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Welcome to this week's issue of Dublin Chamber Weekly. This week's issue has a special focus on the work of the Chamber's Enterprise Europe Network.


Plus, there's details of all our upcoming virtual events and lots of member company news.


We hope you enjoy the issue.

Thank you from the International Team


We here in the international department would like to give a heartfelt thank you for all your support of our services and Dublin Chamber throughout this most challenging year. We would like to wish you and yours a peaceful, safe and Merry Christmas and we hope for a more normal and fruitful New Year. 


Our aim is to deliver the best service which incorporates the views and interest of our members, through different international programmes we assist businesses to internationalise, scale-up and participate in cross-border activities and meetings. If there are any particular business sectors or countries of interest for your business, please do not hesitate to contact us on: international@dublinchamber.ie

REACH Incubator - New Cascade Funding Call

Join the REACH Incubator program and get up to €120K in funding and an opportunity to work with leading corporations and their proprietary data.


REACH is an incubation programme, run by 10 core partners and 9 data providers.


The programme will create a fertile ground for startups and SMEs to solve real-world challenges of large corporations and conduct experimentation of secured and trusted data-fuelled solutions which utilize proprietary, often multi-stakeholder, industrial and personal data. 


REACH is a data-focused incubator that enables startups to work with corporations and their proprietary datasets to set up trusted and secure data value chains.


The REACH Incubator has a €3.5 Million fund to foster the creation of data value chains across Europe and is looking for 30 promising big data startups and SMEs to take part in its first round of incubation. 


Open Call Webinar - 16th January at 12:00


First REACH Incubator Open Call is ready for applications. Apply here



Great Chamber Webinars Coming Up Soon


We have a number of great webinars coming up over the next few weeks. Don't miss out! 

      • 18th December ¦ Virtual Business Network with Kingsley Aikens. Book here. 
      • 1st February ¦ Monday Wellness with Paul McGinley. Book here. 
      • 24th February ¦ Sustainability Academy - Sustainable 101. Book here. 
      • 3rd March ¦ Sustainability Academy - Carbon Footprinting. Book here. 
      • 10th March ¦ Sustainability Academy - The Circular Economy. Book here. 

SOLVIT - Solutions to Problems with Your EU Rights

SOLVIT is an informal problem-solving network created to solve problems that EU citizens or businesses are experiencing with the public administrations of EU Member States. These problems must be associated with a denial of their Internal Market rights due to Internal Market law not being applied correctly. There are SOLVIT Centres in each EU country and in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.


The Irish SOLVIT Centre is a unit within the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. A citizen or business can submit a case to SOLVIT when there seems to be a concrete, real problem for an EEA business. There must be an inter EU country element to the problem and the problem must have been caused by a foreign public administration (national, regional or local) or a private body acting on behalf of a public administration. As SOLVIT represents an informal approach to problem solving, the SOLVIT system would not be used in situations where legal proceedings are under way on the matter.


In recent years SOLVIT Ireland has dealt with several cases involving businesses based in Ireland and elsewhere within the EEA. The Irish SOLVIT Centre is not an information service and does not operate a public office however we have endeavoured to increase our number of business cases by attending events such as the Ploughing Championships and Taking Care of Business.


Further information regarding SOLVIT Ireland can be found here.

Access2Markets Portal Assisting Firms Trading Overseas

DG Trade, the European Commission office with responsibility for trade, has launched the new Access2Markets portal. The portal is an invaluable resources for any business exporting from or importing into the EU. The portal includes product-by-product information for all EU countries and for more than 120 export markets around the world on:

  • Tariffs & taxes
  • Customs procedures
  • Rules of origin
  • Trade barriers
  • Product requirements
  • Statistics

The portal also includes information on Brexit, beginning trade, investment, company success stories and many more topics. Access the portal here.

Please find the Access2Markets training kit to support you in your own training sessions - https://we.tl/t-ZcmO3LaJSG - link valid until 23.12.2020


The training kit includes the following:


  • Hands-on exercises: you’ll find the two hands-on exercises that were done during the workshop as well as some additional exercises. All of these exercises can be used as part of your own training sessions.
  • PowerPoint presentation: the PowerPoint presentation which accompanied the workshop.
  • Presentation video 1: the first presentation which features detailed explanations about My Trade Assistant and the ROSA tool on the portal.
  • Presentation video 2: the second presentation which looks at the goods, services, markets and statistics sections of the portal.
  • Access2Markets leaflet: this leaflet provides a summary of the main features of the Access2Markets portal.
  • Access2Markets buttonswe would be very grateful for your support with placing the buttons on your website, in your organisation’s newsletters, blogs etc. You’ll also find a quick and easy guide in the kit on how to add a link to the Access2Markets portal in a button (PNG, JPEG file format):
MobiliseSME Programme - Helping SMEs to Upskill

Recently Dublin Chamber announced the launch of MobiliseSME, a new EU pilot programme that seeks to strengthen skills within SMEs by supporting short-term cross-border secondments for managers, owners, and staff of SMEs. The secondment is partially subsidised by the European Union. Whether you are a company interested in improving your staff skills or a company interested in hosting a potential partner from another EU country, the program can offer a great added value to your business, among other things, to enhance your competitiveness and to boost your internationalisation. Find out more here. 


