Chambers Ireland Weekly Digest 21 January 2019
Department of Rural & Community Development – Call for Input for the National Volunteering Strategy
The Department of Rural & Community Development has launched a Call for Input (CFI) to inform and seek views from stakeholders on key topics under consideration to develop a National Strategy on Volunteering.
The CFI aims to:
- Inform stakeholders of the proposed volunteering strategy;
- Seek views from stakeholders on what constitutes volunteering;
- Invite comments and proposals on the CFI including additional and emerging considerations which may further inform the Strategy
The deadline for submissions is 3PM on Thursday 14 February 2019 – to make a submission and for more details, click here.
Save the Date – Upcoming Brexit Seminars – Revenue Office
The Revenue office is holding another series of seminars to engage with businesses to help identify and understand the potential customs implications of Brexit.
Please find below the links, dates & locations of the forthcoming seminars:
- Carnbeg Hotel, Dundalk – Tuesday 22 January 2019
- Hibernia Suite, Dublin Castle, Dublin – Thursday 24 January 2019
- Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford – Wednesday 30 January 2019
*UPDATED* Chambers Ireland Website Brexit Section – ‘No Deal’ Contingency Action Plans, Brexit Preparedness notices & More
The Brexit Section of the Chambers Ireland website has been updated with the key publications and notices in relation to Brexit Preparedness and the ‘No Deal’ Contingency Action Plans from the European Commission as well as the ‘No Deal’ Contingency Action Plan from the Irish Government.
This section features documents and resources from the European Commission, Irish Government departments and state bodies to help prepare for a possible ‘No-Deal’ scenario as well as other Brexit outcomes.
Please visit the dedicated page on Brexit Preparedness on our website by clicking here.
NCBI – Notice asking retailers to avoid purchasing touchscreen payment terminals
NCBI (National Council for the Blind Ireland) is asking Irish retailers to hold off purchasing touchscreen payment terminals and instead continue to use the current keypad button devices.
At present, touchscreen payment terminals in shops and supermarkets are not accessible to people who are blind and vision impaired, of whom there are over 50,000 in Ireland today.
Touchscreen payment terminals can be made accessible, however until manufacturers who produce touchscreen payment terminals devise a new way of delivering accessible touchscreen solutions at a national level, NCBI are asking retailers to use the current keypad button devices.
Save the Date – Enterprise Ireland – Eurozone Summit
Join Irish business leaders and professionals at the Eurozone Summit. Hear from European leaders and participate in discussions on how Ireland can take advantage of the trade opportunities that the single, shared currency market was designed to create.
The summit will take place Thursday, 21st February 2019 at the National Convention Centre, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 from 8.30am to 2.00pm.
A registration link will be circulated shortly. Please find attached a promo flyer for the event with further information.
Common Purpose Senior Leader Development Program
Please find attached the latest Meridian program from Common Purpose, a global charitable trust providing business leadership programs for leadership development. We have worked with them in the past and many of our members have sponsored staff on their programs.
Office of Government Procurement (OGP) – New Informative Videos on eTenders
The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) have published two new informative videos on their YouTube Channel, providing information for prospective suppliers on interacting with eTenders – details and links to each informative video are below:
- Registering for eTenders & creating alerts – this video looks at registering for eTenders, creating business alerts, and ensuring that details are kept up-to-date
- eTenders | submitting a tender response – this video looks at using eTenders to participate in competitions, seek clarifications, and so on
Legislative Monitor – 5 Year Minimum Expiry Date on Gift Vouchers
Following the Irish Government Cabinet’s approval of the bill in December 2018, legislation is due to be published in the first months of this new year regarding the new 5 Year Minimum Expiry Date for Gift Vouchers.
We will review this legislation upon its publication and contact the Network in due course on the key details of the legislation.
All upcoming Chamber events can be viewed on the Chamber Ireland website at: http://www.chambers.ie/events/events/
Upcoming events include:
- 22 January 2019 – Limerick Chamber: Spending Trends: Tourism, Retail & Hospitality Industry Insights & Marketing Trends
- 23 January 2019 – Fingal Dublin Chamber: Maximise Your Membership @ The Grand Hotel Malahide
- 24 January 2019 – County Kildare Chamber: Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety Seminar
- 25 January 2019 – County Kildare Chamber: Stuart Lancaster Breakfast – “Pursuit of Excellence, Lessons from Sport”
- 29 January 2019 – County Kildare Chamber: Chamber Business Lunch
- 31 January 2019 – Galway Chamber: Business After Hours with Hennelly Finance
- 31 January 2019 – Drogheda Chamber: Brexit Breakfast Briefing Presented by Grant Thornton “Where Are we Now?”
- 31 January 2019 – County Kildare Chamber: What now for Brexit? and How to Prepare
- 1 February 2019 – Cork Chamber: Cork Chamber Annual Dinner 2019
- 7 February 2019 – Limerick Chamber: Economic Breakfast Briefing
- 26 February 2019 – Galway Chamber: Breakfast Briefing – Creating and protecting value in third-party relationships with Deloitte