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SeanieWWaterford Local Enterprise Office has announced a programme of 21 events during Local Enterprise Week 2020, taking place throughout Waterford City and County from March 2nd to March 6th.

Incorporating the theme of “Making It Happen”, this year Local Enterprise Week will feature a host of informative and engaging workshops, seminars, presentations and advice clinics aimed at local businesses, whether in pre-start, start-up or as an established business looking to grow.

A key event kicking off the jam-packed programme is “Delivering Value: A design thinking approach for solo entrepreneurs” at the Park Hotel, Dungarvan on Monday, March 2nd. Ideal for those going it alone, the workshop will reveal how to deliver value to customers using a design thinking approach.

On March 4th “Mind Magic Your Business” is a not-to-be-missed presentation by world-renowned brain hacker and hypnotist, Keith Barry. The Waterford man’s presentation will provide unparalleled insight into enhancing leadership abilities and breaking through barriers to reach your business goals.

Seanie Walsh is a dynamic young social media disruptor. Following his highly successful “The E-Commerce Maze” workshop at last year’s LEW, he is back on March 6th with a Social Media Mash-Up. Curated by Paul Dower of Waterford in your Pocket, Seanie will explore the real state of the social media marketing industry in Ireland, examining the power this new breed of marketing now holds and how to use social media to start, fund and grow your business.

Having been chosen as the winner of the Foodie Destinations in 2019, “Building Waterford, the Award-Winning Foodie Destination” is a collaboration between Food, the Waterford Way and the EnterpRISING Food Waterford series. This networking event on March 3rd will underpin how to continue to build and protect the integrity and status of our region’s foodie status.

Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Waterford Richie Walsh said, “This year’s Local Enterprise Week programme has something for everyone, whatever phase your business is in, or whatever sector your business is in. The range of events and the calibre of speakers and facilitators are such that the topical business issues affecting us today and, in the future, will be addressed with practical insight into achieving your business goals.”

“Waterford Local Enterprise Office is delighted to work in conjunction with various key business support organisations and state agencies, including Enterprise Ireland, Waterford Chamber of Commerce and RIKON to provide a programme that ultimately gives start-ups and small businesses opportunities, advice and resources to unleash their potential and help them on the path to growth.”

Other events taking place throughout Local Enterprise Week include Future-proof your business for Success workshop; the National Enterprise Awards; Student Enterprise Awards; Protecting your IP clinic; On-line selling for Craft Business workshop and general business advice clinics.

To register for Local Enterprise Week events taking place in Waterford city and county from March 2nd to 6th, or to find out more about what business support services are available visit www.localenterprise.ie/Waterford/

Most events are completely free of charge while some have a nominal booking fee of just €15. As with last year, many of the events are expected to book up quickly so early booking is strongly advised.

Waterford Hockey Club Ball

Waterford Hockey Club is organising a formal ball and charity auction on Friday, 17th April at Dooleys Hotel.

The ball is primarily a social occasion when WHC members (over 18), parents and friends can sign off on the season with a good night out. However, it is also an opportunity to give back to the community and make our club more accessible and more relatable. So for that reason, we are going to host a fundraising auction and split proceeds with The Solas Centre (www.solascentre.ie ). Most of us have been touched or know someone who has been touched by cancer.

Tickets are on sale from Dooley’s hotel or from 11 to 12 every Sunday morning during Academy hockey in Newtown school.

Visit Waterford Holiday World 2020Visit Waterford participated in the Holiday World Show in Dublin. The event took place from January 24th to 26th and Visit Waterford was one of the many exhibitors at the show, proudly representing Waterford and promoting local businesses. The stand provided a platform to showcase our attractions, accommodation and food & beverage experiences across the city & county.

The stand had a range of experiential activities including an interactive experience with Waterford Crystal Master Craftsman Jimmy Kelly who was demonstrating the technique of cutting crystal to all curious visitors. Lismore Heritage Centre provided an exclusive look into the Lismore Castle chambers with their special VR headset and interactive 3-minute video which received lots of attention. The stand came alive with some beautiful seasonal plants from Mount Congreve. Visitors tasted delicious types of cheese from Knockanore Irish Farmhouse Cheese and sampled the renowned Waterford Blaa. Dan from Blackwater Gin provided a tantalising gin tasting experience and Ellie from the Cliff House Hotel showcased the beauty products used to pamper guests during their luxurious spa treatments.

All the participants showcased their properties and attractions, and many hotels joined in with great offers and prizes that could be won. Members were happy to answer any questions visitors had, promoting everything from the spectacular Greenway to the Adventure Centre in Dunmore. Many local businesses, including the Tower Hotel, Faithlegg Hotel, Granville Hotel, Food the Waterford Way, Cliff House Hotel, Mount Congreve, Lismore Heritage Centre, Waterford Council Tourism Team, Dungarvan Tourist Office, Greenway Waterford Bike Hire, Suir Valley Railway, Visit Waterford, House of Waterford Crystal & Blackwater Distillery joined the event. All visitors had a chance of participating in competitions and winning some amazing prizes.

