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Mary Darlington 2While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a wave of extraordinary challenges and uncertainty to Irish businesses, Local Enterprise Office Waterford provides a wide range of business services to SMEs such as free HR, digital and finance advisory clinics.

With the gradual easing of restrictions and many businesses re-opening, Local Enterprise Office Waterford has appointed Mary Darlington of Darlington Consulting, Health and Safety Consultant to its mentor panel, to advise businesses on implementing Return to Work Safely protocols.

Mary has over 30 years’ experience in health and safety both in industry and as a consultant. She established Darlington Consulting in 1996 and specialises in Safety Leadership as well as general health and safety. Her other services include training for Boards, Senior Managers, Team Leaders and employees, including Safety Representatives and Safety Committees. She also carries out safety audits, develops safety policies and prepares safety statements

Having consulted in many sectors including manufacturing, retail, wholesale, SMEs, hospitality, the arts sector and not for profit organisations, Mary is ideally placed to advise on health and safety laws and regulations.

“There is so much COVID-19 information available, so it is imperative for all businesses to drill down to find the most accurate, reliable and practical advice for their situation as they plan to return to trading, reemploy staff and reconnect with customers.”

Mary’s skills lie in simplifying these guides in order to create a practical road map for employers in all businesses to safely operate and/or re-open, while fully safeguarding their employees and their customers.

Mary advises that the key issues that SMEs need to consider before returning to work are:

  • Consultation with employees (appointing a Lead Employee Representative)
  • Social distancing measures (now being called physical distancing which is more accurate)
  • Regular cleaning and the prevention of infection for both employees and customers.

“Complying with these new requirements will result in changes to the way we work, how the job is done, by whom and most importantly how it is recorded so that it can be verified.”

Mary explains that when this current crisis is over how we react to the crisis now will have a huge bearing on how we work in the future, so implementing early best practice is vital.

“Remember firstly that your employees are your greatest asset and they need to be protected. Secondly, you need to consider your customers and how you can deliver your goods or services them while safeguarding them. We are all learning as this pandemic continues and best practices are emerging which will enable businesses to operate and hopefully thrive.”

If your business has been affected by Covid-19 and you need advice about implementing safety measures and protocols, call Local Enterprise Office Waterford and a dedicated specialist will get back to you to discuss your business issue. This is a free confidential service and is open to all businesses. LEO Waterford will also endeavour to signpost you towards further Government and State agency business supports.

To book your free virtual consultation, via Skype or phone, call 0761 102905 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a dedicated mentor will get in touch with you.

As retailers and business owners across Waterford City and County begin to prepare for the reopening of the City and Town Centres a new Shop Waterford Support Local campaign is being launched. The campaign, which is supported by business owners from Waterford City, Tramore and Dungarvan aims to encourage all Waterford people to support local in every purchase we make. The campaign wants the people of Waterford to support each other as when we act Together Waterford is Stronger.

The business owners and retailers of Waterford have shown resilience and innovation throughout the COVID19 restrictions and although City and Town centres were largely deserted many businesses continued behind closed doors. Initiatives such as Waterford Online and the Back Soon #Love Waterford responses encouraged local support and provided hope for a gradual return for business and society. The Waterford Online campaign is continuing to update trading arrangements on a daily basis on its Facebook page and reminds us that Local Businesses employ local people and sponsor local teams and generously give raffle prizes to local fundraisers.

The Shop Waterford Support Local campaign is aimed at building on the momentum of the massive amount of support shown by Waterford people and to encourage a continuation of this support. Some outdoor businesses reopen this week and many of the City and Town Centres businesses open in Phase 2 which is planned for 8th June. A Shop Waterford Support Local video campaign has been developed by Waterford.fyi in partnership with the City and Town Centre Management groups and is launching this week to coincide with Phase 1 reopening. The camapign features 17 business owners from Waterford City, Tramore and Dungarvan. The City and Town Centre Management Group membership includes Waterford City and County Council, Waterford Chamber of Commerce, Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber of Commerce, Waterford Business Group and the Local Enterprise Office.

