Apr 14

Shop Local Campaign

 

Shop Local

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUPPORT THE KILKENNY
CHAMBER ‘SHOP LOCAL’
CAMPAIGN .
Kilkenny Chamber Shopping Voucher.
Use it to reward your loyal hardworking staff…incentivise your
staff or use it for your business clients, family or friends. They are
also ideal for Birthdays, Parties, Weddings, Anniversaries etc.
It is now accepted in over 100 stores and outlets in Kilkenny.
See www.Kilkennychamber.ie for list of shops/outlets accepting
Chamber Shopping Vouchers.
Do remember that under the government gift scheme that a
cash reward of €250 will cost you €500 whereas a ‘Shop Local’
Chamber voucher of the same cash value will cost you ONLY
€250.
Also Chamber does not charge any commission or fees unlike
other national voucher schemes who charge up to 13% and
more.
Use the Kilkenny Currency –Chamber Shopping Vouchers.

Support local employment and jobs in Kilkenny.
Supporting local business ensures the fabric, heritage and
culture of Kilkenny for generations to come.
We now have the easy to pay online facility up and running at
Kilkenny Chamber. See our website www.kilkennychamber.ie
The Kilkenny Chamber ‘Shop Local’ Shopping Voucher
Scheme is fully endorsed and supported by the Borough
Council Municipal Policy Committee, Kilkenny City Centre
Business Association, Kilkenny Business Club, Rotary, Kilkenny
Tourism, Kilkenny Hotels & Restaurants and Destination Kilkenny
Contact John at john@kilkennychamber.ie
or 056-77 52 767 or 087-276 8779 for further details.

Apr 14

AGM 17th April 2014

AGM_logoKilkenny Chamber of Commerce 66th AGM will take place this Thursday
17th April at Newpark Hotel, 12.30pm.

Registration & Finger Food from 12 noon

 

 

Mar 18

HIGH STREET RENOVATION

Kilkenny County Council have advised us that works have now recommenced on the High Street Renovation Project. It is hoped that works will be completed as far as the James Street Junction before the tourist season intensifies in June.  As in previous phases, works will be undertaken at the following times:

Sunday                                        6am – 1.30pm

Monday – Thursday                     5pm – 1.30am

It is also proposed to cease works for the Easter Period (Tuesday April 15th – Sunday April 27th)

 

 

Feb 25

Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly

Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly

 

 

 

Irish Cities and Towns at a Glance

An important new online interactive tool which examines the socio-economic performance of Ireland’s Gateways and Hubs cities and towns is now available following a launch in the Custom House, Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government today, Friday 21st February. The interactive tool tells the story at an easy glance as to how the Cities and Towns designated as Gateways and Hubs under the National Spatial Strategy (NSS) are performing in terms of economic and social development. The dashboard or interactive tool is available on the Regional Assemblies websites (www.bmwassembly.ie[1] and www.seregassembly.ie[2]).

The Index was published by the Border, Midland and Western (BMW) Regional Assembly and the Southern and Eastern (S&E) Regional Assembly and can be now accessed on the All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO) data platform hosted by the National Institute for Regional, Spatial and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at NUI Maynooth. The Regional Assemblies collaborated with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in the production of the Index and the next phase will see the development of a mapping module which will be embedded in the Department’s myplan[3] website.

The Index establishes what is termed the functional area of each of the urban centres studied.  This methodology acknowledges that the economic reach of the cities and towns extends beyond the administrative boundaries and includes a number of contiguous electoral districts. While the geographic reach is subject to change over time based on development factors the Index provides a valuable aid for policy-makers as to the influence the urban core has on its hinterland. Spatial and socio-economic planning can benefit from this analysis, allowing for a greater emphasis on place-making planning policies to enable a more informed approach to managing diverse growth patterns, agglomeration effects and developmental challenges.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Stephen Blair, Director of the S&E Regional Assembly said “given the vast amount of useful data contained in the Development Index we were very keen to bring it to a wider audience to make the material as accessible as possible. Therefore we were delighted to work with our colleagues in NUI Maynooth who are experts in this area of presenting complex data in an attractive and understandable fashion, using modern computer technology. We hope that the fruits of this collaboration in the form of this dashboard will be widely used”

Mr Gerry Finn, Director, BMW Regional Assembly welcoming the addition of the online tool, said “the update of the Index has resulted in the collation of a rich seam of data that merits sharing on as wide a basis as possible. The dashboard represents our commitment towards open source data sharing arising from the Gateways and Hubs study and brings the data to as wide an audience as possible”.

Speaking at the launch, Prof Jim Walsh, Vice President, NUI Maynooth said “This valuable new digital resource is an important step forward in understanding and monitoring the development of our key cities, towns and associated hinterlands. The results from the Index will allow for far greater integrated and informed decision making and more accurate forward planning. Disseminating the results in such an accessible format will also encourage an increased level of citizen engagement in the planning and development process.”

