Chambers Ireland Weekly Digest: 17th Oct 2017


1. The One4all Spotlight Awards 2017
Nominate a colleague for the One4all Spotlight Awards!
• Free entry
• Your colleague could win up to €500
• Great way to recognise staff

The One4all Spotlight Awards, in association with Chambers Ireland, have been launched to help shine a light on employees that deserve special recognition within their organisations. With recent research showing that 40% of Irish companies do not offer any sort of benefit/reward for staff loyalty, this is your opportunity to recognise and reward a member of staff who goes above and beyond in their role to achieve success.

The Spotlights are completely free to enter, and submitting your entry takes less than five minutes. Whether you have a great colleague who deserves a little more recognition or an outstanding team member who has contributed to the success of your business, the Spotlights are your chance to say ‘thank you’.

The Spotlights will be judged by a panel of judges that will include independent and Chambers representatives from around the country. One overall Spotlights winner will be chosen and awarded a €500 One4all Gift Card and a trophy, while Silver and Bronze winners will receive €300 and €200 Gift Cards respectively.

To nominate a member of staff, simply visit and fill in the short form above. Entries close on Friday 27th October. Judging will take place Friday 3rd November, with winners being contacted and announced shortly afterwards.

2. Enterprise Ireland- Meet the Buyer for the construction of the new children’s hospital
Enterprise Ireland in association with the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board would like to invite you to a Meet the Buyer Event for the construction of the New Children’s Hospital. This event will offer you the opportunity to meet with the contractors, BAM Building Ltd, Jones Engineering Group and Mercury Engineering Ireland and pitch for business. To register, just click on the link below.
• Date: 25th October
• Time: 8am – 12 noon
• Venue: Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin 8
To register:

3. Supporting Entrepreneurship-Chamber initiatives to support start-ups and scale-ups
At Chambers Ireland, we’re working with our colleagues in Eurochambres to gather data on the kinds of initiatives that Chambers are supporting to help start-up and scale-up companies. We would be grateful if you could review a series of questions (attached)and answer any that are relevant to the work of your chamber and the work of any start-up/scale-up initiatives that you may be collaborating with locally.
We would be grateful if you could circulate to your team/Board accordingly and return to before the 26th October 2017.If you have any questions, please contact either myself or my colleague Elisha (copied on this email).

4. Data Protection for Chambers
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on the 25th May 2018, replacing the existing data protection framework under the EU Data Protection Directive. Under the Irish Data Protection Acts, a data controller is the individual or the legal person who controls and is responsible for the keeping and use of personal information on computer or in structured manual files. Therefore, Chambers and businesses resident in Ireland who are processing or collecting personal data come under the title of data controllers and are thus required to comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Acts.

Please find attached the following resources which have been compiled to provide guidance to Chambers and their members with regard to Data Protection:
· For Chambers: Responsibilities for Data Controllers
· For Chambers: Data Protection and Direct Marketing Communications
These resources are also to be available on the Chambers Ireland members section
The Data Protection Commissioner (GDP)has launched a GDPR-specific website with guidance to help individuals and organisations become more aware of their enhanced rights and responsibilities under the General Data Protection Regulation.

The DPC has also prepared an introductory document for organisations to help them as they transition to GDPR: “The GDPR and You”. This document lists 12 steps which organisations should take in order to be GDPR ready by 25 May 2018. It should be noted that the guide is not an exhaustive list and organisations should ensure that their preparations take account of all actions required to bring them into compliance with the new law.

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