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chamberlink ISSUE 03 2018

Celebrating All things Digital


confident city


Business of Culture


Chamber Republic



Tomorrow Together


Confident City


Business of Culture


Preparing for Brexit


In the Chair with Brendan Keating, Chief Executive Port of Cork


Celebrating all things Cork and all things Digital




Scrubex: Medical Innovation from O’Flynn Medical


Always Learning, Learning Always


Tomorrow Together


Why Study at UCC


Upcoming Events


Out & About


Why Asia Matters


Why Asia Matters


AIB Cork enhances its offering to SME Market

22-23 New Members 24-25 Members News 26

Welcome to

the latest edition of Chamberlink, keeping you informed of key policy and business issues, events and news stories from across the region.

The summer months offer such great opportunity to enjoy our great city region with June already hosting a range of activities from the Harbour Festival, to Midsummer Festival and Cork Summer Show. This level of activity continues throughout the summer and we encourage you to get out and about to sample all the region has to offer in terms of a vibrant city centre, award winning food, stunning beaches, pretty villages and of course the great people. We are embracing the fun of the sun and have added a Summer Garden Party, in association with Viatel, to our events calendar. This is a great opportunity to gather your team, colleagues, friends and family to a fun-filled evening in the beautiful grounds of the Maryborough Hotel.

As we build on our vision to make Cork the best place to do business, we have taken the opportunity to look at how the heart of our city functions with leaders from Arts and Cultural sector. At a breakfast event in Nano Nagle place they discussed how they are intertwined with the economics and business of running a city. We welcomed the Academy of Urbanism who brought over 200 experts in the areas of planning, architecture and urbanism to discuss how we can learn from international experiences in engaging a busy, rapidly evolving and diverse society. We have seen some hugely positive developments over the past year, with many more in the rapid stages of planning and building, bringing confidence and optimism to our city. With the National Planning Framework placing a significant emphasis on Cork and the National Development Plan allocating a lot more investment here, it is important that we work together to realise Cork’s full potential.

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Your Adrenaline Rush Awaits

With a huge amount of uncertainty and change facing British politics and the unknown impact of Brexit, we are committed to keeping you informed. In this edition we have a special feature from our colleagues in Chambers Ireland with some practical tips on how to get prepared. Finally I encourage you all to get involved with the Cork Digital Marketing Awards. There are 18 categories so something for everyone and offers huge exposure for all the finalists, with thanks to Granite Digital and Red FM for their support.


Conor Healy Chief Executive, Cork Chamber. T +353 (0)87 9471858 E conor@corkchamber.ie


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Confide nt Cit y This article originated in the Sunday Business Post, with questions asked by Graham Clifford. Clearly there’s been an upturn in growth, development and economic activity in Cork and the wider region over the last 12 to 24 months - do you feel the city has turned a corner and if so what are the clearest signs of a more vibrant local economy?


2018 is indeed a time of opportunity and excitement for Cork. Ireland 2040 provides a resounding endorsement of Cork as Ireland’s second city, the fastest growing city region over the next 20 years and the fulcrum of the entire Southern Region. One need only look to the steady level of development and planning applications as a measure. There is over 1 million square feet of private sector led office space in the pipeline, some under construction with plans for elegant towers and the construction of sustainable office developments and accommodation inching further along the banks of the Lee in our docklands, an area with unrivalled potential nationally and even further afield. Our higher-level institutions are investing in the City centre, a school of business in one quarter, an art and design campus in another. There are over 2,300 student beds in planning and development. Hotels are turning underutilised properties into exciting visitor destinations with over 1,000 hotel rooms in planning or construction. Global financial services and ICT providers are locating hundreds of jobs in the city and endorsing our suburban business parks with hundreds more while a thriving life-science and agrifood sector continues to generate significant levels of new investment. Of course, there is more to it than this. The current growth is a product of incessant challenging and progression led by individuals and businesses in every sector. But it is also a story of cohesion.

In Cork the business community and stakeholders are united in transforming Cork from being a great place to do business to being the best place for business, coming together across a range of initiatives to drive this vision. As an example, we have an exceptionally vibrant ICT cluster with a recent tech talent survey by Collins McNicholas showing 85% who have located here as being satisfied or very satisfied with their move and 80% saying that their work/life balance improved as a result of moving here. Our Financial Services Forum drives an ever-strengthening sector with a track record and serious appetite for growth. In tourism, a sector of ever increasing activity, our airport passenger and route numbers paint a picture of steady traction with Visit Cork promoting a single tourism brand, #PureCork, that paints a picture of what Cork is all about, complimenting a hugely successful business tourism offering. Are businesses in Cork more bullish about the future or are their fears that Brexit may scupper all the progress made? Business confidence has been in excess of 90% for quite some time currently holding at 91% yet paradoxically Brexit is consistently among the top 3 business threats alongside changing consumer spending patterns and competitiveness. It is the backdrop to everything but rather than dwell on an obstacle, most want to engage in a proactive conversation about a growth agenda. 52% expect employee numbers to grow over the next 12 months, 45% to stay the same, only 3% expecting a decrease. Brexit remains intangible for many, with various surveys showing single

digit percentages of SMEs planning for Brexit. That said, many are very focussed and are looking at options such as mergers and acquisitions to maintain a foothold in each jurisdiction. Market diversification is another option being explored, but it doesn’t happen overnight, everything from logistics to market fit and culture must be aligned for this to work and these explorative costs are prohibitive for many. With the €300 million Brexit loan scheme, there is accessible capital but the uptake on this will be one to watch, perhaps accelerating as we approach next March. What are the greatest opportunities available to Cork business in the short to medium term? In Cork, with the context of Ireland 2040 the National Development Plan and our strong economic growth, there is a great opportunity to cement our reputation as a thriving second city region on an international stage. There will be a minimum 5,000 new jobs coming on stream in the City centre alone over the next couple of years. High value jobs that will stimulate the national economy and our local businesses alike. To facilitate this, there must be progress on the development of a light rail corridor for Cork. A dedicated public transport corridor will support jobs, sustainable commuting and the drive for a thriving high-density city. It is essential that a modal shift akin to that recently reported in Dublin is realised in Cork, if it is to continue to shine as an international location for business.

