Chambers Ireland Weekly Digest: 6th November 2017


  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  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:

  1. 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.

  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”.

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: A Quick Guide to Dismissals

Every business owner or manager faces making a dismissal at some time or another – it’s often a necessary requirement within any type of business. The key is to avoid the pitfalls that can, in some cases, expose employers to potential claims. Peninsula provides some advice below to help you manage a dismissal effectively.

Fundamental factors to consider are the method and reasonableness of a dismissal procedure. A dismissal may be completely justified, whereas a flawed procedure may render the termination invalid or unfair.

Ideally, employee documentation – such as rules governing gross misconduct or general misconduct procedure – should support the overall outcome, and employers are encouraged to remain in-line with their own policies in the prevention of any breach.

A case example

An example of the above can be found in the recent case of An Employee v A Hotel Manager.

The employee threatened the life of the manager who, on calling the authorities, dismissed the employee without process. The dismissal was deemed to be unfair and the employee awarded €3,500 in damages.

What’s the correct procedure?

An employee found to have acted in a manner conducive with gross misconduct would, in normal circumstances, be required to be placed on paid suspension by the employer; thus removing them from the working environment as a holding measure, pending investigation.

Following a full investigation, a disciplinary hearing and due consideration of what the employee has put forward by way of defence, termination of employment may be the outcome.

Not all dismissals are the result of a straightforward gross miscount issue of course. Employers may find that employees receive numerous warnings, known as a ‘Build on Warnings’, which ultimately result in a termination of employment. Even if the individual breaches are of a minor nature, cumulatively they will enable an employee to dismiss on reasonable grounds.

It’s recommended that confirmation of termination be provided in writing, affording the employee the right of appeal should they feel the decision is unfair. If this transpires, an impartial chair should be appointed to hear the appeal and confirm if the decision to dismiss should be upheld or overturned.

If you have any queries relating to employee dismissals or disciplinary procedures, please call Peninsula’s 24 Hour Advice Service on 01 855 50 50

  1. 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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