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Dundalk Welcomes All Stars launch the 2013 Santa Run World Record Attempt!

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Market Square, Dundalk entered the Christmas mood on the 11th September when Louth’s most famous sporting heroes Rob and David Kearney, along with a host of local sporting stars launched the Dundalk Christmas Charity Fun Run which takes place on Friday the 29th November at 6.30pm.
Dundalk Chambers organising committee hope to break the Guinness World Record for the most Santa’s running a mile.

The square was decorated beautifully and with Christmas music in the background and refreshments in Panama Coffee attendees really got in to the Christmas spirit.
Speaking at the launch Rob Kearney said he was delighted to take part in this historic event and be part of a fantastic initiative to support local charities and have great fun at the same time.

The target is to get 4,000 adults and children dressed as Santa’s and take part in the Santa Fun Run on Friday 29th November 2013 at 6.30pm. This run will be part of the opening event of the Dundalk’s 2013 Festival of Light and Culture. The run route, measuring 1 mile in distance, will be published shortly.

This event will help a number of local charities namely SOSAD, Louth Men’s Shed, North Louth Hospice, SNAP and Lordship Children’s Respite Centre.  In addition to these main charities other local groups, clubs and organisations will also benefit from this historical run.

Entry fee is €10 per person or €25 for a family of 4 with suits provided free for the run.
If you, your family or your local club would like to be part of this great event  and be a record breaker call Tracey in Dundalk Chamber on Tel: 042 9336343 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or log on to www.dundalk.ie/santa to register. 
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Dundalk Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala Dinner

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The Dundalk Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala Dinner will take place on Saturday 19th October 2013 in the Tain Suite of the Fairways Hotel. Last year’s event was a sell out and we received rave reviews from those who attended the occasion.

We have already received bookings from companies who would like to attend this year’s Gala Night. The cost of the night will be €50 per person plus vat and includes a champagne reception, five course meal with wine, and dancing until late with the impressive band “Sugartown Rd.”.

We will also have a competition for the “Best Dressed Lady” on the night sponsored by Mizu and also plenty of fantastic prizes to be given away during the evening.

Local dignitaries, business leaders and fellow members of the Chamber will attend what promises to be one of the highlights of the social calendar in Dundalk. Last year’s event attracted over 500 guests to this glittering, black tie occasion. Tickets for this event are limited so booking extra places early is recommended and can be reserved by calling Brenda on Tel: 042 9336343 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to book same.


Dundalk Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic

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Yet another successful year for the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic sponsored by Servisource & myhomecare.ie

A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all at the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic which is one of the longest established and popular golf classics in the North East region. This very prestigious annual event, sponsored by Servisource & myhomecare.ie was held on Friday 30th August at the Dundalk Golf Club, Blackrock. Year on year the success of this event has drawn many teams back to enjoy the warm atmosphere and hospitality experienced on the day.
The Dundalk Golf course as usual was in magnificent condition and is unquestionably one of Ireland’s premium parkland layouts. The traditional delicious bar-b-que was enjoyed by team members at the 9th hole was sponsored by Tony Kieran Ltd and also offered an opportunity to meet other team players for a chat before completing the course.  An evening of entertainment followed with dinner, prize presentation and a raffle in the Club House.
It was a fantastic competition and the results were as follows: 1st prize was won by McCaughey Developments, 2nd prize Dundalk Credit , 3rd prize Gerry O Keefe, 4th prize Eastern Electric and 5th prize Mac’s Interiors, congratulations to all teams.
The fantastic raffle which followed included a variety of prizes including a gift voucher for the Crown Plaza Hotel and was won by Stephen Lynch, 2 tickets to Billy Joe concert in the O2 were won by Kevin Butler and the DKNY Handbag donated by Miro Shoes was won by Clive Kelleher.
Servisource and myhomecare.ie would like to thank the organising committee at the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, The Dundalk Golf Club and to all those who helped to make this golf classic a tremendous success.


The STEM Project

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Offering local businesses the opportunity to boost profits and save money!

Is your business struggling with rising energy, waste and water costs? Would you like some assistance to identify up to £2,850 in savings across these bills? Does your business need an Environmental Management System (i.e. ISO 14001 or BS 8555)? Then the STEM Project can help YOU!

Through a combination of onsite visits, mentoring and workshops, the STEM Project aims to help local businesses identify cost savings in some of the biggest overheads impacting on their bottom line - energy, waste and water. Businesses will also have the option to receive expert assistance and guidance to help them implement an environmental accreditation such as ISO 14001 or BS 8555.

Why sign up?

