Chambers Ireland Weekly Digest: 13th November 2017


  • European Companies’ Data Sharing Study

EUROCHAMBRES, the association of European Chambers of commerce and industry of which Chambers Ireland is a member, has contacted us regarding a study supported by the European Commission and carried out by consultancy everis on the data sharing habits of European companies.

The study will attempt to quantify the data that are being shared (and not shared) between independent companies in Europe (which are not direct competitors), along with the missed business opportunities resulting from non-sharing data. The ultimate aim of the study is to assess the economic value and potential of data sharing in business-to-business relations, as well as the prevailing barriers and success factors in this regard.

The consultancy has launched a survey which can be accessed and replied to until 15 November. The survey is only targeted at companies and can be accessed at:

Attached to this mail you’ll find an introduction to the survey.

If you have any questions on the survey, please contact the researchers themselves directly by e-mail:, or

  • Excellence in Local Government Awards

The Excellence in Local Government Awards will take place on the 23rd of November in the Crowne Plaza Santry. They are in association with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and sponsored by Vodafone. There are 25 local authorities shortlisted on the night with awards in sixteen different categories.

For further info contact Carly Mooney at or 01 400 4300.

  • InvestHorizon Final Conference and Workshop in Brussels

The EU funded project ‘InvestHorizon Programme’ will be sharing its project findings on facilitating sustainable and impactful growth for innovative start-ups across Europe at a final conference on Wednesday, 29 November in Brussels, Belgium.

The project focuses on boosting investment awareness and readiness amongst innovative SMEs and improving the sensitization of investors and innovation intermediaries across Europe to these growing SMEs.

The conference will involve a half-day workshop to communicate the programme’s impact and to share lessons learnt among stakeholders.

If you think that this event would be of interest for learning more or learning how to make SMEs/start-ups attractive for investment and achieving sustainable growth, you can register for the event here and read the event programme here.

  • EUROCHAMBRES – Supporting SMEs against Corruption – Save The Date

ACTS, the Anti-Corruption toolkit for SMEs are organizing a ‘Supporting SMEs Against Corruption’ day in Brussels on 7 December 2017 to celebrate International Anti-Corruption Day 2017.

Members of the Chambers Network are cordially invited.

The event is being developed in partnership with Eurochambres and the Belgian office of the International Chamber of Commerce.

The event, which will be held in English, will be inaugurated by Kris Peeters, Belgian Vice Prime Minister for Employment, Economy, and Consumers, and concluded by Denis Ducarme, Belgian Minister of Middle Classes, Self-employed, SMEs, Agriculture and Social Integration.

Speakers from different Members States including representatives of the UN, the OECD, the European Parliament, the European Commission, EUROCHAMBRES, ICC and other organisations will address the audience in different panels:

  • SMEs against corruption & policy making
  • Belgian and other EU initiatives to support SMEs
  • The Anti-Corruption Toolkit for SMEs

For registration and contact details, please find the attached a PDF labelled “20171207 SUPPORTING SMES AGAINST CORRUPTION”.

  • Impact of Brexit on EU Citites and Regions – Seeking Your Views

The Committee of the Regions (CoR) with the support of our colleagues in Eurochambres are looking for input from of local and regional authorities, chambers of commerce, or other stakeholders at regional and local level on what they feel the impact of the UK’s departure from the EU will be on their own cities and regions.

It is extremely important that the Irish perspective is included in this EU-wide information-gathering exercise.

The survey itself is quite brief and should take no more than 3-5 minutes to complete. Please feel free to complete yourself, share via your social media channels and circulate to your members. The deadline is the 15 Dec 2017. Should you have any questions regarding the below, please contact

  • National Water Resources Plan Consultation One

Irish Water is developing the first National Water Resources Plan (NWRP) that will outline how we move towards a sustainable, secure and reliable drinking water supply for everyone over the next 25 years whilst safeguarding our environment. The objective of the NWRP is to outline how we intend to maintain the balance between supply and demand for drinking water over the short, medium and long term.

A six-week public consultation is now underway to inform the development of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA), the environmental reports that will accompany the NWRP.

Irish Water is now seeking feedback on the SEA Scoping Report, and any other comments or suggestions that should be considered from stakeholders at this stage. The SEA Scoping Report can be viewed and downloaded at

Submissions or observations in relation to the scope and level of detail of the information to be included in the environmental report may be made by Friday 22 December 2017 by contacting the following email or postal addresses:


Post:   National Water Resources Plan, Irish Water, Colvill House,
             24‐26 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.

