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Next Monday, April 6th, at 11am, AIB will be hosting a webinar 'Accessing Financial Supports and Cashflow Management through Covid-19' for all Chambers and their members. 

In this webinar you will hear from Deirdre Moore, Head of Business Banking, Branch Network AIB Dublin South, and Audrey Boyd, Head of Business Banking Branch Network, AIB, on -

  • The specific supports available for your business
  • How to access AIB Covid-19 supports
  • The Government Funding schemes available for business
  • Managing your business cashflow

You can log in to this meeting via phone, tablet, laptop or desktop: https://www.gotomeet.me/Chambers_Ireland/aib-webinar-for-chamber-members

Sanofu COVID 19 mAbsThe Waterford site of global biopharmaceutical company Sanofi is providing €10,000 to Barnardos to help the charity deliver additional supports to local families during the COVID-19 crisis.

The funding will allow the charity meet some of the extra needs created by the global pandemic among local children and families living with homelessness, addiction, domestic violence, persistent poverty or other social problems.

Welcoming the funding, Una Conroy, Project Leader, Barnardos Waterford, said: “This is a real boost to us at a difficult time for the vulnerable families we work with. We are seeing significant extra demand at the moment from existing client families, returning families who we’ve worked with before and new people connecting with us for the first time. In parallel to that, our fundraising has taken a real hit because of the restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This makes the funding all the more important.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Sanofi whose team have always been generous supporters of our Christmas Appeal and we received additional funding from the Sanofi Espoir Foundation last year as part of their Season of Solidarity Challenge. This latest support will go a long way in Waterford at this tough time.”

Martin O’Leary, Head of Human Resources (H.R.), Sanofi Waterford, said: “We’re delighted to be able to help Barnardos meet at least some of the extra demand for their services generated by COVID-19. This is a very anxious time for everyone but especially for those who started out with the least. The work that Barnardos and other charities do with those who need their support was perhaps never more important. Their continued efforts will make a real difference.”

More widely, Sanofi Waterford has been actively promoting maximum working from home since 09 March to reduce the risk from COVID-19. At this time, the majority of the 800-strong team are working from home.

In addition, the company has made a series of changes to the layout and people flows at its biopharma and medical device campus in Waterford so that it can continue to operate and maintain the supply of product to patients without compromising on the safety of those working at the site.

A further initiative is seeing Sanofi meet any additional childcare costs arising for employees from the school and creche closures. Recognising that many of the Waterford site team have younger family members spending a lot of time indoors and missing their schoolfriends, Sanofi has also launched an internal competition called WAM, Words, Art & Movies 2020 with attractive prizes on offer for children who write, produce art or make short videos on various age-appropriate themes.

Globally, Sanofi is collaborating in efforts to explore viable treatment options and a potential vaccine for COVID-19.

HomeinsteadNow more than ever our elderly population needs support, reassurance and care.

While many of us are taking sensible precautions by self-isolating and social distancing, for older people, cocooning is a more extreme measure put in place for those over 70 years of age and those with underlying medical conditions which put them very high risk of severe illness from Covid-19.

Home Instead Senior Care provides services to seniors in their own homes to enable them to maintain their independence and advises of measures to take when it comes to looking after our senior population, who are cocooning, during these challenging times.

Steven Tubbritt, General Manager of Home Instead Waterford said, “Understandably this is a very worrying time for older people and their families. Anyone who is isolated and has to distance themselves from their loved ones will feel alone and anxious. There are things that all of us, as carers, families and communities, can do to assure older people during this crisis, while not jeopardising their health.”

“Shopping still needs to be done, meals need to be prepared and prescriptions need to be filled.”

Firstly, if your older relative is cocooning it is important to keep in touch with them. Communication is vital for older people, not only for their physical health, but also for their mental health. If they are adept with smart technology, video messages and facetime is hugely reassuring. If not, just pick up the phone and chat about their day or listen to their concerns. Encourage children to write letters and messages to their elderly relatives.

Previously many stores and supermarkets had facilitated priority shopping times for elderly customers. Now, however it is up to families, carers, neighbours and volunteer groups to do the shopping for seniors. Be mindful of nutritional values and avoid stockpiling, which can lead to waste. Ensure they have the essentials, along with tinned fruit and veg and non-perishables such as pasta and rice. To avoid contact, leave the groceries on the porch. If you are self-isolating and are not in a position to go shopping for an elderly relative, you can get in touch with the numerous local volunteering groups or carers to help.

For repeat prescriptions that need filling, some pharmacies offer delivery services to get medications to patients. If not, once these are ordered by phone, they can be picked up from the pharmacy.

For many active seniors, being cooped up in the house all day can be difficult. Encourage them to get some fresh air, even if it’s just a walk around the garden. Light exercise can help prevent serious physical and emotional problems, such as depression, chronic conditions, and memory decline.

