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EY brexit watch issue 43 1

57 working days remain until the official Brexit withdrawal date of 31 October leaving very little room for manoeuvre.

£2.1 billion in additional Brexit supports has been announced with just 5.1% allocated to businesses in the UK. Business leaders in NI have come together to issue a joint statement warning of the dangers of a no-deal Brexit. The Confederation of British Industry have criticised business planning by the UK Government, outlining that it only mitigates issues in the short term leaving the long term open to uncertainty. Businesses have weathered much uncertainty over the past three years and going forward are likely to face more.

Reports indicate that Boris Johnson and his team have no plan to re-open negotiations and are operating under the assumption that the UK will leave the EU without a deal come 31 October. The Taoiseach remains more optimistic than both his EU and UK counterparts and continues to outline that avoiding a no-deal outcome is possible but is inconsistent with the EU position that the Withdrawal Agreement is not open for re-negotiation.

To read our latest Brexit Watch click here.

Smovey maypark multi

Smoveys are used in nursing homes throughout Austria and are even in the curriculum as part of the training and we are delighted to have started bringing them to nursing homes in Ireland.

Maypark Nursing home in Waterford was our first one to start using smoveys, staff & residents alike are enjoying them & feeling the benefits.

We are delighted that Holy Ghost residential Home, Mooncoin Residential Home and Strathmore Lodge have all got their own smoveys and trained staff and are using them with the residents.

If you would like more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 085 8525766.

Tramore Monster Fireworks 2019

Dragons’ Eggs, Flying Fish and Roman Candles – no not a collection of clues in a riddle but just some of the names of the spectacular fireworks effects that will light up the sky over Tramore.

Tramore Amusement Park presents its forth annual Family Fun Day with a host of family activities including free face painting,free balloons and balloon art,stilt walkers,fire breathers,clowns,hip hop dancers,drama groups and loads of free giveaways.

In what promises to be a wonderful family day out, the whole event will come to a climax with the Monster Fireworks Display 9:40 @ approx.

Huge crowds are expected again this year to enjoy the day, and especially the unique atmosphere created by fireworks reach literally hundreds of feet into the night sky.

With a mixture of thrill rides and a host of family attractions, Tramore Amusement Park caters for all ages. The Wild Mouse Spinning Rollercoaster and Jungle River log flume rides are joined by the Goldmine Express, a family rollercoaster which can be enjoyed by parents and children together. Machines such as the Dominator, Waltzer, Future Dance and others are “white-knuckle” favourites, while lots of games of skill and chance are enjoyed by those who love to win a prize of two while remaining on solid ground!

With its wide array of kiddie rides the Park provides hours of the best family entertainment. All the usual attractions and the extra fun items will guarantee a truly memorable family day out.

When the sun starts to set, and the lights come on, a magical atmosphere is created. The rides, the games, and the music combine to make Tramore Amusement Park a wonderful fairground experience and Fireworks night will be even more special when some wonderful family memories are created.

So for the best family day out this summer don’t miss Tramore Amusement Park Annual Monster Fireworks Display in August for a day full of fun, frolics and fireworks.

Strawberry and Raspberry JamGreat 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.

With recent reports highlighting the Health Service Executive’s financial deficit reaching €170 million, Home Instead Senior Care is offering advice to those whose home help packages have been affected.

There are currently 6,000 people awaiting home help packages and HSE budgetary constraints may curtail the provision of new packages to those who wish to live independently at home, rather than enter long-term nursing care.

Danette Connolly, Director of Care at Home Instead Senior Care Waterford, said that it can be a very worrying and uncertain time for those with elderly relatives. “Home-help hours are particularly vulnerable to being cut and that will have consequences for seniors who are waiting to be discharged from hospital or are in receipt of home-help hours.”

“While not an ideal solution, there are a few things that families can do to help alleviate the stress of the situation.”

“If at all viable, family members can apply for extended leave from their employers while a more comprehensive care plan is put in place for their elderly relative. It may not be a long-term solution, but employees are entitled to take carers leave of at least 13 weeks to look after a sick or elderly relative.”

“If a family member takes extended leave, they may qualify for Carer’s Benefit. This payment is made to insured people who leave the workforce to care for a person in need of full-time care.”

Having a hospital discharge plan in place for an elderly relative coming home from hospital is imperative. While it may take plenty of time-tabling and co-operation amongst family member, it will make the discharge process easier and less fraught with unforeseen difficulties.

Danette suggests collaboration between family members. “Identify common care responsibilities you need to handle for your family member and work with other family members to ensure these needs are met. Chores such as bathing, dressing, toileting, cooking, cleaning, medication management and medical appointments can be allocated to family members most suited to that particular need.”

“There are community organisations that can help with services such as transport or meal delivery. While it may take time and research, having all the bases covered in rolling out a discharge plan will provide peace of mind and assurance.”

Private care is another alternative to those in need of home care, temporary relief or ongoing care. Tax relief can be claimed by the bill payer at their marginal rate of tax (either 20% or 40%). In most instances the bill payer is a son or daughter and up to €75,000 can be claimed.

Home Instead Senior Care provides services to seniors in their own homes to help them retain their independence by assisting with activities of daily living such as meal preparation, laundry, shopping, light housekeeping, and personal care.

To find out more information visit www.citizensinformation.ie. Alternatively call Home Instead Senior Care Waterford on 051 333966 for a free consultation to discuss your home care needs or visit www.homeinstead.ie

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 WLRFM.com. 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 www.localenterprise.ie/Waterford/

 

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