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Are you working from home and struggling to be productive with the kids on school holidays? Here at workLAB we have the ideal short term solution to boost your productivity.

Call in and view our PODS which are available for 30 day rental with no long term commitment required.

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At workLAB our mission is to create innovative and inspiring workspace solutions for businesses, professionals and entrepreneurs. Located on the edge of Waterford City in the IDA Business Park on the Cork Road, with easy access to Cork, Dublin and the South-East, we provide state-of-the-art office, coworking and meeting spaces for start-up businesses, established professionals, project teams and individuals.

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Smovey Arthritis Chair Yoga

Come and join in this easy but extremely effective chair yoga and Smovey class for people with Arthritis and Fibromyalgia.

We will start each class with deep breathing and meditation which can be great distraction techniques for people that are in pain. These will also be a great tool to help you manage your condition when you are at home and away from the comfort and security of the class environment.

We will then do some chair yoga to help increase mobility and flexibility – starting off the 1st week very easy and progressing as the weeks go by. We will also be using vibration therapy tools called “smoveyMED” which have had remarkable results for people with inflammatory conditions as the vibrations increase circulation and reduce inflammation throughout the body.

These smoveyMED tools ( endorsed by Swiss Neurologist and has a full medical and scientific board ) have also helped people increase balance, strength, coordination, posture, flexibility and mobility.

This course will be taken by Irene Treacy who is a certified yoga instructor and Ireland's 1st smoveyCOACH, a certified practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming and a leader with Arthritis Ireland

These classes are starting on Wednesday 7th August in Unit 13 Seapoint, Tramore X91FY03 from 12 Noon to 1pm and cost €50 for the 5 weeks.

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agora618th July 2019 - The Agora Companies, the global publishing consortium, today announced 135 additional jobs in its offices which house a publishing company, technology services centre and customer support centre in Woodlock House, Portlaw, Co. Waterford as well as Confederation House in Waterford City.

Collectively, The Agora Companies in Waterford employ 270 people. The additional 135 roles will be in all areas of the South East operations; digital publishing, technical and customer support but primarily in software development. The Waterford offices will be the largest hub located outside of the Baltimore US campus, which is made up of 13 buildings and 1,300 employees.

Speaking in advance of the 20th anniversary celebrations, Bill Bonner, Founder of The Agora Companies said, “After 20 years in Waterford, we continue our commitment to Ireland’s south east which has established itself as a strategic location for a number of multinational corporations and continues to capture talent from the capital with the offer of a better quality of life. The Agora Companies have established themselves in communities globally and are driven by the same mission, to provide a source of responsible and genuinely independent advice and opinion.”​

The group has steadily grown their presence in the region over the last two decades but recent employment figures have climbed by as much as 40% in a single year (2018).

The Agora Companies first located their lifestyle publishing operation International Living magazine to Waterford in December,1998. The magazine currently employs 47 people locally, with a further 30 people in various locations throughout Latin America, Europe and SE Asia.

The majority of the new 135 positions will be allocated to the technology services operation, Threefold Systems, situated in Confederation House in Waterford City. These roles in UX, software development and product will provide application support, web and mobile application development as well as training and consultative services to The Agora Companies.

The customer support centre provides assistance to more than 20 different companies in 17 countries.

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said: “This announcement from The Agora Companies as they celebrate their 20th anniversary in Ireland, that they are continuing to grow their operations in Portlaw, Co. Waterford with the creation of 135 new jobs, is terrific news for county Waterford and the wider South East Region. Having a publishing group of this stature operate successfully from a regional location like Portlaw shows how global companies can establish and grow their operations in locations outside of large urban centres. It also demonstrates a strong and very welcome commitment by the company to their Waterford location. I wish Agora many more decades of successful operations in the South East.”

TG4Three graduates from the highly acclaimed Waterford Institute of Technology and Nemeton TV Higher Diploma in Arts in Television Production have attained places on the unique new Media Training Development Scheme launched by Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment with Seán Kyne TD, Chief Whip and Minister of State for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands on July 12th in the Galmont Hotel during the Galway Film Fleadh.

The TG4 and Údáras na Gaeltachta scheme supports independent production companies in developing the skills of an emerging generation of Irish speakers in the media sector. Trainees will receive practical experience and expertise in specific skills areas as Editors, Directors, Researchers, Assistant Producers and Production Development Staff. 

Eannaí O Sullivan from Cork will be mentored by An Rinn based Red Shoe Productions, the award winning makers of Fleadh Cheoil and Gradam Ceoil TG4. While on the Higher Diploma in Television Production, Eannaí wrote and directed ‘Cara Nó Namhaid’, a quirky short drama about two new roommates. She was perfectly placed to begin her media career as a Production Trainee on Macalla Teo's locally produced feature film Mo Ghrá Buan. Eannaí says of her experience on the WIT postgraduate course: ‘Learning and being involved in every aspect of the making of a student film really helped me understand what kind of work I saw myself in and gifted me with memorable experiences'.