Families and carers should also consider contingency plans if their situation changes, such as arranging for a trusted neighbour or friend to help an elderly relative if they are unable to.

If you suspect that you or a loved one have COVID-19 call your local GP on the phone to ask for advice. Do not visit their surgery unannounced. You can also call the HSE Helpline on Call save 1850 24 1850 to seek advice & follow their instructions.

If you have any concerns about an senior relative during these challenging and unprecedented times you can call Home Instead Senior Care on 051 3339666 or visit www.homeinstead.ie

Musgrave MarketPlace are still open. All fellow Chamber members and their families are welcome to shop with us for their own shopping needs, benefiting from our wholesale value. You can easily shop using Chamber No 3005650. Just quote this number at reception and again at checkout.

In addition to the UP TO 75% OFF BUTCHERS SELECT STEAKS, from today we have an incredible 50% OFF ALL EASTER PRODUCTS.

All our branches have implemented safe shopping guidelines issued by the HSE and additionally offer extended space with wide isles, which provides for safer shopping for you and your members and their family.

Musgrave MarketPlace Wholesale Value Deals April 1

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As many of us adapt to new and often unfamiliar ways of working, we are pleased to be able to offer a cost-effective solution to our customers. Be comfortable while working from home with our WFH range, featuring a 1200mm wide desk, 2 Drawer pedestal on wheels and a high back Office Chair with height adjustable arms for added comfort.

All three products can be purchased as a bundle for just €349 +vat. If any of the featured furniture products are not suitable, we have many other products which may suit your requirements. Please do not hesitate to get in touch for any further info you might need.

We've also got some tips over on our blog to help all those working from home, click here.

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At Arachas, we know it is a tough time for everyone right now and we are here to help with any insurance questions that you might have. Our people are continuing to look after customers by phone or email and are happy to give you advice or talk to insurers on your behalf.

It may be an uncertain time, but we do know that it will end. Let’s keep you ready to move forward with your work and your personal life. We can help you with a competitive insurance quote for your Business, Home, Motor, Van or Travel Insurance. We understand that now more than ever, it takes time to manage your personal insurance needs efficiently while you are juggling the demands of modern life - at work, at home and at play.

Simply get in touch with us today and we'll take it from there.

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23rd March 2020: AIB has revised and updated its measures and supports to help customers through COVID-19.

Customers can find updates, contact details, and further information at www.aib.ie/covid19.

  • From today, AIB, EBS and Haven have made available an online process, allowing customers to access a three month payment break (moratorium) on home mortgage, personal and SME loans.
    Application forms are available now at www.aib.ie/covid19; www.ebs.ie/covid19, and www.havenmortgages.ie/covid19
  • For SME customers, AIB is also providing working capital support and the rescheduling of loan payments for impacted customers. Information is available at www.aib.ie/covid19.
  • We continue to waive contactless payment fees. This also applies to Apple Pay, Google Pay and Fitbit Pay Contactless transactions, which are not subject to the contactless payment limit of €30 in most merchants. AIB is working with the industry to increase this limit to €50 for Contactless Card transactions which is expected to become effective over the coming weeks.
  • AIB has suspended the planned introduction of maintenance and transactions fees for customers who keep a minimum balance of €2,500 per fee quarter. Customers who received correspondence from the bank can disregard the changes to fees and charges advised.
  • Our AIB and EBS branches remain open to our customers, except for those locations on campuses that closed following advice from the health authorities.
  • Priority banking time is allocated for our older and more vulnerable customers from 10am until 11am each morning. We are asking our other customers to plan their branch visits outside this time.
  • We are maintaining physical distancing in our branches and increased cleaning operations of branches, self-service machines and ATMs in line with HSE recommendations.

Chief executive Colin Hunt said “AIB recognises the extraordinary pressure on families, individuals, businesses and communities as a result of the sudden disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. All AIB’s staff and systems are focussed on supporting our customers and economy through this unprecedented crisis. To that end we have in place a range of robust measures designed to buttress customers against the enormous challenges now facing us. I urge anyone experiencing difficulties to contact the bank as early as possible.”

 

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“Tom Murphy Car Sales Ltd has been a member of Waterford Chamber of Commerce for over 25 years. It’s a membership that serves us well as we find it gives us a platform to interact with similar businesses and puts us in front of a wide audience. Having staged a number of very successful Chamber events, both at our dealership on the Cork Road and at venues chosen by the Chamber, it really puts into perspective the value of networking and meeting with potential customers face to face. We intend to continue the partnership between Waterford Chamber of Commerce and Tom Murphy Car Sales into the future, as the results speak for themselves and we see the value in being a member of Waterford Chamber.”

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