Cork Chamber Reflection on Budget 2018
Reacting to Minister Donohoe’s presentation of his first budget, Cork Chamber welcomed Budget 2018 as a steady step towards building a stronger Irish economy and society.
Commenting, Bill O’Connell, Cork Chamber President, said: “Overall we welcome the prioritisation of public investment over tax cuts and the return to a balanced budget, which will enable us to focus investment in the areas most needed going forward.”
“In a budget with limited funds available for additional spend, we feel it is appropriate that there is major focus on investment in our social infrastructure as this creates a supportive environment for business. Better health provision, increased resources for An Garda Siochána and education, as well as more affordable housing and childcare, must take centre stage in the Ireland we want to build for our future.”
Budget 2018 backs Electric
Electric Vehicles for businesses
Budget 2018 included a zero per cent rate of Benefit-in-Kind for one year on electric vehicles to improve the viability of electric cars. Electric vehicles (EVs) are not only environmentally friendly; they are also good for business.
What are the Benefits of Electric Vehicles for business in Ireland?
- Tax Benefits: Electric vehicles and associated charging infrastructure qualify for Accelerated Capital Allowances as well as reduced motor tax.
- Grant Support: SEAI offer a purchase grant of up to €3,800 for N1 category vehicles.
- Running Costs: Savings on fuel and maintenance costs when compared to petrol or diesel vehicle equivalents.
- Environmental Image: Electric vehicles can play an integral role in environmental CSR strategies, alongside significantly reducing a business’s carbon footprint.
EVs are fast becoming an economical choice for businesses.
Thermodial, a leader in the Irish building service engineering sector since 1987, has embarked on a 5 year programme to convert its entire vehicle fleet (35 vehicles) to EVs. Commenting on the decision to make the switch, Thermodial Managing Director Turlough Kinane, said “Energy management is a rising global theme that is very relevant to our business as reflected by our attainment of the ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental Management System in 2016. We didn’t take long to first assess and then invest on the basis that it is the right thing for us to do both professionally, environmentally and financially too.” The company has already made the move to phase-in new electric vans (zero-emissions Nissan eNV200s) as old, diesel-powered vehicles reach replacement age. The entire Thermodial fleet will be 100% electric by 2022.
For more information on electric vehicles and associated incentives please visit online
Communication Skills QQI Level 5
Starts October 25th - €400 for Chamber Members!
The purpose of this special purpose QQI Level 5 award is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to communicate verbally and nonverbally in work-related tasks, operating independently and to work well under general direction.
- Analyse a range of current issues in communication and information technologies
- Use appropriate nonverbal and visual communication in personal and work settings including one to ones and group or team situations
- Using verbal skills in a range of settings including presentations, team meetings and interviews
- Reading techniques to include skimming, obtaining an over view, identifying key points, critical evaluations and in-depth analysis
- Learn a range of drafting, proofreading and editing skills
- Provide effective feedback, within the correct assertive manner
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Using Skills Analysis & Learning As A Tool For Business Growth
Starts November 7th - €175 for Chamber Members
Owner Managers of companies can sometimes overlook the importance of defining a Learning and Development Strategy as a tool that can assist them in the achievement of their overall company objectives. Businesses will often have a financial plan, a sales plan and perhaps a vision and mission statement as instruments that can guide their activities.
Rarely will they have a Strategic Learning Plan. A strategic Learning Plan is a Plan, which outlines the Learning required by the individuals and the teams in any organisation. It includes what the best type of intervention might be, for example, coaching, mentoring and online or instructor led training. Each learning area is linked directly to a Business Goal.
The aim is to embrace learning as a core business tool that can help a business to achieve its growth objectives.
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Dive Into New Connections
Business After Hours at the Glucksman
Date: Thursday 12th October
Time: 5:30pm – 7pm
Venue: The Glucksman, UCC
Cost: FREE for members
Places are filling up fast for Cork Chamber’s first members evening hosted by the Glucksman, a cultural and educational institution that promotes the research, creation and exploration of the visual arts.
