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 Chambers Ireland launches Pre Budget Submission 2019 with Chief Executives from the Chamber Network

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Sports Capital Programme is now Open

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, are pleased to announce that the 2018 Sports Capital Programme is now open for applications.
Applications are being sought from sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities. Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs.

Competitive Start Fund / CSF Information Event

1) Competitive Start Fund - All Sectors - with focus on Manufacturing/Lifesciences/Renewables - Open - Tuesday 18th September -
2) CSF Information Event 13th Sept
€50K Competitive Start Fund (CSF) investment for All Sectors - with focus on Manufacturing/Lifesciences/Renewables  - opens September 18th – full details below. Please feel free to share with  any other colleague, friend or family member  you think might have an interest in this call.

Mayo Business Awards - Deadline looming - FREE online entry

Only 1 week left to enter the Mayo Business Awards!!!!  
The below categories may be of interest to you, you can enter as many as you like. Good Luck!
·        Best Customer Service Business Award
·        Best Hospitality Business Award – Under 10 Full Time Staff Equivalent
·        Best Hospitality Business Award – Over 10 Full Time Staff Equivalent
Have you entered your business for the 2018 Mayo Business Awards?

Childcare investment must be prioritised in Budget 2019

Chambers Ireland PRESS Release:  Commenting on today's (4 September 2018) ESRI report on childcare costs, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said,
“The analysis in today’s ESRI report clearly outlines what we have been hearing from the Chamber Network for some time now; that high childcare costs are directly impacting upon women in the workplace, contributing to lower rates of employment and contributing significantly to the high cost of living in Ireland.

Chambers Ireland launches Pre Budget Submission 2019 with Chief Executives from the Chamber Network

Chambers Ireland today (12 July 2018) launched its Pre Budget 2019 Submission, recommending that Government use Budget 2019 as an opportunity to think strategically about how we can future-proof our economy and make the best use of today’s prosperity in preparing for the threats facing Ireland on an international stage.
Speaking at the Chamber Chief Executives’ Forum in Athlone, where Chamber Chief Executives from all over the country have gathered, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said,

The Irish Times Innovation Awards 2018

The Irish Times Innovation Awards 2018 invites Ireland's innovators to showcase their disruptive new services. From start-ups led by enterprising individuals, to the island's multinationals and every scale of business or organisation in between and every sector of business, this is a chance to showcase and get rewarded for excellence. The overall winner receives a high profile communications package worth in excess of €150,000 plus a scholarship for short courses in Executive Development in the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business. The awards are split into five categories.

Enterprise Ireland announces Graduate Entrepreneurship €500,000 Competitive Start Fund to accelerate growth of start-ups

Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for recent graduates will open for applications on Tuesday 10th April 2018. The €500,000 fund will provide up to €50,000 in equity funding for up to 10 successful applicants. The fund closes to applications at 3pm on Tuesday, 24th April 2018.
The purpose of the Competitive Start Fund is to accelerate the growth of start-up companies that have the capability to succeed in global markets and the graduate entrepreneurship call specifically is to encourage entrepreneurship among graduates.

Competitive Start Fund 2018

The next opening date for Competitive Start Fund – Regional Entrepreneurship is   Tuesday 27th Feb 2018
The Competitive Start Fund (CSF) aims to support early stage start-ups.  This fund is open to early stage companies in manufacturing & internationally traded services, including the following subsectors: Internet, Games, Apps, Mobile, SaaS, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Lifesciences, Food, Cleantech and Industrial Products. 

Standard Innovation Voucher

 The next opening date for the Standard Innovation Voucher will be Weds 6th September with a closing date of Wednesday 20th September 2017 at 3pm.

Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company or companies to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider.

The Innovation Voucher initiative was developed to build links between Ireland's public knowledge providers (i.e. higher education institutes, public research bodies) and small businesses.

How to prepare for WRC (Workplace Relations Commission)

How to prepare for WRC inspections
Employers are often visited by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) asking to inspect employee records such as payslips, employment contracts, annual leave entitlements, public holidays, etc. Here’s our advice on making sure you’ve got everything covered…
In order to ensure compliance and avoid fines, employers paying below the National Minimum Wage for training purposes must implement a structured training programme which allows the lower payment.

Vacant Homes

Mayo County Council has launched an iniative through a new national website designed to gather information on vacant homes throughout the country. Local government wants to engage with owners to assist in bringing these homes back in to use.

To see how it works, log on to

Regional Enterprise Development Fund

The Regional Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) of up to €60m which was launched back in May, closing dates are looming.
The funding is being delivered through two Scheme calls, the first call will fund projects under the Regional EnterpriseDevelopment Fund of up to €35m in grant support. The second call under this Scheme will fund projects from the remaining balance of the €60m budget available.
Please note the closing date for the first call for Stream 1,2,3 and 4 is 3pm Friday 18th August 2017.

CETA Ratification Pivotal to Future of EU Trade Agenda

Today (14th February 2017) on the eve of the European Parliament’s crucial vote on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada, Chambers Ireland and national Chambers from across Europe call on EU leaders and governments to stand firmly in favour of an inclusive and forward-looking EU trade agenda, while also warning that recent complications around the deal have highlighted that the effectiveness of the EU’s common commercial policy is at stake.

Enterprise Irelands 5k Innovation Vouchers Now Open for Application

The Innovation Voucher initiative was developed to build links between Ireland's public knowledge providers (i.e. higher education institutes, public research bodies) and small businesses. 
Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company or companies to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider.
Am I eligible?

Business Mentoring

TheLocal Enterprise Office Castlebar  provides business advice and mentoring to existing and potential clients. 
Business Meeting
This free service is geared towards those who are considering starting their own businesses, those who have recently done so and existing start ups that are moving to the next stage of their development. A business advice and counselling meeting will initially point you in the right direction and help you prioritise the actions you need to implement to make progress.

Interest rate cut for small business

New mentoring assistance available for micro-enterprises through Local Enterprise Offices

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell-O’Connor T.D., today (17th June) welcomed the news that Microfinance Ireland (or MFI), the not-for-profit Government Agency providing funded finance to micro-enterprises, is offering micro-businesses the opportunity to avail of a cut in its interest rates (down by 1%) from 1st July 2016.

R&D Fund Standard Projects

Overview of the R&D Fund Standard Projects (Maximum Grant of €650,000)
The R&D Fund exists to support projects which have the potential to develop novel products and services with a clear competitive advantage in their target market. This will enable companies to increase employment through sustainable and substantially increased sales.
The R&D Fund will help companies to achieve the following:
A demonstrable connection between R&D and the overall business objectives.

Would you like to do business in the US? Ireland West International Trade Centre

The ‘Ireland West International Trade Centre’ is a collaborative partnership developing a soft landing platform in the US for companies, businesses and entrepreneurs based in the West and North West of Ireland. Our strategy is to assist indigenous companies explore export opportunities in the US.
Our objective with our partners in Rhode Island is to provide a cost-effective client based service to identified companies in the region. Supporting our companies with direct support, networking and connectivity with US based Diaspora.

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