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Amplitude 2019 LaunchBIG names in Precision Agriculture, Future Health, Smart Energy as well as the Manufacturing, Engineering and Design sectors will come together with academics, business people and the wider public and learn how to access funding from National and EU Calls and submit a winning proposal.

Leading figures from Enterprise Ireland and the IDA, Knowledge Transfer Ireland and the Department of Health will all address the day-long, unmissable Amplitude conference in the five star, Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny on Wednesday, November 6. Early bird tickets for the long-awaited event remain on sale at just €40 each until 27th September and jump to €85 thereafter on www.Amplitude.ie

Among the invited guest speakers are experts from UPMC International and Smart Agri Hubs Ireland, as well as Horizon 2020, VHI, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the National Development Research Centre (NDRC) and more.

Amplitude is the annual conference led by the Technology Transfer offices and Research Centres from Waterford Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Carlow. Both support industry and help companies understand the impact of research on their business, industries and sectors. This year, Amplitude is supported by Purdy Lucey and Kilkenny County Council.

Amplitude 2019 offers a unique opportunity for companies, particularly multi-nationals and SME’s, to understand how relatively easy it is to collaborate with an Institute of Technology (IOT) partner in the areas of research, innovation support and the sourcing suitable funding streams, according to Mark White, Vice-President for Research & Innovation at WIT.

“This year, the conference will focus on four key streams; Design/Manufacturing/Engineering, Smart Energy, Future Health and Precision Agri. Each stream will outline the ecosystem, the current state of the art and the opportunities as we endeavour to offer delegates a real insight into the impact research will have on their business.”

Amplitude is a must for business people who want a more direct route to research and funding, according to IT Carlow’s Vice President for Development & Research, Declan Doyle.

“Companies will discover how to approach a research centre and foster a successful collaborative relationship with a goal of improving their company’s research and development capabilities. Delegates will also hear from our team of academic and industry experts as they outline how to access funding from National and EU Calls and offer advice on how to submit a winning proposal,” he concluded.

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"The time has come to think of the Christmas season ahead and all the festivities it entails.

Over the last year I have gotten to know some of you through the Waterford Business Awards.

We would love to welcome you and your staff to Dungarvan for your festive night out. Please contact our reservations office for details of our group menus and packages.

Bear in mind that we also have our Cookery School Dining Room for a very different dining experience.

Allow us tailor a demo and dinner for your team to make a unique and memorable Christmas party."

- Paul Flynn

Christmas at THE TANNERY

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The South East Lean Network and WIT Academy of Lean Enterprise Excellence present the Annual WIT Lean Practitioner Seminar Series, kindly supported by Enterprise Ireland and brought to you in association with Waterford Chamber Skillnet.
This is a series of free monthly network and knowledge exchange events that bring together continuous improvement practitioners in Lean enterprise, operational, and process excellence to share their expertise, knowledge, experience, and good practices.

DATE: Wednesday, 9th October 2019

TIME: 18:00 – 20:00


About the Speaker

Michael Cox is one of Ireland’s leading business trainers, an authority on emotional intelligence, with a particular flair for delivering highly motivational, participatory and stimulating talks at conferences and AGMs at home and abroad. Prior to establishing MCX Training & Development in 2007, Michael accumulated a range of experience and skills, working in private, public and social enterprises in Ireland, Europe, Africa and the USA. His last position, before establishing his own business, was Head of Training & Education with Chambers Ireland where he established Ireland’s largest private training company, The Chamber Business School. Michael also established ‘Training Solutions’ and won a runner up award in the ‘Best Business Venture’ category at the 2005 World Chamber Congress in Durban, South Africa. MCX Training & Development provides QQI accredited and tailor-made programmes in supervisory management, training & development, communications, team building and facilitation skills. Michael’s passion is exploring, imparting and nurturing best practice relating to emotional intelligence – the key to everything.

