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Nutritional Concepts

Nutritional Concepts, is a unique private nutrition and dietary consulting service serving the Carlow and Kilkenny areas. It was founded by Sabrina Doyle, a fully qualified nurse and dietitian, to provide the latest diet and nutrition information in a professional, friendly and innovative way.

Hughie Brennan Building

Well known Carlow and Eire Og footballing star Hughie Brennan has been a self employed building contractor for the last number of years and has over 30 years experience in the building trade.

Our latest addition to the Chamber can deliver quality finishes for renovation, extension and new build projects. Hughie recent clients include Fairgreen Shopping Centre, IT Carlow, Carlow Co Co and private individuals.

Why not ring for a quote today - It costs nothing and making that call could be the smartest call you make!



Management Development Course, IT Carlow

Wednesday, April 17th 2013 at 7-10pm

Kilkenny Road

Carlow, Carlow

Our Management Development Course got underway last week and the course participants are delighted with the course content and delivery by John Trehy. It promises to be really beneficial to the participants. If you would like to know more about our courses please drop us an email.

Local Government Reform

Chambers all across the country are keeping a close watch on the long awaited Local Government Reform Programme.

It has long been the case that a disproportionate burden is carried by local business communities of the funding of Local Authorities.

Savings generated through the reform need to be ring fenced and secured for local businesses. This could involve:

Targeted rates reductions

Reallocation of funds for schemes such as changes to town centre parking, improved marketing of our Towns etc.

The concerns of the business community must be addressed; revisions of the value of properties must reflect the profitability of companies in the current economic climate.

Businesses must have clarity and certainty over how their net annual value is set.

The Annual Rate of Valuation set by local authorities must be fair.

Any new Bill should include a 'hardship' clause and take account of ability to pay.

'Targeted reductions' on rates must be introduced to guarantee revenues are sustained at a level that allows Councils provide a range of services while ensuring this essential sector of the economy continues to grow.

All Local Authority charges must be flexible and sensitive to changes in the economy and the business environment. Rateable values must be reassessed every five years at a minimum.

Representations are being made at national level to have the concerns of the business community raised at Government level. We will keep you informed.

Office will be unattended next week

Our Office will be unattended next week, Monday April 22nd to Friday April 26th. If you have a matter that requires urgent attention, please contact our President John Brophy at j.brophy@fairgreen.ie

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