And the greatest challenges both of a local and international nature? Increasing economic protectionism and the rise of populism globally are ever present threats to economic stability and growth. In the context of Brexit it is clear that no status quo can be taken for granted and it is not beyond the realm of possibility that further significant changes take place across Europe. The availability of housing for workers is an ongoing national challenge and in Cork we are working to ensure it doesn’t become a limiting factor to business. It has a significant bearing on the cost of business putting pressure on wages and is particularly challenging for

those wishing to enter the market. The urban and rural regeneration funds valued at €3 billion provide an exceptional opportunity to address this in a sustainable fashion. In Cork we have two areas of opportunity; the addition of housing in towns well served by public transport; and the intensification of high density in our City and adjacent to public transport corridors. At the docklands, we have an unrivalled opportunity with 220 hectares of brownfield, waterfront land ready for development, with apartments recently consented at Horgan’s Quay adjacent to the train station and within minutes’ walk of the city centre. Our challenge is to use this opportunity, and not to sprawl which would be a real own goal at this time of opportunity. Diversity in the workplace provides an ongoing opportunity to further drive social cohesions which is critical to the stability of business, to create opportunities to attract people such as busy parents into the workplace and to reinforce the appeal for talent considering locating in Ireland from overseas either as individuals or as prospective investors. For example, in our recent economic survey 72% of respondents support flexible working hours. Childcare supports are an example of an area that needs improvement and will be a focal point of our 2019 budgetary submission.


A dedicated public transport corridor will support jobs, sustainable commuting and the drive for a thriving highdensity city. It is essential that a modal shift akin to that recently reported in Dublin is realised in Cork


At the centre of this is the ever present potential to realise growth by simply proactively engaging in the business community. Building knowledge and connections is still of immense value and the environment in Cork is as lively as ever with new faces pushing boundaries and challenging current practices every day. As a Chamber we want this to continue. We have just launched a new strategic plan for the next 3 years combined with exciting new member services including complimentary membership for start-ups, a reduced not for profit rate and begun a partnership with Republic of Work, an exceptional co-working space in the heart of the city offering our members free and reduced rate access. In short, Corks business community is moving apace, advancing business together.

Is there now an acceptance that the city boundaries will extend and if so what impact might that have on the city? The city boundary extension is confirmed and progressing, but it is critical that implementation is without delay. It will give Cork a City boundary that is more representative of the reality of current scale and that will also accommodate future growth. The City population figure will double to over 200,000 and then jump beyond 300,000 as set out in Ireland 2040 with a metropolitan population in excess of 500,000. This is a true acknowledgement of current scale and future opportunity. Most critically, relative to 12 months ago, there is now certainty regarding the changes which is important for business. We have the structures, we have the 2040 commitments and we are now focussed on delivering together.




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Business Of Culture

Midsummer Business Break fast in association with Irish Examiner

A panel – chaired by Orla Flynn, CIT and Honorary Secretary Cork Chamber - comprising Mary McCarthy, Director of the Crawford Gallery, Jean Brennan, Cork City Arts Officer, Shane Clarke, CEO Nano Nagle Place, and Lorraine Maye, Director Cork Midsummer Festival, explored a range of themes including the importance of connectivity and dialogue between businesses and arts and cultural organisations, the role of the City in supporting arts and cultural infrastructure, and the importance of art and culture having a voice in


high-level discussions on economic and spatial strategy. Orla Flynn, also a member of the Board of Cork Midsummer Festival, welcomed everyone to the breakfast and said: “Midsummer’s Day is a time for a little bit of madness, a time to be bold and adventurous, a time to step out of our comfort zones. Engagement with arts and culture is a real way to have difficult conversations and deal with hard topics. Art and culture IS big business in Cork and this needs to be more widely understood.” There was excellent audience interaction with a range of contributions and suggestions; there was special thanks to the Cork Chamber team for facilitating this opportunity and we look forward to continued dialogue.

Art and Culture ARE big business in Cork and this needs to be more widely understood.


The Cork Chamber Breakfast on 21 June at Nano Nagle Place, sponsored by the Irish Examiner, was held in collaboration with Cork Midsummer Festival, and the overall theme was the role played by arts and culture in the shaping of the city.


Chamber Midsummer Business Breakfast at Nano Nagle Centre: Shane Clarke, CEO, Nano Nagle Place; Mary McCarthy, Director, Crawford Art Gallery; Orla Flynn, Honorary Secretary Cork Chamber; Lorraine Maye, Director, Cork Midsummer Festival and Jean Brennan, Arts Officer, Cork City Council.


Eibhlin Gleeson and Pat Carey, Cork Opera House with Sinead Dunphy, Cork Jazz Festival, and Gearoid O’Flynn, Bank of Ireland.

3 Orla Flynn, Honorary Secretary Cork Chamber welcomes everyone to the Midsummer Business Breakfast.

Pictures: Larry Cummins



Pre paring for Bre xit Emma Kerins, EU and International Affairs Manager, Chambers Ireland

However, with the June Council meeting quickly approaching, negotiations concerning the UK’s exit from the EU have failed to progress to the degree that provides any real clarity around the kind of future trading relationship the EU is likely to have with the UK. Further, the lack of detail from the UK’s side regarding the back-stop arrangement for Northern Ireland is hampering progress on the final Withdrawal Agreement, which will be required for a transitional arrangement to be in place. From the perspective of the business community, it is starting to seem as if the closer we approach to the March 2019 exit deadline, the less certain it is what kind of environment they will be navigating after the UK leaves the EU. This is damaging business confidence and making it harder for companies to plan for their budgets and future investments. The questions businesses are asking concern whether there will be a transitional arrangement in place following March 2019 and if not, will businesses be dealing with the “cliff edge” scenario of WTO tariffs and customs checks?


With nine months to go to the UK’s exit from the EU, businesses are still no clearer on what the future trading relationship will look like, with the consequences being that investment decisions and the

future planning of operations are being negatively impacted. For example, business will need at least a year to prepare, where authorities will need to introduce new Customs Procedures while also recruiting additional customs officials both in the UK, Ireland and the EU. Further, IT systems will need significant investment to cope with the potential ten-fold increase in the number of declarations required. The fact that there is still no concrete solution to the Northern Irish border and how this will be managed postBrexit is also concerning.

For example, expert advice has suggested that the following steps should be taken by Irish companies who are involved in trading with the UK; 1.

2. In the interim, Government must also do more to support Irish business in preparing for Brexit. This includes the delivery of the committed increases to investment in infrastructure, particularly our roads and ports. This infrastructure will be crucial for the business community, specifically our exporters, if they are to successfully adjust to the post-Brexit trading landscape. There are no guarantees that Irish and EU traders will be able to continue to use the UK “land bridge” between Ireland and the continent following the UK’s departure from the EU. Ensuring that our ports have the capacity to cope with new customs obligations will be critical. Further, our ability to continue to attract foreign investment and our ability to diversify the markets in which we trade will be if we are to maintain growth as an economy. As such, Government must continue to focus on enhancing our national competitiveness and resourcing Irish firms to compete abroad as much as possible in preparation for whatever form Brexit takes. However, in the absence of progress in the negotiations, there are steps that businesses can take which, in the words Michel Barnier will help them “hope for the best while preparing for the worst”.

