Chambers Ireland Digest – 12 February 2018

Posted on February 14th, 2018

Summary of the Valuation System and National Revaluation Programme

 Working with the Valuation Office, Chambers Ireland has put together a summary which aims to assist Chambers and their members in the understanding of the Valuation System and National Revaluation Programme which is currently undertaking a revaluation of all rateable properties in Ireland. The attached summary provides brief information including the role of the Valuation Officereasons why rates increase and how to appeal a valuation.

The purpose of a revaluation is to bring more equity, uniformity, fairness and transparency into the local authority rating system resulting in a more equitable…

Retail Therapy for Retailers! Developing a Growth Strategy for your Retail Business

Posted on February 12th, 2018

Ennis Chamber in conjunction with Clare Local Enterprise Office is hosting a breakfast briefing on Wednesday, 7th March at 7:30am-11:30am for owner/managers of retail and consumer facing businesses across Clare.  The seminar is targeted at fashion/jewellery retailers, cafes, restaurants, foodservice outlets, hotels, beauty salons, gyms, opticians, pharmacies, florists and other service providers that are looking to adopt new business practices and accelerate the growth of their retail business in 2018.

Attendees will hear about retail trends for 2018 from leading retail mentor James Burke, who was the retail adviser to Fergal Quinn’s Retail Therapy Programme and widely regarded as a pioneer…

Ennis Chamber welcomes new Working Group to examine USC-PRSI merge

Posted on February 12th, 2018

Chambers IrelandEnnis Chamber has fully endorsed the stance taken by Chambers Ireland this week in welcoming the announcement by Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe TD,  to establish a cross – departmental Working Group to examine and report on options for the amalgamation of USC and PRSI.

William Cahir,  President, Ennis Chamber said, “We welcome the clear commitment from Government to long-term planning and the reform of our personal taxation system. Increased simplification of the tax system will be welcome for both employers and employees alike.

He added, “However, having successfully broadened the tax base with the introduction…

Ennis Chamber Supports Town Retail Support Programme

Posted on February 8th, 2018

Ennis Chamber is delighted to support the Local Enterprise Office in offering what is an excellent opportunity to local retailers and consumer facing businesses.

The ‘Town Retail Support Programme’ is a training initiative designed  to give participating businesses expert advice and strategic focus.

 Delivered by James Smith & Associates (best known for their work with Feargal Quinn) the one-to-one programme targeted at owner/managers, will challenge 15 retail / customer facing businesses about how they currently do business and will look at real ways to improve sales growth and profitability.

 If you are the…

Chambers Ireland Weekly Digest, 22 January 2018

Posted on January 24th, 2018

Chambers IrelandChambers Ireland Weekly Digest, 22 January 2018

CSR for SMEs Guide

Chambers Ireland is delighted to have published a CSR for SMEs Guide, which we will be distributing free of charge to the network this week. The guide outlines the benefits of CSR and ways that SMEs can engage, including the offer of one-on-one meetings with CSR experts from Chambers Ireland’s Policy Council at a location convenient to them, and free of charge. This is an excellent opportunity for an SME to develop a plan for CSR in their company with the help of an expert.

 We…

Chambers Ireland welcomes Formal Agreement of €300 million Brexit Loan Scheme

Posted on January 24th, 2018

 Chambers IrelandCommenting on today’s (22 January 2018) announcement of a formal agreement on the leveraging of a total of €300m for the Brexit Loan Scheme for Irish businesses,

 Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said,

 “We welcome today’s formal agreement, which aligns with our consistent recommendations for state-guaranteed supports for Irish businesses to diversify into new markets. Indeed, this was one of our central recommendations in our Pre-Budget Submission 2018 last year, which called for an Export Working Capital Scheme to help SMEs meet the challenges arising from Brexit.

“The Loan Scheme…

Clare Business Bowling Championship 2018

Posted on January 19th, 2018

Clare Business Bowling Championship 2018The Annual Ennis-Phoenix  Twinning Board, Clare Business Bowling Championship will be held on Thursday 1st February at Planet Entertainment, Drumbiggle. Teams of four will be playing for the AIB Perpetual Cup. Register your team today.

Employer Briefing on Springboard + 2018

Posted on January 15th, 2018

Employer Briefing Springboard +2018Ennis Chamber members are invited to attend an employers briefing to be held at Bank of Ireland, Workbench,  O’Connell Street, Limerick on Monday 29 January from 18:00 – 20:00.

Springboard+ is a Government funded programme of higher education courses at Level 6 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework. Both UL and LIT will be present at this briefing to hear views from employers regarding new courses to meet new skill needs. All Springboard courses are 90% discounted by the state.

The qualifying criteria for eligibility onto Springboard programmes has changed for 2018 and this employer briefing event, delivered by Mid-West…

Ennis Book Club Festival – Support and Promotion Opportunities

Posted on January 3rd, 2018

Ennis Book ClubEnnis Book Club Festival brings a great buzz to the streets on the first weekend in March each year, attracting visitors from near and far. The support of local business helps the festival continue to thrive and to promote commercial activity in Ennis. Businesses can support the festival and promote through:

-“eat and shop” Map (cost: €100)
The map and index in the festival programme and website is an effective way for shops and restaurants to get festival business.

– Friend/Supporter  (cost from €100)
Your business is thanked in the programme and website.

– Promote your business with competition prizes
National competitions…

Crime Prevention Briefing for Ennis Retailers and Business Owners

Posted on December 12th, 2017

Ennis Chamber is delighted to join forces with An Garda Síochána, to support a meeting for Ennis retailers and business owners, to take place at An Garda Síochána station, Ennis, on Monday December 18th at 6.30pm. The meeting will focus on crime prevention over the festive season.

Aware that retailers are very busy this time of year, the meeting will be brief (45 minutes). Speakers will include Superintendent Brendan McDonagh and Garda Deirdre O’Doherty the Business Liaison officer for Ennis.

This meeting continues to build on the excellent working partnership between An Garda Síochána, Ennis Chamber and its members, local retailers…