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Oh, what a night! A big thanks to the 500+ guests who attended our hugely successful AGM Dinner last evening. Prior to the dinner, at our Annual General Meeting, we were delighted to have Catherine Moroney officially appointed as President of the Chamber for 2020. 

 

If you missed any of the action, don't fret! In this week's issue we bring you up to speed on all of the main highlights from the evening - including links to the speeches, a showcase of the best pictures, plus a short 'best bits' video. 

 

This week's issue also includes details of the 10 members who were elected last week to the Chamber's policy council. You'll also find updates on the some of the policy work we're currently working on, plus all the usual member news and details of upcoming Chamber events that you won't want to miss. 

 

Enjoy the issue, which is kindly sponsored by PwC.


Watch: The Main Video Highlights From AGM Dinner 2020

Dublin Chamber 2020 AGM Dinner Highlights

In this video we re-cap all the best bits from the night in 158 seconds, including attendee interviews and snippets of all 4 speeches. Click the play button to start the video.


Snapped! The Best Pictures From the Night ... & Speech Links

 

Want to re-live the night? Our roving photographer Conor McCabe was on-hand to capture all the best bits from the event. You can view them all by clicking on the images above. Why not share them on social media? Tag us on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #AGMDinner20

 

You can read Catherine Moroney's inaugural speech as Chamber President here, including details of her aspirations for the year ahead.

 

We'd like to thank EY for their sponsorship of the event. Also, a special thanks to Olytico for their help with our Twitter Wall in the room, and to Another Avenue for capturing so much great video.


Feedback Wanted: Did You Enjoy the AGM Dinner?

 

We'd love to get your feedback on how you enjoyed Thursday night's dinner. We've put together a very short survey (it'll take less than 90 seconds to complete) which we'd be delighted if you can fill out. 

  • If you attended AGM Dinner 2020, you can leave your feedback here.
  • Or, if you opted to miss this year's dinner, we'd welcome you to tell us why here

** Please note: responses to both surveys are anonymous and will be used to allow us to better plan for future Chamber dinners.


Chamber Announces Launch of New 'Sustainability Academy'

 

Dublin Chamber is pleased to announce the creation of a new ‘Sustainability Academy’ to help members become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. Plans for the Academy were unveiled by Catherine Moroney at the AGM Dinner. Further detail on the initiative is available on our website. We'll be rolling out further information - including details on how you and your company can get involved - over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!


Revealed: The Chamber's 2020 Policy Council Lineup

 

The results are in! Many thanks to everyone who voted in our recent Policy Council Election and congratulations to those who were elected. The elected members were confirmed at yesterday's AGM. You can view the new Council listing for 2020 here


Chamber to Hold Political Leaders to Election Commitments

 

With all the votes counted in General Election 2020, Ireland’s political landscape appears dramatically transformed. But the same economic and social challenges remain. A new Government, whatever its party composition, will have to address the urgent need for modern city infrastructure, affordable and well-planned housing, and a strong competitive edge in an increasingly volatile global economy. Dublin Chamber's position remains clear: the next Government must focus on the critical priorities facing business, Dublin, and Irish society at large. We will continue to take this message to our elected officials over the coming weeks and months. Read our views in full by clicking below. 


With all the votes counted in General Election 2020, Ireland’s political landscape appears dramatically transformed. But the same economic and social challenges remain. A new Government, whatever its party composition, will have to address the urgent need for modern city infrastructure, affordable and well-planned housing, and a strong competitive edge in an increasingly volatile global economy. These are critical priorities for business, for Dublin, and for Irish society at large.

 

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin are now the largest parties in Dáil Éireann, with just one seat between them, while Fine Gael has been relegated to third place. As negotiations to form a Government get under way, Dublin Chamber will be reminding all parties of the commitments they made to us during the election campaign and over the past year.

 

Addressing Dublin Chamber members three weeks ago, Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin to a 25% Capital Gains Tax rate and adopted Chamber policy on Entrepreneur Relief. His party manifesto also promised to make progress on the DART Underground project in the lifetime of the next Government, a long-time ask of the Chamber. The Green Party has made a similar commitment.

 

Speaking at a Dublin Chamber event last year, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald committed to maintaining the 12.5% corporation tax rate which is critical to Ireland’s foreign direct investment strategy, and assured Chamber members that Sinn Féin would be heedful of business concerns.

