Our team has been very busy over the last 8 weeks working with the All-Ireland Business Foundation to achieve our Business All-Star Accreditation Certificate. As it is our third time going through the rigorous process, we knew the standards we needed to upkeep to be accredited again. We are very proud to have accomplished this outstanding achievement as it recognises the continued hard work and dedication of our team in providing a best in class service to our customers.
Business All-Star accredited
We're delighted to be part of Design & Craft Council Ireland's #MADELOCAL campaign. Look out for the new Made Local symbol when shopping & let's support & celebrate Irish makers and designers together. Fantastic as it also comes just ahead of Cork Craft Month 20 which kicks off this weekend.
Now more than ever it’s important to recognise what we offer as a Country to the cultural framework we identify with and are known for worldwide.
The MADE LOCAL campaign has been developed by DDCI to sustain Ireland's
A donation of $10,000 has been made by buildings technology firm Johnson Controls to a voluntary organisation that has been at the forefront of transporting Covid-19 tests during the pandemic.
Blood Bike South took on the responsibility to transport Covid-19 tests from test centres, as well as its usual transportation of blood, breast milk, patient documents, and drugs.
The voluntary-led organisation relies solely on fundraising and had its annual Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser, which was due to take
Despite confidence in the Irish economy resting at 48% among members of the business community, and notwithstanding the pandemic, Brexit and climate change, sentiment remains high and businesses remain resolutely focussed on a positive future for Cork says a major report launched today by Cork Chamber of Commerce.
Almost 1,000 people engaged in a series of sectoral think tanks and an open survey to identify the best route to a resilient and sustainable recovery for Cork. Each discussion was guided by the
Cork Chamber of Commerce held its 201st AGM this evening 27th July. As a largely virtual event on this occasion it was a sign of the times but the focus was steadfastly on looking forward with confidence.
The AGM saw the re-election of Paula Cogan, Doyle Collection as President and the election and announcement of new officers, Ronan Murray of Deloitte as Vice President; Thia Hennessy, Cork University Business School as Honorary Secretary and Gerard O’ Donovan, CIT as Honorary Treasurer. In addition, five
Amazon expands its footprint in Ireland with new campus in Dublin, and continues to invest in people, infrastructure, and renewable energy projectsToday, Amazon announced that it is creating another 1,000 permanent jobs in Ireland over the next two years. The new, highly skilled roles will be based in locations across the company’s Cork and Dublin sites in Blanchardstown, Tallaght, the city centre, and north County Dublin, and will bring Amazon’s total permanent workforce in the country to 5,000 people over
We here at Alpha Automation & Controls Ltd, are absolutely delighted to be accredited as an All-Ireland All-Star Business, but even more so, Best in Class.
We are immensely proud of all our co-workers, for all that they have done, and it is them that makes us an extraordinary company. We pride ourselves in our values and meeting our customers’ needs by providing an unparalleled customer experience, so it means the world for us to be recognised in this way.
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Alpha Automation & Controls Ltd would like to welcome David Horgan BEng FSEng MIET as Functional Safety Engineer to our team.
David has a wealth of experience from the UK and Ireland and we are very excited to welcome him on board.
This also means we here at Alpha Automation are offering another professional service to our customers in the area of Functional Safety in the Machinery & Process sector.
And Mark Barrett Senior Automation Engineer with almost 10 years of experience in project delivery and
Cork Volunteer Centre is pleased to invite you to take part in this survey on behalf of your company. Your responses will help create a picture of current and planned goals, activities and challenges for employee volunteering and other corporate community engagement responses involving employees during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The data and implications will be shared later this summer in a joint report from the International Association of Volunteering Efforts (IAVE), Volunteer Canada and Volunteer
Cork Volunteer Centre works to support over 630 non-profit organisations across Cork City and County. On average each year 1,600 people register with our service, wanting to volunteer. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our communities and were mobilised in huge numbers during the Covid-19 crisis – delivering food and prescriptions to those cocooning; making music videos to cheer nursing home residents up; creating wellness resources online; feeding the homeless of Cork; assisting those affected by
Ballyphehane Community Association, in partnership with First South Credit Union and Kearys Nissan, has announced the launch of its Meals on Wheels service going electric and the installation of an electric vehicle charge point.
