will be held in the brand spanking new Conference Centre at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, in association with the Irish Examiner. 


On the morning you’ll hear an exciting panel discussion chaired by RTÉ Sports Commentator Ger Canning in conversation with:

  • Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, Musgraves Retail Partners Ireland – longstanding sponsors of the GAA
  • Tomás Mulcahy, former Cork hurler and analyst on RTE's The Sunday Game
  • Anna Geary, former Cork camogie player, presenter and motivational speaker

Don’t miss your chance to tread in the footsteps of countless sporting heroes of the past and see the stunning transformation of Pairc Ui Chaoimh where legends truly are born and the legacy continues!


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Customs and Trade post-Brexit: What do I need to know?

Date: Friday, 22nd September

Time: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

Venue: The River Lee Hotel

Cost: €25

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With negotiations for the Brexit divorce deal underway, it is clear that Britain leaving the single market and customs union will pose a threat to many Irish companies. Whilst Ireland’s trade with Britain will not cease under Brexit, it will become more complicated.

Carol Lynch, Partner in BDO’s Customs and International Trade Services will deliver two workshop's which will focus on preparing for the possible customs controls and duties in Ireland-UK trade post Brexit, based on the various scenarios that may emerge. Whilst we do not know what (if any) trade agreement will be settled upon, it may take a number of formats and these formats will form the basis of these workshops.

Focus on the Food & Drinks Industry

Wednesday, 4th October

Time: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

 Venue: The River Lee Hotel

Cost: €25

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With the UK being the No. 1 destination for Irish food and drink exports over the past number of years, the Irish agri-food industry will undoubtedly be presented with unprecedented challenges with regard to Customs and Trade, post Brexit. The UK will continue to be a critically important market for Irish agri-food products.

On Wednesday 4th October, Carol will deliver a targeted workshop; aimed at assisting food and drink companies in their preparation for the various customs and trade scenarios which may arise due to Brexit.


Contact Eimear for further information.

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Get to Grips with Data Protection
Attend a free half-day conference
Date: Thursday, 28th September

Time: 8.00 am to 1.00 pm

Venue: Maryborough Hotel and Spa

Cost: FREE but booking is essential

Get to Grips with Data Protection is a free half-day (morning) conference that will take place in the Maryborough Hotel. EEN at Cork Chamber, together with it@cork, are teaming up to bring you up-to-date guidance, interactive masterclasses and facilitated roundtables to help you get your questions answered.

Contact Ivan for further information.

Final call for our GDPR survey! - In advance of the seminar  we want to hear about your GPDR-readiness! Help us by completing a short survey here


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Women in Leadership Executive Lunch
In association with Network Cork

Date: Friday 29th September

Time: 12pm – 3pm

Venue: Clayton Hotel Cork City

Cost: €50



Cork Chamber and Network Cork will partner once again to host the Women in Leadership Executive Lunch with guest speaker Caroline O'Driscoll.

As well as being a prominent Cork businesswoman and tax partner with KPMG, Caroline is also a remarkable social entrepreneur, co-founding the award winning IWish programme in 2015. Caroline is also serving as Chair of it@cork, having served on the Board of Directors since 2013.

This is a must-attend networking event with a great mix of Network Cork and Cork Chamber members – Places are limited, so please BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.


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The Art of Business
Business After Hours at the Glucksman

Date: Thursday 12th October

Time: 5:30pm – 7pm

Venue: The Glucksman, UCC

Cost: FREE for members



Cork Chamber invite you to spend an extraordinary evening surrounded by the wonder and majesty of the ocean at our upcoming member’s evening hosted by the Glucksman, a cultural and educational institution that promotes the research, creation and exploration of the visual arts.

On the evening you will have the chance to meet and connect with other members and if you need a break from talking business there will be plenty to say about the Glucksman’s current exhibitions Now Wakes the Sea and Deep Maps:West Cork Costal Cultures, both on display until 5th November.


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Subsidised Training
Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt)
Starts September 25th - €980 for Chamber Members!
Lean Six Sigma Green Belts are vital assets to any business. They are key employees equipped with specialist tools to make these ‘changes for the better’ happen.

