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Commercial Energy Efficiency Survey
Subsidised Training
Using Skills Analysis & Learning as a Tool for Business Growth
Customer Service and the Customer Experience
Jingle and Mingle at the best Christmas Lunch in town!
Maximise your Membership Morning
Mingle on the Mall
Cork Chamber’s Dublin Dinner 2017
Enter the Chinese Market via Cross Border eCommerce – a few 1:1 slots remain!
French companies seek Irish partners for their range of products and services
‘About Japan’ free webinars series
Bridging Borders with Innovation
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Himalaya Yoga Valley Cork declared Cork Digital Marketing Champion


Cork’s Digital Heroes were celebrated at the BiznetCork Skillnet; Cork Chamber Business School’s Digital Marketing Awards which took place last Thursday evening in Pairc Uí Chaoimh. With over 260 of Cork’s best digital minds in the room, the event rewarded their creativity and innovative approaches to digital marketing across 18 categories. All forms of digital marketing were feted, including Website, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram while this year two new categories were added; Digital Superhero & Best Use of Digital Marketing to Showcase Cork; both aimed at displaying what makes Cork a great place to work, live and play.
This year saw Himalaya Yoga Valley Cork declared as the overall 2017 Cork Digital Marketing Champion, whilst also taking home the prize for Best Use of Video (30 or less employees) & Digital Superhero.

Read more here.

Check out the photo gallery from the night

Commercial Energy Efficiency Survey

Energy Efficiency is about producing the same or better results with less energy. Making our buildings more energy efficient has multiple benefits, ranging from making them nicer environments, to lowering energy bills.  This can be achieved by improving a building with better insulation, upgraded heating or LED lighting and there are a range of supports available


For businesses, improved energy efficiency also contributes to improved competitiveness as well as increasingly important green credentials.  The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment are looking to engage with businesses of all sizes to:

  • outline some of the benefits energy efficiency delivers for businesses and the supports currently available to improve energy efficiency
  • provide an opportunity for businesses to have their voices heard on how they could be better supported to improve their energy efficiency. 


You can access the survey here

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Jingle and Mingle at the best Christmas Lunch in town!
In association with O’Flynn Exhams


Date: Friday 8th December

Time: 12.30pm – 3.00pm

Venue: Fota Island Resort

Cost: €60 / €75



Cork Chamber’s Christmas lunch is the social event of the festive season attracting over 300 attendees every year. This year’s lunch will be held in the fabulous Fota Island Resort and with plenty of festive food and drink, music, legendary raffle prizes and much more, it is the perfect seasonal event for entertaining clients and colleagues! We are delighted to announce that O’Flynn Exhams solicitors have come on board as sponsors for this year’s event.  O’Flynn Exhams is a leading commercial law firm that provides a full range of legal services to both national and multinational clients as well as the State sector.

This year we are excited to host satirist and impressionist Oliver Callan as the guest speaker at the event. As always Oliver will have us rolling in the aisles!

Why not book a table for you and your team and make a day of it? Tickets are sure to sell out quickly so BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment

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Maximise your Membership Morning

Date: Friday, 3rd November 
Time: 9.30am – 11am
Venue: Cork Chamber, Fitzgerald House, Summerhill North
Cost: Free - registration essential*

Visit Cork Chamber and learn how to maximise your membership through our various promotional channels in particular through your Members Information Centre (MIC).


You can use the MIC to build your company profile, promote member offers & upcoming events and post job vacancies & press releases.

This session is open to both new members and long-term members who would like a refresher so please forward the invitation to anyone in your organisation who may be interested, thank you!


*There is limited availability so please contact Annie or Deirdre on the membership team on 021 – 4530136 to register.  


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Mingle on the Mall
November Business After Hours

Date: Thursday 16th November

Time: 5:30pm – 7pm

Venue: AIB, 66 South Mall

Cost: FREE for members




Cork Chamber is proud to partner with AIB Bank on South Mall for the November Business After Hours. The Munster & Leinster Bank was founded in 1885 and started to operate with 66 South Mall as its headquarters. By 1908 it became necessary to establish an office to meet the growing demands of Cork’s merchant and business community. One hundred years on, AIB Bank continues to proudly support the people and businesses of Cork from their iconic office in the heart of the City.


One of your last networking chances of 2017, this event will include the "speed networking bell" - ensuring that you meet at least 10 new contacts on the night.  Book now to join with your fellow Chamber members for the best networking night in town – you can bank on it!




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Cork Chamber’s Dublin Dinner 2017
In association with EY

Date: Tuesday 21st November
Venue: Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin

Cost: €150 pp/€1500 table of ten




With tickets selling fast Cork Chamber’s Dublin Dinner 2017 is set to be an unforgettable night! This Black Tie event has grown steadily over the past six years, attracting almost 600 business leaders and key political decision makers in 2016.


On the night the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Business Award’ will be presented to Voxpro co-founders Dan and Linda Kiely. The Dublin Dinner is perfect for making new connections and strengthening existing relationships and also, thanks to the great food and great atmosphere, it’s a fantastic event to entertain clients, colleagues and prospects.


Click here to find out more and BOOK NOW!