Note to Editors

The Gateways of Dundalk, Galway, Letterkenny, Midland and Sligo and four Hubs, Hub Ballina-Castlebar (linked Hub) Cavan, Monaghan and Tuam are located in the BMW Region. The Gateways of Cork, Dublin, Limerick-Shannon and Waterford are located in the S&E Region as are the Hub towns of Ennis, Kilkenny, Tralee-Killarney (linked Hub), Mallow and Wexford.

Future Analytics Consulting was commissioned by the Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly and the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly to update the Gateway Development Index 2009. The resulting Gateways and Hubs Development Index (GHDI) 2012 was published in May 2013 and was launched by Ms Jan O’Sullivan, T.D. Minister of State, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government with special responsibility for Housing and Planning

Please contact:

Stephen Blair, S&E Regional Assembly, T: +353 51 860700

Gerry Finn, BMW Regional Assembly, T: + 353 94 986 2970

Derville Brennan, S&E Regional Assembly, M: + 353 87 7793755

Adrian O’Donoghue, BMW Regional Assembly, M: + 353 87 212 0307



[1] http://www.bmwassembly.ie/Gateways%20and%20Hubs%20Report/index.html

[2] http://www.seregassembly.ie/en/info/GHDI

[3] http://www.myplan.ie/en/index.html

Feb 06

Carlow Kilkenny Training Skillnet

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Carlow Kilkenny Training Skillnet
We are delighted to announce that Skillnets has been allocated additional funding by the Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation for a new Management Works initiative the aim of which is to deliver a subsidised two day training programme to help business owners to improve their capabilities in relation to presenting their business case when seeking to raise finance for their firm.
The programme includes two 1 to 1 mentoring sessions with qualified advisers and is available to sole traders, farmers, small business owners and the key business staff of SME’s for the subsidised price of €250 per person. We believe this bespoke programme will greatly benefit our Skillnet members as this is a unique offering not currently available to Irish SME’s.
How will this programme benefit your business?
• Raise your awareness of the sources of finance available
• Increase your confidence and ability to discuss your firm’s finances
• Increase your confidence and ability to make a case for securing finance for your business
• Increase your understanding of how banks are assessing credit applications in a non-asset backed application
• Raise your awareness of how the Credit Review Office might assist your business in the event that an application for credit is declined
Carlow Dates for this programme are:
Training Day One: 26th of March
Training Day Two: 16th of April

Talbot Hotel, Portlaoise Road, Carlow
Please go to: http://www.managementworks.ie/ for course schedule and a detailed programme outline. If you require more information please call Skillnets on 01 2079630 and ask to speak to Niamh.
Carlow Kilkenny Training Skillnet
We are delighted to announce that Skillnets has been allocated additional funding by the Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation for a new Management Works initiative the aim of which is to deliver a subsidised two day training programme to help business owners to improve their capabilities in relation to presenting their business case when seeking to raise finance for their firm.
The programme includes two 1 to 1 mentoring sessions with qualified advisers and is available to sole traders, farmers, small business owners and the key business staff of SME’s for the subsidised price of €250 per person. We believe this bespoke programme will greatly benefit our Skillnet members as this is a unique offering not currently available to Irish SME’s.
How will this programme benefit your business.
• Raise your awareness of the sources of finance available
• Increase your confidence and ability to discuss your firm’s finances
• Increase your confidence and ability to make a case for securing finance for your business
• Increase your understanding of how banks are assessing credit applications in a non-asset backed application
• Raise your awareness of how the Credit Review Office might assist your business in the event that an application for credit is declined
Carlow Dates for this programme are:
Training Day One: 26th of March
Training Day Two: 16th of April
Talbot Hotel, Portlaoise Road, Carlow
Please go to www.managementworks.ie for course schedule and a detailed programme outline. If you require more information please call Skillnets on 01 2079630 and ask to speak to Niamh.

Jan 29

Kilkenny Tourism Towns National Winner 2013 and Best Large Town 2013

Tourism Town Logo_National Winner 2013Tourism Town Logo_Best Large Town 2013

Jan 28

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Keep Kilkenny BeautifulDear Members of Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce,

On behalf of all connected with KKB we would like to thank you for your recent environmental award. It capped off a wonderful award winning year for Keep Kilkenny Beautiful and Kilkenny , Failte Ireland’s Top Tourism Town (logo for this available for any business interested), Kilkenny best city in the South East for Tidy Towns, winners of IBAL etc.

Creating the best place in Ireland to live, work and visit is central to our ethos.

Smaller areas have the advantage of know everything that could be included for Tidy Towns, we don’t …..thats why we need YOUR help to get us over the winning line

We realise the strain that many businesses are under and we do not wish to add to this. There may be something you are already doing that we can just reflect in our Tidy Towns report which has to be submitted in May 2014. We would just need 2-3 lines on a project.

  • Do you participate in the Green Hotels program?
  • Do you participate in any recycling program as part of another organisation e.g. repak.
  • Do you have any project for your own business reasons that would fit any of the following headings; Waste minimisation, Biodiversity,
  • Can you please “Like” the KKB Facebook page!

If you have any questions/queries please do not hesitate to contact me

Kind Regards                                                                                                 

Nora Darcy

PRO KKB

085 7220896

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful, “Working Together, Winning Together”.

