Local Enterprise Week 04-09 March

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CSR Awards 2018

The CSR Awards 2018 are now open for applications. The Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards showcase projects that help to improve the workplace for the benefit of all employees; that engage with and help to improve the communities in which business operate and that are environmentally responsible. We encourage companies of all sizes to enter the 2018 Awards and promote the best practice CSR activities taking place accross Ireland. The applications are now open online at www.csrawards.ie .

Local Enterprise Week In Mayo

Mayo Enterprise week kicks of on Monday March 5th and will give Entrepreneurs the opportunity to participate in seminars, training, and networking events in Mayo. It will cover a range of topics such as helping small businesses to understand the new data protection measures, getting ready for Brexit, digital marketing strategies and much more. 

Event listings for Local Enterprise Week are available on www.localenterprise.ie/mayo and by searching  #localenterprise on social media. 

Competitive Start Fund 2018

The next opening date for Competitive Start Fund – Regional Entrepreneurship is   Tuesday 27th Feb 2018
The Competitive Start Fund (CSF) aims to support early stage start-ups.  This fund is open to early stage companies in manufacturing & internationally traded services, including the following subsectors: Internet, Games, Apps, Mobile, SaaS, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Lifesciences, Food, Cleantech and Industrial Products. 

Local Enterprise Week 2018, 04-09 March

The Local Enterprise Week features a series of business events that provide opportunities to learn, debate, discuss and network.  It is aimed at potential and existing entrepreneurs and businesses of all stages and sizes.  Booking Essential:  localenterprise.ie/mayo or via 094 9047555.
Monday 5th March
9.30am - 4.30pm, Instagram & Snapchat for Business, Twin Trees Hotel, Ballina  €30
7.00pm-8.00pm, Boosting Productivity in Your Business, Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar FREE

Enterprise Ireland's Brexit Advisory Clinic - Portlaoise

Brexit Advisory Clinic will be held on Thursday 22nd February in the Killeshin Hotel, Dublin Road, Ballyroan, Portlaoise. The purpose of the clinic is to support companies affected by Brexit. This is a full day event and will give companies the opportunity to speak one-to-one with independent experts who will provide company-specific guidlines advice and discuss their own circumstances and issues. 

For further information, please contact: 

Conor O'Donovan

Head of Communications, Enterprise Ireland on 087 9671342


Aoife Kelly  

Mayo Public Patricipation Nework Courses

Mayo PPN are holding free courses open to all Community Groups registerd with Mayo PPN. The courses are: Introduction to Social Media, Social Media Content Marketing, Writing Grant Applications and Fundraising Ideas.The course will be held in February and March and places are limited to 1 person per group and on a first come basis. Please contact Mary Costello, Mayo PPN for further information at
094 9047054,or email office@mayoppn.net. Full information on these courses are available on www.mayo.net.

Ballyhaunis Employees need to support local businesses at Christmas

Ballyhaunis employs approximately 2.500 people locally in various industries and the local chamber of commerce would like to see employees supporting local businesses this christmas. Lots of activities are planned in the run-up to the festive season . The Mayo SPCA will kick off celebrations with a market in the Parochial Hall on November 19th. On sunday November 26th the chrismas lights will be turned on by Santa and the blessing of the Crib will be performed by Fr. Farragher. December the 2nd is the annual Christmas Market day showcasing a wide range of local arts and crafts.

Home Energy Information Evening

The Abbey Partnership will be hosting an  information evening at the Abbey (The Friary) about how to make your home more energy efficient and warmer. This event will take place on Saturday November 25th at 8 pm. Two representatives from (SEAI) will speak on the opportunities for locals to make their homes more energy efficient and outline the grants available to make such improvements. Tea and coffee will be served after the talk and everyone is welcome.

Standard Innovation Voucher

 The next opening date for the Standard Innovation Voucher will be Weds 6th September with a closing date of Wednesday 20th September 2017 at 3pm.

Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company or companies to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider.

The Innovation Voucher initiative was developed to build links between Ireland's public knowledge providers (i.e. higher education institutes, public research bodies) and small businesses.

How to prepare for WRC (Workplace Relations Commission)

How to prepare for WRC inspections
Employers are often visited by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) asking to inspect employee records such as payslips, employment contracts, annual leave entitlements, public holidays, etc. Here’s our advice on making sure you’ve got everything covered…
In order to ensure compliance and avoid fines, employers paying below the National Minimum Wage for training purposes must implement a structured training programme which allows the lower payment.

Vacant Homes

Mayo County Council has launched an iniative through a new national website designed to gather information on vacant homes throughout the country. Local government wants to engage with owners to assist in bringing these homes back in to use.

To see how it works, log on to www.vacanthomes.ie

Regional Enterprise Development Fund

The Regional Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) of up to €60m which was launched back in May, closing dates are looming.
The funding is being delivered through two Scheme calls, the first call will fund projects under the Regional EnterpriseDevelopment Fund of up to €35m in grant support. The second call under this Scheme will fund projects from the remaining balance of the €60m budget available.
Please note the closing date for the first call for Stream 1,2,3 and 4 is 3pm Friday 18th August 2017.

CETA Ratification Pivotal to Future of EU Trade Agenda

Today (14th February 2017) on the eve of the European Parliament’s crucial vote on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada, Chambers Ireland and national Chambers from across Europe call on EU leaders and governments to stand firmly in favour of an inclusive and forward-looking EU trade agenda, while also warning that recent complications around the deal have highlighted that the effectiveness of the EU’s common commercial policy is at stake.

Enterprise Irelands 5k Innovation Vouchers Now Open for Application

The Innovation Voucher initiative was developed to build links between Ireland's public knowledge providers (i.e. higher education institutes, public research bodies) and small businesses. 
Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company or companies to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider.
Am I eligible?

Business Mentoring

TheLocal Enterprise Office Castlebar  provides business advice and mentoring to existing and potential clients. 
Business Meeting
This free service is geared towards those who are considering starting their own businesses, those who have recently done so and existing start ups that are moving to the next stage of their development. A business advice and counselling meeting will initially point you in the right direction and help you prioritise the actions you need to implement to make progress.

Interest rate cut for small business

New mentoring assistance available for micro-enterprises through Local Enterprise Offices

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell-O’Connor T.D., today (17th June) welcomed the news that Microfinance Ireland (or MFI), the not-for-profit Government Agency providing funded finance to micro-enterprises, is offering micro-businesses the opportunity to avail of a cut in its interest rates (down by 1%) from 1st July 2016.

R&D Fund Standard Projects

Overview of the R&D Fund Standard Projects (Maximum Grant of €650,000)
The R&D Fund exists to support projects which have the potential to develop novel products and services with a clear competitive advantage in their target market. This will enable companies to increase employment through sustainable and substantially increased sales.
The R&D Fund will help companies to achieve the following:
A demonstrable connection between R&D and the overall business objectives.

Would you like to do business in the US? Ireland West International Trade Centre

The ‘Ireland West International Trade Centre’ is a collaborative partnership developing a soft landing platform in the US for companies, businesses and entrepreneurs based in the West and North West of Ireland. Our strategy is to assist indigenous companies explore export opportunities in the US.
Our objective with our partners in Rhode Island is to provide a cost-effective client based service to identified companies in the region. Supporting our companies with direct support, networking and connectivity with US based Diaspora.

Ballyhaunis Chamber Local News