17th April 2020

Weekly Newsletter



Weekly Newsletter

Friday, April 17, 2020

Another week of lockdown draws to a close, or as we like to look on it at Ennis Chamber, we are a week closer to the return of normality, albeit a new kind of normality.

Meeting with Minister Humphreys

Yesterday (Thursday April 16), Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, hosted a meeting of CEO’s representing Chambers throughout Ireland, including Ennis Chamber.  The Minister spoke to each of us individually and listened intently to what we identified as key issues.

As CEO representing Ennis Chamber, I had the opportunity to communicate the fear local business owners have around taking on additional debt and like my Chamber colleagues, urged the Minister to consider a substantial cash stimulus package for all affected businesses to help kick-start the economy.  Among the other issues raised on behalf of our members is the need for a roadmap to explain how businesses will exit the current situation.

Minister Humhreys was hugely attentive and positive, and gave very generously of her time, with the meeting lasting just shy of two hours.

As a member of her local Chamber, Minister Humphreys appreciates that the Chambers Network is embedded in local communities throughout Ireland and as such provides an excellent forum through which her  Department can stay in touch with real issues on the ground, across all sectors.

Free Webinar 

Those of you not to have registered for this afternoon’s (April 17) FREE Webinar, don’t worry you have a few hours to do so. We strongly recommend participation in this webinar, to be delivered by award-winning ActionCOACH Derek O’Dwyer.

The Webinar will cover financials, recovery planning, sales and marketing, and will start at 3pm, but you must pre-register for access.

Here’s the link to registration:

LEO Supports

Local Enterprise Offices throughout Ireland have been tasked to deliver a portfolio of business supports to help local businesses respond positively to COVID-19 related issues.

LEO Clare is processing supports including  Business Continuity Vouchers, Business Loans, Business Grants, Trading Online Vouchers, Mentoring, Webinars,  LEAN for Micro.

For a full list and details about these supports and how to access these supports, please follow this link:


National Stress Awareness Month

Finally, did you know April is National Stress Awareness month? How appropriate it should fall at time when our stress levels have been tested like never before!

To tap into the new suite of wellness and mental health supports launched by Failte Ireland read:

Meanwhile, the team at BrightHR  have compiled a list of five top tips on how to boost your mental wellbeing, and we are happy to share those tips with you. Follow this link:

I hope these tips are helpful.

Have a lovely weekend.

Margaret O’Brien

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