About the Topic

We believe that Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is more important than one's intelligence (IQ) in attaining success. As individuals, our success and the success of our careers, professions and jobs, depends on our ability to recognise and admire different types of ‘wiring’ and tailor our interactions accordingly to achieve strong bonds of mutual respect. Therefore, each one of us must develop the mature emotional intelligence skills required to better understand, empathise and work with other people — particularly as the workforce has become more educated, diverse and complex. Otherwise, success will elude us in our lives and careers. This widely acclaimed Emotional Intelligence talk will unlock, harness, develop and maximise full potential of individuals and teams by working to people’s strengths and increase their motivation, performance and productivity.

This seminar will introduce the coaching process that enables successful transformation change by developing your people to continuously improve your business. Trevor will share some key learnings for context, revealing a deeper understanding as to the difference when coaching the ‘What’ as opposed to the ‘Who’ of the coachee. Beginning with Building the Alliance, the coach creates the contract with the coachee thus providing the framework for the required transformation change. Through frequent coaching cycles the coachee continuously improves towards the desired project outcome via small incremental improvements.

Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/wit-lean-practitioner-seminar-series-2019-2020-seminar-09102019-tickets-71204106399?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

LEO David WalshCertification of goods and services

From October 31st how we trade with the UK will change profoundly. Waterford companies that trade with the UK will need to take steps to mitigate the impact of trading with a non-European Union country and once the UK leaves the European Union and Customs Union, it will be regarded as a “Third Country.

However, it will not just be customs and supply chain management that will be impacted by Brexit. Compliancy surrounding certificates and licences will also need to be adapted to remain valid post-Brexit.

Certificates, licences and authorisations are required for trade in the EU for many types of goods such as medical devices and construction products, and for services such as those within the transport sector. If you rely on certificates, licences or authorisations issued by UK bodies, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, these may no longer be valid in the EU post-Brexit. Similarly, when the UK leaves the EU, the UK bodies may no longer have the authority to issue certificates or licences within the EU.

To avoid disruption and delays, businesses are advised to take the necessary steps to ensure they are compliant with EU rules:

  • You need to check whether your current certifications, licences or authorisations will be valid post-Brexit. If you are a member of a professional body, they may be able to advise you further.
  • In the event of no deal, UK Notified Bodies will lose their status as EU Notified Bodies from the withdrawal date. If you rely on UK Notified Bodies for conformity assessment and/or CE Marking, you will need to arrange to either transfer existing certificates, licences or authorisations to an EU27 Notified Body or to obtain new ones altogether. You can check the EU Commission NANDO website https://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/nando/for a list of designated EU Notified Bodies.

If you source products from the UK, post-Brexit, you will no longer be considered a distributor but instead classified as an importer. In certain instances, this carries additional responsibilities. These may include checking whether your manufacturers have carried out the appropriate assessments, documentation and legal obligations.

You should contact your suppliers, service providers, logistics companies, wholesalers or distributors for assurances about their services post-Brexit. You are also advised to contact your professional body who may have additional advice for you.

Louise Grubb, Founder of TriviumVet, which develops patented pharmaceutical products for companion animals, has taken precautions to ensure compliance in certification procedures.

“The life sciences sector is already highly regulated, and a no-deal Brexit will signal the end of the UK’s participation in the European regulatory network. This is guaranteed to bring further challenges and obstacles to all companies in the medical, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors.”

“For a company such as ours, we have to ensure that not only do our products fully comply with the new regulations, but that we retain the highest international standards certification to trade in new global markets.”

Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Waterford said that the implications of a no deal Brexit will have repercussions for businesses of all scales. “It’s not only customs and supply chains that will be disrupted, certification and licensing are also in the firing line. Local Enterprise Office Waterford would urge any business that trades with or through the UK to make preparations now that will minimise disruption and curtail unexpected costs.”

“Local Enterprise Office Waterford, in collaboration with government agencies, is providing a range of programmes and advisory supports to help Waterford businesses prepare for impact.”

“We would recommend that businesses, if they haven’t done so already, complete a Brexit Preparedness checklist. This will help them identify the issues that need addressing urgently. We have appointed a panel of Brexit-specific mentors, are currently running a series of free Brexit clinics and have deployed a dedicated #BrexitReady advisor to provide information and direction regarding each businesses’ Brexit vulnerability.”