Darragh, Haven Pharmacy, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.
“This pharmacy dates back to 1915. My father tells me stories of how the Spanish flu affected people here in Dungarvan, so we have a long insight and history here in Dungarvan. What pharmacies did back then, and what we do now was to give accessible healthcare to their communities and to be there for people when they needed them. What we are doing now is no different.”

Jack Molloy, Molloy’s Butchers, Waterford.
“People are coming back to the butcher shops and they’re enjoying cooking again. It’s great talking to our customers and finding out what life is like for them. Life’s tough out there, but the one thing that we are finding is that family and people have gotten to come together again and are enjoying it. It’s gone to ‘comfort cooking’ now rather than comfort eating. It’s an interesting concept.”

Seamus Reynolds, Morris’s DIY, Waterford.
“I would be a major, major fan of shopping local. I think it's really critical, and particularly in this time, that we support local businesses, it’s so important. Instead of ordering online and it takes two or three weeks to come, what we try and do with my kids, is go into the retailer because chances are, they might be able to order it and get it in for you.”

A new website has also been developed by the Waterford City and Town Centre Management Groups and can be found on the Waterford Council website. The website is a one stop shop for all information relating to all supports for business across Waterford. There is information on financial supports, keeping customers and staff safe, minding our health and wellbeing and sharing good news stories about Waterford’s ongoing determination and drive to reopening business and society over the coming weeks and months.

(25 May 2020) To assist non-domestic customers preparing to re-use buildings after a period of closure or under-utilisation, Irish Water has launched a new section on water.ie with advice and practical tips to help ensure internal water and wastewater systems are made safe for staff, customers and visitors.

A number of issues can arise when buildings are left un-used for a period of time. These include leaks that cause damage to premises and stock; blockages in pipes from fats, oils or greases; dead rodents in water tanks that can cause contamination; and stagnant water in plumbing and cooling systems that can create serious health risks such as Legionnaires’ disease. Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and hospitalisation is generally required to treat symptoms.

There are number of measures that business owners and facility managers can take to mitigate these risks and these are all outlined on water.ie.

Yvonne Harris, Head of Customer Operations, says: “Business owners and facility managers can reduce water related risks when reopening buildings and premises by following our guidelines. Irish Water has detailed some simple steps on water.ie that business owners and facility managers should take that will help to protect the health of staff, visitors and customers. The safe re-opening of buildings will require the use of considerable amounts of water, which is one of the reasons we emphasised the need for water conservation in the home recently. The priority must be the health and safety of anyone entering or working in a recently closed building so business owners and facility managers should take all the necessary steps.”

When bringing water systems and devices safely back into use businesses should:

  • Flush water pipes by running taps until the water temperature is constant and mains water is drawn through the system;
  • Clean all drinking water outlets with suitable disinfectants;
  • Flush all toilets, and run water through sinks and shower basins, to ensure that the water trap seal is replenished in the u-bends;
  • Inspect all storage tanks and cisterns, and drain, clean, disinfect and refill as necessary;
  • Clean shower-heads with disinfectant and flush water through until clean, with a minimum temperature of 60°C for hot water showers;
  • Empty hot water tanks and refill with water heated to 70° C for at least an hour before use;
  • Replace filter cartridges in water filters and clean & disinfect the cartridge holder according to manufacturer’s instructions, then run water through to flush clear;
  • Check pumps on the building’s water/wastewater system to ensure that they are operating correctly;
  • Check sewer & drains and clear any blockages promptly;
  • Check on-site wastewater treatment systems to ensure they are operating correctly.

Full information, as well as a booklet are available on https://www.water.ie/for-business/covid-19-reopening-busine/

As every building is different, building managers should get specialist advice if in-house expertise is not available. Some businesses, such as the hospitality sector, healthcare providers and leisure centres, may need more detailed measures associated with water-using equipment. The HSE has useful resources on its website such as its Checklist for Leisure Centres.

Irish Water continue to work with our Local Authority partners to maintain a safe and reliable public water supply and to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and the public as Covid-19 restrictions are eased and businesses begin to re-open.