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Review your supply chain and map out imports and exports to and from the UK Assess the impact of tariffs on a worst case and best case scenario Identify the level of customs awareness within the Company Assess the potential increase in the costs of customs compliance Look at applying for Trusted Trader Status


Government must continue to focus on enhancing our national competitiveness and resourcing Irish firms to compete abroad as much as possible in preparation for whatever form Brexit takes


Ahead of the March EU Council meeting earlier this year, Chambers Ireland published results of a survey of the Irish Chamber Network, revealing that an overwhelming majority of Chambers (97%) believe a transition period following the UK’s exit from EU next March will be necessary and with three quarters of Chambers responding to the survey recommending that a transition period will need to last longer than two years, if businesses are expected to have enough time to prepare.

For questions about Brexit, the negotiations and how business can prepare, please contact emma.kerins@chambers.ie


IN THE CHAIR with Brendan Keating, Chief Executive, Port of Cork

To begin, tell us a little about you and your background

What is your business goal for the future?

I’m a native of Galway but I was educated in Rockwell College in Tipperary before completing a B Comm in University College Galway. Following university, I embarked on a career in local government which took me from Meath to Cork, where I was assistant city manager, before moving north to Limerick, where I became city manager in 1999. I returned to Cork in 2002 to take up the position of Chief Executive of the Port of Cork Company.

I want to ensure that I leave a lasting legacy for the Port of Cork, that the company is future-proofed and well positioned to serve the region’s future needs. If I can achieve that, then I’ll have accomplished my goal.

All those years in local government have proved invaluable as although my environment now is different in that you’re operating in a commercial world in the port business, but from a managerial perspective, very many of the issues remain the same. The experience I had has stood me in good stead in this business.

What are some the highlights of your career? Most recently, seeing the start construction of the new Cork Container Terminal in Ringaskiddy which was a huge milestone as the Port has been actively working towards the expansion of our existing facilities for a long number of years now. During my time in Cork City I was very involved in the implementation of the CLUTS (Cork Land Use Transportation Study) which delivered some of the road infrastructure that we now have in the city.

What has been your greatest business achievement and challenge? Challenges arise daily, some greater than others in many shapes and sizes but for me I always see a challenge as an opportunity to learn. That in itself is an achievement in my eyes.

What is your top business tip? Never forget those who have helped you along the way! Throughout my career, I have been lucky to have worked with and met some exceptional people. Networking and maintaining connections is such a huge part of my day-to-day work and it’s so important to give time to meeting with people, whether direct customers or otherwise.

What makes the Port of Cork unique? We are one of just three ‘Tier 1’ ports in Ireland of national significance. Cork harbour also has the unique advantage of natural depth which allows us to accommodate larger ships and of course our geographical location makes us a key gateway to Europe. We are proud that we also offer Ireland’s only dedicated cruise berth in Cobh, which this year will see 94 cruise liners visiting Cork bringing a huge boost to the local economy. On a personal level, what really makes the Port of Cork unique for me is our people – our staff and other service providers who work closely with the Port. They have all given outstanding commitment to service and to sustaining the business and trade. They have dedicated their lives to working in the port, historically and today. They don’t consider it work, they consider it a way of life. They have been a huge part of the success of the company and are all extremely proud to work here.

Tell us about the recent Port of Cork €80m Cork Container Terminal Development in Ringaskiddy We have just commenced the construction phase of the project which is due to be completed in 2020. This state of the art facility is the most significant single investment in marine infrastructure and superstructure in the history of the Port of Cork Company. The Cork Container Terminal will initially offer a 360 metre quay with 13 metre depth alongside and will enable larger ships to berth in Ringaskiddy. The development also includes the construction of a 13.5 hectare terminal and associated buildings as well as two ship to shore gantry cranes and container handling equipment. This development will secure the future of the Port of Cork and ensures that we can accommodate current and future container shipping.


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Ce le br ating All Things Digital & All Things Cork! Launch of Cork Digital Marketing Awards 2018 Cork Chamber Skillnet, a leading provider of high-quality, enterpriseled professional training solutions, is delighted to announce the 2018 Cork Digital Marketing Awards. Nominations are now open, with 18 different categories, Cork businesses have ample opportunity to showcase their digital successes and achievements. The theme for the 2018 Awards is All Things Cork and that is what these Awards are all about; celebrating the digital, social and online work that Cork businesses are doing so well, raising the bar year on year through creative and innovative marketing. We are delighted to have Granite Digital as headline sponsor for the Awards this year. As one of Ireland’s leading Digital Agencies, Granite have a proven record for crafting digital solutions that deliver results and new business for their clients nationwide, through custom web applications development and search engine marketing. “The Cork Digital Marketing Awards are the premier event in Cork recognising digital success, so for Granite it was a natural fit to align directly with the awards and we are proud to be lead sponsors this year,” stated Seamus White, Director & Co-Founder of Granite Digital. “This is the fifth year of the Cork Digital Marketing Awards, an opportunity for Cork companies to highlight the incredible

work that they do, stimulating our local digital economy, creating innovative digital workplaces and a thriving digital community,” stated Aoife Dunne, Cork Chamber Training Manager. “The standard of entries has grown year on year and there can be no doubt that Cork businesses are playing a key role in the rapidly evolving digital world and using platforms to reach markets beyond our county and national bounds.” The 2018 Award Categories look at best website across several categories and social media use on the following platforms; Facebook, Twitter, Video & Instagram along with a new category, Best Digital Marketing Campaign. Bringing the theme to life will be the Best Use of Digital Marketing to Showcase Cork and Best Use of Digital Marketing for the Greater Good (CSR), which will give Cork businesses a forum to promote the work that often goes unnoticed. Whilst not everyone can be a winner on the night, it is indeed an evening of celebration, with the Awards night trending across social media nationally each year, and with RED FM as our media partner they are sure to add to the party on the night! In 2017 representatives from over 100 companies saw Himalaya Yoga Valley take home the ultimate prize as the Overall Digital Marketing Champion.

“Everybody at Himalaya Yoga Valley is thrilled with the awards! It is something we look forward to every year and it really does inspire you and drive you on to improve your Digital Marketing activities year on year and it is also lovely to see small businesses being recognised for their work,” stated Marion Courtney, Business Development Manager, Himalaya Yoga Valley.

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Top Tips for a great Entry! •


Case Studies – the best entries are concise case studies on how companies work their digital/ social media. A start, a middle and an end work the best. Don’t be insular – members of the general public will be looking at your entry so your submission should be about explaining to them how you operate.

Real numbers - the judges scorecard has points for metrics so give real metrics. “Grew a lot” or “doubled” without giving actual numbers are not the metrics we are looking for. Less is not more but too much is too much - Each section of your entry has specific word counts so put some work into each section.

Treat each category as an independent entity - Copying & pasting the same submission into several categories won’t do you any good. Each category is different and a generic entry means no focus and lower marks.

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Cork Digital Marketing Award 2018 Categories 1.

