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What's in this week's issue of Dublin Chamber Weekly?

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Welcome to this week's issue of Dublin Chamber Weekly. This issue contains updates from across the range of the Chamber's activities.

It includes an update on the July Stimulus Package, a link to the Chamber's new paper on Local Property Tax, and an invitation to help us shape the Government's policy on Remote Working.

The issue also contains details about our upcoming Leaders Series Webinar, and much more.


Don't forget, if your company has news items it would like to see included in Dublin Chamber Weekly (or in our other publications) then please send them to us.


We hope you enjoy this week's issue.

July Stimulus Package – What do you think?



As businesses digest the contents of the July Stimulus Package announced last week, Dublin Chamber is assessing its likely impact. We are also considering what further measures are needed to support businesses and reboot the economy in the run up to Budget 2021. You can help by telling us your opinion.


Please take just 2 minutes to complete our survey by clicking here. Your response to the survey will help Dublin Chamber as we continue lobbying Government on your behalf over the coming weeks and months.


We encourage you to check out Revenue’s helpful information leaflet which you can read here, summarising the tax measures introduced in the stimulus package. It outlines the rules that will apply going forward under a number of schemes and offers clarity on several points including the following:

  • No new applications for the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) will be accepted from 31 July 2020.
  • To qualify for the Employment Wage Support Scheme (which will replace the TWSS from September 2020), the employer must be able to demonstrate that they reasonably anticipate a minimum of 30% reduction in turnover or customer orders in July to December 2020 compared with the same period in 2019.
  • Both schemes will run in parallel from 1 July until the TWSS concludes at the end of August. This will provide additional flexibility to employers with new hires and seasonal workers who were not previously eligible for TWSS and who may now qualify for EWSS. However, where an employee is already within TWSS, he or she must remain in that scheme until the end of August.
  • The key condition of eligibility for warehousing of certain PAYE and VAT debts is that a business continues to keep its tax returns up to date. Under this arrangement, liabilities accrued during Covid-19 restrictions will be ‘parked’ on an interest-free basis for 12 months

If you have any further feedback on the Government measures, insight on challenges and developments in your sector, or ideas for Budget 2021, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team by emailing policy@dublinchamber.ie. We are always keen to hear from you.

Virtual Mission to Scotland With Edinburgh Chamber

Dublin Chamber’s International team is collaborating with the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce to organise a virtual mission to Scotland. Participants in the inward trade mission will have the opportunity to gain experience of the Scottish market, including one-to-one meetings (B2B) and a market awareness briefing session. The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce aims to secure a minimum of one meeting per company attending.


This half day mission will take place in November (date TBC). Any companies interested in participating should please email: maria@dublinchamber.ie

Chamber Cautions City Council Against LPT Cut

Dublin Chamber has cautioned Dublin City Council against cutting Local Property Tax (LPT) by 15% again in 2021, warning that it could potentially lead to an increase in commercial rates when the final budget is agreed later this year.


Councillors have the power to vary LPT by up to plus or minus 15%, and Councillors in the City have chosen to reduce it by the full permissible 15% every year. The Chamber has consistently argued that this can result in businesses picking up the tab later in the year, and that a more holistic and joined-up approach to budgeting is needed. The commercial rates waiver remains in place for almost all businesses until the end of September 2020, but the possibility of a rates increase next year cannot be ruled out, especially if the full LPT cut goes ahead.


In a submission to Dublin City Council this week, the Chamber argued for a more modest reduction in LPT in 2021. Commercial rates are too often treated as a balancing item in

Local Authority budgets. With many businesses still reeling from the impact of Covid-19, and many more uncertain of their future, Councillors must not repeat this short-sighted approach.


Dublin Chamber members throughout the Dublin region are encouraged to contact their local Councillor and make the case for budgetary foresight to avoid an increase in commercial rates at this difficult time for businesses.


Upcoming Leaders Series Webinar

Ken Bowles, CFO of Smurfit Kappa will be the guest speaker at our Leaders series: Leading the change webinar event on Thursday 10th September.


Ken will share an overview of his career journey, personal leadership style and the leadership challenges he faces in an ever-transforming industry. 


Leaders is a series of four exclusive events for senior decision makers from Dublin Chamber’s corporate membership. To register for this webinar click here. 

Remote Work Policy for the Long Term?

In our member surveys over the past couple of months your feedback has told us that remote and flexible working is here to stay.


Following a lobbying campaign from the Chamber seeking clarification on key points relating to Health & Safety and employer liability, the Government is now holding an official consultation on Remote Working. You can find details of this consultation here.


We are now busy putting together the Dublin Chamber response to this consultation. If you have any comments or feedback on the subject, please get in touch with sinead@dublinchamber.ie.


You can find out more on how to successfully implement smarter, flexible working with the Dublin Chamber Smarter Working Guide here.

Free Access To Digital Marketing Courses. Sign Up Now!


Our new partnership with the Digital Marketing Institute provides all members with free access to DMI's suite of courses and resources for a period of three months. 


We want to ensure that you and your team have the skills and capabilities to recover from the Covid-19 crisis. We know from listening to your feedback that the area of digital marketing is one in which many companies need to upskill. Sign up now!


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Chamber Consular Dept Open
We can still process your documents

Our Export and Consular Services department remains open for business and is accepting documents for certification and/or legalisation. Our EssCert platform for electronically stamping certificates of origin and other export or commercial documents can help minimise contact and encourage social distancing while still having your documents processed in a time effective and efficient manner. For further information please contact richard@dublinchamber.ie

Generation Entrepreneur 2020

Griffith College and The Entrepreneurs Academy held a business orientated summer camp for second-level students who took virtual workshops on developing leadership as well as entrepreneurial, creative and innovative skills as well as enjoying talks from Griffith alumni. Read more here. 

Arkphire Leadership Appointments

Irish owned IT solutions and managed services company, Arkphire has announced the appointment of both Edel Creely and Brid Graham to head up the Group’s newly created Arkphire Services and Arkphire IT Procurement Divisions respectively. Read more here.  

Join Mellon Educate Fitzblitz

Volunteers are being asked to put their runners on to walk, run or wheel 100 km within the month of August. This week saw the launch of Mellon Educate FitBlitz – a fundraiser to enable the ongoing educational programmes within South Africa during Covid 19. Register here. 

Climate Action & Covid-19

CEO of Vivid Edge, Tracy O' Rourke has reflected on 5 things that the Coronavirus has taught us about climate action. Read what she has to say here.