Longford Chamber of Commerce & Industry E-zine September 2016
Hello and welcome to the September newsletter from your Chamber of Commerce.
This is my first newsletter as President and I have to say that it is truly an honour to have been elected to represent you, the members of Longford Chamber. I will do my upmost to ensure that I represent your views adequately wherever and whenever possible.
I believe that the Council of Chamber of Commerce has a responsibility to communicate more frequently and more responsively with you as members and to assist in this area I have set up a new email address for direct access to me, it is firstname.lastname@example.org . Please feel free to contact me with any issues that you want to raise or matters where you would like us to help. I also believe that we need more opportunities to gather together to work together for the betterment of Longford Town and County. We recently held a Summer BBQ and there was a fantastic turnout and feedback about the evening. It gave businesses the opportunity to come together informally and the more of these opportunities that we can facilitate the stronger a community we can forge.
We have a number of exciting projects in the pipeline over the coming year and we hope to get engagement from as many members as possible in the initiatives that we will run. In particular we will shortly commence a series of breakfast meetings where you will have the opportunity to hear from valuable speakers on topics that affect your businesses. This will also become a forum for you to present any current or pressing issues that you would like Chamber Council to deal with.
Longford Chamber has been very active over the past number of years with the great work carried out often not being communicated to the membership and the business community at large and I am determined that this will change and that you the members will be fully informed and will have a strong voice in the direction Chamber takes into the future.
NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE
There has been speculation recently that there is increasing political pressure on the Minister to increase the National Minimum Wage to €10 per hour despite the Low Pay Commission recommendation of a 10c increase. This undermines the work and independence of the Low Pay Commission and is an important issue for our Network to engage on. Previously we had highlighted the strain that a 10c increase would have on business members; we are now facing an increase of 85c.
Chambers Ireland encourages you to contact your local representatives on this issue and to highlight the negative impacts such a rise would have for businesses. It is important to highlight the necessity of having an independent Low Pay Commission, with its reports being respected and not politically undermined.
Some of Chamber Council members at the recent Summer BBQ in Valentines Spiral Tree.
From left – John Duignan – CC, Rosie O’Hara – CC, Lisa Brady – CEO, Derek Scanlon – President, Joe Flaherty – CC, Niamh Donlon – Vice President, Eddie Valentine, Fiona Fenelon – CC, Seamus Butler – CC & Peter Dolan -Treasurer.
Pic courtesy of Michelle Ghee & Longford Leader.
Irish Water to take responsibility for administration of Longford business water accounts from mid-AugustIrish Water will this week begin the process to take in charge the administration of 2,700 business customer accounts in Co. Longford. The change will see responsibility for account administration for existing business customers in Longford move to Irish Water from Local Authorities. Charges for business customers, credit terms and the frequency of billing will remain unchanged while this transition is taking place. Business customers in Longford will now have a single point of customer contact for all queries in relation to water supply, wastewater treatment and business account management. Irish Water will contact all 2,700 business customers and other affected groups in Longford directly, once the transition takes place. Bills will be issued from Irish Water directly, as they fall due, from September onwards.
To date Irish Water has completed works on the Newtowncashel water supply scheme with provision of full treatment of the drinking water supply eliminating the boil water notice that was in place. Irish Water is shortly to carry out Disinfection upgrade work on the Longford Central, Lanesboro, Ballymahon, Lough Gowna and Lough Kinale Supply Schemes. Design and planning works are progressing to upgrade the Lough Forbes Water Treatment Plant. In addition Irish Water also has plans in place to invest approximately €900,000 to replace ageing water mains in Co. Longford which will benefit approximately 600 people affected by frequent bursts in the aging water mains. Irish Water is also in the final stages of completing upgrade works to the wastewater sewer network at Mohill Road, Drumlish to eliminate re-occurrence of flooding incidents.
For further info – www.water.ie/business
National Crime Prevention Week
September 20th to 27th
Business Text Alert Re-Launch
A re-launch of the business text alert scheme will take place on Wednesday 21st September from 1.30pm to 2.30pm in the Longford Shopping Centre. This event will give you the opportunity to come along and meet members of the local Garda Síochána and Chamber of Commerce. If your business is not already a member of the scheme you can come along to the Longford Shopping Centre on Wednesday to find out more about the scheme and to sign up. The cost of the scheme is initially €10 per member business. This event is being hosted in conjunction with An Garda Síochána as part of their Supporting Safer Communities Campaign which takes place from Tuesday 20th September to Tuesday 27th September. More information on this campaign is available from their website on www.garda.ieLongford Gardai’s recent analysis shows thefts increase considerably in the town between 2pm and 6pm Thursday through Saturday. Foot patrols have been introduced in larger shopping areas in the town at these times and dates.
The Gardai urge you to call in any suspicious behaviour or people and they will have someone in the area quickly. (043) 3350570 or contact Chamber for text alert at 0877786834
Longford County Council, Local Enterprise Office and Chamber are working on making Longford an Age Friendly Town. For a Business to qualify for Age Friendly status there are a few simple steps to follow.
Appoint a Customer Champion from your staff
Customer Champion attends and Age Friendly Business Workshop
Research what your elderly customers would like improved
Develop Actions and get recognised as an “Age Friendly Business”
AIB – Budget Breakfast, by Grant Thornton – October 16th
BLACK FRIDAY & Christmas Lights, November 25th
Chamber are delighted to announce that all of our members are now google mapped.
We are now working on Non-Members with a view to Longford being the first Town to be completly Google Mapped for Business.