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CONOR MCCARTHY DUBLIN AEROSPACE BOSS ON WATERFORD AIRPORT AND NATIONAL PLAN

OVERALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Off the beaten path

TOP 10 ALTERNATIVE THINGS TO DO IN WATERFORD

Decision time for Waterford

– JOHN MORAN


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CONTENTS Message from Waterford Chamber CEO

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elcome to the second issue of Network Magazine and can I begin by thanking all our advertisers and readers for their fantastic feedback following the launch of this offering before Christmas. We all have our part to play in promoting Waterford and if we can go a way towards doing that on behalf of the business community through these pages, we are happy to do so. There is a running theme of working together and the collective voice is stronger in this issue. It begins with John Moran, who features on our cover and was inspirational at our Waterford’s 2040 Vision event in Garter Lane. We are happy to reproduce his thoughts for you here and the wider debate and discussion is on www.waterfordchamber.ie for you to watch. John speaks passionately about creating an Atlantic Economic Corridor on the back of the National Development Plan. This certainly warrants debate and would see Waterford join with Limerick, Cork and Galway to create a strong region that would act as an alternative to Dublin. At the event, Stephen Blair of the Southern Regional Assembly said we need to think big, while Michael Walsh intimated we can’t do it alone and they are both absolutely right. Waterford is now beginning to create a vision and understand

the potential that lies before us. We should not limit our aspirations to becoming a back office location while other areas prosper. If we work as a collective unit with the other cities, we can achieve so much. The important thing now is to think about what kind of Waterford we want in 2040, not the Waterford of today or tomorrow, and to achieve that the planning must start now. We were very encouraged by the volume of interaction and feedback we had from members when creating our submission to the National Planning Framework and the Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy. Working with our newly formed Policy Advisory Panels enabled us to make informed and meaningful submissions and that method of working together to have our voice heard is essential to achieving a strong and sustainable vision for Waterford 2040. We invite you now to also get involved and together we can build a brighter future for Waterford. Gerald Hurley CEO, Waterford Chamber

08 COVER STORY “Once you put people downtown, all the debate about retail dying in the city centre will disappear.” – John Moran, former Secretary General of the Department of Finance

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“A new era for Justice in Waterford.” – Valerie Farrell, Nolan Farrell & Goff

“We need to be bold and ambitious, not inwardlooking.” – Dr. Richard Hayes, WIT

“The public reaction has just floored us.” – Maeve Ryan, The Book Centre

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BUSY TIMES at Chamber  By PAUL NOLAN, President, Waterford Chamber

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ello and welcome to our second edition of Network and thank you for your generous and encouraging responses to our inaugural issue at Christmas. Hard to believe I am ending one paragraph with Christmas and beginning the second remarking just how close Easter is! We all know time flies when we are busy and I can certainly state that on behalf of Gerald and all the team at Waterford Chamber. Over the past ten weeks, we’ve been very busy with getting our six Policy Advisory Panels up and running, making our second submission to the National Planning Framework (NPF) and our first, in this regard, to the Southern Regional Assembly, who are tasked with putting the meat on the bone of the National Plan, now that the Capital Plan has also been published. As our recent Waterford’s 2040 Vision Breakfast Forum in Garter Lane concluded, the NPF has the potential to be the greatest opportunity Waterford has been given to lead and develop the region. We at Waterford Chamber will proudly be that strong voice, delivering a unified and focused vision and a plan on behalf of businesses – a message clearly delivered to An Taoiseach on the occasion of his very recent visit to launch the NPF and Capital Plans for Waterford in Waterford Institute of Technology. Indeed, such messaging would not be as strong or effective but for your valued contributions as Chamber members. Thanks to Waterford Council, WLR, our media partners, and all our sponsors and judges, we were

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delighted to host our fourth Waterford Business Awards in Faithlegg House Hotel on Friday, 23rd February. Over 250 guests saw 33 finalists from over 200 entries feted with 11 winners, The Book Centre as Overall Waterford Business of the Year and AnneMarie Caulfield deservedly picking up the Judges’ Special Recognition Award. We are already planning the 2019 event, which may well include a partnership with Tramore, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chambers. Indeed, we are busily putting our Business Expo event together again, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 19th April at George Corbett Motors and interest is proving enormous and we hope to deliver another top class event, so definitely one for your diaries. Finally, I think it’s worth reflecting following our snow storm, the great collaborative and uniquely Irish jewel that is the Irish food and drink industry. Having been involved first hand for many years, even I am in awe of this ‘Team Ireland’. We’ve seen family farms providing; world-class processers producing; and dynamic retailers working together to provide all of us with wholesome, sustainably-produced, affordable food, no matter what the elements bring – we are so fortunate.

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At the Waterford's 2040 Vision Breakfast Forum at Garter Lane Arts Centre, February 2018: Richard Roger, voxgig; Stephen Blair, Southern Regional Assembly; Louise Grubb, Q1 Scientific; John Moran; Paul Nolan, Chamber President; Michael Walsh, Waterford City & County Council; Tom O'Keeffe, EY.

DECISION TIME for Waterford Former Secretary General of the Department of Finance and Director of the European Investment Bank John Moran led a panel discussion, organised by Waterford Chamber, at Garter Lane, following the publication of the National Development Plan. Moderated by Waterford Chamber President Paul Nolan, the panel included Michael Walsh, Chief Executive, Waterford Council; Stephen Blair, Southern Regional Assembly; Louise Grubb, Q1 Scientific; Richard Roger, CEO voxgig and Co-founder, nearForm and Tom O’Keeffe, EY. Mr Moran began the event by offering his own thoughts on Ireland’s 2040 Vision.

When I left the Department (of Finance), I started thinking about the way Ireland was moving as it came out of a rather troubled time. I’ve lived in many other countries across the world as I’m sure lots of people here have, so I’ve seen other ways of living and other approaches and trends. I realised that Ireland was in serious danger of becoming totally Dublin-centric so I went out and said you have to rebalance that and using the best principles of rebalancing it, it is going to mean building up urban hubs across other parts of the country 08

to actually allow people a new choice of living. Unless we do that, the only way for Ireland to remain competitive in the international market would be to divert so many resources into Dublin, so it could grow to be a city of two or three million people. That socially would become unacceptable across the rest of the country. IRELAND HAS A SHOT The thesis that’s been put forward now, and reflected in the National Planning Framework, is that Ireland has a shot. It’s not guaranteed but it

has a shot of allowing the regional cities of Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway to become potentially a power house against Dublin. Not so much that it’s a competition. There is a huge prize and a huge pie for everybody to share. It’s really from my mind a question of how does that actually get divided out and does 100% of it go to Dublin? Does a lot of it end up outside of Dublin and how does that happen? I was the first person to be completely lambasted by rural deputies across the country for recommending that billions be NETWORK • Q1 2018


spent outside Dublin. I have tried to explain why we should spend all this money outside of Dublin, fix up Limerick Junction, and do lots of other things and I being taken apart by people like Eamon O’Cuiv and others because I wasn’t recommending one-off housing across the country. One-off housing has been incredibly dangerous

lifestyle choice to Dublin. Those are a million people making a choice. We’re not displacing them, they haven’t figured out yet where they want to live, so it’s a question of them deciding where would they like to spend the next forty or fifty years of their life. We now have a group of people in Limerick that have been moti-

of Limerick? This is where the parallels of Waterford become very evident. The opportunity for the regional cities is by presenting themselves not as some sort of weak photocopy of Dublin. There is no point in Dublin even trying to pretend be London. In the past Dublin has been successful because it has presented itself as an

“I think you have a running shot at being a really powerful part of what I’d love to see in Ireland, which is the four regional cities working together.” for Ireland. We’ve built over half a million of them, most of them on an acre of land, which is actually a landmass the size of Wexford, so think of that as an unproductive use of agricultural land all over the country. The alternative, which you see in the National Planning Framework, which is why it’s really important, is ‘Compact Growth’, which is a recognition that it’s time for Ireland to turn things back in another direction. POPULATION GROWTH The great opportunity that Ireland has and the opportunity that Limerick and Waterford and others have, is that we are one of the few European countries which have significant population growth coming down the track. We have a million more people trying to live on this part of the island, as opposed to Northern Ireland, which could itself have a population growth if Brexit doesn’t end up ruining all of that – and that’s a very significant number. The question is, where do we put them? That’s what the National Planning Framework is supposed to say. It’s going to present massive challenges either for Dublin, because they’ll all end up in the rest of the country commuting to Dublin and back, or it represents both a challenge and an opportunity for the afore mentioned regional cities in particular, if they get their act together and present an alternative NETWORK • Q1 2018

vated in the last couple of years by looking at the city they love and realising that there has to be a better way. It’s an opportunity for those who are not politicians, although the politicians are involved, and not just the Chamber, although the Chamber are involved, to actually play a meaningful role in deciding what the city they want to live in grow old in will look like. That’s a fabulous opportunity to have. Before I was even in the Department of Finance, I might have assumed that you can’t really do anything about it, you can’t actually change the forces, the politicians decide, the councils decide, the council staff decide. But actually you can and we have a campaign in Limerick now that has started to take up quite a lot of traction called ‘Liveable Limerick’. It’s just a group of people who started about a year ago because the council had received money from the European Structural Fund, and were putting money aside to do the main street in Limerick. This plan was supposed to be done a year ago, but the reason the money hasn’t been spent is that people actually looked at the plan that was being produced and said this isn’t actually ambitious enough for the city that we want to live in. WHAT ARE THE OPPORTUNITIES? So what’s the opportunity for the city? What should city living look like in a city on the scale

alternative to London, and it seems to me it’s the same thing for the regional cities. They will never be Dublin but they can offer a choice of life that is incredibly different from what’s available in Dublin and it’s by distinguishing themselves that they have the opportunity to do that. I don’t want to pick on cities because I think we can learn from cities, but most people will remember how back in the 90s and the 2000s, the alternative place to live was Galway, which was an incredibly vibrant city and actually remains still. But Galway didn’t scale as a city very well and they didn’t scale for two reasons, one was that they built their city around a suburban model and they have also built their city around cars, so most people now find themselves stuck in congestion to the point where there are parts of Galway now where you could probably spend longer getting in and out than you do in Dublin. QUALITY OF LIFE Let’s look at the EY offices here in Waterford as an alternative choice. Think about these numbers – if you spend an hour commuting in Dublin, and that’s not by any stretch of the imagination, but compare one hour to 15 minutes, that’s actually an hour and a half a day, that’s an extra day a week that you’re working, that’s almost two months every year. It’s an extra year you’ve worked every six 09


years. We don’t value time enough, but imagine if somebody says to you if you move to Waterford, I’ll give you an extra year of salary every six years, over a lifetime multiply six years by thirty years of work and you get five years of salary. You could almost buy a house or buy a second house with that. If you can manage working in EY looking out over the park, walk out have a sandwich in the park and you live around the corner now you don’t need a car, that’s €6,000 of pre-tax income that you get in your pocket every year on top of an extra salary every five years. We in Ireland haven't figured this out. We haven’t built our cities that way. That's why when we look at some of the stuff that has been done in the public in Waterford, we look at it with envy from Limerick, certainly I can tell you that and probably people in Dublin look at it with envy. You think about the drama that’s going on in Dublin at the moment to try and reduce the amount of through traffic on College Green and you think about what you’ve actually achieved here in Waterford and you see how you can do it. But the future for Irish cities is not necessarily to stop all of the growth that’s occurring on the edges of them because there are some people who will still want that, but it’s to have really honest meaningful debates about what is the lifestyle choice that people actually want. I speak from personal experience, because the first thing I had to decide was – if I was going to become synonymous with Limerick as I seem to have these days – do I really need to live in Dublin? Professionally I do a lot in Dublin, I do a lot in Europe so there is a reason to want to be in Dublin, but I have actually decided to move to Limerick. I think I've become like

a reformed smoker because when I moved back from New York first in the 90s, I felt that the right place to live in Limerick was one of those suburban estates out beside where my parents were, where I went to primary school, where I had a garden and I put a hedge around the garden. But now I have bought a place in the city centre of Limerick, right beside the train station and my commute to the train in four and a half minutes. It will never be five and a half minutes unless I stop to meet somebody and talk to them. I have to go to the train station 10 minutes before the train once I have the ticket already in my pocket. I am incredibly efficient at getting there – in fact it’s become a bit of a joke with the guy who punches the ticket because I've been walking down the platform and it says 10 seconds to the train leaving. If I go a little bit earlier I’ll drop in for a cup of coffee or pick up a newspaper and I have a two hour commute to Dublin. When I come out in the morning I can walk to the gym, I can come back and pick up some milk if I want to and walk to the theatre. You can do lots of different things all within walking distance and increasingly across the world younger people, socalled millennials, who everyone thinks are on their devices, they’re actually craving interaction. The workplaces that we’re building for them involve that sort of interaction, that's what cities are about.

