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WIT Professor Denis HarringtonWaterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has announced it will host two online open events for prospective postgraduate students on Tuesday, 18 August 2020 from 6.30pm-7.30pm and again on 28 August from 12.30-1.30pm. Details will be posted at www.wit.ie/events.

WIT Business School has been delivering a range of executive programmes over many years including its MBS and MBS Internationalisation masters, MBA, Masters in Business in Lean Practice, and Doctorate in Business Administration.

Head of the Department of Graduate Business, Prof Denis Harrington says: “A specialist Masters is now a highly sought after qualification from those getting ready to launch their careers, or from individuals seeking to upskill to enhance their employment progression. At WIT Business School we offer our postgraduate programmes as a platform to build your own unique degree, based on your business interests, and career ambitions.”

The Department of Graduate Business has also announced its MBS programme (with specialisations in marketing, HRM, economics and finance and management) can now be taken flexibly in either a full or part-time mode of delivery.

“Previously students who sought to take this programme part-time would need to be on campus on more than one day. Now with new flexible delivery options, students who wish to take any of our specialist Masters courses on a part-time basis can do so by taking classes on one day per week at a time that suits their schedule. We will now facilitate delivery of the course from 2-9pm on Tuesday and Thursday for full time students and on for those taking the part-time option, they take the course on Tuesday over a two-year period,” he says.

The potential career paths for graduates from the Department of Graduate Business include opportunities in both the private and public sectors, namely in banking and financial services, international marketing, digital marketing, brand management, analysts’ roles and in the education sector.

The career path chosen by participants is enhanced through a practitioner seminar programme, an international study tour and in the close relationships that the department maintains with its past graduates and alumni.

“At our online open event students will have the opportunity to learn more about our range of full and part-time specialist postgraduate programmes and will also chat with staff who can answer questions regarding the curriculum, student life, and networking opportunities available at WIT School of Business,” he continues.

For students who choose to take these programmes (specialist MBS course and our MBS Internationalisation) full time, there will be a requirement to attend classes on two days per week from 2-9pm. For those who are interested in part-time options, the programmes can be taken on one day per week (2-9pm) over a two year period. In addition there may be occasional requirements for students to attend practitioner seminar sessions on Friday afternoons and these planned sessions will be co-ordinated as part of your overall timetable for the programme.

“This year in response to the pandemic, the School of Business will provide many of its executive programmes in blended mode with in-person classes complemented by online learning. While WIT’s students have taken programmes in the traditional manner in the past, the School of Business recognises that such a time commitment does not suit everyone or every business,” adds Prof Harrington.

For those interested in pursuing courses in internationalisation, WIT also offers the MBS Internationalisation course which is a double degree Masters programme with Brest Business School in France, which this year can also be taken in full or part-time mode.

For more about these events see www.wit.ie/events.

WIT Vikings Sport Jack LyonsWaterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has put the call out to sportspeople aged 13-17 to apply for the WIT Vikings Sport Rising Star programme.

The WIT Vikings Sport Rising Star is an award which can be given to students in secondary school between 13 -17 years old in the south east region who have already achieved highly or show great potential in any sport.

Some past Rising Stars include:

  • Maeve Williams - Women's Soccer - Ireland & Wexford Youths
  • Abby Flynn - Women's Basketball - Ireland & Waterford Wildcats

WIT Vikings Sport and the WIT Arena have teamed up to offer this amazing opportunity to young and upcoming sports stars in the south east.

Initially run through the WIT Arena as The WIT Arena Rising Star, the programme has since been brought under the bracket of the already established WIT Vikings sport scholarship programme to progress the award and create a link to the programme for young sports stars in the region.

Last year sports scholarship recipients represented 16 different sports include Surfing, Rowing, Badminton, Surf Lifesaving, Rugby, Hurling, Handball, Camogie, Gaelic Football, Soccer, Ladies Soccer, Boxing, Athletics, Boxing, Karate, and Thai Boxing.

WIT Vikings Sport and Scholarships Officer Jack Lyons believes the WIT Vikings Sport Rising Star is a fantastic opportunity for young people in the south east area.

“The programme is designed to give students a taste of what it is like to be on the WIT Vikings Sport Scholarship programme while they are still in school. Some young sports stars may show fantastic potential but with the support services we can offer on the programme, we can maybe take them to the next level,” says Lyons.

