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Signature AppsJordan Casey, Waterford based developer of SCNE and Tablepay is delighted to announce a new collaboration with Stephen Power of Signature Media marketing: Signature Apps

Signature Apps is a new, local App Development agency based in the heart of Waterford City. We are offering an extremely competitive service for all app development needs for small and medium businesses alike. 

We assist in the entire app development process, from Concept and Design to distribution, and can do so in as little as 2 weeks.

We have a combined experience in App Development and Digital Marketing, as seen from our combined collaboration on the recent development for NYCD in Railway Square and the Pinks Cantina app, which was consistently ranked as one of the most downloaded apps in Ireland for the month of September.

What's more is that our offering is eligible under the LEO Online Trading Voucher Scheme which will allow businesses to claim the full cost (exclusions apply incl. VAT) of their development project and we fully assist in this process.

Our offerings include:

*Fully Native iOS and Android App Development and Distribution*

*Full Loyalty System (great for hair salons, barbers, coffee shops and restaurants)

*Full Tablepay System and Click-and-Collect service (perfect for shops, off licenses, restaurants, cafes and bars)

*Full GPS Integration*

*Custom State-of-the-art Design*

*Integration with Booking Systems*

*E-Commerce Integration*

*Website Development

We really hope to tailor work for small local businesses who could benefit from utilising a technology like this. For more information, contact Jordan: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +353-83-133-9542

Elaine Fennelly bookWaterford native Elaine Fennelly is delighted to release her new book NUDE RUDE LEWD CRUDE SCREWED & SUED, 50 HR Stories from the Modern Workplace.

It’s available in Print and eBook and shortly on Audio book (self narrated) on Amazon. 

"On Paddy’s weekend I had over 1,000 people registered for my Jobs Fair - Back for the Future (promoting Southeast jobs ). I had to cancel it a few days beforehand thanks to COVID-19 and found myself in lockdown. 

"So, I figured I would write a book. It was and is extraordinary times so I wanted to do something challenging. It’s been great fun and very exciting to figure out how to publish Print, eBook and audio book.

"Thank you so much to my friends for giving me quotes for the book preface Sandra Whelan, Ciaran Cullen, Dr. Mark Rowe, Tom O'Keeffe, Willie Donnelly, Ann-Marie Mc Sorley & Barry Downes.

"I hope you enjoy the book, it is stories from my career & careers of many of the CEOs I meet every day and it is an eye opener, showing how the usage of mobiles & technology spills over into work, sometimes disastrously and hilariously! 

"Not Surprisingly I promote Crystal Valley Tech and Waterford throughout it."

The book is now available on Amazon.co.uk

WIT Research Innovation Graduate Studies TeamResearchers in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have welcomed the recent announcement by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, of almost €1million to support contract researchers and research students whose work has been seriously disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding was secured by the Minister as part of the €168 million package for further and higher education in light of the COVID-19 pandemic of which €47 million will be provided to the higher education institutions by the Higher Education Authority to support researchers whose work has been affected by COVID-19.

Dr. Mark White, Vice President of Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies in WIT welcomes the funding as a means to support the researchers and research students in greatest need, in particular, those researchers who are coming to the end of their contracts before the end of 2020.

“The COVID19 pandemic has reminded us all of the importance of research and innovation. The ecosystem of multidisciplinary research in WIT has afforded us the opportunity to become pioneers in various fields and this additional funding from Government will allow us to continue our research and nurture researchers of the future”.

Prof. Willie Donnelly, President of WIT thanks the research community for their valued commitment and dedication in recent months. “I would like to recognise and thank our research community for their continued support to our postgraduate students and stakeholders throughout this difficult period. They continue to work with our international partnerships to deliver world class research and innovation to underpin the economic and social wellbeing of the region.  We are delighted to see our research and innovation being recognised by the region. The funding provides a level of continued security for our research community who otherwise may have had to seek alternative opportunities outside of the region and Ireland” he continues.

Knowledge Transfer Ireland’s latest Annual Knowledge Transfer Survey (2019) confirms the positive impact on society and the economy of research and innovation work carried out in the sector, including in the fight against COVID-19.

