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Welcome to this week's jam-packed issue of Dublin Chamber Weekly. In this issue, as always on the last Thursday of each month, we round-up all the latest news from around the Dublin business community. If you want your fellow members to know what you're firm has to offer, or to showcase your latest company news, then be sure to get in touch with us and we'll do our best to feature in an upcoming issue.


This week you'll find news from the likes of PayPal, EY, Grant Thornton, Print Depot, Health & Wellness International, The Marker Hotel, and many many others.


There's also details to the 6 webinars we have coming up for you over the coming weeks, plus a link to Monday's fantastic Wellness Webinar with the captivating Brent Pope.


Enjoy this week's issue!

Gov't Clarification: Service Providers Eligible for Restart Grant

Good news for service providers: following a clarification request from Dublin Chamber, the Government has confirmed to us that businesses which pay commercial rates and meet the other eligibility criteria will qualify for the Restart Grant, regardless of whether they are a service provider or an office-based company. Read on for more details on how to apply.

The Restart Grant for small and medium-sized commercially rated businesses is still open for applications. Eligible businesses will receive a grant of between €2,000 and €10,000 through the scheme.


Yesterday, Dublin Chamber received confirmation from the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation that businesses which pay commercial rates and meet the other eligibility criteria will qualify for the Restart Grant, regardless of whether they are service providers or office-based companies. DBEI Assistant Secretary Declan Hughes clarified that the business categories outlined in the application form in accordance with the different reopening phases are for purely administrative purposes and do not restrict the eligibility of applicants. Eligible businesses, including service providers and office-based firms, should apply through their Local Authority.

This followed member feedback that the Restart Grant application form was causing confusion or putting applicants off, as the business categories it outlines do not cover all sectors.

The Restart Grant is available to businesses with a turnover of less than €5 million and employing 50 people or less, which were closed or have been impacted by at least a 25% reduction in turnover out to 30 June 2020. Businesses that are part of a chain managed by a single entity and non-commercial entities like charity shops or community sports facilities are not eligible.


Further information is available here and here. You can apply through Dublin City Council here.

Upcoming Webinars: 6 Unmissable Events Coming Up

We have a number of great events coming up over the next few weeks including:


The return of our Small Business Network tomorrow with Eddie Lynch, Mindworks Coaching Training and Facilitation; Monday Wellness with amateur boxer Kenny Egan; the continuation of our Sustainability Academy workshops; a special session focused on the information and advice you need on Returning to Work with DLA Piper; the latest Sustainable Dublin 2050 event which will provide a Showcase of Green Business and the return of our Leaders Series, in partnership with Smurfit Kappa, where special guest this month will be Smurfit Kappa CEO Ken Bowles. For more details and booking links please click below.


Fri 26th June     ¦Small Business Network with Eddie Lynch, Mindworks Coaching Training and Facilitation

Mon 29th June  ¦ Monday Wellness with Kenny Egan

Wed 1st July      ¦ Sustainability Academy Workshop – Carbon Footprinting

Thurs 2nd July  ¦ Returning to Work with DLA Piper (Please keep an eye on our website for registration details)

Tues 7th July     ¦ Sustainable Dublin 2050 – A Showcase of Green Business

Fri 10th July      ¦ Leaders Series - Leading the Change with Ken Bowles, Smurfit Kappa


For more details of all our upcoming events click here...


PayPal Study Points to Cashless Future

New research from PayPal, conducted by Ipsos and involving 2,000 consumers in Ireland, reveals that cashless will be crucial as Irish consumers look to support local businesses following the Covid-19 lockdown.  More than 1.9 million people do not want to use cash going forward, according to the company's research. Annette Hickey, Vice-President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Customer Services, PayPal, said; "there is a silver lining in that communities are coming together in Ireland and supporting each other". 

Cashless is crucial as Irish consumers look to support local businesses


-        81% believe supporting local economy is key to emerging from crisis

-        65% of Irish shoppers said cashless is important for them

-        Some 1.9 million people do not want to use cash going forward

-        More than two thirds of consumers are open to trying new contactless methods in stores


New research from PayPal, conducted by Ipsos and involving 2,000 consumers in Ireland, reveals that cashless will be crucial as Irish consumers look to support local businesses following the Covid-19 lockdown.


The survey revealed that 81% of Irish consumers believe supporting the local economy is key to emerging from the current crisis[1] and 66% of Irish consumers plan to buy more local or regional products in the future.


However, while the trend looks set to be shopping locally and in-person for the foreseeable future, with over half (57%) of respondents preferring face-to-face services, cash appears to have fallen out of favour for the majority of people.


A cashless approach is important for almost two thirds (65%) of Irish shoppers. In fact, 39% do not want to use cash going forward – that translates to more than 1.9 million people[2].


Some 67% of shoppers revealed they are open to trying new contactless methods in shops, with 61% preferring to avoid touching a card reader pad when making purchases.


The influence of community spirit on purchasing behaviours

Despite the increasing popularity of online international shopping in Ireland in recent years[3], the study showed that people have chosen to support local shops and smaller businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Smaller businesses and stores were found to be the most popular option for consumers throughout the lockdown, with almost two thirds (62%) choosing them in order to support their local and the national economy. Other popular reasons cited for doing so were that consumers had made purchases in these shops previously (38%) and it was faster to get the product (29%).


