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Co Carlow Chamber VAT reclaim service for Members

Do you conduct business in the EU and are you aware of your VAT entitlements in relation to foreign VAT incurred by your company whilst conducting this business?

It is estimated that €8 - €10 Billion in VAT is unclaimed every year by companies who conduct business in the EU. This is as a result of several factors, with the primary reasons being a lack of awareness of their entitlements and a lack of time or capacity to resource the reclaim.

With this in mind, County Carlow Chamber of Commerce is delighted to offer a VAT Reclaim Service in conjunction with Global Tax Reclaim Limited.

This is a service for Chamber Members who conduct business in Europe. Our aim is to assist local companies to recover the VAT that they are entitled to from expenses incurred while conducting business abroad. The VAT Reclaim Service will address the gap by providing a complete outsourced VAT recovery solution.

Benefits to members who avail of the service are:

  • An initial free consultation with Global Tax Reclaim limited to discuss your entitlements.
  • It is a hassle free and cost effective way of bringing money back to Chamber members.
  • A discounted rate.
  • It is based on a no refund/no fee basis.
  • Some examples of recoverable foreign VAT expenditure include; hotel /accommodation costs, meals, car hire, fuel, exhibition costs and representative office expenses.

Global Tax Reclaim Limited is 100% Irish owned and managed company. Established in 2003, G.T.R. offers the most cost effective, efficient and personal VAT Reclaim service on the market. Based in Dublin with offices in New York, Zurich, and Zagreb, they work with many multi-national, large and S.M.E. companies globally.

Their team of dedicated account managers will ensure that the required invoices are retrieved for seamless processing and minimal distribution to your day to day operations.

If this service can be of use to you and your company or have valuable funds tied up in unrecovered foreign VAT and would like more information and to receive a discounted rate call 01-4587460 and mention the Carlow Chamber VAT Reclaim Service.

Carlow Easter Féile 2014

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24th - 27th April 2014

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The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing is Not an Acceptable Policy Position

Chambers Ireland has called on the Government to make immediate changes to the public procurement process to facilitate SME involvement and benefit the economy as a whole. The call comes in advance of a meeting of stakeholders with the Office of Government Procurement.

Speaking today, Chambers Ireland Deputy Chief Executive Seán Murphy said "SMEs in Ireland are extremely frustrated over how they are effectively excluded from many public procurement processes. Businesses that pay rates and wages in Ireland are undercut by overseas competitors that are not bound by the same terms and conditions. Some of the requirements to just apply for a tender are highly onerous and often automatically exclude local businesses from participating in local tenders. These excessive pre qualification requirements must be addressed by Government immediately. Similarly, the lack of feedback for businesses when they fail to win a tender, combined with the absence of an appeal procedure, are issues which could be easily solved.”

“MEAT (Most Economically Advantageous Tender) is held up as a template of best practice; however, decisions are all too frequently based on cost alone rather than other variables. Factors such as long term benefit to the economy, job creation and supporting indigenous business must be given greater consideration when assessing tenders. It is imperative that procurement is seen as a strategic asset for Ireland rather than a pure cost saving measure as it is now. There is a clear sense of anger and frustration amongst the SME community - which makes up over 99% of businesses in the State – that they are being sidelined by Government in favour of cheaper overseas options,” he concluded

Chambers Ireland have today released a white paper on Public Procurement

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7 Habits of Highly Effective people

Talbot Hotel Carlow

30th April 2014, 9am-12.30

Followed by light networking lunch.

Theresa Kelly
Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet
Carlow Gateway Business Centre
Athy Road
059 9132152

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CEB merges into Carlow Local Enterprise Office today

Carlow County Enterprise Board held it's final Board meeting last week and as of today becomes part of the Carlow Local Enterprise Office (LEO).

The Enterprise Board has been in existence for 21 years and has been a wonderful resource for the SME sector across the County.

Co Carlow Chamber looks forward to working with the new LEO as it delivers on it's remit to support start ups and the SME sector.

Make Your Business Sales Process SMART with the Carlow CEB Sales Masterclass

Thursday, April 17th, 9:30am-4:30pm

Carlow Town

This programme is designed to allow participants gain an understanding of what it takes to gain customers and to manage their business to the point of growth.
Further information is available from Tina on or call 059-9130880