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Autoboland Jaguar and Land Rover was the place to be on Thursday night last for the Waterford Chamber Business Expo, which saw over 80 exhibitors showcase the vibrant business offering in Waterford right now.

Special guest, horse trainer and jockey Joseph O’Brien took time to go around to meet with exhibitors and said he was hugely impressed by the diverse businesses on show and in particular High Horse Events, who provided free tea and coffee for everyone in attendance from their converted horse box.

He also lent his support to the Noah’s Wish to Walk Campaign, who were fundraising and raising awareness through the evening.

Speaking at the event, Waterford Chamber President Kathryn Kiely emphasised the importance of taking the time to network with other businesses.

“Events such as these allow us that time away from the office to share ideas and learn from our peers. The buzz in the showroom this evening only emphasises how strong the Waterford business community is and we wish you all continued success.”

Teresa-Jane O’Mahony, BMCI Insurance & Investments Ltd, who sponsored the event for the sixth year running said: “Six years ago myself and my business partner Michelle decided to follow our dreams and go out on our own. There are so many people like us here today, who are working hard to make a difference. Entrepreneurs are the life blood of our business community and to see so many here today is really encouraging.”

Pat Drea of Autoboland Jaguar and Land Rover thanked all those who made the event such a great success and in particular their brand ambassador Joseph O’Brien.

WLR’s Teresanne O’Reilly was broadcasting live and certainly added to the occasion by playing great music, coupled with interviews with various exhibitors.

The event concluded on a high note as Rob Cass of Falcon Real Estate and Niall Harrington of Fewer Harrington & Partners made a presentation on delivering the vision for Waterford, revealing new images of the North Quays and the 2000 new homes planned for Kilbarry.

The message was clear – North Quays is happening, Kilbarry is happening and there are opportunities abound.

Chambers Ireland Awards Event of the Year

Waterford Chamber scooped the award for Event of the Year at the Chambers Ireland Annual Chamber Awards yesterday (10th April 2019) for their Toys4Engineers Conference & Expo.

These national awards, sponsored by Zurich, are an opportunity to recognise best practice and to showcase the diverse activity taking place across the country led by Chambers.

Having topped the judging in the category with the most entries, Waterford Chamber President Kathryn Kiely said: “This award is testament to the hard work of the team who spend months planning Toys4Engineers and to be recognised by our peers in this regard is a tremendous achievement.

“Showcasing the strength of our engineering sector, across tech, pharma and life sciences, is hugely important for the region and plans are already afoot to build on the success of last year’s event, which saw over 80 exhibitors from across the country converge on WIT Arena.

“Waterford Chamber is committed to offering events of the highest standard catering to the needs of our members and being recognised for our endeavours is very much appreciated.”

According to Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley: “What began as a local event is now firmly established as a regional event and last October we were delighted to welcome a number of large companies from outside the region also, as far away as Sligo and Dundalk to Toys4Engineers. There is an appetite for businesses to showcase their technologies and innovations and we have been encouraged by the level of business that has been done in recent years. We intend on growing that B2B interaction this year by introducing a ‘Meet the Buyer’ section to the event, while also adding CPD certified Masterclasses with expert speakers.

“Toys4Engineers will also offer a platform for students considering a career in STEM to hear from the leaders in the field and also interact with the companies who are paving the way with graduate programmes.

“Following our win yesterday, we are more determined than ever to make this year’s event even better and cement the South East as leading the way in engineering.”

Siobhan Kinsella, President of Chambers Ireland said, “It’s fantastic to see such creativity and energy from Chambers across the country on display at today’s ceremony.

“The winning projects, as well as all of the shortlisted projects, are a reminder of what opportunities, knowledge and skills are available of a national standard which continue to be accessible through local Chambers. The utmost of congratulations to all the award-winning Chambers.”

Waterford Chamber was also shortlisted for Most Innovative Project for the Regional Leaders Programme.

