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Pilot Town Visit

Representatives of The National Executive for the Town Centre Regeneration Project are visiting Carlow next Thursday to get acquainted with the issues on the ground.

A number of possible interventions have already been identified by the Town Team.

We will update you regularly.

Congrats and thanks to Kowsar and the Bombay Diner

Celebrating three years of serving the people of Carlow with authentic Indian cuisine, Kowsar Howlader generously hosted Chamber members to a Taste of India yesterday.

Kowsar and his six staff provide an excellent service and wide range of the bets of Indian dining in The Bombay Diner Barrack Street, Carlow.

Having worked over the past ten years in Mayo, Tipperary, Offaly, Galway, Cork and DUblin Kowsar has built up an excellent reputation for his fully accredited restaurant.

A Year in the Life

Don't forget to pick up next week's Nationalist and see our profile of Jones Business Systems Carlow.

If you would like to be included at some stage please contact us and let us know!

Clonegal Entente Florale

Beautiful Carlow village Clonegal, situated on the banks of the Derry RIver, is Ireland's entry in the Village category of this great European competition.

Judging is next Thursday and if the weather continues as it is, Clonegal will be showing itself in the best possible light.

Clonegal is one of Carlow's unspoiled gems - and if you haven't been you really should pay it a visit this summer.

Chambers Ireland launches guide to Corporate Social Responsibility for SMEs

Chambers Ireland has today (17/07/13) launched a new guide to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for SMEs, The Sustainability Factor.

Speaking this morning Dónall Curtin, Chambers Ireland President said, “CSR embraces responsibility for a company’s actions and encourages awareness of a company’s impact on the environment and local community. While it is often seen as the realm of large multinationals, more and more SMEs are realising the benefits CSR can have on their business. This guide highlights the number of simple ways that SMEs engage with CSR, many of which can have a positive effect on their bottom line.”

Karina Howley, Chair, Chambers Ireland’s CSR Policy Council continued “Despite current economic constraints, CSR continues to grow in Ireland. There is no doubt that implementing responsible business practices and becoming more sustainable has a positive impact on your business and those you engage with. We hope that this guide will encourage more SMEs to embrace these ideas and make CSR a core part of their business ethos.”

John Forde, Director, South Western Regional Authority added “Throughout Europe SMEs are engaging in CSR activities to help improve the sustainability of their business, which, in turn improves the sustainability of the regions in which they operate. This guide will help Irish SMEs to understand and obtain the benefits offered by introducing accessible CSR activities into their day to day operations.”

Duckett's Grove - the Business Picnic

Summer 2013 sees the first Network of Enterprising Women “Business Picnic“. The Business Picnic is a unique summer event which gives an opportunity to connect and gain knowledge from one another in a semi-formal networking environment. The invite is open to business women, their network of contacts and their clients and aims to showcase the talent of Carlow Business Women.

The event will have 3 side events. The Video Booth can record a 2 minute video to promote your business using facebook and/or Twitter. The Photo Corner where a professional photo will be taken for your business and theBusiness Card Clinic where a team will tell you what impression your business card makes. This event is free and only 200 tickets are available. To reserve your place e-mail or call 059 913 0880.

Carlow 800 Launch

During 2013 Carlow celebrates the 800th Anniversary of the construction of Carlow Castle.

The Carlow 800 Festival takes place from from August 22nd - 25th with a ost of special events.

4 days and nights of celebration of our past and present will mark this auspicious anniversary.

JobsPlus - looking to recruit a new employee? Find out what JobsPlus has to offer

JobsPlus is a new employer incentive, from the Department of Social Protection which encourages and rewards employers who offer employment opportunities to the long term unemployed. The incentive will replace the existing Employer Job PRSI Exemption and the Revenue Job Assist schemes.

8 Tips to Improve your Business!

  1. Purpose of Business is to WIN and KEEP customers
  2. Set GOALS. Write them down - ink it don't think it!
  3. Make a REALSITIC Plan
  4. Spend PROFIT not turnover
  5. Collect the money! A sale is not a sale until paid for
  6. Watch costs and quality
  7. Teamwork. TRUST and DELEGATE
  8. Stay informed