Enabling the electrification of transport is a key part of Ballyphehane Community Association’s sustainability strategy. The Association wanted a sustainable, cost effective and environmentally friendly option to the diesel van currently being used for the Meals on Wheels
We’re delighted to welcome Peter Finnegan to the Tyndall commercial team in the newly created role of New Ventures Manager. This is a key appointment for delivery of our entrepreneurship and innovation objectives under Tyndall 2025. Peter will be responsible for driving Entrepreneurship and New Ventures across Tyndall, in cooperation with the research and operations centres in Tyndall, our colleagues in UCC Innovation, and our external entrepreneurship partners. He will also take up responsibility for
Cork County Board is pleased to welcome Bons Secours Hospital Cork as the title sponsor of the 2020 county football championships, which were launched today at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
The Bon Secours Cork County Football Championships will commence on Friday next, and never has the appetite for our games been so great. With almost thirty matches in each round of the group stages, the county championships offer a true festival of football, culminating in county finals in Páirc Uí Chaoimh later this
Admirror is delighted to announce the addition of a range of Interactive Smart Admirrors to our product range.
These units can be custom made to perform functions as required by a particular business.
To date we have units installed that have been designed to client specifications and that allow users to:
Wet Floor Alert
Report an Issue
Rate a Service
Units are custom made using a choice of materials including - aluminium, polished timber, rustic look and of course can
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%
Redundancies are tough for both employers and employees. Still, they’ve become a reality for many businesses as we move out of lockdown.If your business was one of those affected by lockdown, you may be looking at ways to reduce outgoings like your labour costs. To avoid making this difficult situation worse, it’s important that your termination procedures comply with redundancy and unfair dismissals legislation.
Effective and meaningful consultationThe WRC has stated in previous decisions that the
CSA Personnel Consultants, a family run recruitment agency based on 65 Patrick Street, are delighted to launch their brand new website to help enhance their service for jobseekers and employers alike.CSA Personnel specialise in temporary and permanent recruitment services and been leading the field in office support staff recruitment in Cork for over five decades. The recruitment specialists led by experienced recruitment consultant Sam Nicholson are renowned for the quality of candidates they provide and
Cork-based food wholesale business M&P O’Sullivan Ltd. (M&P) has acquired Brennan’s Caterworld assets & trading names, which went into liquidation last month.
The undisclosed deal, which merges the trade of two of Cork’s oldest companies, will see the catering supplies business added to M&P’s wholesale portfolio, which also includes Homestead, White Hat and Red Abbey, bringing their product range to over 15,000 lines .
M&P also operates the Gala retail and Your Stop franchises with 30 franchisees and
The Lavit Gallery is delighted to reopen to the public. We are back operating Tuesday - Saturday 12noon - 4pm and by appointment between 10.30am - 12noon & again between 4-6pm. Our bright, spacious gallery is now ready to welcome visitors back and provide a safe space to view and buy art.
During the few months of closure, we also looked at new ways to offer our services. So, we are also now provide a click and collect option, where you can buy art online and arrange to collect at a time that suits you.
SAVE THE DATE: DESIGN POP
AUGUST 28-30, 2020
Locations: Thompson House, Elizabeth Fort, Emmett Place and Blackrock Castle
Cork’s new food and design festival returns for its second year, resilient, it adapts and adheres to the covid-19 restrictions
3 design teams X 3 food producers = 3 pop-up pavilionsPLUS a pop-up Irish Design Shop, exhibitions, and talks from special guests
Following its hugely successful debut in Cork in Spring 2019, Design POP, Cork’s new forward-thinking design
AM O’Sullivan PR is named the inaugural PRCA Agency of the Year 2020
Cork-based PR agency, AM O’Sullivan PR Ltd., has won the inaugural PR Agency of the Year award.
The award-winning, strategic communications consultancy accepted the PRCA Agency of the Year Award (1-10 employees) at the Annual Awards for Excellence in Public Relations, held on-line for the first time due to COVID-19 restrictions, with an audience of over 320 people tuning in.
The criteria for the award assessed the work that AM
A Moment in ‘Thyme’ - The Imperial Hotel, Cork announces launch of a brand new Brasserie at Seventy Six on the Mall.
Regional producers, charity partnerships and a sustainable approach
With the introduction of excellent cocktails using high quality Irish liquor from Killahora Orchards, ornate bird cages inspired by The English Market and quirky desserts by the famous duo Ber and Becky the offering has evolved into something modern, dynamic and fun and so ‘Thyme at Seventy Six on the Mall’ was born.
10th July 2020 marks Tandem’s 10th Anniversary. Tandem is delighted to reach this milestone in such a strong position to enter into the next decade of its planned growth and expansion.Thank you to all who have supported Tandem during our 10 years in business. Thank you to our personnel for their hard work and dedication in building Tandem’s reputation for collaboration and delivery.Thank you to our clients, some of whom have been with Tandem since its inception in 2010. Tandem will continue to deliver a
Since the beginning of the COVID – 19 pandemic researchers at the Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis (CAPPA), have been exploring ways in which they can provide their services and expertise to help the fight against the virus. CAPPA researcher Dr Steven Darby has been involved in the development of the definition of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) standards for barrier masks and as part of the Irish Delegation for the European Committee for Standardization (CEN).
