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DEC’S FIRST EVER CHRISTMAS MARKET Women’s Enterprise Network in association with Waterford County Enterprise Board hosted a ‘Main Street Mini-Market’ at the Dungarvan Enterprise centre on Wednesday 12 th December. This was the first time for Dungarvan Enterprise Centre to host a Christmas Mini Market, and was a great opportunity for WEN members to showcase and sell their wares. We would like to thank everyone who came along on the day to support the event. HOW TO MAXIMISE OUR CHRISTMAS SPENDS WORKSHOP WEN met at Dungarvan Enterprise Centre on Monday, 19th November for a Workshop on ‘Marketing & Merchandising for Christmas’. Aoife from the Marketing Table hosted the workshop and gave our members hints and tips on how to be economical and maximise our Christmas spends this year.

THANK YOU TO TQS INTEGRATION! TQS Integration very generously donated 2 laptops for our Coder Dojo, which will now commence in January 2013. The Coder Dojo is a not for profit global movement providing free and open learning to young people, in the area of IT. Dojos are set up, run by and taught by volunteers. CoderDojo has just one rule: “Above All: Be Cool“, bullying, lying, wasting people’s time and so on is ‘uncool’.


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We are currently seeking old laptops for our Coder Dojo learners and mentors, so if anyone has any to spare and would like to donate one to an excellent organisation, we would really appreciate it if you would send it our way.. Thank you.

DEC’S TRADEWINDS VISIT Three students visited Dungarvan Enterprise Centre from Canada on Monday 26th November. These students are part of the ‘Tradewinds’ Student Exchange programme. A mandatory module these students have to take as part of their semester in WIT is Enterprise and Regional development. Tradewinds is an International Exchange program that provides students with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and competencies that support their future work in regional economic development, entrepreneurship and other contemporary subjects. While studying abroad, students will be earning course credits at their exchange school that will easily transfer back to their diploma or degree program at their home school. The Higher Education Institutions involved in Tradewinds are: Fanshaw College, Ontario, Canada University of Frase Valley, British Columbia, Canada Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada Brittany school of Management, Brest, France University of Glamorgan, Wales Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland


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Enterprise and regional development are mandatory subjects for students on this programme. As part of them getting a better appreciation of Ireland's enterprise policies and how enterprise copes in the current economic climate in Ireland it was decided to take them to visit a number of enterprises in the South East to talk to the owner/managers of these organisations. Dungarvan Enterprise Centre was delighted to have a tenant chosen in this International Programme. Students visited Rosie Plummer Mansfield of TEFL to ask her about her enterprise, Ireland's enterprise policies, and how her enterprise copes in the current economic climate. Speaking after the visit Rosie Plummer Mansfield said “I was delighted by the enthusiasm and interest from the visiting WIT students; it was a pleasure to introduce them to TEFL Express. It's key to look at how companies can create success stories in recessionary times and for students to have access to real companies, not just text book examples." TEFL EXPRESS GRABS BEST E-BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY AWARD AT FBD BUSINESS AWARDS 2012 Congratulations to Rosie Mansfield of TEFL Express Ltd. who won the E-Business & Technology Award sponsored by TQS Integration at the FBD Business Awards that took place on Friday, 2nd November last. Guests were treated to a very memorable night at the fabulous Lismore Castle.

Ca theri ne McCa rthy WCEB, Rosie Plummer, TEFL Express, Mags Dura nd, DEC

Dunga rvan Enterprise Centre were delighted to sponsor the awa rd for ‘Bes t Newcomer to Business’ Pi ctured accepting the a ward a re Maureen Betts & Cheryl Lane of Once Upon a Child


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Dungarvan Enterprise Centre was also proud to sponsor the Start up Business Award and would like to extend their congratulations to the winners of this award – ‘Once Upon a child’. Microfinance Ireland to Help Provide Loans to Waterford’s Small Businesses The owners of ‘micro-enterprises’ and new start-ups in Waterford who have been refused credit by the banks, can now apply through the Waterford County Enterprise Board for loans of up to €25,000. The new government scheme, operated by Microfinance Ireland, is aimed at existing and start-up businesses in Waterford with less than 10 employees and a turnover of less than €2m. Loans can be used towards business start-up costs, expansion plans or general working capital. Nationwide, the 10 year scheme is expected to assist 5,500 micro-enterprises, helping to create an estimated 7,700 jobs. To be eligible to apply for a loan, Microfinance Ireland has said that small business owners must have a commercially viable business proposal and must have been turned down for credit by a bank. In those cases, business owners and new start-ups are being encouraged to talk to Waterford County Enterprise Board, who will assist them with the application process. Where assistance with the application process is not required, existing busines ses and start-ups may apply directly to Microfinance Ireland, through www.microfinanceireland.ie The Chairperson of Microfinance Ireland, Ms. Geraldine Kelly, said: “Over the ten years of this scheme, we hope to provide up to €90 million in lending to micr o-enterprises and new start-ups across Ireland. She added “Importantly, this scheme is open to sole traders, partnerships and limited companies, which employ less than ten people, across all industry types and business sectors”. Set-up through the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation under the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, the Microfinance Loan scheme was announced in September of this year by Minister Mr. Richard Bruton, T.D.


