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As companies are preparing to return to full operations there are so many policies and procedures that need to be amended, staff to receive induction training and management of all the administration that goes hand in hand with this. Management of COVID-19 Work safety Protocol will reduce the time that management has to focus operational goals. 

Let us manage this process from start to finish to ensure that all is in place and to allow your team to focus on operational strategies and company productivity. 

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George Corbett Motors are set to reopen for Service, Aftersales and Parts on Monday, 18th May. The health and safety of our customers and staff are paramount to us and we will be implementing all HSE guidelines across all areas of the dealership.

If your vehicle is due a service or you have any aftersales queries please contact us on 051-857717 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Stay safe all.

As we all deal with the impact of Covid-19 Businesses now face the challenge of how and when to bring employees back safely.

Several factors make this task difficult for business owners to navigate. If not handled carefully we run the risk of people spreading virus.

Under the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005 the primary obligation for an Employer is to “ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of his or her employees”.

Employers must be able to demonstrate that they have done all that was reasonably practicable to protect their employees, visitors and clients/customers. You must be able to show that you have taken steps to preemptively reduced the risk in your facility.

FP Consulting Ltd can help you to prepare your workplace for the return of your employees and customers in advance of your reopening date.

We will assist with carrying out Risk Assessments for your workplace and managing staff who work remotely.

Avoid making these 5 mistakes when you reopen your business after the Covid-19 Pandemic:-

1. Don’t automatically adopt a Company run temperature taking operation.

Taking employees’ temperatures sounds like a smart safety measure until you consider the logistical challenges.

2. Don’t assume social distancing will be easy to enforce.

Similar to taking temperatures, while social distancing seems simple in theory, it is much more difficult to execute.

3. Don’t assume all your workers will feel safe enough to come back to work.

Even if you take all the necessary precautions it is highly likely you will have some employees who wont want to return to work because they feel unsafe.

4. Don’t equip your team with masks without a proper procedure in place

It is vital that detailed instruction is given to staff on how to use any PPE that they are given.

5. Don’t forget to come up with a plan for how to handle visitors to your business

All of the careful precautions you take to keep your staff safe will be for nothing if you don’t also think about how to handle third-party visitors to your business.

For Businesses that have continued trading during this period and/or have staff working remotely we can carry out Risk Assessments and review your current and future Health & Safety needs.

For further information please contact:

Patricia Mathews

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086 8329157

BlaasHome of the Waterford Blaa since 1921, Irish bakery Walsh’s Bakehouse from Co. Waterford will see their famous “Blaa” stocked on the shelves for the very first time in all 142 Aldi stores for a limited two-week period from Thursday, 7th of May.

As with many businesses, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the operation of Walsh’s Bakehouse. With a significant loss of nearly all its food service and export orders, along with a restructuring and temporary layoff of staff, this helping hand from the Aldi team will play a huge part in ensuring Walsh’s Bakehouse remains operational during this unprecedented time.

The Walsh’s Bakehouse Waterford Blaa is a soft, floury white bread roll that has a long connection to the city and county, with between ten and twelve thousand Blaas eaten every day in the county alone! Walsh’s Bakehouse will deliver its 6 Pack of Waterford Blaas daily to Aldi stores nationwide, retailed at a special promotional price of €1.99.

Winner of Good Food Ireland’s ‘Best Small Producer Award’, Walsh’s Bakehouse, run by brothers, Dermot and Michael Walsh, continue their family legacy of three generation bakers producing the famous PGI status (Protected Geographical Indication) bread rolls which features on menus from Dublin to Düsseldorf to Dubai, all while offering freshly baked Blaa’s locally in Waterford City and county.

Co-Founder of Walsh’s Bakehouse, Dermot Walsh said, “The foodservice and export part of the business has essentially collapsed during this time, however a call from Aldi team looking to help support local businesses, introduce new products widely and at a fair price is a lifeline for our bakery and will help ensure our ovens remain on and the bakery open into its 100th year.  We know Aldi customers value Irish products and we’re looking forward to seeing all the great dishes our new Aldi customers will create”. 

Aldi is committed to growing its Irish supply base and increasing the number of Irish products available in its stores. It has invested more than €1,500,000 in its Grow with Aldi supplier development programme since 2018, which offers up-and-coming artisan Irish food and drink producers the chance to have their products listed in Aldi’s 142 stores. Grow with Aldi products will be on sale in Aldi stores later this year. Keep an eye on www.aldi.ie for more information.

