University College Cork (UCC), Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), and nine industry partners have secured €8.7m in funding for Health and Life Sciences studies as part of the iEd Hub programme.
This funding is a major boost for Cork’s pharma and health tech future and will help graduates prepare for and find work in the Health & Life Sciences industry sector. Led by Dr Mark Tangney and Professor Helen Whelton in the College of Medicine and Health, UCC, the consortium have developed the ‘iEd Hub’, in
Business confidence dips to 68% in Q3 from 73% in Q251% of businesses experienced a decrease in turnover over the last quarter21% of responding businesses report that >90% of employees are working from homeAUDIO CLIP: Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber, Listen and download <Business Confidence Comment here> or <Business Turnover Comment here>The third economic trends report of 2020 captures the sentiment of the Cork business community in the transition from the initial shock waves of the Covid-19
This year Irish International Trading Corporation celebrates its centenary. Over the past 100 years the company has grown from relatively small beginnings to become a national business with a global reach, employing over 120 people with annual sales of €60 million. From the rebuilding of Cork City after its burning in 1920, all the way through to supporting other small businesses today, IITC's ongoing success is in its ability to respond to change.
Earlier this year, IITC welcomed An Taoiseach,
Conor Healy CEO of Cork Chamber said, “The renewal of restrictions, bringing us to what we now know as level 5, will be mentally and financially tough for people and businesses throughout Cork but are necessary if we are to resume activity in the run up to Christmas.”
“The increase to the value of the Wage Subsidy Scheme is very welcome. There must also be absolute urgency in the deployment of business supports and in particular the new Covid Restrictions Support Scheme which is now needed less than a
Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO, speaking in the wake of today’s flooding, said;
“We cannot go on allowing our best approach to be based on luck. We are once again grappling with the devastating effects of spring tides, wind and rain on our City centre, and at a time when businesses are already under incredible stress and pressure with Level 5 Covid restrictions coming into play. Had the Morrisons Island flood defences been in place, today’s flooding would not have occurred, as opposed to our current
Speaking this morning, Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO said,
“The announcement by Ryanair today that it is to close its Cork base puts Cork Airport on the ropes and will be devastating for the staff impacted directly and indirectly. The gravity of the pandemic is displayed once again. This announcement is hugely damaging for regional and national connectivity and raises very real concerns regarding the ability of Cork Airport to avoid closure without further direct financial support from government in
The final investment decision for Dunkettle Interchange works has been welcomed by Cork Chamber. Seen as a pivotal project for the city and region, the Dunkettle Interchange carries 100,000 vehicles per day, connecting the major arteries of the M8 to the north, N25 to the east through to the ring road and city centre.
Speaking following the announcement Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber said“This final investment decision is of national significance and is also a catalyst that will help set the Cork
Retirement Annuity Contracts – or as they are more commonly known, Personal Pensions. As we edge closer to the tax filing deadline, contributions to this scheme are used by many to reduce their tax liabilities.
Similar to last week’s topic of PRSA’s, Personal Pensions are wholly owned by you – in the same way as any other defined-contribution pension scheme. That means no one else has a right over the assets of the fund, as may be the case if you’re in a more traditional, though increasingly rare,
Speaking on Budget Day October 13th 2020, Chamber President Paula Cogan said,
“The Government must be commended for producing an ambitious and thorough budget for 2021. As we normalise our experience of this pandemic, and as we prepare to encounter the challenges of Brexit first hand, it is clear that this and the next few budgets and the management of our national finances thereafter will define the prospects of a generation.”Infrastructure
“The commitment to an increase of almost €2 billion in
Cognate Health, a leading nationwide occupational health provider, has announced a watershed move for the company with strategic appointments in Irish business and health. The new appointments see Paula Cogan, who was the Global Head of Sales at the Doyle Collection and is the current Cork Chamber President, taking on the role as Cognate Health’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). She joins newly appointed Chairperson Noel Creedon -— former CEO of iNua Hospitality — on the Board. Founder of Cognate
The Montenotte Hotel has appointed Ray Kelleher as Director of Sales & Marketing. Ray most recently worked as Group Sales & Marketing Manager at Trigon Hotels and previously as Sales & Marketing Manager at the Clayton Hotel Cork City.
He is currently the Chairperson of the Cork city centre forum, is a very well-known personality in the business community in Cork, and brings with him a wealth of experience to his new role.
As Director of Sales & Marketing, Ray will provide strong strategic
Cork Chamber Announces the Winners of the Cork Digital Marketing Awards 2020
On Friday October 09th, Cork Chamber awarded the winners of the hotly contested Cork Digital Marketing Awards 2020.
In a zoom full of Cork’s inspiring digital titans, the awards, presented by Sinéad Kennedy, recognised the responsive, strategic and creative approaches that businesses are bringing to all digital platforms.
