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CHAMBERlink August 2010 I Issue 7

Cover Feature Official launch of CORKMEET 2010 Enterprise Europe Network Working Time Directive

What’s on? Upcoming Training Courses & Networking Events Members News Announcements & News


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Getting in Touch with the Chamber Team Lucy O'Donoghue Membership Development & PR Manager T: (021) 4530145 or E: lucy@corkchamber.ie Renate Murphy Marketing Manager T: (021) 4530140 or E: renate@corkchamber.ie Leigh Gillen Events & Membership Services Executive T: (021) 4530133 or E: leigh@corkchamber.ie Imelda Mulcahy Export Documentation Manager T: (021) 4530130 or E: imelda@corkchamber.ie Katherine Fitzpatrick EU, Trade & Innovation Services Manager T: (021) 453 0137 or E: katherine@corkchamber.ie Lisa Hunt Executive Assistant T: (021) 453 0131 or E: lisa@corkchamber.ie Margaret Good Accounts Administrator T: (021) 453 0134 or E: accounts@corkchamber.ie Alma Murnane Policy & Research Manager T: (021) 453 0147 or E: alma@corkchamber.ie David Bennett Policy & Research Assistant T: (021) 4530144 or E: david@corkchamber Emma Walsh Training Services Manager T: (021) 453 0142 or E: emma@corkchamber.ie Tara Mullally BiznetCork Network Administrator T: (021) 453 0141 or E: tara@corkchamber.ie Aisling Hynes Munster Finuas Network Administrator T: (021) 453 0148 or E: aisling@corkchamber.ie Cork Chamber, Fitzgerald House, Summerhill North, Cork T: 021-4509044 W: www.corkchamber.ie Registered in Ireland no. 13918

CHAMBERlink Dear Chamber Member As you can see from this months Chamberlink the Chamber has been extremely busy in recent weeks on your behalf across a range of areas most noticably in our policy and research activities. Of particular note was the launch of an Economic Assessment of the N28 Cork to Ringaskiddy Road Scheme prepared by Indecon International Consultants on behalf of the Chamber. While we have seen significant progress on the inter urban routes around the country there are still key road projects to be delivered in this region to facilitate economic development with the N28 of particular importance due to its facilitation of international connectivity and links to the crucial economic zone in Ringaskiddy. The Chamber took the opportunity recently to reiterate our support for the Cork Docklands project as an essential component of local and national economic development. We are also currently preparing our pre budget submission and I would encourage you to provide us with any thoughts, views or suggestions you may have. While events, networking and training typically slow down over the summer period we have been reviewing and planning for the months ahead and as you will see in the following pages we have put in place a full programme of activities for the autumn period and I would encourage you to identify the most relevant to you and book your place. Corkmeet 2010 promises to be a monster networking event and with your support will be bigger and better than last years very successful event so register early to ensure you maximise the meeting opportunities. I look forward to meeting you in the coming weeks and please feel free to conatct me or any of the Chamber team with comments or suggestions as to how we can further dvelop our services for you our members. Best regards,

Conor Conor Healy Chief Executive

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Connect with New Membersbers Members Services Influencing Decisions Chamber in the Media Training Services What’s on? Enterprise Europe Network Cover Feature Summer Events Marketing Cork Members News On the Move

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CHAMBERlink August 2010 I Issue 7

Cover Feature Official launch of CORKMEET 2010

Chamberlink is published by Cork Chamber, and is a monthly publication exclusive to members of the Chamber. The opinions expressed in Chamberlink are not necessarily those of Cork Chamber, neither do they accept any responsibility or liability for any legal implications arising there from.

Enterprise Europe Network Working Time Directive

What’s on? Upcoming Training Courses & Networking Events Members News Announcements & News

Front Cover: At the launch of CORKMEET 2010, Ireland’s largest business networking event, were: George Hook, Presenter, Newstalk; Maeve Bowen, Macroom-e and Conor Healy, CEO, Cork Chamber. Cover Photograph: Provision ography

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with new members

We welcome the following New Members. To maximise your Membership remember to do business with fellow Members. Financial services / Pensions / Investment

Health & Safety

Media / Publishing

Nifast Health & safety training & consultancy organisation Contact: Patrick Toye T: (021) 4319250 E: patrick.toye@nifast.ie W: www.nifast.ie

Oh Baby! Cork’s free maternity & infant magazine Contact: Billie Browne T: (021) 4368897 E: info@ohbaby.ie W: www.ohbaby.ie

Freight Forwarders / Shipping

Mailroom Management

Public Relations

Compass Logistics Ireland Ltd Freight service direct from every country in Europe direct to Cork port every day Contact: Karl McKenna T: (021) 4536134 E: karl@cli.ie W: www.cli.ie

Neopost End to end mail room suppliers whose product range covers letter openers, folding/inserting machines, address printing machines, franking machines, mailroom furniture, security bags & seals, mailing software solutions, ID card systems and guillotines Contact: Lee Compton T: (01) 6250900 E: lcompton@neopost.ie W: www.neopost.ie

Roberts Communications A full service communications agency based in Cork Contact: Deirdre Roberts T: (021) 4509178 E: deirdre@robertscommunications.ie W: www.robertscommunications.ie

Canada Life Life, Pension & Investment providers employing over 600 people in Ireland Contact: Eric How T: (087) 7489542 E: eric.how@fcd.canadalife.ie W: www.canadalife.ie

Fuel/Energy Lir-Solar Offers solar based energy solutions to fix your energy costs, reduce your carbon foodprint & increase the base line profitability of your organisation Contact: John Watson T: (044) 9385266 E: jwatson@lir-solar.ie

Hotel / Guesthouse Fitzgeralds Vienna Woods Hotel 48 bedroom hotel with 8 holiday villas situated on 22 acres of private grounds Contact: Michael Magner T: (021) 4556800 E: mmagner@viennawoodshotel.com W: www.viennawoodshotel.com

Management Consultants Indecon Economic Consultants Provide exceptionally high quality economic, strategic, competition and policy advice to companies, financial institutions, regulators, government departments, local authorities and other public bodies Contact: Willam Batt T: (01) 6777144 E: whbatt@indecon.ie W: www.indecon.ie

Services gosave.ie Free advertising initiative for businesses that helps build customer loyalty, reach new customers and give something back to the local community Contact: Dáire Donohoe T: (087) 2298294 E: daire.donohoe@gosave.ie W: www.gosave.ie Velopi Provides customised training and consultancy solutions across IT, medical devices and pharmaceutical sectors as well as project management training Contact: Seamus Collins T: (021) 2406250 E: seamus.collins@velopi.com W: www.velopi.com

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Recruit a Friend & Win!