Ireland’s small open economy model is the foundation of current and future prosperity. Employment has risen by over 400,000 since the low point of the crash, and that recovery was driven by the private sector. Private enterprise generates the wealth needed to pay for badly needed public infrastructure and better public services. Ireland’s ability to plan ahead and provide for our growing population is entirely underpinned by our business-friendly environment.

 

As parties work to agree a Programme for Government, the business community must use its voice. Dublin Chamber’s General Election Manifesto called for a ‘Decade of Delivery’ to secure a sustainable future for Dublin, and we will continue to promote this agenda.

 

Please do your own part by contacting your newly elected TDs and voicing support for the Chamber agenda.

Invite: Talking Enterprise with DBEI's Declan Hughes

 

Join us on Friday 28th February to hear from one of Ireland’s leading policy-makers, responsible for enterprise and indigenous business. Declan Hughes is Assistant Secretary General at the Department of Business Enterprise & Innovation with responsibility for supporting Irish owned businesses. At this exclusive breakfast briefing you will get the opportunity to network and learn about Ireland’s policy on supports for SMEs and encouraging indigenous business growth. Book your place here.


Join us on Friday 28th February to hear from one of Ireland’s leading policy-makers, responsible for enterprise and indigenous business.

 

Declan Hughes is Assistant Secretary General at the Department of Business Enterprise & Innovation with responsibility for supporting Irish owned businesses. His remit includes strategic and budgetary oversight of Enterprise Ireland, including the Local Enterprise Offices, as well as the National Standards Authority for Ireland. His other responsibilities include working closely with the Department of Finance and the SBCI to ensure that SMEs have access to appropriate finance, including through Microfinance Ireland and the Credit Guarantee Scheme. He also co-ordinates policy for the Digital Single Market and Digital Economy Transformation.

 

Declan Hughes will discuss Ireland’s policy on supports for SMEs and encouraging indigenous business growth. His presentation will be followed by audience Q&A. Breakfast will be provided from 8am. Book your place here.

 

Date: Friday 28th February 2020

Time: 8.30am-9.30am (breakfast reception from 8am)

Venue: Dublin Chamber

Guest Speaker: Declan Hughes, Assistant Secretary General, Dept. Business Enterprise & Innovation

Is Your Business Experiencing a Skills Gap?

 

Is your business experiencing a skills gap in any areas? Dublin Chamber will be feeding into a new consultation into how the Irish Higher Education and Further Education & Training systems could be adapted to improve the match between students’ skills and qualifications, and the requirements of Irish employers. We'd welcome your feedback on what our submission should include. Click the link below for more details.


Indecon, the international independent economic consultant group, is researching a policy proposal on how to adapt the Irish Higher Education and Further Education & Training systems to improve the match between students’ skills and qualifications, and the labour market’s requirements. Dublin Chamber will be providing feedback from the business community.

 

If you would like to provide some insight on where your business is experiencing skills gaps or mismatches, and on how the Higher Education and Further Education & Training systems can provide a solution, please contact sinead@dublinchamber.ie with your input by close of business on Wednesday 19th February.

Save the Date: Dublin Economics Workshop - 11th/12th Sept

 

The 43rd Dublin Economics Workshop policy conference will take place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September 2020 in Clayton Whites Hotel, County Wexford. Dublin Chamber is delighted to once again support the hugely influential conference. Details of speakers will be announced soon. 



More News
Upcoming Events in the Chamber
 

Here are details of 7 great Chamber events coming up over the course of February & March that you and your colleagues won't want to miss - including details of who will speak at our next 'Competitive Edge' and 'Tech Talks' events.


Competitive Edge: How to Use Video to Engage your Audience 

When: Wednesday 19th February ¦ 8am - 9:30am 

Where: Dublin Chamber, 7 Clare Street, Dublin 2 D02 F9O2

What's it all about? 

The clever use of of film and Tv - built around the phenomenally successful TV show Game of Throngs has been utilised by Tourism Ireland to boost the number of tourists visiting Northern Ireland. What's been the secret to their success ? At our Competitive Edge event, Tourism Ireland's Head of Content and Marketing Communications Brian Twomey will reveal all. 

 

Small Business Network

When: Friday 21st February ¦ 8am - 9:30am 

Where: Bank of Ireland, Esat Building, 1 Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2 D02 FF61

What's it all about? 