Attached to this email is a document outlining a series of consultation questions to guide you in the development of your submission as well as further details of the submission process.

  • Pendulum Summit 2018 – Ticket Offer

The 2018 edition of the annual Pendulum Summit is taking place over the 10th and 11th of January 2018 at the Convention Centre in Dublin.

The Summit specializes in bringing together world-renowned speakers to present compelling masterclasses to attendees focused on five areas key to linked to personal and professional growth; self-empowerment, authentic relationships, leadership & team performance, business excellence and professional & wealth elevation.

The roster of speakers for the 2018 summit will include Sir Richard Branson, Baronness Mone of Mayfair OBE, NYTimes bestselling author Marci Shimoff and more.

Pendulum Summit are offering special rates and complimentary seat upgrades on tickets to Chambers Ireland members.

To avail of this offer, please see below:

Special Rate 1: Premium Plus Ticket @ €800 (normally €1000)

Benefits include:

  • Tickets are ‘flexi’ tickets – You can attend both days orattend one of the days and transfer ownership to a friend or colleague for the other day
  • Premium plus section seating (seats located to the front of Premium section – subject to availability)
  • Access to all speaker masterclasses and more

Click here to book your place. Enter promo code chamber

Special Rate 2: Platinum Plus Ticket @ €1050 (normally €1200)

Benefits include all of the features of the Special Rate 1 ticket, as well as:

  • Access to Advanced Registration Networking Event
  • Access to Fast Track Registration at Summit
  • Access to Platinum Room during lunch

Click here to book your place. Enter promo code chamber

  • EU Report on Benefits to Business of Trade Deals

Following on from last week’s Chamber visit to Brussels where we met with officials from DG Trade, a new report profiling the benefits of EU Trade deals for businesses all over the EU. This horizontal report is the first of its kind and sheds light on what happens after trade agreements are negotiated and have entered into force. The publication is another step towards a fully transparent and inclusive trade policy, in line with the Commission’s commitments set out in the EU’s 2015 ‘Trade for All’ strategy. Overall, EU agreements are shown to lead to more EU exports and growth, with major export increases to, for example:

  • Mexico (+416% since 2000)
  • Chile (+170% since 2003)
  • South Korea (+59% since 2011)
  • Serbia (+62% since 2013)

More information on the report can be found at DG Trade would also like to hear more from Chambers about how their members are benefiting from existing trade deals or how they might benefits from new deals (Canada, Japan) and proposed trade partnerships (Mexico, Mercosur, Australia, New Zealand). We asks that you engage with our members and if they are interested, to invite them to send their positive tyrade stories to

  • Q3 Edition of InBusiness Magazine is published

The latest edition of our quarterly publication, InBusiness Magazine has been published, featuring the latest news and issues of the day for businesses across Ireland as well as perspectives from industry leaders on Ireland’s competitive outlook globally. The Q3 edition features an interview  with Killian O’ Flynn, head of SME banking at Permanent TSB on simplified banking solutions, a Q&A with our Director of Policy and Communications Sarah Freeman and a feature on the key ingredients for a successful podcast from the world of sports podcasting.

You can read the online version of the Q3 InBusiness Magazine here.

  • The EU Asia Business Link – Promoting Business opportunities in Asia for SMEs within the EU

The EU Asia Business Link is a coordination platform which aims to increase the visibility of EU initiatives in Asia so that EU-based companies and business organisations can identify and benefit from these initiatives to enter into and develop commercial relations with Asian markets.

The project is managed by EUROCHAMBRES and communications agency GOPA Com, who work together in close cooperation with key stakeholders in Asia and in the EU.

The website of the platform provides the latest updates on news and events across different business sectors on EU-Asia business developments.

For more information on the platform and what opportunities are available for your business, please visit the EU Asia Business Link website here:

  • Update on Investment Projects from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation in the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce

The Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry have notified Chambers Ireland of several new investment projects currently in development, mainly in the area of construction.

They include a biofuel manufacturing plant, a clinical medical centre, a liquefied natural gas plant, an electro-metallurgical plant and more.

Details of the various projects can be found attached to this newsletter as a downloadable zip file, “CCI RF’s Projects”.

If interested, please contact the Russian Federation Chamber representative Sergei Averin, who  is happy to get in touch with any network members who would like further information, via the below phone and email contact details:

T: +44 (0) 20 7931 6455 | Mob: +44 (0) 7983 628297 | Email:

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