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County Carlow Development Partnership

County Carlow Development Partnership

Carlow County Development Partnership Ltd (CCDP Ltd) was established in early 2009. CCDP Ltd is responsible for the strategic management and delivery of a range of economic and social development programmes and initiatives to individuals, enterprises and communities throughout Carlow Town and County.

Programmes currently managed by CCDP are

  • Rural Development Programme
  • Local & Community Development Programme
  • Carlow Rural Social Scheme
  • Carlow Warmer Homes Scheme
  • Tus Community Work Placement Scheme
  • Carlow Jobs Club

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There are a number of schemes available to support to assist in the upkeep of shop fronts and signage.

It would be lovely to see more traditional shop fronts in our streetscape and there is monetary support available.

Here are details of three schemes that can be availed of:

New shopfront scheme - up to €1700 matching funding available.

Streetscape paint scheme - up to €500 available.

Bilingual Signage Scheme - up to €3,000 matching funding available

The 2014 Bilingual Signage Scheme has just been launch by Foras na Gaeilge - but hurry as there are limited grants available.


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Chamber AGM Report

John Brophy FSC Management was re-elected as president of Co Carlow Chamber at the organisation's 68th annual general meeting which was held in the splendid new Dargan Centre of IT Carlow last Wednesday.

Speaking about the past year, the President described it as a very busy one for the Chamber and in particular for the Board Members. John spoke about how difficult a time it has been for many businesses and cautioned that while there are green shoots emerging, there is still a long way to go to recovery in the local economy.

He encouraged members to support each other and to be ambassadors for the Chamber in the wider business community.

Two new Directors were elected to join the board of the Chamber, Josephine Mullally AIB Bank and Derek Shannon Bank Of Ireland. Five directors went forward for reelection on the night, Eoin Kehoe of Kehoe Auctioneers, Martin Meagher of IT Carlow, PJ Hickson of Hickson's Centra, Debbie Boyle of Ulster Bank and Eilish Sparow of Sparrow Insurances. John Brennan Brennan Associates, Mike Moore, Carlow Nationalist, Ken Battigan, Talbot Hotel, Rachel Doyle Arboretum, Martin Carrigan, Carrigan Associates, Yvonne O Toole, MSD and Mick Kelly ICL were automatically reappointed.

CEO Turlough O Brien gave a detailed report on a very busy year for the Chamber highlighting in particular the establishment of Carlow Town Team and the contribution of Chamber Board members. He thanked the Board members for their total dedication to the Chamber during the year and their support for events such as the very successful Mentoring programme for members. He also touched on the efforts of the Chamber to represent the views of members at local and national level.

Pictured below (l to r): Turlough O Brien, John Brophy and Martin Carrigan.

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The Institute of Technology Carlow in collaboration with Waterford Institute of Technology and Enterprise Ireland is currently recruiting for its 2014 New Frontiers Programme for Entrepreneurs.

The intensive training and support programme provides desk space, mentoring, business master classes, networking plus €15,000 in financial support to accelerate business start-ups.

New Frontiers is scheduled to commence on 9th April 2014. If you require further information, contact

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ICBA Exporting to China Seminar - Kilkenny Castle (Monday, 7th April 2014)



Title: 2014 Exporting to China Seminar
Date: Monday, 7th April 2014
Time: 9.30am-11.30am
Venue: The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny

Formally opened by Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan TD.
Irish trade with China is now worth more than 8 billion euro a year, with a strong trade surplus in Ireland’s favour. China is the world’s second largest economy. Here is an opportunity to meet professionals associated with doing business in China, including advice on legal issues involved when exporting goods and the outlook for the Renminbi.
If you are already involved or interested in developing into the Chinese market, especially in the Agri & Food, ICT, Engineering , Bio Phama or Renewable energy sectors, this event is the perfect one for you.
A short reception beforehand will allow attendees to network. All speakers will also attend a Q&A session after the presentations.

Speakers to include:
Ken Duggan, Chairman, Ireland China Business Association – Introduction of Ireland China Business Association and Event Updates
Kevin O’Brien, Regional Treasury Manager, Bank of Ireland
Bob Clark, Arthur Cox, Emeritus Professor of Law in University College Dublin – Intellectual Property
Philip Singleton, Market Manager China, Enterprise Ireland
Gerard Keenan, Keenan Systems Carlow - Doing Business in China, Do’s and Don'ts
JJ Walsh, Head of FX Desk, Bank of Ireland - The Outlook for the Chinese Renminbi

Registration: Strictly by reservation only. RSVP to Jen Condon at Numbers limited. Tickets to be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
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