Are you a small business owner or manager seeking help in running and growing your company? The next meeting of the Chamber's Small Business Network has been confirmed for the morning of Friday 21st of February. This month's event will take place in Bank of Ireland on Grand Canal Quay. The event will focus on "small firms and their relationship with finance", and will include a presentation from Ciarán Creagh, Senior Business Advisor with Bank of Ireland.

 

Supercharge Your Employees Through Gamification 

When: Friday 6th March ¦ 8am - 9:30am

Where: Dublin Chamber, 7 Clare Street, Dublin 2 D02 F9O2

What's it all about?

Join us on Friday 6th March for a business breakfast with Wren Data. On the morning you will hear about using the Gamification platform to create better customer experiences. Speaker Sales Director Amir Yampel of Centrical & Niall Sunderland of Wren Data will take you through how to use goal-setting, self-reflection and feedback to drive the sales behaviours you need. 

 

Leaders (* Open to Corporate members only)

When: Thursday 12th March ¦ 8am - 9:30am

Where: Dublin Chamber, 7 Clare Street, Dublin 2 D02 F9O2

What's it all about? 

Leaders offers senior decision makers from Dublin Chamber's corporate membership an opportunity to hear from a high profile speaker. Our guest on the morning will offer an overview of their career and an insight into their key business insights and leadership style.

 

Momentum

When: Tuesday 24th March ¦ 8am - 9:30am 

Where: Dogpatch Labs, The Chq Building, Dublin 1 D01 Y6H7

Whats it all about?  

Fantastic panelists will outline to the audience how they've been able to overcome the challenges of growing and scaling a business. The aim of the popular Momentum series, run in partnership with Ulster Bank, is to give members an opportunity to hear from some of Ireland's most innovative and exciting startups and entrepreneurs. 

 

Maximise your Membership 

When: Wednesday 25th March ¦ 12:45pm - 2pm 

Where: Dublin Chamber, 7 Clare Street, Dublin 2 D02 F9O2

What's it all about?

Unsure about how to use your membership to the fullest? Are you a new member of the Dublin Chamber or a current member who doesn't quite know how to fully engage with your membership? If so, we want you to attend our 'How to Maximise your Membership' workshop to learn how! 

 

Tech Talks with Mark Greville, Workhuman (* Open to Corporate & Business members only)

When: Tuesday 21st April ¦ 8am - 9:30am 

Where: Dublin Chamber, 7 Clare Street, Dublin 2 D02 F9O2

What's it all about?

Mark Greville, Vice President of Architecture, Workhuman will join us for an insightful discussion with Dublin Chamber's Graeme McQueen. Mark will speak about his role in Workhuman, the world's fastest growing Social Recognition and continuous performance management platform as well as his 20 years experience working in various technology roles. 

 

Full details of all events coming up in the Chamber can be found on our website.

 

We Want Your Views!
Have Your Say: The Future of DĂșn Laoghaire-Rathdown
 

Dublin may be governed by four different local authorities, but it lives and works as one city. That’s why Dublin Chamber is taking a close interest in the new Development Plan by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for 2022-2028. The new plan will shape the future growth of the area and will have implications for residential capacity in Dublin for years to come. Find out how you can be involved in shaping the plan here.


Dublin may be governed by four different local authorities, but it lives and works as one city. That’s why Dublin Chamber is taking a close interest in the new Development Plan by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for 2022-2028. The new plan will shape the future growth of the area and will have implications for residential capacity in Dublin for years to come.

 

We are calling on all Dublin Chamber members in or near Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to tell us your priorities in relation to:

  • Transport
  • Area Regeneration
  • City Resilience
  • Compact Growth

To inform Dublin Chamber’s submission on the new plan, please email marian@dublinchamber.ie by close of business on Monday 24th February. For more information on the county development plan you can check out the consultation document here.

An Post Deliveries Now Carbon Free
Member News
 

 An Post have become the first postal service in the world to eliminate carbon emissions in a capital city. This means that every An Post letter and parcel delivered within the city centre is emission free, benefiting the health and air quality of over 500,000 people.