· Sending companies Employers with more than three years of professional work experience and staff working at least for one year for the registered SMEs who wish to internationalise their operations, improve their knowledge in a particular market or get access to it by having short-term cross-border secondments in another EU country.


· Hosting companies Owners or co/owners with more than three years of professional activity, who are active and present in the company’s daily business activities, either in an executive or non-executive position, and who are seeking for the chance for an expansion/consolidation in another European market.




The main task of the Partner Organisations of the consortium is to facilitate successful secondments between Host and Sending Companies and to offer matchmaking services.

Partner Organisations have been officially appointed by the EASI Programme to help to establish contacts among EU SMEs in the framework of the MobiliseSME program. Partner Organisations are:

· Dublin Chamber of Commerce – Ireland

· Fundacion Equipo Humano – Spain

· Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium & Luxembourg – Belgium & Luxembourg

· Business Incubator Novi Sad -Serbia

· TERA Tehnopolis Ltd – Croatia

· Taliansko – Slovenská obchodná komora – Slovenia

· BSC, poslovno podporni center, d.o.o., Kranj – Slovenia

· Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce – Belgium

· Wirtschaftskammer Österreich – Austria

· Association of Thessalian Enterprises and Industries – Greece

· Chambre De Commerce Et D’industrie Nouvelle-Aquitaine – France

· Chamber of Economy of Montenegro – Montenegro



For more information contact:

Maria Deady, International Project Manager

Miriam Tuomey, Project Executive


Catch Up on This Week's Virtual Chamber Events

Last Friday we were joined by Brendan O' Brien, Head of Technical Services at Dublin City Council for a briefing on Dublin City Council’s plans for pedestrianisation and traffic changes in the city centre. Brendan gave an update on revised plans for the College Green Plaza and pedestrianisation in the Grafton Street and St. Stephen’s Green area. Watch it backhere


On Tuesday we had our virtual webinar with PwC on Navigating Revenue interventions and disputes for your clients. PwC’s Tax Risk and Controversy team shared their insights on the current environment and how best to navigate this to deliver the best outcomes for your clients. Watch it back here. 


On Monday we had Martin Fraser, the Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach discuss his insights and perspectives on the current issues of relevance to the business community, as well as on the medium-to-long-run challenges that lie ahead. Watch it back here.

Is Your Business Ready for Brexit?

Dublin Chamber is urging Dublin business to prepare for Brexit. There are some critical steps that must be taken to ensure your business can continue to trade after the UK leaves the EU . Read more information here. 

Export Services Christmas Hours
We can still process your documents

Export Services Christmas Opening Hours 


Thursday 24th December: Closed

 Friday 25th December: Closed

 Monday 28th December: Closed

 *Tuesday 29th December: 10.00 – 12.00

 *Wednesday 30th December: 10.00 – 12.00

 *Thursday 31st December: 10.00 – 12.00

 Friday 1st January: Closed

 Monday 4th January – Normal opening hours


*Office open for stamping of documents only.


Due to the holidays there will be a delay in processing of documents.  It is therefore advisable to present urgent documents in good time. Documents for visas and legalisations presented after December 21st may not be processed until after the holidays. Collections from embassies will also be restricted during this time. For further information please contact richard@dublinchamber.ie


Purposeful Leadership Webinar
Member Webinar

Q5's webinar on The Power of Purposeful Leadership will take place next Wednesday 20th of January at 9:15am. Speakers on the morning will share their fascinating stories of Purposeful Leadership and how this can make a fundamental difference to the success of any organisation. This webinar is relevant for anyone leading organisations, developing teams and enabling organisations, or anyone who wants to be inspired. Register here.


Shine Your Light Solstice
Member News

RTÉ in association with the Creative Ireland Programme presents SHINE YOUR LIGHT SOLSTICE; a national moment of togetherness, which culminates this Sunday at 8.30pm with an RTÉ  TV and radio broadcast. On Sunday night, Dublin residents are invited to join the initiative by shining a light in their window, doorstep or community using a candle, lantern, torch, or Christmas lights as we reflect on a difficult year and look ahead to 2021 with renewed hope. Images can be shared via #ShineYourLight on the night. For more information click here. 

Ireland Could Top Economic League
Member News

Investec's December bulletin looks at recent economic data, both in Ireland and globally. It explains how Ireland could top the economic league tables this year and looks at the latest from the ECB and oil markets. Download here. 


SSE Airtricity Gives €200k to Simon
Member News

SSE Airtricity is supporting Simon Communities this Christmas with a donation of over €40,000 on behalf of its employees. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March, SSE Airtricity, Ireland’s largest supplier of 100% green energy, has donated over €200,000 to Simon Communities both in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. You can find out more about SSE Airtricity's partnership with Simon here.