Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Text - Synopsis
15 November 2018
Following yesterday’s approval of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement by the UK Cabinet as well as it’s subsequent publication, the European Commission’s Article 50 Taskforce, the negotiating team responsible for conducting the Brexit negotiations with the UK, has published a synopsis of the 600-page long Withdrawal Agreement text, summarising the key details of the text.
You can access the synopsis by clicking here.
You can find Chambers Ireland press release on the announcement of yesterday’s approval of the text by clicking here.
You can find the complete version of the Withdrawal Agreement text by clicking here.
If you have any further queries,
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Communications & Public Affairs Executive
As 29 March 2019 approaches, the British Irish Chamber of Commerce recommends that all its members get Brexit ready.
To assist in this, the Chamber has compiled a list of supports and advice available to help businesses plan and prepare for every possible Brexit outcome.
The full list of supports is available on the Chamber's website at the following link here.
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
Executive Assistant, Policy
British Irish Chamber of Commerce
13 Merrion Square North, Dublin D02 HW89
T: +353 1 634 3053
The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) scheme encourages people getting certain social welfare payments to become self-employed. If you take part in the BTWEA scheme you can keep a percentage of your social welfare payment for up to 2 years. BTWEA is a payment made by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) to people aged under 66.
There is also a separate Back to Work Scheme called the Short-Term Enterprise Allowance, which supports people on Jobseeker's Benefit to start their own business
For more information - http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Enterprise-Allowance-Self-Employed.aspx
This year's DLR chamber County business Awards was held in Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney on the 27th September.
Over 270 people joined us for an amazing night, celebrating the many achievements of businesses operating within the county.
Photography by Paul Sherwood
The Awards Video 2018!!
Video was Filmed & Produced by Vivify Multimedia
Congratulations once again to all of our winners, and a big thank you to everyone who attended this year's awards. We are already looking for forward to next years event on the 3rd October 2019. Be sure to keep an eye on our website on social media for more information on how to enter next year's awards.
Sponsors, Award Nominees & Winners
Chambers Ireland have now partnered with Olive Media (GDPRcourse.com) to bring to you an easy and cost-effective solution to your compliance challenge.
The course outlines the steps needed in order to ensure your business is in compliance with the regulations.
Course cost is €35 per person
To begin your GDPR compliance solution please just simply clink on this link which will take you to a registration and payment page.
You will then be sent a link to begin your training.
You can also offer this service to your members and Chambers will receive an 8% commission on every member’s employee that uses the training. Chambers will have their own system to track the usage by members, illustrated in the link above. Please let me know that you will be making this service available to members and we can talk you through the service.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Efforts are currently underway to reach an agreement to ensure the withdrawal of the UK from the EU occurs with minimum disruption and to put in place a framework for a future relationship which will enable the closest possible EU-UK relationship post Brexit.
However, the UK’s notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU has created significant uncertainties. The European Commission has therefore sought to clarify what the situation will be for a number of business sectors in the event that no agreement is reached to mitigate the impacts of the UK’s withdrawal.
Notices have been issued in respect of industrial products, company law, trademarks, auditing and import and export licenses as well as a range of other areas. A list of the notices published to date are available to view on the Commission’s website at the following link: European Commission Brexit Preparedness
The Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation (DBEI) is encouraging firms to review these notices and consider relevant actions that may be required to mitigate any potential negative impacts that may arise for them in terms of Brexit.
If you have any queries regarding these Brexit Preparedness Notices or the industrial sector which your business operates in, with regards to preparing for Brexit, please contact our EU & International Affairs Manager Emma Kerins, via her email address: Emma.Kerins@chambers.ie
Following a meeting between Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot and the Ambassador of Lithuania to Ireland, Egidijus Meilunas, the Ambassador has provided us with a message to share with the network highlighting the opportunities of Lithuania’s different industries as well as the potential of Lithuania’s economy.