Best Website – New Business


Best Website – Small Business


Best Website – Medium Business


Best Website – Large Business


Best E-Commerce Website


Best Use of Instagram – less than 30 employees


Best Use of Instagram – 30 or more employees


Best Use of Twitter – less than 20 employees


Best Use of Twitter – 20 or more employees


Best Use of Video – less than 30 employees


Best Use of Video – 30 or more employees


Best Use of Facebook – New Business


Best Use of Facebook – Small Business


Best Use of Facebook – Medium Business


Best Use of Facebook – Large Business


Best Digital Marketing Campaign


Best Use of Digital Marketing to Showcase Cork


Best Use of Digital Marketing for the Greater Good



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Medical Innovation from O’Flynn Medical by Aileen Hickie Cooper

What one wears is taken often by others as an essential signal of status. Clothes make the man is a proverb that finds its origin in ancient Greece and was recorded first in the English language in the early 15th century. That was very true of the medical profession worldwide for generations, where doctors in our hospitals wore lounge suits under white coats as they did their rounds, as if they were like solicitors or accountants or other professionals. Nurses wore tight fitting, conservative and often impractical white dresses, the colour almost daring an assumption that they would be kept spotlessly clean. Appearance seemed to take priority – to depict authority perhaps – without due care being given to appropriateness, practicality and hygiene. What good was a white dress with a patient’s blood on it? Fortunately, that has changed in recent years. Today many nurses and doctors working in certain areas of healthcare are wearing scrubs. But the transition has not always been smooth. Even to this day some hospital staff are required to bring home their hospital wear, with the option of washing it or not, which, given the advances in knowledge about the transmission and spread of germs and illness seems almost reckless. Thankfully, medical staff working in critical areas in hospitals all over Ireland and UK can now access the clothing that they need through a scrub dispensing and returns system that has been introduced by a progressive business in rural County Cork. ScrubEx is an innovative system from O’Flynn Medical that is located in hospitals and other facilities and is accessible to anyone with the correct authorisation. ScrubEx is a scrub dispenser and returns system for use by those staff working in operating theatres and other areas of a hospital. It is also popular for those working in the pharmaceutical industry and anyone employed in food processing and manufacturing facilities.


Essentially what the ScrubEx system does, is it gives rapid access to garments, using existing ID cards or similar, which can be essential to those in medical and other industries. As a result there is minimal disruption to the already pressurised working day. Less than six seconds is all it takes for an authorised staff member to access their garments.

Pictured after the successful introduction of Scrubex in Dairygold’s new state of the art Nutritionals Campus in Mallow. Deirdre O’Flynn, O’Flynn Medical (left) with Quality Assurance Manager Robbie Hally (centre) and his team.

ScrubEx has been a great success since O’Flynn Medical brought it to the market in 2008. So successful has it been that the 100th ScrubEx system was installed recently in King’s College Hospital in London. While the practical uses of the ScrubEx system are clear, it is also proving itself to be a worthwhile investment. ScrubEx provides up to a 40% reduction in usage of scrub suit or work wear textiles. This is because it eliminates all unauthorised linen and surgical scrub use. The machine uses a credit system which dictates how many garments a staff member can have at any one time, resulting in reduced garment use while also providing an audit trail of how often and when staff members change and launder their garments. The machines themselves are quick and easy to fill. Overall they can reduce scrub suit or work wear replacement costs by up to 90%. This is what makes the machine so ideally suited to hospitals along with the food manufacturing and processing industries. “ScrubEx does exactly what it says on the tin! When installed, it works to give users what they need, when they need it while simultaneously managing the garment inventory for the facility,” explains Conor O’Flynn, Chief Operations Officer of O’Flynn Medical.

“The Scrubex system successfully manages our garment inventory. It has both reduced the numbers of garments required in the system and also introduced an audit tool to ensure that garments are laundered regularly.” Michael O’Callaghan, Food Safety Manager, Danone Early Life Nutrition, Macroom.

“We try to make a ScrubEx assessment and implementation as easy as possible for companies, by getting to know the current process the facility is using and addressing any local concerns effectively and efficiently prior to a decision being made” he adds. ScrubEx is only one string in the bow of O’Flynn Medical. The family run company was started in 2000 by Tadgh and Anne O’Flynn and has since become one of Ireland’s leading medical supplies companies. Based in Millstreet, Co. Cork, it sells and rents medical equipment and services to hospitals, care facilities and private homes all over Ireland and the UK. The company’s continuous expansion has meant increased employment at the Millstreet based headquarters with an extra four staff members joining the 25 strong team since January of this year. The company also has offices in the UK and Germany as well as regional depots in Dublin, Clonmel, Tralee and Galway. “We have attracted ever increasing interest in the ScrubEx system from the private sector and we hope this will lead to even greater expansion for the company particularly in the food processing and manufacturing areas,” said Tadhg O’Flynn, CEO of O’Flynn Medical. Being a family run company means O’Flynn Medical has a personal appreciation of its clients and values their custom as many are long term customers of the company. “The success of the company can be attributed both to the quality products we supply and particularly to the wonderful team we have who work tirelessly to ensure customer satisfaction,” says Tadhg O’Flynn.

T: 029 21799 E: info@oflynnmedical.com W: www.oflynnmedical.com

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Pictured at the announcement of the new supports for companies are Fionnuala Hendrick, SHH Systems; Barbara-Anne Richardson, Director of Member Services at Cork Chamber; Dick White, Focus Ireland and Deirdre Griffin,Acting Business Development Manager, Cork Chamber.

Tomor row tog ethe r Under our new Strategic Plan and our vision to see Cork as the best place to do business, we continue to work with members and stakeholders to drive a successful, progressive and influential business community. As such we are delighted to build on our offering with free membership for start-ups to support the growth of new business and to also partner with Republic of Work offering all our members free access to this super co-working space.

Suppor ting Star t- Up and Not- for- profit Start-ups under one year in business are being offered free membership of Cork Chamber in a move to support the growth of new, indigenous businesses across Cork.

This offer forms part of the Chamber re-brand and new strategic plan, with revised membership structures and pricing. In addition, non-for-profits are also offered a reduced rate in support of the key role that this sector plays in supporting community and society at large.

 Commenting on the new offer, Barbara-Anne Richardson, Director of Member Services at Cork Chamber, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer one-year complimentary membership to start-ups in their first year of business with the launch of our Pioneer package.”


“Cork Chamber is committed to the SME community with 50% of our member companies employing less than 10 people. Our new benefit led membership model is designed to help businesses on every step of their journey. With over 100 annual events, we can help start-ups get connected to the right people, learn from the people that went before them, and access the right resources to build their profile.

Already, Cork is Ireland’s start up hotspot and leading the way for new company formation and we hope that this initiative will help future leaders of Irish business to reach the next level.”