Recipients of the award will receive:

  • WIT Vikings scholarship gear
  • Free membership for the WIT Arena
  • Free 1 v 1 strength and conditioning coaching
  • High performance testing

Applications can be made on the WIT website and the deadline for entries is Monday, 31 August 2020. http://www.wit.ie/WITVikingsRisingStar

Access IT

“Access IT” has launched a local initiative seeking donations of computer equipment that can be repurposed to give to young students and older adults’ access to technology in Waterford City and County.

These devices will help people have access to Information Technology and importantly staying connected with family and friends.

The laptops/pcs/tablets will be available to users of Access IT and the wider community including schools & their students and elderly care sector, with guaranteed technical support and training provided on each device. Our Loan Device initiative will ask that the device is returned when the user feels they can return it.

There will be a full policy in place.

We are calling on individuals and companies to donate old or excess laptops, PCs, tablet devices to us, which our IT team will wipe clean and reconfigure for our service users.

Access I.T CLG is a non for profit social enterprise based in the Waterford community.

Our Mission is  to give to people that are disadvantaged or vulnerable in our community and improve this digital divide to allow them equal opportunities to learn & connect during this time.

If you would like to help please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., any donation would be greatly appreciated & we will make sure it is put to very good use.

WIT main campusThe Chairs of the Governing Bodies and Presidents of Institute of Technology Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology warmly welcome the announcement by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, of the appointment of Mr Tom Boland as Programme Executive Director for the Technological University of South East Ireland project.

“We are delighted at the announcement this week of the appointment of Mr. Tom Boland to work with us on taking the Technological University project to the next stage. The wealth of experience that Mr. Boland brings will be of enormous assistance to us in finalising our application for university designation and setting the new organisation on the right course for the future.

We are confident that with the support of Government, the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, the HEA, our regional stakeholders, students and staff, we will be successful in our application for TU designation and create the foundations for an organization that will achieve the ambitions for growth and prosperity held by all across the South East region.”

Further detail at www.gov.ie/en/press-release/cac70-minister-harris-announces-appointment-of-person-to-spearhead-new-technological-university-for-the-south-east/

RTE Boost My Business

RTÉ strives to ensure that Irish citizens are informed and connected to the issues that matter. Small and medium enterprises are integral Ireland’s economy and our communities and so RTÉ is launching an initiative specifically intended to provide support to this sector.

BOOST MY BUSINESS Helping Irish Business Bounce Back

Online and on air, RTÉ will support and promote small and medium enterprises all over the country, as they deal with the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead. With a 94% weekly reach across adults in Ireland across all services, RTÉ is uniquely placed to help mobilise public awareness and support for the local economy.

On RTE.ie

With over 5.5 million unique browsers per month, the profile, trust, and reach of RTÉ.ie makes it a hugely valuable digital channel for businesses.It is also the primary online resource for the diaspora in terms of Irish news and content. A new, dedicated section of the website will feature a range of Irish businesses and specialist resources.

https://www.rte.ie/news/boost-my-business/

The website will showcase some of the businesses that sustain our local communities; from emerging artisan food companies to generational local barbers, to medium size enterprise with global ambition. The details of how to be considered for inclusion are available here: https://www.rte.ie/news/boost-my-business/2020/0716/1153764-has-your-business-got-a-story-rte-want-to-hear-from-you/ and any of your members are welcome to apply for this invaluable showcasing opportunity.

The website will also offer information and resources aimed at supporting Irish businesses with advice, case studies, interviews and information pertaining to the challenges and opportunities faced by small to medium sized businesses in Ireland - particularly during the Covid pandemic.

Brand-new series on television and on radio

RTÉ One and RTÉ Radio 1 will launch two new series, due to air this summer.

Open for Business is a brand-new studio-based series for RTÉ One and will be broadcast from Tuesday, 21st of July. Presented by journalists & broadcasters Richard Curran & Ella McSweeney, the series will share the stories of businesses at the coalface – their difficulties, frustrations, innovation and adaptability, through case studies & interviews from around the country, studio guests and international segments. Sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, the programme will also feature up-to-date and trusted information on the range of Government, and other, supports available.