WIT main campusFollowing the success of its week of virtual open days in April, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), which one in three higher education-going school leavers in the south east attended last autumn, has announced further supports for the CAO applicants of 2020 at a dedicated website www.wit.ie/cao.

Last year over 1,600 of the 5,000 plus new higher education-going students in the region in 2019, or almost 1 in 3 (30%) chose WIT. When it comes to individual counties, well over 50% of higher education-going students from Waterford choose WIT. The data shows something similar in Wexford where 30% of higher education going students go to WIT. In Kilkenny and South Tipperary, 1 in 4 students go to WIT.

One of the highlights of ‘Ask WIT’ is the facility for individual consultations with members of WIT’s outreach team. Pre-booked virtual drop-in slots are available from 25 May to 1 July, the CAO Change of Mind deadline.

Lecturers from across the institute’s 70 CAO courses have come onboard to support their future students with 24 discipline-specific WIT Talks scheduled over a five-week period.

In addition, web chat and virtual tours are also available.

Dr Derek O’Byrne, Registrar and Vice President for Academic Affairs at WIT said that while we may have a very different Leaving Certificate, students still have to make career choices.

“Indeed, more than ever, applicants should be reflecting on their true interests and abilities in making those important career choices, and our supports will help people find out what they are best suited to.”

“The CAO change of mind facility opened on 5 May and many prospective students and their parents will need to start thinking about confirming their CAO choices, before the 1 July deadline,” Dr O’Byrne added.

John Power, an outreach officer at the institute explained that following on from the success of the Virtual open days it was clear that there was an appetite for one-to-one chats and virtual talks around wider discipline areas.

“Our WIT Talks will be hosted on Zoom and are designed to give CAO applicants interested in studying a WIT course a forum to ask course questions. They will be hosted by lecturing staff in that area. They are ideal for anybody who wants to understand the differences between courses or who have a few questions before they confirm their choices. Participants can get involved, ask questions and have the chance to meet and see other prospective students.”

Two members of the institute’s outreach team John Power and Claire Holden will be on hand for more detailed queries via the Virtual Drop-In. These pre-booked session will give applicants or their parents the opportunity to have a private discussion about individual scenarios.

For full details see www.wit.ie/cao and follow Waterford Institute of Technology for updates on social media.

Covid 19 Restart GrantThe Government’s €250m Restart Grant, which gives direct grant aid to micro and small businesses to help them with the costs associated with reopening and reemploying workers following COVID-19 closures, is now open for applications through the Waterford City and County Council website.

The grant will be available to businesses with a turnover of less than €5m and employing 50 people or less, which were closed or impacted by at least a 25% reduction in turnover up to June 30th, 2020. The grant is a contribution towards the cost of re-opening or keeping a business operational and re-connecting with employees and customers.

It will be equivalent to the rates bill of the business in 2019, or a minimum payment of €2,000, whichever is the higher, and will be subject to a maximum payment of €10,000.

If a company is currently in a rateable premise but was not rate-assessed in 2019 it is still eligible to apply. The local authority can pay the grant based on an estimate of what the rates demand for 2019 would have been.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, said, “I want to ensure that eligible companies with the most immediate need to get back up-and-running receive the grant support as quickly as possible.  For this reason, the businesses listed in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Roadmap, as well as those who stayed open all along, will be prioritised. Businesses know the dates on which their premises can reopen, and we want to avoid long waiting times for the grant. As a result, I am urging businesses to wait until a few weeks before their business is due to reopen before submitting their application to the local authorities.”

Michael Walsh, Chief Executive of Waterford City and County Council welcomed the initiative and said that these grants will help local small businesses that were forced to close or were financially impacted by COVID-19.

“The grants available will match an individual business’s 2019 commercial rates and can be used towards the cost of reopening, replenishing stock, defraying fixed costs or putting in place measures to keep its customers and staff safe.”

“We would encourage any business that stayed open throughout the crisis, as well as those that reopened under Phase 1 (from 18 May) or are due to open under Phase 2 (8 June) of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, to apply now for the Restart Grant.”

