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Longford Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Ezine February 2016

Business Watch Text Launch

On Tuesday February 23rd we will formally launch “Business Watch Texting” in The Longford Arms at an 8am breakfast meeting. It is vital that you attend so that you can partake in the updated system. Community Policing Sgt. Lionel Mullally and Crime Prevention Officer, Paul McDermott will be available after a short presentation
for a Q & A. RSVP. Breakfast €7
To reserve a seat or find out more contact us at info@longfordchamber.ie or
phone 087-7786834.

THE ABBOTT ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 2016
MARCH 17TH @1 PM

Chamber are delighted to announce details of the 2016 Parade.
The Grand Marshall is local historian, Jude Flynn.
Celebrating “Longford 1916 – 2016 Remember  Reflect  Reimagine”For the first time because of his outstanding achievements with Longford Tidy Towns Andy O’ Dowd will be the Guest of Honour.
Parade Categories Include:
Best Overall Entry, Most Colourful, Best Commercial, Best Public Service, Best Non Commercial, Best Club / Association, Youth Endeavour Award, Best Entertainment, Best Community Entry, Best Window Display, Best New Entry, Best Enviromental, Best School Entry & Outstanding Service Award.
Prizes will be announced at presentation in Longford Arms Hotel at 4pm
For further information
Contact: 087-7786834
www.longfordchamber.ie

Chamber Events & Initiatives 2016
Feburary 23rd; Business Watch Text Launch
March 17th; St. Patrick’s Day Parade
April 24th; 1916 Parade
May; N63 Enhancement
June; Purple Flag Application
September; Longford Business & Jobs EXPO ‘16
November 25th; Black Friday Shopping Promotion & Lighting Ceremony

Are you a thought leader, entrepreneur, start-up creator, scientist and based on the island of Ireland?

  The Irish Times Innovation Awards is about showcasing Innovation excellence through a range of the most ground breaking product and service innovations – from drug delivery systems and state of the art network switching, to anti-allergy pillows, leading technologies for cleaning and disinfection and a breakthrough system for low cost wastewater aeration.

No idea is too big or too small!

Innovation will continue to rejuvenate Ireland’s economic and social landscape and it is important that the Champions of Innovation, whether as individuals or organizations in the public or private sectors, or as large, medium or small, family owned or multinational enterprises, get the recognition they deserve.

So, if your enterprise has recently introduced a winning product, service or operational innovation, we want to hear about it.

To register now for the The Irish Times Innovation Awards 2016, please visit innovation-awards-2016/registration

ISME

ISME’s Spring Briefing sessions will commence from February 24th until March 10th 2016 across 10 locations in Ireland including Cork, Dublin South, Kilarney, Galway and many more.

A number of guest speakers from varied industries will be present to address the many issues and opportunities present to SME’s IN 2016.
http://isme.ie/

The Community Foundation for Ireland Announces Over €600,000 Worth of Grants

The Community Foundation for Ireland, one of Ireland’s leading philanthropic organisations has today announced that over €600,000 will be awarded to community and voluntary groups across Ireland to increase the sense of belonging in Ireland.

This year of #Belonging16 commences immediately with the announcement of €100,000 in grants being made available for community parties. 400 grants of €250 are on offer to communities across Ireland to host community parties, encouraging locals to get to know their neighbours. Each community will receive a toolkit from The Community Foundation, along with their €250 grant to host a community party during 2016.
The Community Foundation for Ireland’s year of belonging will culminate in a belonging event in October where they will showcase, through a belonging report and photo exhibition the good work that will be done to improve the sense of belonging for the population and look forward to what belonging looks like for the future in Ireland.

For more information on #Belonging16 and to apply for grants visit www.communityfoundation.ie

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