“When we look at some of the stuff that has been done in the public in Waterford, we look at it with envy from Limerick.”

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FUTURE OF REGIONAL CITIES They’re about people sharing ideas and forming communities and that’s the future for regional cities in Ireland because the chances of fixing Dublin at the moment, sadly it's going to take decades. Once you put people living downtown, all the debate you’re having about retail

dying in the city centre will disappear, because as soon as you live downtown and you don’t have a car, guess where you'll spend your money? In the shops around you and you stop having large Tesco shops or Lidl shops or Aldi shops and you’re getting it online sent to your house or you could just shop for two days, which means you can go to the butchers, you can go to the bakery, you can have an entirely different experience, almost European if you can call it that. It’s not for everybody but it is increasingly becoming the lifestyle choice of both young people and people at the other end of the spectrum who are realizing that life out in a big house outside cities or outside Irish towns is maybe not as fun as it used to be when there was three or four kids running around the house. Parents who have lived that lifestyle are realizing that actually for their kids it’s much more interesting to see them able to walk down to a drama class or walk across to a AstroTurf then them sitting with their a video game on their own as family sizes get smaller. It’s the social interaction, it’s the diversity that you get in cities. It’s actually having your kids mixing, not just with people earning the same amount of money as mum and dad maybe in a nice school out in the suburbs, but actually mixing young kids from Poland, young kids from Estonia, young kids from all the social backgrounds in Ireland and that is what is creating a really powerful urban experience. This brings me back to Waterford, so now you all have to decide which model you prefer – do you want to go to Dublin model, do you want to go to Galway model, do you want to actually try for something different? It will mean spending priority for social services, for public services downtown, it will mean putting money into facilities and it will mean putting more kids playgrounds with walking distance of here. But if you make that decision, I think you have a running shot at being a really powerful part of what

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I'd love to see in Ireland, which is the four regional cities working together. I have talked about the idea of not building an M20 but actually building an M24 so that you can get from Rosslare to Galway and you can still have people go by motorway to Cork, they just have to drive a little bit further. But I would, as I said in a tweet recently, think that the people in Cork would give up 10 or 15 minutes of their time driving 120km an hour to save a billion euros for the country, because a billion euros would do one hell of a job of putting in an infrastructure into Cork, Limerick and Waterford and we could even have a bunch left over for Galway. ATLANTIC CORRIDOR There is a question that I've been posing to some of your own leaders here since I came down, about this idea of an Atlantic corridor, whether Waterford wants to be part of it or not and I think you need to decide that. Don't ask politicians in Dublin, don't even ask Stephen (Blair, Southern Regional Assembly) to decide it for you. That is a key decision for Waterford to make. I remain reasonably convinced at this stage that the recent programme has given enough of a leeway to Galway, Limerick and ultimately to Cork to go for it as an Atlantic economic corridor, which I’m a big fan of. What that looks like effectively is an area of land that when you look at it from Beijing, looks like the same place. If you don't know anything about GAA you don't realize they’re three different places, especially when there's connectivity between them, it has three universities and has over a million people. It has the Burren, it has Blarney Castle, it has Connemara, it looks like a pretty good brochure for setting up your company. And once you decide, that's where you’re going to go, you want to be in Ireland, you want to be on the economic corridor, so think California versus New York, you’ve decided that you want to be in the California lifestyle that

you have in the Atlantic economic corridor, you now decide will I go to Galway, will I go to Cork, will I go to Limerick? You have to move to a point where it doesn't matter where that company goes – that's a success, it’s not failure. It’s not a loss to Limerick if they've suddenly decided to put something in Cork and vice versa, it’s a success. In

power because he has the pen on a lot of this stuff. That's where, if Waterford can help by making up its mind whether it wants to be part of that bigger family or whether it wants to remain as just a big guy in the South East, it’s a key decision to make in order to help us decide how to play. Because certainly from Galway, I’ve seen them move

“I would think that the people in Cork would give up 10 or 15 minutes of their time driving 120km an hour to save a billion euros for the country.” the same way, frankly, I’ve never heard anybody in Dublin giving out because and an IDA factory or and FDI factory has gone to Leixlip and not Cherrywood, but it takes almost as long to drive between the two of them as it takes to drive from Limerick to Galway. GAA jerseys again right! REGIONAL SUCCESS But what it comes down to in terms of Waterford is we can play the game either way, when you look at it from our perspective in Limerick. We can do the brochure, or we can write the brochure that also includes Waterford. Incidentally, I still agree that there needs to be a university in proximity to Waterford or a university facility, not necessarily its own university, named University of Waterford, but let’s park that conversation for a Q and A. All of a sudden now Waterford is describing itself as part of a region which has three universities, and it has a lot of other things. We can actually now add Tramore on to our list of places and Dungarvan and a lot of other places. And the power of that combination is much more compelling when the alternative is Dublin and whether our factory ends up in Waterford or Galway it becomes a success for that new region. And that’s where the second thing, which is the regional connectivity, comes in. That's where Stephen (Blair) really has a lot of

tremendously far in the last couple of years and they’re even talking now – Galway Chamber with Limerick Chamber and others. I think that if you started to get the Waterford pack in, next thing is Tipperary now have invested interest in this, frankly parts of Laois have interest in it. All of a sudden you create a block of political power which is able to demand resources for those areas in a selected area. When you’re in Dublin and you have to make allocations and Waterford wants one, Limerick wants one and Killarney wants one, and so on, the easiest decision is to just give them to Dublin because otherwise you end up sort of scattering bits and pieces across the rest of the country with a result that is not meaningful for anyone. Everyone gets a quarter of a hospital as opposed to a big hospital being put in the middle of four places and therefore the decision making goes wrong.  Following Mr Moran’s introduction, the discussion was open to the floor and for a full recording of the event, including the Q&A session, go to www. waterfordchamber.ie


SKY'S THE LIMIT FOR WATERFORD Conor McCarthy, Founder of Dublin Aerospace and Airline advisory firm, PlaneConsult, former Ryanair Executive and, most recently appointed Chairman of Stobart Air (Aer Lingus Regional), is a mentor on Waterford Chamber’s Regional Leaders Programme. Here Conor talks to Lynda Lawton about his love of Waterford, the National Development Plan and the future of Waterford Airport.

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or the past 25 years Conor McCarthy has been escaping the hustle and bustle of international jet-setting right here in Dunmore East. A third generation Dub, Conor has no qualms in saying Waterford is his second favourite county, saying he genuinely “loves the place”. “Dunmore is the ideal bolt hole when you need a break. Very often after travelling abroad, I hop in the car and come straight down to recharge the batteries, even if it’s only for one night. Within hours you’re in a relaxed state of mind.

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The people are most welcoming to visitors, not always the case in other counties.” Dublin Aerospace was established by Conor in 2009 and started operations at the former SR Technics site at Dublin Airport shortly after that company closed. “We bought equipment and started out with just six people. That quickly grew to 36, a couple of years later we were at 100 and today, during our peak winter season, we have over 400 people on site. We recently announced our plan to create 150 extra engineering

jobs over the next three years of which the first 50 are already in place. “In Dublin we are almost at ‘full employment’ right now and find it increasingly difficult to find talent, which seems to be a common trend.” Thankfully Dublin Aerospace has long-established Apprenticeships for Aircraft Engineers/MAMFs and Aircraft Mechanic/Composite & Structures Mechanic Traineeships with over 110 young people in training at any one time. “This helps us grow our own talent,” says

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Conor, “and we can invest in developing their skills and knowledge whilst they embrace our unique entrepreneurial culture from day one. There is wonderful positivity and energy that young people emit which is infectious. I love it!” A skills shortage is certainly not a new topic of conversation, but one which has been addressed in the latest plans by Government. “Too many kids are heading straight into Third Level in Ireland today when they are much better suited to vocational training where they are paid to train and they get real-life working skills and experience at the same time. The “Points Race” leads to many young people going for the most popular course in their points bracket rather than something that they truly want to do. If you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life.” NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN Conor has been following the National Development Plan quite closely and says it bodes well for the future, if it can be delivered. “I think as a National Plan, it fits together better than previous

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ones and it seems to hang together quite well. Prosperity has returned and Dublin City is creaking at the seams in terms of transport and infrastructure, so it had to be addressed. It certainly has ambitious targets and has focussed on the need for other Irish cities to grow even faster than Dublin. Cities like Waterford are expected to grow by 50% by 2030, which is ambitious when you consider it took hundreds of years to get to where we are now. The quality of life on offer in Waterford is excellent, so it makes for an attractive alternative.” NORTH QUAYS When asked about the North Quays, Conor believes it is “crucial” the development goes ahead without delay. “If you look at the city critically, there needs to be a lot more retail and entertainment. Right now there isn’t enough. Waterford needs that investment to create jobs and it will become a focal point for a fantastic city. The South Quays has such a rich heritage dating back to the Vikings, there is no way something of this magnitude could be done

there, but both sides will complement each other. “Ireland is one of the most open economies in the world, where we can trade and compete internationally. Dublin cannot do this on its own. There are numerous global projects Ireland Inc can apply for and there is a huge need for Ireland, as a team, to play better together. Our regions need to play a part in that. “Ireland ranks as Number One in the world in the aircraft leasing and finance industry with 9 of the top 10 Leasing Companies based here. In fact, over half the world’s commercial jet aircraft are managed from Ireland. We now have two clusters for aircraft leasing and associated services in in Shannon and Dublin. The same could be true of Waterford which has shown its Global Champion status through Bausch & Lomb and Sanofi amongst others. Both of these major employers have undergone significant challenges and transformations which have left them stronger. Three words come to mind here; Agility, Competitiveness and Responsiveness – all three can

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only be delivered by teams working well together”. “Dublin is not a big city in global terms and not the only place in Ireland that can support industries such as FinTech. Look at Waterford’s quality of life, education and relative lack of traffic congestion – it’s all very attractive. You can tap into WIT and great businesses that are only too willing to support each other. The likes of FinTech are hugely portable and does not have to be exclusive to Dublin. I recently visited Istanbul, Manila and Jakarta on business, cities that dwarf Ireland and where it takes three hours to cross from one side to another. It takes 90 minutes to drive to Waterford from Dublin. We need to think about how near we are, not how far.” WATERFORD AIRPORT Having had a career immersed in the airline business, it was only a matter of time before the conversation turned to Waterford Airport. “Waterford Airport was fine when we had a dysfunctional road transport network. It has long been my contention that without a jet-capable runway, it really can’t play a role in the most obvious of routes (London). You cannot make turbo-prop aircraft attractive when the competition are all flying fast jets such as the Airbus 320. “More importantly, the seat cost

on an A320 is far less than that of a turbo prop, so you won’t be price competitive either. Waterford, without jet capability, is not going to have any possibility of success. It’s been tried and tested and clearly doesn’t work. “A lot of the core infrastructure is there but you still need significant investment to get a 2,500m by 40m runway operational. The Government can’t/won’t do that on its own and that’s the challenge. Even with that done, you still have no guarantees you will attract an airline. The huge opportunity with Waterford Airport is for inbound Tourism. Far too many tourists land in Dublin and Cork and never visit the South East. With its beautiful scenery, food offerings, activities and coastline there is a golden untapped opportunity in the South East which could bring tourist dollars, jobs and further investment in the region.” REGIONAL LEADERS PROGRAMME When Conor was approached to become a mentor on the Waterford Chamber Regional Leaders Programme he agreed without hesitation. “I am a huge advocate for mentoring. It is a really formative experience and I am getting to work with great people in the programme. It’s lovely to hear

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other stories and you can form parallels in your own mind. I’m finding it very useful myself and think the whole thing is an excellent idea. The biggest benefit for people who are progressing or running their own business is you get to meet like-minded individuals on a local level and whilst their problems may be different, you can always draw parallels. You also get great perspective from listening to others. “Hopefully the groups are finding it useful, I’m certainly getting a great buzz from it. You pick up a lot of energy from them and it’s been very enjoyable for me – that energy and commitment the mentees have is really nice to experience. I understand business in the region better now and it’s more than just the well-known major multi-nationals. There are a lot of wonderful small companies providing quality employment and making good money.” My experience of the candidates in the Regional Leaders Programme is very reflective of the people of Waterford itself; positive about the future, opportunity-seeking, self-challenging and adaptable yet no sign of any chips on shoulders. All we need now is Dublin to retain Sam in 2018 and Waterford to win the Liam McCarthy Cup!

