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Ballyhaunis Employees need to support local businesses at Christmas

Ballyhaunis employs approximately 2.500 people locally in various industries and the local chamber of commerce would like to see employees supporting local businesses this christmas. Lots of activities are planned in the run-up to the festive season . The Mayo SPCA will kick off celebrations with a market in the Parochial Hall on November 19th. On sunday November 26th the chrismas lights will be turned on by Santa and the blessing of the Crib will be performed by Fr. Farragher. December the 2nd is the annual Christmas Market day showcasing a wide range of local arts and crafts.

Home Energy Information Evening

The Abbey Partnership will be hosting an  information evening at the Abbey (The Friary) about how to make your home more energy efficient and warmer. This event will take place on Saturday November 25th at 8 pm. Two representatives from (SEAI) will speak on the opportunities for locals to make their homes more energy efficient and outline the grants available to make such improvements. Tea and coffee will be served after the talk and everyone is welcome.

Kathryn's JCI Award

Delighted to congratulate Kathryn's Country Kitchen on receiving an award in the Eco Friendliness category at the recent JCI Friendly business awards in Cork. 

Nice to see local businesses getting rewarded for their hard work. 

Registrations invited for ‘Meet the Buyer’ event for the construction of the new children’s hospital

Registrations invited for ‘Meet the Buyer’ event for the construction of the new children’s hospital
 
Press Release - Thursday, 28 September 2017
 
Enterprise Ireland, in association with the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, is inviting registration for a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event for the construction of the new children’s hospital. The event will take place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham from 8am – 12 noon on 25 October 2017 and is free of charge.
 

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.

IBYE (Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur)

Are you aged between 18 and 35 with a business idea or have already started a business?  Find out how you can win www.ibye.ie  (Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur).  The closing date for applications is Friday, 29th of September 2017. The IBYE is a competition run by every LEO in the Republic of Ireland.
 
IBYE  - WHAT IS IT?
Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur is open to anybody between 18 and 35 with an idea/commercial venture for a start-up or an existing business.
 

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 www.vacanthomes.ie

Excellence in Local Government Awards 2017.

Excellent Work Undertaken by Local Authorities Highlighted In Awards Shortlist

Chambers Ireland today (3 August 2017) announced the shortlist for the Excellence in Local Government Awards 2017. This year there are a total of twenty three Local Authorities shortlisted over sixteen categories ranging from Active Communities to Local Authority Innovation. The 2017 Excellence in Local Government Awards are sponsored by Vodafone and held in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

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.
 

Ballyhaunis Chamber Local News