Recent Events

003 workLAB 181018Waterford’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.

Speaking at the event, Waterford Chamber President Kathryn Kiely said: “The investment and opening of workLAB is not only great for our business community but also is a very real testament of the confidence in the enterprise, growth potential and entrepreneurial capacity of Waterford and the wider South East.

“The ability for founders and business owners to interact with a community of other businesses provides an environment to share ideas and learn from others. The workLAB environment is also a real asset as companies need to grow and compete for talent. The proposition of attracting employees into an environment such as workLAB is a very real advantage.”

Seamus Kilgannon spoke of the project being an outlet for his creativity and introduced new General Manager Alicia Maguire.

Alicia led tours of the new facility and commented: “What we have here at workLAB is a unique space that offers the privacy of your own space, coupled with a shared learning experience. Our private offices spaces range from 1 to 2-person offices to a more bespoke environment where we will tailor made a works space to suite your every changing business need. We also have a range of meeting and training room spaces that can catering for events from as little as two people to 100 people.”

For more information on workLAB see www.worklab.ie

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A large gathering of the business community came together on Friday night last at Tramore Racecourse for the Waterford Chamber Annual Race Night corporate event.

With a drinks reception sponsored by C&C Gleeson, buffet meal and music by the Strobes, guests were treated to a wonderful evening. That coupled with tips from racing pundit Mark Phillips and leading jockey Davy Russell, added to an exuberant atmosphere.

Speaking after the event, Waterford Chamber President Kathryn Kiely said: “The Chamber Race night is becoming a favourite on our events schedule and we were delighted to sell out in record time this year. The coming together of the business community on a social occasion like this is very enjoyable and the tips and winners were also very welcome!

“On a personal note, we would like to thank Sue Phelan and all the team at Tramore Racecourse for their support. We have worked closely with Sue over the past number of years and while are saddened to hear she is moving on from the Racecourse, we wish her the very best in her new adventures. She has been a huge asset to not just racecourse, but Tramore and Waterford, over the past 19 years and we wish her every success in the future.”

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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.

Golf Classic 2018 Bausch Lomb

2nd place, Bausch + Lomb: Pictured at Faithlegg Golf Club for the Annual Waterford Chamber Golf Classic were the Bausch + Lomb team, who came second, pictured with Tom Walsh, House of Waterford Crystal (event sponsors) and Kathryn Kiely, Waterford Chamber President.

Golf Classic 2018 Faithlegg

3rd place, Faithlegg: Pictured at Faithlegg Golf Club for the Annual Waterford Chamber Golf Classic were the Faithlegg team, who came third, pictured with Tom Walsh, House of Waterford Crystal (event sponsors) and Kathryn Kiely, Waterford Chamber President.

Golf Classic 2018 Jim Tumulty

Nearest the Pin: Congratulations to Jim Tumulty, New Links Training Solutions, who was Nearest the Pin at the Annual Waterford Chamber Golf Classic at Faithlegg Golf Club, pictured with Tom Walsh, House of Waterford Crystal (event sponsors) and Kathryn Kiely, Waterford Chamber President.

Golf Classic 2018 Cecil Black

Longest drive: Congratulations to Cecil Black, Anderco team, who had the Longest Drive at the Annual Waterford Chamber Golf Classic at Faithlegg Golf Club, pictured with Tom Walsh, House of Waterford Crystal (event sponsors) and Kathryn Kiely, Waterford Chamber President.

Event sponsor: House of Waterford Crystal

Course sponsor: KBC Bank Waterford

Goody bag sponsor: Musgsrave MarketPlace

Golf Classic 2018 Teams Sponsors

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In glorious sunshine, the business community of Waterford welcomed Robin Barnett, British Ambassador to Ireland to Faithlegg for the annual Waterford Chamber President’s Lunch.

On the very day that crucial negotiations were ongoing at EU Council level in Brussels on the future of the UK’s participation in the European Union, Ambassador Barnett offered his thoughts on Brexit.

“I am delighted to be here in Waterford on this lovely day and attending the Chamber President’s lunch. On Brexit, the Prime Minister has been clear that we are fully committed to avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, while maintaining the economic and constitutional integrity of the UK. We want to see a strong future partnership with the EU in both the economic and security spheres that works for the UK, Ireland and the rest of the EU 27. 

“Meanwhile, I am keen that we make the most of both new and existing opportunities to enhance our bilateral trade in both directions, not least through partnerships. The Embassy is looking to build closer links between the cities and counties of Ireland and their UK counterparts. Dublin and London are two great capital cities. But we need to spread the benefits of prosperity right across both our countries. Waterford has ambitious plans for the future. As part of that, we see real opportunities for Waterford to forge stronger economic partnerships with the UK. Part of the aim of our visit here today is to explore how we can foster and support those links.”

