Feature Article
Welcome to the First Issue of Dublin Chamber Weekly

 

Dear ,

 

It's a new year and we're delighted to introduce a new look to our member newsletter!

 

The switch to a weekly frequency is based on feedback from you regarding a desire for more timely and streamlined member communications. Dublin Chamber Weekly will land in your inbox at 4pm each Thursday and will include all the latest news about upcoming Chamber events, our lobbying activities, member news and relevant updates about what's happening in Dublin.

 

In this events-focused issue you will find: details of the main events coming up in the Chamber over the coming weeks, including a breakfast briefing with Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin. You'll also find the latest news about our not-to-be-missed AGM Dinner next month, plus details of the 18 candidates running in the upcoming Chamber Council elections, and much, much more.

 

I hope you enjoy our first issue. As always, we welcome your feedback on our new format.

 

I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.

 

Kind Regards

 

Mary Rose Burke

CEO | Dublin Chamber


AGM Dinner Tickets On Sale Now - 13th February

 

Tickets are selling fast for our 2020 AGM Dinner on Thursday 13th February. Kindly sponsored by EY, our AGM Dinner is one of the biggest business dinners in Ireland, attracting the country's most prominent leaders from the worlds of business and politics. This year's dinner will celebrate the election of AIB's Catherine Moroney as Dublin Chamber President, while David Dempsey, Country Manager for Salesforce Ireland, will provide a keynote speech. Don't miss out on this fantastic networking and socialising opportunity for you, your colleagues and clients. Book your tickets here


David Dempsey: the man driving Salesforce's phenomenal Irish success...

 

It’s been quite a 20 years for Salesforce in Ireland. The past two decades have seen the company transformed from a small operation occupying the top floor of a burnt out building in Enniskerry into one of Ireland's most dynamic and fastest growing firms.

 

There’s no sign of a let up either with the firm this week reporting a 93% increase in turnover to almost €2 billion and an 88% jump in pre-tax profits rose to €30m. Salesforce is one of the biggest job creators in Dublin currently too, with plans to double its workforce over the coming 5 years to 3,000 and to open a new landmark campus in the city’s Docklands.

 

How is the company doing it? We’re looking forward to find out next month when David Dempsey, one of the original founders of Salesforce in Europe and the firm’s current Country Manager in Ireland, delivers a keynote at our AGM Dinner in The Convention Centre Dublin on Thursday 13th February.

 

Looking for an inspiring way to kick off 2020 for you and your colleagues and clients? This is one event you won’t want to miss. Full details here.

 

#ConnectingDublin

General Election 2020: Micheál Martin to Speak on 23rd January

 

As the business community prepares for a General Election, Dublin Chamber is delighted to announce Fianna Fáil's Micheál Martin TD as the first speaker in our 2020 Political Leaders Series. Taking place on Thursday 23rd January, this breakfast event will give members an opportunity hear about Fianna Fail’s vision for Dublin and their plans for the Irish economy should they form a government. There will also be an opportunity to ask him directly about the issues facing you and your business. Book your place here


Keeping Ireland Competitive, w/ Frances Ruane - 15th January

 

Join us on Wednesday 15th January where we will be joined by Frances Ruane, Chair of the National Competitiveness Council ( NCC), and Ciara Morley, Manager with EY-DKM Economic Advisory Services. Our two speakers will discuss what they see as the main competitive challenges facing the Irish economy. * Please note: there are less than 10 places remaining for this event - please book early to avoid disappointment *


New for 2020: Chamber Launches the Small Business Network

 

Friday 24th January will see the exciting launch event of the Chamber’s new Small Business Network (formerly the Business Owners’ Network). This is a series of facilitated monthly interactive sessions for business owners and senior managers from within the Chamber’s SME membership. These events provide a perfect opportunity for you to meet new contacts, discuss issues facing your business and to generate new business leads.


More News
5 Other Great Events Coming Up
 

Here are details of 5 other great Chamber events coming up over the course of January and February that you and your colleagues won't want to miss.


