Chambers Ireland Weekly Digest 11 March 2019
Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2019 – Applications now open!
Applications are now open for the CSR Awards 2019 – for info on the 2019 awards and to apply, please visit: www.csrawards.ie
Use the #CSRAwards2019 hashtag to keep up to date on social media!
Applications deadline is 12PM Monday 1st of April 2019.
Call for Case Studies – Irish businesses benefitting from EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
During the recent Brussels working visit, Chamber Network delegates met with DG Trade, responsible for the EU’s common policy on trade, who 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). The European Commission wants to promote the economic benefit of these trade deals to businesses.
Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation – Brexit Quick Guide
Last week the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation published their ‘Quick Brexit Guide for Business’, a timely and concise resource for Irish businesses providing guidance in the areas of customs, tariffs and duties, currency and more.
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 last week 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
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 agreement
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.
EU Elections 2019 – Get involved with the ‘This Time I’m Voting’ Campaign!
In advance of the forthcoming European elections, the European Parliament has launched an information awareness campaign called ‘This Time I’m Voting’ which aims to promote the act of voting itself and engaging in the democratic process in a conscious and fully informed way.
In addition, the European Parliament has launched www.what-europe-does-for-me.eu – a forum in which you may find information on EU-funded activities throughout each region in Europe (including every county in Ireland).
Comreg – New Outdoor Mobile Coverage Map
The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has recently made available an online outdoor mobile phone coverage map which allows consumers to check ComReg’s calculation of operators’ mobile phone coverage and signal levels at locations throughout the country. The mobile coverage map can be found on the ComReg website by clicking here.
Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation – Future Jobs Ireland 2019 now launched!
Yesterday the Future Jobs Ireland programme was launched, a new skills initiative aimed at taking advantage technological change to boost productivity of businesses and enhance the skills of Irish workers.
Future Jobs Ireland will focus on five pillars in the areas of enhancing innovation and technological change, improving SME productivity, enhancing skills, increasing labour force participation and transition to a low carbon economy.
To download the Future Jobs Ireland 2019 policy document and other Future Jobs documents, click here.
Marie Keating Foundation – ‘Back to Work After Cancer’ Booklet – download it today!
Last month the ‘Back to Work After Cancer’ booklet was launched by the Marie Keating Foundation.
Chambers Ireland supported the launch. The booklet is a practical resource for employers and employees in dealing with cancer in the workplace.
You can download your copy of the official ‘Back to Work After Cancer’ booklet by clicking here.
INVITATION – Save the Date! EU Commission Circular Economy Mission to Singapore and Malaysia – 5-12 June 2019
Invitation to the EU Commission Circular Economy Mission to Singapore and Malaysia attached, which will take place on 5-12 June 2019.
For more information and to register, please click here
Registration deadline is 30 April 2019.
Please also note that the registration deadline for the mission to Mexico with the EU Commission taking place on 24-25 April 2019 is 8 March.
Motor Insurance Working Group publishes Eight Quarterly Progress Update
Last week’s publication of the Working Group’s Eighth Progress Update marks the last of the deadlines within the Action Plan of the Report on the Cost of Motor Insurance, which passed at the end of 2018 and, therefore, this Progress Update concentrates in particular on the status of all the recommendations from that Report.
To access the Eighth Progress Update, click here.
Save the Date! SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland) Energy Show – Wednesday 27 March
SEAI’s Energy Show on Wednesday 27 March, brought to you in association with Chambers Ireland will give you practical advice on how to save money on your energy bills.
Based on experience, the average SME can reduce its energy bill by up to 30% by implementing energy efficiency measures.
For more info and to register, click here.
LGiU Briefing Series on Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards Winners – Kildare County Council’s Athy Community Library
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.
Save the Date! Brazilian Embassy in Ireland – Prowein Forum 2019 – 17 March 2019
The Brazilian Embassy to Ireland invites you to attend its ‘Prowein Forum 2019’, an exhibition for wines from around the world, where the Brazilian Wine Institute and Brazilian member companies will be promoting signature sparkling wines for Brazil.
The forum is taking place at Düsseldorf, Germany on Sunday 17 March.
Please visit www.winesofbrasil.com for more information and contact if you have any queries.
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:
- 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 2019
- 11 April 2019 – Cork Chamber: The Continuous Evolution of the Recruitment Industry