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Exuding positivity and a passion for Waterford, entrepreneur Louise Grubb entertained and inspired a capacity audience at Waterford Castle for the sixth annual Waterford Chamber Inspiring Women in Business Lunch, sponsored by Waterford Local Enterprise Office. A proud Waterford woman, Louise is the CEO and Founder of Q1 Scientific and prior to that founder and Managing Director of Nutri Science Ltd. Never one to rest on her laurels, she has recently launched a new company, TriviumVet.

Speaking at the lunch, Louise said: “I am inspired by the incredible women in attendance today and the network that we have grown in Waterford to support business in general and women in particular. In order to achieve goals you need inspiration but behind the inspiration is the need for support, networks and a lot of hard work. Today is a testament to the support and networks that are available and I would encourage all participants and the wider business community of Waterford to reach out and take advantage of the help on offer.”

Opening the event Waterford Chamber President Kathryn Kiely thanked Louise and the guests for their continued support of the organisation, while also recognising the important support Waterford Local Enterprise Office offers female entrepreneurs.

“Today is all about celebrating our successes and taking the time to learn from our peers, be inspired by each other and celebrate what we have achieved.

“While we often speak of a lack of balance in representation at a Government or Executive level, it is worth noting the powerful impact women are having in our society. Look at Vicky Phelan – a brave, courageous and utterly inspiring woman who is challenging authority and whose efforts will have a lasting and positive impact on all our lives.

“Being brave, passionate and determined are key factors in achieving success – something our guest speaker Louise Grubb has in spades.”

Speaking on behalf of Waterford Local Enterprise Office, Jacqui Gaule said: “Female entrepreneurship is an important part of our remit at Waterford Local Enterprise Office and Louise is a shining example of how hard work and determination can lead to success.

“We are delighted to partner with Waterford Chamber on this important event and will also continue to lend our support to the many amazing women in business in Waterford as we lead the way as the Capital of the South East region.”


Think Global, Act Local was the resounding message at the Waterford Chamber Annual Dinner on Friday night last as An Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney topped the bill of a stellar line-up of speakers.

Speaking at the event, keynote speaker An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney addressed guests saying: “Think Global, Act Local” - is your clarion call out of tonight’s event.

“It’s an attitude I like, and one that I think defines the formula that is present whenever we get something just right in Ireland. From our tourist towns to the IDA trying to attract the biggest firms in the world - “Think Global, Act Local” - is present in the successes we see - We have all the ambition of a Global island married with all the security and heart of a local community.”

He added: “Project Ireland 2040 recognises that Waterford is the principal urban centre in the South East and is unique in having a network of large and strong regional urban centres in close proximity within each of the surrounding counties. From a national perspective, a stronger Waterford City will lead the development of the wider South East.

“The key challenge for Waterford is to build scale and enhance urban quality through employment led growth.”

Addressing Brexit, the Minister said “it is the biggest danger facing our country and society and it is not of our making”.

“EU Chief negotiator Michel Barnier fully understands our unique concerns and supports our key priorities, particularly those around the importance of protecting the Good Friday Agreement. Mr. Barnier has our complete confidence in his ongoing negotiations on the EU’s behalf.

“The Irish Government has no hidden agenda regarding Northern Ireland. We didn’t ask for Brexit and we didn’t want it, and questions around the border only arise because of Brexit.

“We have been very clear on the status of Northern Ireland throughout the Brexit process. The Good Friday Agreement represents the fundamental interests of everyone on this island and the Irish Government is a co-guarantor of that Agreement. We will never do anything that departs from it, and this is why we believe it is so important to avoid the return of a hard border on the island.”

Opening the evening, Mayor of the City and County of Waterford, Cllr Declan Doocey said: “I am confident in my capacity as Mayor of Waterford City and County Council that Waterford is now best placed to build on the recent news of investment by companies like West Pharma, Eurofins and Eirgen Pharma and to continue to work to realise the significant opportunity that presents us with the North Quays SDZ. The recent good news was welcomed and appreciated by each and every one of us here tonight.

Speaking to over 300 business people President of Waterford Chamber, Kathryn Kiely said: “For our city to best serve our region - to rise to the needs and expectations of a growing population - to compete internationally for talent, trade and investment we, of course, need Government to share our ambitions and to deliver on the commitments and targets set by the National Planning Framework.

“Reflecting on the progress of the past year I am confident that we collectively have the determination to build on this progress and that together with shared ambitions Waterford’s future as a City region is bright.”

Taking to the podium, Mr Frank Ryan, Chairman of IDA Ireland said: “In the years ahead the role each of us will play in the workforce and in the Irish economy will largely be determined by the knowledge we possess and the skills we develop. So education and knowledge will not only directly impact employment prospects but in a collective sense will determine the very future economic performance of Waterford and the South East region.”

This was re-iterated by Waterford Chamber Skillnet Network Manager Sara Mullally and event sponsor, who said: “We are in the enviable position to be one of the few Skillnet Networks in the country that is not only Regional but also cross sectoral. Thanks to the increase in the recent Budget, our training fund has grown and we have never been in a better position to support you. In our drive to support life long learning among our workforce, we will continue to work with all stakeholders and it is in this spirit of connectedness that we are committed to solidifying our region as a centre of excellence for communication, collaboration and further education.”

The Annual Dinner was sponsored by Waterford Chamber Skillnet and the drinks reception was sponsored by McDonald Dwyer Reddy & Byrne Insurances.

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Waterford’s newest serviced office space and meeting offering, workLAB, was the venue for Waterford Chamber’s October Business After Hours.

The brainchild of Seamus Kilgannon, the vision is to establish workLAB as a state of the art professional flexible work space solution for business professionals and organisations. The range of facilities offers remote and smart working solutions to those who are seeking a more flexible working environment.

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1st place, PwC: Pictured at Faithlegg Golf Club for the Annual Waterford Chamber Golf Classic were the winning team PwC Rory Fitzgerald, Jim McClean, Richard Roe and Martin Freyne, with Tom Walsh, House of Waterford Crystal (event sponsors); Kathryn Kiely, Waterford Chamber President and Amber Young, KBC Bank, course sponsors.

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An Olympic athlete, a rugby superstar, a handsome prince and princesses all made for a spectacular afternoon at the Waterford Chamber Business Expo, which took place on Thursday last (April 19th) at George Corbett Motors.

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