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Welcome to this week's Dublin Chamber Weekly. This week we bring you the latest news on the Chamber's international activities, as well as updates on what we're hearing from government regarding the changes being made to help you and your business deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Please read on for details of our new Smarter Working Guide which is jam-packed full of advice aimed at helping your company embrace practices such as remote and home working. This will hopefully prove particularly useful to you and your staff over the coming weeks.

 

This issue also includes: a new update issued today by Revenue regarding the €203 staff pay refund; information from the banks regarding the Covid-19 help that's available to businesses and consumers. There's also news of our partnership with Dublin Tech Summit (including member discount codes).

 

We hope you enjoy the issue - and please do keep in touch with us regarding how your company is responding to Covid-19 and the help that you need.

 

Dublin Chamber is here to help you.


Chamber Launches New Smarter Working Guide

 

Dublin Chamber has today launched a Smarter Working Guide which aims to help companies embrace smarter working practices. The purpose of this guide - produced by the Chamber's Labour Taskforce - is to break down some of the mystique around smarter working and to provide you with practical examples of how to get started. The guide is jam-packed with tips on how to implement, the potential pitfalls to be aware of, as well as case studies from companies that have already rolled out smart working practices. Dublin Chamber's Smarter Working Guide can be viewed by clicking below. 


Covid-19: Chamber Calls for Commercial Rates Relief

 

Dublin Chamber today called for relief from commercial rates for businesses struggling with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Based on feedback provided by you in our member surveys, we believe that a targeted relief from commercial rates for the duration of the isolation period will help improve cash flow for companies over the coming months and protect jobs. We will update you over the coming days on the success of this call.


Covid-19: Disappointing Update on Employer Refund

 

Dublin Chamber - and other chambers of commerce around the country - have expressed frustration to Government following the issuing of conflicting information regarding the Covid-19 Employer Refund Scheme. Revenue informed us today that the Covid-19 Employer Refund Scheme, announced by Government yesterday, will only apply to employers who have had to temporarily lay off staff and who are not in a position to make any wage payment to them. The clarification followed information to the contrary issued by the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection and the Department of Business Enterprise & Innovation, which suggested that it would apply to employers who had ceased trading but who retained their staff on full pay. We have called on Revenue to be flexible in its approach over the coming months and to work closely with other arms of the State during this critical time. If this issue is affecting your business, please get in touch.


Covid-19: Overview of Bank Supports Available

 

Ireland’s five main retail banks have committed to new measures aimed at helping companies and individuals whose business and personal circumstances have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The details of these commitments can be read by clicking below.

 


Ireland’s five main retail banks have committed to new measures aimed at helping companies and individuals whose business and personal circumstances have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Chief Executives of AIB, Bank of Ireland, Permanent tsb, and Ulster Bank collectively announced the following.

  1. Implement a payment break up to three months for business and personal customers affected by Covid-19, to be followed by ongoing reviews depending on the scale and extent of the situation. Customers wishing to avail of a payment break should contact their respective bank.
  2. The banks agree there is a need for a simplified application process to make it as easy as possible for businesses and personal customers impacted by Covid-19 to receive support from their banks.  We are working with all member banks to achieve this.
  3. The banks want to ensure that any Covid-19 application for a payment break and further reviews will not adversely impact the customer’s credit record, and the banks reporting of these facilities. Banks want to avoid this and are meeting with the Central Bank of Ireland to urgently achieve a solution in this regard.
  4. Banks will defer court proceedings for three months.
  5. The banking system stands ready to provide working capital support
  6. The banks have had initial discussions with Credit Servicing Firms and with those non-bank lenders who provide mortgages. Both the Credit Servicing Firms and non-bank lenders have issues which we need to address with the Central Bank of Ireland, but both are committed to working with the Government and industry to provide the flexibility that people need right now.

AIB and Bank of Ireland have also waived contactless fees for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis.

Covid-19: Chamber Urges Online Shoppers to Look Local First

 

Many businesses have been forced to close their physical doors this week due Covid-19. To help them recover quickly, Dublin Chamber is calling on consumers to 'look local first' when shopping online over the coming days and weeks. So whether it’s a €20 voucher for your local café or €200 for a hotel in another part of the country, your support can help keep businesses going and protect jobs both in the short and long term. Full details here.


Member Offer: 50% Discount on Dublin Tech Summit Tickets

 

To celebrate our partnership with Dublin Tech Summit, now taking place in the RDS from 9th-10th September, we are offering members a 50% discount on their ticket purchase. Simply enter the following discount code when booking: DUBLINCHAMBER. Offer ends Tuesday 8th September. Book your place here.


Share Your Company News in Next Week's Newsletter

 

 

Next week's issue of Dublin Chamber Weekly will focus on the latest news and updates from around the Chamber network. has your company got news or a deal that you'd like to share with your fellow members? Please send details to emma@dublinchamber.ie. We'll also look to share your news via our dedicated member news Twitter account and in our next issue of Business Ireland magazine (which will be published next month).


Survey Reveals Attitudes Towards Sustainable Clothing

 

The results are in! A new EU survey conducted by Eurobarometer examined the attitude of EU citizens towards the environment. Covering the impacts and actions of the clothing industry, the survey revealed that  9 out of 10 Irish people agree that clothing should be made to last longer. Eight in 10 respondents said they think clothing should be made from materials that can be recycled. Click below to find out more.


The results are in! A new EU survey conducted by Eurobarometer examined the attitude of EU citizens towards the environment. Covering the impacts and actions of the clothing industry, the survey revealed that  9 out of 10 Irish people agree that clothing should be made to last longer. Eight in 10 respondents said they think clothing should be made from materials that can be recycled.

 

A large majority of people believe think that second-hand clothing should be promoted more.

 

The survey also shows that a very large majority (96%) of Irish people think that clothing brands should be required to ensure good working conditions both inside and outside the EU.

 

In contrast, almost half (46%) of Irish people agree, or tend to agree, that clothes should be made at the lowest possible price regardless of the impact on the environment or the working conditions in which they were made. See the full survey results here, with infographic here.

More News
Chamber Events Programme Paused
 

In light of the advice issued by the Government in relation to COVID-19, we have taken the decision postpone all Chamber events due to take place over the coming period. We still hope to recommence our regular events programme in early May. Stay tuned to upcoming newsletters and the Chamber website for further updates.


Chamber Consular Dept Remains Open
We can still process your documents
 

Our Export and Consular Services department remains open for business and is accepting documents for certification and/or legalisation. Our EssCert platform for electronically stamping certificates of origin and other export or commercial documents can help minimise contact and encourage social distancing while still having your documents processed in a time effective and efficient manner. For further information please contact richard@dublinchamber.ie


Greece Elects First Female President
International News
 

History was made in Greece last week as the Hellenic Republic of Greece swore in their first female president, Katerina Sakellaropoulou. After being elected to the role of president on 22nd January, Sakellaropoulou will hold the Greek head of state for a five year term. In one of the broadest cross-party majorities in Greek history - 261 MPs voted in her favour in the 300 seat parliament. 


Support Daffodil Day Online
Member News
 

The Irish Cancer Society has cancelled their annual daffodil day celebrations, which were due to take place on March 27th. Do you normally buy a daffodil? Why not do your bit to help by making an online donation.