The full list of winners for each of the awards categories is as follows:

Overall Chamber of the Year

County Kildare Chamber

Event of the Year

Waterford Chamber – Toys4Engineers Conference & Expo

Most Innovative Project

Northern Ireland Chamber – Learn Grow Excel – Business Support Initiative

Most Successful Policy Campaign

Cork Chamber & Limerick Chamber – Gearing up for the M20 Cork – Limerick Motorway

Local Authority Collaboration

South Dublin Chamber – Sustainable Business Partnership Programme with South Dublin County Council, South Dublin LEO & South Dublin Chamber

Best Chamber Marketing Campaign

Mullingar Chamber – Winterfest Mullingar 2018

Membership Services Events Executive 2019

Are you passionate about Waterford? Do you want to be part of a small but dynamic team, which is the largest business representative organisation in Waterford?

Waterford Chamber currently has an opening for a Membership Services and Events Executive. It is a position of considerable responsibility within the organisation and one that requires a self-motivated and goal-orientated person. Recruitment of new members and retention of existing members is a critical function at the Waterford Chamber. The role will provide an efficient service to members of Waterford Chamber, through direct interaction with members by way of direct communication; face to face, telephonically and electronically and by way of provision of a full range of member-supporting back office functions.

Reporting to the Operations Officer and CEO, you will become an integral part of the team lending support in the following areas:

  • Existing and new membership engagement
  • Develop and implement strategies for member retention
  • Sell Chamber membership
  • Event Management
  • Social Media Management
  • Marketing Campaigns
  • Public Relations
  • Project Management


  • Ideally have minimum 2 years’ experience in customer service/sales
  • Minimum relevant Degree level qualification required
  • A passion for customer service and continuous improvement
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Flexibility will be required in relation to hours and place of work to meet the needs of the role.  Work outside normal office hours may be required.


  • Strong communications & media/PR skill
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access) and IT skills
  • General administration skills
  • Customer service
  • Sales & marketing
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of local business community
  • Full driving license and own means of transport
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative


CVs should be sent by post to:

Gerald Hurley


Waterford Chamber

2 George’s Street


Or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This is a permanent full-time position (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday). The successful candidate must be available to work flexible hours as required by Chamber events.

Remuneration will be in line with relevant educational & business experience.

RLP 2018 launchWaterford Chamber has been shortlisted for two national Chambers Ireland awards for the Regional Leaders Programme and Toys4Engineers Conference & Expo.

Returning for the first time in 10 years, the awards seek to recognise the outstanding work of Chambers around the country. They are a chance for Chambers to showcase their achievements in a variety of categories, from innovative projects to successful events to collaborations with local and national government.

Under the Event of the Year Category, Waterford Chamber was selected for its work on Toys4Engineers Conference & Expo, while the Regional Leaders Programme was given the nod for the Most Innovative Project.

Speaking ahead of the official awards ceremony on 10th April, Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley said it was testament to the hard work of the Chamber team and their collaborative partners that Waterford Chamber featured so strongly.

“Our team here in Chamber is small but dynamic – they are creative, hard-working and ultimately want to do what they can to support the business community. Both the Regional Leaders Programme and Toys4Engineers epitomise what regional collaboration can achieve, and we are very grateful to be working with important stakeholders such as Bausch + Lomb, Waterford Institute of Technology and Waterford Chamber Skillnet, among others, to bring these offerings to our members and the wider region.

“Whether it is our 35 mentors and 70 Regional Leaders Programme participants or 80 exhibitors at Toys4Engineers, it shows that by working together and getting the message eight, Waterford as the Capital of the South East region is showcasing its commitment to being the driver of the region and we are grateful that everyone’s participation in that is being recognised through these national awards.”

The shortlist features projects from 21 Chambers, exemplifying the wide-ranging work being done around the country.

The Chamber Awards winners will be announced at the official awards ceremony on 10th April at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood, Santry. Awards will be presented for excellence in five different categories and one Chamber will be awarded the overall award of Chamber of the Year 2019.