The funding will help to protect both people and projects at a critical moment for Ireland’s national research system as HEI’s look towards the next national research and innovation strategy (the successor to Innovation 2020) and the next European funding programme (Horizon Europe).

The funding will allow researchers to continue to pursue all other avenues for project completion, for example in the form of budget re-allocations and will begin engaging with relevant funders to agree the extension of appropriate activities.

WLR Christmas Appeal

‘Red to Work’ day is now an annual event in Waterford’s work place calendar with hundreds of businesses and work places encouraging staff to wear red and show support for the annual WLR Christmas Radio Appeal.

We are completely aware of the sacrifices people have made for the good of our community and the impact these sacrifices, financially, emotionally and physically have had on the people of Waterford. ‘Red to Work’ Day is just one of the many events hosted as part of the WLR ‘Be a little Star’ Christmas Appeal this December for the St. Vincent de Paul. Please help us paint Waterford Red on Friday 18th December. 

For more information or to register your business for ‘Red to Work’ Day see the website www.Christmasappeal.ie or contact WLR Christmas Appeal Coordinator Sarah Jane O’Brien on 051-846112/ 0831125667

WIT additive manufacturingTwo projects led by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have been approved under the Human Capital Initiative Pillar 3 (Innovation and Agility).

The Human Capital Initiative (HCI) will deliver an investment targeted towards increasing capacity in higher education in skills focused programmes designed to meet priority skills needs.

One of the WIT projects has the funds industry in its sights; while the other is in the engineering sphere (additive manufacturing, frequently referred to as 3D printing).

The WIT-led AMASE: Additive Manufacturing Advancing the South East is in collaboration with partners IT Carlow and industry partners has been awarded €2,152,349. The WIT School of Engineering through its SEAM Research Centre is a leader in the development of Additive Manufacturing, frequently referred to as 3D Printing. The funding will enable the development and implementation of a new and unique degree programme in Additive Manufacturing.

Dr Ken Thomas, Head of the School of Engineering, WIT said: “Additive Manufacturing is both the present and the future for many of the companies in region. Not only is very significant investment in new technology required, it is also absolutely vital to have personnel with the new knowledge and skills. This funding will lead to a higher-skilled workforce, sustainable employment, more and better jobs.

The WIT-led Strengthening and Protecting the Funds Industry in Ireland in collaboration with partners Cork Institute of Technology, State Street, and BNY Mellon  was awarded €2,048,180.

The funding will permit the establishment of an Academy for Investment Fund Executive Education and Development at WIT. Dr Thomas O’Toole, Dean of the Business School, said:

“The funding will be of benefit to all those working in the industry who are interested in developing their careers further. Current events have shown that, perhaps, there is now an alternative skill set required so that people can operate effectively in under new and evolving circumstances. Concepts such as ‘adaptability’ and ‘resilience’ have now entered the normal discourse: these are the types of concepts, amongst others, that participants will explore on the programmes developed by the Academy.”

Neil Quinlan, Head of the Department of Lifelong Learning at WIT welcoming the funding said: “WIT is delighted to lead initiatives in two key industry growth sectors for the South East – Precision Manufacturing Engineering and Financial Services. WIT is also working on further HCI projects including with IT Carlow on facilitating adults access higher education through Recognition of Prior Learning, and on developing future entrepreneurs with Technological University Dublin.”

Quinlan further outlines the importance of the funding tranche: “UNESCO’s recent expert report on lifelong learning emphasised the need to build people’s capacity to deal with change and profound importance of this given the disruption and uncertainly being felt across society from demographic change, the climate crisis, the rapid advance of technology and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. Ireland showed great vision in developing the Institute of Technology sector 50 years ago to meet the needs of a rapidly changing society at that time. Meeting current critical need for greater and better lifelong learning opportunities requires a similar step-change in public policy and the Human Capital Initiative is a very welcome development in this regard.”

Dauntless Courage Book CoverDunmore East RNLI has been saving lives off the South East coast since 1884. Since then Lifeboats based in the village have launched nearly 1000 times and saved over 305 lives and aided 1,315 people in distress on the seas along the Waterford and Wexford coast.