When you sign up to STEM you will receive support that will help your business save money, boost profits and win new business. The package of support includes:

  • Support to help identify savings in your energy, waste and water and be able to manage and control these.
  • Access up to 5 days site specific support.
  • Gain a certified Environmental Management System (EMS) ie. BS 8555 or ISO 14001 (optional)
  • Receive up to £500/€600* financial support towards the first year EMS audit costs
  • Be part of one of Ireland’s  largest networking forums
  • Avail of the networking opportunities to learn/share best practice, knowledge, skills and resources.
  • Access to opportunities for collaborative working either through joint tendering or purchasing of resources etc.
  • Access new markets and new business opportunities through our range of high quality networks
  • Access an online environmental forum via stemproject.com
  • Free attendance at STEM Project training seminars (such as internal audit training  – with many more to be planned)
  • Receive free exhibition spaces at any of our events.
  • Provide confidential guidance on environmental legislation and draft up a register specific to your business.

Visit the website to find out more

Programme Costs

The cost to participate on the programme is £200 per annum. Members will receive up to 5 days site specific support to help them identify cost savings, a grant towards the audit costs for their EMS, free access to all networking events, conferences and exhibitions. It will also include training and access to an online web forum.

Who can sign up?

Your businesses needs to be:

  • Located in one of our eligible areas:- Ards Borough Council, Armagh City & District Council, Banbridge District Council, Craigavon Borough Council, Down District Council, Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council, Louth County Council, Meath County Council, Monaghan County Council, Newry & Mourne District Council, North Down Borough Council.
  • Be a small to medium sized business (SME) with less than 250 employees and less than €50m turnover per annum
  • Be in receipt of less than €200,000 De Minimis aid in the last 3 financial years.

How to sign up?

Places to participate on the STEM Project in your area are limited and companies are urged to register quickly to avoid disappointment. To secure a place on the STEM Project, companies need to be a small to medium sized business (less than 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than €50m), located in one of our eligible areas and have an annual combined usage on energy, waste and water of £15,000.

Sign up today by logging onto http://www.stemproject.com/application-form/ or alternatively contact Anne or Barbara on the STEM Project to arrange a no obligation meeting, contact telephone number is 028 37 515810.

The STEM Project (Sustainable Together through Environmental Management) is part financed by the European s INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.


Small firms of Ireland can apply for Elevate funding

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Small firms in Ireland can apply for Elevate funding worth €5k to plot marketing plans, says Arun Kapil, founder and managing director of Green Saffron.

Keith Arkins

Inter-government cross-border agency InterTradeIreland has launched the next phase of its sales development programme, Elevate, which aims to help small businesses in the manufacturing or tradeable services space develop cross-border sales opportunities on the island of Ireland. Elevate will provide access to an approved marketing expert, with this advice deemed to be worth up to €5,000.

Fifty companies were supported through the initial Elevate phase, according to InterTradeIreland. A recent evaluation of these small businesses over a six-month period showed it provided them with a total net benefit of more than €550,000.

InterTradeIreland anticipates that these companies will now go on to further develop their export capability over the next few years.

With small and micro businesses having been hardest hit by the recession, the agency foresees that the cross-border market will provide small businesses with their first natural export prospect.

The Elevate initiative, which is fully funded by InterTradeIreland, will provide access to and assistance from an approved marketing expert up to the value of €5,000 for small businesses that qualify for the funding.

Such a marketing expert will then work with each company on a one-to-one basis to develop a sales plan tailored to their sector.

Past participant

One such company is Midleton, Cork-based family business Green Saffron, which specialises in farm-fresh whole spices and blends for use in the home and in professional kitchens.

Arun Kapil, founder and managing director of Green Saffron, took part in the InterTradeIreland Elevate programme.

He said that while he was working as a chef at Ballymaloe House in Cork, he started and grew the business organically in Ireland, attending farmers markets and selling to food specialists, with news of the company's offering spreading by word of mouth.

"But we soon felt that we were ready to expand our products into new markets and the Northern Irish market was ideal due to the ease of access and geographical closeness," said Kapil.

The Elevate programme helped Green Saffron to increase its turnover by 5pc last year, according to Kapil. He said that the start-up is now  in the process of securing contracts with two UK companies as a direct result of working with a Northern Ireland company.

Ireland’s micro-business sector

Thomas Hunter McGowan, chief executive of InterTradeIreland, said that because 96pc of businesses on the island are micro-enterprises, they need such support to sustain and grow.

"We developed this programme directly as a response to feedback from these small businesses," he said.

According to McGowan, the cross-border market is an often an underused but "logical" first step to wider export markets, giving experience of varied legislation and working with a different currency and more accessible for Irish firms.

"Once mastered this makes looking at European markets a more realistic prospect."

To be eligible, companies must be a manufacturing or tradeable service company with an annual turnover below €1.2m (stg £1m). They must also be trading for at least 18 months in their home market

Sole traders and partnerships that satisfy the eligibility criteria will also be able to apply, InterTradeIreland confirmed today.

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