RLP Lunch Michael Doherty

"Inspiring", "honest", "fascinating" are just a small selection of the descriptions that flooded social media following Conor McCarthy’s lunchtime talk as part of the Waterford Chamber Regional Leaders Programme.

Described by Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley as a “true friend of Waterford and Waterford Chamber”, Conor, a native of Dublin, has holidayed in Dunmore East for the past 25 years and was a mentor on the inaugural Regional Leaders Programme.

Returning as a guest speaker for the second programme, Conor spoke to the mentors and programme participants on being “An Accidental Entrepreneur”, with a refreshing honesty and transparency that allowed the audience to walk away with an understanding of the true meaning of an entrepreneur.

According to Conor, “The term entrepreneur is a misnomer as it refers to an individual, whilst there is no such thing as an entrepreneur who did it all on their own - it’s about a team effort and team building. An entrepreneur is someone who no longer can or wants to work for someone else. However, if you chase the money, you might not ever reach the goal. Money is not a goal. Use your knowledge and experience – don’t plan on success in an area you have never worked in.”

Offering sound advice, Conor said the key to success is “adapt, adapt, adapt”. That coupled with his mantras of “Discover the supremacy of sales” and “Never say die – find a way”, you can see why Conor is considered one of Ireland’s most successful Executives.

Co-founder of AirAsia and current Executive Chairman of Dublin Aerospace, Conor has been in the aviation business for 41 years, having started on an apprenticeship with Aer Lingus.  He was appointed CEO of Aer Lingus Commuter in 1991 until he left to become Director of Group Operations at Ryanair in 1996.

In 2000 he established his own consultancy firm ‘Plane Consult’ which specialises in Low Costs and Start-Up airlines. In 2001 he joined Air Asia and is credited with transforming the airline into the most successful Low Cost Carrier in the region.

When SR Technics closed in Dublin in 2009, Conor spotted an opportunity and established Dublin Aerospace where he remains as Executive Chairman. He was awarded EY Irish Entrepreneur of the Year (2011) for the success of Dublin Aerospace, which recently announced the recruitment of another 150 aerospace professionals.

And he shows no signs of stopping or slowing down. As he says himself, “Keep planning because once you print it, it’s out of date.”

The third Regional Leaders Programme is now open for expressions of interests and will commence in September. Again, with the support of Waterford Chamber Skillnet, Bausch + Lomb and Waterford Institute of Technology and over 40 of Waterford’s key business people as mentors, the programme is leading the way in supporting the business community in terms of leadership, succession planning and sustainable growth.

Commenting on the programme Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley said: “Getting access to people of Conor’s calibre, makes the Regional Leaders Programme a must for anybody looking to grow their business or for individuals who are determined to enhance their career prospects. The programme enjoyed a 40% growth from year one to two and we envisage further growth this year, if early expressions of interest are anything to go by. From the one to one mentoring sessions, to group sessions, speaker lunches and networking opportunities, the Regional Leaders Programme is a cost effective way for business owners to maximise the potential of their internal talent pool and cement the future of their leaders.”

To register your interest in the next Regional Leaders Programme, please contact Kelly Cummins on 051 872639 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sanofi take top prize at Waterford Business Awards

Sanofi were named Overall Waterford Business of the Year at the Waterford Business Awards on 8th March at the Tower Hotel by Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr Declan Doocey.

The multi-national company, who are leading the way in advancing global biopharmaceutical technology, also picked up the Technology & Innovation award on the night, which was attended by over 340 guests.

The Waterford Business Awards, which are organised by Waterford Chamber, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber and WLR and was hosted by Teresanne O’Reilly, celebrated the successes and contributions of thirty-six companies who were shortlisted for the 13 award categories.