To avail of expert advice, information and practical supports, such as the Brexit Preparedness checklist to help your business manage your Brexit response visit http://bit.ly/BrexitReadyLEO

If you have any queries regarding your business and Brexit, talk directly 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.

Prof Nolan AwardA Waterford professor was honoured at a prestigious awards dinner in New York last night (Thursday, 12 Sept). Professor John Nolan was named among the 2019 Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 announced by Irish America magazine at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. The list celebrates excellence by Irish and Irish-American leaders in fields such as medical care; pharmaceuticals; biotechnology; medical devices; research and development and life sciences venture capital. 

Prof Nolan is a Howard Chair in Human Nutrition Research and is founder and director of the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI). He is also the Principal Investigator of the Macular Pigment Research Group (a specialised group within this centre). The NRCI is part of the School of Health Science at Waterford Institute of Technology’s Carriganore campus, where the Howard Foundation UK has invested in research infrastructure, people and studies. 

Presenting the awards, Patricia Harty, editor, Irish America, said: “Prof Nolan is an inspiration to all of us. His work is truly revolutionary, especially in the area of nutritional supplementation for visual function. He and the others we recognise and celebrate with our Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 do incredible work with huge positive impacts on the lives of countless people around the world.

“Their efforts are inspirational - not least for how they persevere in the face of inevitable setbacks. We are very proud to celebrate them and their accomplishments across diverse sectors - all linked by improving health outcomes and pushing the boundaries of science.”

Prof Nolan said: “I’m obviously delighted and humbled to be celebrated in this way. The enduring links between Ireland and the USA are something we should never take for granted and my own research has benefited hugely from collaborating with colleagues at world-leading American universities going back to my time as a Fulbright Scholar in the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. In accepting the award, I am also very conscious that I do so on behalf of great teams of people in Waterford and elsewhere that I have worked with and continue to work with.” 

The Carrick-on-Suir man’s research focuses primarily on the impact of targeted nutrition on vision and cognitive (brain) function. In 2011, he won a European Research Council grant that funded two major clinical trials titled Central Retinal Enrichment Supplementation Trials (CREST). Later showcased as examples of EU-funded research and innovation making a difference in everyday life, the research identified how targeted nutrition can improve visual function in the general population and among those with age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

As well as publishing more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers on his specialised area, Prof Nolan has helped establish two sister laboratories in the United States (at Duke University and University of California San Diego where he completed a five-month sabbatical in 2016-‘17). He chairs a biannual conference at Downing College in Cambridge and has edited a special issue of Molecular Nutrition & Food Research as well as having editorial roles at the European Journal of Ophthalmology and the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Current studies led by Prof Nolan at the NRCI are investigating the link between nutrition and brain health and function, with important implications for Alzheimer’s disease.

WIT new buildingA planning application has been submitted to Waterford City and County Council for a new building for Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) main campus on the Cork Road in Waterford.

The proposed 12,800 m2 Engineering, Computing and General Teaching building is the largest of one of 11 state-of-the-art projects announced in 2017 as part of a Project Ireland 2040 investment in institutes of technology.

Described as a ‘living, learning laboratory’ the new high energy performance building will include workshops, laboratories, classrooms, lecture theatres, research space, tutorial rooms, training rooms and administration offices. It will give students in the Schools of Engineering, Science & Computing and Humanities access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and a modern student environment.

The building will be a cornerstone in the future development of the Technological University for the South East. WIT President Prof Willie Donnelly said: “The institute welcomes the announcement of this significant investment in the general education, engineering computer science building which is an important investment for the technological university for the south east. The new building is the largest single infrastructure investment in the institute and will enable the institute to continue to develop a multidisciplinary curriculum in science, engineering and the creative arts in line with the best international third and fourth level education."

"WIT continues to experience strong growth in student numbers in these three areas right up to PhD level. The new building will not only provide these students with state-of-the-art facilities, it will also support the strategic development of training, research and innovation with our regional and international industry partners enabling further economic growth in the region through these collaborations. Through convergence with industry and an internationally recognised model for TUs it will define the educational framework for the TU, and enhance our future offering to the region,” Prof Donnelly continued.

