News - Spring 2014
Chamber Business Awards
Quite a few people have enquired about our Annual Awards. Our Awards sub Committee have reviewed all aspects of the event and have taken a fresh and radical approach to the event and reactions are really positive.
This year's Chamber Awards will take place on Friday May 9th. It will be held in the GBS Theatre / Visual which will provide a really strong platform and showcase for the nominees and winners. Catering will be by Lennons @ Visual. Full details later.
The nomination process has been simplified and there will no longer be a lengthy application form to be completed. There are 18 categories and many businesses will be eligible in multiple categories. We are currently recruiting sponsors and should any company like to be included as a sponsor, please email me asap as we are getting strong support already.
Nominations will be open to the public and the business community. Businesses can self nominate or be nominated by other businesses or the public. Nominations forms will be forwarded by newsletter (and can be filled in online) and will also be available through the Carlow Nationalist. A judging panel will then review the nominations and research the nominees before finalising their decisions. Mystery shoppers will be utilised for some categories.
Tickets for the event will cost €30 pp.
Employment Incentives Seminar
We recently held very informative discussions with Minster for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton and Pat Deering TD, about supports for the SME sector and incentives for employment. It was quickly evident to us that there is an information gap among employers around the whole area of employment initiatives.
To address that deficit we have teamed up with the Department of Social Protection to provide you with a detailed information seminar on employer supports and incentives which are available free of charge and which may help you recruit the staff you need. These include financial supports such as the new JobsPlus Scheme and employment initiatives such as JobBridge – the National Internship Scheme.
We are delighted to invite you to this free seminar, presented by the Department of Social Protections Mid-Leinster employer liaison team. Stephen Fitzgerald, Activation Manager, will be speaking about the Department’s Innovative Financial Supports coupled with a Professional Free Recruitment Service, that gives you access to a real talent pool of potential employees, which delivers real savings to you.
This seminar will be of interest to all business sectors and we urge everyone to try to attend or send an appropriate representative from your business, you do not want to miss out on this fantastic opportunity to avail of much needed labour support, grant aided. This is an invaluable opportunity to gain firsthand information on what employment grants(up to €10,000), supports and other information that could help you keep your costs down while allowing your business to grow.
This event will take place in the Talbot Hotel Carlow on January 21st at 6.15pm. Please note that booking is essential and can be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retail SurveyRetail Survey
We have circulated a short survey by email to retailers in Carlow Town. If you haven't received the link and would like to take part, simply click on this link.