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Longford Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 31st  May 2016

7.00 pm

Longford Arms Hotel

Current Chamber Council Members:

President – Fintan McGill

Vice-President – Derek Scanlon

Treasurer – Peter Dolan

Honourary Secretary – Lisa Brady

PRO – Sharon Devlin

Rosie O’Hara, Niall Stratton, Gordon O’Bric, Joe Flaherty.

Fiona Fenelon, John Duignan & Seamus Butler.

The Benefacts project has now gone live

This new database of civil society organisations in Ireland includes charities, philanthropies, sports bodies, political, human rights and advocacy organisations, business and trade associations. They aim to make all Irish nonprofits more accessible and transparent, reduce bureaucratic duplication for non- profit organisations and provide data to decision makers to support comparative and trend analysis nationally and internationally.
Benefacts collects public data from many public sources and publishes it in a harmonised format creating, for the first time, a single point of online access to the entire nonprofit sector in Ireland. Benefacts lists more than 20,000 organisations that are separate from the private sector and from government, and that have been established for social, cultural or environmental good.
For further information please see www.benfacts.ie or contact info@benefacts.ie

Networking Opportunity

Bring Your Clients & Customers
Take a Table  
ISME Annual Lunch 

Croke Park – 3rd June 2016
Mr Martin Naughton, President of Glen Dimplex, will accept the ISME medal and deliver the SME lecture.

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Longford Summer Festival & Markets

Application for Stalls

We happily revived Longford Summer Festival last year after a 15 year absence and one of the highlights  was our tented village experience where we showcased some of the best artisan producers, artists, food vendors and producers from around the country. Over the course two days just under 8,000 people attended and visited the 100 plus stall holders and vendors.If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Joe Flaherty  at 086 820 1261 or Lisa Brady at 087 778 6834

Please find attached a briefing we have compiled on the upcoming UK Referendum on EU membership.
As part of the attached document, we have included information on the background to the referendum, the deal with the EU for reforms, opinion in the UK, and the impact of a British exit from the EU on Ireland and Irish business.

UPDATE:

According to an FT Poll tracker (https://ig.ft.com/sites/brexit-polling/) Stay is currently at 46% and Leave is at 41%.In Northern Ireland, voters are two to one in favour of remaining according to a poll in the Belfast Telegraph
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/eu-referendum/eu-referendum-northern-ireland-says-no-to-brexit-34747509.htmlChamber Briefing-Brexit Referendum 2016.pdf

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Today marks an exciting day for Center Parcs – planning permission for our first Village in Ireland has just been granted and we’re more than thrilled. Check out our blog for more details: bit.ly/29YVwHN

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Longford Chamber of Commerce welcomes An Bord Pleanála decision to grant planning permission for Centre Parcs, Longford Forest tourism development.

An Bord Pleanála have today granted planning permission to the €230m Center Parcs Longford Forest development at Ballymahon in County Longford. The development will create 750 jobs during the construction phase in addition to 1,000 permanent jobs when the facility is open in 2019. The development has the ability to add 2.8% annually to County Longford GDP when it is up and running. It is anticipated that some 2,500 guests will use the facility on a weekly basis.

Longford Chamber of Commerce President Derek Scanlon warmly welcomed the decision stating:

“This is a landmark project for County Longford and will enhance the local community and economy immeasurably. I am not surprised that Longford was chosen as the location for the first Centre Parcs development in Ireland. We have a large number of hidden tourism gems already in County Longford, not least, the fantastic waterways that are the River Shannon, the River Inny, the Royal Canal, historic and award winning villages such as Ardagh, Newtowncashel and Abbeyshrule, monastic monuments and sites and of course the newly refurbished Cathedral in Longford Town. This exciting new development will be the jewel in the crown for our tourism initiatives”.

The development will make a significant contribution to the local economy employing some 750 people during the construction phase and 1,000 when fully up and running in 2019. Chamber of Commerce President Derek Scanlon noted:

“Developments on this scale simply do not arrive in our area frequently enough and to see a project on this scale being developed in Longford is a strong vote of confidence in County Longford and its people. As a County we suffered significant unemployment during the recession and hopefully this is the first of a number of projects that will come to the north midlands to provide much needed employment. I must sincerely thank the Centre Parcs team for choosing Longford and for their dedication to making this project a reality. I must also highly commend the community of Ballymahon and Ballymahon Traders who have warmly welcomed this project and the team from Center Parcs right from the outset. Their hard work in conjunction with the Members and Executive of Longford County Council has led us to this decision today. Longford Abú”.
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Number three Keon's Terrace, Longford is available to let. This self-contained office space has everything you need; with three big offices, a kitchen and two bathrooms, it's ideal. It's in a perfect location facing St. Mel's Cathedral, only two minutes walk to the train station with private off-street parking. Call 043-3336450 for more information.

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We're trying something new - and we need your help! As part of #cruthu2016, we're going to host our first spoken word open mic. Leitrim poet S.A. Murphy will be our MC and we'll have live piano backing for your wonderful words - all we're missing is you! This is an earnest open call for all poets, writers, movers and shakers (we're not fussy) to find the performer within yourself and come help us to wake up the Midlands. Shouting is encouraged. The open mic will take place in Seasons (the upstairs venue in The Market Bar), Longford on Saturday 30th July, doors 8:30pm. If you're interested in performing some of your work, contact us at cruthuartsfestival@gmail.com and put 'WAKING THE MIDLANDS' in the subject bar. Please help us spread the word on this one, guys!

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