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Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2019. Out of 12,772 products sent in from over 100 different countries, The Granville Hotel, Waterford was awarded two Great Taste awards, which means the judges dubbed the two products as food that delivers fantastic flavour. One award for its Raspberry Jam and another award for its Strawberry Jam.

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting by hundreds of judges.

The Granville Hotel explains: “We decided to enter the Great Taste awards this year as we are very proud of the food that we prepare and feel that The Great Taste symbol is our customers guarantee our product has been through a rigorous and independent judging process. It’s not about smart packaging or clever marketing – it’s all about taste.”

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging.

The owners of the hotel -The Cusack Family along with each member of the Granville team are thrilled with the two awards and feel grateful to Great Taste for the accolade and encouraged to continue producing food to the highest standard.

WLR Outside Broadcaster

Summer is always a busy season in Waterford with festivals and events taking place across the county every week, so it’s the perfect time for WLR to reveal their brand new Outside Broadcaster sponsored by Cork Airport; a state of the art broadcast truck which allows WLR to get to the heart of everything that’s happening in Waterford. The WLR Broadcaster comes only weeks after WLR launched their partnership with Cork Airport for the brand new WLR eGolfs: the 100% electric vehicles which accompany the Broadcaster to every gig!

From the Opening Ceremony of the GAA World games in Waterford City Centre, to Portlaw for the launch of All Together Now, Spraoi, The Dungarvan Show and the Tramore August Racing Festival, WLR’s new Broadcaster and eGolfs will be at the heart of them all.

It’s also the perfect addition to bring the wow-factor to any business or corporate event. WLR’s Andy McCloskey recently presented The Saturday Jukebox live from the opening of the brand new Costa Coffee flagship cafe in the Butlerstown Retail park. Throughout the three-hour show, the WLR Broadcaster attracted the attention of every passer-by while broadcasting all the activity from the opening to listeners right across County Waterford.

To keep up to date with WLR and all the events we’ll be attending with the WLR Broadcaster, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @WLRFM and see If you'd like to book the WLR Broadcaster for an event, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

LEO Scholars Boxworks desksThree aspiring entrepreneurs recently took up their desks at Boxworks Co Work Space, as part of a Local Enterprise Office Waterford scholarship programme.

The Desk programme, helmed by LEO Waterford, was designed to facilitate those with a business idea or in start-up phase.   By providing a creative coworking and networking environment for the next six months, the businesses will be well positioned to put their specific goals in place with the aid of monthly meetings with a LEO business advisor.

The three businesses to avail of free desk space and enjoy the benefits of a bustling, coworking environment are SpeakEasy Communications, STYL.wrap and Performance Central.

SpeakEasy Communications founder, Clodagh Walsh, is a broadcast journalist with 30 years’ experience and helps her clients hone the skills they need to be understood clearly and easily. She runs workshops and provides one to one personalised coaching.

Developed by Shana Chu, STYL.wrap is a technology suite of smart, easy to use sizing solutions for online fashion retailers. These data driven solutions will reduce the cost and volume of returns by providing instant fit recommendations to online shoppers reducing the need to order multiple sizes.

Performance Central is the brainchild of Tony Grey. Helping drive athletic performance across Ireland, Performance Central uses the latest technology to help athletes improve.

Jacqui Gaule, Local Enterprise Office Waterford, was delighted to welcome the entrepreneurs to their new workspaces. “The idea behind the programme was to facilitate new businesses that would not only benefit from mentoring, but would flourish in a productive, connected and positive work setting.”

“Boxworks Co Work Space is the ideal environment for these new enterprises to learn and grow. The mindset and energy of their co-workers is a massive bonus, as is the opportunity to build up a network of clients and colleagues and share resources and knowledge.”

Clodagh Walsh of SpeakEasy added, “Staring my own business has been a learning curve for me. Working on your own can be difficult, it requires a different discipline and you can feel quite isolated at times. So, when the opportunity came, through the LEO Desk Programme, to apply for a desk at Boxworks, I jumped at it. In terms of networking, it has been hugely important. It has helped enormously in putting a structure to my working day. It’s a great environment to work in. They’re a lovely bunch!”