David Carroll the son of Captain Desmond Carroll, a former Harbour Master in Dunmore is currently completing a book on the history of the Dunmore East RNLI Lifeboats and the community from which the crews are drawn. David grew up in Dunmore East and whilst moving from the village in his 20s to pursue a career he has always retained a great love for the maritime heritage he inherited growing up in the village. David has spent nearly two years researching this book which is now near completion. The book, which is based on archives both here in Ireland and the RNLI archives in Poole, England, will detail the boats that were stationed in Dunmore and the stories of the rescues they carried out. Also included in the book will be many interesting and unique photographs that have not appeared in public before. The story of the village itself, and its link as a fishing community with the Lifeboats and crews, brings the reader from the earliest times of saving lives at sea in the area up to the present.

David Carroll, author of Dauntless Courage said: ‘“I feel that I have been extremely fortunate to have been given this wonderful opportunity of writing a history of the Dunmore East RNLI Lifeboats and their volunteer crews. As a small boy, I used to see the names of the Henry Dodd and Fanny Harriet on the records boards that were in a small fuel store on the pier. I never could have imagined that one day, I would be researching and writing about these famous lifeboats”.

Brendan Dunne, RNLI volunteer crew with Dunmore East RNLI said: ‘As crew we are delighted to see a book of this calibre been written. It is a testimony to the maritime history of the village and the volunteers who go to sea to rescue people in distress. David has ensured that the legacy of RNLI volunteers and supporters past and present will always be remembered in times eye and that the Lifeboat is an integral part of the community in Dunmore and surrounding areas’

Dauntless Courage: Celebrating the History of the Dunmore East RNLI, their crews and the Maritime Heritage of the Local Community. All proceeds from the book will be going to the local Dunmore East Lifeboat Fundraising Branch to support the saving of lives on our seas.

To facilitate publishing the book we need to raise funds. We are asking your company to become a corporate donor by making a minimum contribution of €250 towards the costs of the book. Your company will be acknowledged in the book and on the website and will receive a signed copy of the limited-edition book when published. The book itself will retail at €25 each  lus shipping. 

Contributions can be made either by cheque payable to Dunmore Lifeboat Book or by transfer to AIB Lisduggan Branch, Waterford
IBAN IE24 AIBK 9342 7531 1470 00
Account number; 31147000, Sort code; 934275
Cheques should be sent to Dunmore Lifeboat Book, C/O Dunmore
East Lifeboat Station, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford.

For pre-orders and further information on the book please see website: www.dunmorelifeboatbook.com

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TSSG DEMETERThe Irish led European Horizon 2020 project, DEMETER, has announced the launch of its first open funding calls, DEVELOP, with a total budget of €300,000 available to SMEs. Co-ordinated by the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) in Waterford Institute of Technology, the DEMETER project aims to lead the digital transformation of the agri-food sector in Europe through the rapid adoption of advanced Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, data science and smart farming ensuring the industry’s long-term viability and sustainability.

DEVELOP, the first of two open calls in the DEMETER project, aims to attract and engage Irish start-ups and SMEs with technology products that can be implemented within the agro-business sector.

Speaking about the launch of the open call is Kevin Doolin, Director of Innovation in TSSG and project co-ordinator. “We are encouraging Irish agri-tech SME’s and start-ups to submit a proposal to the DEVELOP open call. We expect to fund between eight to twelve applications with up to €30,000 available per solution. The view of this funding is to support the integration and interoperability of technological solutions for farmers throughout Europe”.

The solutions will be centralised in the DEMETER Hub which will outline the full description of all the components, devices, services, data sources, platforms that are accessible for deployment. This will enable the co-creation of particular solutions to overcome farmers needs and challenges. Twenty pilot projects are currently running in DEMETER to demonstrate and evaluate how innovations and extended capabilities benefit from the interoperability mechanisms. These pilots cover a wide spectrum of sectors such as arable crops, irrigated crops, fruit production and livestock including poultry, dairy, animal welfare.