 

Dec 18

2013 Glanbia Kilkenny Chamber Business Awards Winners

& Local Government Phil Hogan T.D.

 Martin Keane Vice Chairman Glanbia Plc presented Callan Bacon with the overall ‘Business of the Year’ award. Callan Bacon was also a winner in the Agri-Business and Exporter categories.Callan Bacon Company is a 4th generation family business which was established in 1924.  It presently has a turnover of over €50m which represents a growth of approximately 100% in just 3 years with just over 200 employed today. 

The business today is driven by John Walshe who is MD of Callan Bacon since 1985. He has nearly thirty years experience in the sector and is a qualified chartered accountant. John holds post grad diplomas in several key areas of strategic business management, including International Selling and Research and Development. He has also worked in senior roles in multinationals across Europe and South Africa.

Callan Bacon  is the bacon specialist supplying bacon through the UK and Ireland picking up 18 awards in the past 3 years alone including Blas na hEireann, The Grocer and Great Taste. Callan is a specialist in sliced bacon and is the largest producer of consumer bacon joints in Ireland.  Export’s now account for 60% of the company’s turnover.

Over the years Callan has always reinvested its profit back into the business; as a result Callan is now a world class facility.  A large extension was built in 2010 which trebled the size of the factory to 57,000 feet and positions it as the most modern and automated plant in the country. 

Callan has a diverse customer base with customers in the retail, wholesale and catering business. Our Main Customers are retail based including Aldi Ire & UK, Lidl Ire & UK, Iceland Frozen Foods, Dunne’s and Tesco.

Both Billy Dalton of Chancellors Mills and Margaret Ward of RTE News also received standing ovations when presented with their Awards by Chamber President Donie Butler & Vice President Martin Costello. 87 year old Billy received the Lifetime Achievement Award a most fitting tribute in the year when John Dalton & Sons/Chancellors Mills celebrate their 150th Anniversary. Chancellors Mills a third generation business and has been serving the farming community of Kilkenny and its environs for the last 150 years. Billy played a key role in the running and development of the Mill father of John the current Miller. The key activities of the business include animal feed manufacture, an agri shop as well as grain drying and storage.

Margaret Ward was recoginised for her journalistic career at RTE News including coordinating RTE’s coverage of the Good Friday agreement and the Omagh bombing, she began to cover international news, reporting from much war torn and famine ravaged countries: Rwanda, Sudan, Serbia, Russia, Afghanistan, North Korea, Libya and many other locations. As Foreign Editor she expanded RTE’s international coverage and also spent three years in China, reporting on the Sichuan earthquake, the Beijing Olympics and daily life in the world’s most populous country. She was RTE’s news producer for the last general election and was also one of a team of three which coordinated RTE’s coverage of the visit of Queen Elizabeth to Ireland. 

The International Award was won by Cartoon Saloon and Paul Young received his award from Category Sponsor Terry Clune of Connect Ireland. Cartoon Saloon is an Irish Animation Studio based in Kilkenny. It was recently nominated for an Academy Award (R) for Best Animated Feature film. It began as an informal partnership between a group of animators brought together by Paul Young and Tomm Moore in 1999. Cartoon Saloon has since grown into a multi-award winning animation and illustration design studio. The studio works with many diverse, international Clients such as Disney, BBC and Cartoon Network.

Cartoon Saloon develops and produces feature film and TV series projects while producing award winning short films, television commercials, graphic novels and children’s books.

In addition to developing and producing Tomm Moore’s Oscar (R) nominated The Secret of Kells, The Saloon also successfully developed and produced its first TV series, the IFTA award winning Skunk Fu which has been sold to broadcasters in over 120 countries worldwide, including the BBC, Cartoon Network, Canal J, France 5 and Super RTL.

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The Category winners are:

Agri Business:                                    

Callan Bacon

Craft Business:

Claire Molloy Ceramics

Culture & Heritage/Tourism:

Kyteler’s Inn

Customer Service:

Callan Dental

Emerging New Business:

Bluebird Care

Employee of the Year:

Geraldine Kelly (Sheridan Insurance)

Employer of the Year:

Rustiq Salon

Environmental Award:

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful;

Excellence in Communications:

Midas PR

Excellence in Hospitality:

Pembroke Hotel

Exporter Award:

Callan Bacon

Family Business:

Sheridan Insurance

Food/Drink Produce:

Knockdrinna Cheese

Innovation Award:

SalesPulse

Intern in Business:

Michael Ryan (RIKON-WIT)

Invest in Skills:

Callan Dental

Retailer of the Year:

SuperValu Loughboy

Service Provider:

Munster & Leinster Cleaning Services

Small Business:

Brian Dunlop Architects

 

Individual Award Winners:

 

International Award:

Cartoon Saloon

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Billy Dalton (Chancellors Mills)

President’s Award:

Margaret Ward (RTE News)

 

Overall Business of the Year:

Callan Bacon.

Dec 18

Kilkenny Chamber Business Awards 2013

 Click Here to view Photo’s of winners: Kilkenny-Chamber-Business-Awards-Photo’s

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Oct 25

Launch of the ‘Shop Local’ at Kilkenny Chamber

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