NFG DonalOConnellOn Tuesday April 28th, 2020 local leading legal firm Nolan Farrell and Goff celebrated 45 years in business at their premises in Newtown Lodge, Waterford City.

Few businesses have been more integral in the development of Waterford and the south east over the last century. For while the firm in its current form was founded in 1975, its origins go back to the start of the first world war.

George A Nolan & Co set up a solicitor’s firm in Waterford in 1914 and R J Farrell (later Farrell & Farrell) did likewise in 1920, both offices grew and continued in practice independently until 1975. This was when they amalgamated to become Nolan Farrell & Goff and moved to offices in Newtown from where they continue to operate 45 years later.

Today, the firm now has five partners, three associates, six solicitors, three legal executives, an office manager and an experienced team of administrative personnel. For over a century Nolan Farrell & Goff has developed a reputation as trusted solicitors, delivering expert legal services in Waterford, the South East and across Ireland. This is a multi-generational firm with strong family connections.

Managing Partner Donal O’Connell, the sole surviving solicitor from its foundation in 1975, reflected on the changes to Waterford and the law over the years, “That the business has grown and endured is testament to the foresight and drive of the founding partners through a period of great change in Waterford , the tremendous work ethic of the many staff and the support of our loyal clients over the years.”

Even though the firm’s offices are closed, staff are working remotely, continuing to provide cost effective and expert legal advice and services to a broad range of institutional, commercial and individual clients.

What stands today as one of the largest provincial solicitors’ practices in Ireland is proud of its long-standing ties to the local community and the South East region. They cannot celebrate properly right now, but as soon as things get back to normal, they will certainly be marking this special day.

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HelloWorld.ie has answered the call for a dedicated online shop for Waterford where retailers can upload their product and consumers can buy all the need in one location while ensuring to support local business.

Created by Bryan Hurley, a Waterford native and owner of Hellowworld.ie, eWaterford.com is being supported by Waterford Chamber.

According to Bryan: “Any Waterford business is now free to sign-up and add their products and services to eWaterford.com. When your customers order your products and services on eWaterford.com, their order details and requested items are sent to your business for processing. Your customer will indicate in their order whether they would like to request a local collection or quote for delivery.”

Each business on eWaterford gets a dedicated business page complete with images, contact information, biography, administration panel, and order reports. Customers can contact businesses directly through eWaterford to enquire about your products or services. Your products, services, and company profile can be shown on a searchable map of Waterford which allows people to find the businesses that support the area where they live, work, and play.

“The COVID-19 crisis is having a colossal effect on businesses throughout our country, but I see it first-hand here in Waterford,” says Bryan.

“While the virus was taking hold in March, I was working with my clients to help them adapt to the evolving social guidelines. Business meetings went online, conferences became web forums, classroom teachers have become video production and social media experts. Remote is the new normal, and people have adapted quickly. While offering products and services remotely is not a new concept in today's hyper-connected world, this crisis has pushed all the waders off the deep-end, they are fast sinking and their customers can no longer see them. To help you become more visible in this new isolated world there are new and existing supports that assist companies to adapt to a changing business landscape.”

Bryan believe the Business Continuity Voucher is a great initiative by the Local Enterprise Office (localenterprise.ie) which allows qualifying businesses to receive up to €2,500 in third party consultation costs to help make informed decisions about what immediate measures and remedial actions should be taken to protect staff and sales. With many existing businesses now looking to offer their products and services online, this voucher can be used to get advice on how to best adapt your existing retail products and services to your isolated customers. Contact Waterford Chamber today to start your application.

“When you are ready to build your eCommerce website you should first look at the Trading Online Voucher which is also available through your LEO. This can provide qualifying businesses with co-funded assistance of up to €2,500, cutting development costs by up to 90%. If you are a medium to large company with 10 or more employees, you may be eligible to apply for the Online Retail Scheme offered by Enterprise Ireland (enterprise-ireland.com) which could help fund up to 80% of costs up to €40,000. These supports and more can be found on the LEO and EI websites.”

Planning and building your very own online retail website, tailored to the way you do business, should be your ultimate goal. But eCommerce websites can take some time to plan, build, and launch, so Bryan has created eWaterford to bridge that gap in the meantime.

Your customers havent gone anywhere, thats the problem! Create your business listing on eWaterford.com today and let your customers know you have not forgotten them.

 

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