Don’t miss your chance to meet and connect with your fellow 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 Coastal Cultures, both on display until 5th November.
Cork Chamber’s Dublin Dinner 2017
In association with EY
Date: Tuesday 21st November
Venue: Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin
Cost: €150 per person / €1500 table of ten
Tickets are now on sale for Cork Chamber’s Dublin Dinner 2017 which will be held on Tuesday 21st November at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road.
Over the past six years this black tie event has grown to become one of the most popular and prestigious events in our calendar, attracting close to 600 business leaders, political decision makers and dignitaries.
It offers the business community from both cities the chance to establish new connections and strengthen existing relationships as we all work towards the common goal of protecting our future growth and prosperity as a nation.
We are delighted to have the continued support of EY as the headline sponsor of the dinner and Kernel Capital as Networking Reception sponsor.
Click here for more information.
Enhancing the Customer Experience through Quality Service in Cork City
The Cork City Centre Forum, in conjunction with the School of Business, CIT are hosting a seminar entitled ‘Enhancing the Customer Experience through Quality Service in Cork City', on Tuesday 24th October at The Metropole Hotel Cork. Sandra Mathew-Marsh, from Visit Kent in the UK will share her experience as the destination strategist for Visit Kent. Sandra has worked in the tourism industry for over 25 years holding senior non-executive and executive Director roles in the public and private sector. Don't miss out BOOK HERE.
Celebrate your achievements
Don't miss out on a great opportunity to be part of Cork Company of the Year Awards 2018.
The four award categories are:
- Cork Emerging Company of the Year (< 3 years in business) APPLY HERE
- Cork SME Company of the Year (< 50 employees) APPLY HERE
- Cork Large of the Year (50-100 employees) APPLY HERE
- Cork Corporate of the Year ( 200+ employees) APPLY HERE
You can also nominate a business HERE.
Closing date for completed applications is 1pm Thursday 26th October 2017.
Learn about opportunities for Irish food exporters in ASEAN Markets
Date: 18th October
Time: 12:00 - 16:00
Venue: Bord Bia offices
Clanwilliam Court, Lower Mount St Dublin.
This EU-ASEAN trade seminar will discuss supports available for Irish food exporters in Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
Innovate 2017, 8th-9th November, NEC Birmingham
FREE registration available for Irish companies!
Innovate 2017 is the UK’s leading innovation event and it allows attendees to meet creators, investors and entrepreneurs from all over the world. Hosted by Innovate UK, the event will allow attendees to hear captivating speakers and see game-changing innovations for the first time.Innovate 2017 ticket-holders will also have the opportunity to participate in a free Enterprise Europe Network matchmaking event; allowing attendees to pre-arrange meetings with innovators, research centres, universities and investors from the UK and overseas.
International businesses and research organisations can receive FREE registration to Innovate 2017 (which normally costs GB£199). Register your interest by emailing here and you will receive an international delegate registration form to complete. Contact Eimear for further information.
Connect with Augustine Plastics
Pennsylvania-based Augustine Plastics Inc. offers contract and custom manufacture of injection-moulded components, product design assistance, manufacture feasibility assessments, product assembly, and secondary operations. Additionally they can provide product packaging, inventory warehousing-storage and logistics, delivery and shopping to North American and overseas customers/markets.
Augustine Plastics will be in Ireland w/c 16th October and during that time, are keen to link in with medical device and healthcare product industries to discuss potential areas for collaboration. If you wish to find out more about Augustine Plastics or potentially meet them during their visit, please contact Augustine Plastics CEO, James Brown, for further information.
