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Tramore Golf Club Covid Fundraiser

The week-long collection for our two local charities came to the sum total of €6,300. We are allocating €4500 to Meals on Wheels and €1,800 to SVDP.
On behalf of the Management Committee, Captain and Lady Captain, Denis Leamy, Chairman wishes to thank all members and the organisers of this collection for their great generosity at this difficult time. Members, friends and families enthusiastically contributed to this worthy fundraiser. Predominantly, Tramore residents, but also stretching to friends of Tramore Golf club, living in Cornwall UK.
Tramore Golf Club hope to have a formal presentation to both charities from the Captain and Lady Captain when the current Covid sitaution allows.

Wednesday April 15th at 2pm: Lay-offs and short-time working because of COVID19 – how do I handle it? 

COVID-19 has affected every Irish business in one way or another. It’s an unfortunate situation that has led to difficult decisions being made. Among those decisions are whether to place employees on short-time or lay them off temporarily. Should you be faced with having to make such a decision, we want to ensure you make the right call.

That’s why we’re conducting a free e-learning session for employers. This session will last 30 minutes and, among other factors, our expert will cover:

  • What is lay-off?
  • What is short-time working?
  • Notice periods.
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

While we hope your business retains its staff and successfully comes through COVID-19, this e-learning session will still provide the tools you need should a lay-off or short-time situation arise. 
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8718189730931050765

Friday April 17th at 2pm: How to manage and motivate your staff working from home 

If your business currently has employees working from home as a result of COVID-19, or you’re thinking of arranging such a situation, you’ll have a lot of questions.

One of those will be how to manage and motivate your remote workers. 

To ensure your employees stay focused and target-driven, we’re conducting a free e-learning session where our expert will explain how to keep your remote workers productive.

This session will last 30 minutes and cover:

  • How to set your employees up to work from home.
  • Steps to motivate employees.
  • Your health & safety obligations.
  • How to handle employee issues such as isolation, anxiety and stress as a result of home working.

This session is informative regardless of what stage of homeworking your business is at. What we hope you take away from this e-learning session are the tools to ensure your employees come through COVID-19 happy and healthy. 
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/227863195826273293

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With many forced to shut their doors, Emagine are reaching out to local businesses who are facing the challenge of getting products into the hands of customers.

Our team has 20 years of experience in helping businesses in Waterford sell online and are can deliver you a simple, cost effective e-commerce website in about 10 working days.

Please get in touch via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to talk through how we can help.

WLR Deise TodayAs an essential business, WLR is continuing to provide a twenty four hour service to listeners in Waterford City and County during this Covid-19 crisis. Recognised as Europe's most trusted news source, radio throughout Ireland has experienced a huge boost in listenership as people strive to stay connected to their local communities.

As Ireland’s Local Radio Station of the Year, WLR is to the forefront in keeping Waterford listeners and its business community informed and updated 24/7. While WLR Sales and Marketing staff are working remotely, all on air and in news and production are part of the frontline and working flat out in The Broadcast Centre to keep Waterford connected.

Damien Tiernan who anchors the 10am to 12 noon slot on the station says there has been a noticeable increase in the numbers contacting 'Deise Today' to raise matters of concern, to share their stories, air their views and just to keep in touch with what’s going on around them.

WLR news, on the hour seven days a week, is putting local news and the county's efforts to combat the virus at the heart of every bulletin. Liz Reddy, Head of News, says the station is in contact almost hourly with the HSE and with the City and County Council to ensure WLR listeners are not just hearing the latest Covid updates but also about the Trojan efforts of many who are working on the frontline and volunteering to ensure the elderly and vulnerable are being looked after.

Local radio has come into its own during this crisis. This was recognised this week when President Michael D Higgins chose local radio as the platform to address the people of Ireland with his message of hope and of thanks to those working in the health service.

As an independent commercial radio station, WLR continues to serve businesses in Waterford, with sales staff working remotely and full production facilities available to record advertisements and other promotions for radio and its social media channels.

WLR continues to broadcast its weekly Business Programme, The Hot Desk with Irish Times Journalist Eoghan Dalton at 6.15 pm on Wednesdays.

If you have a subject that Eoghan should cover he can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other contacts that may be helpful to Waterford Chamber Members are:

WLR News: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deise Today with Damien Tiernan: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

And for sales enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stay safe, stay connected to WLR.

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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

Musgrave MarketPlace Wholesale Value Deals April 2

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Musgrave MarketPlace Wholesale Value Deals April 3

OfficeMaster Working From Home

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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.

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