Coming September 2018 The Regional Leaders Programme is designed to develop leaders for the future in the South East Region. The programme is aimed at professionals who want to develop their leadership competencies, as well as employers seeking to increase the capacity of their internal talent pool. The programme runs monthly from September to July and will be delivered using a mentoring model supported by lunchtime mastermind workshops. Participants will attend workshops and engage in mentoring sessions on alternative months. To avoid disappointment, contact Kelly Cummins today at 051 311135 for further details.

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2018 marks a new era for the delivery of Justice in Waterford as the Courts Service have spent in excess of €20 million upgrading the Catherine Street Courthouse in the city, writes Valerie Farrell, Nolan Farrell & Goff.

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he imposing classical style courthouse remains an important component of the architectural heritage of the city and is now greatly enhanced by the modern extension and refurbishment of the original building. Originally designed by John B Keane and built in 1849, the courthouse became derelict by the mid 1970s. A team of Waterford solicitors, including the late John PC Goff, of Nolan Farrell & Goff and Eamonn King from Dungarvan, obtained an Order of the High Court directing the government of the day to provide resources for appropriate court facilities for the people of Waterford. A renovation and extension was completed and court sittings again resumed in Catherine Street in the 1980s. Nolan Farrell & Goff Solicitors and Notaries (NFG) have been a constant presence in the courthouse over generations. It is a long-established firm with its roots going back as far as the beginning of the last century when law was practiced at a different speed and in a different way. The business that exists today was founded in 1975, when two solicitors’ practices in Waterford City amalgamated – George A. Nolan & Co. (founded in 1914) and Farrell & Farrell (founded 1920). Generations of legal minds have worked in the firm over the years, and that family tradition continues to this day. Nowadays NFG is a progressive and modern law firm. It is one of the largest provincial solicitors’ practices in Ireland, currently with in excess of 35 legal and support staff including 15 experienced solicitors, each with their own specialist areas of practice. This

ensures a comprehensive range of legal services is delivered to expert standard. NFG provide cost-effective legal advice to a broad range of clients adopting a professional, user-friendly and solution-based approach in dealing with client issues. The importance of good communication to achieve the best outcomes for clients is a central tenet of the practice. The use of modern software and technology coupled with continuous training and education has helped the firm to evolve to a very high standard. The Catherine Street Courthouse is due to re-open for business again in the spring of 2018. There will be state-of-the-art facilities including six courtrooms, consultation facilities, technologically advanced recording and viewing facilities (including video link to courthouses nationally and internationally). It is anticipated that there will be a significant increase in legal business conducted in Waterford. Waterford lawyers and the public alike can now be proud to welcome the public, the judiciary and practitioners from far and wide to our modern city and courthouse. Just like the courthouse, NFG is around a long time – the modern combined with the traditional. Its progressive team of lawyers are excited to continue to represent the people and businesses of Waterford and beyond as the region continues to develop, modernise and grow in these exciting times. Please contact the team at 051 859999, reception@nfg.ie or see www.nfg.ie.

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FUTURE

Waterford Institute of Technology’s ambitions for the city and the region

 By DR RICHARD HAYES, VP for Strategy, Waterford Institute of Technology

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aterford’s greatest challenge is one of the imagination. So often we struggle to define a brighter future and in the absence of a clear vision comfort ourselves with stories of our victimhood. Waterford City’s motto has been Urbs Intacta Manet Waterfordia (“Waterford remains the untaken city”) since 1497 and, while this speaks to our resilience as a community, it also suggests that we are content to settle within ourselves – in a time of rapid change, boasting we are “untaken” suggests a rigidity and conservatism, a turning from imaginative possibility for the comforts of the known and the tried and tested. If the city and the wider region is to prosper, we need to be bold and ambitious, not inward-looking. We need to take the risk of imagining a

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very bright future. This imaginative leap is the first step to bringing that future into being. The Waterford Institute of Technology Strategic Plan for the period 2018 to 2021 has recently been launched. The attempt in the Plan is to sketch a very bright future for the South East, a future driven by Waterford Institute of Technology’s ambition to be amongst the top 100 “new” universities (that is, universities under 50 years old) by 2030. This ambition is well-founded – the Institute’s success is demonstrable and well-known: it remains amongst the biggest of the Institutes of Technology, with a unique breadth of courses, and is particularly successful in research – but also that ambition is at the edge of credibility and possibility. Certainly,

without significant structural change and wide-scale political and commercial support such an ambition will be difficult to achieve – yet the difficulty of the task, to paraphrase John F. Kennedy when he spoke of the moon landings, is of course what makes the task worthwhile. Future prosperity will depend on the generation and exploitation of new ideas and new ways of doing things and a modern university, where ideas can be explored, refined, and tested, functions in this sense as an engine for social and economic transformation for the benefit of all. The distinguishing feature of such a university is its inclusiveness. A new university will be expected to offer courses and opportunities to all citizens taking as a given the universal

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human right to education as a route to personal realisation. A new university will also be expected to include all academic disciplines, not just the immediately useful (like Engineering, Medicine) but the less obviously useful (Art, Music, Dance, Literature, History): the breadth of disciplines and the intermingling of paradigms creates the most vibrant environment for innovation. The university is an open space – literally and metaphorically – where ways of thinking are disassembled and reshaped so that new ideas can be born and developed and tested. The university is open in its engagement with other actors in society, including business – “new” universities have a critical role in developing both employment opportunities and human capital. A Top 100 new university in the region will build on the deep traditions of Waterford Institute

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of Technology but will necessarily involve enhancing the Institute’s operations in order to enhance its impact. The Institute’s Strategic Plan in this sense is a recipe for organisational change and involves a reorientation of the organisation. It must be clearly stated, however, that changing the organisation’s designation with a simple change of name will not be sufficient. Attracting more top researchers to the organisation in areas that have been identified as central to future regional growth – ICT, bio-pharmaceuticals, advanced manufacturing, for instance – is dependent on having the profile of a Top 100 university, which in part means having the resources to be able to offer state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories and a pipeline of talented and well-trained students. The Institute’s Strategic Plan goes some way to charting a path towards generating the necessary

resources, but the State and the wider community will need also to support the Plan in order to bring it to fruition. The reshaping of the university must be part of a larger re-orientation within the region where the combined forces of local government, enterprise and the education system create structures that enable equitable development and exciting innovation. These are exciting times for the city and the region; there are opportunities to be seized. These opportunities can be realised together with bravery and imagination.

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Grow your business with PUBLIC CONTRACTS  By ROSS MCCARTHY, InterTradeIreland

At the start of each business year, many business owners ask themselves how they are going to drive the business forward. The following are the most common ways to drive business growth. 1.  Get a bank loan – access to credit remains an issue for SMEs. 2.  Seek government funding – this can be slow, the process competitive and it can cost equity. 3.  Equity investment & alternative funding sources – an option for companies but often at a premium. 4.  Target growth through large contracts – many businesses are unsure how to do this. 5.  Collaborate with others – Ireland’s peculiar obsession with secrecy means that consortiums and enhanced cooperation are rarer here than in other EU states. For cash-strapped businesses, the latter two ways are not highlighted enough. Large contract growth through government contracts is in the interest of every business either on their own or in a consortium. The public contracts market in Ireland is worth over €12bn per annum. There are 185,000 SMEs trading in Ireland but only a fraction of them are seriously

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competing for public contracts. Companies should consider the following two questions: • Are you good at what you do and can you back this up? • Have you considered the growth that cash-flow from a large public contract can drive? There are less capable performers winning work because too many businesses do not try to win public contracts or they compete poorly and half-heartedly. Public buyers want to work with SMEs. They are often more agile, more innovative and more accessible than multinationals. The owners are more invested in ensuring a good outcome. SO: IF NOT YOU, THEN WHO? AND IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN? The Chamber of Commerce in Waterford is a very useful resource as is the Local Enterprise Office in Waterford. Both these organisations can provide useful information as first port of call to companies starting to consider public contracts. SMEs interested in growing their business through large

contract growth should familiarize themselves with the Office of Government Procurement’s website (www.ogp.gov.ie ) as well as the state’s tender platform for advertising tenders www.etenders. gov.ie . Training is provided on a regular basis throughout the South East by www.intertradeireland. com. Workshops are scheduled to take place in Wexford and Carlow in the coming months (check the full schedule for dates). SMEs often tell us that they do not know where to go to identify opportunities to win public contracts or are afraid of tendering. Our advice is that no business should let the process of winning work discourage them from going for these contracts. This is a captive market and this money is spent every year. Public contracts can provide a buffer against economic downcycles and providing the contract is honoured by the supplier, there is no risk of non-payment.

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EUROPEAN FUNDING at your fingertips Getting access to funding can be a minefield for most SMEs, but there are many opportunities within the EU, as Deirdre Clune MEP outlines. COSME This is a new programme specifically designed to support SMEs. COSME aims to improve SMEs’ access to finance and markets, support entrepreneurs and promote better conditions for business creation and growth. The programme facilitates and improves SMEs’ access to finance through two financial instruments, the Loan Guarantee Facility and the Equity Facility for Growth. For more see https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/ cosme SME INSTRUMENT This programme targets highly innovative SMEs with a strong ambition to grow and internationalise, regardless of whether they are high-tech, research-driven, social or services-providing companies. SMEs can get up to € 2.5 million each in funding for business support and mentoring in phase 1, 2 & 3 of this fund. http://ec.europa. eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/ h2020-section/sme-instrument HORIZON 2020 SMEs can participate in the Horizon 2020 research programme including: • Industrial leadership’: Innovation in SMEs • The Sustainable Industry Low Carbon Scheme (SILC II) • Part of the ‘Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies’ dimension of H2020 • ‘Societal challenges’: The

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energy efficiency part of the challenge ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’; • Calls for proposals on waste, water innovation and sustainable supply of raw material under the challenge ‘Climate action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials’. Information on Horizon 2020 is available through EASME, the EU’s special agency for SMEs: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/ horizon2020 TOURISM Much of the funds mentioned are available to SMEs in the tourism industry. A specific guide to EU funding for the tourism sector is also available here: http:// ec.europa.eu/growth/content/ guide-eu-funding-tourism-sectorupdated-version-0_en EU-BACKED SMALL BUSINESS LOANS Support for entrepreneurs and businesses is available through a wide range of EU programmes, via local financial institutions. Help for funding of projects through loans, guarantees, equity funding and others is available through their website: http:// europa.eu/youreurope/business/ funding-grants/access-to-finance CONNECTING EUROPE FACILITY (CEF) PROGRAMME This finances projects to fill the missing links in the EU’s energy,

transport and digital networks, and information on the funding and eligibility criteria can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/inea OTHER FUNDS The Microfinance Facility of the Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) helps the SME sector by providing loans of up to € 25 000 to individuals for setting up or developing a small business EUROPEAN SOCIAL FUND (ESF) provides support to SMEs to help them improve their competitiveness, for example through training The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) enables SMEs to benefit from higher levels of support as the vast majority of firms in fisheries and aquaculture are SMEs These are just some of the European funding options on offer from the European Union, and you can find a complete guide to all EU funds on the European Commission’s website: http:// ec.europa.eu/budget/funding/ index_en The European Investment Bank also has many opportunities for business funding. The EIB have recently opened an office in Ireland and can be contacted at: 8 Upper Mount Street Dublin 2 Ireland 01-5675522 NETWORK • Q1 2018


