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DEC Manager & Tenants top Categories at 2013 Chamber Awards! The FBD Dungarvan Chamber awards which took place on November showcased some great success stories from Dungarvan Enterprise Centre. There was an unprecedented number of entries again this year with the following tenants from DEC being shortlisted in three of the following categories:    Pictured above is Mags Durand, DEC Manager accepting Her Employee Contribution Award at the FBD Awards

Technology & E-business: TEFL Express Best Use of Social Media: TEFL Express New Business: BPC Financial Planning

This is a reflection of the quality of businesses attracted to the centre and we are very proud to be associated with these businesses. Centre manager Mags Durand also scooped the Employee Contribution Award – A hige ‘congratulations’to a very happy Mags for all her hard work; the award was well deserved! The Awards’ event which took place again at Lismore Castle saw a huge turnout from the business community. There was a great sense of community and support at the event, which was very well organised by Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber.

A Great Deal of Blaa about Food! Barrons Bakery was joined by three other family bakeries from Waterford City last Thursday evening to celebrate the landmark decision by the EU to grant Protected Geographical Status to the Blaa. This ensures the Blaa remains solely Waterford’s blaa in the future. Minister Simon Coveney was present to underline the importance of the event for Waterford.

Pictured at the event L to R are: Eimhín Ní Chonchubhair,Waterford Food Strategy; Sinead Gillen, Dairygold Cooperative Society Ltd.; Damien Geoghan Town Mayor; Minister Simon Coveney; Mayor Waterford City, Cllr John Cummins; Anike Tyrell CEO WCEB; FearghalReidy, Local Authority

Pictured at the event L to R are: Eimhín Ní Chonchubhair, WCEB; Sinead Gillen, Dairygold Cooperative Society Ltd.; Damien Geoghan Town Mayor; Minister Simon Coveney; Mayor Waterford City, Cllr John Cummins;; Anike Tyrell CEO WCEB; FearghalReidy, Local Authority


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Launched at the same event was the Food Strategy for the Waterford region which was developed by Anike Tyrrell, CEO of Waterford County Enterprise Board in conjunction with FearghalReidy who is Economic Development officer for the Local Authority. This strategy is designed to build a vibrant and dynamic food sector in Waterford, by enabling & driving the right initiatives, focused on the needs of emerging food businesses. The strategy has identified those initiatives as being ones that would provide a platform for existing and aspiring food businesses to •

learn the right skills for a food business

leverage all of the resource & networks that exist (Nationally & EU wide)

showcase their produce

drive continued innovation and enterprise

The strategy centres around 9 objectives and their associated actions. 1. To increase the number of start-up companies each year. 2. Develop Virtual Hubs to Increase Market Access 3. Establish Strong Educational Links and Food Focused Skills Programmes 4. Establish Network of Food Companies to build strong mutual support systems 5. Build Buddy System between Large Established Companies and Start-Ups 6. Focus on the Seafood Sector in order to increase activity in this sector which has seen little growth in the region to date 7. Work towards the development of existing Farmers Markets which have seen some stagnation in recent years 8. Build on the Festival of Food as a platform for tourism growth, retail sales and the introduction of new small food companies to the marketplace. 9. Develop an ongoing programme with Waterford Local Authorities to systematically improve the infrastructure available to assist small food companies to trial product and bring it to market.


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Food industry professional, Eímhín Ni Chonchuir, has joined the team to manage both the delivery of the food festival and the implementation of the food strategy as a whole. For further information you can contact Eímhín on food@waterfordenterpriseboard.ie

Introduction of Belt System for Dec Coder Dojo in January ‘14 DEC’s Coder Dojo is delighted to announce the launch of the Belt System in January 2014. After a well earned Christmas Break, the kids will be awarded for achieving certain levels within the Coder Dojo, such as Programming Efficiency for HTML, JavaScript or CSS and for mentoring other kids. The idea is to make coding Ninjas of the kids involved and to invest knowledge back into the Coder Dojo. The Belts are sponsored by the Waterford County Enterprise Board. Coder Dojo is a place for kids to learn about any area of coding and programming that might interest them. It is free to attend and runs from 11.00-1.00 on Saturdays. Mags Durand O’ Connor, DEC manager says “We are delighted to be able to facilitate a coder dojo in Dungarvan and we are very excited to introduce the belt system in the New Year. It demonstrates that we are progressing and it gives the kids involved reward and acknowledgement for their work.” DEC Coder Dojo is free for all and you can book your place by logging onto www.deccoderdojo.com