Commenting at the gala dinner, Mayor Doocey said: “Showcasing the incredible work ethic, innovation and determination that exists in business today is something that should always be welcomed and night’s like this do just that. We have a vibrant business community, we are the leaders in so many fields. Just looking around the room here tonight, the nominated companies are all winners and more importantly we are proud to have them as Ambassadors for Waterford. If we continue to work together and use that same determination these people show in business to create a better collaborative business community for Waterford and the wider region, there is nothing we cannot achieve.”

Topping the categories were Solas Cancer Support Centre for Community & Social Enterprise; Havenwood Retirement Village for Customer Service; Chris Russell of Thimba Media won Entrepreneur of the Year; Eunice Power took home the Food & Beverage Awrd; GSK Dungarvan were awarded Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility; New Business of the Year went to Coach House Coffee; Ardkeen Quality Food Store took home the Retail Excellence Award; Murphy Larkin Timber Products won Social Media & Digital Excellence; SME of the Year went to RelateCare; Technology & Innovation to Sanofi; Tourism Activity/Attraction of the Year went to Spraoi and the Training & People Development Award went to Dawn Meats.

The Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Chef Paul Flynn of The Tannery Restaurant, by Ria White, EirGen Pharma.

Introducing Paul Flynn, Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley said: “Our Ambassador of the Year needs no introduction as one of Waterford’s most famous sons, blazing a trail in the culinary world for over three decades. He is passionate about local produce, his native Dungarvan and of course Waterford, using every available opportunity to promote and highlight the wonderful offering that is our home county.”

The shortlisted businesses were nominated by the public and also through self-nomination for all eleven categories. An independent judging panel, under the Chairmanship of Frank O’Regan, and including David Breen, David M Breen & Co; Lena Murphy, WLR; Tina Darrer, Dooley’s Hotel; TV Honan, Spraoi; John Noonan, Flahavan’s; Louise Grubb, Q1 Scientific, Richie Walsh, Waterford Local Enterprise Office, Irial Mac Murchu, Nemeton TV and Noel Kelly, NYPRO, carried out the difficult task of selecting the finalist shortlist and category winners after a rigorous judging analysis of each application. 

Speaking on the night, Kathryn Kiely, Waterford Chamber President said, “On behalf of the Waterford Chamber, I would like to sincerely congratulate Sanofi on being announced as the Overall Winner of the Waterford Business Awards and to all category winners and finalists – thank you. Without your hard work and determination our business community would not be as vibrant as it is today and we wish you all continued success.”

Speaking on behalf of WLR, Des Whelan, Managing Director, said that WLR as a local company with offices and studios in Waterford City and Dungarvan, was encouraged to see such a cross section of businesses shortlisted.

“Amalgamating with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber has been fantastic for the awards and it is great to see so many sectors from the city and county being represented here this evening. It has never been more prevalent that Waterford is a great place to work and do business.”

Waterford City and County Council sponsored the Overall Waterford Business Award, while category sponsors include Cpl Resources, EirGen Pharma, TOTEM, AIB Bank, Faithlegg, KBC Bank, City Enterprise Centre, PwC, Waterford Institute of Technology, Morgan McKinley, Waterford Local Enterprise Office, Waterford Chamber Skillnet and Dawn Meats.

Chamber CSR Awards 2019 LaunchChambers Ireland today (4th March 2019) launched the Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2019 at St. Stephen’s Green. The CSR Awards offer the business community a chance to promote and highlight the best practice CSR activities taking place in companies of all sizes across Ireland. The Awards showcase projects that help to improve the workplace for the benefit of all employees; that engage with and help to improve the communities in which business operate and that are environmentally responsible.

Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland, spoke at the launch, “We’re thrilled to launch the sixteenth edition of our annual CSR Awards. Businesses’ understanding of the importance of CSR initiatives continues to grow, yet it can’t be emphasized enough that these initiatives must be put into practice among businesses from across the board to demonstrate what can be achieved.

Making progress in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is an objective not only of government, but also of the business community, and we’ve seen in recent years how companies have used the SDGs as a guiding light in designing new CSR projects and initiatives.