Commenting on the awards which recognised all facets of digital marketing Best in Content Creation, Best
Kieran McCarthy from KMC Homes, is delighted to be co-hosting Season 2 of RTE's hit cottage refurbishment series "Cheap Irish Homes", along with Maggie Molloy from Cheap Irish Houses on Instagram.If you are in the market for a Cheap Irish Home (ie under 100k) and if you are prepared to get your hands dirty, why not apply by sending an email email@example.com and who knows, you might be on the show!
Stay tuned to KMC Homes social media channels for further information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a rise in connected health and digital solutions at the forefront of Irish healthcare. The pandemic has provided hospitals with a variety of challenges including the scheduling of safe visiting appointments for family members to patients in our hospitals across the country. As the winter approaches and we as a country have been placed in lockdown Level 3, a solution to safely visit patients in hospital is essential.
The Covid-19 global pandemic has brought into sharp focus
'SERVE' is creating a cookbook that brings readers on a trip with us around the globe, demonstrating how to cook recipes that our volunteers learned to make while working in developing countries all over the world. A team of staff, volunteers, content creators, graphic designers, and a media producer are involved. Our cookbook will spark a learning process and feed an interest in other cultures, with connections to the UN Sustainable Development Goals throughout. It will include photos, blogs, and stories
With COVID-19 workplace inspections on the rise, it's important that you're prepared should an inspector knock on your door.
Employment law consultant Peninsula knows how important it is to prepare and adhere to the mandatory measures set out in the Return to Work Safely Protocol.
To ensure your business is inspection ready, they've covered everything you need to know in a concise, helpful article.
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Following a meeting of Chambers Chief Executives this morning, Chambers Ireland expresses concern at new advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team that the entire country should move to Level 5.
Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said,
“This latest announcement will come as a shock to businesses and local economies throughout the country, who have been doing their best to adjust to the new reality of living alongside the threat of Covid-19.
Our members have many questions regarding
All of society effort required to return to level 2Extension of EWSS and business supports essentialCounter-cyclical spend on infrastructure a necessityCommenting on Government’s announcement that level 3 restrictions are to be implemented nationwide Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber said:
“While not surprising, it is nonetheless challenging for business and society to move to level 3 restrictions.”
“The impact of these tighter restrictions will be immensely challenging for those operating in food &
Cork’s 96FM has appointed Terry Brennan as the new Editor of it’s daily Opinion Line programme. Louth born Brennan has recently relocated to County Cork. He has more than ten years senior editorial leadership experience with ITV. Most recently he was Head of News and Programmes for UTV in Belfast. Prior to this, he held similar positions in ITV’s Anglia and Westcountry regions.
Commenting on his new appointment, Terry Brennan said “I am very excited to be joining such a talented team at
Arup has committed to achieving net zero emissions across its entire operations by 2030, covering everything from the energy used in offices to goods and services purchased. To achieve this, the firm has set a target to reduce its scope 1, 2 and 3 global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 per cent within the next five years from a 2018 baseline.
The target, validated by the Science Based Target initiative, has been classified as ambitious as it exceeds the minimum requirements for keeping global
Speaking at the launch of the Cork Chamber Budget 2021 Submission, Chamber President Paula Cogan said,
“Budget 2021 must be about securing our economic resilience with infrastructural investment, finessing the pandemic supports and tax measures critical to normalising the economy and State finances.”
“To provide continuity to construction and to move beyond the legacy of the last recession, significant moves must be made to drive on and accelerate key projects such as the Cork Metropolitan Area
Ireland’s Next Top Madra, which is run by RSVP and RSVP Live is back for 2020 and has renewed a partnership with Ireland’s largest pet retailer, Maxi Zoo, for the second year running.
Throughout September, RSVP and Maxi Zoo once again set out to find Ireland’s number one pooch via an extensive print and digital campaign across RSVP’s online channels and the monthly magazine.
Last year, the campaign received over 650 entries and even got a segment on the Ray Darcy show ahead of the grand
Global life sciences company Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched a €45,000 community grant in celebration of its double anniversary. Assisting deserving causes, it will be divided between local community groups along with charitable causes close to the hearts of employees.
The contract pharmaceutical manufacturing facility is marking the first year of its Irish operation in Currabinny, along with recognising the legacy of the site where it now stands, which has been championing science for the
The Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis (CAPPA) is delighted to announce they are part of the Cork Institute of Technology Team to receive funding from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) for research into barrier masks to tackle the ongoing COVID – 19 pandemic. This is one of 41 projects funded under the SFI led COVID – 19 Rapid Response Research and Innovation Programme. CIT and CAPPA staff have already conducted initial research on the effectiveness of barrier masks in conjunction with the
Leading Irish Law Firm, Comyn Kelleher Tobin (CKT), has announced the appointment of a new partner and two new solicitors, highlighting consistent growth, more than doubling the firm’s size in recent years across their Cork and Dublin offices.