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Congratulations to Sarah Halpin of Halpin and Co Solicitors, winner of the “Recruit a Friend” programme. Sarah has won a fantastic prize combining afternoon tea with a spa treatment for herself and a friend at the Fota Island Resort Hotel. Don’t forget that you too can be in with a chance to win 3 months complimentary membership of the Leisure Centre at the Rochestown Park Hotel if you encourage/recruit one or more friends in business to join the Chamber during August. Contact Lucy at e: lucy@corkchamber.ie / t: 4530145 for more details.


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Tell us about it! Calling all Chamber members… do you have any good news items for us? Anything you’d like to share? A new premises, an award, a big contract? We’d love to hear from you and spread the good news to your fellow Cork Chamber members and beyond. Please contact Jo Byrne with your good news stories – een@corkchamber.ie or call 021-4530149

Maximising My Membership Checklist •

Make www.corkchamber.ie my homepage

Collect 10 business cards at next Chamber event and follow them up!

Join Cork Chamber LinkedIn group and post a discussion or news story

Register my interest in cost-effective training opportunities with tara@corkchamber.ie

Submit a news story for publication in Chamberlink magazine (FREE), contact imelda@corkchamber.ie (150 words maximum / photo optional)

Submit my views on Cork Chamber’s Pre-Budget Submission 2011, contact alma@corkchamber.ie,

Use the Chamber events to entertain clients and potential business contacts, contact leigh@corkchamber.ie

Circulate an offer to Chamber members (free), contact renate@corkchamber.ie

Complete Chamber surveys on business issues to ensure my voice is heard

Contact the Enterprise Europe Network @ Cork Chamber with my questions on legislation,

Add Cork Chamber Membership Badge to my website / stationery / brochure

Find new business partners internationally, contact katherine@corkchamber.ie

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trade, funding and technology transfer, contact katherine@corkchamber.ie

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decisions

For more information on any of the issues in this section contact Alma Murnane, (alma@corkchamber.ie) or David Bennett, (david@corkchamber.ie)

Minister for Trade & Commerce, Billy Kelleher TD (3rd from left) with Members of Cork Chamber’s Corporate Policy Council: John Mullins, Vice-President; Ger O’Mahoney, President; Conor Healy, Chief Executive; Kevin Murray, Chairman Transport & Infrastructure Committee; David A. Power, Honorary Secretary.

Chamber meets with Minister for Trade & Commerce, Billy Kelleher TD Members of the Chamber’s Corporate Policy Council recently met with Billy Kelleher TD, Minister for Trade & Commerce to discuss a number of issues that are of concern to the business community in Cork: • Local Government Financing; • Taxation Issues; • Job Creation Measures; • National Infrastructure Requirements; and • Regional Infrastructure Requirements. The Chamber looks forward to working with Minister Kelleher to seek solutions to these issues over the coming months.

Cork Chamber Q2 Economic Bulletin Members recently received the third issue of the Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Bulletin. This service aims to provide you with important and relevant information on the national and regional economy, in addition to outlining the Chamber’s position on key issues, which we are representing your interests both locally and nationally. We hope that you will find this service of benefit to you and your business.

Cork Chamber Pre-Budget Submission Call for Suggestions

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Cork Chamber submits a Pre-Budget submission each year to the Department of Finance. We will be drafting the submission over the summer months and with this in mind, we would welcome proposals / suggestions from members on issues that need to be dealt with in the context of Budget 2011. Please send your suggestions to alma@corkchamber.ie

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Chamber seeks meeting with Aer Arann Cork Chamber has written to Aer Arann expressing our concern regarding the recent reports that Aer Arann will cease the operation of its Cork – Dublin and Cork – Belfast routes in the coming weeks and have requested an urgent meeting with the airline to discuss the loss of these routes.

Artists impression of Cork Docklands bridge development.

Chamber calls for Government commitment to Docklands Cork Chamber has welcomed the recent discussions by stakeholders in the City with a view to kick-starting the Cork Docklands development and affirmed the Chamber’s support for this important project which is key to our future. The Chamber feels that the wider development of the Docklands project is now at a critical juncture. There is no doubt that we are operating in a challenging environment. However, the Docklands project has the potential to create high levels of job growth and lead to many economic advances nationally, but only if a commitment is secured from Government to proceed with the project. Cork Chamber believes that there is no viable reason why the Government should not be investing in a nationally strategic project such as Cork Docklands, which will improve the overall productive side of the economy at a time when it is most needed. In fact, Government policy states that infrastructural spending is being maintained at high levels and is being targeted at projects likely to have greatest impact in terms of attracting foreign direct investment and supporting Irish firms to compete in global markets. We now call on the Government to stop paying lipservice to stated policy and send a clear message of intent to support a project which has incalculable economic benefits. If we are to prepare for the upturn, we need decisive action by Government to position the country on a sustainable footing.


Environmental Protection Agency Grant Aid Available The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has funding available in grant aid under Phase 5 of the Cleaner Greener Production Programme (CGPP5) and the EPA National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP) to assist organisations to become cleaner and greener. The available grant-aid will range from €5,000 to €25,000 depending on project scope. You can find more information on the EPA website at: http://www.epa.ie/researchandeducation/research/fun ding/current/ and www.cleanerproduction.ie

Chamber Submission to Review of Retail Planning Guidelines (2005) Cork Chamber recently made a submission to the Review of the 2005 Retail Planning Guidelines.

processes are appropriately and effectively aligned, in order to guide development to the most suitable locations and maximise the investment in the national roads network, whilst also encouraging a shift towards more sustainable forms of travel and transport. Cork Chamber will be making a submission to the Draft Guidelines and we would welcome the input of our members in the preparation of the submission. Please forward and views you may have to david@corkchamber.ie before 5pm on Friday, September 3rd. The draft guidelines are available to view and download from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government’s website – www.environ.ie

The Chamber’s submission focused on four key areas: • Competition Policy issues; • Sustainable land use planning issues; • Travel and parking policy issues; and • Issues relating to how the guidelines have been implemented thus far. For further information on the review of the Retail Planning Guidelines (2005), please visit www.environ.ie

Cork Chamber has welcomed the inclusion of a recommendation that an independent team of experts be put in place to carry out an independent flood investigation into the Cork floods last November. The Chamber has been consistently calling for a specific independent enquiry into the management of water in the Lee area, following the devastating impact caused by the flooding in Cork on November last. Hopefully, Minister John Gormley TD will now give this issue the attention which it deserves following the comprehensive deliberations of the Oireachtas Committee and exercise urgent and decisive action by accepting this recommendation in full. This is vital in order to give confidence to the people of Cork that the authorities can manage flood events in Cork in the future. The Chamber is in full agreement that this investigation should be prompt and that a specific time frame be set for the Independent Expert Investigation Team to complete its task.

