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

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Brexit Preparedness Checklist

The DBEI Brexit Preparedness Checklist identifies the essential actions that firms can take in advance of 31 October to ensure that they will still be able to trade with the UK after it leaves the EU. The checklist includes links to the relevant Agencies who can provide the necessary guidance and support to firms. For further information please follow the link:

Brexit could impact every business in Ireland – preparation is critical

Reports today that in the last year the majority of SMEs have either postponed, or are reviewing, their investment plans highlights the impact of the Brexit negotiations on the Irish economy. 
Speaking this morning, Chambers Ireland chief executive Ian Talbot emphasised the importance for businesses of all sizes to prepare now before the UK’s final departure deadline at the end of October.

Chambers Ireland emphasises how remote working can support Female Labour Participation as part of Future Jobs Ireland forum

Chambers Ireland welcomes this morning’s (18 July 2019) consultation on remote working hosted by Ministers Heather Humphreys and Richard Bruton as part of Future Jobs Ireland.

As Ireland’s largest business network with a geographical reach into every major town and city in the country, we know how important it is, both for employers and their employees, to implement effective policies which facilitate flexible working.

Speaking this morning, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot commented,

Department advises businesses to ensure they have adequate cashflow for Brexit

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation asks businesses to make sure they have adequate cashflow to see them through Brexit
Dublin, Ireland, 25 March 2019 The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, is today, 25 March 2019, encouraging businesses to make sure they have the adequate cashflow to see their operations through Brexit. Cashflow problems could arise for business for a variety of reasons including currency fluctuations, customs, potential delays and tariffs.

Enterprise Ireland Agile Innovation Fund - Upcoming Promotional Events

Enterprise Ireland's R&D Core Unit is hosting a number of regional events on their new Agile Innovation, Research and Development funding programmes. Offering fast-track approval and a streamlined online application process, the new Agile Innovation Fund allows companies to access up to 50% in support for product, process or service development projects with a total cost of up to €300,000.

Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation - Future Jobs Ireland 2019 now launched!

Yesterday the Future Jobs Ireland programme was launched, a new skills initiative aimed at taking advantage technological change to boost productivity of businesses and enhance the skills of Irish workers.
Future Jobs Ireland will focus on five pillars in the areas of enhancing innovation and technological change, improving SME productivity, enhancing skills, increasing labour force participation and transition to a low carbon economy.

Minister Humphreys urges business trading with UK to register for customs number with Revenue

Minister Heather Humphreys TD, has urged businesses to take a few minutes to register with Revenue for a customs number, which they will need if they want to continue trading with the UK after Brexit. Businesses that intend to import or export to the UK post-Brexit, can only do so with a customs number called an Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number

Mentor Mayo

Mentor Mayo, brought to you by Local Enterprise Office Mayo and Mayo Business Mentors offers Free  mentoring support to the business community. This is suitable for anybody who is thinking of starting their own business, a business start-up wanting to scale or an established business who wants to expand and grow. 

Take the first step today and visit or call 094 9064299

Employment Service

Ballyhaunis Local Employment Service, Clare Street is now open Monday to Friday. This is a private and confidential service providing career guidance, interview techniques, CV preparation and information on training and employment. 

Call in or phone 0949630080 to arrange an appointment. 

Spotlight award for Ballyhaunis Chamber CEO

Congratulations to our CEO Anne Cunnane at Ballyhaunis Chamber on coming second in the annual Spotlights Awards. Each year businesses are encouraged to nominate their chosen employee or work colleague, The Spotlights program has been created for SMEs to find Ireland's best employee - that person who always goes the extra mile.This  is something Anne certainly does through her work here in Ballyhaunis and her involvement in the community and passion to drive the town forward.

Well done Anne we are so proud of you. 

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

Business Mentoring

The Local 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.

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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