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


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


We hope you enjoy it and please let us know if you would like some of your own company's news featured in Dublin Chamber Weekly.

Recovery Series with Enterprise Europe Network


The Enterprise Europe Network at Dublin Chamber is pleased to present the Recovery Series. The Recovery Series is aimed at SMEs who are looking to recover, build and expand their companies post Covid-19 and Brexit. The series will look at a range of topics pertinent to SMEs' recovery and resilience.


The Series will cover: 

Dublin Chamber Launches Digital Academy


Together, the Enterprise Europe Network, Dublin Chamber and the Digital Marketing Institute are proud to introduce the brand-new Dublin Chamber Digital Academy to guide and support businesses on their journey to enhanced digital performance.


The Dublin Chamber Digital Academy will be launching in September and is an innovative, unique service offering which will provide your business with the practical help, knowledge and expertise it needs to ready itself for an agile digital economy where tech skills and credentials are key. 


Join us at our special lunchtime webinar where Dublin Chamber’s Head of Public Affairs Fergus Sharpe and Eoghan BrennanEnterprise Learning & Transformation Manager of the DMI will discuss the current digital skills gap and why it’s a critical time for the Irish business community to evolve to adapt in a rapidly changing world. They will then explain what the Academy is about, why it’s important to Dublin Chamber and why your business should participate.


We will also be answering any questions you may have about the Academy. 

 The Dublin Chamber Digital Academy


Valued at €395 per program, Dublin Chamber in partnership with the Digital Marketing Institute and the Enterprise Europe Network will provide access to these Learning Pathways for only €250 each

  • Digital Marketing Essentials
  • Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Email Marketing
  • Content Marketing
  • Data & Web Analytic's
  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • User Experience
  • Customer Experience


Alongside your certification program, you’ll become a DMI Member.


Join the world’s largest community of digital marketing and sales professionals who trust DMI to progress their careers, unlocking networking opportunities and a wealth of job ready resources including:

  • Short Courses, Toolkits, Templates and Expert Walkthroughs
  • Library of Articles, Blogs and eBooks
  • Exclusive Interviews and Case Studies
  • Regular Podcast & Webinar Schedule
  • Skills Testing
  • Community Forum & much more.

Now is the time to learn, build and deliver world-class digital marketing growth strategies through a deeper digital knowledge and skill set.

Have your say: SME Survey on Late Payments

Late payments are an issue for many SMEs and promoting a responsible payment culture in the EU is a key element of the European Commission’s policies for improving the business environment.


Therefore the Commission is launching an SME panel consultation which will provide support for a Study on building a responsible payment culture in the EU: Improving the effectiveness of the Late Payment Directive (2011/7/EU)’. This study launched by the European Commission – DG GROW, is intended to identify measures to prevent late payments and to mitigate their effects.


To participate click here. Please note, for question 1, enter this 7-digit ID: IE00235 

International Certificate of Origin Accreditation Chain


We are pleased to be able to advise that Ireland has joined the International Certificate of Origin Accreditation Chain which is a global standard that seeks to recognise best practice in chamber operations

While Dublin Chamber has had all staff involved in the issuing of certificates of origin trained and certified to International Chambers of Commerce (ICC) standards since those standards were first introduced in 2015, this extra assurance for our customers and their international trade partners is a welcome recognition of Ireland’s commitment to global standards on the international stage.


Since Monday, 26th July 2021 the following stamp appears on all certificates of origin – both those stamped through EssCert and manually.


This instantly recognisable international quality label reinforces the integrity and credibility of chambers as trusted competent third parties in the issuance of certificates of origin, bringing reassurance to traders, banks and customs administrations that their certificates of origin are issued according to internationally accepted best practice.

Each issuing chamber has been assigned a unique accreditation number which will be part of their stamp and is verifiable through the ICC website.

The accreditation stamp will be issued in addition to the usual Chamber of Commerce stamp.

If you have any questions in relation to this new stamp or its application please do not hesitate to contact us here.

EU Approves €9.5M Irish Scheme to Support Not-for-Profits post Covid-19


The European Commission has approved a €9.5 million Irish scheme to support not-for-profit regional, county and local entities affected by the Corona virus outbreak and the restrictive measures that the Irish government had to implement to limit the spread of the virus. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework.


Under the scheme, which goes under the name ‘Regional Enterprise Transition Scheme', the aid will take the form of direct grants of minimum €50,000 and up to maximum €1.8 million per beneficiary.

The aid will be granted to not-for-profit regional, county and local entities for projects, to be selected through a competitive procedure, which will contribute to the viability and competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises.

The Commission found that the Irish scheme is in line with the conditions set out in the Temporary Framework. In particular, the aid
(i) will not exceed the limits per beneficiary set by the Temporary Framework; and
(ii) will be granted no later than 31 December 2021.

The Commission concluded that the measure is necessary, appropriate and proportionate to remedy a serious disturbance in the economy of a Member State, in line with Article 107(3)(b) TFEU and the conditions set out in the Temporary Framework. On this basis, the Commission approved the measure under EU State aid rules. More information on the Temporary Framework and other actions taken by the Commission to address the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic can be found here.

The non-confidential version of the decision will be made available under the case number SA.63264 in the State aid register on the Commission's competition website once any confidentiality issues have been resolved. 

Logistics in Hong Kong


The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) have recently published research on Logistics Industry in Hong Kong. The research assess the region's dynamic logistics industry while providing an overview and the advantages of Hong Kong for success in the region.


Hong Kong's regional placement and its logistics industry hold great potential for the growth of Irish and European companies, who are looking for a footstep into the greater Asian region. 


Full research here. 

Covid-19: Guidance on Getting Back to Work


EU-OSHA has published two new guides explaining the challenges that returning workers face after suffering Covid-19, whether affected by acute illness or longer-term symptoms, also known as long Covid. They provide simple solutions for both managers and workers on how to manage getting back to work. Tailored to either workers or managers, each guide offers easy-to-follow advice on keeping in touch during sickness leave, the back-to-work interview, measures such as temporary adjustments to working hours or duties, and where to get help.


COVID-19 and long COVID return-to-work guide for recovering workers

COVID-19 and long COVID return-to-work guide for managers

COVID-19 resources for the workplace




We've got a whole host of great events coming up over the coming weeks including training workshops, online networking, and policy briefings. Simply click on the links below to find out more about each event and to book your place.


25th August: Digital Academy Open Day. Book here.


1st September: Sustainable Dublin 2050 ¦ Circular Economy. Book here.


3rd September: Chamber Connect. Book here.


6th September: Monday Wellness with Jack Kavanagh. Book here. 


15th September: Networking Masterclass with Kingsley Aikins. Book here. 


22nd September: Sustainability Academy : Sustainability 101. Book here.


14th October: Leaders Series ¦ How to Lead in a Post-Strategy World. Book here.


For a full listing of all our upcoming events please head over to our website here.


*Some of our events are only open to specific member categories.


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