RTE Open For Business

Watch the promo: https://twitter.com/rte/status/1284991877939376128

Starting in August, ReIGNITE on RTÉ Radio 1 will provide people with the inspiration, tools and knowledge to re-start their personal and professional lives. It will empower people to reassess, reboot and retrain when it comes to changing careers, restarting a business or beginning something they’ve long deferred but feel compelled to act upon now. The show will feature renowned inspirational business leaders, authors, coaches and experts to provide a weekly experience that is not only inspiring but informative.

A Kilkenny software business, MindaClient, has launched 'Rebuild', a CRM-Plus (Customer Relationship Management) platform for the post-Covid business environment. ‘Rebuild’ enables tailored management of sales, customer service, and most significantly, staff-time-management, all on one convenient digital platform.

Covid-19 has changed the needs of businesses, with remote working now the norm. Brian Kelly, Founder and Managing Director of MindaClient, was quick to identify that the CRM needs of clients will substantially change in the post Covid remote working world. Coupled with his personal experience of the new challenges of running a business during the lockdown, he developed ‘Rebuild’ to provide the solution.

Brian Kelly Founder and Managing Director of MindaClient explains, Clients were asking for a tool to effectively manage their staff who were now working remotely. Businesses needed to allocate work and check the progress of their teams and also continue to focus on sales, even though their sales teams and sales management could not meet face to face as frequently.

The ability to manage staff, allocate work and check progress in real time is a distinguishing feature of the Rebuild’ platform in addition to the unique aspects of ‘ which offers over 100 customisable elements to its users. This ensures that each business gets its own tailored system that perfectly addresses its requirements. Training and support is included upfront. ‘ Rebuild’ facilitates excellent customer care as everyone in the company can see the latest client information, as it happens. 

Brian observed, “While I was working from home I saw my needs, and the needs of clients change substantially, so we set to work on ‘Rebuild’. There will be much less face-to-face time between management and staff. Work will be assigned remotely. This will have implications for the sales pipeline and new methods are necessary to ensure the needs of clients are met….’Rebuild’ makes this possible all from one secure platform. You could think of it as a CRM system PLUS, with a substantial new focus on staff management.”

Rebuild is an easy to use package that will let businesses allocate tasks and monitor work. The ‘ Rebuild’ platform will help businesses rebuild by focussing on staff, clients and sales.

For more infor mation see: https://www.mindaclient.com/rebuild

Barrons Bakery Scotch Brick OvenFood fans in County Waterford can now find everything they need in one place, as Food The Waterford Way launches a new website, designed to be your resource for everything that’s best in the region.

Farm, Feast, Forage and Fish: Waterford Makes Great Food

The past few months have been difficult for everyone, but Waterford’s food producers, makers and suppliers have been working hard throughout. Whether it’s growing, brewing, roasting or distilling, baking and making for take aways, or keeping customers supplied with the best of the region, the county’s food heroes haven’t stopped.

Now, Food The Waterford Way, the membership organisation for all those making the county’s tastiest and best foods, has launched a new website, designed to help the public to shop online, find where’s open, order takeout, and as things open up, plan their next trips, including specially arranged food and farm tours.

A press and advertising campaign accompanies the launch. As Food the Waterford Way project director, Éimhín Ni Chonchuir says, “this region’s food is special, and we wanted to find a way to tell the county, and the world, about all the people whose hard work makes it all happen. People are, quite literally, hungry for good, authentic, locally produced food,” she continues.

“And in Waterford, the rich mix of land, sea, history and different food cultures combine to make for very special food experiences.”

On the new website, at www.foodthewaterfordway.com, you can find restaurants, from Everett’s to The Tannery, hotels from The Cliff to Faithlegg, and news from makers from Barrons Bakery to the Blackwater Distillery, Comeragh Mountain Lamb to Legacy Cider and Coffee House Lane.

The site hopes to share some suggestions for those days out, and offer some tips for where to find local food and drink done really well! Think a Copper Coast Drive or a Greenway cycle (and forage) with Tramore and Dungarvan at either end, Day trip to Dunmore East, exploring the history of West Waterford, or the Comeragh Mountains and its farms.

Food the Waterford Way is an initiative of the West Waterford Festival of Food. Contact Éimhín Ni Chonchuir on 087 989 6708 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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If adventure, fun and excitement are on your to-do list, then you’re invited to come and rediscover Waterford.