 Fionnuala Hendrick, Director and CEO of SHH Systems added “Having access to the Pioneer package has been of huge benefit to shhsystems. com an online GDPR management application. It has opened doors and

allowed me to meet members that have helped my business to grow. This is one of the most valuable packages available for start-ups as it puts you in direct contact with the Cork business community.”
 Dick White, Marketing and Fundraising Executive at Focus Ireland, continued: “Cork Chamber offers Focus Ireland a platform to build awareness of our strategy, provides us an opportunity to influence business in Cork, and delivers an invaluable dynamic networking resource into the future for us. I would encourage all charities to make use of this support and the exceptional value it offers.” For further information on how membership can support your business contact Deirdre Griffin E: deirdre@corkchamber.ie T: 021 453 0136

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Partnership to help Cork businesses to innovate and grow. Members of Cork Chamber will be able to enjoy a range of new facilities and benefits as a result of a new partnership being announced today between Cork Chamber and REPUBLIC OF WORK.

space for championing business innovation and we hope to be able to help companies at every size, discover what the future of work means for their industry”.

The partnership, CHAMBER REPUBLIC, will see Cork Chamber and Republic of Work cooperate in a wide range of areas.

Co-host events helping Cork businesses innovate and grow Chamber members will have full access to REPUBLIC OF WORK’s Members Only events and industry briefings. Chamber members will have free access co-working space and discounted meeting rooms

Commenting on the partnership, Conor Healy CEO at Cork Chamber, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be launching ‘Chamber Republic’, this partnership with Republic of Work builds on our vision making Cork the best place for business, working with key groups to empower a successful membership base. Networking is at the core of the Chamber offering and we see this naturally happening in the ROW co-working space creating opportunities and camaraderie. We hope this initiative will inspire more Cork business to think big, collaborate, and ultimately bring new visions to life.” DC Cahalane, CEO of Republic of Work added: “Having just celebrated our first year open at REPUBLIC OF WORK we are tremendously excited about the buzz of commercial activity in the city core of Cork. This new partnership with Cork Chamber will allow the many great Cork companies that comprise the membership of the chamber, access to a city centre base for their activities. REPUBLIC OF WORK is a


This new partnership with Cork Chamber will allow the many great Cork companies that comprise the membership of the Chamber, access to a city centre base for their activities.



We hope this initiative will inspire more Cork business to think big, collaborate, and ultimately bring new visions to life



Pictured at the announcement of the new supports for companies are Caroline Kennedy, Republic of Work; Barbara-Anne Richardson, Director of Member Services at Cork Chamber and DC Cahalane, CEO Republic of Work.


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Why study with ACE at UCC? • We combine academic expertise with industry focus • We offer dedicated support for adult learners • Our teaching teams comprise both UCC academic experts and senior practitioners in the relevant field • Our courses are rated highly by employers and graduates alike • Many of our courses are also accredited by leading professional bodies in the respective sector

Who should apply? Professionals who wish to progress or further develop their careers by studying at an internationally recognised 5 star university on a part-time basis.

How are courses delivered? • Part-time evening/weekend classes to allow students to work and study at the same time • Learning supported via online tools

Part-time Courses Available Industry focused courses from Certificate to Masters level including: • Certificate in Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (level 6) • Diploma in Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (Construction) (level 7) • Certificate in Procurement Management (level 8) • Higher Diploma in Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (level 8) • Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management (level 8) • Higher Diploma in Coaching and Coaching Psychology (level 8) • Postgraduate Certificate in (Bio)Pharma Processing (level 9) • MSc / Postgraduate Certificate in Personal and Management Coaching (level 9) • MSc in Human Resource Management (level 9) • MSc / Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management (level 9)

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Creating opportunities and facilitating the sharing of experiences by connecting you with each other is central to growing our local economy. By attending events you will have the opportunity to meet with business leaders, network with your peers and develop meaningful business connections. See more at CorkChamber.ie

Summ e r Gar de n Par t y

An nual Go lf Cl assic 2018

in association with Viatel

at Cork Golf Club

Date: Friday 27 July Time: 7pm - 11pm Venue: Maryborough Hotel Gardens Cost: €60 per person / 2 for €100 Group Bookings Welcome

Date: Thursday 6 September Time: 7.30am – 2.30pm Venue: Cork Golf Club, Little Island Cost: €400 ( + VAT) per team of 4

Summer is not just a season, it’s a state of mind and we want to celebrate Summer with you by rolling out the bunting and letting our hair down at the Summer Garden party this July. We have made an executive decision - business suits and business cards are banned – I mean, it’s a party like! So, turn off your mail, put down the laptop and grab your nearest and dearest, your party people, your regular work-aday posse and get yourselves over to the Maryborough gardens for a night of buzz and banter at the Summer Garden Party 2018! We will have chilled cocktails, smooth Summer sounds, fabulous fusion food, brewskis on ice and selfie fun, we just need some Summer vibes and you!

Attention golf enthusiasts! The Cork Chamber Annual Golf Classic returns on Thursday 6th September and will be held in the spectacular surrounds of Cork Golf Club. With a fourball scramble format, this event is always a fun, exciting day out - perfect for teambuilding, informal networking, corporate entertainment or just a really enjoyable round of golf. The Cork Golf Club is routed through an exceptional landscape incorporating old limestone quarries and the inner reaches of Cork Harbour. We have some top-notch prizes lined up to be won on the day and are delighted to once again be running our very popular Holein-One Competition for charity, supported by Jaguar at Johnson & Perrott. As always, all funds raised for the Hole in One competition will be donated to Cork Chamber charities. The Golf Classic is sure to sell out so register your team early to avoid disappointment!

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Lunch on the Brittany Ferries “Pont-Aven” Date: Saturday 15 September Time: 12pm – 3pm Venue: Pont Aven Ringaskiddy Cost: €60 members / €65 non members You will be transported to France without leaving Ringaskiddy Port as our extremely popular annual luncheon aboard the Brittany Ferries flagship vessel the “PontAven” will be once again held in association with the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce. The PontAven is a luxury ferry with the feel of a cruise ship that travels weekly between Cork and Roscoff - the shortest, fastest ferry crossing from Ireland to France. This event provides you with an exclusive opportunity to see the fantastic facilities available on board while enjoying a charming afternoon in wonderful company. Your three hour French escape will begin with an “Apéritif” drinks reception in the ship’s Bar Le Grand Pavois followed by a sumptuous luncheon prepared by the best of French chefs and served with specially selected French wines. Book your tickets now to sample the authentic French on-board experience of Pont-Aven for yourself - tu le mérites!


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OUT & ABOUT Busi n ess Br e akfasts in associatio n with Ir ish E x am in e r

Cork Chamber Business Breakfast in association with the Irish Examiner at the Kingsley Hotel were Aidan Forde, Irish Examiner; Dr. Orla Flynn, Honorary Secretary, Cork Chamber; Dr. Barry O’Connor, President Cork Institute of Technology, (guest speaker) and Bill O’Connell, President Cork Chamber. Picture: Denis Minihane.