The event was considered a great success and brought a great number of interested people expressing their desire to visit our city & county, while exploring Irelands Ancient East. Find more information about stunning locations and exciting adventures around Waterford – Where Ireland Begins.


  • Katarina Kaluđer Visit Waterford Sales & Marketing Executive, (085) 1447054
  • David McCoy Visit Waterford Chair, (087) 6484626
  • Clare Barrett Visit Waterford Secretary, (086) 3708296
  • Tina Darrer Visit Waterford Director, (086) 8226162

GreenForMicro1BUSINESSES across Waterford city and county who want to save money, cut harmful emissions and transition to a low carbon economy now have a unique opportunity to learn for free from fellow enterprises and energy experts in their bid to go green.

Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Waterford has teamed up with energy engineers at the 3 Counties Energy Agency (3cea) for an informative, easy-to-understand ‘Going Green for Business’ breakfast briefing at Waterford’s Tower Hotel on Tuesday, February 11, from 8am to 9.30am. Details of all the expert and financial help available will also be shared at the free, no-obligation event.

Attending enterprises of all shapes and sizes will hear from fellow businesses have made the energy transition and are now making massive savings. 

Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Waterford Head of Enterprise, Richie Walsh, said: “We urge businesses to attend, to hear directly from enterprises who have already made progress. Low carbon translates into savings in water, energy, waste, procurement and transport management. 

“Sustainable competitive advantage is the key to business success. It is the force that enables a business to have greater focus, more sales, better profit margins and higher customer and staff retention than competitors,” he added 

Hands-on tips, expertise and more will be shared by 3cea Energy Engineer, Jane Wickham, and the energy team. “We will show businesses how little changes in key areas can make a massive difference. We will help businesses make more informed, environmentally-friendly choices and will take them through the expert help and the grants and other financial incentives available,” she added.

Going Green for Business is phase one of a wider, Enterprise Ireland-funded and South East-wide Green for Micro initiative. It is one of three projects grant-aided to the tune of €345,000 by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD. It is led by Kilkenny and Carlow Local Enterprise Offices in collaboration with the Local Enterprise Offices from Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.

The other projects include Initium South East and Incrementum South East.  The Initium South East project is an innovative series of start-up programmes led by the South East Local Enterprise Offices, Enterprise Ireland, and the Ireland South East Office in partnership with South East BIC and IT Carlow. It aims to animate, develop and support the creation of 40 new specialised Start Up companies in the South East. 

The Incrementum South East project is a targeted business development programme for the Local Enterprise Office Portfolio of clients over 10 employees which aims to increase their engagement in R&D and Export Activity.


Join us in February for an essential training course for Directors and Trustees of Boards. Taking place over two Wednesday evenings (19th & 26th) from 6-8.30pm at the Park Hotel, this comprehensive overview of the role and responsibilities of trustees/directors will cover a wide range of topics including legal requirements, documentation, planning and governance. This training is CPD certified and costs €150 Chamber Members or €180 Non Chamber Members – contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 058 45054 to book or find out more.

Dates: Wednesday 19 Feb and Wed 26 Feb 2020

Time: 6-8.30pm. Registration at 5.45  

Location: The Park Hotel, Dungarvan

Cost: €150 Chamber Members. €180 Non Chamber Members (Payment in advance)

Understanding Governance and the Board’s role – Trustee/Director Training

This training provides a comprehensive overview of the role and responsibilities of not-for-profit board directors/charity trustees and is tailored towards prospective, new, and existing board trustees/directors looking to strengthen their role on the Board. The training will cover charity and company law, board meetings, board papers, board relationships, the Charity Regulator’s Governance Code, reviewing the board, and succession planning. This training is Certified by The CPD Certification Service. This training amounts to 5 CPD Hours.

The training has a not-for-profit/charity focus, however the content is also relevant to those on corporate boards as well (when talking about company law, board behaviours, board meetings, etc.). In the past Boardmatch have trained attendees who were not on charity boards, although there is a charity board/non-executive director focus.

Please note that this course has been tailored for Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber, to be spread over two days instead of one day. In order to be eligible for 5 CPD hours, individuals must attend both days in full. The course is certified by The CPD Certification Service. Please find the provisional schedule below (division of topics over each day are subject to change).

There is strong demand for this training even at this early stage. Bookings are already underway so please secure your place now in order to avoid disappointment.

LEO Retail ExcellenceWaterford City and County Council’s Economic Development and Local Enterprise Office Waterford are seeking expressions of interest from retail business owners or managers in Waterford city, Tramore or Dungarvan who wish to avail of a heavily subsidised place on the Retail Excellence Ireland Management Development programme.

Now in its seventh year the programme is regarded as the most influential and formative retail management development programme in Ireland, with over 1,000 retail store managers, supervisors and independent retailers partaking.