With 100km of sandy beaches, the Waterford Greenway, a 46-km off-road walking and cycling path stretching from Waterford City to Dungarvan, the 1,000 year old Viking history that emanates from Ireland’s oldest city or the nine spectacular golf courses Waterford is the ideal destination to come and play, taste and unwind.

Explore a city heaving with museums, architecture, the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal, excellent shopping, and beautiful parks. Beyond the city limits there are endless sandy beaches that stretch to the Copper Coast UNESCO European Geo Park. Inland is where you can explore the beautiful heritage town of Lismore and for the slightly more adventurous consider a hike in the rugged Comeragh mountains.

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In the picturesque fishing village of Dunmore East, the Wibit awaits! Ireland’s biggest Wipeout aquapark at Dunmore Adventure Centre is a floating obstacle course that is a magnet for thrill-seekers. If you fancy something a little more genteel, why not try your hand at kayaking beneath the red stone cliffs and the kittiwakes’ calls. www.dunmoreadventure.com

If the idea of a bracing sea swim is a little too bracing for you, the Splashworld Complex provides a balmier aqua experience. This quality leisure centre is home to many state of the art slides and water features, including a wild and wonderful wave machine, indoor / outdoor water slide, bubble pool, baby pool, water cannon, roaring rapids, splash slide and geysers. www.splashworld.ie

Experience the beauty of the Suir Valley from a period carriage and take in the wonderful panoramic views of the River Suir, travelling along 10kms of the restored Waterford to Dungarvan railway route. The Waterford and Suir Valley Railway is a family friendly rail experience that runs mostly along the picturesque banks of the River Suir offering spectacular views of the world-renowned Mount Congreve Gardens. You will be right alongside the spectacular history and biodiversity of the area. www.wsvrailway.ie

Get face-to-face with a virtual Viking at Reginald’s Tower, step inside Georgian Waterford at the Bishop’s Palace or immerse yourself in medieval times at Waterford’s Medieval Museum. Waterford Treasures is composed of three spectacular and insightful museums that bring the colourful and fascinating1,000-year-old history of Waterford to life. www.waterfordtreasures.com

Get a glimpse inside the 12th century Lismore Castle with the Lismore Castle Virtual Reality Experience. Witness the breath-taking views as you fly over Lismore Castle and the dramatic Blackwater River and see the rooms that Fred Astaire danced around within the Castle. Homes to Robert Boyle, Father of Modern Chemistry will lead you on a tour of Lismore Castle and introduce you to the people who lived there in the past. www.discoverlismore.com

The Theatre Royal is Ireland’s oldest continually operating theatre. Nestled in the heart of the Viking Triangle, the theatre is delighted to reopen its box office to the public on July 28th. Pat Kinevane’s play “Before” will launch the summer season on August 13th and there’s a great line-up of comedy and music in store throughout August and September. www.theateroyal.ie

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Unwind:

A calming seaweed bath, a relaxing amble through one of the world’s most famous gardens or a stroll through a fusion of Japanese Irish cultures are just some of the soothing things to do as you while away your days in Waterford.

Portlaw’s Curraghmore House is the historic home of the 9th Marquis of Waterford. Set in 2,500 acres of formal gardens and woodlands, lose yourself in the forest walks surrounded by magnificent spruce, cedar and oak trees, traverse King John’s bridge, the oldest bridge in Ireland or marvel at the delicacy of the enchanting Shell House, which in 1754, took Catherine Beresford, Countess of Tyrone 261 days to complete and today the shells still glow with colour and vibrancy. www.curraghmorehouse.ie

Mount Congreve in Kilmeaden is home to one of the “greatest gardens in the world.” The gardens comprise of approximately seventy acres of intensively planted woodland, a four-acre walled garden and 16 kilometres of walkways. The Woodland Garden, the Bamboo Garden, the Walled Garden and the West Lawn are just some of the stunning trails that meander through the estate and are guaranteed to get you as close to nature as you can. www.mountcongreve.com

Take a walk through the life of the remarkable Lafcadio Hearn, a teacher and revered writer. Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens in Tramore are comprised of eleven unique garden areas that play homage to a man whose Irish, American, Greek and Japanese heritage is brought very clearly into focus through the striking landscapes and rock formations that reflect the cultures and mythologies of the places he lived. www.lafcadiohearngardens.com