Welcoming Ambassador Barnett and his colleagues to Waterford, Chamber President Kathryn Kiely was emphatic in saying that Waterford was very much open for business and keen to explore the opportunities Brexit would present for developing Waterford as the Regional Capital of the South East.

“There are many existing long established trading and collaborative links by Waterford based companies with UK businesses and organisations. Waterford and the wider South East is renowned for global companies in the food and drinks industry such as Dawn Meats, Glanbia and Flahavans, among others who are not only exporting into the UK but also providing significant employment in their UK based operations. Likewise, the UK market is of critical importance to other key employers in Waterford such as in the engineering and tourism & hospitality sectors, business process services and construction related products.

“While we all acknowledge the complexities and uncertainties at an international and European level, we must remain positive and look at the opportunities that are also there and business community of Waterford has a critical role to play in articulating and shaping the vision for Waterford 2040.

“It is up to us collectively as a business community to set the ambition that will position and differentiate Waterford into the future to compete with cities of comparable scale and offering for investment and talent.

“The UK is and will remain a key market for Irish firms, notwithstanding the challenges that any Brexit outcome will present. It is vital that we continue to invest in our engagement with the UK to promote exports, expand bi-lateral investment opportunities of mutual benefit to Ireland and UK businesses. We certainly would hope that the outcome of the Brexit discussions will not be a hard Brexit but will offer an outcome that will present opportunities for all.

The event was sponsored by AIB Bank, and introducing their guest speaker David Hammond, Head of Home Mortgages ROI, AIB Group, Marian Keane, Head of Homes with AIB Waterford and Kilkenny said, “For all of us in AIB, our purpose is to back our customers to achieve their dreams and ambitions. The planned developments for Waterford heralds an exciting new era for Waterford and we very much look forward to continuing to support our community in achieving these dreams and ambitions.”

Saying there was an optimistic horizon for Waterford, Mr Hammond said, “Nationally we are seeing strong growth in mortgages with projections of €9bn for this year, up from €7.3bn. Mortgage approvals are up strongly. Year-on-year in Waterford alone we have had €55 million in applications year-to-date with €40 million in current approvals for customers in Waterford.

“We have a long association with Waterford and are proud to support the property market in the South East for which we see potential for further strong growth with a need for further supply to meet that demand.”

The annual business lunch is one of the highlights on the Chamber calendar and brings together key stakeholders within the region for informal networking at a drinks reception, sponsored by Legacy Irish Cider and of course a delicious meal prepared by Faithlegg Head Chef Jenny Flynn.

Listen below to an interview on WLR FM with Ambassador Barnett and David Hammond, AIB.

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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.

Sponsored by BMCI Insurance and Investments, the event saw over 80 exhibitors network and support local business.

Waterford’s Thomas Barr and Jack O’Donoghue also stopped by, as did Mayor of Waterford City & County Cllr Pat Nugent, while WLR’s Teresanne O’Reilly brought all the action from the event live across the airwaves.

Speaking at the event, Waterford Chamber President Paul Nolan said: “What a wonderful event this is, the coming together of businesses. The clear message from this year’s Expo was that businesses are rolling up their sleeves and doing it for themselves, which collectively strengthens their voice in business through the Chamber. There is so much potential for Waterford right now, it’s hard not to be positive. It’s up to each of us to capitalise on and embrace the positive change that is around us.”

George Corbett thanked brand ambassadors Thomas and Jack for taking time out of their busy training schedules to be there and said he was delighted to meet so many new faces and get to know more about their businesses.

Sponsors BMCI Insurance & Investments Ltd were celebrating five years in business at the event and Teresa Jane O’Mahony said they were delighted to be associated with such a positive event for business in Waterford. “This is our fifth birthday and fifth time sponsoring the Expo. From the outset we could see the value in supporting an event which showcases primarily SMEs, who are putting their best foot forward and trying to make a difference and that’s what today is all about.”

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The Board of the Solas Cancer Support Centre was delighted to host a Waterford Chamber Business After Hours on Thursday, 5th April and to welcome the local business community to the Centre.

At the event a new initiative was officially launched by Board Member Seamus Kilgannon. The new Health and Wellbeing for Life Programme offers a partnership to local companies in providing a yearlong managed schedule of events. This programme includes four strands around self-care, exercise, cancer awareness and health awareness.