Draft Planning Guidelines on Spatial Planning & National Roads The Department of Environment has launched the Draft Planning Guidelines on Spatial Planning and National Roads. It is intended that these guidelines will ensure that roads planning and policy, and development planning and development management

Alma Murnane, Policy & Research Manager; William Batt, Divisional Director – Indecon; Ger O’Mahoney, President Cork Chamber.

“Cork to World” An Economic Assessment of the N28 Cork to Ringaskiddy Road Scheme Cork Chamber recently launched “Cork to World” – An Economic Assessment of the N28 Cork to Ringaskiddy Road Scheme – a report prepared by Indecon International Consultants on behalf of the Chamber. This report establishes that the planned upgrade of the N28 road from Cork to Ringaskiddy represents an important catalyst project for the economic development of Cork and the South-West region through the reinforcement of internal and external connectivity and the removal of a significant constraint to the international competitiveness of the region. Cork Chamber wants to see the N28 put firmly on the agenda and we intend to use this report to lobby key decision makers at every level. We are also asking both Cork Chamber members and Cork’s elected representatives to use every opportunity to reinforce the key messages contained within this document, now that we have proven the importance of the N28 upgrade to the competitiveness of the region. Should you require a full copy of the report, please contact Alma Murnane, Policy and Research Manager at alma@corkchamber.ie

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Chamber comments on Oireachtas Flooding Report

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CHAMBER

in the media

For more information relating to Chamber PR please contact Lucy O’Donoghue (lucy@corkchamber.ie)

The following press releases were recently issued by the Chamber. Log on to www.corkchamber.ie for full details.

Chamber seeks Action on Capital Spending Review Cork Chamber welcomed the release of the Government's "Infrastructure Investment Priorities 2010-2016". Businesses in Cork will welcome a commitment to investment in infrastructure nationally. Conor Healy, Chief Executive, Cork Chamber stated, “While it is appreciated that there is a small number of nationally-significant infrastructural schemes named for Dublin, the Chamber would like to believe that the overall balance of capital expenditure will reflect the National Spatial Strategy. We welcome the reassurance of Minister Batt O'Keeffe's recent comments in this regard”. “Perhaps it should be acknowledged that the drop in capital expenditure from €9bn in 2008 to €5.5bn in 2011 and subsequent years will bring the directlysupported jobs in the supply chain back to 2002 levels. While much of this job-destruction has been suffered already, the proposed levels of expenditure suggest that further losses will be suffered over the next 12 months until the expenditure levels stop falling. This is simply an acknowledgement of the state of the national finances. Accordingly, it is essential that whatever money is available for investment can be shown to be capable of providing replacement jobs for those lost and to be lost in the supply-chain to the capital investment programme”, Mr Healy continued.

Regional Business Organisations Call for Savings to be Passed Back to Business

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Business organisations in the Cork region which include Cork Chamber, IBEC – Cork, Cork Business Association and the VFI Southern Branch strongly welcomed the recent publication of the Local Government Efficiency Review Group, noting that many of the cost saving recommendations if implemented swiftly have the potential to help reduce the burden on local government funding, of which the business community has long been the funder of “last resort”.

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According to Ger O’Mahoney, President of Cork Chamber, “The report through its 106 recommendations has identified efficiencies and other savings of €511m for the local government sector. It is now critical that Minister John Gormley TD steps up to the plate and sets about implementing these recommendations as a matter of urgency. Cork Chamber and all business organisations in the region are calling for the cost savings which can be achieved to be passed back to businesses in the form of reduced rates and other charges. The payment of commercial rates and other local authority charges is a significant burden on businesses, many of whom are not currently profitable and at risk of closure”.

Optimism escalates but underlying trends could indicate SMEs may not have an appetite to engage with banks Cork Chamber President Ger O’Mahoney warmly welcomed the continuous rise in positive sentiment amongst Cork based businesses which have emerged from the recent Chamber’s economic trends survey for quarter two. The survey illustrates that companies are more confident about their future prospects across a range of indicators; however, it also highlights an underlying trend which could indicate that SME’s may not have an appetite to engage with the banks with regards to accessing credit. Commenting on the results, Mr O’Mahoney outlined, “The survey completed by almost 150 business owners and managers within the SME and multinational sectors in the Cork region has once again highlighted the growing optimism amongst Cork’s business community. There has been a notable increase in the positive outlook of businesses in the region, with 75% stating that they are confident about the financial future of their businesses. This represents an increase of close to 6% on Q1 2010 figures, and a 16% increase on Q2 2009 figures”.

Urgent and Decisive Action Needed Speaking in advance of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, Cork Chamber Chief Executive, Conor Healy today welcomed the planned inclusion of a recommendation that an independent team of experts be put in place to carry out an independent flood investigation into the Cork floods last November. “Cork Chamber has been consistently calling for a specific independent enquiry into the management of water in the Lee area, following the devastating impact caused by the flooding in Cork on November last. Hopefully, Minister John Gormley TD will now give this issue the attention which it deserves following the comprehensive deliberations of the Oireachtas Committee and exercise urgent and decisive action by accepting this recommendation in full. This is vital in order to give confidence to the people of Cork that the authorities can manage flood events in Cork in the future”, Mr Healy continued. “We are in full agreement that this investigation should be prompt and that a specific time frame be set for the Independent Expert Investigation Team to complete its task”, concluded Mr Healy.


TRAINING

services

Cork Chamber Training Services

• Biznetcork Skillnet offers a broad range of open training courses and networking events to address the varied training and development needs of our member companies, who operate at all levels across all industry sectors, (see over for course details and for more information and a full listing of current courses go to www.biznetcork.com). • Munster Finuas Network is a training network which aims to support the International Financial Services Sector through the development of its human capital, (see below for full listing of current courses.

Munster Finuas Network Upcoming Training Courses The Autumn course schedule is likely to include the following courses: • Advanced Course on Derivatives • US GAAP Compliant Financial Reporting • IFRS Compliant Financial Reporting • US GAAP vs IFRS for Investment Funds • US GAAP & IFRS for Non-Financial Reporting • Regulatory Requirements for Irish Domiciled Funds • Irish Stock Exchange Listing – Continuing Requirements • Current Market Developments – Equity Products; Fixed Income Products; Commodities • Credit & Liquidity Risks and How They Impact the NAV • Hedge Fund Industry Developments – Guide to Sound Practices • Preparing Financial Statements • SWIFT • Bloomberg Technical Training • Executive Coaching • Displaying & Communicating Information Effectively – using Powerpoint & Visio • Team-Building • Business Communications • Time Management • Managing Cultural Diversity within IFS • Institute of Bankers School of Professional Finance - Professional Certificate in Investment Fund Services - Professional Diploma in Investment Fund Services - Graduate Diploma in Financial Services - Professional Certificate in People Management in International Financial Services • Management Development Please check the website www.munsterfinuas.com regularly or e-mail finuas@corkchamber.ie

Free training places for JobSeekers Both BiznetCork Skillnet and Munster Finuas Network have a number of FREE places available on all of their open training courses for those who are unemployed. For someone who is looking for a new position, participation on our courses can provide the ideal opportunity to upskill while also establishing new contacts with potential employers. We would appreciate the assistance of Chamber members in promoting this new development, so please feel free to mention this to colleagues, family, friends and other contacts within your network. At a time when competition for positions is at its most intense, Cork Chamber is delighted to be able to provide this support to Jobseekers via both BiznetCork Skillnet & Munster Finuas Network.

Skillnets Ltd moves Departments Skillnets Ltd. is now reporting to the Department of Education & Skills.

Contacting

Contact the Training Team For further information on Cork Chamber’s BiznetCork Skillnet & Munster Finuas Network, please visit our website www.corkchamber.ie or contact one of the Training Team: Emma Walsh Training Services Manager Tel: 021-4530142 Email: emma@corkchamber.ie Tara Mullally Biznet Cork Skillnet Administrator Tel: 021-4530141 Email: tara@corkchamber.ie Aisling Hynes Munster Finuas Network Administrator Tel: 021-4530148 Email: aisling@corkchamber.ie Note: Membership of BiznetCork Skillnet and Munster Finuas Network (where applicable) is included in Cork Chamber membership.

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Cork Chamber offers a wide range of services to business, including training and business networks through the Skillnets-funded BiznetCork Skillnet and Munster Finuas Network.

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WHAT’S

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Book Now on www.biznetcork.com Upcoming Training Courses Workload Management using MS Outlook

Train the Trainer - FETAC Level 6

Tuesday 14 Sept, 9.30am–5.00pm Cork Chamber member rate: €110

Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th Sept & Tuesday 12th Oct, 9.30am–5.00pm Cork Chamber member rate: €550

The objective of this course is to cover the features in MS Outlook which will allow you to manage your mail, time, tasks and workload more easily and efficiently.

Cold Calling for Sales

Project Management Professional

Wednesday 15 Sept, 9.30am-5.15pm Cork Chamber member rate: €130

Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th Oct, 9.30am – 5.00pm Cork Chamber member rate: €370

The aim of this course is to help sales staff achieve a greater appreciation of the importance of cold calling and to become more effective in their ability to influence and communicate with customers using the telephone to grow sales.

Mastering MS Excel 2003 (Intermediate)

Thursday 16th Sept, 9.30am–1.30pm Cork Chamber member rate: €70

Thursday 7th Oct, 9.30am–5.00pm Cork Chamber member rate: €100

Mastering MS Word 2003 (Intermediate) Monday 20th Sept, 9.30am–5.00pm Cork Chamber member rate: €100 Some of the topics covered on this course include creating basic headers & footers, setting up different sets of headers, footers & page numbering, effective document layout and using tables within the document.

This course will cover the following topics: working with and linking multiple worksheets, creating charts, managing lists (Sorting & AutoFilter) among some other options.

Complete Presentation Skills (inc. Powerpoint) Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th October, 9.30am–5.00pm Cork Chamber member rate: €300 This course will help the participant understand presentation techniques and how to effectively use various visual aids including PowerPoint. A practical hands-on approach is taken, allowing participants to practice and deliver their presentations a number of times throughout the 2 days.

Diploma in Digital and Online Marketing

MS Word Expert 2003 (Advanced)

Thursday 23rd Sept for 12 wks 6.30pm–9.30pm – WAITLIST NOW IN OPERATION Cork Chamber member rate: €995

Thursday 21st Oct, 9.30am–5.00pm Cork Chamber member rate: €100

This course has been developed by digital marketing professionals to provide a comprehensive introduction to the concepts and application of digital marketing.

Email & Business Letter Writing (for MAC-users) Monday 27th Sept. 09.30am-5pm Chamber member rate: €120 Good business writing is as important as ever. Being able to recognise and correct problems and define your communication goals are all critical factors for effective business writing.

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Professional Project Management is designed to establish a detailed understanding of Project Management terms, concepts and methodologies.

Cold Calling for Debt Collection

Participants will learn the necessary skills of using the telephone to build confidence, deal with objections calmly and effectively negotiate to collect cash whilst maintaining positive customer relations.

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The programme will help participants to gain the skills to design, deliver and evaluate training programmes.

This course is suitable for those who have already completed Mastering Word 2003 (Intermediate) or for those who are already proficient in the use of those topics and would like to increase their skill level and use of Word.

Influencing and Negotiating Skills Thursday 28th Oct, 9.30am–5.00pm Cork Chamber member rate: €135 This 1 day workshop will help you increase your areas of influence, give credence to your decisions, deliver opportunities you can develop, enhance your confidence and prestige.

Courses are being added to the schedule regularly. Please visit www.biznetcork.com for details of all training.


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Business Intelligence Series – Part 6

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“save IT” – Improve Productivity & Reduce Costs with Business Sustainability Tuesday 31st August The River Lee Hotel 5.30pm – 7.00pm FREE for Cork Chamber members

Annual Chamber Golf Classic

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Thursday 2nd September, Fota Golf Club

Networking Lunch on Board the Pont Aven Saturday 11th September 12.noon – Gates closing at 12.20 Pont Aven, Ringaskiddy €50 Members / €70 non Members

Business After Hours

in association with the Ireland France Chamber of Commerce

This event is a unique opportunity to entertain clients and colleagues in style on board the Pont Aven, Brittany Ferries passenger ferry. Your ticket includes a pre-lunch drinks reception, a delicious 4 course meal cooked and served on board and a chance to see this impressive luxury ferry.