If your business is in pre-start, start-up or established business phase and would like to find out more about what business support services are available from LEO Waterford, you can call to their offices at 35 The Mall, Waterford or the Civic Offices, Dungarvan or visit

ey alert brexit update

Boris Johnson has been elected the new leader of the conservative Party and has replaced Theresa May as British Prime Minister. Since his appointment Johnson has continued to reiterate his “absolute commitment” to removing the UK from the EU on 31 October. Johnson has pledged to abolish the “undemocratic backstop” and has reshuffled his cabinet - those that refused to sign up to his pledge to leave without a deal resigned from their positions or were sacked. In further commitment to leaving the EU, the UK will not nominate a UK Commissioner for the new European Commission.

Following the news the EU have continued that the Withdrawal Agreement is not up for renegotiation. With a working majority of two, Johnson will have to find a way to unite remainers and leavers to win a majority.

It’s very difficult to see the PM rolling back on his pledge for the UK to leave on 31 October, unless bounced into doing so by the UK Parliament. No Deal remains the legal default on 31 October and it’s clearly now one of the more likely outcomes.

Read our latest Brexit Update here.

Recently, Matrix Recruitment launched the results from their Education Vs. Experience survey. Whilst some of the findings had been anticipated, many more were quite surprising. One of which was that only 46% of Ireland’s graduates are in jobs unrelated to their qualifications. Which do you think is more important - Education or Experience? Click the link to view the full findings.

Matrix Educ Vs Exper Infographic

Smovey Chair yoga 2


"I'm so delighted  these classes are back, I find meeting up is as beneficial as the Smovey's themselves." Eileen Nolan

We are looking forward to starting this 5 week program in our new premises in Tramore, Waterford.

During this 5 week course we will be doing a range of exercises including deep breathing, meditation, Chair Yoga and smovey's to give you tools to help with any pain, anxiety, mobility, balance, coordination, flexibility and so much more.

We will also have time each week for a cup of tea whilst we socialize with each other, socializing has been scientifically proven to increase B.D.N.F. which is miracle growth for the brain. 

This course is suitable for anyone with a neurological disorder such as MS, Parkinson's, Stroke it starts on Wednesday the 31st July for 5 weeks and is €70 for the full course.

For more information please call 0858525766 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Auto Boland Land Rover Handover

Auto Boland Jaguar Land Rover Waterford would like to wish Moore Environmental the very best with their brand new fleet of Land Rover Discovery Commercial jeeps. The Carlow based company collected six of the versatile and class-leading 192 SUVs from us earlier this month, with a further six to be collected in January 2020.

David Ford from Jaguar Land Rover Ireland was present for the handover, and is delighted that Moore Environmental has chosen Land Rover Discovery Commercial vehicles as part of their fleet. With impressive load space and underfloor stowage, and a towing capacity of up to 3,500kg, the Discovery Commercial is ideal for everyday business needs.

Safe driving from all of the Auto Boland Jaguar Land Rover team.

Moore Environmental is a Ventilation Commissioning & Validation Engineering company who specialise in the testing and balancing of HVAC, LPHW & CHW systems and validation of clean rooms and operating suites.

Dataworks new websiteDataworks Ltd. who have been in business for over 24 years have announced the launch of their new website. The new site will make it easier for companies operating in the Life Science sector to access information on Digital Transformation and the software systems and supporting services that Dataworks can provide to them.

Liam Curham, CEO, Dataworks Ltd. Says “Over the past 12 months we have spent significant time focusing on our future strategy and customer value proposition. This new website is a result of that process and it truly helps us to communicate the added value we offer to manufacturing organisations in the Life Sciences sector. It also reflects a new era of growth and focus on Digital Transformation in the Life Sciences sector for Dataworks.”

The new design is slick and easy to use and the website is a fantastic resource for existing and potential clients to learn about Dataworks in more detail including access to case studies, video testimonials and a plethora of blog posts and technical insights.

For more information visit our new website at

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