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Hickson Safety Services

Hickson Safety Services was established in 2005 by Niall Hickson to carry out professional training and consultancy services to all types of business firms ranging from construction to retail, industrial and manufacturing companies.

Hickson safety services provide a range of services including project management, Site Audits, Risk Assessments, Safety Statements and Method Statements. They also carry out Inspection and Certification of Lifting Accessories and Lifting Equipment.

All their training courses are carried out by fully qualified and certified trainers. Certificates of Attendance for each person will be issued on completion of all Courses.

Trevor Gillespie

The Gillespie name is synonymous with business in Carlow and Trevor has just rejoined the Chamber following his relocation to Ireland. A vastly experienced project manager in many fields - retail, tourism and property development.

Trevor is Project Manager with Oneview Healthcare.


at 134 Tullow Street stocks all the latest best selling and popular books and magazines in their extensive premise on Tullow Street.

John Lindsay and his staff will afford you a warm welcome and the best of customer service.

Employment Incentive Seminar Talbot Hotel

Tuesday, Jan. 21st 2014 at 6:15pm

Portlaoise Road

Carlow, Carlow


We have over 60 persons booked in for this important seminar for businesses considering recruiting in 2014.

Come along and find about the range of incentives available to help you take the next step for your business, large or small.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


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No increase in rates

Carlow County Council have set their budget for 2014 and ratepayers will be pleased that there is no increase in rates while the Council have introduced a incentive scheme to encourage prompt payment.

Ratepayers who pay in full and on time, or sign up to a monthly d/d payment plan will avail of a 5% rebate, up to a maximum of €250, subject to terms and conditions.


Tuesday, Jan. 28th 2014 at 6-7pm

Carlow Gateway Business Centre Athy Road Carlow

The use of social networking has taken a major surge in the last number of years with the average person spending a significant part of their day on one of the many social networking sites. As a result, social networking has become an increasingly problematic issue for Irish employers.


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

New protocol for SME's with debt difficulties

The Irish Banking Federation (IBF) has launched a new protocol on multi-banked SME debt. The move is designed to allow an SME in financial difficulty and with debt across a number of financial institutions to communicate with the member banks on a collective basis. This in turn allows those banks to discuss and consider the case with a view to seeking resolution. The protocol is operational from 6th January 2014 and will apply to SMEs with debts of between €250,000 and €10m.

The following categories of debt are covered:

· Direct SME Debt comprises debt advanced directly to the SME business by member banks to finance the SME business.

· Indirect SME Debt comprises debt advanced indirectly to the SME business by member banks, which finances any asset (including premises) which is essential to the functioning of the SME business. Such debt is most likely to be in the name of a party other than the SME.

· SME Related Debt comprises debt other than Direct or Indirect SME Debt which depends primarily for its repayment on the viability and cash flow of the SME business

ACCBank, AIB, Bank of Ireland, Danske Bank, KBC Bank Ireland, Permanent TSB and Ulster Bank have all signed up to the framework.

Commenting on the launch of the protocol, Waterford Chamber CEO Nick Donnelly stated, “It is welcomed that the IBF and their member banks have recognised the importance of working in this way with SMEs in order to manage their debt issues, particularly where these debts are shared across various institutions. Hopefully the protocol will deliver timely resolutions for those SMEs that engage with the process and that the IBF will commit to the review criteria as indicated in their launch this week.”

Full details on the IBF website