Midsummer Business Breakfast: (Standing l/r): Aidan Forde, Irish Examiner; Bill O’Connell, President, Cork Chamber; Orla Flynn, Honorary Secretary and Conor Healy, Cork Chamber. Speakers (seated l/r): Shane Clarke, CEO, Nano Nagle Place; Mary McCarthy, Director, Crawford Art Gallery; Lorraine Maye, Director, Cork Midsummer Festival and Jean Brennan, Arts Officer, Cork City Council. Picture: Larry Cummins

The Futur e of Wo r k in associatio n with th e Natio nal R ecruitm e nt Fe de r atio n

Peter Cosgrove, The Future of Work addresses a full house at the joint NRF/Cork Chamber event.

Jo b Shadow Awar ds Cope Foundation Job Shadow Participant awards 2018. This was the 11th year Cope Foundation participated in the National Job Shadow Day. The initiative is a wonderful supportive safe way for a person to move into the workplace for the first time. 73 companies participated across the county, six job offers were secured and three more job pledges. pictured are Marian Hennessy, Ability @ Work Co- Ordinator, Doras Training & Employment Development Services with Cope Foundation Participants who received their Job Shadow Certificates from Naoimh Frawley, Cork Chamber.


Attendees look to the future. Pictures: Darragh Kane

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Clock Out & Co n n ec t at The Oyste r Tave r n

Bill O’Connell, President, Cork Chamber; and Conor Healy, Cork Chamber with Kate Lawlor, Head Chef and Bob Kriva, Oyster Tavern Bar and Restaurant.

Attendees from JRAP O’Meara Solicitors, included Laura Lynch, Tom Coughlan and Grahame Copplestone.

Pearls of wisdom at the Oyster Tavern!

Th e Ar t of N et wo r k ing i n the Cr awfo r d Ar t Galle ry

Alex Chernenko, Translit (centre) with Richard McEvoy and Barry Murphy, Acorn Life.

Tara Ramakar, Aramark with David Cogan and Rachel Howard from Hays Specialist Recruitment.

N e w M e m be r s Br e akfast in associatio n with AIB

Gillian Hennessy, Paul Dennehy, Perry Simpson and Pauline Lynch, at the Cork Chamber new members breakfast, 11th May 2018.

Mary Hayes, Eoin Gunn, AIB (sponsor) and Sean O’Sullivan at the new members breakfast. Pictures: John Sheehan



Why Asia Matters Cork Chamber President Bill O’Connell welcomed delegates on the opening day of the recent Asia Matters Summit, ‘Building Future Cities and Healthy Societies in a Connected World’. The Asia Pacific region is of increasing interest to companies both MNCs and start-ups using technology to scale up globally and drive investment particularly in technology and life sciences sector. Critically, China is now the largest foreign direct investor in the world after America. Japan, however, is the largest Asian investor operating in Ireland. In his address at the Summit, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney outlined that trade from Ireland to Asia in 2017 is estimated to have been worth about €15bn, double

the value of 2013. China has become the third largest market for Irish food and beverages, and the second for Irish dairy and pork products. Specifically, Cork is recognised as a global agri hub with key companies such as Kerry, Carbery and Dairygold contributing to Ireland’s 15 % share of global infant formula. Ireland’s future agriculture and food strategy focusing on developing exports has Asia as one of its cornerstones. Bill O’ Connell, Chamber President reiterated Cork’s significant opportunity to act as a key gateway into Europe, and also as a springboard into the US markets, for Asian companies that are looking to expand. He described how the twinning of Cork and Shanghai has gained a great profile for Cork at local government level in China.

(Above): Bill O’Connell, President Cork Chamber addresses the delegates at the Asia Matters Summit. Main: Cork Asia Matters partners with Dr Orlaigh Quinn, Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation and Luolan Jin, Chinese Embassy.

Exploring Business with Shanghai Cork Chamber welcomed a delegation from Shanghai Chamber of International Commerce recently. The visit came on the eve of a new flight connection between Dublin and Beijing with Hainan Airlines which took off in June. This also follows a new connection between Dublin to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific which commenced on 2 June.


The Shanghai Chamber representatives shared current information on opportunities for Irish businesses to export to the Chinese market as well as build business links and partnerships. Supporting the development of international trade was conveyed as a top priority for the Shanghai region – the country’s biggest city and a global financial hub. The opening up of

the Chinese market for exporters was outlined as well as the supports available for interested companies and sectors of interest including agri-food, professional services and -technology among others. Specifically, a flagship event to signal that Chinese market is open for business is the China International Import Expo set to take place from November 5-10, 2018 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. The Expo is a platform for the promotion of global trade with more than 1,300 companies from over 120 countries and regions expected to attract upwards of 185,000 buyers from China and across the world.

Delegation from Chamber of International Commerce Shangahi visits Cork Chamber.


AIB Cork enhances its offering to the SME Market AIB Bank has been serving the people of Cork since the 1820’s when the Provincial Bank of Ireland opened its first Branch on the South Mall. Since then, the Bank has changed many times, however, what has remained consistent is our commitment to Cork’s Business Community.

Eoin Gunn, Head of Business Banking Cork City with Mark Fitzharris, Head of AIB Cork City.

Over the past year, we have listened to our customers and changed how we support the SME sector by enhancing our Business Advisory team and the sector and product specialists that support it. We are fortunate to have an experienced SME team with a comprehensive understanding of our customers, their businesses and the Cork market. Our key focus is to provide credit and financial backing to our customers and to support employment in the City and County.

John Callanan with his Team of Business Advisors.

In AIB Bank, we have a team of sector specialists who have worked in both industry and banking. These teams work closely with our Business Advisors to ensure quality customer engagements. Through our Corporate Banking, Treasury, Customer Financial Planning and Agri teams we serve a broad range of sectors including Hotels and Leisure, Food, Fishing and Agriculture, Retail, ICT, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Tourism, Logistics and much more.

John Ryan and some of the Business Banking Business Advisor Team

AIB Bank has 34 branches across Cork City and County and each one of these is served by the Business Advisory team. This ensures that there is always someone with experience of the SME sector available to support your business when you visit an AIB Branch. The Business Banking Team is complimented by a dedicated team of Homes Advisors and our experienced team of Branch Managers.

The Business Banking leadership and specialist team.



