Chambers Ireland Weekly Digest 4 February 2019
Focus Groups on Energy for Businesses
SEAI are looking to put together focus groups for SMEs on energy. They wish to look at training which they can make available, accessing funding through SEAI and how best to help businesses manage energy costs. If your Chamber is interested in hosting a small focus group in your office for your members, please contact
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 on Wednesday. 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 that we have updated the Resources page of the Brexit Section on our website to include a Brexit Factsheet from the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and we have also developed a Brexit Events page in the Brexit Section, listing forthcoming events related to preparation and information on Brexit.
Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) – Future-Proof your Business through the Circular Economy!
SEAI are supporting a new initiative from Dublin City Council, an innovative opportunity to future-proof your business by attending the first Circular Economy Training tailored specifically to SMEs – this is the ‘MODOS Circular Economy Workshop’. Find out more about #MODOS by clicking here
M1 Skillnets Training – Illuminate Female Entrepreneurial Programme
M1 Skillnets will be running a new training programme, ‘Illuminate Female Entrepreneurial Programme, with DCU Ryan Academy’, beginning 18 February 2019.
This is a Business Management and Leadership Programme which is accredited by QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) at Level 6, Minor Award. 16 participants will be selected for this programme, which will fast track female led businesses, to develop their business and leadership skills, achieve scale and create employment.
For more information, click here.
‘See It Say It’ Crime Prevention and Detection Product
See It Say It is a crime prevention and detection product currently being used in Tralee in conjunction with the Chamber. It sends a clear message to criminals or anyone engaging in anti-social behaviour. For further information, please see the attached document on the product or please visit the official website: www.seeitsayit.ie
Save the Date – Enterprise Ireland – Eurozone Summit
Join Irish business leaders and professionals at the Eurozone Summit, where you can 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 – click here to register.
Save the Date – 11TH World Chambers Congress – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 12-14 June
Registration is now 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.
Comprising an influential thought-leadership conference and a world-class competition to showcase chamber innovation, the global forum provides an unrivalled opportunity to share best-practices, exchange real-word ideas.
To register and for further information, click here.
All upcoming Chamber events can be viewed on the Chamber Ireland website at: http://www.chambers.ie/events/events/
Upcoming events include:
- 7 February 2019 – Limerick Chamber: Economic Breakfast Briefing
- 7 February 2019 – Wexford Chamber: Evening Seminar with RDA Accountants & O’Connor Mullen Solicitors “The Art of Buying or Selling a Business”
- 13 February 2019 – Cork Chamber: Market Analysis – Target the Right International Markets
- 19 February 2019 – Wexford Chamber: Breakfast Briefing with Daly & Associates
- 21 February 2019 – Ballina Chamber: Annual General Meeting of the Ballina Chamber of Commerce
- 27 February 2019 – Cork Chamber: Communication to boost International Business Relationships
- 26 February 2019 – Galway Chamber: Breakfast Briefing – Creating and protecting value in third-party relationships with Deloitte
- 13 March 2019 – Cork Chamber: Build the Right International Market Partnerships
- 23 March 2019 – Mullingar Chamber: Midlands Career Expo