Chambers Ireland Weekly Digest: 31st Oct 2017


  •  Deadline extended: One4all Spotlight Awards 2017

The deadline for the 2017 One4all Spotlight Awards has been extended until Friday 3rd November

 Nominate a colleague today!

  • 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. Entries close on Friday 3rd November. Judging will then take place, with winners being contacted and announced shortly afterwards.

  • Chambers Ireland Member Offer : Register now for the Global Asia Matters Business Summit in Dublin on 8 November

Dear Member,

Chambers Ireland is proud to support the Global Asia Matters Business Summit Going Global Faster : The New Asia Reality which takes place in Dublin on 8 November in association with The Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation and supported by IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, PwC and A&L Goodbody.This Asia 360’ leadership event comes at an important time of global geopolitical change given the critical importance of Asia for Ireland’s future economic integrity.The Summit Opening Address is by Michael D’Arcy TD , Minister for International Financial Services on the theme of  The Role of Asia in Expanding Ireland’s Financial Services Global Footprint (IFS2020).There will be a key address by Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald on Ireland’s New Strategy to Significantly Grow Trade with Asia. along with a great speaker line up of thought leaders from Blackrock, Moody’s, FT, Asia Foundation USA, EU, Tata, Mitsui, ADB , Enterprise Ireland, IDA, PwC and A&L Goodbody who will clarify the Asia business opportunity as firms refine their business model and diversify into global markets.
Chambers Ireland members can see programme, registration and payment process at:

Click on the Book Tickets icon on the website which takes you to Eventbrite and click on the Green Tickets button

Enter the promotional code: AsiaMatters2017 to avail of a 20% discount to unlock your Team Ireland ticket

  • Taking Care of Business – Dublin 2017

Thirty state bodies and services will give expert advice and information to SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs at Taking Care of Business, a free one-stop-shop event taking place on Wednesday November 8 in the Printworks Conference Centre in Dublin Castle.

The Taking Care of Business event has been specifically designed to help small and start-up businesses understand and benefit from the services provided by many of our State offices and agencies.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD.

By attending this event you will:

  • Meet with representatives from a range of State offices and agencies
  • Get practical information for your business
  • Find  out ways to save your business money and more

For more information and to register your attendance, please click here.

  • 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.

  • 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 (DPC) 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.

  • 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:

  1. Peninsula HR Advice: 3 Ways to Stop Presenteeism Hurting Your Business

What is presenteeism? Sometimes called ‘sickness presence’, it’s when one of your employees shows up to work ill and is unproductive.

Often, the result is that you and your team have to help out while keeping on top of your own work, which isn’t easy. And if that sounds all too familiar, you’re not alone.

A 2016 report by CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, stated that “a third of organisations reported an increase in people coming to work while ill.”

So if presenteeism is a rising problem, what can you do about it at your business?

Change how you view staff sickness

There are some employers who see an employee who comes in ill as dedicated and a good example to everyone. You might even be one of them.

But this places your staff under great pressure to attend when they’re unwell, reducing morale and impacting both mental and physical wellbeing.

Consider making a clear point in your company policy that if anyone is sick, they should stay at home to recover.

Find out if stress is the problem

Do your employees have an unmanageable workload? Are they worried about unreasonable deadlines? Do you even know whether they’re struggling?

Many employers – through no fault of their own – are often oblivious to how well their staff are coping with work pressures. Your employees may feel uncomfortable opening up to you, meaning that stress builds and causes their poor work output.

You or your team have the tools to recognise when one of your employee’s productivity has dropped. Try to be proactive in seeing how your people are managing workloads to maintain a positive environment.

Take positive action

Run training sessions or workshops on presenteeism with senior staff. It will help make it easier to spot a drop in employee performance and identify its root cause.

Promote healthy eating and regular exercise and don’t forget to take potential societal pressures into account, such as financial troubles.

Overall, when you take presenteeism seriously and train your people on how to deal with it, you help increase productivity and workplace wellbeing.

If you have any queries on identifying and managing presenteeism in your business, please call Peninsula’s 24 Hour Advice Service on 01 855 50 50

  • 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.

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