Chambers Ireland Weekly Digest 10 September 2018
– Notices for circulation to Chamber members
– Chamber Events
– Chambers Ireland Media
Chambers Ireland Budget Dialogue, 26th September 2018
Chambers Ireland will be hosting a Budget Dialogue on Wednesday 26th of September in The Merrion Hotel from 10am until 12pm.
This event is an important opportunity for Chambers to lobby your local TDs directly on your Chamber’s recommendations ahead of the upcoming Budget 2019. Our Chief Executive Ian Talbot will make a couple of short presentations during the event on Chambers Ireland’s Pre-Budget Submission. We will have a photographer present throughout the morning and photographs will be circulated to each local Chamber directly after the event for local PR opportunities.
Chambers Ireland Economic Survey 2019
The annual Chambers Ireland Economic Survey 2019, in collaboration with Eurochambres, is *now open* and will run for two months until the 28th of September.
The survey takes no more than 2 minutes to complete.
The survey is available from this link – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SWMM929
Reminder: Lobbying Returns due 21 September 2018
Please note that Lobbying returns covering the period from 1 May – 31 August 2018 are due on 21 September 2018
Please be aware that the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) are fully implementing the penalty provisions in the Lobbying Act. The provisions contained in Part 4 of the Act give the Standards Commission the authority to investigate and prosecute contraventions of the Act and to levy fixed payment notices for late filing of lobbying returns.
If your Chamber is registered on the system and does not file a return for each period ahead of the relevant deadline you will be automatically issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of €200 by the SIPO enforcement team and your organisation may be subject to an investigation potentially resulting in prosecution and a fine of up to €2,500.
SIPO are now pro-actively monitoring media outlets to identify organisations which are lobbying but have not registered or have not completed a return in relation to a subject matter reported in media. They are also looking increasingly at the content of Lobbying returns to ensure they are of a “meaningful” nature, contravention of which could lead to investigations and prosecution.
We strongly recommend that you put appropriate systems and reminders in place for the future to prevent exposure to financial and reputational risk by contravening this legislation. Chambers Ireland is supporting Chambers in addressing their obligations under the legislation but is not in any way responsible for your compliance, nor can we continue to monitor individual Chambers’ compliance in this matter.
Returns for this period follow the same process as previous and can be made through the online system at www.lobbying.ie
Automatic Enrolment Pensions System Consultation
The Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection recently launched a consultation on the Automatic Enrolment Retirement Savings System ‘Strawman’ Consultation, open from 22/08/2018 to 04/11/2018.
Information on this consultation can be found here: http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Consultations.aspx
In addition to the opportunity to submit formal written responses, a number of consultation fora will be hosted during and following the consultation process at which interested parties will be able to contribute their views and ideas. The Department are holding these sessions in Dublin (01/10), Cork (tbc) & Galway (15/10), which we would advise Chambers to attend and circulate to interested members.
Public Consultation on DRAFT ‘Urban Development and Building Heights Guidelines for Planning Authorities’
The Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government recently published draft guidelines to set out new and updated national planning policy on building heights in relation to urban areas. These draft guidelines will, after a focused period of public consultation, be finalised and issued by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government under Section 28 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended).
The deadline for submissions to the Department is 5pm September 24th.
Chambers Ireland intends to make a submission on this subject and we would greatly appreciate the views of Chambers and your members.
Further information and the draft guidelines can be found here: https://www.housing.gov.ie/planning/guidelines/public-consultation-draft-urban-development-and-building-heights-guidelines
LGMA – New Tendering Process Frameworks for Minor Building Works
The LGMA (Local Government Management Agency) are running a series of regional information seminars for contractors over the coming weeks, on the new frameworks for the tendering process for €100m in contracts for minor building works.
The new frameworks are due to be launched in October 2018.
Once registered for the Frameworks, building contractors will receive alerts to all future minor works projects that meet their stated preferences in terms of scope and location.
More information on the briefings and frameworks is available at http://lgma.eventbrite.com.
Please find attached a PDF with more details on the Minor Building Works Frameworks and on the upcoming information briefings.
New Cycle of ACORNS – Support scheme for Female Entrepreneurs
ACORNS (Accelerating the Creation of Rural Nascent Start-ups), focuses on early stage female entrepreneurs, whose businesses are located in rural Ireland. The ACORNS initiative is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
ACORNS has launched a new cycle of the ACORNS programme, which will provide up to 50 entrepreneurs with the knowledge, support and networking opportunities to meet and even exceed their current aspirations.
The programme will run from October 2018 until April 2019.
Selected participants will be those who, on a competitive basis, best demonstrate their potential to advance their businesses and their commitment to fully engage in the initiative.
To register for the initiative, please visit www.acorns.ie and you will receive the application form to register.
Please find attached an overview brochure on the programme.
The closing date for receipt of the completed application form is 21 September.
Save the Date – Making Historic Towns along the Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC) – 22 November Ballina, Co. Mayo
A new Town Centre ‘Health Check’ workshop will be taking place in Ballina, County Mayo on 22 November.
‘Managing Historic Towns along the Atlantic Economic Corridor’ aims to be a collaborative initiative to promote the towns located along Ireland’s Atlantic Economic Corridor, known as AEC Towns.
The workshop event will be held in collaboration with The Heritage Council, the Housing Agency, the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government and the Housing Agency.
The workshop will take place on Thursday, 22nd November 2018 at the Ballina Manor Hotel in Ballina, County Mayo.
Please find attached a promotional ‘save the date’ flier with further information.
InterTradeIreland SME Working Group Breakfast Briefings
InterTradeIreland will be holding 2 breakfast briefings in the coming weeks, details are as follows including links to webpages with further information –
The briefing in CIF offices will be the first of Advanced Briefing (Session 3) and will cover the following topics:
- obtaining feedback and improving a bid
- developing consortia / partnerships
- contract management for suppliers
- expanding your market presence and market place
Registration for both of these briefings is free.
Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation – Brexit Preparedness Notices
In the event of no agreement being reached between the EU and the UK in the Brexit negotiations, the European Commission has prepared a list of notices to help businesses prepare across various business areas and are available to view on the Commission’s website: European Commission Brexit Preparedness
The Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation (DBEI) is encouraging firms to review these notices and consider relevant actions that may be required in terms of Brexit.
You may wish to send this notice out to your members and contacts.