Please find below a series of links providing a sector by sector overview of Lithuania’s industries as well as an economic outlook for the country:
Life sciences biotechnology:https://www.flandersinvestmentandtrade.com/export/sites/trade/files/market_studies/Life%20science%20and%20biotech%20industry_Lituania_2016.pdf
Global business services: https://investlithuania.com/key-sectors/gbs/
Economic outlook 2017-2020:
An initiative of the Government of Ireland, and run by Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation in conjunction with the Health and Safety Authority and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Taking Care of Business will bring together more than 25 State bodies, agencies and units for a half-day event aimed at benefitting people considering starting a business as well as SME owners and managers. In the context of Brexit, it is also an opportunity for businesses to seek advice from a range of experts on how to diversify and expand into new markets.
The State offices and agencies represented will provide information across a wide range of areas, including:
Please find attached a document providing further information on the event.
More information on the event will be circulated in the coming months.
If you have any questions about the event, please contact email@example.com
We are delighted to announce that Dublin Gazette have joined as corporate members. We have negotiated a 65% discount for our members to advertise. Circulation of 65,000 copies. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01/601 0240
1. ELG Awards 2018 now open for Applications
The Excellence in Local Government Awards 2018 (ELG Awards 2018) are now open for applications!
The ELG Awards 2018 showcase best practice in local government and recognise the skills, hard work, innovation & enthusiasm within local government that can often go unrecognised.
Spread the word through your newsletters, website and social media and encourage your local county and city councils to submit their best practices for the awards.
Our website is now live with lots of helpful information for applicants including:
• ELG Awards 2018 Category Descriptions
• Terms and Conditions for entry to the ELG Awards 2018
Please note the deadline for applications for the ELG Awards 2018 is 12PM on Thursday, the 17th of May 2018.
Click HERE for further information.
2. European Parliament of Enterprises 2018
The European Parliament of Enterprises (EPE), hosted by Eurochambres every two years, is scheduled to take place in the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, the 10th of October 2018.
More information on the event will be circulated in the coming months.
If you have any questions about the event, please contact email@example.com.
3. LGiU Briefing Series on Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards Winners – Commemoration Education Programme by Cavan County Museum representing Cavan County Council
The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) is publishing a series of briefings looking at the winners of the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Governance (ELG) Awards from 2017. The LGiU will showcase each of the best in practice projects that won at our Awards in 2017 over the coming weeks.
Please find attached the ninth instalment in the series of LGiU briefings on Chambers Ireland ELG Awards 2017 Winners, this week featuring the winner of the Commemorations and Centenaries category, Cavan County Museum’s Commemoration Education programme representing Cavan County Council.
4. Department of Communications, Climate Change & Environment – Applications now open for €3 million Lighting Upgrade Grant Scheme
The Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Environment Denis Naughten is urging small businesses across the country to apply for funding under his Department’s Smart Lighting Grant Scheme.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is administering the Scheme and applications are open until May 31st 2018.
The grant is open to small businesses across all sectors including retail, hospitality, tourism, private education, health facilities and manufacturing. Applications can be submitted by individual businesses or by co-ordinators who group applications and are in a position to apply and deliver lighting upgrades for a number of businesses.
The total funding allocation secured in 2018 by Minister Naughten is €3 million, which is a significant increase on the 2017 budget of €550,000.
Small and medium-sized enterprises with less than 250 employees across all sectors are eligible to apply. Annual turnover must not exceed €50 million.
For further information on the grant and details on how to apply visit www.seai.ie/grants.
The closing date for Smart Lighting Grant applications is Thursday, 31 May 2018.
5. Preparing for the roll-out of GDPR on 25th of May
On the 25th May 2018, the EU will introduce a new legislation called General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will replace the current structure on the handling of data. It will apply to all businesses who supply goods and/or services to EU citizens and therefore handle personal data.
In addition, the GDPR contains the following changes:
• Enhanced documentation to be kept by data controllers.
• Enhanced privacy notices.
• More detailed rules regarding ‘consent’.
• Mandatory data breach notification requirements.
• Enhanced data subject rights.
• New obligations on data processors.
• Expanded territorial scope.
• Appointment of Data Protection Officers
Many of the implications of the new GDPR will affect companies on a commercial level. However, it also has an impact on many areas from a HR/employment perspective and fines for non-compliance can go up to a maximum of €20 million or 4% of global annual turnover (whichever is greater).