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Thursday 30th September 6pm – 8pm Clarion Hotel FREE for Members

This Business After Hours in association with O’Donovans Off Licences will feature a Wine Fair with over fifty wines on display, plus special offers for members. Some of the O'Donovans Wine team will be on hand during the event to help you circumnavigate the “Wine World”. The wines will be presented by Gary O’Donovan, BA WSET.DIP.MD. Join with your fellow members for an evening of wine education and networking. Places are FREE for members, but you must register to attend, go to www.corkchamber.ie

Places for events are limited, please quote Purchase Order if required. Events Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will be accepted up to 72 hrs before each event. After this cut-off all places will be charged. This policy applies to all events. Events Contact: Leigh Gillen T: 021 4530133 To Register for Events go to www.corkchamber.ie All Business Briefings will be webcast and available for you to view live or after the event at http://www.present.ie/steinmetz5

Webcast produced and sponsored by www.meeting.ie

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The 6th and final instalment in the Business Intelligence Series, in partnership with BT, on how to potentially cut your business costs dramatically, improve productivity, work life balance as well as being environmentally friendly. William McAuliffe from BT will discuss some of the topics relating to Sustainable Business, what it means, and what it means for your business, and give you practical examples of how it’s worked for BT and others. And put actual euro amounts on what it can mean.

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enterprise europe When the European Commission plans to review or make changes to existing legislation or to introduce new legislation, they will usually consult EU citizens, businesses and other stakeholders for feedback on how any proposed changes might affect them. This process forms part of the EC’s Interactive Policy Making initiative and aims to improve European governance and introduce Better Regulation. The Commission gathers this feedback from businesses through the Enterprise Europe Network, Chambers of Commerce and similar business organisations. Below are some details about current consultations that are open:

Working Time Directive What is the Working Time Directive? The Working Time Directive (2003/88/EC) is part of the EU’s health and safety laws to protect workers. It limits the average working hours per week to 48 hours (though if a Member State so chooses, a worker can work longer average hours if she or he freely consents to do so, the so-called ‘opt-out’). It also lays down minimum daily and weekly rest periods to avoid overwork and includes regulations on extra protection for night workers and paid annual leave, as well as ‘on-call’ time.

How many hours a week do Europeans work on average? In the EU27, average actual weekly hours stood at 39.3 in 2009 with the highest levels of actual weekly hours worked by full-time employees in their main jobs found in Romania, Malta, Luxembourg and the UK, and the lowest in Finland, Ireland, France and Italy.1 The European Commission has launched a comprehensive review of the European Working Time Directive and is looking for feedback on how this Directive impacts on businesses currently and whether changes to the regulations would have a positive or negative effect on companies and employees in the future. Giving your feedback on this consultation involves completing an online survey which should take no more than 10 minutes. For more information contact Jo (een@corkchamber.ie).

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Other EC consultations currently open include:

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Consultation on the White Paper on Insurance Guarantee Schemes

Consultation on the future trans-European transport network policy

FP7 interim evaluation online consultation

Simplification of VAT collection procedures in relation to centralized customs clearance

For further information on these consultations, or any other issues regarding giving your feedback to the European Commission see: www.ec.europa.eu/yourvoice or contact Katherine (katherine@corkchamber.ie). 1

Source: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/studies/tn1004039s/tn1004039s.htm


COVER

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CORKMEET 2010: Conor Keane, Irish Examiner; Michael Hanley, West Cork Enterprise Board; Mayor of Cork County, Cllr. Jim Daly and Conor Healy, Cork Chamber.

Monday 12 July saw the launch of CORKMEET 2010* in Vertigo, County Hall. Over 100 people attended the launch to hear about this years’ event. Speakers included the County Mayor and the County Manager and the event was officially launched by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin TD. One of last years’ participants, Ciara Crossen of Weddingdates.ie, spoke about her experience at CORKMEET in 2009 and urged businesses to take advantage of the opportunities that are offered by the 3-day event and meet as many people as possible. Registration for CORKMEET 2010 is now open. The cost is €195 per participant (max. 2 participants per company) and this fee includes the welcome evening, a full day of face-to-face business meetings, and a half-day conference on the third day, as well as all refreshments throughout the 3 days and a gala dinner on the second night. By registering for CORKMEET 2010, you will have the opportunity to take advantage not only of the meeting schedule (which is generated

Pat Walsh, Reliance Bearing; Lucy O'Donoghue, Cork Chamber and Jacek Jedruszak Polish Embassy.

according to your online meeting requests) but also of all the informal networking opportunities on offer throughout the course of the 3 days. Numerous state support organisations will be present at the event to offer advice and assistance regarding their services and several delegations from outside Ireland will also be attending. Finally, the CORKMEET team are delighted to welcome fellow Corkman George Hook on board for this year's event.

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity! For more details or call 026 20520 / email: enquiries@corkmeet.ie or visit www.corkmeet.ie

* CORKMEET 2010 is funded by Cork County Council and Cork County & City Enterprise Boards and is organised in partnership with Cork Chamber. Sponsors and media partners this year include the Irish Examiner, Newstalk and B2B Print & B2B Signs.

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin TD and Mairead Maher, Irish Examiner.

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Official launch of Corkmeet 2010

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BBQ for Cork’s Businesspeople Cork Chamber hosted a Business After Hours BBQ at the 4* River Lee Hotel. Under balmy skies and with a gentle breeze blowing down the river Lee, the members took full advantage of the outdoors on the boardwalk area to network with fellow members and make new contacts with recently joined members. President of the Chamber, Ger O’Mahony greeted

Claire Myler, Sales Executive and Ruairi O’Connor, General Manager of The River Lee Hotel with Ger O’Mahoney, President Cork Chamber.

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Gillian Keating, JW O'Donovan Solicitors and Breda Twohig, Aramark.

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members and the General Manager of the hotel, Ruairi O’Connor and his team pulled out all the stops to ensure it was a memorable evening. The hotel, part of The Doyle Collection, has seen an investment of ?36M in the Cork premises over the last five years, and Ruairi and his colleagues showcased all the property has to offer to members on the evening. (Photographs: Gerard McCarthy Photography)

Mark Hopkins, Hopkins Communications with Ciara Hanley & Christine Murphy, The Westbury

Kenneth Kling and Declan Casey, MSL Cork.

Kate Kearney, Kevin Condon Auctioneers; Raymond Kelleher, Clarion Hotel and Karen Power, Kelly Services.

Katherine Gordan, Katherine Gordon & Co and Anne Sexton, Rochestown Park Hotel.

Paula Cogan, Sales & Marketing Manger, The River Lee Hotel and Colette Thomas, Parfrey Murphy.


Cork Chamber hosted a Green event for Chamber members on environmental issues. The event was a call to action for local businesses on the fight against climate change. Guest speakers at the event, includied Laura Turkington, Corporate Responsibility Manager,

Vodafone Ireland, Julie McGee from National Energy Assessors and Environmental expert Gavin Harte. The event focused on how businesses can take advantage of the opportunity to play a role in mitigating climate change while, at the same time, reducing operating costs and benefitting commercially by introducing greener practices in their organisation. (Photographs: John Sheehan Photography)

Environmental expert Gavin Harte with Laura Turkington, Vodafone and Julie McGee, National Energy Assessors (NEA).