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FINANCIAL WELL-BEING through WORKPLACE BANKING  By YVONNE HUDSON, KBC’s Manager of Workplace Banking PwC’s Employee Wellness Survey 2017 shows that one in three employees report that their personal finances have been a distraction at work. In addition to this, the same survey states that 46% of those who are distracted by their finances at work say that they spend more than three hours of their working week each week thinking about or dealing with their personal finances. These figures highlight the link between employees’ wellbeing and their personal finances. In the first few months of a new year, personal finances are often at the forefront of people’s minds and questions arise like, ‘How do I manage my money, get a mortgage or save smarter in the year ahead?’ KBC’s workplace banking ensures that employees spend less time managing their finances by making it accessible and convenient for staff. We offer employees a dedicated Relationship Manager and direct contacts details which many of the employees we work with say this makes banking easier by giving them someone directly to talk to. Our aim is to make banking accessible for employees in the workplace and we work with a number of companies across Ireland to do this. Many of the companies we work with have included workplace banking as part of their employee benefits package. Not only does this offer employees peace of mind and a flexible and

KBC Waterford Team convenient banking option, KBC also actively supports companies in creating a financial and overall wellness programme for employees throughout the year that includes tailor-specific on-site ‘Lunch and Learn’ seminars for employees based on their needs. As part of the seminars we provide, we have worked with independent thirdparty specialists in the areas of overall wellness and stress management to create value for employees and add to employer wellness programmes. Basic financial education for employees is an essential investment for every business. At KBC, providing financial knowledge to customers in an accessible way is something that is very important to us. We recently launched an online platform called ‘The ‘KBCs

of Banking’ to support and help customers to achieve a greater awareness and understanding of managing their finances at every life stage, with particular focus on online and digital banking. This webpage features on KBC.ie and showcases a broad range of content in a mix of simplified language, animation and graphics and ensures Irish consumers have the tools to make informed financial decisions. Providing and empowering people with access to financial knowledge is critical to their wellbeing and doing this at their workplace is a great way of encouraging financial wellbeing at work. The research is testament to this with PwC’s findings showing a correlation between employees’ financial wellbeing and a company’s bottom line.

KBC offers the following financial management tips to employees: DECIDE HOW MUCH YOU CAN PUT ASIDE – BUDGET BETTER The first thing you need to do is look at your income and what you spend each month and decide, realistically, how much you can save each month after living expenses and outstanding debt.

START SAVING EARLY Get into the habit of saving from your first job. Even with high rents and other outgoings, set aside a small percentage of your take-home pay, and increase it as your salary rises. You’ll be amazed how much you can save even in those early years.

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The Ryan Story The Book Centre wins Overall Waterford Business of the Year


“It is so important to support local businesses because that money may eventually find its way back into your pocket.”  By LYNDA LAWTON, Waterford Chamber

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here’s something special about The Book Centre. It’s hard to identify exactly what it is, but everyone who crosses the threshold feels it. Is it being surrounded by so much knowledge, or the tranquillity you feel as you relax with a page-turner in ‘The Well’, as the soft trickle of the fountain blends with the lilting sounds of music? Whatever it is, it’s working and the efforts of the Ryan family and their team were formally recognised as they were named Overall Waterford Business of the Year at the Waterford Business Awards, organised by Waterford Chamber and media partners WLR, in Faithlegg House Hotel on 23rd February, as well as scooping the Customer Service Excellence Award. The Book Centre follows in the footsteps of Dawn Mears, nearForm and Ardkeen Quality Food Store and cements its position as one of the leading retailers in Waterford. WHEN SEAN MET MAUREEN The tale of The Book Centre began nearly five decades ago when Seán met Maureen. Seán Ryan, already a successful businessman with Ryan’s Decorating Centre, was looking to branch out into something new. He had set his sights on the travel business but his young wife was an avid reader and encouraged Sean to open a book shop. The Book Centre first opened its doors 46 years ago on Michael Street and over the next two decades the business thrived, leading Seán to spot an opportunity to develop the old Art Deco Cinema in John Robert’s Square. With a keen eye for architecture and design, Seán’s vision became a reality as the run-down premises was transformed into the magnificent structure it is today. He dug up and down and created a vault of magical stories that is loved by young and old to this very day. That something special is not just NETWORK • Q1 2018

in Waterford now, but extends to Wexford, Kilkenny and Naas, and has the support of almost 100 staff across the four stores. Fifteen years ago Seán passed the mantle to his daughter Maeve, who took over as Managing Director, but his passion for retail has never waned and has been passed down a generation. RYAN'S DAUGHTER “I remember as a small girl being in the old shop doing little jobs in the stock room. I was about 19 when work began on the new shop and couldn’t believe the foresight Dad had – he could see the whole thing finished in his head. I would come at the weekends and start climbing ladders, with David Flynn shouting at me to put on a hard hat. There’s something special about retail – that buzz you get when no two days are the same. That’s what keeps us fresh and determined to offer the best customer experience.” Since accepting the award from Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr Pat Nugent, Seán, Maeve and Store Manager Catherine Kavanagh have been inundated with well wishes and messages of support. “It’s been overwhelming”, says Maeve. “The public reaction has just floored me to be honest and everyone has something nice to say. It’s been fantastic for the staff as well and they have a renewed sense of pride in their work. We hoped we would win the Customer Service Excellence Award, but it never entered our thoughts that we would win the Overall Award – it wasn’t even on our radar.” Catherine echoes the sentiments and says it was wonderful to see the heart-warming reception for The Book Centre as the Mayor called out their name and the room erupted in applause. “It was so emotional to have Seán and Maureen there and to walk up to the stage beside Seán

is something I’ll never forget. We are like a family – there’s huge loyalty among the staff. To have that acknowledged means so much to us.” That dedication was certainly shown the following morning as Catherine and the team, after only three hours sleep, opened the shop doors and began by creating a beautiful window display for their trophies. “We were never so proud to open the doors and the atmosphere in here was fantastic. It’s really made a huge difference to us. We can’t thank the judges enough and we look forward to celebrating by supporting another local business very shortly,” Catherine said. SHOP LOCAL During the recent snow storm, The Book Centre was forced to close for four days, which was certainly tough for retailers, but Maeve said they had to consider the safety of their staff first. She is a huge advocate for supporting local and is encouraged by recent developments in terms of the North Quays. “It is so important to support local businesses because that money may eventually find its way back into your pocket. If you buy books from us, we can pay staff, who in turn may go eat in your restaurant. I firmly believe the more retailers who open, the better it is for business. There’s no point getting hung up about people shopping online – you have to keep developing and changing with the times, so we have a blended shopping experience, both online and instore. For us the most important thing is to create a retail outlet that people want to come in to – and if we secure online sales as well, then all the better.” As The Book Centre approaches its golden jubilee, the celebration plans are being kept under wraps – but rest assured they have enough to celebrate for now as Overall Waterford Business of the Year. 27


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shot. I feel my instincts were right and I’ve picked up more work than I might otherwise have by being seen and known to be locally based in the South East, which is the “circuit” I mainly practice on. Business aside though, it wasn’t easy at 27 (as I was then) to leave behind a bustling hub like Dublin, and for the first few months, I definitely wondered whether I’d made a mistake. However over time, I’ve come to appreciate that bigger isn’t always better and Waterford, for all its compact size, certainly packs a punch. There’s an amazing creative vibe to the city that I never picked up on as a teenager. The Council have done an incredible job of bringing this to the fore and interweaving it with our Viking heritage, and I’m really excited about the future plans for a Cultural Quarter on O’Connell Street. The new Apple Market has made going for a few drinks in Geoff’s or Davy Macs feel much more cosmopolitan, and

with the recent announcement of the Government’s investment in the North Quays project, the atmosphere in the city is pretty electric. I can literally see Waterford changing and growing before my eyes, and it’s an exciting time to be here. I feel invested in her future, and confident that she’s going to realise her full potential over the next few years. I don’t know any other county that has such a diversity of beautiful beaches, breath-taking mountains and scenic cycle routes, all wrapped around what is about to become a major urban city. At least, I don’t know of anywhere similar with reasonable property prices!

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Brian Devereux Senior Manager Audit, EY

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aving returned to Ireland in early 2016, after spending nine years in Vancouver, Canada, I often get asked the question – why did you come home? The response I usually give is the reason my wife and I originally came up with after a brief visit home in 2015. The reasons we stay are different. I was born and raised in Waterford City, attending local primary and secondary schools. I obtained a BA in Accounting at WIT and subsequently secured a training contract position with MK Brazil & Co. Chartered Accountants, which afforded me with the opportunity to qualify as a Chartered Accountant in 2007. The Irish Chartered Accountant qualification, highly regarded globally, opened the door for me to work for Deloitte in Vancouver. With a two-year work permit in hand, flights and accommodation covered by my new employer, my wife and I departed in March 2007. It took some time to settle in, but we adapted to living in an apartment on the 16th floor, overlooking Stanley Park and the North Shore Mountains, where we skied during the winter and walked and ran the trails during summer (while being

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cautious of the local black bears and cougars!). In late 2008, due to economic conditions at home, we decided to extend our work permits. It was not the worst place to be stuck. I was advancing my career with Deloitte, we got to experience the 2010 Winter Olympics and we bought a home in North Vancouver. Work was challenging but interesting. I was fortunate to work with a broad range of clients in such industries as commercial and residential property management and development, education, tech start-ups, forestry, automotive, airplane engine maintenance, ski and golf course resorts, retail, pensions and private equity investments. Fast forward to 2015 – two Canadian-Irish kids and a mortgage later. After returning to Vancouver from a trip home, the Irish Accountancy Magazine was dropped to my office. As I had done for the past eight and a half years, I flipped to the jobs pages and there was a full page advert for a local audit firm in Waterford, which got me thinking. Over the course of the next few weeks,

and some difficult discussions, we decided to give it a go at home provided I could secure a comparable job. Our kids would get to spend time with grandparents and extended families and receive a good education. We are now home two years and continue to integrate ourselves with working and living in Waterford City. There is a lot of will for improvement and advancement locally and the city is very close to a significant development which hopefully will spark further investment and opportunities, so we can provide exciting prospects for many over the next few years. Waterford is a very attractive location with a more affordable cost of living compared to other cities in Ireland. We have lots of great public amenities such as the Greenway, the RSC, the People’s Park, golf courses, river walks, miles of beaches and coastline. I think we sometimes need reminding of what is on our doorstep.

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Renewed focus on skills  By JOHN HALLIGAN TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development

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he improved labour market situation in Ireland is leading to a renewed focus on supporting skills development for lifelong learning and people in employment. The Action Plan for Education and the National Skills Strategy acknowledge that the development of the skills of those at work will play a key role in the context of future growth, and confirm the need to work with employers and employees to incentivise flexible learning opportunities. I want to bring to your attention some of the key initiatives that will increase participation in life-long learning and skills development for those in the workplace. The National Training Fund (NTF), which is administered within my Department, is used to raise the skills of those in employment, to provide training to those who wish to acquire skills for the purposes of taking up employment and to provide information relating to existing or future requirements for skills in the economy. Recently, as the labour market improves, there has been a shift in the focus of investment with more funding allocated to training those in employment due to the upturn in our economy and growing numbers of people in employment. 2018 has seen an increase in funding to support apprenticeships, traineeships, Skillnets and Springboard for this purpose. ACTION PLAN FOR EDUCATION The target in the Action Plan for Education will see a total of 50,000 apprenticeship and traineeship registrations by 2020.This represents more than a doubling of apprenticeship activity alone by 2020. In Waterford, the expansion of existing and new apprenticeships and

traineeships will be led by WIT and WWETB. The new apprenticeships span a wide range of skills and sectors and will be developed in response to identified skill needs in the economy. Skillnets actively supports and works with businesses in Ireland to address their current and future skills needs. Skillnets networks, including the Waterford Chamber Skillnet, arrange relevant, cost-effective and innovative training courses for member companies who operate on both a regional and sector-specific basis. STRONGER LINKS Springboard+ provides free or heavily subsidised upskilling and reskilling higher education opportunities in areas of identified skills need. In Waterford, Springboard courses are provided through WIT and this year, for the first time, Springboard+ courses will be extended so that all courses will now be open to people irrespective of their employment status. To help foster stronger links between employers and the education and training sector, the Dept. of Education and Skills has established a network of nine Regional Skills Fora, including one in the South East. Each forum provides robust labour market information to inform programme development while encouraging greater collaboration between ETBs, IOTs, Universities and Industry. These initiatives, and others such as the Skills for Work programme and eCollege, reflect this Government’s emphasis on the importance of life-long learning and upskilling/reskilling throughout one’s career in order to meet the growth demand at a national and regional level.