“Whether the business is up to date with its 2019 commercial rate payments or not, the Restart Grant will help in some way to take the financial burden out of the costs associated with getting back up and running and the return to viability.”

Applications for the Restart Grant can be made via www.waterfordcouncil.ie and the closing date for receipt of applications is August 31st, 2020.

Processing of applications and payment of the Restart Grant will depend on the initial surge of applications but, as far as is feasible, will be prioritised according to scheduled re-opening dates in the national Roadmap.

About the Restart Grant

Micro and small businesses are particularly vulnerable to the economic effects of Covid-19. Many businesses, even while closed, continue to incur costs including fixed costs without being able to generate revenues. It is recognised that businesses will also incur costs in preparing their businesses to reopen and meeting the needs of employees and customers. The Restart Grant is designed to alleviate the pressure on businesses in this context.

To avail of the Restart Grant, a business must be in the Local Authorities Commercial Rates Payment System and: 

  1. have an annual turnover of less than €5m and employ between 1 to 50 people
  2. have closed and/or suffered a projected 25%+ loss in turnover to end June 2020
  3. commit to remain open or to reopen if it was closed
  4. declare the intention to retaining employees that are on The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) and to reemploy staff on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment where applicable.

Business Categories, based on the Government’s Roadmap for a phased re-opening of the economy, are as set out below:

Phase 1 (18 May) Hardware, garden centres, opticians, motor/cycle repairs, office products, electrical, IT equipment, phone sales/repairs, outdoor construction, public amenities.

Phase 2 (8 June) Small retail outlets, marts.

Phase 3 (29 June) Creches for essential workers, retail outlets with street entrance, cafes, and restaurants for on-premises consumption.

Phase 4 (20 July) Creches, ‘high-risk’ services including hairdressers, tourism accommodation.

Phase 5 (10 August) Bars, theatres, cinemas, gyms, shopping centres.

LEO Rooted SolutionsSome of Waterford’s most innovative and entrepreneurial students will be eagerly logging online next week for the National Final of the Student Enterprise Programme. For the first time since the programme began in 2003, the National Finals will take place online and the region will have 2 student enterprises involved on behalf of Local Enterprise Office Waterford.

Rooted Solution, winner of the Senior award from St. Augustine’s College in Dungarvan created a business selling affordable tree saplings with biodegradable packaging to help sustain the environment.

The county’s intermediate entry is DownWriteGood! from Our Lady of Mercy secondary school, Waterford. It is a stationary enterprise which offers eco-friendly and sustainable products with superior functionality that maximise desk space and efficiency

Having originally been scheduled to take place in Croke Park on the 1st May, the Local Enterprise Office run awards, will be announced virtually on Wednesday 27th May via live stream on the Student Enterprise Programmes Facebook and YouTube channels.

Waterford has a proud tradition on the Student Entrepreneur Programme through its Local Enterprise Office, including a former national winner, Cathal Daly.

The students and teachers from across the country will watch along online to the event hosted by RTE’s Rick O’Shea and will be joined during the ceremony by previous winners and Student Entrepreneur Programme Ambassador, Josh Van Der Flier. The rugby star previously took part in the initiative when he was a student at Wesley College in Dublin.

The Finalists have been announced this year with a record number of 85 student enterprises competing in Ireland’s largest entrepreneurship programme for second level students. The initiative, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities throughout the country, close to 26,000 students from almost 500 secondary schools across the country take part.

Some of the finalists this year include an alarm that helps wake small children who can sleep through regular high frequency alarms, eco-friendly products such as beeswax film, an alternative to clingfilm, a bottle stopper to help prevent drinks tampering, germination balls that can be thrown on soil to help generate new wildlife, and stress hampers filled with stress relieving products.

The National Final students are competing across three categories, Junior, Intermediate and Senior and judging is ongoing virtually with the finalists nationwide via electronic submissions. Each student enterprise is challenged with creating, setting up and running their own business, which must show sales of their service or product. The judging panel includes business owners and representatives from enterprise agencies and associated bodies.