To ensure that their importance is properly reflected in our awards, this year we have given greater prominence to the SDGs on the awards voting schedule by including marks for showing engagement with the objectives of the Goals in the voting criteria for each award category.

CSR’s impact will resonate more if modern, successful examples of CSR initiatives can be pointed to for businesses of different sizes to see. With today’s launch, we invite applicants to ‘spring’ into their applications and showcase what new CSR ideas they can bring to the table.”

Siobhan Kinsella, Chambers Ireland President, said, “The importance of the support, promotion and practice of CSR is becoming much more magnified not just in a business context but also in a wider social context, particularly with the increased public urgency surrounding the topic of climate change. It’s crucial that Irish businesses of all sizes continue to play a vital and visible role in engaging with the issues of the day. At this moment businesses across Ireland have a real opportunity to support the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals and sustainable CSR initiatives are the perfect instrument to do so.”

Theo Cullinane, BAM Ireland Chief Executive said, “This is the eighth year that we have been the main sponsor of Chambers Ireland CSR Awards and as always, we are honoured to be involved in celebrating the CSR achievements of the Irish business community. The CSR Awards continue to grow from strength-to-strength and it is great to see more businesses incorporating CSR into their everyday working practice.

At BAM, CSR and sustainability are at the heart of our operations. Our ‘Enhancing Lives’ programme is a commitment to enhancing the lives of one million people by 2020 through employment, education, training and charity engagement projects.

This year, as part of BAM’s 150th anniversary celebrations, we are planting 150,000 trees in different parts of the world; 50,000 in Africa, 50,000 in South America and 50,000 in Europe. In February over 100 BAM colleagues and their families helped NGO ‘Trees on the Land’ plant 9,00 trees in Ireland. The CSR Awards celebrate the best of business and community partnerships and I encourage businesses to enter and showcase their hard work in building a better Ireland for all.”

Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development commented, “The Department of Rural and Community Development is delighted to support the Corporate Social Responsibility Awards.

Initiatives such as the CSR Awards help to create a climate which enables business, Government, NGOs, community, charity and voluntary organisations to work together on common causes for the greater good.

The role of bodies like Chambers Ireland and Business in the Community in promoting and supporting Corporate Social Responsibility deserves to be acknowledged. In taking this approach they are supporting their local communities and delivering benefit for wider society.”

The launch of the sixteenth annual CSR Awards took place at St. Stephen’s Green.

Lidl Ireland were the winners of the 2018 Outstanding Achievement in CSR Award for the commitment to CSR practices that are embedded at the company’s core and for the organisation’s ongoing dedication to community engagement.

The awards are sponsored by BAM Ireland and run in association with the Department of Rural and Community Development.

The applications are now open online at

The closing date for nominations is Monday, 1st of April 2019.

City Regions Conference March 2019

The Minster for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD, Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority and John Moran, Chair of the Land Development Agency will be among the speakers at a major conference on urban development at the inaugural City Regions Ireland event, scheduled to take place at NUI Galway on 28th March next.

The conference is being organised under the umbrella of City Regions Ireland, an association of the Chambers of Commerce in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford, which was launched last November in Custom House.

The half-day conference, entitled ‘Ireland’s Cities – Powerhouses of Regional Growth’, will explore how Ireland’s five cities can fulfil the goals of economic development for their regions set out in the National Planning Framework (NPF) and Project Ireland 2040.

Dave Hickey, President of Galway Chamber commented on the upcoming conference;

The objective of the conference is to tease out the implications of the NPF for all of our cities and understand what it means in terms of housing, transport, commercial development and leisure for each urban area.

The Regional Assemblies have drafted Metropolitan Area Strategic Plans for each of the expanded ‘City Regions’ for the 12 years to 2031. The aim of this event is to better inform the debate around these MASPs so that the City Regions can deliver on the NPF objectives individually and collectively. In his keynote address, Minister Murphy will outline the role of the five Metropolitan Areas in driving regional growth.

