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Chamber Mentoring Clinics were a great success

Last Wednesday evening our team of Mentors put in a great effort as they engaged with a big number of local businesses in one to one mentoring sessions.

It was a great exercise that we will have to repeat later in the year.

A mentor can be a real plus for your business - a fresh perspective; a source of expertise, experience and support.

The advantages can be critical whether you are a start up or an established firm stuck in a rut - the right mentor can provide fresh insight and be a great sounding board in all circumstances.

With 9 mentors on board this was the essence of what Chamber is about - local businesses helping and supporting each other.

The topics covered were accessing credit, advice on social media, marketing, accounting and taxation issues, hr, entrepreneurship, retail advice, energy conservation and performance management.

Drawing on years of experience our Mentors were kept busy for from 7pm to 10.30pm.

IT Carlow was the perfect venue and they delivered two excellent presentations on two programmes they are running - INSPIRE and Life Long Learning.

Thanks to our Mentor team, IT Carlow and all who took part in the sessions.

Management Development Course, IT Carlow

Wednesday, April 10th 2013 at 7-10pm

Kilkenny Road

Carlow, Carlow

Only a few places left on our Management Development Course. Contact Chamber Office immediately if you wish to enrol or to enrol an employee.

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Karen O'Sullivan (Talbot Hotel) Interview

A Year in the Life

Our photographers, Karl McDonough and Thomas Sunderland are busy calling on businesses taking photos for our celebration of the important contribution in employment provided by the businesses large and small in the County.

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

The series is receiving phenomenal positive feedback and we really want to be as inclusive as possible.

Email the Office - or call 059 9132337

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Pan Celtic Festival - a celebration of Celtic culture

The Pan Celtic Festival is back! Last year's Festival was considered to have been by far the best Pan Celtic Festival ever - full marks to the local organising Committee who put in so much hard work.

Running from April 2nd to April 7th this year's will be even better!

The Town is bedecked in colour with lots of bunting and a beautiful display of flags from the Celtic nations - Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwal, Isle of Man and Brittany.

Eileen O Rourke, CEO of Carlow Tourism expects 10,000 visitors to Carlow for the Festival and a local spend of €2.5m.

There is a full programme of events with plenty for everyone to come out and support:

Pop Up Shops

Carlow County Enterprise Board and Carlow Town Council want to hear your views on the proposed Pop Up Shop Policy for Carlow Town and have organised a meeting on Wednesday 3rd April 2013 @ 7.00pm in the Carlow Town Hall to gather same.
Carlow Town Council & Carlow County Enterprise Board has developed a policy following a number of pilot programmes during 2012 and would like your input into this future policy. The Scheme will allow temporary shops to be established to help over time with the issue of empty properties in our streets. The scheme is for everybody and can be used by new and existing enterprises and community organisations to showcase their products. The scheme allows all of us to work together to solve a problem and it needs everybody’s support to make it work.

Pop Up Shops have been used as an effective economic development tool around Ireland and this is one tool being used by the relevant stakeholders. The meeting will also be used as an opportunity to brief people on other events being hosted by the Town Council and partners such as Taste of Carlow , Carlow 800 etc. which aim to attract visitors to our Town.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

  1. Pop Up Shop Policy
  2. Overview Taste of Carlow Events
  3. Overview of Carlow 800
  4. Carlow CEB supports for Retailers
  5. Open Agenda Requests
  6. AOB