If you would like more information on GDPR please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Lobbying Returns covering the period from 1 January – 30 April 2018 are due on 21 May 2018
Please be aware that the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) are fully implementing the penalty provisions in the Lobbying Act. The provisions contained in Part 4 of the Act give the Standards Commission the authority to investigate and prosecute contraventions of the Act and to levy fixed payment notices for late filing of lobbying returns. Please see the attached enforcement document for details of further contraventions.
If your Chamber is registered on the system and does not file a return for each period ahead of the relevant deadline you will be automatically issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of €200 by the SIPO enforcement team and your organisation may be subject to an investigation potentially resulting in prosecution and a fine of up to €2,500.
SIPO are now pro-actively monitoring media outlets to identify organisations which are lobbying but have not registered or have not completed a return in relation to a subject matter reported in media. They are also looking increasingly at the content of Lobbying returns to ensure they are of a “meaningful” nature, contravention of which could lead to investigations and prosecution.
We strongly recommend that you put appropriate systems and reminders in place for the future to prevent exposure to financial and reputational risk by contravening this legislation. Chambers Ireland is supporting Chambers in addressing their obligations under the legislation but is not in any way responsible for your compliance, nor can we continue to monitor individual Chambers’ compliance in this matter. Returns for this period follow the same process as previous and can be made through the online system at http://www.lobbying.ie
Please find attached PDF providing an overview of the Lobbying Act enforcement provisions.
If you have any queries, please contact email@example.com
7. *FINAL REMINDER* Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce – IACC Business Delegation to Australia
In June 2018, Chamber members and other Irish businesses will be offered the chance to join an Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce (IACC) Business Delegation to Australia.
This opportunity will coincide with Ireland’s Test Series against Australia, to which the IACC is pleased to offer not only a preview Corporate lunch a day before each game in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney but also specially priced Corporate Hospitality options at the games themselves, in partnership with Rugby Australia.
The delegation opportunity will take place from Wednesday the 6th to Friday the 22nd of June 2018 and will involve a full program of activities for participants.
Please find attached promotional flyers for the delegation opportunity with all the necessary information, in JPG and PDF formats.
For more information on joining the delegation, please contact the Irish Australian Chamber through their email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. World Employment Confederation Conference 2018
The World Employment Confederation Conference 2018 hosted by the National Recruitment Federation and the World Employment Confederation, is on the 7th & 8th June 2018 at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin.
View the full list of featured speakers and the full WEC programme.
Checkout the WEC 2018 website: http://worldemploymentconference2018.com/
There are various preferential packages* available to Chamber Members.
For more information please see the attachment document on the conference.
9. Connecting European Chambers – 28-29 June 2018, Brussels
The 4th edition of Connecting European Chambers will take place in Brussels on 28-29 June. During this event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about different funding opportunities, network with other local, regional and national Chambers and discover best practices from colleagues across Europe. EUROCHAMBRES will present the new ‘Chambers+’ initiative aiming at facilitating the Chambers’ participation in European projects.
Connecting European Chambers is open to local, regional and national Chambers staff dealing with European projects. The working language will be English.
A draft programme and registration form will be made available by 15 May.
Please find attached a flyer with more information on the event to circulate amongst your members and stakeholders.
10. Launch of Autism Awareness Programme for Businesses across Ireland
Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland have launched an Autism Awareness Programme specifically for Corporates, SME's and local businesses. The awareness programme has been developed since October 2017 and comes as a response to many businesses contacting the charity on how they can best support families with a child with autism. Furthermore, families contact the charity on a weekly basis to 'check' what their rights are when going out with their child and assistance dog as they are often refused access to shops and restaurants.
The Autism Awareness Programme because of a much deeper need to foster a change in thinking around Autism and to support businesses to support their customers and to make life better for families with autism across Ireland.
The programme will be facilitated over a morning, afternoon or evening, at a time that is convenient to business teams. We understand that businesses are not in a position to send their entire workforce on a week-long training programme and so we have developed the programme to give high impact. The programme will ensure that staff leave with a new, correct understanding of autism, what it is like to have the condition as well as an understanding of the experience of families in Ireland and how they can support a family with autism who comes in contact with their business, access for assistance dogs and guest speakers, i.e. parents of children who we support.
Interested businesses can contact Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland directly at:
Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland