Chambers Ireland Weekly Digest 4 March 2019
Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2019 – Applications now open!
Applications are now open for the Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2019!
For information on this year’s awards including how to apply as well as tips on your application and FAQs, please visit: www.csrawards.ie
Keep up to date with the awards on Twitter and LinkedIn with the #CSRAwards2019 hashtag!
Please note that the deadline for applications is 12PM Monday 1st of April 2019.
Chamber Governance Training 2019
Register today for a free one-day Chamber training workshop on Chamber Governance at the Red Cow Moran Hotel on 28th March 2019 from 10.30am to 3.30pm.
This workshop is ideally suited to Chamber Board Members wishing to refresh or update their knowledge of good governance and Chamber Executives who wish to gain a better understanding of the principles and practice of good governance in their Chamber.
This training will be delivered by Governance Ireland and has been specifically tailored for the Chamber Network to cover the following:
- Key roles
- Directors’ Duties
- Performance Oversight
- Risk Oversight
- Legal and Regulatory Compliance
- Succession Planning & Board Development
Call for Case Studies – Irish businesses benefiting from EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
During the recent Brussels working visit, Chamber Network delegates met with DG Trade, which is responsible for the EU’s common policy on trade, are interested tin profiling Irish businesses in this area as case studies.
Irish Chambers were invited to provide case studies of Irish businesses who have benefitted from EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)- for example, companies who have exported to Canada, South Korea, Mexico, Japan, etc. The European Commission wants to promote the economic benefit of these trade deals to businesses.
CSR SMEs Case Studies
We have been asked by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation’s CSR National Stakeholder Forum if we know SMEs who would have corporate social responsibility programmes or some element of CSR in their business.
The Stakeholder Forum would like to use these CSR elements as case studies for the forum. If you have a member who would be interested, then please contact and he will follow up with further information.
DBEI Brexit Updates –Customs Transit Procedure Check for UK landbridge post-Brexit & Brexit SME Emergency Fund Increase
The Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation have recently published two important notices for Irish businesses in relation to further preparations for Brexit:
- Heather Humphreys TD Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation today urged businesses to make sure they are ready to avail of the customs Transit procedure for moving goods through the UK landbridge post-Brexit. To avail of the Transit procedure, businesses will need to have a Revenue-approved comprehensive financial guarantee in place. This comprehensive guarantee is required as financial security to cover all potential and actual customs debts such as customs and taxes. Businesses can also receive online customs training through Enterprise Ireland’s website to find out more about key customs concepts, documentation and processes
- Heather Humphreys TD Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation has announced that the Brexit emergency rescue fund for businesses is being increased from €20 million to €200 million. The Rescue and Restructuring Scheme aims to offer both rescue aid and temporary restructuring aid to SMEs in financial difficulty or experiencing acute liquidity needs
To find out more about both of these announcements, visit www.dbei.gov.ie
INFORMATION FOR CHAMBERS- EU funds for Urban and Regional Development
On the 20 February, a delegation of chambers visited Brussels and met with officials working with the Irish Regions Office (IREO) and DG Regio.
As part of our meetings we were giving presentations and information relating to a number of different funds that chambers/local authorities, local groups are eligible to apply for to support regional and urban development. If anyone has any questions, please contact
For more information on the IREO and DG Regio- please see their websites:
DG Regio Website – https://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/regional-and-urban-policy_en
IREO Website – https://www.ireo.eu/
Brexit and Certs of Origin- Chamber Update
No Deal Scenario
- We recently received an update from colleagues in the UK regarding a meeting held with HMRC. We are informed that at present UK HMRC do not require Certs of Origin for goods arriving in the UK coming from third countries and are therefore not likely to require Irish goods arriving in the UK post Brexit/no-deal to be accompanied by a Cert of Origin.
- We are informed also that in the event of a no-deal, client companies in the UK may request a Cert depending on their individual needs (re-exporting etc). This applies vice versa. Irish companies whose supply chain contains UK components may also need to apply for a Certs – this will depend on the needs of and requirements in the country of destination. In addition, companies using a Documentary Letter of Credit to finance shipments may be requested by the relevant bank to obtain a Certificate of Origin too. Should your members have questions about whether or not they will need a Cert of Origin, we advise that they examine their supply chain, check the requirements of destination third countries and also speak to their client/importer as to their own requirements.
Withdrawal Agreement Scenario
- The status quo will continue as normal for the duration of the transition agreemen
Future Trade Deal
- In the event of a trade agreement between the UK and EU in the future, preferential movement certificates will likely be required but in Ireland, these documents are issued by Revenue, not Chambers.
- I hope this update provides some clarity to both you and your members in the short-term. We’d also like to remind you that we’re frequently updating our website with all the latest news and resources- http://www.chambers.ie/policy/the-brexit-result-information-for-chambers/
Please note we have also developed a Brexit Events page in the Brexit Section, listing forthcoming events related to preparation and information on Brexit.
Save the Date! SEAI Energy Show 2019 – 27 March 2019 -RDS, Dublin
SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland) invites you to join them at their upcoming event, the Energy Show for ‘Showcasing cost savings through energy efficiency: A networking event brought to you by SEAI, the Small Firms Association and Chambers Ireland.’
This event will be of interest to all small & medium business owners/managers and will provide an opportunity to network as well as gain practical tips on saving money on energy bills and reducing energy costs broadly.
This event, as part of the two-day SEAI Energy Show, will take place on Wednesday 27 March 2019, 8.30am-10am at the Minerva Suite, RDS.
To register, click here.
LGiU Briefing Series on Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards Winners – Clare County Council & Galway County Council
The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) is publishing a series of briefings looking at the winners of the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Governance (ELG) Awards from 2018. The LGiU will showcase each of the best in practice projects that won at our Awards in 2018 over the coming weeks.
Please click here to download the first and second instalments in the series of LGiU briefings on the Chambers Ireland ELG Awards 2018 Winners, this week featuring the winner of the Local Authority of the Year category, Outstanding Initiative through the Municipal Districts category, Best Practice in Citizen Engagement category and Sustainable Environment category Clare County Council and the winner of the Promoting Economic Development Category, Galway County Council, for their European Region of Gastronomy programme.
Save the Date! Brazilian Embassy in Ireland – Agribusiness Investor Road Show – 11-12 March 2019
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply of Brazil – MAPA will hold the third edition of the Agribusiness Investor Road Show – Expodireto/Cotrijal, between 11th & 12th March 2019.
This is the perfect chance for potential investors and investment funds to meet, discuss about investment plans and opportunities and making deals with Brazilian agribusiness companies.
This event will be held as part of 20th Expodireto Cotrijal International Agribusiness Fair which takes place in the city of Não-Me-Toque, Rio Grande do Sul, south of Brazil.
Save the Date! Brazilian Embassy in Ireland – International Plastics & Rubber Exhibition – 25-29 March 2019
The Brazilian Embassy to Ireland is promoting the next International Plastics & Rubber Exhibition taking place over the 25-29 March 2019 at the São Paulo Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre in São Paulo.
With over 600 Brazilian and International brands due to attend, this is a key event for learning more about the plastics industry in Brazil and doing business in the Brazilian market.
To register and for more info, click here: www.plasticobrasil.com.br
Save the Date! 11th World Chambers Congress – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 12-14 June
Registration is open for the 11th World Chambers Congress, the largest international gathering for chambers of commerce and their business members, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 12-14 June 2019.
As well as a global forum providing an unrivalled opportunity to share best-practices, exchange real-word ideas, the 11th World Chambers Congress also hosts the World Chambers Competition, the only award programme to recognise innovative projects undertaken by chambers worldwide.
To register and for further information on the Congress and the World Chambers competition, click here.
All upcoming Chamber events can be viewed on the Chamber Ireland website at: http://www.chambers.ie/events/events/
Upcoming events include:
- 6 March 2019 – Drogheda & District Chamber: Local Enterprise Week Event – Inclusion is Good for Business
- 6 March 2019 – Shannon Chamber: The SME & Multinational Company Procurement Process: A Guide for Prospective Suppliers
- 6 March 2019 – Ballina Chamber: ‘Without a sale you don’t have a business’ Retail Selling Skills Workshop
- 7 March 2019 – Cork Chamber: March Business Breakfast with Niall MacCarthy, Cork Airport
- 7 March 2019 – Dundalk Chamber: Cyber Security Breakfast
- 8 March 2019 – Ballina Chamber: ‘Well Women Community’ Ballina, International Women’s Day 2019
- 8 March 2019 – Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber: International Women’ Day Breakfast with Eunice in Powersfield House – to RSVP please email
- 12 March 2019 – Cork Chamber: Networking at Noon at Glandore’s New Office Space
- 13 March 2019 – Cork Chamber: Build the Right International Market Partnerships
- 22 March 2019 – Shannon Chamber: Shannon Chamber Lunch – Keynote Address by Caroline Currid, Performance Psychologist
- 23 March 2019 – Mullingar Chamber: Midlands Career Expo
- 27 March 2019 – Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber: Quick Casual Catch-Up Coffee at McDonald’s – details TBC, to RSVP please email
- 28 March 2019 – Galway Chamber: Ireland’s Cities – Powerhouses of Regional Growth Conference
- 9 April 2019 – Cork Chamber: April Business Breakfast – details TBC, to RSVP please email
- 11 April 2019 – Cork Chamber: The Continuous Evolution of the Recruitment Industry