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A Year in the Life - are you in the picture?

No business is too big or too small - so don't be shy and request us to make a call!

We need your cooperation with appointments; we cannot reschedule as the workload is too great and our photographers are giving their time to the project for free. Consider it a snapshot in time; if you cannot muster a full crew when arranged please keep the appointment with whoever is available,

Email the Office - or call 059 9132337

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Pan Celtic drew the Crowds

With perfect weather the Pan Celtic Festival certainly attracted big numbers into Carlow Town over the six days.

It portrayed Carlow in a very positive light and reports from many businesses were of a welcome increase in foot fall and spend.

Great credit is due to the organising Committee for the huge effort they put in and how well it showcased Carlow.

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Management Development Course, IT Carlow

Wednesday, April 10th 2013 at 7-10pm

Kilkenny Road

Carlow, Carlow

Starts tonight and our class is full barring a late drop out. It should be good!

Import Substitution

The upcoming Import substitution exhibition might be of interest to your business. 24th April, Lord Bagenal Hotel, Carlow Free of Charge.

It may benefit your company in the following areas:

Networking with other exporting companies in the County and Region.

Sharing opportunity with other entrepreneurs in the County

Your company can get involved by either taking a stand at this event showcasing some parts/components that you may currently import for your processes or you can alternatively attend the event, guest speaker on the day is Fergus Woods, Guest Speaker, Fergus Woods, Head of the Auxiliary Power Unit of Dublin Aerospace which core business services are Business units, Base Maintenance (Aircraft Overhaul), Landing Gear Overhaul, Auxiliary Power Unit Overhaul. Fergus will share his experiences on lean manufacturing efficiencies and employee performance monitoring together with examples from the commencement of his career in Bord Na Mona through to his present day position in Dublin Aerospace. Fergus played a pivotal role along with Conor McCarthy, Ernst & Young Irish Entrepreneur of the Year 2011, to establish Dublin Aerospace in 2009 bringing this company from 4 employees with no staff and no customers to 250 Employees in 2012. Dublin Aerospace customers span 40 countries including Russia, Vietnam, Philippines, USA, Angola, Kenya, Turkey, Egypt, Kazakhstan and India.

Also in attendance on the day will be design core team from IT Carlow.

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Reduction in Irish Rail Services in Carlow

Irish Rail made recent reductions to the services offered between Carlow and Dublin that are adversely affecting commuters working in Carlow.

Co Carlow Chamber has contacted Irish Rail seeking a restoration of

14.50 (Waterford) to 17.06 (Heuston) Newbridge stop required.

16.50 (Waterford) to 19.25 (Heuston)

We forwarded a petition from users of this service but unfortunately we have been unable to have the service restored.

Any reduction in transport services is a serious blow to the County and we will continue to campaign to have full services restored.

If you have any employees affected by these changes we would like to hear from you.

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Members of Co Carlow Chamber will conduct a door to door survey of Town Centre businesses in the coming weeks. We will survey Members and non members who wish to be involved in this initiative. You can help us immediately by spreading the word about our upcoming survey.

We would like to hear your thoughts and ideas; we want to know what are the key issues facing YOUR business at this time.

It will be a short survey and we would appreciate a few minutes of your time.

At the conclusion of the survey we will hold a retail forum to develop the issues highlighted. We would like all Town Centre businesses to engage in the process and work together for the greater good.