 

 


 

Dublin becomes first Capital City globally with zero emissions postal delivery

 

  • An Post the first postal service to eliminate carbon emissions in a Capital city
  • And the first to introduce electric trucks into a commercial fleet in Ireland
  • An Post proposes a 100% Green Delivery Zone in Dublin
  • All cities in Ireland will have zero emissions postal delivery by end of 2020

 

 An Post is the first postal service provider in the world to attain zero carbon emission delivery status in a capital city. With the addition of Ireland’s first ever 7.5 tonne Electric Trucks - Fuso eCanters – to its existing electric fleet, every An Post letter and parcel delivery in Dublin City Centre is:

 

  • emission free 
  • carried by 47 zero emission vehicles, avoiding 450 tonnes of CO2,
  • benefitting the health and air quality of 512,000 people living and working in the city each day. 

 

Zero carbon emission delivery will be rolled out to Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford by the end of 2020 benefiting the lives of another 700,000 people. The Company has already invested €7.5 million in its Electric Fleet of 212 Electric Vehicles and this number will exceed 900 within two years.  All An Post’s electricity comes only from renewable resources. 

 

An Post’s CEO David McRedmond is now calling on organisations to follow suit to deliver a 100% Green Delivery Zone in Dublin: “We’ve proven that zero carbon emission delivery in a capital city is achievable. If An Post can do this, delivering to more than 70,000 premises daily in this area, there is no reason why other companies can’t. Let’s aim for a 100% Green Delivery Zone in Dublin.

 

Kate Ruddock, Deputy Director, Friends of the Earth said, “We commend An Post for leading the way to become the first postal service in the world to attain zero carbon emission delivery status in a capital city.  We also commend An Post for rolling-out their green delivery zone to other major cities and towns across Ireland whilst calling on other organisations to do the same benefitting the health and air quality of the country.”

 

Aligned with Project Ireland 2040’s vision of a low carbon economy, An Post has committed to eliminating 50% of carbon from all postal and delivery operations in Ireland by 2025, having brought forward the commitment from 2030 thus saving 20,000 tonnes of Carbon, and 100% by 2040. To achieve An Post’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions and for cleaner air quality in Irish cities, An Post will only acquire electric vehicles over the next two years. 

 

David McRedmond, CEO, An Post concluded: “The Government has set out a climate action plan and we all need to respond: we’ve accelerated our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint by 50% from 2030 to 2025.”

 

“We’re going through a massive transformation from the old world of letters to the new world of ecommerce parcels, rebuilding our infrastructure for a profitable, sustainable business. We need to increase our fleet to deal with the volumes of parcels but we know we have to do this responsibly which is why we are committed to being the leader in electric vehicles.  Over the next five years we will also substantially rebuild our estate of sorting offices and mail centres, and we will ensure the highest AAA standard to vastly reduce emissions.”

 

About An Post

  • An Post has the largest fleet in Ireland currently measuring 3,400 vehicles.  212 zero emission vehicles are currently on the streets across Ireland.   The urban fleet will comprise 900+ zero emission vehicles by 2022. 

 

An Post has an established commitment to sustainability and has been working on sustainability initiatives since 2009.  Since then, An Post has focused on reducing property energy consumption by 23% and An Post’s carbon foot print by 35%.  An Post is installing Solar Energy in larger offices (30) and has achieved 100% renewable energy usage in its buildings; ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard accreditation and IPC EMMS Gold certification.

 

An Post has been recognised as one of Ireland’s 12 inaugural Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Champions by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD. The programme raises awareness of SDGs and demonstrates through the work of the Champions how everyone in society can take action and make a difference to our planet.

 

In addition to the expansion of its zero-emissions fleet and better buildings plans, An Post is also involved in numerous programmes involving native species forestry, solar energy production, the replacement of air-conditioning gases with environmentally friendly alternatives, and support for international initiatives to improve the lives and security of women in developing countries.

 

 

NCI Team Up With Bohemian FC
Member News
 

National College of Ireland have teamed up with League of Ireland football club Bohemian FC to co-fund scholarships for players at the college. Under the partnership, there will be two dedicated scholarships available each year.


Looking to Export?
Member Discounts Available
 

Did you know? As a member of the Chamber, you can avail of special discounts on our export and consular services. The team, based here at 7 Clare Street, are experts when it comes to helping companies ship goods abroad. They can also help firms looking to register products in export markets or seeking to visit export customers. Learn more about the services and member discounts here. Or, contact richard@dublinchamber.ie for more details.