Feature Article
Khan, Anne & O'Callaghan: Highlights from #ChamberLunch18


More than 550 people gathered for the Chamber's Christmas Lunch 2018 last week in the Clayton Hotel. Guests were entertained by a keynote speech from Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and a very amusing panel session with Irish rugby stars Jack Conan, Robbie Henshaw & Richie Murphy and expertly MC'd by rugby legend Donncha O'Callaghan. If you want to relive some of the highlights from the day, Mr Khan's speech is available to watch in full on our YouTube channel, while a selection of the best pictures from the day can be viewed on our Flickr account. (Khan and O'Callaghan are pictured with Anne O'Leary from event sponsor Vodafone Ireland, who also spoke at the event)

AGM Dinner Tickets On Sale Now - 7th February

Want to get 2019 off with a networking bang? Then make sure you don't miss out on our AGM Dinner, which will take place on the evening of Thursday 7th February in the Intercontinental Dublin. We are pleased to announce that An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will speak at the event and we'll also be the revealing the name of our keynote guest very soon. The AGM Dinner will mark the inauguration of Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, as the new President of Dublin Chamber. This event will sell out quickly so book now to avoid disappointment.


Contact: carol@dublinchamber.ie for more details or to book your place.

Last Chance: Council Nominations Close @ 5pm Today

Do you care about the future of your City? What ideas do you have to make Dublin a better place in which to do business? Becoming a member of Dublin Chamber’s elected Council would provide you with an opportunity to make a real impact in both these areas. Nominations for the 10 Council openings we have available for 2019 close at 5pm TODAY (Friday 14th December). Read on for more details about what the role involves and how to get nominated.

Deadline : Today (Friday 14th December 2018) at 5pm

Do you care about the future of your City?  What ideas do you have to make Dublin a better place in which to do business?


Being a member of Dublin Chamber’s elected Council would provide you with an opportunity to make a real impact. That’s why I’d like to encourage you to consider running for 1 of the 10 positions we have open in our upcoming Council Elections.


The elected Council plays a key role in influencing and approving the Chamber’s lobbying agenda on behalf of your fellow members. The Council is also responsible for electing the Chamber President. 


The Chamber looks to utilise the knowledge and experience of Council members to bring to life our Vision for Dublin 2050 and to further our ambition for Dublin to be a city renowned for its economic vitality and quality of life.


Through active participation on taskforces and at regular meetings, Council members are able to share their business acumen to inform decision–making on issues such as infrastructure development, business competitiveness and the annual Government budget.


Being elected to Council will provide you with a unique window into the Dublin business environment as you interact closely with fellow business leaders from across all sectors and industries.


Each year, 10 positions on Council are open to Dublin Chamber members only. We would encourage you to consider running for election or to nominate a colleague. To learn more about the function of Council and further details about the Election Process click here.


The deadline for completion of the online Nomination Form is 5pm today (Friday 14th December 2018)

Business Ireland - Q4 Issue - Out Now!

The new Q4 issue of Business Ireland was published earlier this week. As well as featuring an exclusive interview with Google Ireland boss Fionnuala Meehan, the magazine is jam-packed with great features and all the usual updates and news from the Chamber community.


The main reads are available on the Business Ireland microsite, while the full issue can be viewed on our website.


The Chamber's Yearbook & Member Directory will be published in late February. Ad bookings are now being taken with some special discounts available for Chamber members. For more information please contact Emma Gleeson: egleeson@irishtimes.com or Brian Keane: bkeane@irishtimes.com.

More News
Q4 Survey: What Did You Tell Us?

A big thanks to all those who replied to our Q4 Business Trends Survey. Your answers are key to shaping the Chamber's policy agenda and ensuring that our feedback to Government and decision makers is reflective of the issues and challenges currently facing businesses in Dublin. Read on for a snapshot of what you told us in Q4, including the current mood regarding Brexit and feedback on what a hard border would mean for business.