New membe rs We welcome the following new members

Affidea Cork Healthcare Provider Medical Diagnostic Imaging and Minor Injuries Clinic T: 021 431 9995 E: cork@affidea.com W: affdea.ie Aisling Productions Services Aisling Productions is a video production for SME’s that want to promote their business through the medium of film. T: 085 1118666 E: info@aislingproductions.ie W: www.aislingproductions.ie Alienvault IT Services ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ T: 021 206 3716 E: ywhite@alienvault.com W: https://www.alienvault.com Aoife Collins Coaching & Consulting Education/Training/Languages Supporting individuals & organisations to gain clarity, be at their best & make a positive difference in their career, work & world. Services incl: career & executive coaching, training & consultancy T: 087 2199422 E: aoifecollinscc@gmail.com Aramark Northern Europe Food/Drink Our team of culinary, marketing and operations experts create dining solutions that are on-trend, nutritious, healthy & high-quality. T: 086 4146237 E: ramaker-tara@aramark.ie W: www.aramark.ie Benchmark International Financial Services/Pensions/ Investment Benchmark International is Ireland’s & UK’s market leading Merger & Acquisitions specialist, handling company sales across all areas of both the SME and corporate mid-markets. T: 021 206 3999 E: Ireland@benchmarkcorporate. com W: www.benchmarkcorporate. com


BigPix Media Advertising/Marketing/Market Research A 5m squared, Eye-Catching, LED digital advertising billboard. T: 087 4025270 E: bigpixirl@gmail.com W: www.bigpixirl.wordpress.com CDS Law & Tax Solicitors/Legal Services CDS Law & Tax is a leading law firm specialising in taxation, mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructuring and property. T: 021 2355810 E: info@cdslaw.ie W: cdslaw.ie Census Connections Entertainment/Leisure/Tourism Census Connections provides an online interactive visitor experience to businesses in the heritage and tourism area . T: 087 9481132 E: sinead@censusconnections.ie W: www.censusconnections.ir Clare Mc Sweeney Services A Wellness Specialist working with businesses, corporates, schools & agencies to create tailored wellness solutions for all to thrive. T: 085 2257800 E: claremcsweeeney4@yahoo. com Clon Recruit Recruitment/Executive Search Talent Acquisition Consultancy providing project management and recruitment services in the Engineering, Pharma, IT and Science sectors. T: 086 7714113 E: rebecca.walsh@clonrecruit.com W: www.clonrecruit.com Compliant Solutions Management Consultants Providing high quality consultancy and informational GDPR services to businesses in Cork. T: 086 8259731 E: bob@compliantsolutions.ie W: www.compliantsolutions.ie

ConnectPro(Merchandise) LTD Advertising/Marketing/Market Research Full Service Merchandising Partner. Here at Connect Promotions, we’re real people, with real expertise and real customer care. Let us help you maximise the return from your branded merchandise. T: 021 4345980 E: bobgee@connectpro.ie W: www.connectpro.ie Cork City Ballet Arts ‘’Expertise is a good partner, but no substitute for sophistication.’’ Foley’s vision, approach and style are utterly sophisticated’’ Irish Times T: 086 3565345 E: corkcityballet@yahoo.com W: www.corkcityballet.com Create10 Management Consultants Delivering exceptional, impactful one to one professional coaching, workshops to teams on leadership, performance, innovation and elearning T: 087 6943255 E: info@create10.ie W: www.create10.ie Da Mirco Osteria Restaurant/Bar/Catering Da Mirco Osteria provides a truly unique Italian dining experience, embracing the traditional elements as well as the modern! T: 0212419480 E: infodamirco@gmail.com W: www.damirco.ie Elevare Services Elevare is a provider of Quality Support Services, Security, Cleaning & Facility Management. Established in 2008 we have offices in Cork (HQ), Dublin & London. T: 021 4510866 E: info@elevare.ie W: https://elevare.ie/ EquipCare Restaurant/Bar/Catering EquipCare are a commercial catering equipment sales and service provider based in Cork City. We sell, service and repair catering equipment. T: 086 8618167 E: info@equipcare.ie W: www.equipcare.ie

Estukune / WeCanCork Education/Training/Languages EstuKune (inc. WeCanCork) is a forprofit Social Enterprise platform, working to promote personal, local and global progress. We unite communities to empower change. T: 086 8289761 E: sean.osullivan@estukune.com W: www.estukune.com Euro Medical & First Aid Ltd Health & Safety Euro Medical & First Aid offer Medical Supply, First Aid supply, Defibrillators, CPR, Emergency & First Aid room, H&S training and audits. T: 021 4371982 E: info@euromedical.ie W: www.euromedical.ie Fior Studios Architects/Town Planners Fior studios is a multi-disciplinary collective, working across all aspects of design and architecture. We implement a fully integrated design service, facilitating every aspect of design. T: 086 7903977 E: amy@fiorstudios.com W: https://www.fiorstudios.com/ Fota Adventure Entertainment/Leisure/Tourism Fota Island Adventure is an award-winning team building and leadership development company who specialise in Lean project management, corporate training and corporate fun days. T: 021 4652004 E: info@fotaadventure.com W: fotaadventure.com/ Fort Privacy Services Fort Privacy is the only firm in Munster that specialises in providing operational, legal and technical data protection services for our clients. We focus our expertise on data protection! T: 087 4192098 E: info@fortprivacy.ie W: www.fortprivacy.ie Good Day News Media/Publishing/Video Production ‘Good Day’ is a quarterly magazine featuring positive & nourishing true stories. 1st issue out on 15th Sept. Presently crowdfunding : https:// www.ulule.com/good-day-news/ T: 0831356224 E: info.gooddaynews@gmail.com


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LSY Engineering Consultants Ltd Consulting Engineers/ Quantity Surveyors LSY Engineering Consultants Ltd offers a complete range of Civil and Structural Engineering services. T: +44 (0) 203 858 7115 E: info@lsyconsultants.com W: www.lsyconsultants.com

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LYNE CHEMICALS LIMITED Chemical/Pharmaceutical We source active pharmaceutical ingredients and excipients for our customers globally T: 0879021923 E: marguerite.lyne@lynechemicals. com National Recruitment Federation Recruitment/Executive Search The National Recruitment Federation is a voluntary organisation set up to establish and maintain standards and codes of practice for the Recruitment Industry in Ireland. T: 018161754 E: info@nrf.ie W: www.nrf.ie/about-us NRG Health and Fitness Entertainment/Leisure/Tourism Leisure Centre with Gym, Pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna ans Steam Room, with free parking, fitness assessments, programmes and classes T: 0214222444 E: cork@nrgfitness.ie W: www.nrgfitness.ie P4ML Medical Services/Supplies P4 Medical Laboratory is Ireland’s first ever precision medicine company. T: 021 2409033 E: info@p4ml.com W: www.p4ml.com Penny Productions Media/Publishing/Video Production Affordable media production services such as videography, photography, graphic design & motion graphics for promotional or internal use. T: 0873122493 E: leah@pennyproductions.ie W: www.pennyproductions.ie Powered Media Advertising/Marketing/Market Research Digital Marketing Agency, using the latest technology to get your brands message out to the market & bring you new customers! T: 0851126042 E: poweredmediamarketing@ gmail.com W: www.poweredmediamarketing. com