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Waterford Chamber Skillnet believes that training and upskilling are key elements in keeping companies competitive and they support and work with businesses in the South East region to address their current and future skills needs. Here, Network Manager Sara Mullally answers some key questions.

WHY SHOULD I CHOSE WATERFORD CHAMBER SKILLNET? Waterford Chamber Skillnet works with its members to identify and drive training and upskilling in the South East. We take the hassle out of organising your training. Our dedicated team have extensive knowledge to assist you in articulating and delivering the right programme for your business needs. We have a panel of professional trainers who lead the way in training and development, whether you are a start up, SME or Multinational. IS SKILLNET PART OF WATERFORD CHAMBER? Yes. Waterford Chamber is our host company and we work hand in hand with the Chamber team to ensure the training needs of the business community are met. We work on a number of initiatives together, including our Learn at Lunch series, where we can provide accredited CPD certs for professionals such as those working in Law, Insurance or Construction. We also work with Waterford Chamber on Toys4.0Engineers, as we have an ongoing relationship with industry in the region. HOW MUCH CAN I SAVE BY GOING TO SKILLNET? You can save up to 25%. In 2017 over 240 member companies knew this and engaged with Waterford Chamber Skillnet. We worked with over 1,300 individual trainees and delivered a total of 6,300 training days to member companies. The

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network also delivered 66 certified programmes or modules ranging from QQI Level 4 to a Level 9 Masters of Computing with our partner Waterford Institute of Technology. WHY TRAIN MY STAFF? As an employer it is important to invest in the continuous upskilling and cross-skilling of your staff for the future of your business and the future employability of your staff. Training and Development through our network allows owner managers and employees to ensure their knowledge and skills remain relevant and up to date with current and future trends in business or industry. Our programmes also aim to challenge employers and employees to engage in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation for their business. Waterford Chamber Skillnet can assist companies to identify and close skills gaps for employees. Investing in your staff, allowing them the opportunity to advance their career and showing confidence in their ability, can only lead to a more stable and happier work environment. In the era of a competitive skills market, this has never been more important. IS TRAINING AVAILABLE FOR ANY SIZE BUSINESS? Yes, no matter what size or sector, you can access training. We have a broad variety of open courses that allow small or large companies to attend for the same subsidised rate.

WHAT ARE THE ADDED BENEFITS OF TRAINING? Giving small companies a platform to train and develop alongside major companies above the SME status. Training is delivered locally in the region to eliminate costly travel and over night stays. One of the biggest benefits is the collaboration and networking on offer with other companies, allowing your staff to make professional contacts, build knowledge and exchange ideas. WHAT IF I HAVE A SPECIFIC TRAINING REQUIREMENT? You have a voice to shape and mould the type of training we deliver and how it is delivered. Our courses are employer led, which enables us to assist with developing skills within the local business community. We regularly run shared training among sector specific members such as ICT, healthcare or manufacturing, or you can host your own training in house. HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE? If you have a training requirement, we would love to hear from you. Don’t hesitate to give us a call on 051 311131 and we would be happy to discuss our services with you. You can also join the Waterford Chamber Skillnet network for free by emailing skillnet@waterfordchamber.ie and you will be kept up to date with all our training offerings.

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s employment figures rise and investors show increasing confidence in Ireland, there are more and more opportunities knocking on the doors of our skilled labour force. Failing to look at succession planning or allowing the workplace to become stagnant can be detrimental to the future of your business, according to Jim Tumulty of New Links Training Solutions. “Now is the time to plan for the future and work on retaining your staff, particularly those you have earmarked as potential leaders and managers. It is essential that you invest in your employees, making them feel valued by allowing them to upskill or retrain on your time. SMEs need to focus on building key skills within their organisation and ongoing research highlights that employees respond very positively to this type of support.” New Links Training Solutions is a leading Irish provider of premium professional development training. Courses are designed to challenge, stimulate, and promote the personal and professional development of participants with a focus on encouraging people to reach their full potential and competency. Their customised training courses are developed through consultation with clients and partners to ensure that training is relevant, cost-effective and focused on tangible outcomes. All courses are tailored to your specific business needs to ensure improved job performance, employee motivation and increased job satisfaction – a win-win for you and your organisation! New Links focus on delivering specialist training in the areas of Supervisory Management, Leadership and Coaching, Training and Development, Conflict Management, Manual Handling Instruction, Career

Janet and Jim Tumulty, New Links Training Solutions Development and Customer Service. New Links offer work-based learning programmes as well as blended learning options, which involve both classroom and online interaction. According to owner Janet Tumulty, “People need to learn from other people, who have the knowledge, skills, and experience. There is no substitute for experience and our team of highly-skilled trainers are experts in their professional fields.” Janet is currently working with Waterford Chamber Skillnet conducting a Case Study Report on the inaugural Regional Leaders Programme and she says that the mentoring process is critical in developing leaders of the future. “Through our work on Waterford Chamber’s Regional Leaders Programme, it is clear to see that the programme is designed to offer the participants real-life experiences and advice. Face to face interaction offers the mentee the experience of mentoring, coaching and critical reflection, which are essential in any form of professional development.” To find out more about New Links Training Solutions visit www.newlinkstraining.com.

“Thanks a lot, New Links for a great course, lots of high energy, loved the case examples and workshop interactions. The course was interesting, well supported, a great chance to upskill in a safe environment and an added opportunity to meet different people.” – James, Collen Construction


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Movers & Shakers New appointments in the Waterford business community

AMY O'SULLIVAN

JOANNE O'LEARY

DEBBIE DOOLY

Sales & Marketing Executive, Chia Bia

Senior Consultant, La Crème

Marketing Manager, Eco Burner

Chia Bia, Europe’s leading suppliers of the nutrient-dense super chia seed have announced the appointment of Kilkenny native Amy O'Sullivan, who joins the team as Sales & Marketing Executive. After completing her studies in DCU, Amy started her own business within the Health and Wellness Industry. She is a keen networker and plays an active role on the committee of the Network Ireland Kilkenny branch. Speaking on the appointment Amy said, “I am delighted to be joining the exceptional team at Chia Bia. It’s an especially exciting time because we are expanding into new worldwide markets. Between increasing demand for our core product range of chia seeds and working on a number of exciting new developments which will see us widen the range of Chia Bia products, it’s great to join such an innovative company. With education and innovation being our mission there is never a quiet moment in the Marketing Department!”

Joanne joined La Crème in December 2017 after a successful two years recruiting on the National Sales & Marketing team at Morgan McKinley. As a senior consultant in La Crème Joanne is responsible for recruiting office support staff on a temporary, contract and permanent basis throughout the South East. Joanne has previous experience in Account Management and Consultative Sales which she gained over nine years working for a leading multinational organisation. It is this experience that gives Joanne her consultative approach to recruitment. This approach ensures that clients and candidates alike can rest assured that all of their needs are fully understood which allows her to deliver the perfect candidate to their perfect employer.

Eco Burner welcomed Debbie Dooly to the team as Marketing Manager in January 2018. The Waterford headquartered company is based at the Airport Business Park and supplies customers in the Hospitality and Catering Industry across 44 countries. Eco Burner is a technology-driven business who supply hotels with a safer, cleaner and greener food-warming system that has unique patented features. Sustainability is at the heart of the company’s values and Debbie is responsible for consistently delivering the brands key messages across its international markets while implementing digital strategies to build brand recognition and reputation. Prior to working with Eco Burner, Debbie was Marketing Manager at Chia Bia for six years where she was responsible for creating and growing the brand.

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‘THE HOT DESK’ WLR launches new business show WLR has just launched its new weekly business show ‘The Hot Desk’. Airing on Wednesday evenings at 6.15pm, the programme aims to cover what’s happening in the business world in Waterford City and County, covering the issues that matter and giving voice to business people from the smallest sole trader to the largest multinational. The Hot Desk is presented by former BBC reporter and producer Julie Smyth, who has been part of the newsteam in WLR since her return to Waterford in 2015. Julie says the timing of the show couldn’t be better with the city’s fortunes on the rise: “There is a

palpable sense of opportunity and optimism now in Waterford. It was really evident at the recent Waterford Chamber Business Awards what fantastic businesses there are, led by people with real passion for what they do. I can’t wait to meet those who will be instrumental in shaping the future of the city and county for generations to come.” If you have an idea or would be like to feature on The Hot Desk, contact hotdesk@wlrfm.com and tune in on Wednesdays at 6.15pm, just after the six o’clock news.


START ME UP! Taking the leap to start your own business in no mean feat. Since introducing our reduced Start-up rate of membership, we have welcomed a number of new dynamic entrepreneurs to Waterford Chamber. We are delighted to meet two of them in our second edition and wish them continued success.

Jeni Pim of Jen’s Kitchen is a Ballymaloe-trained chef specializing in corporate cakes, hampers, bespoke cakes and food orders made from the highest quality ingredients. While also teaching small groups from her kitchen near Fenor, Jeni loves to impart her extensive knowledge to help others re-ignite their love of food.

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Founded by Hillary Coghlan in December 2016, Triangle Marketing is in business to design and innovate the services and experiences for the businesses of tomorrow. Technology, market disruption, and demanding and perceptive customers bring sharply into focus the need for design to help solve the problems people face. Hillary started Triangle Marketing to help drive a design-led, people-centric, design thinking approach for

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businesses locally in Waterford and the South East. Located at Boxworks Co Work Space, Hillary is passionate about helping small business to start, scale and grow, approaching businesses through a design thinking and market fit lens involving research, service design, innovation and marketing. Hillary has a range of experience in research, marketing, business management, service design and innovation has evolved and developed over 25 years working for large and small companies, in the public, private and voluntary services sectors, locally in Ireland, nationally in the UK and Australia. Hillary believes in continuous

professional development is key to the value she generates for her clients. Triangle Marketing offers a competitive business model for innovative business mentoring and consultancy practice in Waterford and the South East. To explore how your business might benefit from a free consultation contact Hillary Coghlan at 086 3448551.

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11th October 2018 WIT Arena, Waterford

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Toys4.0Engineers to showcase areas of excellence “There is now a great opportunity for the Waterford City region to develop and redefine itself as a centre of excellence both nationally and internationally”, according to Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley. Having been identified as the Capital City for the region in the National Planning Framework, Waterford is primed for major development in the coming years. “We can already see the foundations of expertise in the tech and pharma industries evolving over the past number of years, which was clearly evident at our Toys4.0Engineers event last year and we are delighted to announce we will be running the event again this year on Thursday, 11th October in WIT Arena, in partnership with Waterford Institute of Technology. “We now need to be seriously considering how we want to be identified and what sectors can be further developed. The city and region needs to use the new technologies to become smarter and more competitive in all aspects. Advanced Manufacturing is part of the city’s DNA and we are currently making waves in a number of sectors including ICT, Biopharma, MedTech and Agri-Tech. ‘Industry 4.0’ is driving the Technology, Innovation and

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Recruitment agendas of companies in all sectors of the economy. Engineers need to develop and use new ‘toys’ to address the many competitive challenges, including Robotics, Electric Vehicles, Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing, Big Data, Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Drones, Vision Systems, Green Energy, Sensors etc. “Waterford and the wider region are primed to lead the way in this regard. We hosted over 50 companies in the Engineering, Pharma and Tech industries at Toys4.0Engineers last year, and we are planning for even more this year. We have already had considerable interest from companies outside the region, who are looking to network and do business with the great companies here on our doorstep. “We now need to build on that, capitalise on it and grow all industries even further. The tech sector itself is constantly evolving and it is believed that there is a potential to triple the demand for tech-related goods and services over the next decade on a global basis. Waterford must stake its claim for a piece of that. Broadband has been identified as a key area within the National Planning Framework and something we highlighted in our

own submission. A move to build out broadband wireless networks will provide the infrastructure essential for innovation in communications and attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The Internet of Things is set to become a bigger part of daily living and interestingly in a recent report Business Insider claimed that $6 trillion will be invested in the Internet of Things over the next five years and there will be 24 billion IoT devises installed worldwide by 2020,” continued Mr Hurley. “None of these areas are outside the realm of possibility for Waterford – in fact most are already here. Through events like Toys4.0Engineers and networks such as the newly-formed Crystal Valley Tech, we are continually promoting and pushing the importance of the Tech and Pharma industries in Waterford and the wider region. “Now is the time to engage and encourage the next generation to consider these sectors, and through our work with WIT on Toys4.0Engineers we can see that is very much to the fore of their agenda as well as our own.” For more information on Toys4.0Engineers and to secure a discounted Early Bird rate, go to www.waterfordchamber.ie