What members said about their Brexit plans…

The Q4 Business Outlook Survey asked members about Brexit, and while nearly three quarters of respondents are Somewhat to Very prepared, it seems that a lack of clarity is a barrier to planning. More than a quarter feel that any plans would need to be rewritten in the changing Brexit environment.


Nevertheless, Brexit is sure to impact on Dublin’s business community. Nearly a third of respondents say that the loss of the current NI border arrangements would negatively impact their business and 9% saying they do most of their business with NI and 21% with Great Britain. 


Hong Kong Trade Mission
13th-18th January

The Chamber's annual trade mission to Hong Kong will take place from 13th-18th January 2019. The mission is organised annually to identify new opportunities for Irish companies in the Asian market. The programme will include networking activities and will be varied to include insights, site visits and activities across a number of sectors including Finance, Fintech, F&B and Smart Technologies. Please contact valentina@dublinchamber.ie for more information

Thanks to Eversheds Sutherland

We would like to express our gratitude to Eversheds Sutherland for their support of our ever-popular Leaders series. Eversheds Sutherland have sponsored the series, for 7 years and in that time dozens of the biggest names in Irish business have shared with members the secrets behind their rise to the top. We look forward to announcing the plans for the 2019 Leaders series in the coming weeks.

Simon Community Cards Appeal

The Simon Community is calling on companies to ditch sending cards and gifts this Christmas and to instead donate to its Simon House of Cards Appeal. There are a number of different packages available. Read on for full details.

The Simon Community are inviting organisations to donate to their 20th Annual House of Cards Appeal in lieu of sending cards or gifts this Christmas.


The names of  all organisation's who support the appeal will be featured in The Irish Times in December and January. 


The money raised will help Simon deliver vital help to those in most need. Companies who support the initiative will get:


Ø  A company logo or listing in The Irish Times.

Ø  A branded Christmas E-card.


You can view the packages here. If your company is interested in supporting the work of the Simon Community by taking a package, get in touch with directly at 01 472 2133  or by email at jenniferkitson@dubsimon.ie.

Great Place to Work Talent Search

Has someone in your organisation got a hidden talent? To raise money for the Make-A-Wish Ireland Foundation, Great Place to Work are running a talent competition. Read on to find out how you can enter and be in with a chance of winning a prize worth €1,000.

Has your organisation got talent? Great Place to Work are offering the opportunities to let those talents shine with its new Talent @ Work competition.


Getting involved is easy: from the 7th January, submit a 60-second video of your best act to www.talentatwork.ie. Each entry costs €50, with all proceeds going directly to the Make-A-Wish Ireland Foundation.


An independent judging panel will select the best 3 entrants and they will perform at the ‘Great Place to Work Awards’ in front of 1,000 people in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road on Wednesday 27th February. A prize package worth €1000 is up for grabs.


Terms &Conditions;

Entries will be accepted from January 7th 2019 following the official launch.

Closing Date for Entries is February 14th 2019

For any questions in the meantime please contact our Talent@Work team at hello@talentatwork.ie

Any organisation with a minimum of 5 employees can enter.



Chamber News Roundup

** Christmas Opening Hours **

The Chamber will be closed for general business from Friday 21st December until Wednesday 2nd January. The consular department will be open (for stamping of documents only) on Thursday 27th December (10am-12 Noon), Friday 28th December (10-12) Monday 31st December (10-12). (Please note: 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 19th may not be processed until after the holidays. Collections from embassies will also be restricted during this time.)


** AGM Notice **

The Chamber's Annual General Meeting will take place in the Intercontinental Hotel on Thursday 7th February from 5pm. We hope to see lots of members there.


** Room Hire **

Looking for room hire in the city centre? We have some great room rates available for members here at 7 Clare St. Take a look at our rooms here and for further information contact  Ruthe@dublinchamber.ie.


** Looking to Export? **

The Chamber's Export & Consular department, based here at 7 Clare Street, are experts when it comes to helping companies ship goods abroad easily, to register products in export markets and to visit export customers. Read on to learn more about the service and the special member discounts available. Contact richard@dublinchamber.ie for more details.

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