Some of DEC Coder Dojo coding with mentor,DarachCawley of Darock Media

Some of our members busy at work at DEC Coder Dojo


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Waterford's Chia Bia wins 'Best Exporter' at National Enterprise Awards Chia Bia from Tramore in County Waterford has won the top ‘Export’ award at this year’s National Enterprise Awards in Dublin Castle, organised by the County and City Enterprise Boards. The Waterford-based health food company and Ireland's largest supplier of chia seeds, has become the first business in Waterford to take home a top accolade at the prestigious National Enterprise Awards 2013 in 21 years. The Enterprise Boards set up the National Enterprise Awards in the late 1990s to celebrate the achievements of Ireland’s micro-enterprise sector. Speaking in Dublin Castle, Minister Richard Bruton T.D. said: “A key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs is driving entrepreneurship and start-up companies, enabling indigenous businesses to grow and create. It is also very important to recognise and celebrate small business success stories and through the National Enterprise Awards, the Enterprise Boards are showcasing the success stories of small business owners from all over the country.” Since setting up in Tramore in 2009, Chia Bia has launched eight different chia seed products, which are on sale through 1,250 outlets in Ireland and the UK. The company, supported by the Waterford County Enterprise Board, also trades in North America, the Middle East and Scandinavia. The company was founded by Barrie Rogers and Ray Owens with six full-time and two part-time members of staff. Chia Bia has been grant-aided by the Waterford County Enterprise Board, which nominated the joint company founders for the competition. CEO of the Waterford County Enterprise Board, Anike Tyrrell, was the first to congratulate the company. She said: “Chia Bia is clearly leading the field when it comes to growing export markets for health-related products… By looking beyond the domestic opportunities, Barrie Rogers, Ray Owens and their hard-working team are helping to lead our county’s economic recovery, through export growth.” Further details about the supports available to micro-enterprises in County Waterford are available through www.enterpriseboard.ie

The Communications Coach – Back by Popular Demand! −

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Would you like to be able to better hold the attention of colleagues, clients or potential investors?

If the answer is 'yes', then come along to “Powerful Presentations” with Communications’ Coach, Ian Noctoron Tuesady 14th January from 5.30-6.30pm. Ian will share the secrets of whatall great presentations have in common.He’ll show you how to win your audience’s trust and keep it, to theend of your talk, and beyond. This great seminar costs just €15! Seminar Details: The Communications Coach Powerful Presentations Tue, 14th Jan 2014 5.30 - 6.30pm

Ian Noctor has been a journalist and broadcaster for over 20years. As well as running The Communications Coach, Ian works as apresenter on WLRfm. Before returning home to Dungarvan, he worked asEditor of Current Affairs with RTÉ Radio 1, Head of News with TodayFm, Communications Director with the Progressive Democrats.

DEC Survey for Training Programmes 2014


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Dungarvan Enterprise Centre would like to know how we can help you in 2014. We would like to develop a programme of training and events that will help business in Dungarvan to flourish. Please take five minutes to answer our short survey and we will do our best to deliver a programme that will meet your needs. As a thank you for participating in this survey we will do a draw in Jan 2014 to offer a FREE place on one of our short (half day) training courses of your choice. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7TKDQF7 Thank you very much for your time!

Message from Mags Durand O’ Connor - Manager Dungarvan Enterprise Centre I am delighted to say that I have had my contract renewed for two years. I would like to thank everyone for their support over the last two years, I've enjoyed every minute and am very grateful for the ease with which I was welcomed into the local business community. I would like to wish all our clients and visitors a very happy and prosperous New Year!


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