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CRYSTAL VALLEY TECH to promote region as world-class ICT hub A new industry-led group was launched in the South East recently to drive development and growth within the ICT sector in the Region. Crystal Valley Tech (CVT) aim to promote the South East Region as a location of choice for leaders in technology development. The group will work to achieve national and international recognition for the Region as a Centre of Innovation and Excellence in ICT. It plans to collaborate with other industry partners to drive awareness and influence regional and national policy that will affect members. Representatives of some 85 tech companies from throughout the South East attended the launch which took place in the Medieval Museum in Waterford City. Speaking at the launch CVT Board member Elaine Fennelly,

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Managing Director of Bluefin said: “Crystal Valley Tech is a major milestone in the emergence of the South East Region as a Digital Hub. With over 100 leading edge ICT companies employing nearly 2,000 people, the transformation from a low tech economy has been striking. The software research community at TSSG and Arclabs in Waterford Institute of Technology have acted as a catalyst for this transformation. CVT’s ambition is to make the South East one of the most open innovative Digital Regions in Europe.” Minister of State John Halligan, who attended the launch, said: “I am delighted to see the launch of this key initiative in Waterford. The South East has developed a truly vibrant technology ecosystem through the outstanding work of the community of innovative companies that have grown here. The

ambition of Crystal Valley Tech to further promote the development of a world-class ICT hub in this region should be congratulated and I wish them every success in growing their vision into the future.” IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said: “Crystal Valley Tech is to be congratulated on this proactive initiative to promote and help develop the Technology ecosystem in the South East. I note that some 85 companies, including a number of IDA client companies, are represented here today. That shows the scale of the Technology cluster in the South East. Collaborating in this way, harnessing the synergies that exist to promote, educate and influence can only benefit the sector. I wish CVT every success.” WWW.CRYSTALVALLEY.IO

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Gearing up for BUSINESS EXPO at George Corbett Motors W aterford businesses are gearing up for the biggest networking event of the year as Waterford Chamber announce details of their annual Business Expo. ‘The Ultimate Business After Hours’, which is sponsored by BMCI Insurance & Investments Ltd., will take place on Thursday, 19th April at George Corbett Motors on the Cork Road from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, which is free for the public to attend. Speaking about the event, Waterford Chamber President Paul Nolan said: “The feedback from our members clearly demonstrates that this is one of the favourites of the year, which gives them the chance to meet with other members in a relaxed and fun environment and yet behind all that, there is some serious business done. Contacts are made, deals are

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done and of course discounts are offered. We would encourage all business people to stop by on the day and make the most of the Expo experience.” Sponsor Teresa Jane O’Mahoney of BMCI Insurance and Investments Ltd said: “The Expo goes to the very heart of what BMCI is about, working with our business peers to create a better, safer and more successful working environment. As an SME, this is a fantastic opportunity for us to connect with other businesses and generate sales leads. We would encourage all our fellow Chamber members and the wider business community to do the same.” Event host George Corbett said: “We are delighted to open our doors to Waterford Chamber for this event. It’s one we have enjoyed over the past number of years and see it as a great opportunity for the

business community to network, generate sales leads and support local enterprise, whether you decide to exhibit or not.” The Business Expo is open to both Chamber members and non-members to attend. Exhibition stands are just €125+VAT for members, which includes the provision of a pod table. Call Lynda on 051 311130 for booking.

Pictured above: George Corbett, George Corbett Motors; Teresa Jane O’Mahoney, BMCI Insurance & Investments Ltd and Waterford Chamber President Paul Nolan.

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Off the beaten path... яБо By ORNA HOLOHAN, Tourism Officer, Waterford City & County Council

MOUNT CONGREVE GARDENS, COUNTY WATERFORD


 Goat Island, Ardmore

 Sgillogue Lakes

A beautiful sandy cove just a few kilometres west of the picturesque village of Ardmore that is well worth exploring. The cove is carpeted with golden sand and surrounded by rugged cliffs – if you’re lucky you could find a mermaid’s purse or a by-the-wind sailor at the water’s edge. Nearby… • Ardmore Cliff walk – enjoy a walk that brings you to St. Declan’s Well and Ardmore Round Tower while enjoying spectacular coastal views and the wreck of Samson’s Crane (best experienced in a kayak). • Treat yourself to a coffee or lunch in the luxurious Cliff House Hotel. • Ardmore Beach, pier & village are well worth a wander too.

Experience the wild and remote beauty of these corrie lakes in the Comeragh mountains. A way-marked trail from the Nire Valley car park leads you to the Sgillogue lakes and if you’re feeling more energetic you can follow extended trails to The Gap and the Knockanaffrin Ridge giving panoramic views towards Waterford City and the Coast. All options bring their own challenges, spectacle and stories. Nearby… • If you’re feeling a little less energetic, follow the Comeragh Drive from Dungarvan, to Mahon Falls (watch out for the ‘Magic Road’), Rathgormack, the Nire Valley and Ballymacarbry – mind the sheep! • Hanora’s Cottage is a cosy and welcoming stop for lunch by the river in the Nire Valley.

Anne Valley Walk

Kayaking the

 to Dunhill Castle

 Copper Coast

This walk follows the Annestown River as it meanders through forest and marshland, passing many beautiful ponds which are home to a wide range of flora and fauna. It is easy to spot herons, otters, dragon flies and possibly even an elusive fairy (or at least a fairy door)! It is a well-maintained gravel path which means it is suitable and accessible for all along the designated walk. An optional extra and recommendation (if you are able) is to conquer a steep incline that will bring you to Dunhill Castle perched on the top of a hill with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside and coast. Nearby… • Annestown beach is great for a walk, swim or searching in rock pools at low tide. • Bring a snorkel and brace yourself before diving in to enjoy the colourful underwater world along the Copper Coast – Annestown and Stage Cove are particular favourites for this activity – just watch out for the sharks (dogfish)!

Launching from Kilfarrassy beach is ideal for a kayaking adventure on the Copper Coast – you have the island in front of you with plenty of rockhopping to enjoy as well as caves to explore. Head west along the Copper Coast where almost immediately there is an impressive sea arch you can paddle through if the tide is right. Bring a picnic and stop in one of the many coves along the way including Annestown, Boat Strand and Kilmurrin – if you make it as far as the Tankardstown Copper Mine it is quiet a spectacle from sea level. Nearby… • The boardwalk around Fenor Bog National Nature Reserve harbours over 225 plants and animals, including plenty of dazzling dragon-flies in this spring-fed fen, the only one to occur in Waterford. • The intricate carving of the ‘Holy Tree’ sculpture in Fenor graveyard is well worth investigating, created by local legend John Hayes who also created the ‘Dragon Slayer’ Viking long sword in the Waterford Viking Triangle.

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Dunmore East

 Coastal Walk

Colourful harbour scenes in Dunmore East fade as you head west along the coastal path that provides spectacular sea views and chances to spot Kittiwakes and Chough, as you make your way to the picturesque Portally Cove. Bring a picnic or reward yourself with coffee and cake in one of the many charming restaurants or cafés in Dunmore East. Nearby… • Enjoy the many beaches and coves in Dunmore East that are ideal for swimming and snorkelling including: Counsellors Strand, Stony, Ladies, Mens and Badgers Cove. • Seafood is a specialty in many local restaurants and it would not be unusual to see the fisherman delivering the fresh fish you might order from the menu!

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 Curraghmore Estate

 Mount Melleray Abbey

With over 2,500 acres of formal gardens, woodland and grazing fields Curraghmore Estate is the largest private demesne in Ireland. Beautiful architecture, history, tours, tea rooms and now what promises to be one of the best music festivals in Ireland, Curraghmore Estate is just waiting to be discovered. Be sure to visit before the tens of thousands find out about one of Waterford’s best kept secrets ‘All Together Now’ this August bank holiday weekend. Nearby… • Curraghmore Estate is just 10 mins from the Kilmeaden access point to the Waterford Greenway which is also home to the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway – Ireland’s longest narrow gauge railway – enjoy great views of the River Suir, Mount Congreve and the countryside as you approach Waterford City by train. • You are just 20 mins from Kilcooney Wood walk which is a very enjoyable walk and also a great starting point for a hike to the spectacular Coumshingaun glacial lake in the Comeragh Mountains.

Discover this truly hidden gem just outside Cappoquin, at the foot of the Knockmealdown Mountains; Mount Melleray Abbey is a haven of peace and tranquillity. The serenity and spectacle of the Abbey and surrounding grounds provide a welcome escape from the pace of modern life. You can enjoy a cup of tea and some home baking in the Cloisters, wander the grounds, discover the collection of Ogham Stones, read a book and stay overnight for a quiet retreat. Nearby… • At the back of the monastery there is a 5km way-marked walk that will take you to the Holy Year Memorial Cross (erected in 1950). There you can lose yourself in the spectacular views that stretch out for miles across wild landscapes. • Take a drive to The Vee and make sure to stop and take in the amazing views; it is worth timing your visit to wonder at the purple haze of rhododendrons in bloom during the summer. • The stunning Blackwater Valley is just a stone’s throw from Melleray and a meander by boat will leave you intrigued as the stories, characters, wildlife and scenery unfolds.

 Mount Congreve Gardens Words can only convey a small impression of what Mount Congreve has to offer but a visit, especially in the spring, will allow the spectacle, beauty and intrigue of the gardens to unfold at your feet. Over 70 acres of intensively planted woodland, a four-acre walled garden and over three thousand different trees and shrubs combine to create one of the ‘great gardens of the world’. The Japanese pagoda surrounded by a 100-foot cliff is not to be missed! Nearby… • Travel east along the new Waterford Greenway, past the Woodstown Vikings site and onto Waterford City, or west towards Kilmeaden, Kilmacthomas and Dungarvan. • The Waterford & Suir Valley Railway is Ireland’s longest narrow gauge railway and now stops right outside Mount Congreve gardens – you can catch the train in Kilmeaden station. • Why not travel just another 15 mins to Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens in Tramore which are influenced by the traditions of a Japanese Strolling Garden and the life and wanderings of Lafcadio Hearn.

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FESTIVALS March–May 2018 INTERNATIONAL VIKING FESTIVAL & ROADSHOW

Copper Coast UNESCO Geopark

Explore the undisturbed and raw beauty of the UNESCO Copper Coast Geopark which stretches along Waterford's rugged coastline from Tramore to Dungarvan. Internationally recognised for its unique geological heritage and naturally stunning rock formations, you could easily spend a day discovering hidden coves and golden beaches which tell stories of the transformation from deep ocean floor over 460 million years ago. The friendly Visitor Centre and cafe located in a lovely old church in Bunmahon is a great place to start uncovering the unique heritage of the area – you will not believe the dark and intriguing copper mining history right under your feet! Nearby… • Follow the Copper Coast scenic drive towards Tramore or Dungarvan to discover many more beautiful beaches, coves, heritage and vistas. • Did you know Waterford has 147km of coastline with 49 different beaches stretching from Dunmore East to Ardmore. Sand dunes, cliff walks, water sports, nature reserves, a Gaeltacht region and many places of historical interest are all part of the extraordinary Waterford coast.

30th March – 2nd April Ireland's first International Viking Festival and Roadshow will take place in Ireland's Oldest City across the Easter weekend. Numerous events will culminate in the fierce 'Follow the Vikings' display on Easter Monday in the The Apple Market. Follow ‘Waterford Treasures’ on facebook for all the latest on the Vikings arrival in Waterford. www.waterfordtreasures.com

WEST WATERFORD FESTIVAL OF FOOD 20th – 22nd April WWFOF has become synonymous with fabulous food, fantastic family events and most importantly lots of fun. Top chefs, fresh flavours and interesting influences combine with unique dining experiences, foraging, markets and tours to create a food festival for all. www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com

LISMORE TOWERS & TALES FESTIVAL 4th – 5th May A celebration of children's books, stories and illustration, designed to give young audiences unforgettable, creative and transformational experiences with books. www.towersandtales.ie

COUNTY WATERFORD FLEADH CEOIL – BALLYDUFF

The Towers Walk, Ballysaggartmore

Just a few miles outside Lismore, Ballysaggartmore Towers are a truly magical and slightly unusual sight. ‘The Towers’ were built in 1850 by Arthur Kiely-Ussher for his wife who wanted to live in a large house, but having built the bridge, its towers and the gate lodge, the money ran out so work on the castle never began. Enjoy the walk which takes in a wonderful array of tree species and wildlife and just imagine the arguments between that couple! Nearby… • Lismore is well worth a visit with the Heritage Centre, Lismore Cathedral and Round Hill Motte – all nestled in a picturesque town that is steeped in history and features wonderful scenic walks along the River Blackwater.

