Chambers Ireland Weekly Digest: 4th December 2017

 

  1. County Meath Association of Chambers and Business Councils CEO Vacancy

County Meath’s Association of Chambers and Business Councils currently have a vacancy for the position of Chief Executive Officer of the association.

To apply, please search for the position on jobs.ie, being advertised by Sigmar Recruitment with the reference code 14112017RD.

  1. Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Ireland Branch (CIArb) – Events and Courses

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is the leading international organisation dedicated to alternative dispute resolution (ADR). The Irish branch of the Institute regularly runs a number of informative events and courses of key business relevance. To view all upcoming events, please visit the education and training section of the CIArb Ireland branch website here .

Please find attached a flier (titled ’39 forum_final’) for an upcoming CIArb event in the new year, the 39th ADR Forum, focusing on ‘Using ADR in Oil & Gas Disputes’, taking place on Monday, 22 January 2017.

  1. Irish Forum on Natural Capital – Environmental Profit & Loss Accounting Workshop

The Irish Forum on Natural Capital are hosting a workshop on Environmental Profit & Loss Accounting this week. The workshop will focus on how organisations are measuring and valuing their impacts and dependencies on natural capital. This workshop will provide comprehensive insights on the benefits for risk management, decision-making, sustainability and more through utilising the resource of natural capital. Speakers will include Will Evison, Associate Director and Environmental Economist at PwC and Christian Heller, Leader of the Value-to-Society programme at BASF.

The workshop will take place this Wednesday, 6 December from 11am to 2pm at the Bord Bia office in Dublin. A registration fee of €100 is required, however a 50% discount on this fee is open to students and NGOs. Please find attached the flyer document on the workshop for more details abd contact naturalcapitalireland@gmail.com to reserve your place.

  1. 10th Cycle of the ‘Going for Growth’ Initiative for Women Entrepreneurs

The ‘Going for Growth’ initiative is soon to begin its 10th cycle and is currently seeking 60 women entrepreneurs to participate in this new cycle. Going for Growth is an initiative supported by Enterprise Ireland and KPMG designed to support women who aim to grow their businesses, specifically women entrepreneurs currently at an owner/managerial level of businesses which have been trading for at least two years. The initiative is based on interactive roundtable sessions that are facilitated, not by consultants, academics or professional trainers, but by successful entrepreneurs. Going for Growth is open to women entrepreneurs, across all sectors, whose main business is located in the Republic of Ireland. Whatever the size of the business at present, the application will be considered if a strong growth ambition can be demonstrated. For individuals who fit these criteria, you can register interest on the website www.goingforgrowth.com to receive an application form. The final date for receipt of completed application forms is Friday, 8 December 2017. Please find attached the Going for Growth 10th Cycle brochure for more information.

Please circulate to your members or any interested stakeholder(s) who may be interested.

  1. Order your company’s Christmas cards with An Post and help ALONE support older people

This Christmas, ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has partnered with An Post for its ‘Do One Thing’ Christmas campaign. The campaign allows companies to make a donation to ALONE while ordering high-quality Christmas cards which can be personalised with a logo or personal message inside.

By purchasing a pack of 100 or 500 Christmas cards online, companies can help support older people who are experiencing loneliness this Christmas. At a cost of €250 a company can purchase 100 personalised Christmas cards, including postage and a €120 donation to ALONE. For €1,250 a company can purchase 500 personalised Christmas cards, including postage and a €650 donation to ALONE. Companies will receive their stock of cards within three working days, delivered by An Post.

The donations will go directly to ALONE services. The organisation provides friendship, support, social events, and housing to older people. ALONE services ensure that no older person is left isolated and lonely. To order your company’s Christmas Cards and help ALONE today go to www.alone.ie/christmas

  1. Enterprise Ireland “Be Prepared” Brexit Funding Support for SMEs

Enterprise Ireland are offering grant funding for SMEs interested in developing a sustainable action plan to consolidate themselves in preparation for the business challenges which may arise from Brexit. The “Be Prepared Grant” offers eligible SMEs up to €5000 in support funds to cover consultancy, travel and travel expenses associated with researching the direction of their action plan. This plan would likely include looking into moving into new markets and market segments. Before applying, candidates can complete a Brexit Scorecard available from the Enterprise Ireland website, where the online application system can also be found.