Cork Craft & Design, Ireland's largest social enterprise for craftspeople, has launched its exciting 2020 programme for Cork Craft Month this August. Celebrating contemporary Irish craft, over 50 masterclasses, craft trails, demonstrations, conversations and product launches, as well as virtual behind-the-scenes exhibitions, open studio tours and family-friendly activities are planned to date across the month, with an 80% increase in online events. Up to 90% of events will be free with details available
We are conscious of the need for business owners or staff to work remotely in this difficult time. We are also conscious of the need for businesses, home and houses looking to get connected to high speed broadband. And so we will work with you to prioritise any requests we can to connect people to broadband to facilitate the continued operation of their business. So if there are people, or groups of people in your area that we can facilitate through connecting to broadband then please let me know and we
We are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone back and hope to see you in the coming weeks.
To advise we have now set up an online booking system for dining reservations alternatively we are still contactable on 021 454 9800
Please click here for your dining reservationsOur Event & Meetings office is also open and Emma is contactable on firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 454 9889
Mardyke Arena University College Cork, one of Ireland’s largest indoor sports arenas and recipient of four ISO International Standards in Quality, Health & Safety, Energy and Environment will official reopen on Monday 13th July 2020 at 07.00.
The final touches are being made to the Mardyke Arena University College Cork to make sure that it is safe for staff and members to return on Monday 13th July 2020.
The reopening will follow government and public health guidance, along with significant operational
Better UV protection and new treatments only way for 100% survival A new treatment for skin cancer replacing chemotherapy with calcium could be available later this year thanks to ground-breaking new research. Breakthrough Cancer Research (Breakthrough) announced the news as they launched a national awareness campaign ‘Let’s get to 100% together’, which warns about the importance of protecting skin from UV damage 100% of the time. In Ireland the number of skin cancer cases have doubled in the last decade
As a result of COVID-19 and current Government restrictions on indoor and outdoor activities, with the requirement for physical distancing, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival Committee regrets to confirm the cancellation of this year’s Festival. We know that this announcement will be disappointing for music fans, artists, publicans and the wider Cork community but their health and safety is our number one priority. We look forward to bringing back a strong, exciting and memorable Festival in 2021.
Chambers emphasise the need to maximise the new motorway for greater sustainable transport connectivity
The M20 must continue apace and facilitate and prioritise public and active transport options, Cork and Limerick Chambers have stated.
Both Chambers continue to emphasise the need for improved intercity connectivity to decongest the existing route which passes through urban centres, and to enhance safety and journey times for logistics and other road users. They also clearly state that motorways need
Have Your Say!
There has never been a better time to create a vision for the future. A public survey launched today is asking for your opinions on the future of this beautiful County that so many of us are proud to call home. As we emerge from an emergency situation most of us had never imagined, it is clear now that our sense of community and our collective commitment has been very powerful.
The back drop to our rich communities has changed dramatically, and by June 02nd business responding to a Chamber
Chamber commends Cork business community for its resilienceCork Chamber was today (02 July 2020) awarded the title of ‘2020 Chamber of the Year’ at the Chambers Ireland annual Chamber Awards, sponsored by Zurich. The Awards recognise the outstanding work of Chambers throughout the country while providing a national platform for Chambers to share and promote how they continue to be active and excel in developing initiatives, events, campaigns and further activities that contribute to their Chamber locality
Leading Irish communications agency, Springboard PR & Marketing has launched a free ebook to assist businesses with their communications in post-Covid-19 lockdown.
The digital publication, available to download here, looks at the mechanics of good communications as the country enters Phase 3 of the roadmap for reopening. Effective Communications for your Business Post-Covid-19 Lockdown addresses how to develop a new communications roadmap along with activating?successful external and internal
Speaking following An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant approval to the Morrison’s Island flood defence, mobility and public realm improvement scheme Thomas Mc Hugh, Director of Public Affairs at Cork Chamber said:“This decision by Ireland’s unique and independent national planning appellate body shows without reservation that the proposals to upgrade the dilapidated and car focussed sections of Morrison’s Quay and Father Matthew Quay are robust, positive and complimentary to national policy.”“A south
Paula Cogan, Cork Chamber President said; “The Programme for Government is welcome and the formation of Government cannot come soon enough as we rapidly approach end points for many COVID related supports. There is much for Chamber members to be encouraged by mirroring our pre-election Chamber manifesto with strong focus on areas such as sustainable transport, infrastructure, urban living, placemaking and competitiveness. No one individual, party or organisation will find it perfect but we all have a role
Cork Chamber, along with Chambers Ireland and the nationwide network of Chambers has today (10 June 2020) published results from a survey of the Irish business community. This survey sought to quantify and highlight the impact of COVID-19 on businesses in our towns, cities and regions across the country.