Momentum
When: Tuesday 28th January | 8am-9.30am
Where: Dogpatch Labs , The Chq Building, Dublin 1 D01 Y6H7

What's it all about? 
Shane Ryan, founder of healthy food company Fiid will be among the speakers at our first Momentum event of 2020. Shane and the other fantastic panelists (we'll be confirming more names very soon) will outline to the audience how they've been able to overcome the challenges of growing and scaling a business. The aim of the popular Momentum series, run in partnership with Ulster Bank, is to give members an opportunity to hear from of Ireland's most innovative and exciting startups and entrepreneurs. 

 

Credit Management: Effective Strategies to Maximise Results
When: Wednesday 29th January | 8am-9.30am
Where: Mason Hayes & Curran, Barrow Street, Dublin 4 D04 TR29

What's it all about? 
Good credit controllers will become great credit controllers when equipped with the necessary skills to gain excellent results fast. Discover a whole new perspective on the role and function of credit management at our breakfast briefing with Naomi English, Senior Associate, Debt Recovery, Mason Hayes & Curran and Keith Rooney, Barrister at Law. Jason Harte, Partner and Head of Debt Recovery, Mason Hayes & Curran will MC this event. This event is open to all membership categories.

 

Doing Business in the USA
When: Tuesday 4th February |  8.30am-12 noon
Where: Dublin Chamber, 7 Clare Street, Dublin 2 D02 F9O2

What's it all about? 
The Enterprise Europe Network at Dublin Chamber, in association the Avitus Group, will host a morning briefing on Doing business in the USA, followed by a B2B matchmaking session with select representatives from the region from 11.00. This event is a must for anyone interested in doing business in the US and how doing business in the US can create a wide range of new opportunities for your business. 

 

Sustainable Dublin 2050
When: Thursday 6th February | 7.45am-9.30am
Where: Dublin Chamber, 7 Clare Street, Dublin 2 D02 F9O2

What's it all about?
Dublin Chamber invites you to our next event of the Sustainable Dublin 2050 Series. Speakers to be confirmed. Please keep an eye on our website for updates.

 

Tech Talks, with John Collins, Intercom
When: Wednesday 12th February | 8am-9.30am
Where: Dublin Chamber, 7 Clare Street, Dublin 2 D02 F9O2

What's it all about?
John Collins, Director of Content at Intercom, will join the Chamber's Graeme McQueen for an engaging chat regarding Intercom's content strategy. The fireside chat style interview will see John talk through how he has used content to help turn Intercom into a a global giant with more than 30,000+ paying customers. This event is open to corporate and business category members only.

 

Full details of all events coming up in the Chamber can be found on our website.

 

18 Election Candidates Revealed
Who will you vote for in upcoming election?
 

Who will you vote for in the upcoming Chamber Policy Council election? With 10 spots available, we’re delighted to reveal the 18 candidates who have put themselves forward for election.


Who will you vote for in the upcoming Chamber Policy Council election? With 10 spots available, we’re delighted to reveal the 18 candidates who have put themselves forward for election. Voting in the elections will open on Monday the 3rd February 2020 for one week. The elected individuals will serve a three year term and play a key role in influencing and approving the Chamber’s lobbying agenda. You can view all 18 election candidates here in addition to voting information.

 

Candidates 2020 (in alphabetical order by surname): 

 

Áine Collins - EFM Ireland

John Cunningham - Morgan McKinley Group

Mark Dunleavy - Amazon Web Services

Denise Fitzgerald - Temple Street Foundation & CMRF Crumlin

Prof. David FitzPatrick - Technology University Dublin

Declan Gray – Evolve

Paul Hallam – PM Group

David Kenny – Huawei

Philip Konopik – Visa Inc

Muirne Laffan – LaffanLABs

Geraldine Magnier – Idiro Analytics

Oonagh McCutcheon – IE Domain Registry

Natalie McGuinness – Mason Hayes & Curran

Fiona O’Brien – Lenovo Ireland

Gary O’Callaghan – Siemens Ltd

Joe Scallan – Boots Ireland

Michael Shelley – Grant Thornton

Mark Teevan – Toyota Ireland

Tourist Levy for Dublin?
 

