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Co Carlow Chamber was delighted to introduce Phlok to local retailers in Teach Dolmain last Tuesday evening as another marketing tool to ensure local shops and businesses are well supported so that local jobs are maintained. Carlow Businesses provide excellent customer care and real value for money as well as offering local people a great service and should be supported.

Phlok is a unique service for discovering great deals around Carlow - in real time and the Chamber wants to encourage everyone who lives and works in the County to have fun while at the same time supporting local retailers/businesses.
With Phlok, retailers can generate revenue from engagement with local consumers on social platforms and is more consistent and profitable for the retailer/business. Phlok is probably the best Social Digital Loyalty Platform out there. It makes social networking easy and profitable for businesses. It creates a social loyalty platform that is fun, rewarding and valuable to the merchant and the user.

Using Phlok points as incentives users are rewarded for checking in to your store/business, purchasing from you and following you.

Phlok points can be traded for gift certificates that can be spent in local businesses who are registered with Phlok. Users are alerted automatically as they walk by or drive by your premises, to remind them of the great value you offer and the points available to collect.

It creates a community based social loyalty platform that is fun, rewarding and valuable to the merchant and the user. Using Phlok points as incentives users are rewarded for checking in to your store/business, purchasing from you and following you.

Join your business on Phlok now by going online to and get working on bringing more customers into your business or join as a user at

Many thanks to Teach Dolmain for looking after us so well.


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Carlow Garden Festival

This weekend is the final weekend of the Carlow Garden Festival Week - and what beautiful sights await our visitors!

If you haven't been try visit tomorrow or Sunday for some very special events -

  • Tree expert Dick Warner will be in Huntington Castle at 2.30pm Saturday
  • Éamhna ni Lamhna will conduct a riverside walk along the Barrow from Leighlinbridge at 3pm Saturday.
  • The Teddy Bears picnic on Sunday from 2-6pm is sure to draw lots of families!

No better time to visit them than during the Carlow Garden Festival Week!

Some of the best gardens in the country are here and The Carlow Garden Trail website will give you an insight into the special places you can visit in Co. Carlow. What makes this garden trail special is the unique range of large and small gardens which are lovingly cared for, with ideas at every turn to take home, and the amazing plants, shrubs and trees that grow here.

Altamont is one of the jewels of the Carlow Garden Trail. The stunning borders in the walled garden are an inspiration to all who see them.

Another inspiring garden to visit is the Delta Sensory Gardens, with 16 different gardens laid out by leading designers. You do not have to be a gardener to get pleasure and enjoyment from the Carlow Garden Trail. There is something for everyone, young and old.

With the fabulous weather we are experiencing the gardens are sure to be at their most colourful - it's on our doorstep so be sure to visit as many as you can this week!


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Local Property Tax and Commercial Rates

Co Carlow Chamber are calling on Carlow Local Authorities to ensure that any reduction in the Local Property Tax (LPT) must not be subsidised by a corresponding increase in commercial rates.

The introduction of the Local Property Tax was designed to move the Local Authority funding system to a fair and equitable ‘user pays’ system. If Councils choose to reduce their LPT by 15% then they must not look to businesses, already the single largest funder of Local Authorities, to make up the shortfall.

Businesses already pay high levels of commercial rates and cannot take any more hits if we are to support growth and job creation. We urge that if Carlow Local Authority chooses to reduce the LPT to ensure they have adequate funding in place to accommodate this.”

It is vitally important that the commitment to economic development and a positive environment for job creation are maintained. Co Carlow Chamber is calling on the Councils to properly plan any reductions in the LPT rates to ensure that shortfalls created are not sought through an increase in commercial rates for already struggling businesses in the county.
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WTO Members Must Implement Trade Facilitation Agreement Without Delay

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Ireland has today (01/08/14) called on World Trade Organisation (WTO) members to continue working to reach a solution that will see the Trade Facilitation Agreement implemented as soon as possible.

Under the terms of the WTO’s Bali deal – agreed to by all WTO members last December – a “legal protocol” to operationalize the TFA was due to be agreed today by the WTO membership. This deadline has now been missed due to a standoff over the negotiation of a separate agreement on national food security programmes.

Speaking this morning, Ian Talbot, ICC Ireland Secretary General said, ““There’s huge frustration that a deal with the potential to inject a US$1 trillion stimulus into the global economy has been blocked by a diplomatic standoff in Geneva. The deal agreed in Bali last December matters to us all. We’re talking about a common-sense package of reforms that will make it easier for small businesses to export, reduce prices for consumers and help tackle corruption.”

ICC Secretary General John Danilovich added: “Our message is clear. Get back to the table, save this deal and get the multilateral trade agenda back on the road to completion sooner rather than later, to grow the economy and create jobs without further delay.”