Dr Ken Thomas, Head of the School of Engineering said the new facilities will be key to educating in-demand engineers at undergraduate level and upskilling engineers through flexible and postgraduate programmes. As part of its portfolio WIT recently introduced a common engineering honours degree. In addition a range of flexible options are in demand with working engineers and their employers wishing to bring their upskill in next generation technologies.

“The new facilities will greatly enhance WIT’s education, training, research and innovation activities. It is required urgently to address the skills needs in the medium and long-term and is key to ensuring that the city and the region has the engineering and computing talent and capability for a range of essential business sectors.”

The building is included in the Department of Education and Skills’ Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme. The parties involved include the Department of Education and Skills, the Higher Education Authority, the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) and WIT.

Taylor McCarney Architects which specialises in educational buildings and also completed NUI Galway’s engineering building has been appointed to the project.

LEO David WalshFrom October 31st how we trade with the UK will change profoundly. Waterford companies that trade with the UK will need to take steps to mitigate the impact of trading with a non-European Union country and once the UK leaves the Customs Union, it will be regarded as a “Third Country.”

Importing and exporting procedures, customs compliance, goods classification, goods transit and tariffs will, in the event of a no-deal Brexit be subject to the rules of trade with a “Third Country.”

If your company trades with the UK or your supply chain is partly dependent on the UK, there are some practical supply chain management steps that should be taken to mitigate the impact of Brexit.

The first step advised is to review operations and to determine what level of dependence there is on goods or services that come through or from the UK. This includes where businesses indirectly source materials, stock and ingredients, or any other types of goods through a distributor or wholesaler.

Des Colbert of Colbert Engineering, a Waterford based company which manufactures small turned components said, “There is a huge amount of preparatory work that needs to be done ahead of Brexit, regardless of a deal or no deal. Whilst we endeavour to use indigenous materials where we can, we source some of our materials from the UK. We’ve been in touch with our distributors seeking assurance that there will be a continuation of supplies.”

“Despite assurances, it is a very worrying time for business as it’s hard to ignore the warnings of significant disruptions and long delays at UK ferry ports and what the repercussions will be on a local level.”

Businesses are also advised to check with suppliers to determine if their supplies from non-UK companies are transiting through the UK, as there may be delays and cost implications such as supply, customs, tariffs and related impacts. It may be prudent to consider sourcing goods or services in Ireland or other EU countries, if at all possible, as it will mitigate the anticipated disruption to the supply chain in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Waterford said that it is imperative Waterford companies prepare for disruption in their supply chains.

“It is undoubtedly a worrying time for businesses that are dependent on the UK for materials, goods and services. The anticipated disruption has been well publicised, and it is in local businesses best interests to be aware of the consequences of Brexit and be prepared to investigate alternative sources, or at the very least seek assurances from UK wholesalers and distributors.”

“Local Enterprise Office Waterford is working closely with third party agencies to help businesses navigate the Supply Chain Management dilemma. We have a panel of mentors and industry experts who are available to meet with Waterford businesses to highlight the potential supply chain challenges and prepare a strategy to address these challenges. While it’s not a topic that many companies will enjoy addressing, it unfortunately, is the reality of a no-deal Brexit.”

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.

Prepare Your Business For Customs

From October 31st how we trade with the UK will change profoundly. Importing and exporting procedures, customs compliance, goods classification, goods transit and tariffs will, in the event of a no-deal Brexit be subject to the rules of trade with a “Third Country.”

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 free #BrexitReady Customs Export & Import Procedures workshop on Friday, September 13th, that will focus on the potential impacts, formalities and procedures Waterford businesses will need to adopt when trading with a “Third Country.”

Regardless of a hard or soft Customs Brexit, goods to and from the UK or transiting through the UK, will be subject to strict compliance and documentation requirements. Waterford businesses that move goods into and out of the UK will have a customs requirement and will need to understand the new customs paperwork, how to classify their goods and understand what their potential duty cost will be.