Applications for the first of the DEMETER Open Calls must address one of the following challenges:

Topic 1: Soil workability and humidity monitoring

Topic 2: Interoperable Geo Tagged Photo APP

Topic 3: ISOBUS enabler

Topic 4: Blockchain-based solutions for agricultural applications

Topic 5: DEMETER Business process integration

The DEVELOP Open Call closes on the 18th of November 2020 (17.00 CET).

More information on the Open Calls and how to apply is available at https://h2020-demeter.eu/open-call/. Applications can be made via the F6S platform at https://www.f6s.com/demeterh2020/apply

WIT INNOVATIONClose to the N25/M9 motorway exit is Waterford’s answer to a Hollywood sign. The new installation of the 6ft letters spelling out the word ‘INNOVATION’ is located in WIT’s West Campus just above the Waterford Greenway carpark.

The initiative was led by Dr. Aisling O’Neill, Manager of Arclabs Research and  Innovation Centre, situated just over the brow of the hill in the picturesque Carriganore, overlooking the river Suir.

“WIT Arena and the Waterford Greenway welcomes hundreds of visitors each week and we wanted to encourage these visitors to consider what was over the hill. The innovative nature of WIT’s West Campus is inspiring and we hope this new focal point piques peoples interest into our homegrown companies and research breakthroughs.” Aisling explains.

The West Campus in Carriganore is a hub for world class research and innovation across a number of domains. The campus is home to RTE South East studio, WIT Arena, Nutritional Research Centre Ireland (NRCI), Arclabs Research and Innovation Centre, Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG), RIKON, National Biodiversity Data Centre and Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE).

The sign is more than just a location point for visitors; it is a symbol of the collaborative landscape of business support which exists in Waterford.  When the search began to source a long lasting material that would require little to low maintenance it was a fortuitous to discover that local company MEDITE SMARTPLY, a market leading manufacturer of sustainable timber construction panels located in Waterford and Clonmel, had such a material.  MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME is a high performance, wood based panel which demonstrates outstanding durability and dimensional stability in the most challenging exterior environments.  The product uses a moisture stable wood and durable resin and is designed to survive over 50 years of Irish weather.

The sign was constructed and erected by DFL Construction using this product and was supported by Jamie Buckett and Peter Judge of MEDITE SMARTPLY. “Over the years, WIT has been a tremendous support to our business providing talented graduates and state of the art research facilities.  We are delighted to showcase the capability of our most recent advancement in MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME for such a landmark symbol of our collaborative community.”  Dr Rory Rice, R&D Manager MEDITE SMARTPLY.

MEDITE SMARTPLY have collaborated with PMBRC, a research centre in WIT, for over 8 years on the development of various innovative products including MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME . The Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway arm of PMBRC works closely with industry to support innovation solutions to new or existing products. “We would like to thank MEDITE SMARTPLY for helping us to realise our vision and kindly sponsoring the material for the INNOVATION sign. Dr. Rory Rice and Jamie Buckett from the R&D team were exceptional and this initiative wouldn’t have been possible without their support.” Dr. Aisling O’Neill continues.

The vision of WIT’s research community is to position Waterford as Ireland’s Innovation Capital™. The Institute has welcomed a number of positives amidst the hard times we are currently living in regarding research wins. 2020 alone has seen WIT being positioned as the top IoT for European research funding, second of all in ICT European research funding and welcomed Enterprise Ireland funding for the development of six new industry focused labs in SEAM, PMBRC and TSSG amongst many other research successes. 

On your next visit to the Waterford Greenway in Carriganore stop by the sign, share it on Twitter using the hashtag #WITInnovation

Irish Business Design ChallengeThe Design & Crafts Council Ireland has launched the Irish Business Design Challenge in partnership with the Department of Business, Innovation and Enterprise, the Local Enterprise Offices and Enterprise Ireland.

The Irish Business Design Challenge is a competition in which micro, small and medium Irish businesses (MSMEs) across all sectors in Waterford and around the country are invited to share the challenges they are experiencing as a result of COVID-19 and the solutions they have designed to resolve and adapt to the current environment.