David Ryan’s appointment to partner, and the addition of a further two solicitors to the team, Clare Daly and Julie McEvoy, highlight CKT’s dedication to increasing the expertise in their talent pool, even during these uncertain times.
David Ryan, Partner in
Crawford Art Gallery receives significant capital funds from Government to advance its major capital project to redevelop the Gallery.
This announcement of €3.32 million is very significant and timely, enabling Crawford Art Gallery to move onto the next phase of procurement for the planned redevelopment of the Gallery under Project Ireland 2040. The next phase will see the Gallery seek detailed design and planning for the large scale capital works for the site on Emmet Place in Cork city centre.
Speaking following a meeting with Patrick O’Donovan TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Office of Public Works, where flood defence was discussed, Chamber President Paula Cogan said,
"We are pleased that Minister O Donovan continues to offer the strongest of Governmental support to the Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme."
“The flood relief scheme for the City will see over 3 km of our historic masonry quay wall cleaned, repointed and restored, along with new plazas, river access,
Speaking in relation to the real possibility of airport closure following the fall in passenger numbers of over 90%, the withdrawal of routes and airlines and the threatened Ryanair base closure Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO said:
“Government focus on the aviation sector and our airports must rapidly intensify and the Oireachtas Transport committee must convene immediately to understand from the Minister for Transport, government’s plan for the future of Irish aviation and Cork Airport. Without the
Tandem is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted for the “Pharma Supplier of the Year” award in the 2020 Pharma Industry Awards. This award recognises the supplier that has provided a ‘best in class’ service, solution, product or goods to Ireland’s Pharmaceutical industry.
Tandem is an innovative project management and engineering consultancy, offering best in class services in project management, engineering design, construction management, CQV, operational readiness, client representative teams
Speaking following today’s publication of the Plan for Living with COVID-19, Conor Healy, Chamber CEO said, “This Plan is a helpful step that will hopefully influence continued conscientious behaviour throughout the community, with clear indicators of how we fare that are easily communicated and understood.”
“However it is absolutely essential that Government commits to a clear pathway for aviation and tourism, which are so deeply intertwined, without any further delay. Capital expenditure, route
The deadline to allow ratification of a Brexit Trade Deal is due at the EU Council meeting next month. All signs indicate that the UK is likely to leave the transition without a deal in place. And while many are rightly focused on sustaining operations through the turbulence caused by Covid-19, Cork Chamber urges businesses in the region to review and prepare their operations for the end of the Transition Period on 31 December 2020.
Welcoming the publication of the latest Brexit Readiness Action Plan
Commenting on the future outlook for air connectivity Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO said:
“Cork Airport has grown over 30% in passenger numbers from 2015 to 2019 and has been consistently the fastest growing airport in Ireland. However the numbers for 2020 continue to fall dramatically below the previously forecast growth due to the ongoing pandemic.”
“To ensure that the airport continues to deliver as a strategic infrastructural asset and regional economic driver, significant marketing supports
Speaking today Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber said, “The time to deliver the Dunkettle Interchange is now and it is essential that a final investment decision made without delay. Following a frustrating setback 12 months ago when the project was retendered, the time is right to now take this investment forward and enable the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy. The project will provide countercyclical support for our construction sector and is essential for the region’s long-term
Thomas McHugh, Director of Public Affairs commented:“The introduction of light rail has the potential to be transformative for our city region. It will bring a new level of connectivity to the Cork metropolitan area, opening up fresh opportunities for how people live, work and play in the city.The appointment of Jacob’s Engineering for the early stages of the light rail project is an encouraging step towards seeing CMATS become a reality.Light rail is arguably the flagship of CMATS, however it is essential
Identifying the issue Cork Chamber President Paula Cogan said:“In addition to our immediate public health and business supports approach, our ability to pivot to a more sustainable economy and our global reach and connectivity will define our recovery.”
Cork airport has grown over 30% in passenger numbers from 2015 to 2019 and has been consistently the fastest growing airport in Ireland. In 2020 this growth was anticipated to continue, bringing the airport to 2.8 million passenger journeys.
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
Cork Chamber of Commerce held its AGM on July 27th. 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 new board members
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 focused 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
Businesses in Cork have resoundingly called for an approach to Covid-19 business supports that is more tailored to fit the differing needs of business sectors. 92% of businesses surveyed by Cork Chamber reported that a more tailored approach to Covid-19 business supports is now needed.
Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber said:“Initial Government swift responses to the Covid-19 restrictions on society and business were very welcome. The enhanced Illness Benefit, Pandemic Unemployment Payment and The Wage
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
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
- 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 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
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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