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WORKHOUSE PROJECT COULD CREATE UP TO 60 JOBS FOR WATERFORD A FORMER Famine workhouse has been earmarked for a major renewal and remembrance project which has the potential to create between 40 and 60 new jobs in arts, cultural, commercial and other support activities. Kilmacthomas Workhouse already provides twelve professional, visual artists and designers with an environment which supports and promotes the set up of small craft businesses. The members live in the village of Kilmacthomas and have been welcomed and supported by the local community. Now Waterford County Enterprise Board has put together a plan for the historic, listed building. The visionary initiative is supported by local government and the Barry family which owns the building. It is now hoped the proposed redevelopment will get LEADER and government support to allow the â‚Ź5m project to proceed. The phased project proposes the redevelopment of the buildings to accommodate an expanded Workhouse Design Studios with working, exhibition and living space for up to 25 artists. The core of the remembrance theme is the creation of a Museum of Workhouse Narratives and a Workhouse Memorial Garden and Sculpture Park. A report on the development has suggested that the Workhouse will have the potential to employ between 40 and 60 people, in a range of Arts, cultural, commercial and support activities. There are significant potential spin-off benefits for the local community, the report suggests. Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Minister Jimmy Deenihan who unveiled the plans for the development of the Union Workhouse building said. “As Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, I am especially pleased that this project includes the creation of a famine memorial garden, which will honour our forebears who suffered and perished during this dreadful period in our nation's history.


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“I have no doubt that once the project comes to fruition, Kilmacthomas Workhouse will be a stand out facility not only in the Waterford and South East Artistic scene, but also on the Irish Artistic Scene,” the Minister said. County Manager Denis McCarthy said a cooperative approach between communities, private businesses and the agencies in progressing projects such as this is imperative. “There are over 20,000 community groups in Ireland. If each of these delivered one additional job, it would equal the effort of IDA and Enterprise Ireland”, he said. Creative Director Claire McAlister said the twelve businesses working from the Workhouse Studios have fostered and grown in the challenging economic climate and difficult working conditions. Their success in the face of such adversity strengthens the argument for better working conditions and investing in the project, she said. There is no other facility of this type within the county or indeed, in the country, according to Waterford County Enterprise Board CEO Anike Tyrrell. . “The focus on business training, combined with outstanding execution is unique in Ireland. The initiative came about as a collaboration involving ourselves and Frank McQuillan of the VEC, Caroline Madden of NCAD and with active support from local government and enormous help and encouragement from the Barry family who own the building.” Quoting from Arts and Heritage Consultant Michael O’Reilly’s report, Anike revealed that; “In conducting his analysis, it became clear that the Kilmacthomas Workhouse offers the potential for an outstanding arts project, located in buildings of national importance, on a site which is amenable to development for cultural tourism with attendant retail and leisure possibilities.” There is no contradiction between pursuing these themes of Renewal and Remembrance on the one hand, and creating a commercially viable, indeed successful, venue on the other, the report also suggests. “There is a strong case to be made for the renewal of this Workhouse as a place of creativity and imagination, combined with a contemplative but informative space for remembrance and reflection. This is an entirely different approach that combines Renewal and Remembrance in a single endeavour where each element of the proposed development complements the others and contributes to the whole.” Designers currently operating out of Workhouse Studios include Ann Nolan Textiles, Sabrina Meyns Jewellery, Adele Stanley Ceramics, Laura McNamara Ceramics, Lisa Burns Ceramics,


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Jenny Watkins Ceramics & Painting, Doireann O’Riordan Jewellery, Amy Bible Ceramics and Emma Moore Ceramics. Other designers working there include Claire McAlister, Pattie Parkurst Metalwork and Jewellery and Patrick Galvey Ceramics.

DUNGARVAN ENTERPRISE CENTRE CELEBRATES 1ST BIRTHDAY! Dungarvan Enterprise Centre was in operation for 1 year on 5 th December last. In the past twelve months the centre has been offering a comprehensive range of services to the local business community. The centre is almost at full occupancy, with just one office space remaining FREE!! The key objective of DEC is to stimulate business and Enterprise in West Waterford, while supporting the local business community. This objective is met by providing office space, meeting room hire, mentoring and event management at very reasonable rates. In addition, the centre offers a number of free services to start-up and growing businesses including flyer display, promotion through our newsletter and social media sites, general business advice and facilitation of networking and seminars. The centre also offers affordable practical business training and has provided training in areas as diverse as social media, cloud computing, selfeffectiveness, e-tendering and marketing over the last year. The office spaces at the centre are of a very high spec and are offered at affordable rates, starting at €180 per month including management fee and VAT. The centre also offers subsidised high speed broadband and VOIP telephony, with built-in IT support. The centre currently houses 8 businesses, which equates to 18 people employed within the centre. Mags Durand O’ Connor, centre Manager says, “We have also provided room hire to a variety of clients including FAS, LEADER and Waterford WEN numbering over 200 people having accessed our facilities over the past year.

Happy Christmas Waterford!! Everyone at the Waterford County Enterprise Board and DEC wishes you a very Happy Christmas and an Enterprising New Year! We look forward to working with you and your business in 2013!


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