Kathryn Kiely of Glazik said, “Brexit has the potential to hurt a lot of small businesses and it is now imperative that we prepare ourselves as best we can. At a minimum, we should be informing ourselves of the main issues and taking steps to address them in the context of our own businesses. I’d urge any Waterford companies, regardless of their size or scale, to get informed about customs issues and put measures in place to get their business Brexit Ready.”

Customs declarations will be required to move goods from Ireland to the UK and vice versa. In order to operate within a customs regime, it is necessary to obtain an Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) customs number.

An EORI number is a registration and identification number that EU based businesses will need in order to import or export of goods in or out of the EU, and in the case of a no-deal Brexit, will apply to trade with the UK.  Irish companies that trade goods with the UK should obtain an EORI through Revenue’s Online Service (ROS).

Customs Duty will apply to the import and export of goods to and from the UK. Customs Duty, unlike VAT is not recoverable and will present an additional cost of import. Therefore, it is imperative that the correct classification codes are applied to goods to and from the UK. Intertrade Ireland provides a comprehensive guide to help classify your goods to the appropriate code at www.intertradeireland.com/brexit/

In the event of a no-deal Brexit standard rate VAT (currently 23% for ROI) will apply to the import of many goods from the UK into Ireland and will be payable at the time of import of the goods into Ireland unless reliefs apply.

Business should quantify the potential cash flow impact of a no-deal Brexit and explore options to manage the impact such as setting up a VAT and Duty payment deferment account. Following October 31st, postponed accounting for VAT at the point of entry will become available to all Irish registered importers. You can find out more at www.revenue.ie/

Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Waterford said that the uncertainty surrounding Brexit necessitated this Brexit Ready workshop. “There is a lot of vagueness surrounding the implications of the UK leaving the Customs Union on October 31st. Brexit will have an impact on us all and especially on Waterford companies that trade with the UK. Preparing and laying the groundwork for Brexit should make the challenges the October 31st deadline brings more palatable.”

“Export Edge, which will facilitate the workshop, is a leading company in helping companies navigate the maze of trade and customs procedures, keep abreast of compliance responsibilities and mitigate costly delays and penalties. That why this workshop is a must to help Waterford companies get Brexit Ready.”

To book your place on the Local Enterprise Office Waterford Customs Export & Import Procedures workshop, Friday, September 13th, visit www.localenterprise.ie/Waterford

Attendance is free but early booking is essential.

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.

Winterval17 03Santa is returning home to the atmospheric Choristers’ Hall for the 8th annual Winterval, Ireland’s largest Christmas festival. Tickets for the brand new Santa experience, as well as other selected Winterval favourites — Winterval on Ice and the Winterval Express Train — are now on sale at www.winterval.ie. The full programme of events for Winterval 2019, running from 23 November – 23 December, will be revealed in October.

Momentum Events, Waterford event creation specialists, will produce the captivating Santa experience in Santa’s Medieval Chambers in the 13th century Choristers' Hall located in the Medieval Museum, located in the Viking Triangle. Visitors can expect to be transported through enchanted realms as they enter from The Mall to begin their journey to meet Santa and his helpers.

Festival Director, Tommie Ryan said: “We are delighted to reveal that there will be a very special Santa experience for Winterval 2019, as his grotto returns to the stunning medieval settings of Choristers’ Hall and the adjacent Mayor’s Wine Vault this year. This will be a magical experience for both children and adults. For those visitors who want to start planning and booking their overnight stay in Waterford for Winterval, or for those who simply want to be prepared, tickets for this year’s enchanted Santa’s grotto event are now on sale, as well as festival favourites Winterval on Ice, at Waterside Car Park, and the Winterval Express Train.

“As Ireland’s Christmas Capital, Waterford city will be transformed into a very special winter-wonderland from 23 November to 23 December with a mix of old favourites and new never-before-seen events planned for 2019. With ticketed and free events on offer, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The full programme will be unveiled in October, so keep your eyes peeled for all the details on our social platforms.”

Bookings for the Winterval Express Train is now open at www.winterval.ie, and there are limited early bird tickets for Winterval on Ice, priced at €9, also on offer.

The full programme, which will include some exciting new additions this year, will be launched in October with lots of free and ticketed family friendly events.

For full details visit www.winterval.ie, or follow:


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