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Matrix Equality Survey

At Matrix, equality in the workplace is really important to us, and whilst it is something we might not give much thought to, we know that in some instances inequalities in relation to salary, age and promotional opportunities still prevail.

We would therefore like to know about your experiences and what you think when it comes to workplace equality. This survey should take no longer than ten minutes to complete.

To thank you for taking the time to tell us what you thank, all respondents will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a €200 Ticketmaster Voucher!

Click here to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6X9L33S

Coffee House Lane AikenheadIn what can only be described as a remarkable year for local coffee producer, Coffee House Lane, recently delivered the first consignment of its 1690 and Aikenhead’s signature coffee blends to the US where it will retail at Cost Plus World Market.

With almost 300 stores across America, Cost Plus World Market is a multi-million dollar chain of retail stores that sells home furniture, décor, craft and an array of international food products.

The introduction of the award-winning Waterford brand to the American marketplace is a fantastic boost for the company, which recently won gold at the 2018 Blas na hÉireann Irish Food awards, the biggest competition on the island of Ireland for quality Irish produce.

Mark Bergin of Coffee House Lane is excited about the new venture into the American market. “With the assistance of Bord Bia, we were introduced to a host of international food buyers from over fifty countries at its Marketplace International event in April. Amongst the many buyers we met, Cost Plus World Market was interested in our coffee from the outset and that got the ball rolling. After the initial introductions, the hard work began for us to be export ready.”

Everything from labelling as to origin, adhering to technical standards and complying with specific packaging rules are crucial to successful exportation to the US market.

The first consignment of the 1690 and Aikenhead’s blends left Waterford last week and Mark anticipates that they will be a unique offering to the US consumer. “The two blends we are exporting are our most popular Irish selling blends. They are roasted longer to produce a mellower, lighter roast which makes them more palatable than the darker richer blends that Americans are traditionally used to.”

“What’s also really exciting is the opportunity to be able to tell the story of how Waterford is the de facto home of coffee brewing in Ireland, dating back to 1690, when visionary John Aikenhead first brewed and distributed coffee in Ireland at his coffee house on Coffee House Lane.”

Henry Horkan, Manager North America, Bord Bia said “Marketplace International 2018 provided an opportunity for buyers to explore new potential with sustainably produced, innovative Irish food companies. With over 500 buyers from 52 countries in attendance, the occasion also enabled some of the best Irish food and drink producers to expand into new markets.”

“Irish food and drink exports have continued to grow over the last eight years to €12.6billion in 2017. Initiatives, such as Marketplace International, assist companies to find new customers in new markets. We are delighted that Coffee House Lane was successful in finding a new opportunity at Marketplace International and we look forward to seeing two of their great coffee blends on the shelves of one of America’s most successful retail stores.”

For more information about Coffee House Lane and its range of blends visit www.coffeehouselane.ie or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Join us at our FREE Employment Law seminar for local business leaders, which will focus on how you can get the most from your staff while safeguarding your business.

During this free workshop, our employment law barrister/solicitor will help you to simplify the complex areas of HR, Employment Law and Health & Safety that face business owners.

This small investment of your time could represent tangible value to your business, leaving you more time to focus on other essential activities.

Uncover the secret to making your business safer, more productive and ready for growth…

Join us to:

  • Understand why simple staff contracts and flexible company handbooks keep you in control of your business.
  • Discover the best ways to manage staff and under-performance.
  • Learn how to keep your staff, customers and the general public safe.
  • Gain the knowledge to deal with complex staff procedures such as disciplinary, redundancy, bullying, conduct & equality in workplace.

When: Thursday, 15th November 2018

Where: The Fitzwilton Hotel, Waterford

Time: 08.45am - 11.30am

CPD certificates are available on request after the event.

Register your place here: https://www.peninsulagrouplimited.com/ie/seminars/waterford-nov-18/

Granville Greenway Marmalade

Granville Greenway Marmalade & Granville Strawbeery Jam won bronze medals at the recent Blas na hÉireann Irish National Food Awards in Dingle.

Pictured were Jackie Cusack and her daughter Holly, Richard Hurley, Hannah Whelton, Jackie Hayes, Marion Mulrooney, Fiona Meaney and Stephen Hooper.

LCE Cert Practical Ergo

5 day course €1,695.00*

The LCE Certificate in Practical Ergonomics course is running from November 12th to 16th here in Waterford. This ergonomics training course is ideal for Professionals who need to develop their understanding of, and competence in, the practical application of ergonomics in the workplace from risk assessment to accident investigation. It will provide participants with practical tools and knowledge to access ergonomic risks – reducing absenteeism due to musculoskeletal disorders and  increasing productivity by optimising human performance.