Utilizing a vast array of tools, Lean Six Sigma focuses on improving speed and quality of a product or service, regardless of the industrial sector or size of the business, helping a business in becoming better and faster, providing a greater value product to the customer.

Click here to reserve a place!

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Dale Carnegie Programme - High Impact Presentations
Starts 19th September - Special September offer of €800 for Chamber Members!!

A presentation is one of the most important tools you have in business for getting things done. Whether you're persuading colleagues, selling a client, energising a team or showing an idea to senior management, the power of your presentation makes the difference between success and failure.

Following this programme, you will be able to:

  • Create a Positive First Impression
  • Increase Credibility
  • Present Complex Information
  • Communicate with Greater Impact
  • Motivate Others to Action
  • Respond to Pressured Situations
  • Inspire People to Embrace Change


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Member News
Latest Member News
  • Lucy O’Donoghue Consulting celebrates a business milestone - read more
  • Le Chéile are looking for volunteers across the business community for mentoring service across Cork County - read more
  • Irish Water set to brief Chambers across the country on water infrastructure development - read more
  • Consultant Paediatrician Appointment at Bon Secours Hospital, Cork - read more
  • The International Service Design Experience Designing for People |Transforming the Future|Impact by Design -read more
  • Short Course at UCC explores the future of Journalism, Documentary and Marketing - read more



Share your press releases to our website through our Member Information Centre (MIC). If you have forgotten your login details contact us and we can reset them for you! 

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Members Offers
Latest Member Offers
Member to Memeber offers
  • DeepRed Productions: deeply discounted video for the month of September - read more
  • Admirror: 20% discount on Admirror advertising - read more
  • Clayton Hotel Cork City: 20% OFF Brochure priced treatments over €30 in Essence Spa (Tuesday - Sunday) - read more
  • Griffith College Cork: grant of 10% off Tuition Fees - read more
  • Spiralli Business Solutions Ltd: 10% off Professional Web Consultancy Services - read more
  • Hayfield Manor: September Dining Offers - read more
  • The Logiskills Group: FREE on-site skills needs analysis - 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
  • Griffith College: Open Evening, September 6th - read more
  • The Everyman: Simon Yates, September 6th - read moreread more.
  • St Luke's Home:  5K Memorial Run, September 7th - read more
  • Geraldine O'Brien Results Coach: Bob Proctor Seminar, September 7th - read more
  • Crawford Art Gallery: Sonia Shiel: Rectangle, squared, September 8th - read more
  • CILT: Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, September 9th - read more
  • The Cork Association for Autism: Blue Balloon Fun Run & Walk, September 10th - read more
  • Malvern Hill: Workshop: Does All this Bootstrapping Actually Make Any Sense, September 12th - read more
  • Crowley Solicitors: GDPR Breakfast Briefing, September 14th - read more
  • New Minds Digital Marketing College: Become a Digital Marketing Expert and Get Certified in just 10 weeks starts September 13th - read more
  • Irish Management Institute: IMI Information Evening, 13th September - read more
  • Merrion Capital: Investment Options Seminar, September 13th - read more
  • Culture Night:  Cork City, September 22nd - read more
  • New Links Training Solutions: Conflict Management QQI Level 6, September 20th - read more. Supervisory Management QQI Level 6, September 21st - read more
  • Nimbus Centre: Business Breakfast: Fusion of Applied Technology & Commercial Realities, September 22nd - read more
  • The Metropole Hotel: The Cork Gourmet Trail as part of the Cork Oyster & Seafood Festival, 23rd September - read more. The Riptide Movement Live as part of The Cork Oyster & Seafood Festival, 22nd September - read more
  • The Keynes Centre: Reading for Change Book Club, September 25th - read more
  • Cork English College: Evening Classes, September 25th - read more
  • The International Service Design Experience - Service Design Conference, September 26th - read more
  • Cork Jobs Week / Job Fair: 28th September - read more
  • The Hope Foundation: Annual Lunch, September 29th - 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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