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


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

Webinar: Boost Your Business in the EU


Dublin Chamber's International team is please to invite you to the webinar, Boost your business in the EU: internationalisation and capacity building for SMEs on Wednesday 10th March from 8:15- 9:15am. Hear how MobiliseSME aims to help develop skills of staff by supporting short term international secondments. This programme supports people already in employment and wishing to experience international mobility in another company for a limited period of time while maintaining the contractual link with their employer. Register here or email Maria to learn more here. 

Main features of the MobiliseSME programme: 

  • The scheme involves the exchange of staff from an SME in one EU country to another SME in a different EU Country
  • The programme allows the use of the scheme to boost collaboration already taking place. 
  • There are no deadlines to participate. The MobiliseSME programme works on an on-going basis. 
  • MobiliseSME programme consists of a temporary exchange with a minimum of 1 month to a maximum of 6 month period
  • Staff remain employed by the Sending Company during the period of the secondment. The Sending Employer still pays his/her salary and the expenses incurred. 
Brexit Survey ¦ Share Your Opinion


It is seven weeks since the end of the Brexit transition period on the 1st January 2021. Dublin Chamber's International team are conducting a survey on the current impacts of Brexit so far. This anonymous survey should take no more than a maximum of 3 minutes to complete. Take the survey here. 


An Audience With Commissioner Mairead McGuinness



Dublin Chamber is proud to welcome the recently appointed European Commissioner Mairead McGuinness as the next guest in our political webinar series on Tuesday 2nd of March at 1pm. This briefing, kindly sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland, will be of value to all members of the business community with an interest in financial, political, and European affairs.  Commissioner McGuinness will address Chamber members about her key policy priorities and the challenges she faces in her portfolio at present. Her presentation will be followed by an opportunity for audience Q&A. Register here. 


Webinar: How to Attract Smart & Agile SMEs?



The European Commission in cooperation with the Enterprise Europe Network Ireland is hosting an innovative procurement webinar on "How to attract smart and agile SMEs?" on Wednesday 10th March from 9am-11am. This webinar will explore how to reach innovative companies and how to create a relationship of trust with them as well as how to take advantage of business opportunities in the public sector. Register 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! 


19th Feb: Monthly Speed Networking. Book here

23rd Feb: An Audience with Minister Sean Fleming. Book here. 

24th Feb: Momentum Series 2021. Book here.

1st Mar: Monday Wellness with Brian Pennie. Book here. 

3rd Mar:Sustainability Academy, Carbon Footprinting. Book here.

4th Mar: AGM 2021. Book here. 

8th Mar: International Women's Day. Book here. 

10th Mar: Sustainability Academy, The Circular Economy. Book here. 

16th Mar: St Patrick's Day Celebration and Online Networking. Book here. 

25th Mar:  Bid Services Tender Training. 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.


Virtual Florida International Trade Expo ¦16th-18th March


The U.S. Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, in conjunction with Enterprise Florida (EFI), the official economic and trade development authority for the State of Florida, invites you to take advantage of an excellent opportunity to attend the 2021 Florida International Trade Expo taking place virtually 16th-18th March, 2021. Admission is free - interested companies can register here.

This virtual trade show will feature up to 180 Florida manufacturers, distributors and professional services companies and provide wholesale traders and buying agents with the opportunity to source products and services from leading Florida companies. 


Exhibitors will showcase products and services from the aviation and aerospace, life sciences, clean technology, defense, information technology, medical equipment, marine products, consumer goods, food, health and beauty, personal care, manufacturing, industrial equipment and professional services industries.


International attendees will be able to video chat and text with exhibitors and arrange one-on-one meetings during the Expo.   


Vacancy Alert ¦ Marketing And Communications Manager


We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Marketing and Communications Manager.


The key role will be to further Dublin Chamber’s objectives by implementing its marketing and communications activities, including content development to maximise our presence in the marketplace and communicating with members, stakeholders, and the business community. 


A minimum of five years’ experience in a B2B marketing and communications role is essential.


Competitive salary and a friendly team are just some of the perks.


Read the full job spec here.  Please submit a CV and cover letter by Thursday 26th February to Sandra Farrell.


Tackling MSDs In The Workplace Has A Return On Investment



Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most prevalent work-related health issue and among the top cause of sick leave in the EU. As a result, they can be costly to employers in terms of healthcare, compensation, absenteeism, and productivity loss. However the conditions are preventable and manageable. By taking steps to tackle their development, companies can reduce costs and see a return on investment.

The prevalence of MSDs


Not only do roughly 3 in every 5 workers in the EU report MSD complaints, but around 60% of all workers with a work-related health problem identify an MSD as the most serious issue.


Considering the aging workforce across the EU, combined with new and emerging risk factors such as the prolonged periods of sitting associated with office and remote work, the issue is likely to continue to be prevalent in the coming years. Given how frequently MSDs occur in workers, the conditions could incur high costs to businesses. In addition to a legal responsibility, protecting workers’ health and quality of life is good for business.


The cost to businesses


There are a broad range of costs – both direct and indirect – associated with the development of work-related MSDs. Direct costs include employers paying for healthcare, medicines and workers’ compensation, should a member of the workforce develop a musculoskeletal condition.


Furthermore, there are indirect costs to the business connected to MSDs. Workers with MSDs tend to be absent from work on a more regular basis, so the conditions are likely to cause disruption and delays to business processes and a loss of productivity within teams. In addition, if workers are absent for a period of time to recover, or if they take forced or early retirement, then there will be an extra cost in hiring replacement staff. Overall, without proper prevention and management, MSDs can have serious economic consequences for a business.



Preventive measures as an investment


Musculoskeletal disorders are preventable, so by taking early action to counter their development, businesses can eliminate or reduce many of these costs.


To prevent the development of MSDs, companies must carry out a risk assessment to understand the scale of the problem. They can then implement a number of preventive measures, for example ensuring that workers are rotating tasks to avoid repetitive movements, encouraging workers to take regular breaks to avoid uncomfortable positions or periods of prolonged sitting, providing ergonomic equipment or providing equipment to help with lifting or moving.


These measures should be complemented by a workplace policy of early intervention, with employers taking direct action as soon as an MSD complaint is reported. Left unmanaged, the complaint is likely to worsen for the employee and increase the economic impact on the business.


For maximum benefit, businesses should also focus on the rehabilitation of employees that have suffered from an MSD. By carefully managing the return to work for employees who have been absent, businesses can ensure that the worker recovers steadily and that team productivity is not negatively affected any further.


Tackling the development of MSDs in the workplace can have a positive economic impact on businesses, in addition to improving the safety and health of workers. This is demonstrated by the fact that workers in countries and sectors where more preventive measures are in place are less likely to report MSD complaints.


For more statistical information on MSDs, visit the facts and figures priority area, which will be the focus of the Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load campaign between January and March. Don’t forget to follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for further updates. 

Online Events ¦ Catch Up Here

This morning we were joined by Dublin City Planner John O'Hara who discussed Dublin City Council’s plans for the city. He also briefed Chamber members on the upcoming Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2028, plans for Living Above The Shop measures, housing and the urban realm, and what all this means for the future residential capacity in the city. Watch it backhere.


On Tuesday 16th February the Latin America IP SME Helpdesk together with the Dublin Chamber hosted a webinar called Intellectual Property In Latin America: How To Exploit Your Creations. If you want to learn more about the advantages and possibilities derived from a right management of your IP Rights and how profitable they can be watch it back here.

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