Positive report for Waterford Chamber at 229th AGM
Waterford Chamber elected its first ever French President, Laurent Borla, at the 229th AGM in the Granville Hotel last night (Monday, May 23rd).
Mr Borla has been an active member of Waterford Chamber for many years and said in his opening address that at this stage he is ‘nearly more Waterford than French’ having lived and worked in his adopted county for so long.
“To be part of such a rich heritage and to contribute in some small way is a very proud thing for me and my family, who are deeply rooted in this community”, he said.
Looking forward to the year ahead, Laurent announced job creation and economic growth as his key priorities, with a particular emphasis on start-ups and technology.
“I admit I love toys, I admire innovators and technology fascinates me. With these interests, Waterford is a great place to live, particularly as it is becoming a highly respected innovative technologically advanced city.”
Mr Borla said as the leading advocate for business in Waterford, Chamber intends to lobby the new Minister of State for Training and Skills at the earliest opportunity.
“We want jobs, we want education, we want skills and training and we as a Chamber won’t be afraid to ask for it. Waterford Chamber acts as a voice for all business and we are acutely aware of the challenges that businesses face. It is our priority to address those issues at a local, regional and national level. We will continue to work closely with Waterford City & County Council, the IDA, Enterprise Ireland and other key stakeholders including our membership, to secure future job creation opportunities for Waterford and the South East Region.”
Outgoing President Michael O’Dwyer said lots has been done to rebuild Waterford and there is still plenty to do.
“Waterford is steadily becoming a vibrant city to do business and we in Chamber are very proud to have been a strategic stakeholder in making this happen.
“There is so much to look forward to now – the significant infrastructural work ongoing and planned for our City, the strategic development zoning of the North Quays with demolition work underway, the plans for a new shopping centre, the Apple Market is due a major face-lift as part of the Urban Renewal Development, ArcLabs is about to undergo a major expansion, jobs being created by many of our leading companies, the West Pharma construction is at an advanced stage.....these are just some of the highlights and the list goes on.
“All of these factors and initiatives, in addition to the changing cityscape, have the potential to deliver a very significant economic boost for Waterford and the SE Region in the years ahead.”
Chamber CEO Nick Donnelly reported that Chamber is performing better than it has in years, which was reiterated by Treasurer Ronan Brazil, who confirmed that membership was growing and Chamber is in a very solid position to develop going forward.
Following official proceedings, the newly elected Board of Directors was announced with Paul Nolan, Dawn Meats being elected as Deputy President; the role of Vice President goes to Kathryn Kiely, WIT, while Teresa Jane O'Mahoney, BMCI Insurance & Investments, and Ronan Brazil, O'Sullivan Scanlon Brazil, are being retained as Company Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
In addition, the ladies came to the fore during the election process, with Ciara O’Connor, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Maria Clifford, Book A Room / Liberty Blue Estate Agents; Pamela Pim, Bank of Ireland and Jacqui Kielthy, Fieldmaster joining Neil Kennealy, Cantec Business Technology, as the new faces on the Board.
Existing Directors Danette Connolly, Home Instead Senior Care / NAS Centre; Jonathan Earl, B2B Communications; Kieran Walsh, The Munster Express; Nora Widger, Theatre Royal; Tina Darrer, Dooley's Hotel and Tony Power, Bausch & Lomb were also re-elected to serve for the next two years.
President: Laurent Borla, Senantra
Deputy President: Paul Nolan, Dawn Meats
Vice President: Kathryn Kiely, WIT
Secretary: Teresa Jane O'Mahoney, BMCI Insurance & Investments
Treasurer: Ronan Brazil, O'Sullivan Scanlon Brazil
Ciara O’Connor, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Danette Connolly, Home Instead Senior Care / NAS Centre
As decision day for the Three Sisters 2020 Bid is within sight, Waterford Chamber, through its Retail, Tourism and Hospitality Committee, are encouraging local businesses to dress their windows and show their support.
Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny have come together in a bid to win the European Union’s prestigious European Capital of Culture title for 2020. A final decision will be made on July 15th this summer, after the European panel has visited the region.
