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RDA Accountants hosting free webinar January 28th @ 10am

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Accounting software in the cloud makes accounting and bookkeeping easier, and gives you access to your accounts 24-7. But did you know that it could actually improve the profitability of your business?

It's true, and Paul Redmond will explain how. In this webinar RDA will discuss how Xero helps you:

  • Get paid more quickly
  • Understand which of your products & services are the most profitable to you
  • Keep track of your time better
  • Follow up on potential new business
  • Access accounting information (including high-level reporting) 24-7, even from your mobile
  • Stay on top of your inventory
  • ..and loads more.

Registering for this webinar is FREE and also gives you the opportunity for a FREE trial of Xero, managed by RDA so you spend only the minimum of time on it!

To register for this free event, please click on the link here!

Youth Development Internship

The Carlow area has had above average unemployment figures in recent years and this has affected young people and their efforts to secure employment. The average youth unemployment rate in the region over the last twelve months has been higher when compared with the national figure of 26% in the same period.

The New Youth Developmental Internship (YDI) is one of many youth focused actions that Ireland has committed to delivering under the Irish Youth Guarantee. A YDI offers a young person, who has had little or no experience of working, the opportunity to learn basic work skills and social skills while on a placement in a real work situation.

The YDI is aimed at 18-24 year olds, who are signing on the live register and who have limited or no experience of work and in particular, those young people who would find it difficult to progress through candidate screening in a typical recruitment process. The objective is to provide young people with an opportunity to learn and develop various work skills and gain relevant workplace experience by Host Organisations offering an internship that would be for either 6 or 9 months in duration, for four days a week. The hours would be from 20 to 30 hours per week. Interns will also complete a work preparation course organised by DSP before they start the internship. As with JobBridge, there are no wage costs to the Host Organisation as the intern will retain their jobseeker payment and will get a €50 top up per week from the Department of Social Protection for the duration of the YDI.

See the brochure for further information or contact me at Employers are being asked to register their interest in offering a YDI placement by emailing

Last Few Diaries Still Available for Collection

If you haven't done so already, you can collect the Chamber's 2015 Diary from our office in Carlow Gateway. Please ring or email first however to arrange collection time.
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Irish Tourism Awards 2015

Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation have got together to create the Irish Tourism Awards, with the inaugural event taking place on April 24th.

There are a number of awards which may have particular relevance for Carlow businesses:

  • Best Environmental Tourism Initiative
  • Best Environmental Tourism Initiati Best Festival/Event Experience
  • Best Leisure Tourism Innovation
  • Best Adventure Experience
  • Best Cultural Experience
  • Best Urban Experience

More information is available on the Awards Closing date for entries, which must be electronic, is February 16th 2015.