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18th – 20th May A celebration of Irish cultural traditions where musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers will compete for a coveted place at Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan.

BLACKWATER VALLEY OPERA FESTIVAL (PREVIOUSLY LISMORE OPERA FESTIVAL) 29th May – 3rd June Building on the legacy of the Lismore Opera Festival, this magical festival promises a new programme of events along with enchanting venues that will draw locals and visitors alike to enjoy beautiful music and all that is so special about the Blackwater Valley in Ireland’s Ancient East. www.blackwatervalleyoperafestival.com

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gallery At the Inspiring Women in Business Lunch at the Majestic Hotel (l-r): Gillian Moore, EY; Elaine McDonnell, Donohoe Drinks; Marie Crowley, Arrow Group; Ciara Doyle, EY; Sue Phelan, Waterford & Tramore Racecourse; Helena Hunt, EY.

At the Inspiring Women in Business Lunch at the Majestic Hotel (l-r): Pamela Pim, City Manager, Bank of Ireland; Kathryn Kiely, Deputy President, Waterford Chamber; Margaret Morrissey, Abbott Ireland.

At the Waterford Business Awards: Chamber President Paul Nolan and Teresanne O’Reilly, WLR FM presenting a Special Recognition Award to Anne Marie Caulfield.

At the Business After Hours at the Theatre Royal (l-r): Anne Marie Caulfield, Chairperson, Theatre Royal; Ben Barnes, Artistic Director, Theatre Royal; Nora Widger, Commercial Director, Theatre Royal and Dermot Quinn, Technical Manager.

At the Business After Hours at the Theatre Royal (l-r): Tracy Quinlan, Morgan McKinley, Lesley Cooke, Morgan McKinley and Natalie Cooke, Natalie Cooke Consulting.

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Winners at the Waterford Business Awards Dinner, February 2018.

At the Waterford Business Awards: Staff from Redlane Boutique celebrate winning the Customer Service Excellence Award and the Overall Business of the Year Award.

At the Waterford Business Awards: Staff from The Book Centre celebrate winning the Customer Service Excellence Award and the Overall Business of the Year Award.

At the Waterford Business Awards: Chamber President Paul Nolan and Teresanne O’Reilly, WLR FM presenting a specially-commissioned farewell gift of Waterford Crystal to Lar Power, Waterford City & County Council, engraved with the message, “Lar, great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget.”

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Accountants

MDM Video Productions ...........087 6747659 Sporthouse Productions ............086 7959428

Computers & Technology

Aidan McAvinue & Co ……....…..051 311188 APBS .........................................051 873511 CIMA ……….......................……..01 6430400 Clinton Higgins ……….................051 364000 Comerford Foley .........................051 396703 Connors & Co. .............................051 872824 David M. Breen & Co …….……..051 875222 Deloitte .......................................051 875544 Drohan & Knox ..........................051 301770 EY ..................……………...........051 872094 Fitzgerald Power ………….....…..051 870152 Hall Lifford Hall ...........................051 879177 James F. Wallace & Company ..051 877155 Jephson & Co ……….........……..051 854438 MK Brazil ........………….......…..051 872039 O’Dwyer Power ..........................051 364034 O’Sullivan Scanlon Brazil ….…..051 876750 OakTree Financial Services .....1890 876077 PricewaterhouseCoopers ……....051 874858

Banking & Financial

Bluefin Payment Systems ........087 9325068 Cantec Business Technology .....051 337012 Cquent.ie ..................................087 2804513 Dataworks .....………….........…..051 878555 Evros ..........................................051 339900 HCS Business Solutions ............051 595200 Hosting Ireland ...........................01 9020020 Immersive VR Education ............051 345511 Intriniti .........................................051 590000 Omnipath ...................................051 595010 Omnivend Systems ....................051 595010 Pimbrook Software ........………..051 395900 Radius Technologies ……...........051 592500 Red Hat ......................................051 810111 se2 ...............................................051 359300 Sun Life Financial …………….....051 333300 Waterford Technologies ...............051 334967

Buro Architects ..........................087 7463156 C.J. Falconer & Associates .........051 878888 DHB Architects ............................051 858121 Fewer Harrington & Partners ......051 876991

Adelphi Financial Brokers ….......051 318000 AIB Bank (Ardkeen) ……………..051 875939 AIB Bank (Business Banking) ....086 8191872 AIB Bank (Lisduggan) ……....…..051 876608 AIB Bank (The Quay) …………...051 873494 AIB Bank (Tramore) ……………..051 381216 Appian Asset Management ..........01 6623001 Bank of Ireland ……….................051 872074 Bank of Ireland (Ardkeen) ...........051 870671 Bank of Ireland (Lisduggan) .......051 355514 Bank of Ireland (Tramore) ……....051 386611 Barry Walsh Financial Services ...051 572476 Bibby Financial Services ............01 2974925 BMCI Insurance & Investments ..087 0635685 Finance Ireland Leasing ............01 6391370 Fitzgerald Life & Pensions ……...051 856765 Fogarty Financial ........................051 843684 Investec Bank ...........................021 2373800 KBC Bank Ireland .......................051 515980 Permanent TSB (Ardkeen) ……..051 304000 Permanent TSB (Hypercentre) ...051 875830 Ronan McCarthy Life & Pensions 051 391777 Tramore Credit Union ……….....051 386324 Ulster Bank Business Centre …..051 861978

Arts & Leisure

Business Development

Caricatures by Carmel ...............086 8541856 Christ Church Cathedral ..............051 858958 Dunmore East Golf Club ..............051 383151 Edmund Rice Heritage Centre ....051 874390 Garter Lane Arts Centre ………...051 855038 Greenway Waterford Bike Hire ...086 1292724 Kilcohan Park .........................….051 874531 Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens ....................087 0960013 Mount Congreve Estate ..............051 384115 St. Anne’s Waterford Tennis Club 051 874350 Symphony Club of Waterford ......051 874568 Theatre Royal ...……..........……..051 874402 Waterford & Suir Valley Railway ...051 384058 Waterford & Tramore Racecourse 051 381425 Waterford FC ...............................051 377995 Waterford Golf Club ....................051 876748 Waterford Healing Arts Trust …...051 842664 Waterford Music ........................................n/a

Waterford Micro Business Network ..................….051 841740

Architects

Audio/Visual EveryEvent ................................086 1931371 Frontline Audio Visual ...............051 879934 Hi-Lite Television Productions ...086 3324567

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Cleaning Services CCS Facilities ........................….051 344173 Maurice Hennessy Contract Cleaners ........…..........051 832715 Suir Clean ..................................051 595942

Community Ballybeg Greens ..........................051 350100 Copper Coast Geopark ...............051 292828 Edmund Rice International Heritage Centre ...........................051 874390 GIY Ireland ..................................051 584411 Solas Cancer Support Centre ......051 304604 Waterford & South East Samaritans ..........................051 872114 Waterford Area Partnership .........051 841740 Waterford In Your Pocket ...........087 7436220 Waterford PPN ..............................058 21198

Construction Bolster Construction ……............051 381322 Fergal Tynan Construction .........051 898238 Kearney Engineering ..................051 307038 MacMinn O’Reilly Mahon ............051 876681

Consultancy Almega Business Consulting ....087 6182472 Bayne International ...................083 4457373 Brendan M Cummins ................087 1480800 CaffCo Business Planning .......086 2886280 Cquent.ie ..................................087 2804513 CrackerJack Consulting .............051 580622 Darlington Consulting ...............086 2437677 EAP Institute ..............................051 855733 EuroBEN ....................................087 1389233 Brian Hennebry & Associates .....051 856804 Irish Incorporations ...…………..051 879120 MCX Training & Development ..086 8225301 MRA Consulting Ltd .....................051 364262 Natalie Cooke Consulting ..........086 8383577 Nolan Construction Consultants 051 841719 South East Business & Innovation Centre .....…..........051 356300 Transition and Project Management Solutions ..............087 6880618 Triangle Marketing .....................086 3448551 Windsor HRM ………….........…..051 874210

Education Adult Education Service ..............051 873195 Junior Achievement Ireland .......086 3893439 Language Xchange Ireland .......087 2251543 New Frontiers Enterprise

Platform Programme ……….…....051 302953 St. Paul’s Community College .....051 355816 Waterford Adult Education Centre 051 852803 Waterford English Language Centres ..........................................051 877288 Waterford Adult Learning Scheme 051 854444 Waterford and Wexford ETB .......051 301537 Waterford College of Further Education ...................051 874053 Waterford Institute of Technology ..............................051 302000 Waterford Youth Committee ........051 874911 Waterford Youthreach ……..........051 877241 Youthreach Subla Centre ............051 373833

Engineering Greenpark Engineering ……..…..051 872120 Johnstown Engineering .............087 2787471 Kearney Engineering ..................051 307038 Metalman Engineering ...............051 333909 M.W. Murphy & Son ...................051 873886 Winthrop Engineering ......…..…..051 594000

Engineering Consultants Douglas Carroll Consulting Engineers …………...051 306670 Frank Fox & Associates ………...051 872799 Garland ...................................…051 876511 Leyden Consulting Engineers .....051 364344

Environment, Energy & Waste Byrne & McGuire Oil ..................021 4633888 Campus Oil ...............................1850 430430 ESB Networks ................…...…1850 372757 FLI Group ................……………..051 353190 Gas Networks Ireland ................021 4534000 Green Man Energy ……….……..051 371705 Kollect .........................................051 364495

Food & Drink Anchor Spirits Ireland ..................051 858579 Blackwater Distillery ......................058 52621 Chia Bia .....................................051 393685 Coffee House Lane .....................051 875953 DessertFirst .................................051 375721 Fintan Stanley Ltd .......................051 344000 Glorious Sushi ...........................087 6815897 The Iverk Show ...........................051 644621 Jen’s Kitchen .............................087 9295673 Legacy Irish Craft Cider .............087 6494724 Mary Grimes Food Hall ………....051 857878 Metalman Brewing ......................051 348448 Pip and Pear ...............................051 872685

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Supporting Nature Naturally Co ...051 383742 Walsh’s Bakehouse ….................051 378080

Funeral Directors

Maryborough Hotel and Spa .......021 4365555 Tower Hotel & Leisure Centre ....051 862300 Travelodge ..................................051 358885 Viking Hotel Waterford……..........051 336933 Waterford Castle Hotel ...............051 878203 Waterford Marina Hotel ..............051 856600

Manufacturing

Waterford Today …………….......051 854135 WLR FM ……………...................051 877592

Office Supplies

AA Euro Recruitment Group ......051 355704 Cpl Resources ............................051 511181 Hartley People .............................051 878813 Insight Recruitment & Training ....051 325876 itContracting .............................1890 911 211 JumpTech ....................................051 347100 Matrix Recruitment .......................051 353825 Morgan McKinley …………........051 309650 Rigney Dolphin ...........................051 590000

