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Networking Event

Join us in Carlow Brewing Company on Thursday May 23rd for what is sure to be a very very interesting Business After Hours Event.

Many thanks to Seamus O Hara who is hosting us for this nice informal networking opportunity. BOOKING ESSENTIAL - email

Retail Forum, Talbot Hotel

Thursday, May 30th 2013 at 7pm

Talbot Hotel Carlow

Co Carlow Chamber would like to invite retailers to a meeting to discuss Retailing in Carlow Town.

The meeting will take place in the Leinster Room.

Our Agenda is simple:

Where are we now?

Where are we going?

How are we going to get there?

Are you willing to get involved?

I would ask you to consider these four questions in advance of the meeting; come with an open mind and please contribute to discussions and help us help each other.
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Chamber Alternative 10 Point Plan

As part of Budget 2013 the Government included a section on Assistance for the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Sector. This included an acknowledgement of the important role SMEs currently play in the Irish economy and a recognition that they will be a key part in any future economic recovery. The measures announced were a 10 Point Tax Reform Plan to help small businesses and a number of measures designed to increase the availability of credit for SMEs.

The tax proposals were designed to assist small businesses in a range of ways:

helping their cash flow position; helping them to access funding more easily;

reducing the costs associated with the administrative burden of tax compliance;

boosting demand for their products in new markets abroad; and incentivising them to create new jobs.

County Carlow Chamber welcomes the inclusion of these measures; however, a closer examination of the detail leads to the conclusion that the initiatives announced will have a limited impact on the trading conditions of most businesses. Policies and initiatives must be more ambitious and far-reaching to produce transformative outcomes.

An Alternative 10 Point Plan: Summary

1. Introduce a Reduced VAT Rate on Housing Repair, Maintenance and

Improvements (RMI)

2. Enable Start-ups to Offset Corporation Tax against Other Taxes Due

3. Halve the level of Capital Gains Tax for Entrepreneurs to 16.5%

4. Introduce a Targeted Rates Reduction for Businesses in Town Centres

5. Introduce a Double Rent Deduction for Companies with Upward Only Rent


6. Apply an ‘Ireland Rate of Return’ in Tendering Decisions for Public Sector


7. Introduce an Additional Tax Incentive Policy to Encourage Private Sector


8. Promote Ireland as the Best Possible Location for Nearshoring

9. Mandate all Government Research Funding Agencies to set aside 2.5% of

their Budget for SMEs

10. Introduce Further Operational Initiatives to Promote Business Interests

Management Development Course, IT Carlow

Wednesday, May 15th 2013 at 7-9pm

Kilkenny Road

Carlow, Carlow

Our 10 week Management Development Course enters it's fifth week next Wednesday! Feedback is very positive; if you've missed this Course keep in mind that we are running a 13 week Online Marketing Course in September. We already have a number of confirmed participants confirmed for this - so book early!

Both these programmes are supported by Carlow County Enterprise Board.

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Carlow Gateway Business Centre - a great place to do business

Offers fully furnished and serviced offices, on flexible terms, to accommodate all stages of your business growth.

Office space currently available!

HCS Business Solutions

Chamber member IT services company, HCS Business Solutions are the first Microsoft Partner in Ireland to achieve the new Microsoft Gold Small Business Competency.

HCS Business Solutions are very proud and excited that in recognition of their Office365 and Microsoft Cloud expertise, they are the first Microsoft Partner in the Ireland to achieve the new Microsoft Gold Small Business competency.

This is a significant recognition of their expertise and track record in deploying Microsoft solutions that fit the needs of Small to Medium sized organisations in Ireland.

“This Microsoft Gold Small Business competency showcases our expertise in and commitment to today’s technology market and demonstrates our deep knowledge of Microsoft and its products,” said Neil Phelan, Director, HCS Business Solutions. “We plan to accelerate our customers’ success by serving as technology advisors for their business demands.”

Call today on 01 8734120 | 051 595200, visit or email to arrange an appointment with HCS, Microsoft’s only Gold Small Business Partner in Ireland and see how you can get the most out of your Microsoft technology.