This year’s Programme also saw two new pilot competitions across the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories. The first, the “My Entrepreneurial Journey” pilot was run in the Junior and Intermediate cycle and open to any students involved in wider competition. It required them to map out the life of a successful entrepreneur and how that could be achieved.

In the Senior category there was a new “Go Green: Be Sustainable Creative Business Competition”. In this new pilot competition students could push their most innovative business ideas via a video pitch, without having to produce a product or service and was open to all senior students taking part in the wider competition.

Chair of the Enterprise Education Committee with the Local Enterprise Offices, Michael Nevin, said; “As a programme we are lucky in that much of the work that students were doing in relation to their Student Enterprises was done well before this pandemic broke out. So, there is no reduction in the quality of entries, if anything we have bigger final this year and some outstanding entries. Looking through the Finalists you can see that students are more conscientious than ever when it comes to solving problems they see in everyday life, affecting the environment and the people around them. It’s encouraging to see the focus that the next generation are putting on making the world a better place and irrespective of who wins, we will see some great student businesses coming from this.”

Since 2003, over 200,000 students have taken part in the Student Enterprise Programme. Last year again there was great variety across the entries, and the winners. In the Junior category, Specrest from Fingal in Dublin designed a 3D printed biodegradable clip that will secure glasses on clothing. Smooth Remove from North Cork, a device for shoe removal won in the Senior category while Crios Mhadra from Kerry, a dog safety harness for car travel took home the Intermediate prize.

Full details of all this year’s 85 national finalists are available on the Student Enterprise Programme website at www.StudentEnterprise.ie

RIKON Pat Lynch Dave MitchellA team of business strategists, technologists and design thinkers at one of Waterford Institute of Technology’s research centres RIKON are offering their services to businesses across Ireland impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Research centre RIKON is an approved supplier for the Enterprise Ireland/IDA and Local Enterprise Office (LEO) funded Business Continuity Supports for Enterprises as a direct response to Covid-19. However, it is also offering its services to help businesses navigate the many different support schemes available to them.

There is assistance for all business types and sizes says Dr Pat Lynch, Co-founder and Director of RIKON, whether a sole trader, IDA company, Enterprise Ireland and Local Enterprise Office client.

“In recent weeks, it has been heartening to see the resilience and adaptation of SMEs to the COVID-19 environment, finding new and innovative ways of working and utilising technologies.  We are responding to an array of client issues such as crisis management, process optimisation, supply chain resilience, digital transformation, scenario planning and business model innovation….all to ensure that companies are best prepared for ramp up post-crisis,” says Dr Lynch.

“The funding landscape has become increasingly crowded and RIKON is happy to work with companies to simply establish where they fit in this new landscape and determine which funding option is best for them. We are working hard to assist companies through the application process and secure the appropriate funding,” adds Mary Clare Curran, Commercial Manager, Business Strategy and Marketing at RIKON.

RIKON is already working with companies under these new funding streams as well as the more established Innovation Vouchers and, of course, larger funded projects.

Normally based at WIT’s ArcLabs research and innovation hub, the RIKON team has adapted its way of working and moved its services online. Its BizTech strategists specialise in solving business problems and creating commercial opportunities through pioneering research advancements across business strategy, innovation, design, operational excellence and technology optimisation. The RIKON mix of business strategists, technologists and design thinkers create, incubate and deliver a future business that produce extraordinary results and allow you to leapfrog your competition.

“Our experience is that client companies have been happy to adapt to a new way of working with us and we hope to continue to provide support and advice to as many businesses as possible in the coming months,” adds Dr Lynch.

TablepaySCNE are delighted to announce a brand new feature specifically targeted to support and facilitate the safe reopening of Restaurants and Bars amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Tablepay is a brand new addition to the app, that will allow customers to safely Order, Pay For and Receive their Food & Drink directly to their table. It comes at a time where, in a world of social distancing, contactless options have never been more prevalent and SCNE hope that in providing a safe, yet highly convenient option for customers, it will play a great role in restoring confidence and peace of mind when revisiting Waterford’s fantastic hospitality and tourism sector in the very near future. 

