I’ve been the President of the Chamber now for some months, I’m really enjoying the role but it is busy! So I wanted to take this chance to update you on some of the things that have been going on… apologies for not updating you sooner, but as I say, it’s been a busy few months!

We have launched a new newsletter for members. The new glossy publications is designed to let you know exactly what work we are doing on behalf of you, the business community. Click here to read it.

I’ve met the new Limerick ‘super manager’ Conn Murray and am very optimistic about his vision and ability to deliver change for us. Coupled with the news that Tom Enright has now been appointed the Director of Economic Development, I’m feeling confident that reform and revitalisation will occur.

We have a number of committee structures in existence in the Chamber, drawing on the experience and expertise that is on the board as well as our members. We are looking at how we can contribute in a positive way to the on-going process of renewal of the city and reform of local government as well as exploring enterprise and job creation initiatives that we can lead and drive to deliver jobs & growth for the region.

We are hosting an exciting International Trade & Embassy Conference next Thursday (4th) at the Irish Innovation Showcase. This is a unique opportunity for businesses in the region to discover potential new markets, customers and suppliers. We have 17 embassies exhibiting and willing to help your business expand into their country! We are also offering the opportunity for our members to pre-book one-on-one sessions with the representatives on the day (for more info feel free to contact Jorrit Andringa at the Chamber on jandringa@limerickchamber.ie or 061 217601).

Changes at Shannon Airport are on-going. Much work is being done behind the scenes to ensure that we have an airport that delivers route and passenger growth for the region… as soon as I have something concrete to report on this I’ll be back to you. But be assured, we’re working on it.

As always our Skillnet programme is delivering a full schedule of subsidised training for businesses. Other upcoming events include a Top Ten Sales Tips lunchtime workshop next Tuesday.

Finally my Presidents Dinner, which incorporates the Mid West Region Business Awards is fast approaching. The deadline date for application is next week! So quick, get your form into the Chamber. If you’re not in you can’t win!