Conor McManaghan, MSL Cork; John Morehead, Wain Morehead; Martin Casey, ADDS Consulting Engineers and Troy File, National Energy Assessors .

John Watson, Lir-Solar and Matt Clark, Otterbox.

Sarah Halpin, Halpin & Co. Solicitors and Karen Kennedy, PepsiCo.

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A Wake up call to Business on Climate Change sponsored by Vodafone

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Clipper Business Networking Luncheon Cork Chamber members celebrated the return of the Clipper Round the World Yacht race to Cork with a business lunch in the Clarion Hotel. The guest speaker on the day was Sir Robin Knox Johnston, Chairman of Clipper Ventures plc, recipient of the UK Yachtsman of

the Year Award four times and the first person to sail single handed and non-stop around the world. International guests on the day included delegates from Clipper, Enterprise Cape Breton and Edinburgh Inspiring Capital. (Photographs: Gerard McCarthy Photography)

Kieran Goulding, Dept of Transport; Sir Robin Knox Johnston (Guest Speaker); Ger O'Mahoney, President Cork Chamber; Captain Pat Farnan, Port of Cork and Admiral Paddy McGlade, Royal Cork Yacht Club.

Frank Hannon, Hannon Solicitors; Ronnie O'Driscoll, Bank of Ireland and William Ward, Clipper Race.

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The way in which we carry out our day to day work is constantly evolving. The need to check in at a desk from 9am to 5pm has become a thing of the past and business people can now take advantage of innovative technology to work from wherever they please at any given time. While businesses can use an array of communications tools to keep in touch with customers and the office while out and about at meetings, a broadband connection is the bedrock of any company’s communications armoury.

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Operating a small company can be especially challenging in the current business climate meaning organisations have to ensure that they keep close to their customers and maintain their competitive advantage in order to survive. To maintain this level of service businesses must be able to access email, customer information and even the internet, whether in or out of the office and this is where Vodafone’s new broadband in a box can play an essential role. The innovative broadband in a box product provides small businesses with a fixed line broadband connection for the office and a mobile broadband stick for use with their laptops when you need to work flexibly from another location or while on the road. In

“The working day has changed and business people now want access to their company email and files whenever and wherever they want,” said Anne O’Leary, business and enterprise director with Vodafone Ireland. “By combining fixed and mobile broadband in one simple, easy-to-use product, we are giving our customers the flexibility to use the internet in the office or on the move”. “The benefits are two fold. Firstly there is the ability to take your broadband connection with you when you are working on your laptop away from the office. There is also the reassurance that business can still connect to the internet should it lose its fixed line connection for some reason. If the office broadband goes down, for example if construction work in the vicinity of the building interrupts the service, the user can slot the mobile broadband stick into your fixed modem thereby continuing to give those connected to fixed connection seamless backup so they can continue working as normal,” continued O’Leary. Broadband in a box has plug-and-play capability which means it is very easy to set up, simply take it out of the box for an instant connection and there is no interruption to the existing line service while you switch. Vodafone broadband in a box is available on a range of Vodafone Office bundles to suit businesses for one predictable monthly price. For more go to www.vodafone.ie/businessbroadband


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Summer Marketing Campaign goes live.

A Cork Summer Marketing Campaign

Welcome to Cork Buoy Cork Docklands welcomed the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to Cork with this banner which was designed by Raven Design and mounted on the R&H Hall building at Kennedy Quay. John MacMonagle of Raven Design advises “best read with a Cork accent”.

Top 10 permanent attractions in Cork Cork City Council has launched a new brochure featuring the Top 10 Permanent Attractions in Cork City along with an accompanying iphone application which can be downloaded free of charge, (see http://ht.ly/2f5BB). The new brochure and application will promote the city’s main tourist attractions. Printed brochures are available from Community and Enterprise at City Council, t: 021 4924000 or from Cork Marketing Partnership.

Closing date to the Cork Better Building Awards 2010: August 20th.

Fiona Buckley, Fáilte Ireland South West; David Ryan, TransAtlantic Studies UCC and Evelyn O’Sullivan, Cork Convention Bureau.

Acknowledging Cork Ambassadors The Cork Convention Bureau (CCB) recently thanked a number of Cork Conference Ambassadors who this year to date have secured over €2.2million in Business Tourism for the region. All the Ambassadors are people from Cork, or with a Cork connection and have used their influence within organisations to bring international conferences to Cork. CCB’s Ambassador Programme identifies key individuals who may be interested in hosting a national or international association conference in Cork. The CCB then assists the individual and/or local organisation to secure the Conference for Cork. One of the people honored was Phil O’Hare, a Fire Officer, who is responsible for bringing the World Rescue Organisation Conference to Cork this coming September. The World Rescue Organisation Conference will see teams from every corner of the globe participate in Seminars, Rescue Challenges and Social Events in Cork. Phil stated “Our event is not a typical conference which is why the location is so important. Cork has all the amenities of a major city, yet it is compact making it easy for delegates to get from one location to the other. The event could have been a logistical nightmare, but thanks to the help of the CCB my job as Conference Organiser has been made a lot easier.” Phil added “Response worldwide to the Cork location has been amazing – we have teams coming from as far as Australia and USA, everyone is really excited to be coming to one of the world’s friendliest cities!” For further information on the Cork Convention Bureau and on how to become a CCB Ambassador call Evelyn on 021 431 8036 or visit www.corkconventionbureau.com

Enter Now! Cork Marketing Partnership, established in 2007, is an initiative that brings together Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Cork Chamber, Irish Hotel Federation – Cork, Cork Business Association, Port of Cork, Cork Airport Authority and Fáilte Ireland South West Region to undertake marketing initiatives, develop and promote business tourism with the establishment of the Cork Convention Bureau and assist in promoting economic development in the Cork region. For more information contact: Tel: 021-4317895

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Cork Marketing Partnership this year partnered with Fáilte Ireland South West to create a Cork Summer Marketing Campaign focused in 3 Irish cities; Dublin, Galway and Belfast, all with direct air routes into Cork. The six week campaign heightened awareness of Cork as a summer holiday destination in print, radio and outdoor media and was accompanied with Cork promotions in national publications which featured a “Girls in the City” prize; penthouse accommodation, dinner and Spa treatments in the Imperial Hotel and tickets to Mama Mia at Live at the Marquee and a family weekend break at the Maryborough Hotel with a visit to Fota Wildlife Park and the Carrigtwohill Medieval Festival.