Similarly, this has been an extremely stressful and turbulent time for the amazing Waterford venues and in light of this, SCNE wants to help, which is why this brand new, easy-to-use, TablePay technology will be offered to all Waterford venues completely FREE of charge during the midst of this pandemic. Venues simply upload and provide their amazing existing offerings to SCNE’s system and they handle everything else. 

Jordan Casey is the 20 year old creator of SCNE: “This has obviously been an extremely turbulent and unprecedented time for everybody including all of our amazing venue partners. In attempting to make do with the time I had to reflect over the past 2 months and also in an effort to see how we could support our venues, the idea for Tablepay came about. We’ve seen huge success with these types of products on a national level previously, and we feel that now, more than ever, there is a real demand and necessity for a zero-contact solution that at the same time proves to be very convenient and could certainly help in reattracting customers.” 

Since launching in July, SCNE has amassed over 5,000 downloads from Tourists, Students andlocals alike and aims to be a primary showcase of everything happening in Waterford City.

The app has been well received, boasting over 45 partners from Restaurants, Bars,Nightclubs, Theatres, Purple Flag and even WLR, with SCNE hosting an in-app listening facility.

This growth has spread quickly, with SCNE launching in Galway in January 2020 with Cork and Limerick launches scheduled later in the new year. But WIT student Jordan has not stopped his plans in Waterford, with his native land being placed firmly at the forefront of his plans with further partnerships and integration efforts firmly in the process for the new year.

SCNE has undergone a full redesign with a tourism-centric approach and we look forward to playing an active role in reopening the bustling hospitality 

SCNE are making an active call to any local business or venue interested in learning more about this free product. Please Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Message “SCNE Waterford” on Facebook. Alternatively visit thescne.com

SCNE Have created a video outlining Tablepay's Role in Safe reopening:

St Michaels HallBallyduff Upper, nestled on the Waterford / Cork border, has always had a strong sense of community and kinship. However, now more than ever, during the COVID-19 pandemic, has the village embraced its community and created a strong support network for its inhabitants.

St. Michael’s Hall has long been the centre point for community classes, fundraisers, music and drama groups, mother & toddler groups senior citizens groups and Butterflies Playschool and most evenings the hall is buzzing with activity and life.

However, the current crisis has impacted severely and has left many villagers without use of the hall’s facilities and also without the services of the Carnegie Library, the sports hall and the community playing field.

According to Agnes O’ Donoghue, Administrator, the loss of St. Michael’s Hall has left many without a social outlet. “Before Coronavirus, these amenities were in use practically every day and every evening. The hall was full of groups of all ages, interacting, learning, having fun and just being together. However, when the virus hit, we were very conscious of the safety and health of our users and of course, following Government guidelines shut all facilities, which left a big gap.”

“We realised it was necessary for the community to support those who were cocooning, vulnerable or isolated. The Community COVID-19 Volunteer Group was set up and put a community text alert in place. Anybody who was worried about a neighbour or relative could get in touch and we could arrange shopping or prescription pick-ups, or even just call by to make sure they were safe and well. It’s testament to the wonderful Ballyduff community spirit that we were inundated with offers of voluntary help.”

“Many of our tutors who rent the hall set up virtual yoga, pilates and fitness classes so their clients could continue to exercise and keep healthy and limber, while they were indoors.”

“It has been tough, and many people are feeling a little deflated and alone, but it has really emphasised the strong community spirit in Ballyduff and it will make us an even more close-knit community.”

While St. Michaels Hall, the Carnegie Library and playing facilities are looking forward to opening when allowed under the phased government strategy, work is ongoing to ensure all safety measures are adhered to, to keep the community safe.

Agnes said, “We are very mindful of the changes that need to be made before we can open the doors again. That will mean operating a little differently in the future. We have taken plenty of precautions and are following all HSE guidelines.”

