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Supporting local industry at Toys4.0Engineers

With only days to go to Waterford Chamber’s Toys4Engineers, a selection of Waterford’s leading companies are gearing for the new ‘Meet the Buyer’ segment at the Chambers Ireland Event of the Year.

Sponsored by Waterford Local Enterprise Office, the Meet the Buyer segment is designed to support local businesses and increase supply-chains in the region.

Over the past number of years, there have been many new contracts generated through Toys4Engineers. Waterford Chamber believes it is vital to foster these relationships and increase discussions around local procurement.

According to Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley, “Ultimately, Toys4Engineers is a business event and while there is great fun to be had, the goal is to network, showcase your products and generate sales. This has occurred organically over the past number of years, but this year, with the help of Enterprise Ireland and the support of Waterford Local Enterprise Office, we want to bring a more formal structure to it. We are delighted to have the support of West Pharma, Bausch + Lomb, Ball, Sanofi, Nypro, Dawn Meats and Cartamundi, who are all giving their time to ‘Meet the Buyer’ and we are working with them to arrange strategic meetings with indigenous companies who are exhibiting on the day.”

Jacqui Gaule, Waterford Local Enterprise Office says Meet the Buyer is a good fit for them in terms of supporting smaller companies. “It can be difficult to understand the procurement process and for many companies, they can’t get past the first hurdle. This is a fantastic opportunity for them to get face to face time with the decision makers and showcase their products. We have fantastic companies here in Waterford and we are delighted to be in a position to support and encourage local interactions in this regard.”

Toys4Engineers will take over WIT Arena this coming Thursday, starting with a networking breakfast at 8am and followed by the Indoor and Outdoor Expo, with thanks to Clem Jacob Hire, CPD certified Masterclasses with Waterford Chamber Skillnet, the aforementioned Meet the Buyer and a Students Seminar presented by Waterford Institute of Technology and Engineering the South-East.

The event is free to attend and open to the public - to register in advance, log on to


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