Oct 19

Finalists Announced In the Kilkenny Business Awards 2016

Richard Cook receives the President's Award from Martin Costello, Kilkenny Chamber during the Glanbia Kilkenny Business Awards at Lyrath Estate Hotel. Photo: Pat Moore.

Richard Cook receives the President’s Award from Martin Costello, Kilkenny Chamber during the Kilkenny Business Awards 2015 at Lyrath Estate Hotel. Photo: Pat Moore.

Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce, in association with the title sponsor Glanbia, has announced the finalists for the 2016 Kilkenny Business Awards.  View Finalists HERE.

Having received over 250 nominations across the 20 award categories, Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce received a positive response from local businesses with over 40 per cent of candidates being nominated in the ‘Best Small Business’ category and an unprecedented number of companies entering the ‘Emerging New Business’ category for businesses trading for up to three years, indicating positive growth within the local economy.

Some 46 local enterprises have now been shortlisted to go forward for the panel interview round on Thursday, October 27th, hosted by the Pembroke Kilkenny and Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel.

During the interview round, finalists will make a brief presentation before a panel of three Kilkenny business peers. Following this, the overall winners will be determined in each category and announced at the Kilkenny Chamber’s Black-tie gala, The Kilkenny Business Awards ceremony on November 19th in Lyrath Estate Hotel.

Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hurley explains, “We are delighted with the positive response to the Kilkenny Business Awards this year, as businesses in Kilkenny continue to strengthen and the local economy continues to grow. We were very impressed with the level of entries and the variety of innovative companies trading in the county. It was a difficult decision making process but the judging panel have now shortlisted an outstanding selection of local businesses to go forward for interviews and we wish them continued success in the awards.”

Along with the overall 20 category winners, the prestigious ‘Business of the Year’, ‘Lifetime Achievement’ & ‘President’ Awards will also be announced at the awards’ ceremony.

Hosted by RTÉ broadcaster, Mary Kennedy the gala banquet and awards ceremony will see leading Kilkenny business people gather for the black-tie event at Lyrath Estate Hotel to celebrate excellence in enterprise across the county. Guests can look forward to a Champagne reception and a sumptuous dinner followed by dancing at Lyrath’s five-star venue.

Tickets for this year’s black-tie Kilkenny Business Award Ceremony are now available from €75 online at www.kilkennychamber.ie or by calling 056 7752767/email                                    

Oct 14

Great Attendance at Post Budget Lunch on Wednesday 13th October

Kilkenny Chamber in partnership with PwC hosted their annual lunch briefing on Wednesday 13 October 2016 in Hotel Kilkenny. Upwards of 100 business people were in attendance and were presented with a review and analysis by PWC’s South East tax partner Ronan Furlong and Economist Jim Power.

Oct 05

Cyber Security Seminar

John Hurley, CEO, Kilkenny Chamber, Niccola Alicandri, CBO, CipherTechs, Deirdre Shine, President, Kilkenny Chamber & Laurence Conroy, General Manager CipherTechs

The Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce along with CipherTechs EU, a global, full service, cyber security firm, held a free informational seminar on network security this past Thursday, September 29th at Pembroke Kilkenny.

CipherTechs CBO, Niccolo Alicandri and General Manager, Laurence Conroy presented on the topic of “how to best optimise your security budget while maximising your security posture”. The seminar was well received with over 40 in attendance. Guests learned about the types/methods of attacks targeted by industry, network security tools and trends, types of information exposed to hackers, how to determine gaps in framework, and the price for not being prepared.

Niccolo Alicandri said of the event: “The Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce event brought us folks from many different business verticals all who are in different phases of implementation of a Cyber Security strategy.  With the new EU legislation, and a ticking clock to implement an effective plan, the timing of the event was excellent and thus very well attended.   I look forward to future events and opportunities to present to the local business community.”……Read More

Aug 17

Taiwanese Ambassador Visits Kilkenny

Deirdre Shine President of Kilkenny Chamber and Marion Acreman,Vice President were delighted to meet the Taiwanese Ambassador  Mr. Simon S.K. Tu last week for discussions about establishing economic and cultural links with Taiwan.

Ambassador Tu visited Kilkenny on Friday on the invitation of Deputy John McGuinness who chairs the Ireland-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Society.  Ambassador Tu said ‘”Kilkenny is one of the finest cities in Ireland, full of medieval heritage, beautiful historical buildings and a bustling business community”.

The visit included stops at some of the city’s top tourist attractions including Kilkenny Castle, City Hall, Rothe House, Kilkenny Design Centre and the Smithwick’s Experience.  Ambassador Tu spoke passionately of the many opportunities for increased trade between Ireland and Taiwan and said he plans to return to Kilkenny to speak with representatives of our local business community through Kilkenny Chamber.

Photo - Taiwanese Ambassador

Ambassador Simon S.K. Tu, First Secretary Frank Chih-Ming, Deputy John McGuinness, Mayor Patrick O’Neill and Deirdre Shine, President of Kilkenny Chamber

Jul 29

South East Region Chambers Appoints New Chairperson

Deirdre Shine, President of Kilkenny Chamber was delighted to announce recently the appointment of John  Hurley CEO of Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce as Chairperson of the South East Region Chamber Co and in a recent interview explained what this means.

“Kilkenny Chamber has been representing the interests of businesses based in the City and County of Kilkenny since 1948. However many influences on business in Kilkenny come from outside the County and it is important to have robust representation in this wider context.”

The South East Region Chamber Co is the regional voice of Chambers in the South East of Ireland and is comprised of Chambers of Commerce in the counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.

John Hurley explained “It is essential to have an understanding of the wider regional perspective of business influencers and to proactively engage in that space. Kilkenny Chamber is to the fore in its engagement with the authorities and decision makers on a wide range of regional and national issues.”

Kilkenny Chamber is represented on over 20 different Boards and Committees and these are the means though which the future of business in Kilkenny is planned and promoted. This includes representation on the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), Kilkenny Tourism, Municipal Policy Committee, all 5 Strategic Policy Committees, Kilkenny Age Friendly, Kilkenny Youth Employment, National UI Maynooth Campus, Kilkenny Leader, Kilkenny City Cares, Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency, the SE Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committee and others. Kilkenny Chamber is a key influencer and decision maker in this context and makes a hugely important contribution to the shaping of Kilkenny’s future.

“Every business person knows of the importance of proper representation at this level but many are simply too busy in their own businesses and cannot find the time to attend meetings and get involved in these important discussions and debates. The best solution is often to join membership of Kilkenny Chamber and in that way have your voice heard and your views acted upon.” he said.

Joining Kilkenny Chamber couldn’t be simpler: You can Call In, Call Up or Click OnLine! Kilkenny Chamber office is at The Maltings, Tilbury Place, James Street, Kilkenny. Their phone number is 056 7752767 and website is www.kilkennychamber.ie

Deirdre Shine, President and John Hurley CEO at the Kilkenny Chamber AGM. Photo: Pat Moore.

Deirdre Shine, President and John Hurley CEO of Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce. Photo: Pat Moore.

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