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Welcome to New Members

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Corless Pharmacy

We are delighted to welcome Máirin Holohan and her staff as Chamber members.

They provide first class pharmacy healthcare from their beautiful premises on Dublin Street. Their highly trained and dedicated team have built strong customer relations down the years.

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Global Cycles

One of the latest additions to the Carlow retail scene, Global Cycles stocks top quality racing and mountain bikes.

Avail of the Bike to work scheme and save up to 52% on your next set of wheels.

Stockists for Marin, Lapierre, Forme, Kellys, Fuji, Shimano, Storck and Look.

Best wishes to Seamie Brennan and Global Cycles.

Blacknight open new Data Centre.

Blacknight is Ireland's largest ICANN accredited domain registrar and hosting company.

It's 100% Irish owned and based here in Carlow.

Recipient of several awards for it's revolutionary use of social media, Blacknight is one of Europe's most cutting edge internet companies.

A €1M environmentally friendly data centre was officially opened by Minister Sean Sherlock earlier this week.

Blacknight was founded in 2003 by Michele Neylon and Paul Kelly and has grown steadily for 10 years.

Michele reflected on 10 years plus of hard work in building Blacknight into the success it is today.

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Is your business ready for SEPA?

It seems many businesses are confused about SEPA.

This link will give you the full details on SEPA and we will be holding an information evening shortly. More details next week.

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Minister launches Carlow Town Investment Prospectus

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. has welcomed a major retail revitalisation programme for County Carlow, which aims to bring more retailers and new jobs to South Leinster.

The ‘Carlow Town Team Revitalisation Programme’ features seven key supports with an investment of over €130,000; the plan is being rolled out by host of organisations working together, such as the Carlow County Enterprise Board, the Local Authorities, the Chamber of Commerce and IT Carlow.

Setting out to improve the retail environment for existing businesses and to encourage new retailers to ‘set-up shop’ in the town, the ambitious programme includes grants for commercial rates, shop front improvement schemes for vacant properties, pop-up shop opportunities along with training programmes for those working in the sector.

Launching the Carlow Town Investment Prospectus in Dublin today, Minister Bruton said: “This is a great example of how by working together businesses can help revitalise the enterprise environment and create jobs. I wish every success to all involved”.

Tom Barry, County Manager and Chairperson of Carlow County Enterprise Board pointed out that Carlow’s population is growing faster than the national average, with the second largest increase in disposable incomes levels. He said: “Carlow offers excellent transport infrastructure, combined with a well-populated catchment area and access to a highly- educated workforce. Through the Carlow Town Revitalisation Programme, practical and valuable incentives are on offer, to help retailers grow their businesses, bringing more foot-fall to the streets of Carlow.”

In addition to the new investor prospectus, the Retail Excellence Ireland-backed programme includes a ‘Rates Incentive Grant Scheme’, offering up to 5% off commercial rates for 2014; a ‘Vacant Property Retail Incentive Scheme’, to cover store fit-out and shop front improvements; an ‘Art, Craft and Food Shop’ incentive scheme on several specified streets, a ‘Pop-Up’ scheme for temporary retail space, a ‘Retail Development Programme’ to improve retail skills of store owners and a ‘Start Your Own Retail Business’ workshop for those thinking of opening up a new retail outlet locally.

Details around the Carlow Town Revitalisation Programme, including a copy of the prospectus, are available from

The Carlow Town Team were represented at today’s launch with Minister Bruton by Tom Barry, County Manager and Chairperson of Carlow County Enterprise Board, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland, John Brophy, President of the Carlow Chamber, Turlough O’ Brien, CEO of the Carlow Chamber, Kieran Comerford, CEO of the Carlow County Enterprise Board and John Brennan, Chairperson of Carlow Town Team.