Anne Graham of the NTA will look at some of the issues and opportunities presented by transport within and between the urban areas as well as international access whichwill be critical to the sustainability and growth of the economy over the next 12 years, while John Moran, Chair of thenewly-established Land Development Agency will address how we use our existing urban footprints better.

Aebhric McGibney, City Regions Ireland spokesperson said; “Each of the City Regions face common challenges such as increasing housing supply, improving transport and city-centre regeneration. However, the specific obstacles for each city are different, so the conference will not only look at the national issues facing our cities, but also how solutions can then be applied on an individual basis for an urban region.”

Dr Patrick Collins of the Department of Geography at NUI Galway, also speaking at the conference, will examine some of the implications of the NPF and MASP for Galway.

Ireland’s Cities – Powerhouses of Regional Growth takes place on Thursday 28th March 2019 at the ILAS Building, NUI Galway, with registration from 8.30am.

More details and additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks.

Bookings can be made at where you can also find out further details.

Chambers for Europe - election an opportunity for Ireland to ensure its place at heart of EU

Ahead of the European Parliament elections taking place this May, Chambers Ireland and a delegation of representatives from around the Irish Chamber Network today (20th February 2019) launches its “Chambers for Europe” manifesto in Brussels.

Speaking at the European Parliament this morning, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot calls on businesses and their employees to proactively engage with election candidates and highlight their priority concerns ahead of the upcoming election.

"Despite collective acknowledgement of the positive role that EU membership continues to play for Ireland, in terms of both peace and economic prosperity, the European elections are often overlooked by voters. With the impending exit of the UK from the EU, Ireland needs to take its relationship with the European Union even more seriously.

“Within our Manifesto, we are calling on candidates for the Parliament elections to prioritise the following issues: investment in our cities and regions, an ambitious international trade agenda, a competitive and global approach to tax reform, a fully-connected digital Europe that supports innovation and a business-friendly framework for a sustainable circular economy.”

Chambers across Europe, and across Ireland, are working to ensure all candidates have a clear understanding of the business community’s priorities. The economic relationship we share with the EU, both in terms of the Single Market and our relationship with its institutions, has become even more valuable in light of the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

The launch of our manifesto this morning follows the announcement of a Pre-Election Partnership between our partner Eurochambres and the European Parliament to drive momentum and citizen engagement ahead of May.

Although Chambers are economic rather than political actors, our Network wants to do everything it can to ensure that citizens go to vote in May with a clear understanding of the importance of the EU and of the need to elect engaged, informed and committed MEPs for the next 5 years.

We call on businesses and citizens to seize this opportunity to make their voices heard and shape the future of Europe and the degree to which Ireland will benefit.”

Brexit Preparedness

Please note the following information is only a brief overview and should in no way be considered comprehensive. However, with no-deal approaching, these are areas that demand immediate attention. Chambers Ireland has assembled this information to provide helpful information on the potential exposures which may arise in a “no-deal” Brexit. However, we are not professional advisors or consultants and would strongly advise companies to take independent professional advice in relation to Brexit.

Customs, Tariffs and Administration

 Once the UK leaves the EU and customs union, any import or export moving to and from Ireland and the UK will require customs declarations.

  • Businesses will be required to obtain an EORI number, which can be applied for through Revenue. Businesses can either apply themselves, or choose to engage with a customs agent, that files the declaration on their behalf. In addition, Revenue has outlined a number of ways that will help to ‘ease the customs burden’ and to make it easier for business trading with the UK.
  • Customs duties will apply to goods moving to the UK from Ireland and, vice versa. Irish importers and exporters will be required to assign classification codes to their goods to determine the rate of duty. The rate of the duty will then depend on the assigned commodity code. Code classification will become a Brexit cost to trade that companies trading with the UK will become accustomed to
  • As the UK will no longer be a part of the customs union, additional administration requirements and resources may be required to deal with new border arrangements. Businesses should consider whether deliveries can be shipped prior to 29 March 2019 and whether extra supplies of key raw materials can be stored to avoid logistical uncertainties.
  • Separately, the UK government has set up a grants scheme for businesses that complete their customs declarations available on their website. You can apply if your business completes customs declarations and is established in, or has a branch in the UK.