On the night Seamus explained the background to this new Programme ‘With over 25 years working in industry and having founded SCHIVO Group in 2007, I fully appreciate the importance of being able to work with a great team and we are fortunate to have been able to find and build that team in Schivo Medical. My extensive experience in industry has demonstrated the value and importance of helping people balance their work and personal lives to be fulfilled. In the development of the Solas Health and Wellbeing for Life Programme I was adamant that we offer organisations an opportunity to facilitate improved employee wellbeing by including resources and tools that educate, encourage and empower individuals to proactively manage their own health and wellbeing.’

Tracy McDaid, Manager of the Centre, will work closely with partnering companies and a range of expert facilitators to ensure that this comprehensive yearly programme is delivered to best suit an individual company’s needs. For details on the  Health and Wellbeing for Life Programme please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Centre on 051 304604.

The Solas Cancer Support Centre offers free cancer support to those affected by cancer, their families and carers in the South East. These services are available in their centre at Williamstown in Waterford City and in their West Waterford service based in the Alternative Health Clinic in Dungarvan. The services are completely funded by the public and costs in excess of €500,000 per year to operate. The aim of this new programme is to secure funding from new corporate partners to sustain these vital services and plan for future developments.

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“This is coming, this will happen but to what degree we don’t know”, was Pat Cox’s stark warning on Brexit to a large audience of business people at a Waterford Chamber Breakfast Briefing, held in association with Appian Asset Management in Dooley’s Hotel this morning (Thursday, 22nd March).

Offering a “Brexit countdown - one year on, one year to go - a mid-term evaluation”, Mr Cox, former President of the European Union and Director of Appian Asset Management, outlined the path to the current situation and where to from here.

“We are the country who will have the most brutal consequences as a result of a hard Brexit”, he said. “Don’t think when we get to this time next year it’s the end – it’s only the beginning of a new chapter.”

While he believes there are many opportunities for Ireland as a result of Brexit, in terms of UK-based companies looking to have an English-speaking European base, he said we must also be aware that the reverse is also likely, where Irish-based companies will look at relocating within the UK to be closer to their markets.

Outlining the potential scenarios in terms of trade, he said at this point nobody could be sure as to what lies ahead but he warned that business people must begin to take the issue of Brexit seriously and start to look at the implications for their own business, pointing out that there is plenty of help available from agencies like Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, Waterford Chamber and its membership.

Mr Cox also remarked that he was hugely encouraged by the air of positivity he felt during his visit to Waterford, saying the thinking is now coming in line with Scandinavian models of working together for the betterment of the entire region on a macro basis.

Fully supporting Waterford Chamber’s 2040 Vision, Mr Cox said, “Your imagination for the future should be yes for Waterford but not for Waterford only.”

Waterford Chamber President Paul Nolan echoed the sentiments, saying “We are spending a lot of time talking about the National Planning Framework and working with other regional cities to create a viable alternative to Dublin. The Scandanavian model is certainly interesting and merits study. We have been told to think ‘big’ and with joined up thinking and ongoing collaboration, we will achieve ‘big’.”

Also speaking at the event, Appian Asset Management Director Eugene Kiernan outlined that they are a leading Irish-based and owned asset manager, managing a range of funds which invest globally, to grow and protect client assets while generating sustainable income. For more information on Appian go to www.appianasset.ie.

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The Spring/Summer Season at the Theatre Royal was launched on Thursday night at Waterford Chamber’s first Business After Hours of 2018.

Welcoming a large gathering of business people and theatre enthusiasts to the Theatre Royal stage, Waterford Chamber President Paul Nolan said: “We are delighted to be here this evening for the launch of the new season here in this magnificent historical building. There is an action packed season ahead and I look forward to enjoying a number of evenings here in the coming months.”

Mr Nolan went on to say that being relevant to the membership was a key goal for Waterford Chamber and projects like the Regional Leaders Programme, Toys4Engineers and the new Marketing Meet-up were designed to do just that. He also encouraged members to get involved where they could and inputs into the progression of Waterford Chamber were always welcome.

Guests were treated to delicious food, music and a dramatic performance from King Lear by well-known local actor Michael Quinlan. Meanwhile Chairperson of the Board of the Theatre Royal Anne Marie Caulfield outlined the corporate benefits to becoming a Friend of the Theatre Royal as well as the many opportunities the venue presents for businesses.

Commenting on the event, Theatre Royal Artistic Director Ben Barnes said: “A rich and vibrant arts culture is at the heart of the development of our City and Region. Partnering with Waterford Chamber for their first Business After Hours in 2018 allows us the opportunity to bring the diverse offering which Theatre Royal provides to the Chamber members and a wider audience.”

Waterford Chamber’s next Business After Hours takes place on Thursday, February 15th in the Solas Centre. Book online now for free at www.waterfordchamber.ie

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