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TV presenter & MC at the awards ceremony Claudia Winkleman; Gerard Keane Junior, Keanes Jewellers; Peter Andersen, Pandora and Patrick Keane, Keanes Jewellers.

Sparkling Win for Keanes Jewellers

Happy 5th LeisureWorld Churchfield

Keanes, an Irish family-owned jewellers, in business over 60 years, was named as the top independent jewellers in Ireland and the UK at an awards ceremony in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. Keanes Jewellers are the first Irish jewellers ever to win an award at the UK & Ireland Jewellery Awards – the Oscars of the jewellery trade. Keanes were the only Irish finalists and were also short-listed in the Business Initiative of the Year Award for their “Pandora Club”. The judges said that Keanes level of service, selection of brands and overall shopping experience was exceptional and an example of how independent jewellers can be at the forefront of the jewellery trade.

LeisureWorld Churchfield celebrated 5 years in business on the North-side of Cork City. Christine Moloney, CEO of LeisureWorld believes that “the centre is testament to the community who use and support the facilities here in Churchfield and we are particularly proud of the partnerships that we have forged with community groups, associations and the wider community in providing top rate leisure facilities to the people of North Cork.”

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CACM Accountants one year old

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CACM Accountants, a new Certified Public Accountants (CPA) firm, is celebrating its first year in business, and has seen very positive growth results in its first 12 months. Located in the Atrium Business Centre, in Blackpool, Cork City, CACM Accountants provides all the standard Accountancy services, and is separating itself from the pack by being a proactive, service orientated firm. Speaking today, Carla Manning, Principle of the firm said, “I am delighted to have been able to take the plunge from being a PAYE Employee, to having my own growing practice! My Diary is full of appointments for start up companies, and for people who are looking for a more proactive approach to their business & their critical accounts function”. Carla continued by saying; “ We are going from strength to strength. CACM Accountants prides itself in being more than a traditional accountancy firm. We don’t want to be the firm that just gives its clients a “Bad News” tax bill at the end of every year. We want to be a strategic part of our clients businesses

The Maryborough Dome.

New Event Space for Weddings Cork brides can expect to experience something special and unique at Corks premier wedding venue the Maryborough Hotel and Spa, having permanently set up the Maryborough Dome in the exquisite 300 year old gardens of the four star Douglas Hotel. The venue is set to become one of Corks newest event spaces, the space has previously been used for The Maryborough Christmas Carnival. The Dome is available for corporate bookings and special family occasions, get in quick, as it has with bookings well into summer 2011. For more www.maryborough.com


Profits at Barry Group grow 12%

Pat Kierans and Aideen McGrath, Directors of H+A Marketing + PR with Ireland’s leading media coach Gavin Duffy.

Gavin Duffy forges Training Partnership with H+A Marketing + PR

‘Barry Group’, one of Ireland’s leading wholesale distribution companies, has announced its full yearend results, showing that group profit before tax in 2009 was €3m, an increase of over 12% on the €2.67m it earned the previous year. The results show that Barry Group outperformed the entire grocery industry, in what was one of the most difficult year’s trading for the Irish grocery sector. Profit at the Group was €3m, a performance unmatched by any other large wholesale chain during unprecedented market conditions. The company attributes its performance to its reaction to the current challenging trading market Barry Group significantly reduced its cost base as well as upping its levels of services to its customer base, providing excellent value for money for retailers who, in turn, passed on value to their customers.

H+A Marketing + PR has teamed up with Ireland’s most respected media coach and entrepreneur Gavin Duffy to enhance H+A’s bespoke media training. Duffy will work with H+A to provide tailored media training sessions for the company’s extensive client base in Munster, along with potential new clients who have a requirement for stand-alone media training. Clients can choose from a half-day session or a full day session for up to five members of a company. H+A also provides one-on-one media training sessions.

Simon Toussifer, Corkweb launching the new Deanshall.com

Corkweb celebrate launch of new website designs with Member Offer Corkweb are pleased to announce the recent website designs with the launch of Deanshall.com Student Accommodation, Toomeyav.ie - Ireland's largest Audio Visual education supply company, Barefoot.ie - the athletic shoes with five fingers! And finally Bandonriver.com for all those interested in fishing on the Bandon River, Co Cork. Due to increased expansion Corkweb are now offering all fellow members of the Cork Chamber a FREE .com Domain when moving their hosting to Corkweb Hosting plus 20% off hosting. Members should contact info@corkweb.net or visit www.corkweb.net

Amity holds customer evening Amity, which opened on 2009, is an exciting ladies clothing, accessories and lifestyle store in Cork’s Huguenot Quarter, located on French Church Street and Carey’s Lane. Amity hosted a customer evening recently to launch its mid summer sale offering customers a new concept in individual retro, funky & affordable shopping with products being sourced from all over the world. Individuality & Affordability, is the Amity motto which will make the Amity Customer stand out from the crowd.

Cork Harbour Open Day 2010 - “Call for Events” Cork Harbour Open Day will take place on Saturday 4th September 2010. Aimed at embracing what Cork Harbour has to offer, the Open Day seeks to raise awareness of the different activities available for people in the harbour both on and off the water. Cork Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world, next to Sydney Harbour, offering beautiful locations for enjoying the outdoors, dramatic coastlines, and excellent leisure facilities. To get involved or to organise an event on the day, please visit www.corkharbour.ie

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Hazel Buckley, Brian McManaghan and Tina Scully of Amity.

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Avis announces new location

Manus O’Callaghan and Frank Dowling, Southern Advertising presenting the Cork Person of the Month Award to Kevin Sanquest.

Kevin named Person of the Month

Leading car rental company, Avis, is pleased to announce the development of a brand new rental location in partnership with Q Park in Cork. Located in the city centre by City Hall, the site is now open, offering customers a central location for renting and returning vehicles in Cork city. Customers can book either online, or through the call centre, up to 24 hours before they wish to collect their vehicle. The location is unique in that it offers customers a guaranteed car model - the Nissan Qashqai 2010 diesel model. For more go to www.avis.ie

Kevin Sanquest has been involved in the arts, theatre, music, dance, painting and more, and all this work has been rewarded, with a Cork Person of the Month award. Kevin’s name now goes forward, with the other monthly winners, for possible selection as Cork Person of the Year at a Gala Awards function to be held at Fota Island Hotel at year’s end. This is the 18th year of the Cork Persons of the Month and Cork Person of the Year Award Scheme, which is sponsored by the Irish Examiner, RTE, Southern Advertising and the Fota Island Hotel.