The EU’s current VAT regime allows businesses within EU member countries to immediately reclaim the charge on goods bought from other EU member countries. With the UK leaving the EU in March in a possible no-deal scenario, the UK will be outside of the EU’s VAT regime.

  • Businesses may be required to pay the VAT on goods imported from the UK at the point of entry while waiting up to two months to reclaim the money, which poses a definite risk to businesses’ cash flow, particularly for SMEs.
  • Business should begin to revaluate budget plans and to account for potential increased costs when trading with the UK. For more advice, please consult your accountant.

Cash Flow and Currency

Cash flow management has become a key concern for businesses running up to the UK departure from the EU.

  • Businesses should begin to introduce strategies to ensure continued ability to make payments, follow up with UK based creditors and debtors and agree on priorities and consider the location of bank accounts and forecast anticipated receipts and payments, including tariffs.
  • While the UK does not use the single European currency, business should become aware of the exposure to the Sterling currency and mismatches between assets and liabilities, as well as whether currency clauses need to be inserted. A no deal Brexit is likely to result in an increase in volatility of the Sterling / Euro exchange rate and you should ensure strategies to mitigate any additional exposures are considered. Enterprise Ireland’s Brexit Unit has identified key business questions about the financial implications of currency fluctuations on business.

Chemicals/Machinery and Product Regulatory Issues

It is critical for Irish companies to know which products they use (transportable pressure equipment, pressure equipment, gas appliances, ATEX equipment, machinery, PPE, lifts and chemicals) have supply chain links to the UK, including the sourcing of such products via distributors, especially for chemicals. In a “no-deal” the UK will become a 'third country' and the following will be a concern for Irish business;

  • Unless Irish companies can source products from another EU supplier, the Irish company may become an EU
    importer after Brexit with legal responsibility for the compliance of the product with EU law
  • Where companies use notified bodies based in the UK to undertake any 3rd party conformity assessments which
    are required under relevant EU law they won’t be able to rely on these post Brexit. They will need to source a
    notified body legally designated to carry out conformity assessments in the EU.
  • The HSA is there to support businesses. Contact them at 1890 289 389 or emailing at;
    • Chemicals: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Other products: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Rules governing the use of data flows to and from the UK and the EU under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be subject to change in the event of a ‘no-deal’. While data transfers from businesses operating within the UK to businesses operating within the EU should not be impacted by a ‘no deal’ Brexit, businesses operating in Ireland or the EU may be forced to review existing and new contracts to facilitate future data transfers to the UK. Business should map any personal data being transferred to the UK from their organisation. Organisations should update the company/group Privacy Notice and other relevant documentation.

  • For further information, please visit the Irish Data Protection Commission’s dedicated page on data transfers in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit

Free Movement of People

Under a no-deal Brexit, UK citizens will become third country nationals under EU law. Ireland outside of EU agreements has a Common Travel Area and associated rights secured with the UK. This gives Irish nationals the right to continue to enter and work in the UK, and vice versa, without restriction. However, this agreement does not apply to the other 26 Member States.

  • Once Brexit comes into effect free movement of UK citizens to the EU and vice versa will cease to exist. So if your company has staff, who are EU citizens (but not Irish or UK citizens) and they are working in NI or the rest of the UK, they will be required to make formal applications under the “Settlement Scheme” by 31 December 2020. This scheme will open to the public on 21 January 2019 and will be launched regardless of a withdrawal. It is vital that businesses begin to identify employees exposed as a result of Brexit.
  • The DFA has published information about migration post-Brexit on their website to help Irish business navigate migration issues that may arise.

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