Allsop Europe .....………....….....051 355091 APS Materials Inc. …………..…..051 357834 ARTeSYN BioSolutions Ireland ..051 508431 Ball Beverage Packaging Ireland 051 372137 Bausch & Lomb Ireland …...........051 355001 Cartamundi Ireland .....…………051 331100 Carten Controls ......……………..051 355436 CMC Hygea ...............................051 345044 Dawn Meats Group .....……..…..051 309200 EcoBurner .....................………..051 353806 EirGen Pharma ....………….…..051 591944 E. Flahavan & Sons ....………...051 294107 ELC Laser Group .......................051 358144 Ellickson Doors .........................051 370962 Glanbia Plc …………...........…..056 7772288 Honeywell Aerospace Ireland .....051 303620 Honeywell Measurex Ireland ......051 372151 Honeywell Transportation Ireland 051 376411 House of Waterford Crystal .........051 317000 Kearney Engineering ..................051 307038 Keltech .......................................051 377900 NutriScience .......………....……..051 304010 Nypro Healthcare .......................051 359600 PPI Adhesive Products ....……..051 373555 Orafol Europe .............................051 359400 Sanofi Waterford ..…..……....…..051 594100 SmartPly Europe ......…………....051 851233 South Eastern Chemicals .....….051 885405 SPG Packaging Ireland Ltd ..…...051 851551 Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland ....051 331331 Waterford Stanley ......….......…...051 302300 West Pharma ...............................051 378768

HR Services

Marketing & PR

Darlington Consulting ...............086 2437677 Insight HR ................................056 7701060 Rigney Dolphin ...........................051 590000 Peninsula Business Services ...1890 252 923 SimplifyHR ..................................051 364518 Windsor HRM ………….........…..051 874210

B2B Communications …………..051 858888 Bance Nolan ......….....…………..051 845403 Efitz Marketing ............................051 391350 Focus Visual Communication ......051 832742 Liberty Communicates ...............087 3561722 Márla Communications ...............051 853650 Monica Leech Communications 051 850850 Passion For Creative ...............051 580969 Powerhouse PR ......................086 3065588 Preferred Marketing & PR ...….051 820850 Ronan Marketing .......................086 1294859 Success Online ………..….........051 330579 Triangle Marketing .....................086 3448551

Advance Property Care ..............051 858275 Barry & John Murphy Auctioneers 051 858444 Book A Room.ie ………......……..051 858182 DNG Thomas Reid Auctioneers ...051 852233 Ennis Gough Property ...............051 851166 Liberty Blue Estate Agents ..........051 845751 O’Shea O’Toole & Partners ….....051 876757 Purcell Properties .......................051 876514 RE/MAX Team Fogarty ...............051 843684 Sherry FitzGerald John Rohan .....051 843880

Media

Pubs & Clubs

Beat 102-103 ……..........………..051 849102 Munster Express ….....…………..051 500100 Nemeton ..…..............................058 46499 Tramore Community Radio ........051 338301 Waterford News & Star ………....051 878787

Holy Cross Inn ……………..........051 353087 Jack Meades ………..........……..051 850950 The Reg .....................................051 583000 The Spinnaker Bar & Restaurant 051 383133

Falconer & Sons Undertakers ....051 355872 R. Thompson Funeral Directors ..051 874159

Graphic Design Aeronstudio ...............................087 2560543 B2B Communications ………......051 858888 Cantec Business Technology ......051 337012 Graphic Image ............................051 858787 Márla Communications ...............051 853650 Passion For Creative .................051 580969 Swift Print ...................................051 334926 Tagline Print & Design ...............083 4862494 TOTEM ........................................058 24832

Health & Beauty Eyecatchers Opticians ……….....051 873553 Eyeworks Opticians ……………..051 874428 Major Opticians ...…..............…..051 874392 Nolke Opticians ………......……..051 855638 Re>nu Treatment Rooms .........051 862300 Russell Fitness .........................086 0878741 Smovey Health .........................085 8525766 Urban Hype .................................051 876013 Wigworld ...................................087 6889332

Healthcare Advance Physio Waterford ..........051 844471 Dermot Crowley & Associates Dental Surgeons ..........................051 853111 Ely Eye Clinic ............................087 9185107 Genesis Laser & Aesthetic Clinic 051 854445 Havenwood Retirement Village ...051 303800 Home Instead Senior Care ..........051 333966 The Keogh Practice ……………..051 855411 Dr Joseph O’Beirne …...........…..051 842634 University Hospital Waterford ......051 848000 Waterford Hospice ......................051 844847 Whitfield Clinic ............................051 319815

Hotels Athenaeum House Hotel ............051 833999 Dooley’s Hotel ………….........…..051 873531 Faithlegg House Hotel …………..051 382000 The Fitzwilton Hotel ……………..051 846900 The Granville Hotel …….………..051 305555 Majestic Hotel ………….........…..051 381761

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Household & Interior Design Colourtrend Paint and Wallpaper 051 351299 Dlight ..........................................051 393464 Evoke German Kitchens .............051 580780 Glen Parquet Flooring ….............051 852211 Murphy Larkin Timber Products ..051 391821

Housing Association Focus Ireland ……..........………..051 879807 Respond! ……………................0818 357901

HR & Recruitment

Insurance Arachas .......................................051 877700 BMCI Insurance & Investments ..087 0635685 Hooper Dolan Insurances ...........051 860600 McDonald Dwyer Reddy & Byrne Insurances .........051 872080 Oliver Murphy Insurance Brokers 051 841766 O’Leary Insurances ....................051 309130 OakTree Financial Services .....1890 876077 Vhi .................………......……..086 8581441

Fieldmaster ......….......................051 876995 Jones Business Systems ............051 374896

Other Dr Con Power ………….........…..01 4946833 Jim Hewison ................................051 381495

Photographers David Murphy Studio .................086 1662490 Garrett FitzGerald Photography 087 6658314 Gerry O’Carroll Photography .....051 304050 Golden Moments Aerial Photography 051 380741 John Power Photography .........086 8797525 Leo Murphy Photography ……....051 872539 Noel Browne Photographer ......086 0366904 Paddy Tubbritt Photography ....086 3379401 Photozone ……………..............087 2621422

Printers Cantec Business Technology .....051 337012 Fieldmaster ......….......................051 876995 Graphic Image ............................051 858787 Q-Signs ......................................051 355094 Swift Print ......................….........051 334926 Tagline Print & Design ...............083 4862494 Walshe Print ...............................051 854236

Property

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Research & Development RIKON ........................................051 834032 SEAM Research Centre .............051 845648 TSSG …………......................…..051 302920

Restaurants & Cafés Bellissimo ...................................051 879178 Bodega! .............................……..051 844177 Burzza ........................................051 844969 Carter’s Chocolate Café ..............051 841802 Coach House Coffee .................................n/a Four Star Pizza .........................051 364444 Ginos ..........................................051 879536 Jack Meades ………..........……..051 850950 L’Atmosphere ..............................051 858426 La Bohème Restaurant ...............051 875645 Lighthouse Restaurant ................051 383151 Momo Restaurant .......................051 581509 No. 9 ..........................................051 857706 The Pantry .................................051 871142 The Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms ..087 2129032 The Reg .....................................051 583000

Retail Alfie Hale Sports ….........………..051 872837 Ardkeen Quality Food Store .......051 874620 Audi Waterford ............................051 337600 Bolands Waterford .......................051 872122 The Book Centre ..........................051 873823 Brennan’s Pharmacy …......……..051 390234 Delaney’s Pharmacy …………....051 874722 Evolution .....................................051 854526 Fitzgerald Menswear ......…….....051 855055 Fitz U ..........................................051 876543 Full of Beans …………….............051 843653 Full of Beans 2 ..........................051 844644 George Corbett Motors ...............051 857717 Hallmark Jewellers ......................051 853144 Heroes ........................................051 304260 House of Waterford Crystal .........051 317000 Kelly & Dollard .............................051 870077 Kneisel Jewellers ………....……..051 875033 Morris Builders Providers & DIY ..051 874986 Mulligan’s Pharmacy • Ballybricken ..............................051 840500 • Barronstrand Street ..................051 875211 • City Square ...............................051 853247 • Dunmore Road .........................051 843700

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• Rockshire Road, Ferrybank ......051 832646 • Lisduggan ................................ 051 374420 • Superquinn ...............................051 820200 • Tesco Ardkeen .........................051 364888 • Tesco Ballybeg .........................051 364555 • Tramore ................................... 051 338550 Power’s Pharmacy ……..………..051 875034 Redlane Boutique ........................051 395395 Sam McCauley Chemists ......…..051 860066 Sheridan Motor Group .................051 334700 The Shoe Centre …….....…........051 874036 Sienna Home Furnishings ...........051 595005 3Store .........................................051 841079 Tom Murphy Car Sales ................051 301222 Waterford Motor Village ..............051 304300 Worldwide Wines ........................051 878798

Kinsella Solicitors ........................051 878090 Mairéad Deevy BL ..................083 4509350 M.M. Halley & Son .....................051 874073 M.W. Keller & Son Solicitors ......051 877029 Newell, Gillen & Cunningham .....051 874352 Nolan Farrell & Goff ……………..051 859999 Peter O’Connor & Son Solicitors 051 874909 Sean Ormonde & Co. Solicitors ..1890 889090

Security

Tourism & Hospitality

BlueWall Technologies ......…......051 372828 CCS Security ........................….051 344173 CTS ............................................051 387931 Horizon Safety Systems ............059 9182517 S. Security ..................................051 872435

Failte Ireland - South East ….…..051 312700 Harvey Travel .............................051 872048 Strand Travel Worldchoice ..........051 872881 Travel Creations .........................051 375737 Waterford Viking Triangle ...........0761 102659

Services

Trade & Development

Arc Mediation .............................051 348336 Clem Jacob Hire ……….....……..051 373333 Codico Distributors ......................051 379933 Dlight ..........................................051 393464 Events by Carmel Grant ...........086 8541856 EveryEvent ................................086 1931371 HSS Hire ......................................051 349391 Kustom Workwear .....................051 358700 Maitech Industrial Services .......051 351897 National Business Machines ......051 877285 OASIS ……....................………..051 590968 Rigney Dolphin ...........................051 590000 Urbane Event Management ........051 439002 WriteWords Editorial .................087 6959799

Enterprise Ireland ………...……..051 333500 EuroBEN ....................................087 1389233 Fumbally Exchange Waterford ................n/a Ibec ………..…….........................051 331260 IDA Ireland ……..............………..051 333055 Irish Exporters Association ……..01 6612182 Osmium Beauty .........................087 2153734 Senantra Ltd ..............................087 7609908 Waterford City Enterprise Centre 051 364399

Shopping Centres Caulfield’s SuperValu …………...051 840400 City Square Shopping Centre .....051 853528 George’s Court Shopping Centre ..051 875534

Solicitors Bowe O’Brien Solicitors ..............051 873211

Telecommunications Three ..........................................01 5426300 3Store .........................................051 841079 Virgin Media ...............................01 2458200 Vodafone ..................................................n/a

Training Blue Ocean Leadership .............087 9175425 CCS Facilities ........................….051 344173 Darlington Consulting ...............086 2437677 Direct Training Ireland ….............051 291710 EuroBEN ....................................087 1389233 Fitzwilliam Training & Consulting 053 9146618 The Food Safety Company ........021 4355917 Insight Recruitment & Training ....051 325876 Inspiring Excellence ..................085 7808573 Invisible Incs ..............................086 3447445 Leyden Consulting Engineers ....051 364344 Manufacturing Excellence ……...051 870270 MCX Training & Development ..086 8225301

The Nagle Centre .......................051 357731 NAS Training Centre ...................051 333966 Natalie Cooke Consulting ..........086 8383577 New Links Training Solutions ....051 385720 NLC Training ………….........…..056 7771280 Pitman Training ..........................051 574136 Roadskill Training Centre ..........051 333909 Southsafe Training ....................087 6864726 Training For Success .................051 843365

Transport & Logistics Bus Éireann ...............................051 879000 Dublin Coach .............................01 4659972 Falconer & Sons Limousine Hire 051 355872 Irish Rail ..................................1850 366222 MAC Trans Freight Ltd …............051 358529 Marine Point Partnership ............051 831200 Port of Waterford Company ........051 874907 Rapid Cabs .................................051 858585 South East Car Hire ……………..051 351355 Southeast Port Services …….....051 851811 Storage City ................................051 333909 Store-All Logistics .................…..051 831200 Suirway Bus & Coach Services ..051 382209 TLC - The Limo Company ...........051 879958 Trans-Stock Warehousing & Cold Storage ...........................051 832411 Waterford Airport ………….....…..051 875589 Waterford Transport .......….……..051 375510

Website Design Aeronstudio ...............................087 2560543 B2B Communications .................051 858888 Cquent.ie ..................................087 2804513 Márla Communications ...............051 853650 Passion For Creative .................051 580969 Success Online ………..….........051 330579 TOTEM ........................................058 24832

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