“The Wedding Experience” ‘The Wedding Experience’, organised by Occasions Ltd will take place at the Rochestown Park Hotel, 2nd -3rd Oct 2010 and will be Munster’s premier wedding exhibition with many new and exciting elements. The Wedding Experience, which will take place biannually will have a professional design and layout and will include exhibitors from all aspects of the wedding industry. As well as a number of top quality exhibitors, the ‘Bridal Centre’ situated in the hotel’s Atrium, will introduce a fashion show with a difference that is sure to give every couple inspiration for their big day.

Philip Gray at work during his recent trip.

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A little ‘Gray’ at Buckley Fine Art

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Buckley Fine Art Galleries in Cork and Clonakilty are exhibiting works from Philip Gray’s recent expedition to Mount Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland which capture the energy and danger of this seldom travelled place. The works feature Volcanoes, Glaciers and Caves and capture the essence and beauty of the Icelandic landscape that was responsible for much havoc across Europe recently! These works and more from Philip’s Extreme Art Project can be viewed on www.buckleyfineart.com

Sarah Halpin, Halpin and Co Solicitors

Halpin & Co Solicitors on the move Halpin & Co. Solicitors, a general practice with a particular emphasis on commercial law, have moved to new offices at 81 South Mall, Cork. Sarah Halpin, the principal, states “I am delighted to be moving to our new offices on the South Mall, the location is a perfect fit for our business as the majority of our client base are small to medium sized businesses. Recessions do bring opportunities; there has never been a better climate for start-up businesses with excellent lease terms on offer by Landlord’s, various supports from local and national enterprise boards and the availability of a qualified work force. Some of the recent start-ups that we have been involved with are already seeing growth. Business confidence is on the up and we hope this trend continues. We would like to thank our existing clients for their continued support and to wish the start-ups that we have been involved with continued success.”

Golden days for Delicious! Delicious, the Gluten Free Bakery, added yet another gold medal to its list of awards by winning gold at this year’s prestigious Great Taste Awards. The awards are the UK’s most authoritative, independent standard for the fine food sector. Cork Based Delicious, won a gold star for its carrot cake This is the third year running that Delicious has been awarded gold in the competition. Delicious founder, Denise O’Callaghan said “We are so delighted to have won gold three years in a row! We are very proud of the taste and quality of our cakes & the proof is in the pudding!”


Kelli Forde, Lockdown Models cuts the tape with Shane Healy and Maurice O’Connor at the opening of the new Healy O'Connor Solicitors office on Fitton Street along with invited guests.

Healy O’Connor cut the red tape Healy O’Connor, Solicitors, recently celebrated the official opening of its new Cork office at Quay House, Fitton Street, just off the South Mall. The principals of the firm are UCC graduates, Maurice O’Connor and Shane Healy. Prior to establishing Healy O’Connor (HOC), both partners worked for various law practices in Dublin, Cork and Australia. With over 20 year’s collective experience, HOC brings a fresh approach to legal matters, focussing on ‘one to one’ communication and offering clients knowledgeable business advice to help them deal with legal issues. This service can often stave off a major crisis before it becomes a reality.

Kieran Moynihan, Entrepreneur in Residence, CIT.

The Silver Medalists were Justin Ryan (UCC); Mark O'Donovan (Skibbereen); Micheal Maher (Dublin) and Niall Kenny (Galway).

Scullers take sterling silver Irish rowing took a step forward recently when the lightweight quadruple scull took silver at the World Under-23 Championships at Brest in Belarus. The crew of Niall Kenny of NUIG, Michael Maher of Commercial, Mark O’Donovan of Skibbereen and Justin Ryan of UCC trained at the National Rowing Centre, Farran Wood, Ovens, Co. Cork in the months before the competition. The National Rowing Centre is the home of Rowing Ireland's High Performance Programme and Rowing Ireland

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is delighted to announce the appointment of its first ever Entrepreneur in Residence. Kieran Moynihan, a dynamic and experienced entrepreneur and executive with an outstanding track record in the technology sector, will take up the role in September and his appointment marks a significant milestone in terms of CIT’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation activity and further strengthens CIT’s commitment to innovation. CIT’s Entrepreneur in Residence will be based at the Rubicon Centre and on the main campus and will be available to undergraduates, post grads, staff and CIT Enterprise Development Programmes. Central to the role will be further raising the awareness of entrepreneurship in general across CIT; identifying key market and technology trends and areas which are receiving substantial investment financing, as well as a series of Guest Lectures to undergraduates.

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First Entrepreneur in Residence at CIT

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Cork Regional Chambers elect new Chairman at Annual General Meeting Killian O’Sullivan has been elected Chairman of the Cork Regional Chambers for the coming year. The Cork Regional Chambers consists of Cork, Cobh & Harbour, Charleville, Kanturk, Mallow, Midleton & Area, West Cork and Youghal Chambers. Killian is the current President of Midleton & Area Chamber and a Director of Chambers Ireland. He is also a Director of East Cork Tourism and runs Cork based marketing services company, The Merchandise Factory Ltd.

Killian O’Sullivan, Chairman Cork Regional Chambers.

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Anne Bodley, The Montenottee Hotel.

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Diarmuid Murphy, The Boardwalk Bar & Grill

New General Manager at the Montenotte Hotel

Boardwalk Bar & Grill announce new director

Anne Bodley has been appointed General Manager of The Montenotte Hotel Cork City. In this new role, Anne will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management and general operations of the 107 bedroom and 19 2 bedroom apartment four -star hotel. Previously Anne worked at the Clarion Hotel Liffey Valley, where she was involved in the opening of this hotel and The Clarion Hotel Limerick. Prior to the Clarion hotels Anne worked in The Mespil Hotel.

Chef Diarmuid Murphy has been appointed as a director at the Boardwalk Bar & Grill. Diarmuid has worked in Ireland, UK, USA, Belize and the Turks & Coaicos (British West Indies. Upon returning to Ireland five years ago he took leadership at Cork’s Vienna Woods Hotel, then moved to The Montenotte Hotel. Since its opening in October 2008 Chef Murphy has also been the Executive Chef of The Boardwalk Bar and Grill, which has received critical acclaim from The Sunday Independent and local press.

Anthony Reidy, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

New Chairman for Chartered Accountants Cork Society Anthony Reidy ACA, a Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers, has been elected Chairman of the Chartered Accountants Cork Society at the Society’s recent AGM in The River Lee Hotel, Cork. Anthony succeeds Sean Pierse, ACA, of abm Financial. Anthony is was elected. The Chartered Accountants Cork Society is a District Society of the Chartered Accountants Ireland, Ireland’s oldest and largest professional accountancy body.


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August Chamberlink 2010  

This is the August 2010 edition of the Cork Chamber Chamberlink magazine.

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