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Social Innovation Fund Ireland Charities We provide growth capital and supports to the best social innovations in Ireland, enabling them to scale and maximize their impact. T: 0851261085 E: padraic@socialinnovation.ie W: www.socialinnovation.ie Spectrum AV IT Services Spectrum AV are Munster’s leading provider of Audio Visual Equipment for Corporate, Pharmaceutical, Education, Retail & Hospitality Clients. T: 083 0560975 E: info@spectrumav.ie W: www.spectrumav.ie

Real Learning Ltd. Education/Training/Languages We specialise in enhancing the value of behavioural skills training through the inclusion of professional actors into the learning process. T: 087 2453046 E: info@reallearning.ie W: www.reallearning.ie

Surgan Pro Ltd Management Consultants Automation specialists, established in 2007. Our technical service is based on 30 years process design experience in the automation Industry T: 086 109 2836 E: perry.simpson@surganpro.com W: www.surganpro.com

Right at Home Healthcare Provider Right at Home provides quality Home Care to older persons and adults with disabilities to enable them to live independently in their own homes T: 021 234 7300 E: corksouth@rightathome.ie W: www.rightathome.ie

upandgopro Event Management Organising holidays and events worldly, I am passionate about creating ‘The Tailor Made Experience’ that will carry memories for life. T: 0857334008 E: upandgopro@yahoo.com W: www.upandgopro.com

Sage Hospitality Services Management Consultants Hospitality Training & Consultancy Service offering professional, rapidresponse solutions to business such as GDPR compliance & workshops T: 086 076 3548 E: sagehospitalitysolutions@gmail. com W: sagehospitalitysolutions.com

Verde LED Manufacturers Commercial LED Lighting Specialists. We design and manufacture high quality LED lights and offer full turnkey solutions to the Commercial sector. T: 021 4861577 E: info@verdeled.com W: www.verdeled.com

Saskia Kremer - Form Burnout to Breakthrough Healthcare Provider Helping professional women working way to much - from Burnout to Breakthrough in their business T: 0899615480 E: me@saskia.ie W: www.saskia.ie

WeddingDates Software/Software Services WeddingDates provides web-based software & online marketing to wedding venues and suppliers across Ireland and the UK to help them increase their wedding revenue by filling unsold inventory. T: 0212373490 E: admin@weddingdates.ie W: weddingdates.ie

Sinis Services Verified supply chains, accross multiple manfacturing disciplines. Brinding together the best companies in Asia to the best companies in Europe. T: 0212348552 E: donagh.murphy@sinissc.com W: www.sinissc.com



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1 Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD joins Spearline Risk & Compliance Managing Director Ciara Lucy at the official launch of Spearline’s new GDPR operational compliance software solution Spearline Data Protection. Picture: Gerard McCarthy


Shane Relihan, MD Novartis Ringaskiddy Ltd; Mayor of Cork County Declan Hurley, Anne O’Riordan Irish Heart Foundation and Sunday Game presenter Michael Lyster and Eamon O’Sullivan COO Novartis International Pharmaceutical Ltd in the Novartis Ringaskiddy campus to launch the ‘Acting on Heart Failure’ global initiative. Picture: Gerard McCarthy



A Trio Reunited: Almost 20 years have passed since Carol Hartnett, Pamela Nodwell and Edward Murphy started training together at Crowleys DFK. After qualifying as Chartered Accountants, their subsequent careers took them in different directions but the trio were recently reunited and now work together again supporting clients from Crowley DFK’s newly refurbished Cork and Dublin offices.

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Pictured at The American Chamber Southern Region Innovation Showcase hosted by Dell EMC, Cork are Bob Savage, MD and VP EMEA, Dell EMC Centre of Excellence; Mark Redmond, Chief Executive American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and Jackie O’Dowd Senior Executive, Education and Public Engagement, SFI Smart Futures . Picture: Gerard McCarthy


This August will see the first annual Urban Garden Festival at VoxPro Cork in August with a theme of self sufficiency in smaller urban spaces. Pictured are Dan and Linda Kiely, Voxpro with Foxy P Cox, Performer and Kitty Scully Horticulturist. Picture: Gerard McCarthy


Pictured are David O’Leary, Facilities Manager Marymount; Ann Mahony, Director of Nursing Marymount with Dermot Kelly, Director Regulatory Affairs, Pfizer, and Colm Higgins, Senior Financial Director, Pfizer. Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals has donated €60,000 to Marymount University Hospital & Hospice over the past three years and their Great Place to Work colleagues have organised fundraising events also participated in team building days at the Marymount facility. Picture: Diane Cusack








7 Head of Communications at Cork Airport, Kevin Cullinane being presented the 2018 Unsung Hero of the Year award at the British-Irish Airports EXPO by Chairman of the Regional and Business Airports Groups. 8


Springboard PR & Marketing wins National All-Stars Media & Communications Award at the All-Ireland Business Summit in Croke Park. Pictured at the All Ireland Business Summit are Dr. Briga Hynes; Susie Horgan, Managing Director at Springboard PR & Marketing; and Ciara Flaherty, Client Manager at Springboard PR & Marketing.

9 Karen Galligan, GM Brown Thomas Cork and Donnacha O’Callaghan pictured at Brown Thomas Cork Evening of Sport, Entertainment and Menswear hosted by Donncha O’Callaghan. Picture: Gerard McCarthy


Munster’s largest Agricultural show drew over 60,000 to the Show Crowds in Curraheen. This year’s show include a new Fashion Zone with live catwalk shows, the ‘Taste Cork’ food market,a ‘Grow Your Own’ horticultural area, Flower Arranging, Animal Petting Farms, a huge Kids zone, Live Music all weekend long, Pet Dog Show as well as all the usual Cork Summer show favourites. Pictured is Katie Lordan of Drimleague who came second in Young Beef Handler with Ferdinand. Picture: Clare Keogh


Fota Wildlife Park will host a fundraising Twilight Walk for BUMBLEance with 100% of the proceeds going directly towards BUMBLEance. Giraffe time for Hannah Morrissey from Midleton with Sean McKeown Director Fota Wildlife Park and Tony CEO Heffernan Saoirse Foundation. Picture: Gerard McCarthy


Pictured at Bishop Lucey Park, Cork City are performers of the Cork Midsummer Festival highlight Union Black.


Trend Micro’s Paul O’Halloran with Blarney Street CBS 4th and 5th class pupils, left/right, Sean Sewell, Caleb Sheehan, Cory O’Regan, Alex Brew, Brandon McCarthy, Liam O’Donnell, Colin Burns, and Ryan O’Callaghan, who won the What’s Your Story online safety video competition (8-12 years category) with their animated video on malicious links and dangerous clicks online. Picture: Cathal Noonan





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