The fourth in a series, the survey has 1,320 responses and was conducted between the 28th May and 2nd June 2020.
Our latest survey took a read of the business environment in Phase 1 of our economy’s
Cork International Film Festival has launched its new home cinema Festival experience, the CIFF Film Club, in partnership with The Gate Cinemas. To celebrate the 65th anniversary of Ireland’s first and largest film festival, from Tuesday, 16 June, a specially curated series of fortnightly screenings will commence. Featuring new Irish and international features, documentaries, shorts and classics, presented with exclusive interviews and Q&As with filmmakers, tickets are available by clicking here
- Additional funding welcomed by Cork Chamber -
Cork Chamber has today welcomed the announcement by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, that the Trading Online Voucher Scheme has received additional funding.
Speaking this afternoon, Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber Ireland said;“Today’s announcement by Minister Humphreys and Minister Bruton that an additional €14.2 million will be committed to the Trading Online
-No Better County To Be Stuck In-
Speaking following Governments announcements Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO said:“It is a testament to the ethics and diligence of Irish business and society that there has been sufficient progress on COVID-19 control to enable the easing of restrictions that we see today. There is no finer County to be stuck in than Cork and I encourage people to enjoy our outstanding natural beauty over the coming weeks in a responsible manner. It is clear that with this freedom, a
Following the post-cabinet briefing on Friday May 29th, Cork Chamber welcomed amendments to the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme while cautioning that a broader interpretation of the supports is still required.
Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO commented:
“Amends to the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme and continued suspension of the redundancy provisions are important steps however it is truly important that there is further and deeper focus on cashflow support measures with the rates waiver qualification
Further broadening of qualifying criteria and deepening of grant supports will be essential
Commenting today on the opening of applications for the Restart Grant, Conor Healy CEO of Cork Chamber said:
"Today, we are pleased to see the Restart Grant application process open and also to have clarity on which businesses are eligible for grant scheme application. We are encouraged that following engagement with Government over the past weeks, the criteria now includes professional service providers with a
Cork Chamber has welcomed Government’s announcement that the first phase of lifting of Covid-19 restrictions will begin next Monday, May 18th.
Speaking earlier, Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO said;
“Government’s confirmation that Phase 1 of reopening society and the economy will proceed on May 18th is an important first step in easing recent restrictions.
While it will be challenging for those returning to businesses, it is important that the Government protocols for reopening are followed and
Cork Chamber has today acknowledged the importance of a national protocol for returning to work with confidence.Conor Healy, Chamber CEO said, “To define our recovery locally, nationally and internationally, it is essential to have the appropriate blend of public safety measures, business supports and capital investment stimulus. By setting out a clear national return to work protocol, we are one step closer to recovery.However, as with all COVID-19 measures so far, this is a fast paced trial being put
As Cork prepares to reopen society and business in the coming weeks and months, Cork Chamber is initiating a cohesive programme that will support a sustainable and considered approach to recovery.
The Sustainable Cork Programme will comprise a cross section of activities and will be representative of the colourful and vibrant business community that gives Cork its inimitable pulse. Through sector focussed workshops and best practice research, the programme will utilise the best of ideas and initiatives
Triskel are delighted to announce the appointment of Deirdre Waldron to the board of the Arts Centre. Founder of Fuzion Communications, Deirdre is one of Ireland’s leading communications consultants with more than 25 years’ industry experience in the UK and Ireland.
