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If you haven't already done so, we must have your nominations by close of business. Remember you can self nominate, nominate a local business you deal with or with whom your are a customer.

We have 130 nominations already and we are delighted with the response.

It would be a shame if you didn't get your nomination in!


Thursday, April 17th, 4pm

Gateway Business Centre, Athy Road, Carlow

Are you getting the best use from your Smartphone or Tablet? This will be a really interesting event for gadget lovers and busy people who bring their office everywhere with them!

We have an interesting line up of speakers - more later!!

AIB Energy Efficiency Seminar

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Great Interest among local businesses

Many thanks to Ray O Neill AIB's Head of Energy and Clean Technologies and Elizabeth Cosgrave, Energy Engineer, Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency for this morning's 'Energy Efficiency Seminar'.
Over 60 local businesses were represented and hopefully will learned valuable information that can lead to substantial savings in energy costs.
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Invest in Carlow Day

Carlow Town Team hosted the National Executive of the Town and City Revival Committee and a number of invited retailers to Visual on Wednesday.

The purpose of the event was to showcase what Carlow has to offer for new prospective new retailers.

Particular thanks to Mark Shaw of Shaws Department Store, Philip McDonald of Detail and Grace O Donnell of Specsavers who all spoke and provided strong testimonials for the Town.

Carlow Town Team will continue to promote the Town as an excellent location for new retail offerings in the year ahead.

Opportunity for Irish Water to Support Small Business

Chambers Ireland has today (27/03/14) said that Irish Water must meet the needs of business through equitable charges and quality of supply. The call came at the 3rd Annual Water Ireland Conference at which Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot gave a presentation on Water and Business: Impact and Opportunities.

Speaking at the conference, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said "The transfer of responsibility from local authorities to Irish Water provides a unique opportunity to support business. A sustainably funded body that guarantees fair and equitable pricing for both business and domestic users will be of benefit to all. We need to ensure that the local economy is supported through cost containment, strategic investment in infrastructure and cost savings being passed back to business through a reduction in commercial rates. To ensure this happens, State funding must still be available to guarantee capital investment and appropriate infrastructure."

"The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) can also support business through its role as regulator of Irish Water. Water services for business must be priced at a level that supports business and employment. CER can also support SMEs by mandating Irish water to purchase goods and services at a price which reflects long term value to the economy rather than simply choosing the cheapest option.”

“A quality, reliable and cost effective supply will not only support local business; it is a key factor for attracting Foreign Direct Investment which will further support economic development and job creation,” he concluded.