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Bobby Kerr and 'Down to Business' broadcast 2 hour show on Carlow

Thanks to all who took part on Saturday morning's live broadcast by Newstalk from the Seven Oaks Hotel on the topic of 'Winning Back the High Street'.

Presented by Bobby Kerr the programme looked at the issues facing Carlow retailers and how they might be addressed.

Also thanks to all who attended as members of the audience.

If you missed the live show. Part one can be heard here. and part two here.

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Visualize Business Strategy Lunch

13th March 2014 @ 12.30pm. Free Lunch Networking Seminar

Carlow County Enterprise Board & The South East Regional Authority is delighted to present 35 SME’s with the opportunity to attend “Visualize Business Strategy Lunch” in the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art , Carlow on Thursday 13th March 2014. This free event is aimed at owner managers and their key staff and provides an opportunity to:

  • Network with your Peers
  • Develop new business relationships
  • Hear from Industry Experts on Developing a Business Strategy

To register for this free event e-mail or call 059/9130880 (Option 1). Full details here.

Co Carlow Chamber AGM, IT Carlow

Wednesday, March 12th, 6pm

Kilkenny Rd

Carlow, Carlow

Notification for the AGM has been sent to all members yesterday and we would be delighted to see as many members as possible attend.

Please note change of date.

The Chamber is the leading business representative organisation in the County and we would encourage all to play an active role in 2014.

A good starting point is the AGM.

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Local Companies making substantial savings while recruiting

Our recent seminar on Employment Incentives has seen a number of local companies use the Job Plus scheme to recruit new employees and avail of substantial benefits while recruiting from the Live Register.

One CEO told me they have taken on 8 additional staff and saved €60,000 approx.

If you would like more information please feel free to email me for an info pack.

My email address is

Further information here.

ICL & Simply Workflow

The Institute of Occupational Health & Safety (IOSH) , completed a case study on Chamber member ICL, who were 1 of only 4 companies in Ireland lucky enough to be put in the spotlight for their Lif€ Savings Ireland campaign.

IOSH launched its campaign at Dublin Castle on Wednesday 12th February 2014 - in the presence of Health and Safety Authority CEO Martin O'Halloran, Michelle Peate-Morgan, chair of the IOSH Ireland and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD.

ICL and Simply Workflow were featured over 2 pages in the attached LSI case studies document, detailing the huge savings achieved by the H &S module of the Simply Workflow system. These details will be issued to more than 43,000 members/health & safety professionals in more than 100 countries

Simply Workflow Ltd is now a completely stand-alone company with Sean Beirne as its CEO.

Website link for full info and video links of launch:

Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2014

The 2014 CSR Awards will launch on Tuesday 4th March at 11am in Eircom’s head office. Applications will open and be available online from 2pm on

The Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility Awards were established in 2004 to recognise the work being carried out by Irish and multinational companies to improve the lives of their employees and to enhance the civic environment in which they operate.

This is a unique competition that offers the business community a chance to promote their efforts in CSR and gain recognition for best practice.

The awards are presented in a variety of categories covering all areas of CSR.

Now in their eleventh year, the Awards are run in association with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, partnered by Business in the Community Ireland and kindly sponsored by BAM.

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Carlow again honoured for promotion of Irish

The Glór na nGael national awards and prizes for the year 2013 have been announced and Carlow is once again amongst the prizewinners.

In the category for towns of over 10,000 population Carlow Town has been awarded 3rd place and €3,000 in prize money.

The Carlow Nationalist has picked up a special recognition award for its tremendous support and exposure of the Irish language and all things Irish in the community. According to the adjudicating panel the extensive coverage in print and picture ‘as Gaeilge’ and in English in the newspaper down through the years has been a great boost to Glór Cheatharlach as it continues to promote the language and culture . The leathanach Gaeilge or Irish language page which is published in the Nationalist each week received special mention.