Oisín Mistéil from Dublin graduated from the Higher Diploma in Television Production in 2018 with his stunning short drama Amach an Sliabh. It was nominated for Best Irish Language Production at the Student Media Awards 2019 and broadcast on TG4 as part of the Céad Seans Series. With the broad skill set that Oisín gained on the Higher Diplioma, he immediately found work in the editing department of Ros na Rún. He will now be mentored by Magamedia in Galway, producers of the award winning drama Corp + Anam and documentary series Ceolchuairt. Oisín says that ‘The Nemeton TV postgraduate course gave me the opportunity to hone my skills and gain experience in every step of the production process, from writing and storytelling, to producing, filming, editing and marketing’.

Andrew O Leary from Cork has just finished the WIT Higher Diploma in Television Production and now joins Nemeton TV as a trainnee in Outside Broadcasting Skills. While on the postgraduate course, Andrew directed and edited ‘Guth An Cheoil’, a heart warming documentary about music therapy and he also filmed the stunning war of independence documentary Díoltas. He also gained invaluable practical experience working on the Nemeton TV Outside Broadcasts.

HDip Arts in TV Production is accepting applications for Sept 2019

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LCE New Branding

This week in LCE Workplace Safety we had the company car branded! We would like to thank another Six Crossroads Business Park company, and our near neighbours, Design Display for all their hard work in making the car look more fantastic! Keep an eye out for our colleague Karen as she travels promoting workplace health and safety in and around the sunny South East.

As always, our consultants have been busy working away. Training and consultancy were carried out in Dungarvan, Cork and even Cavan in the past week. For any health and safety consultancy or training, no matter your location, you can give us a call on 051 – 364 344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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EY brexit watch 42

EY now puts the probability of the UK leaving the EU without a deal at 40%. Both Conservative Party leadership hopefuls have outlined they are willing to take the UK out of the EU without a deal. Combined with the challenges associated with a no deal, economic indicators are beginning to show potential cracks forming in global economies.

The Financial Times have outlined that the UK is teetering on the brink of recession, Northern Ireland is experiencing a downturn in manufacturing indicators, growth forecasts for the Euro Area have been revised downwards and the Republic of Ireland has been warned by the Chief Executive of the NTMA that its debt burden is still too high. A no-deal Brexit could cause severe economic implications for countries and sectors closely aligned to the UK, one such example is the Republic of Ireland agri-food sector.

The volatile combination of the current geopolitical landscape and a tumultuous Brexit process will make for a difficult run in to the official Brexit date of 31 October.

Read our latest Brexit Update here.

National Diversity Inclusion Conference

Ireland’s first and only National Diversity and Inclusion Conference for thought leaders, practitioners and professionals will take place in The Helix, DCU, on Wednesday 4th September from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

This exclusive, one day event will allow business leaders to engage and connect with national and international thought leaders, disrupters and experts in the field of Diversity and Inclusion.

The event will feature high-profile keynote speakers from Google, Bloomberg, and Sodexo including, Manisha Mehrotra, Head of Diversity and Inclusion Europe, Middle East and Africa for Bloomberg LLP and Vasileios Madouros - Director of Financial Stability - Central Bank of Ireland, and Margot Slattery, Country President of Sodexo Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The event will be hosted by Donna De Berry, a global diversity and inclusion thought leader who has led change for brands from Starbucks to Nike.  De Berry will be travelling specially from Texas to lead this inaugural event and to inspire change across Irish businesses.

With 20 years of experience in the field of inclusion and diversity, De Barry specializes in innovative tactics that include implementing new technologies and pursuing advanced strategies that lead to an inclusive culture. She has successfully provided transformational strategies for some of the largest Fortune 500 companies in the world, as well as high profile leaders and celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and others.

A speaker at the event, Rosarii Mannion, National HR Director, HSE said, “A diverse and inclusive workforce is crucial for organisations that want to attract & retain talent. People are at the heart of every organisation and workplaces are stronger through diversity of thought for innovation. At the end of the day, having a diverse workplace is good for the bottom line.”

Talent has overtaken capital in the economy at a time when many millennial job seekers are researching individual company culture around diversity and inclusion. Attracting and retaining talent has become of paramount importance and this is particularly relevant as a diverse and inclusive culture is increasingly becoming a deciding factor in the decision to accept or reject a job offer.

The conference, for which the theme is ‘Inclusion Works’, promises to explore trusted and proven approaches that can secure the best talent globally. It will also examine how attracting and retaining talent, brand reputation and mitigating risk are the key drivers of delivery and implementation in diversity and inclusion interventions.

This pioneering event will be hosted by the Irish Centre for Diversity and DCU Centre of Excellence; both leaders in the sector in Ireland.

Tickets for the event are €475 plus VAT, including all refreshments and lunch, as well as a post-conference networking drinks reception, and are available from

Taylor Ad Recruit Me

Taylor & Associates are running a special on their placement fee for the month of July, August and September.

Taylor & Associates will charge a placement fee of only 10% of the employee's annual salary for the above mentioned months or as a first sign up for all Waterford Chamber members.

Taylor & Associates was formed in order to provide our clients with a “one-stop-shop” for all legislative services. Taylor & Associates are made up of HR and recruitment experts that are passionate about the inter-relationships and systems involved in the workplace.


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