Dublin City Council is calling for a new Transient Visitor Tax to be introduced in Dublin. Other European cities such as Rome, Paris, Berlin, and Barcelona have put in place such a levy, often known as a ‘Tourist Tax’ or ‘Hotel Bed Levy’. Does your business have a view on the idea? We want to hear from you.


Dublin City Council is calling for a new Transient Visitor Tax to be introduced in Dublin. Other European cities such as Rome, Paris, Berlin, and Barcelona have put in place a such a levy, often known as a ‘Tourist Tax’ or ‘Hotel Bed Levy’. Now Edinburgh is pursuing a similar idea. Such levies usually comprise a small fee of €1-2 charged per night of accommodation and are used to fund tourist amenities and mitigate the impact of large visitor numbers on city infrastructure.

 

Dublin City Council likes the idea. Does your business have a view? Dublin Chamber would particularly welcome views and insights from members in the tourism and hospitality sector. Get in touch at policy@dublinchamber.ie.

KPMG to Add 800 New Jobs in 2020
 

Positive jobs news for member company KPMG this week, with the firm announcing plans to create 800 new jobs this year.


Positive start to new decade as KPMG announces plans to recruit 800 in 2020.

 

Strong demand for services creating opportunities in Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway. Increased client needs in all areas including access to technology and digital related expertise amongst drivers of headcount growth.

 

  • 400 new positions in Ireland’s largest professional services firm to be filled by experienced professionals with a wide range of skills
  • A further 400 graduate opportunities available across all disciplines including audit & assurance, tax consulting, deal advisory and consulting. Cybersecurity, digital and data analytics amongst the technology related skills required of KPMG by Irish business as well as expertise in sustainability and decarbonisation
  • Additional opportunities in traditional parts of the business including Tax Consulting, Corporate Finance, Transaction Services, Regulatory Advisory, Consulting, Restructuring and Forensics.

 

Seamus Hand, Managing Partner, KPMG in Ireland said; “The challenges of rapid technological change and greater regulation are among the key drivers for success in Irish business and are reflected in the increased demand for our services and the roles we’re looking to fill.”

 

Seamus Hand continued; “Increased focus on technology including areas such as cybersecurity, digital, and data analytics, is resulting in strong growth in these services, as well as continued demand for our expertise in the audit, tax and advisory areas.”

 

Commenting on the impact of climate change on Irish business and the services they require, Seamus Hand said; “As a result of the increased focus on climate change, we’re investing to build on our existing expertise and capabilities to help our clients assess and implement their own sustainability and decarbonisation strategies. This is good news for those seeking work in KPMG as we expand the range of career opportunities available to both graduates and experienced professionals.”

 

Reflecting the ever-broadening range of services provided by the firm, Seamus Hand said; “With a team of over 3,400, KPMG has more a more diverse range of skills and experience across our teams than ever before - driven by the scale of growth and pace of change across many sectors of the Irish economy.”

 

KPMG is Ireland’s single largest professional services firm and has experienced sustained revenue and employment growth for several consecutive years. Revenues for 2018 were €414m, and headcount has increased by 70% from 2,000 in 2014 to over 3,400 at the start of 2020.  Commenting on KPMG’s plans to hire 400 graduates, Seamus Hand said; “Talented and ambitious graduates have more choice than ever before. We’re basing our appeal to graduates on the opportunity to work with a diverse range of clients, across a wide spectrum of disciplines spanning technology and digital transformation, international tax and deal advisory to name just some of the opportunities.”  

 

 

About KPMG

KPMG in Ireland provides audit, tax, deal advisory and consulting services from offices in Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway. The firm works with dynamic and entrepreneurial clients in all sectors of Irish business, helping ambitious companies and individuals deliver on business objectives and achieve growth. KPMG is Ireland’s single largest professional services firm and has experienced sustained revenue and employment growth for several consecutive years. Revenues for 2018 were €414m, and headcount has increased by 70% from 2,000 in 2014 to over 3,400 at the start of 2020.

 

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