The aim of the Irish Business Design Challenge is to recognise the resilience and innovation of MSMEs in a year which has proven to be challenging for businesses as a result of COVID-19. The competition will profile a selection of businesses over a number of weeks, during which an expert panel of judges and members of the public will have the chance to vote for their ‘hero business’. Dearbhail McDonald, Author and Broadcaster, will chair the expert judging panel.

The Irish Business Design Challenge is open to three categories of business including micro (1 – 10 employees), small (11 – 50 employees) and medium sized (51 - 250 employees). There is an overall prize fund in excess of €50,000, with a €15,000 first prize for the winner of each category and €2,000 for the runner-up in each category.

Announcing the launch of the competition, CEO DCCI, Rosemary Steen said, “We are calling on micro, small and medium Irish businesses that have reinvented their overall working model, in order to adapt and diversify quickly to meet the challenges they are facing in the current economic environment. We want to hear from businesses who have developed or redesigned their products or services to meet current and future needs. Through the Irish Business Design Challenge, we want to harness the ingenuity of the SME sector, to help other businesses and communities across Ireland.”

Encouraging businesses in Waterford to enter before the October 28th deadline, Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Waterford said, “At Local Enterprise Office Waterford, we are in the privileged position to work with some of the most innovative small businesses in the county and for many of them, intelligent design is at the core of what they do.  In recent months, we have seen this come to the fore as many have had to redesign their existing products, or pivot to new ones linked to their supply chain. The Irish Business Design Challenge, which is supported by Local Enterprise Offices, is a fantastic way to recognise these businesses and highlight some of the innovative and brilliant design that is out there across our county. We would encourage every small business in Waterford to take a look at this competition and see how they can benefit from entering.”

The Irish Business Design Challenge is open for entries until 28th October 2020.

For further information on the Irish Business Design Challenge or to apply for the competition please visit https://www.dcci.ie/irish-business-design-challenge

LEO Richie WalshOver the last few months, it may seem that Brexit had taken a back-seat as local businesses had to deal with the impact on COVID-19. However, now that the first stage of negotiations is complete, Brexit is set to become a reality as the UK’s Brexit transition period comes to an end on January 1st, 2021.

Once the UK leaves the Customs Union, it will be regarded as a non-European Union country, so therefore Waterford companies need to prepare for dealing with a post-Brexit UK.

Local Enterprise Office Waterford will host a series of free bite-sized webinars as part of its BREXIT and Beyond series over the next two months. Taking place at 12pm each Friday from September 25th to November 6th, the 45-minute webinars are designed to help local businesses plan and take effective action for Brexit and beyond.

What does Brexit mean for business? will examine the implications of Brexit on local businesses and how to mitigate against risks. Prepare your business for customs and Custom Exports and Imports will focus on the potential impacts, formalities and procedures Waterford businesses will need to adopt when trading with a post-Brexit UK. Strategic Sourcing will highlight the practical steps that should be considered if your company trades with the UK or your supply chain is partly dependent on the UK. Financial and Currency Management will examine why businesses should quantify the potential cash flow impact and explore options to manage such an impact. With many challenges arising How to protect my Business against Brexit will offer clear and unambiguous guidance about minimising the impact and explore opportunities for growth, while The Simple Guide to overcoming Brexit will help companies navigate the maze of Brexit.

Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Waterford said the BREXIT and Beyond series of webinars should provide some clarity for businesses as we approach the January 1st deadline.

“Businesses not just locally, but regionally, nationally and globally have had so much to contend with over the last six months with COVID-19 and the impact is destined to be felt for many months to come.”

“Brexit is a reality and while the timing couldn’t be worse, there is a necessity for Waterford businesses, particularly those that trade with the UK to start preparing and laying the groundwork. This series of BREXIT and Beyond bite-sized webinars will offer companies an informative and practical insight into minimising delays and costs and provide direction in how to deal with the consequences of Brexit.”

To book your place on the Local Enterprise Office Waterford BREXIT and Beyond webinars visit www.localenterprise.ie/Waterford

If you have any queries regarding your business and Brexit, talk to LEO Waterford #BrexitReady advisor, David Walsh, by calling 0761 102 905 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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