Latest Member News
- Cork Chamber Reflection on Budget 2018 - read more
- Budget underscores commitment to stability and creates opportunity for continued growth - read more
- Workplaces are getting ‘PSYCHED’ in Cork - read more
- New Orthopaedic Consultant Appointment at Bon Secours Hospital, Cork - Mr David Morrissey - read more
- Kilkenny Shop Irish Craft & Design Week, 9-15 Oct 2017 - read more
- MUSICA Orchestra concert with Cara O'Sullivan **SOLD OUT** - read more
- Chambers Ireland Welcomes the Proposals of Planning Regulation Reforms - read more
- Ronan Daly Jermyn launches online resource for entrepreneurs - read more
- The Imperial Hotel to host Black Tie Ball in aid of the Children’s Leukaemia Association - read more
- Aer Lingus Autumn Lunch in aid of Cork ARC Cancer Support House - read more
- Janssen expansion announcement is a major boost - read more
- Creating a buzz… ApisProtect named Bank of Ireland/ IGNITE Business of the Year 2017 - read more
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Do business with fellow members
- Cogans Toyota: Toyota Plus Sales Event - read more
- Admirror: 20% discount on Admirror advertising - read more
- Spiralli Business Solutions Ltd: 10% off Professional Web Consultancy Services - read more
- The Logiskills Group: FREE on-site skills needs analysis - read more
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Taste Cork Week 2017
Taste Cork Week takes place 16th to 22nd October and will celebrate Cork’s produce, history and flourishing food culture. Throughout the week, Cork restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs will be showcasing their creativity, designing sensational menus as part of the ‘Taste Cork Experience’. The jam-packed week will also feature food trails; cookery demonstrations, distillery and brewery tours, as well as opportunities to meet the producers. The following week, Taste Cork is teaming up with Diageo and Guinness Jazz Festival to bring an extended jazz special. See here for the full calendar of events.
Upcoming Member Events
- NRF: Do you want to be a sales guru? 17th Oct. - read more
- MII: Launch Event and hear "How do we save advertising in the digital age?" 11th Oct. - read more
- Hayfield Manor: Afternoon Tea with Cantate Choir in support of Pieta House, 13th Oct. - read more
- Muckross Park Hotel & Spa: Michelin Star Chef Derry Clarke, 13th Oct. - read more
- JCI Cork: National Convention 2017, 13th - 15th Oct. - read more
- The Imperial Hotel: Children’s Leukaemia Association Black Tie Ball, 13th Oct. - read more
- Muckross Park Hotel & Spa: An evening with Michelin Star Chef Derry Clarke, 13th Oct. - read more
- The Everyman: Tom Crean - Antarctic Explorer, until Oct. 14th - read more
- Brighter Communities: Kenya Ball 2017, 14th Oct. - read more
- Permanent TSB: Mortgage Event Sunday 15th Oct. 12pm to 5pm - read more
- Taste Cork Week: 16th -22nd Oct. - read more
- Techfindr: 2017 Munster GDPR Hotel Conference, 17th Oct. - read more
- Holy Smoke: Taste of Cork: Whiskey & Craft Beer Edition, 17th Oct. - read more
- ISPCC: Childline Breakfast Together Morning 2017 Blackrock Castle Café, 17th Oct. - read more
- Geraldine O'Brien: Create a Winning Self Image, 18th Oct. - read more
- Enable Ireland: Style Event at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 18th Oct. - read more
- BH Consulting: INFOSEC VS GDPR ISO 27001 & GDPR, 18th Oct. - read more
- St. Luke's Home: Annual Corporate Lunch, Guest Speaker Patrick Coveney, CEO Greencore, 20th Oct. - read more
- Tyndall: Tyndall Technology Days, 25th Oct - read more
- Mason Hayes Curran: Do's and Don'ts of Disciplinary Procedures, 25th Oct. - read more
- Jazz Cuts at Holy Smoke: a Night of Steaks, Whiskey & Live Jazz! 25th Oct. - read more
- Spinal Injuries Ireland: Cork Jazz Ball in aid of Spinal Injuries Ireland (Cork), 28th Oct. - read more
- The Everyman: Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, 28th Oct. - read more
- The Wellness Champions Cork: 'The Road Not Taken' Art Exhibition, 28th Oct. - read more
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