“Hand sanitiser stations will be at the entrance and exits, we have removed many chairs from the hall so the two-metre social distance is adhered to, we have set up space for one-to-one meetings with plenty of space available so everyone keeps apart. These changes are crucial to ensure that our community can get back to the Hall in time, safe in the knowledge that it is our intention to keep them safe.”

St. Michael’s Hall has always been at the heart of Ballyduff Upper, and even in these trying times is making plans to return to the hub of the community. Many charities and organisations depend on the Hall for fundraising events and upon reopening, St. Michael’s Hall intends to reschedule these worthy events and no doubt, Ballyduff’s spirit of community will be at the forefront in supporting these events.

OrdeeAs the government has outlined their plan to get hospitality businesses open, many still wonder how this will work? For members of the public how will they know if a pub, restaurant or shop is safe to enter? How many people are inside and is that premises adhering to the safety guidelines? For pubs, hotels and shops, how do they monitor numbers in store in real time and how do they ensure that they are adhering to the guideline for the safety of their staff and customers?

Say hello to Ordee. This innovative Irish start up are on a mission, “to get hospitality & retail back to business, safely” says Anthony Cronin, CEO and Co-Founder, a Tallow resident and former Waterford Young Entrepreneur of the year for the international award winning Flexiwage Application.

“Ordee” allows publicans, restauranteurs and retailers to put their energy into their passion, while the GPS based App ensures that their venue is remaining compliant with “Return to Work Guidelines”. The cloud based platform will allow owners to easily document and broadcast their venues compliance and availability to their customer base. “It’s critical that venues can re-engage with their customer base, while at the same time ensuring everybody can have a great and safe night out” assured Cronin.

Customers will be able to inform themselves, through Ordee, as to what venues have socially distanced space available and reduce contact by ordering and paying directly from the App. “Ordee looks after the order processing and payment too, so venues can give reassurance to their customers while focusing on great service” said Cronin.

Peace of mind will be hugely important for returning pub, restaurant and retail customers. Ordee can give customers a way to see where is safe to go now and for returning hospitality businesses, an easy way to monitor and comply with the social distancing guidelines while engaging in a positive way with new and returning customers. Also subject to approval and meeting criteria from a companies local enterprise office, businesses with under 10 employees may be able to avail of a voucher funding 90% of the cost of the platform!

Visit the website www.Ordee.ie for more information or contact on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The app is available to download from the AppStore from the 30th of May with live demos via webinar for businesses commencing now.

WIT Angela CollinsWaterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Careers Centre is giving employers the chance to both market their companies and help final year students through an upcoming virtual careers fair.

Instagram is the platform of choice for the WIT Careers Centre Virtual Careers and Employability Fair which will run between Monday 18 and Friday 22 May when students finish their summer assessments.

Business owners and HR staff across a range of companies from start-ups and SMEs to indigenous and multinational companies are invited to take part.

Angela Collins, Head of Careers at WIT says the most basic option is for participants to provide answers to four questions which will help graduates.

“This is a strange time for everyone especially those just graduating so to give them help with your own knowledge or tips and tricks you picked up along the way is invaluable.”

Employers can submit written answers or a video of them answering these questions .

“It is a fantastic opportunity to market your company/opportunities you may have and to share some employability hints and tips with our students. You will also be providing an invaluable service to our students and graduates in these unusual times,” adds Collins.

Another option is for company representatives to participate in 15-30 minute live stream Q&As on Instagram. This facilitates students asking questions during the stream.

“Due to the Covid-19 we are looking at different ways of engaging with employers and we feel collaboration now is more important than ever. As an employer you can play a key role in shaping our understanding of where we are now recruitment wise and what the WIT Careers Centre must do to position itself and our students for the recovery,” she says.

Employers who would like to participate can email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Follow @WIT_careers_centre on Instagram.

The four key questions:

Question 1          Who you are and what you do?

Question 2          From what disciplines are you looking to recruit from?

Question 3          How do students /graduates apply?  CV? Application form? Telephone interview?

Question 4          If I could give an applicant one piece of advice what would it be? Or

What advice would you give an applicant when applying for jobs?

The WIT Careers Centre is also open to adding questions that employers want to answer.

 

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