Frankie Whelehan, Chair of the Triskel Board, said, “Triskel Arts Centre is a dynamic multi - disciplinary Arts Centre servicing both the Arts Community and the broader general public for many years. To guide Triskel Arts Centre, a Board
Following the most recent update to Ireland’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cork Chamber CEO Conor Healy said,“It is positive to see that the Government has moved beyond the initial response phase by setting out steps for recovery, and every business will now begin to assess and gauge their own response to this in parallel with further updates expected over the weekend. Cork Chamber will continue to engage with Government to further craft and inform the approach to recovery, noting that while today’s
Speaking on the publication of Cork Chamber and Chambers Ireland’s most recent set of Cork business data, Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO said,
“While it is important to recognise that the current Government measures are very helpful and appreciated by the business community, it is clear that further steps must be taken to minimise economic damage along with greater clarity on how the economic recovery plan aligns with public health requirements. Our most recent data, finalised today shows that in Cork
Today (24 April 2020) Cork Chamber & Chambers Ireland launch the latest Covid-19 Business Community Survey. The third in a series, the survey seeks quantify the economic impact COVID-19 is having on businesses around the country and better understand what supports will be needed to reboot the economy.Through this survey the effects of the Covid-19 restrictions on the Irish Business community will be tracked and by creating an evidence base. The feedback will assist policy makers and business owners guide
Speaking on the latest enhancement of Government business supports, Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO said; “The Government announcement of enhanced measures is necessary and welcome. Steps such as the deepening of the SBCI loan scheme to provide an extra €250m for working capital loans and €200 million for longer term loans is useful for those seeking access to loan finance. The €20m microfinance fund, with no interest or repayment for 6 months may be particularly helpful. The creation of a new €180 million
Cash-flow has been identified as the number one difficulty for Chamber members during the COVID 19 pandemic. Cork Chamber today calls on the public sector to adhere to its prompt payment policy and those in the private sector to support fellow businesses during the crisis. Extension and deepening of existing supports to a 6-month window is also essential.
Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber said,
“It is essential that the Government prompt payment policy is observed and that no business is left waiting at
Chamber Welcomes Change of Course to Keep People WorkingSpeaking following the Government announcement of measures to introduce scaled funding of up to 70% of salaries, up to a maximum of €38,000 per year, Cork Chamber welcomed this crucial step.
“We have been advocating on behalf of members for a move to keep those who can work in work and this step is a positive directional shift for government that is aligned with business thinking. Our recent Chamber survey clearly shows a move from 50% to 60% of
Cork Chamber calls on Government to continue strengthening measures to support employment and economic activity during and beyond the pandemic shock.
Speaking today Conor Healy, CEO, Cork Chamber highlighted, “The swift response of the Irish government to the initial economic shock from the Covid-19 pandemic must continue to be strengthened. The priority throughout this period is our public health services and the functioning and support of our health personnel and must remain so. Though we must also
Conor Healy Cork Chamber CEO said
“Cork Chamber welcomes the deferral of rates payments due from the most immediately impacted businesses but it’s clear that more must be done.
We have been engaging with local and national government to secure improved supports and this is another positive step. However the timeframe will need to be expanded upon further and the sectors represented will need expansion as the crisis unfolds. The measures as they currently stand are aimed primarily at the retail,
The nationwide network of Chambers including Cork Chamber calls for all businesses, Government and all State bodies to be flexible and responsible to the needs of their business and economic partners, so that we may ensure business continuity through this crisis.
A strength of business people is that working together we find solutions. Part of the solution to those businesses seeing their income dry up is to assist in managing their outgoings, with cashflow being critical for all business. To this end we
Paula Cogan, Cork Chamber President said; “Today’s launch of the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy is a milestone in the development of Ireland’s second city region. The timely delivery of the strategy is essential to the delivery of Ireland 2040 and must be prioritised by the next Government. An NTA Cork office is essential to ensure focus on implementation and the first €500 million must be mobilised to push projects such as Bus Connects, the Cycle Strategy and suburban rail frequency through
March 2020: A new and innovative digital platform – WeSwitchU.ie – is set to make waves with energy users in Ireland. Promising to take the stress and hassle out of switching energy providers, the company assists residential customers to engage with the energy market, reducing their energy bills and carbon footprint each year.
Despite launching just weeks ago, the website, which is owned and operated by Limerick native Brendan Halpin, has already been making strides in the Irish business world. The
Speaking at Cork Chamber’s annual dinner this evening, Chamber President Paula Cogan called for political and business support for Cork to become European Green Capital by 2025.
Held in Cork City Hall, the black-tie event was attended by over 1,000 leading business and political representatives. Phillip King, curator, musician and film director, was keynote speaker at the event.Setting a target of European Capital by 2025, Paula Cogan, President of the Chamber said:
“In 2025 Cork should celebrate the
Cork Emerging Company of the Year 2020 is WorkVivoCork SME Company of the Year 2020 is AnaBioCork Large Company of the Year 2020 is Crest SolutionsCork Corporate of the Year 2020 is Irish DistillersThe most innovative of Cork businesses were tonight presented with the prestigious Cork Company of the Year Awards 2020 at Cork Chamber’s Annual Dinner held in Cork City Hall.
Over 1,000 people, including leading industry and political figures, celebrated the winners at the dinner.
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