To access the Brexit Scorecard, the online application system and more information about eligibility for the grant, visit the dedicated Enterprise Ireland webpage here: https://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/funding-supports/Company/Esetablish-SME-Funding/Be-Prepared.html

  1. Report on the Irish Chamber Network Delegation Visit to Brussels

Last month, Chambers Ireland and a delegation of representatives of local Chambers engaged in series of meetings in Brussels over two days focusing on promoting the voice of the Chambers network amidst the ongoing Brexit negotiations. The delegation met with officials from the European Commission as well as a number of Irish MEPs and more. The meetings were a constructive opportunity for local Chamber representatives to voice the concerns of their members and to be given greater insight into the current stages of the negotiations and the EU’s work to ensure Irish interests are prioritised.

Please find attached an overview report on the meetings. Should you have any questions regarding the report and the meetings, please contact emma.kerins@chambers.ie.

  1. 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”.

  1. 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 emma.kerins@chambers.ie

https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/ImpactUKwithdrawal

  1. National Water Resources Plan Consultation One

Irish Water is developing the first National Water Resources Plan (NWRP) that will outline a roadmap towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly drinking water supply over the next 25 years. 

Irish Water is now seeking feedback on the SEA Scoping Report – it can be viewed and downloaded at www.water.ie/nwrp.

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

Email: nwrp@water.ie

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.

  1. 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 is 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

  1. EU Report on Benefits to Business of Trade Deals

Following the Chamber visit to Brussels last month where we met with officials from DG Trade, a new report has been published 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 the following countries:

  • 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 http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1753.

DG Trade would also like to hear more from Chambers about how their members are benefiting from existing trade deals or how they might benefit from new deals (Canada, Japan) and proposed trade partnerships (Mexico, Mercosur, Australia, New Zealand). We ask that you engage with our members and if interested, to invite them to send their positive trade stories to emma.kerins@chambers.ie

  1. Doing Business and Investing in Brazil- A message from President of Brazil Michel Temer

Our colleagues in the Embassy of Brazil in Ireland have asked that we circulate the attached message from the Brazilian President , Michel Temer, which details recent political developments, reforms and opportunities for business.

Please circulate to your members or any interested stakeholder who may have business interests in Brazil.

Should you have any questions concerning the attached, please contact emma.kerins@chambers.ie

  1. Peninsula – Paternity Leave and Paternity Pay Entitlements

First introduced in September 2016, fathers in Ireland are now entitled to apply for Paternity Leave following the birth or adoption of a child. What are your legal obligations when it comes to the Paternity Leave and Paternity Pay entitlements of your staff? Peninsula have collated an overview of everything you need to know… 

Paternity Leave is governed by the Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016. It is a period of two weeks leave from work following the birth or adoption of a child. This is a statutory entitlement. The leave must be taken within the six months following the birth or adoption of the child.

Relevant employees and self-employed persons are entitled to this leave. The list includes the father of the baby, the spouse, civil partner or cohabitant of the mother or the parent of a donor-conceived child.

Where the child has been adopted, the nominated parent of a same-sex couple (the other parent will be taking the adoptive leave), or the spouse, civil partner or cohabitant of the adopting mother or sole male adopter will be entitled to the leave.

Employees are entitled to this leave regardless of how long they have worked for the employer and irrespective of what type of contract that they are on. The employer is under no obligation to pay the employee during this period of leave unless they have contractual policies or customs and practices which state otherwise.

The employee will be entitled to Paternity Benefit so long as they have made sufficient PRSI contributions. Where an employer has topped up the salaries of employees who are on maternity leave, the question can arise as to whether they need to top up the salaries of employees on paternity leave?

The Workplace Relations Commission has recently stated that maternity leave is afforded a very high standard of protection and it is very different to paternity leave. They went on to state that it would not be discriminatory to top up salaries during maternity leave and not to top up salaries during paternity leave. This is the first decision of its kind and is still somewhat of a grey area.

Relevant employees must notify their employers of their intention to take paternity leave no later than 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the leave. The two weeks must be taken consecutively.

The employee is also obliged to provide medical certification of the due date of the baby or confirmation of the birth of the baby. Where there has been an adoption, the employee must provide a certificate of the placement of the child. Employers must keep records of employees’ paternity leave for 8 years.

If you have any questions in relation to paternity leave entitlements, please contact Peninsula’s expert employment law advisors on the 24 Hour Advice Service on 01 855 5050

  1. 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: http://www.ealink.eu/

  1. 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 2017.09.zip”.

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: averin@rbcc.com http://www.tpprf.ru

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