When in Waterford put a little sparkle in your life with a visit to the world-renowned House of Waterford Crystal. Situated in the heart of the Viking Triangle, tours of Waterford Crystal factory allow you to get close enough to see the intricate skill that goes into fashioning one of the world’s most recognised brands. Nothing compares with the atmosphere of the blowing room, the heady mix of heat, noise and bustling activity makes this experience all the more breath-taking as you edge closer to the 1400c furnace. www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com

After a day of exploration and discovery a hot seaweed bath, locally foraged is the ultimate regenerative experience. Solas na Mara, nestled in an Rinn Harbour combines the health benefits of the pristine Irish Sea with modern therapeutic facilities to aid relaxation and regeneration. Guaranteed to invigorate, restore and calm all at the same time. www.solasnamara.ie

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Taste:

Waterford has built a reputation as one of the country’s most progressive food producing counties. Recognised as Ireland’s No. 1 Foodie destination in 2019, the collaborative effort of farmers, growers, restaurateurs, chefs and producers, has put the Waterford stamp firmly on the international food landscape.

A great place to start your gourmand journey through Waterford is with Food, the Waterford Way. It is an experience that will lead you to some of Waterford’s finest producers, who are happy to share their stories about their passion for food. From blaa-bakers to cheesemakers, beer-brewers to foragers and gin distillers to GIYers, you can hear from the people who live food! www.foodthewaterfordway.com

The Urban Fox offers guided food and beverage experiences in Waterford City. Local guides will show you the best the city has to offer, from Viking heritage to fine cuisines and much more. See the city like never before as they offer a range of tours, from casual tapas style trail to full packages offering The Total Urban Experience which includes Axe Throwing and a choice of Whiskey Tasting or Waterford Tapas Trail. www.theurbanfox.ie

On the banks of the Blackwater River, in the village of Ballyduff Upper, you’ll find Blackwater Distillery, where award-winning gins, vodka and traditional pot still Irish whisky are crafted. www.blackwaterdistillery.ie

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Stay:

For a family staycation, Waterford offers a wide range of great quality accommodation to suit your plans and your budget.

Whether it’s self-catering close to the action in Tramore beach, glamourous glamping in the Nire Valley, a cosy B&B in the heart of the Copper Coast or five-star fabulousness in Ardmore, there is no shortage of great places to make your base as you start your Ireland’s Ancient East adventure.

The birthplace of Thomas Francis Meagher (Irish American Patriot, who first raised the Irish Tricolour in 1848) is now graced by the Granville Hotel, one of Ireland’s oldest hotels and a Waterford institution in its own right. Dooley’s Hotel is a delightful family owned, third-generation, women-led hotel that overlooks the River Suir in the heart of the city.

The newly refurbished Tower Hotel is just a stone’s throw from the Medieval Museum, the Bishop’s Palace, Waterford Crystal Visitors Centre, and the Theatre Royal, while The Marina Hotel is an ideal base for the family to start your Waterford journey.

The Fitzwilton Hotel is not only close to heart of all the city has to offer but is conveniently located just a two-minute walk from the central bus and train stations.

If it’s comfort and convenience you’re after then Treacy’s Hotel is designed with those qualities in mind, and also close to the city’s central bus and train stations.

Just outside the city, The Viking Hotel, is perfectly located, close to the Waterford Greenway at Carriganore. It’s the perfect starting point to experience the history and beauty along the spectacular 46km off-road cycling and walking trail.

Waterford Castle Hotel is set on an enchanted 310-acre private island, accessed by a short river crossing on the resort's private car ferry. Just a short drive from the city is Faithlegg Hotel, set in a stunning woodland location with breath-taking views over the Suir estuary.

If you want to be close to the coast, you can’t get closer than the Cliff House Hotel, a luxury 5-star cliff-side hideaway with stunning views of Ardmore Bay.

You’ll also be spoiled for choice with a large array of self-catering accommodation B&B’s, guesthouses, caravan and glamping parks that pepper the Crystal county.

Take the next step towards your journey of rediscovery and check out all the amazing things to do for families, thrill-seekers, culture-vultures, history buffs, and nature lovers in Waterford.

Follow Visit Waterford’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts or #VisitWaterford for more updates or visit www.visitwaterford.com

WIT John WellsResearchers from the School of Health Sciences at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) are heading up the Irish arm of a global study on population mental health during times of infection.