David Walsh, Business Advisor with LEO Waterford said this programme will provide a great opportunity to those in the retail industry to hear from innovative and engaging experts in the field of retail. “There are challenges in all industries and retail is no exception. By offering a number of subsidised places on this valuable course, Waterford retail businesses will have the chance to learn from the experts and apply that advice and insight into driving business success. The programme explores a myriad of topics including harnessing staff talent, marketing and promotions and creating a target driven sales culture.”

The Book Centre in John Roberts Square is a member of Retail Excellence Ireland and completed the programme in 2018. According to Maeve Ryan, Managing Director, the benefits of the programme were manifold.

“There are many business courses available to the retail sector, but from our experience, the REI Management Development programme is the most effective. Our managers who completed the course were impressed with the expertise and calibre of the speakers and what they learned from them. The programme sets out a roadmap for retailers that is not only engaging and informative but more importantly delivers results.”

Lisa Grant, Economic Development Officer, Waterford City and County Council added that Waterford, as principal retail destination in the South East, has a large number of independent retailers that could benefit from this programme. “Waterford Council also recognises and values the key role that retail plays in Waterford’s economic development and as a key employer for the county. We see this programme as a way to support our local retailers to grow to meet the new challenges facing the retail sector.”

The REI Management Development Programme takes place on March 11th, March 25th, April 8th and April 22nd at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown and some of the topics include Strengthening Management Skillsets (James Burke & Associates), Understanding KPI’s (David Fitzsimons, Group CEO Retail Excellence), Customer Experience (Susannah Hewson, CX Change) and How to effectively manage a store (Eamonn Kelleher, Co-op Superstore) and many more.

If you are a small retail business owner or manager (less than 50 employees), located in Waterford City, Tramore or Dungarvan and are interested in availing of a subsidised place on the REI Management Development Programme with LEO Waterford and Waterford City and County Council, expression of interest forms are available on www.localenterprise.ie/Waterford/.

Closing date for completed EOI’s is midday Wednesday, February 26th, with successful applicants being notified by COB on Friday February 28th.

ATTENTION ALL YOU CREATIVES OUT THERE CREATING ALL THAT CREATIVE 'STUFF' this is a workshop that you should be attending the first of our 2020 TALK N' LUNCH, 5th Feb at #Boxworks INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY'....this is a workshop that is going to explain how to protect that 'stuff' that you are creating.

LEO Waterford and Boxworks have joined forces to create a series of monthly lunchtime talks titled 'Talk n' Lunch.' The next event in this series of talks will be presented by David Hyde of The Intellectual Property Office of Ireland.

5th Feb starting at 12.45 - to give you some time to network, eat some lunch (provided by the wonderful Enterprise Board) and finishes at the latest, 2pm. 

Places are limited people  so BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL!


Boxworks Desk Programme


Applications are now available for the 3rd phase of @LEOWaterford scholarship desk programme at @BoxWorksCoWork. Check link for details and be part of this amazing programme. Closing date for applications 31st January 2020.

The Offer

The LEO desk Programme will provide a desk space for six months to four chosen businesses who will participate in the programme. This is aimed at those with a business idea or who have recently started up their business. The aim of the scholarship is simple, to facilitate potential start ups by providing a coworking creative and networking environment while they put their specific goals in place with the aid of monthly meetings with a LEO business advisor.

If you are interested, please complete the Expression of Interest for Boxworks Desks by Friday, 31st Jan 2020 12 noon.


Tidy Towns CharterWaterford Tidy Towns, Waterford Chamber of Commerce and Waterford City and County Council are joining forces to encourage all Waterford City Centre businesses to be part of an exciting collaboration to invest in the presentation of the City Centre to support Waterford City’s bid for Tidy Towns 2020.

#BITT (Businesses Invested in Tidy Towns) was launched on 6th September 2019 as part of the Waterford Harvest Festival in Arundel Square. The Charter Scroll, unveiled at the launch, showcases how the majority of City Centre businesses have agreed to come on board. #BITT is a unique initiative and is an example of collaboration between Waterford Chamber, Waterford Council, Tidy Towns and the businesses which have committed to:

  • Working with the community to bring about improvements in the City Centre environment,
  • Foster civic pride,
  • Support Waterford City’s bid for Tidy Towns.

Please support the bid by doing your #BITT and signing up to the Tidy Towns Charter. Each committed business will be listed on the Master Charter on permanent display in the magnificent Port of Waterford building on George’s Street where the Waterford Chamber offices are located. Each subscribing business will also receive an individual scroll for display on site. Michael Garland of Waterford City Tidy Towns Bid team said, “It is vital. It is important. No, it is essential, that ALL businesses get behind the Tidy Towns bid. The launch of #BITT, Businesses Invested in Tidy Towns, along with the Tidy Towns Charter Scroll are one way of supporting this collective effort to win a Tidy Towns crown. Yes, it is a huge task, but by working together we can achieve so much. Support the #BITT!” 

The outcome for individual businesses, Waterford Chamber and Waterford City and County Council will be an improved presentation of our City Centre and an increased opportunity to compete in the Tidy Towns 2020 bid.


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