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Enter the Chinese Market via Cross Border eCommerce – a few 1:1 slots remain!

Venue: Cork Chamber

Date: 28th November

Time: Various

Book: HERE


EEN at Cork Chamber, is partnering with ACTTAO and Mamabud, Irish companies who are both experienced in Chinese e-commerce, to provide free, confidential 1:1 business consultations to offer insight into how Irish companies supplying B2B/B2C products or services can enter the Chinese market through cross border e-commerce (CBEC).


A few places remain for these 1:1 slots. Click here to register and upon registration, you will be asked to complete a short form. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Contact Eimear for further information. 

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French companies seek Irish partners for their range of products and services
  • French designer and producer of high speed roller doors for cleanrooms seeks Irish distributors (Ref. BOFR20170606001)
  • Irish distributors sought for a medical device to treat venous pathology at home (Ref. BOFR20160701001)
  • French company specialises in genomic immunology seeks Irish distributors (Ref. BOFR20170131001)


For further information on these profiles, see ‘read more’ or contact Eimear.

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‘About Japan’ free webinars series

Irish companies targeting the Japanese market are invited to register for the free ‘About Japan’ webinars series which aim to offer practical information about Japan. Participation is free but prior membership of the EU Business in Japan Portal (which is also free) is required. Upcoming webinars include:

  • Invest Tokyo: Tokyo Metropolitan Government initiatives to support foreign companies and entrepreneurs – 7 November
  • Introduction to business in Japan from a fiscal perspective – 14 November
  • Cross-cultural issues: managing Japanese HR – 21 November
  • Market opportunities for EU agribusinesses in the context of the EU-Japan EPA – 30 November


To register for a webinar(s) or for the EU Business in Japan Portal, see ‘read more’.

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Bridging Borders with Innovation

Date: Thursday, 30th November,

Time: 10:00 to 14:00

Venue: Craigavon, Co. Armagh

Book: HERE


EEN at Invest Northern Ireland, in association with Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council, will host ‘Bridging Borders with Innovation’ on Thursday, 30 November. The event, which is free to attend, will focus on innovation management and new international standards, how cross-border collaboration can drive and enable innovation, and what support is available to help you achieve it.

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Subsidised Training
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.


Secure your place here! 


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Customer Service and the Customer Experience
Starts 6th November (1/2 day) - €75 for Chamber Members!

At the end of this programme, successful participants will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrate empathy.
  • Establish the customer’s needs quickly and effectively.
  • Manage aggressive customers and behave in an assertive manner.
  • Handle complaints in a polite and professional manner.
  • Resolve problems using effective questioning and listening techniques.
  • Maintain a positive attitude throughout

Secure your place here!

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Member News
Latest Member News
  • Are you a smaller business with placement or job opportunities? - read more
  • Boom! Bam! Cork’s Digital Heroes Celebrated! Read more
  • Cork's Newly Awarded 4* Hotel - Read more
  • Customer Service Charter for Cork City – 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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Have you relocated to Cork recently?

Collins McNicholas are conducting a survey in partnership with IDA Ireland, Cork Chamber and Cork City Council, with a view to gathering feedback from people who have relocated to the Cork Region, regarding how their move has impacted both their career and quality of life. It is hoped that the results of the survey will help to attract organisations and talented professionals to the region.  The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete and respondents will automatically be entered into a draw for a brand new iPad Mini! The individual survey results will be kept strictly confidential and the general findings will be used to inform the marketing and promotion of the Cork Region.  If you have a relevant story we would love to hear your feedback!



Final responses required by Friday 3rd November at 9am!



Complete the survey here



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Members Offers
Do business with fellow members
Member to Memeber offers
  • Robin Hill Clinic: Massage Pamper Package with discounted Afternoon Tea - read more
  • The PowerUP Advantage: Motivational Talk To Boost Your Teams Morale, 25% off - read more
  • Eurostyle:  Christmas Catalogue Promotion, 10% off all pricing - 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
  • UCC: Policy Forum: Re-Thinking Irish Development, 3rd Nov. - read more
  • Asia Matters: Global Asia Matters Business Summit Going Global Faster:The New Asia Reality, 8th Nov. - read more
  • Everyman: Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor, until 9th Nov. - read more
  • IMI: Why fostering a growth mindset in organisations matters, 7th Nov. - read more
  • Cork Pops Orchestra: Evelyn Grant Cork Pops Orchestra Schools Concerts, 7th - 9th Nov. - read more
  • Breakthrough Cancer Research: Corporate Quiz with a Twist! 8th Nov. - read more
  • Geraldine O'Brien: Lead Yourself Lead Your Life - read more 8th Nov. - read more
  • Network Cork:  November 2017 event - Walking on the Moon, 9th Nov. - read more
  • The Imperial Hotel: Delas  Rhone Wine Dinner, 10th Nov. - read more
  • Exertis: Lifesciences Trends 2017: A National & Regional Perspective, 15th Nov. - read more
  • Irish Heart Foundation: Cork Heart Lunch, 17th Nov. - read more
  • The Mercy Hospital:  Anniversary Ball 17th - Nov. read more
  • Cork International Hotel: Cork Chocolate Festival, 25th Nov. - 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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