Dr Evan Matthews (Department of Nursing and Health Care, WIT) and Prof John Wells (Dean of the School, Health Sciences at WIT) are collaborating with more than 200 researchers and scientists around the world, led by the internationally renowned psychiatrists Prof Christoph U. Correll (The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, USA; Charite University Medicine, Germany) and Prof Marco Solmi (University of Padua, Italy) to address the health impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

“The COVID-19 pandemic is causing huge personal, societal and economic impact. In such a context, the physical and mental well-being of everybody (not just those who have COVID-19) can be affected to varying degrees by these impacts associated with the pandemic. This research aims to capture these impacts on a global scale and provide comparative information on differences between countries,” explains Dr Matthews who is the leading investigator of the COH-FIT Ireland Study.

The initial research involves a global survey of the general population and health care workers to assess the physical and mental well-being of the population during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.

Importantly the survey is endorsed by leading authorities in mental health; the World Psychiatric Association and the European Psychiatric Association, and is set to become among the largest of such surveys on mental health during times of infection. “This international and expert collaboration is reflective of the WIT School of Health Science’s commitment to high quality mental health research with national and international impact,” said Prof Wells, Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Co-investigator on the COH-FIT in Ireland study.

“So far 60,000 people across the world have answered the survey and this number is increasing every day. We’re very excited to have WIT researchers leading the Irish investigation in this significant global study examining these issues,” said Dr Mark White, Vice President of Research, Innovation and Graduate studies at WIT.

The research team are encouraging mass participation in the anonymous survey to contribute to identifying the magnitude of the effects and factors aggravating or reducing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical and mental well-being. By visiting the study website, people can learn more about the study and how they can participate (see http://www.coh-fit.com).

People from the Republic of Ireland that engage with the COH-FIT study are reminded that mental health crisis support is available by making contact with their local GP, or phoning: 112 for emergencies; 116 123 to talk to the Samaritans. Additional information and guidance on COVID-19 is available: https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

Web: www.coh-fit.com

Social media accounts: @CohFit and @NursingWit

RIS Lead Worker Rep Brochure

COVID-19 - A Guide for the Lead Worker Representative 

The free course aims to inform the Lead Worker Representative of their role and responsibilities under the Return to Work Safety Protocol in line with recommendations from the Government, HSE, HSA and other relevant authoritative bodies.

With downloadable resources built into the course content, this enables the learner to access information, checklists and materials relevant to support the role of Lead Worker Representative even after the course is complete. This course takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.

Covid 19 Restart GrantWith the accelerated Roadmap to Recovery now moving into Phase 3, many businesses will be reopening their doors for the first time in over three months. The COVID-19 Restart Grant, through Waterford City and County Council, is available to these businesses to help them with the costs associated with reopening, reemploying workers and reconnecting with customers following COVID-19 closures.

The Restart Grant gives direct grant aid to micro and small 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 grants will be equivalent to the commercial rates bill of the business in 2019, with a minimum payment of €2,000 and a maximum payment of €10,000.

With almost 1,000 applications already in the pipeline in Waterford and with some €2 million already paid out and with an average payment of over €4,000, these grants are a vital lifeline to Waterford businesses on their road to recovery. However, there are many eligible businesses yet to apply and the Council would encourage these enterprises to apply as soon as possible and preferably well before the closing date of August 31st.

According to Michael Walsh, Chief Executive of Waterford City and County Council the Council is working diligently to process all the approved applications. “We have seen a surge in demand for the Restart Grant from certain sectors, however there are hundreds of small independently-operated businesses still to apply.”

“Across all sectors many of these small businesses are eligible for the Restart Grant, and the direct aid can be used for any number of applications such as helping with the costs associated with reopening, implementing best practice health and safety measures, defraying fixed costs or replenishing stock.”

“We would stress to these small businesses that once you are in a commercially-rateable premises, you qualify for the grant which is the equivalent to the rates bill of the business in 2019, even if that bill is less than €2,000. If the company is in a rateable-premises but was not rate-assessed in 2019, or if the rates are in arrears, these businesses are still eligible to apply.”

The application process is quite straight forward, and businesses will need to submit their Council rates account number, bank account details, a bank statement header, and indication of reduction in turnover. Applicants will also be required to self-declare information.

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

 

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