Kilkenny Chamber was delighted to host a visit by his Excellency Kevin O’Malley the U.S Ambassador to Ireland recently.
The Ambassador visited Kilkenny Castle and walked along the Medieval Mile before later addressing a gathering of up to 100 Kilkenny business people at the Chamber event in the Newpark Hotel. There he spoke about the strong and longstanding relationship that exists between Ireland and the U.S. and he reaffirmed his commitment to remove many of the challenges faced by SMEs when exporting to the US market.
“This is good news for SME’s in Ireland” said John Hurley, CEO of Kilkenny Chamber. “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will address a number of barriers currently faced by SMEs including complex customs procedures and burdensome regulatory compliance.”
The Ambassador was so pleased with the Kilkenny welcome that he promised to pay a return visit in the near future.
The 67th AGM of the Kilkenny Chamber was well attended last week in the Kilkenny River Court Hotel. President Martin Costello remarked that 2014 was a very successful year for the Chamber and John Hurley CEO reiterated this and outlined that membership was up +19.5% and sales of Kilkenny Gift Vouchers had increased by +32% on the previous year. The Kilkenny Business Awards in November 2014 was the biggest yet and the Chamber has been instrumental in bringing over 20 high quality jobs to Kilkenny which will be filled over the coming months.
“Many challenges lay ahead but Kilkenny businesses and the Chamber are going very much in the right direction and there is a definite air of optimism about the future. Maintaining a strong and active Chamber is crucial to driving successful business in any town and the Kilkenny Chamber has robust plans to grow its membership and continue to lobby for and represent business interests at all levels in Kilkenny City and County.” he said.
The President thanked everyone for their support and in particular the members of the Board whose professional direction is hugely important for the Chamber.
Kilkenny Gift Vouchers are accepted in over 150 Stores across Kilkenny. The Gift Vouchers come in €10, €20 and €50 denominations and are available to purchase directly from the Kilkenny Chamber offices, The Maltings, Tilbury Place, James St, opposite CBS Secondary School or from St. Canices Credit Union, Graham Shoes, Murphy Jewellers and Stone House Books.
If you are interested in becoming a Corporate Member and would like to find out what benefits it will bring to your company, please contact John at 056 7752767