Three quarters (75%) of people are more conscious of the importance of community and working together, with older respondents (81%) more mindful of this than younger ones (69%)[4].


Clearly, the importance of community has been heightened recently and is having an impact on behaviours with almost one in six people in Ireland doing grocery shopping for relatives or neighbours during the Covid-19 crisis. Furthermore, one in 20 people have taken to making or selling products, such as face masks, due to the emergence of Covid-19.


Annette Hickey, Vice-President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Customer Services, PayPal, said: “The Covid-19 lockdown impacted everyone and many uncertainties still remain, but there is a silver lining in that communities are coming together in Ireland and supporting each other – not just people helping others but also spending with local businesses and retailers.


“This will continue to be vital as we move forward and take steps towards economic recovery, but change is needed. As our research shows, consumers want to invest in the regions where they live but there is a demand for new ways of shopping and paying, as can be seen with the large proportion of people who don’t want to use cash or touch a card reader.


“With more than 1.35 million customers in Ireland, we know how important it is for people to be able to manage, move and spend their money how they want and via the methods they choose. So, as well as implementing measures to help facilitate socially distanced shopping, businesses need to enable people to purchase goods in different ways in-store or, alternatively, buy online.


“In doing so, together we can overcome the obstacles posed by the pandemic and create a brighter future, a safer experience and a stronger Ireland.”




HSE's Paul Reid Up First on EY's New CEO Podcast Series

A new podcast series has been launched by EY. The new CEO Outlook podcast, hosted by the journalist and broadcaster Richard Curran, will feature inspirational conversations as their CEOs share their insights into leadership, delivering results and the secrets of their success. In the first episode, Paul Reid, CEO of the HSE, talks to Richard about the personal and professional challenges of steering Ireland’s health service through the Covid-19 crisis. Episodes of the CEO Outlook will be released fortnightly. Listen here.

Grant Thornton 5K Challenge Goes Virtual

Grant Thornton has launched a virtual 5K challenge race series with races set to take place virtually around Ireland for the first time ever. The race series encourages social running amongst Ireland’s business community and welcomes runners of all abilities. New features being introduced this year include the use of a live leader board and a new online registration system, and this year teams and individuals are invited to enter. For more details click here.

Bonnington Dublin Receives 4-Star Rating

There was good news for The Bonnington Dublin recently when it received a 4 star rating. Re-opening on the 29th of June, the hotel said that attaining the rating had been down to lots of hard work by their staff and the refurbishment of their rooms, dining areas and conference spaces. For more information click here.

Catch Up On Monday's Wellness Webinar With Brent Pope?

On Monday morning we were joined by ex-New Zealand rugby player, broadcaster, author, CEO of Pope Shirts and mental health advocate, Brent Pope. Brent discussed his rugby career and how he has been able to successfully overcome mental health issues. Watch it back here. 

Carton House Open for Golf Bookings Once More

Fantastic news for golfers as Carton House gets ready to reopen on Monday 29th June. Great deals available on both the Montgomerie and O'Meara courses. Book now.

Highline Launches '6-12 Months' Sanitisation Solution

The Government's return to work protocol states that contact surfaces must be visibly clean at all times. Highline Office Technology is offering a first line of defence that keep your surfaces completely cleaned and sanitised, lasting between six months and one year. For more information click here.

Peter Brennan Publishes 'Thrilling' First Novel

Peter Brennan of Bid Services, - the 2010 President of Dublin Chamber - has published a climate change thriller as his first novel. Set atop the Greenland Ice Sheet, on the volcanic island of La Palma and off the Irish Continental Shelf, three storylines describe the conditions that create Iceapelago - an ice covered Ireland with tundra winter conditions. For more details click here.



Stay Safe With Print Depot's Back to Work Welcome Pack

Print Depot's back to work welcome packs are ideal for staff returning back to work in the new normal featuring all your hygiene needs to stay during this time. Look at the brochure here.

The Marker Hotel Reopening on 8th July

The Marker Hotel has announced that it will reopen on Wednesday July 8th, with health and safety a top priority. The rooftop lounge will also open for residents and non-residents, following all government protocols, offering summer cocktails and taste plates. The hotel's spa will also be opening and they have two amazing package deals available for Chamber members. To find out more click here. 

HW&I Says Health Monitoring Key to Staving Off Viruses

A good immune system and close monitoring of your health status is vital for protection against pathogens and future viruses. That's the message from Chamber member Health and Wellness International who want you to know that they are here to help you and your employees get on top of your health over the coming period. Read more them in their blog here.

Global AVX Gets Off to a Flying Start

Global AVX, having only launched this year, is celebrating a number of significant milestones. The firm has announced that has 40 planes listed, with many brokers set to add new listings over the next couple of weeks. Global AVX is the only online bidding platform for buying and selling aircraft. Find out more here.

Salesforce's CRM Solution Aims to Help Firms Reopen

Looking for software that will help your firm reopen over the coming weeks? Look no further than Salesforce's CRM platform Work.com which aims to provide you with essential solutions designed to help businesses reopen the workplace as quickly as possible, while helping to keep employees, customers, partners, and communities safe and informed during the Covid-19 crisis and beyond. Learn more here.