Apr 28

Lunch with Minister For Finance Michael Noonan

Minister Noonan

The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will address a Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce Business Lunch next Wednesday 6th May 2015 in the Ormonde Hotel.  This is a tremendous opportunity for Kilkenny businesses to hear first hand from the Minister for Finance himself.

12.30pm  –  Networking Opportunity

1pm – 2pm – Minister Noonan’s Address & Lunch

You can buy online Here

Cost €20 for Chamber members, €25 for non members.

Apr 24

Meet the U.S. Ambassador on his Kilkenny visit

ambassador pic

Apr 24

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Event Management Advert.

Apr 23

Kilkenny Chamber AGM held on Thursday 16th. April

Board Members 2015

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.

Board of Directors 2015

Mar 27

STRATEGIC INVESTMENT FUND (ISIF) EXPRESSES INTEREST IN FORMER BREWERY SITE

ISIF to enter legal partnership with Council to provide funding for the site

Kilkenny County Council and the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) are set to consider a collaborative partnership for the commencement of the development and regeneration of the former Smithwick’s Brewery site in Kilkenny City.

brewery site pic

Elected members at Monday’s Council meeting heard that the ISIF had written to the Council expressing an interest in principle to enter a legal partnership with the Council to provide funding for the site.  On foot of approaches from the local authority to explore the use of the recently established ISIF, the ISIF has now signalled its preparedness to consider a joint venture which will seek to bring commercial life and business back to the 14.5 acre derelict brewery site on a phased basis.

 
Kilkenny County Council agreed to purchase the site in 2012 following the closure of the famed brewery after 300 years of continuous operation.  The site is zoned for town centre/general uses which enable a range of town centre appropriate uses including amenity.  An Urban Design Framework is currently in preparation.
The Council envisages the prime city centre site will attract significant interest from educational, business, agri-tech, fin-tech and research and development sectors both at home and overseas.

 
The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, which is managed and controlled by the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), was established in December 2014 with a statutory mandate to invest on a commercial basis in a manner designed to support economic activity and employment in the State.
Welcoming the news Council Chairman Pat Millea stated “This is a very exciting prospect for Kilkenny and is an opportunity that warrants our utmost consideration in the period ahead.  As a Council we must work together to ensure the sustainable redevelopment of the former brewery site and to create the environment and local infrastructure for much needed employment.  I regard the willingness of the ISIF to collaborate with Kilkenny County Council as a very encouraging first step and a major boost to investor and employer confidence in our city”.

 
Acting Chief Executive of Kilkenny County Council, John Mulholland, acclaimed the approach and interest taken by the ISIF in supporting development in regional centres such as Kilkenny.  Mr Mulholland stated “the loss of so many jobs at the brewery site and the void caused by brewery closure was a real blow for Kilkenny.  The interest taken by ISIF gives great grounds for optimism and the potential of financial support for a sustainable redevelopment of the city centre is a really welcome development as the Council takes ownership of the site this summer.”

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