Businesses are encouraged to celebrate a European Union connection – restaurants and cafes can display a selection of European foods; retail stores can embrace European cultures or other business can promote and display what the Three Sisters Bid means to them.
Nick Donnelly, CEO Waterford Chamber said: “It is hugely important that we work together to do what we can for the bid. Dressing your window is not a big ask but will have a significant impact. The Three Sisters 2020 team can also send posters, banners or flags to any businesses that wish to display them. So we are asking members and the wider business community to get their thinking caps on and get creative. We all want to put our best foot forward to impress the judges on July 15th as winning the Bid will bring with it enormous and long-lasting benefits to our entire region.”
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Waterford Chamber is delighted to announce that Sunday Business Post Editor Ian Kehoe is the guest speaker at our annual President's Lunch on Friday, June 10th in Waterford Castle.
The high-profile lunch is the first on the calendar for Incoming President Laurent Borla and over the years has become one of the key events on the Chamber schedule.
Ian brings a wealth of business and media experience to the table and we look forward to hearing more about his story and an overview of business in the region from a media perspective.
Only a few tickets remaining so book today!
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Ian Kehoe is the Editor of the Sunday Business Post. An award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster, he is a former presenter and reporter with RTE’s Prime Time programme.
He has twice been named as Ireland’s Business & Economics Journalist of the Year. Kehoe, 35, has made a number of major documentaries for the state broadcaster RTÉ, including Namaland and Who’s Buying Ireland. He is the co-author of Citizen Quinn, a bestselling book about the financial collapse of Sean Quinn. Originally from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, he now lives in Dublin with his wife and two children.
Cpl Resources plc. is Ireland’s largest recruitment agency and a global provider of staffing, recruitment, training and outsourcing services. The regional office here in Waterford opened just over a year ago and they continue to work closely with many local companies as well as many IDA start-ups. With deep sectoral knowledge and experience in the South East region, Cpl is well placed to offer local high quality service with the support of the national Cpl Jobs Ireland network.
Waterford Walls, in association with Waterford Chamber Skillnet, invite you to the launch of Waterford Walls 2016 at a breakfast briefing with guest speaker, Brent Pope.
Waterford Walls are delighted that Brent Pope, the New Zealand-born rugby player, presenter of Outsider Art and much-loved media personality, has come on board as Ambassador for 2016.
They have teamed up to showcase Waterford Walls' contribution to the Creative Economy in stimulating job growth and investment opportunities in Waterford City. The Creative Economy is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy, not just in terms of income generation but also for job creation and export earnings (UN, 2013). Building a strong Creative Economy in Waterford boosts visitor numbers to the city and is a benefit to the IDA in attracting Foreign Direct Investment.
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Waterford Walls is an international street art project which aims to re-energise old buildings and reuse them as canvases to paint beautiful artwork. By targeting these buildings and transforming them, Waterford Walls achieves something that no other city or town in Ireland has done before. In August 2016, 40 artists will descend on Waterford City to paint beautiful artwork on 40 walls. Over the main festival weekend there will be workshops, artjams, music and art trails. New Street Gardens will host a family friendly weekend of music, food and live art demos. www.waterfordwalls.ie
This year RTÉ Supporting the Arts is confirmed as Waterford Walls' media sponsor. An RTÉ documentary is currently in production documenting the project and its importance in promoting the Creative Economy. Waterford Walls will also feature in the promotional video for Aer Lingus transatlantic flights as the “go-to” festival to visit this year in Waterford.
Joe Caslin was the headline artist at Waterford Walls 2015. Joe is an Irish Cultural Ambassador, street artist, illustrator and teacher. Joe will talk about the Waterford Walls Project, how he got involved, along with an overview of his work on the Yes Equality Campaign which has led him to being Irish Cultural Ambassador 2016. He will link this in with the other national project he curated, Our Nations Sons, and how important it is to give a voice to young males aged between 16–22 who are at the highest risk of suicide/depression.