The LCE Certificate in Practical Ergonomics is also one of the first of its kind in Ireland and it that’s not enough Ita Leyden has also been accredited as “All Star Thought Leader Ergonomics 2018 -2019” – see more here

Companies such as An Post, Johnson & Johnson, Vention Medical and Sanofi have all attended the course to date:

  • “Highly recommend this course, gave me a broader application of all aspects of ergonomics & delivered by an expert in her field”

Brian Nugent – Sanofi Ireland May 2018

This course can be booked online or if you need further information you can contact us on 051 364344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – we would be delighted to discuss any questions or queries!

THINK WORKPLACE SAFETY – THINK LCE!

FOR PRACTICAL, COMPETENT SAFETY CONSULTANCY AND TRAINING.

*5% discount for Waterford Chamber Members

smoveyMED Practitioner training

We are now delighted to announce that the first smoveyMED training In Ireland/UK will take place in Waterford WIT Arena.

The director of smoveyMED is coming over to Ireland on the 27th and 28th October and we are looking for health professionals to train and become smoveyMED practitioners to help more and more people empower themselves.  This is a simple but extremely effective tool that people can use at home and is already after providing some life changing benefits to people that have used it.

Smovey is a health and wellness tool invented by Austrian Tennis player who has Parkinson’s and has been updated and improved by Swiss Neurologist Dr. Ivan Di Stefano.  This tool is based on vibration therapy and is fantastic for anybody with neurological or sensory conditions like people with Parkinson’s, MS, Stroke, Ataxia and kids with Autism and Dyspraxia.

We are also delighted that Waterford Chamber of Commerce and Skillnet are supporting this training and they are sponsoring 50% for the 1st 15 that book.

If you would like more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LCE ALL StarIta Leyden of LCE, All-Ireland Thought Leader in Ergonomics will be one of the presenters at two of the upcoming Health and Safety Authority workshops in Dublin and Galway.

The workshops will focus on Practical Ergonomics Risk Assessment tools to identify and manage risks of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. These workshops are of particular benefit to H&S Professionals, Production & Operations Managers, Safety Reps, Occupational Health Professionals, Production/Manufacturing Engineers and all those with an interest in ergonomics. Some of the dates for the programme are listed below:

  • Tuesday November 6th Spencer Hotel, Dublin
  • Thursday November 8th Clayton Hotel, Galway

Programme

08.20    Registration/Tea & Coffee

08.45    Opening Address: Frank Power – Ergonomist (Inspector), Health and Safety Authority

09.05    Ergonomics Interventions in the Workplace: Case Study Presentation

09.30    Introduction to the Manual Handing Assessment Charts (Mac) Tool: Leonard O Sullivan, University of Limerick \ Ita Leyden, Leyden Consulting Engineers Ltd.

10.15    Practical Mac Tool Workshop

11.00    Tea/Coffee

11.20    Introduction to the Assessment of Repetitive Tasks (Art) Tool

11.50    Practical Art Tool Workshop

12.45    Questions & Answers

13.00    Close of Workshop

To book your place on one of these workshops, please go to the HSA website: https://www.hsa.ie/eng/News_Events_Media/Events/

Ita Leyden of LCE, All-Ireland Thought Leader in Ergonomics will be one of the presenters at two of the upcoming Health and Safety Authority workshops in Dublin and Galway. The workshops will focus on Practical Ergonomics Risk Assessment tools to identify and manage risks of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. These workshops are of particular benefit to H&S Professionals, Production & Operations Managers, Safety Reps, Occupational Health Professionals, Production/Manufacturing Engineers and all those with an interest in ergonomics. Some of the dates for the programme are listed below:

 

  • Tuesday November 6th Spencer Hotel, Dublin
  • Thursday November 8th Clayton Hotel, Galway

 

Programme

08.20    Registration/Tea & Coffee

 

08.45    Opening Address: Frank Power – Ergonomist (Inspector), Health and Safety Authority

 

09.05    Ergonomics Interventions in the Workplace: Case Study Presentation

 

09.30    Introduction to the Manual Handing Assessment Charts (Mac) Tool:

Leonard O Sullivan, University of Limerick \ Ita Leyden, Leyden Consulting Engineers Ltd.

 

10.15    Practical Mac Tool Workshop

 

11.00    Tea/Coffee

 

11.20    Introduction to the Assessment of Repetitive Tasks (Art) Tool

 

11.50    Practical Art Tool Workshop

 

12.45    Questions & Answers

 

13.00    Close of Workshop

 

To book your place on one of these workshops, please go to the HSA website: https://www.hsa.ie/eng/News_Events_Media/Events/

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