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Tuesday, 24th October 2017

Construction work across Ireland will come to a momentary standstill at midday this coming Monday October 23rd to mark the beginning of Construction Safety Week. The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) is encouraging all construction workers and companies of all sizes to take part in the national #StandDownForSafety and to share images of the event across social media to raise awareness of the importance of health and safety on and offsite.

Broadcaster Baz Ashmawy of Emmy Award winning TV show 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy and his mother Nancy, will feature in this year’s Construction Safety Week videos, which will air on CIF social media channels throughout the week.

Tom Parlon, Director General, CIF said: "Construction Safety Week allows us to reflect and refocus our efforts on improving health and safety within our industry. The very nature of construction work means that

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Tuesday, 24th October 2017

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

"Walk on by!"

Just over a week ago Ex-Ophelia left these shores to be

followed very quickly by the oh so terrifying, storm Brian. Brian was never a name that, in all honesty, struck fear into any man (sorry Brians of this world)! To me, this name will be forever associated with the BBC children’s, stop animation TV series, "The Magic Roundabout".

Those of a certain vintage, will recall that the snail in the Trilby hat, was called Brian. He never did anything exciting, or frightening for that matter. Episode after episode, he would do nothing more than wander ever so slowly and aimlessly, around the set and that roundabout. He attempted to dish out the odd piece of advice, but never an angry or cross word was uttered, by "Brian the snail".

If these weather themed names were to

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Tuesday, 17th October 2017

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

How important is financial literacy?

The importance of financial literacy has grown in Europe as financial markets have developed and because of demographic, economic and policy changes.

The needs of individuals and the financial products on offer have become more complex. Without financial literacy, full and informed participation of individuals in economic life is more challenging but becoming increasingly more important. This is a serious issue for EU Member States, many of whom now require increased personal responsibility for financial security, as state sponsored social security systems are retrenched and new market opportunities arise steadily in the financial sector.

Financial literacy is crucial for individuals and households, as our lifestyles change as a result of more frequent changes in employment and the increased incidence of divorce. Such changes create a need to adjust private finances regularly to suit new work

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Tuesday, 17th October 2017

The price of the average three-bed semi in Co Waterford has risen 1.5% to €167,500 in the last three months, according to a national survey carried out by Real Estate Alliance.

The REA Average House Price Survey concentrates on the actual sale price of Ireland's typical stock home, the three-bed semi, giving an up-to-date picture of the property market in towns and cities countrywide to the close of last week.

In Waterford city, the average three-bed semi will cost €190,000 – a 10.1% annual increase. In Dungarvan, prices have risen 8.1% in the last year to €167,500 with homes in the town now taking eight weeks to sell.

"We continue to observe a decrease in the demand for second hand three-bed homes with the incentives directed at first-time buyers under the Help to Buy Scheme proving quite attractive,” said Eamonn Spratt in REA

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Tuesday, 10th October 2017

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

A colourful City?

At the time of writing, Minister Pascal Luke Donohoe, would have been polishing the finer points of his 2018 Fine Gael Budget.

After being “Anointed” in June this year, to Leo’s Cabinet, as Minister of Finance, his wee primary school abacus has been dusted down and no doubt, never worked so hard. As TD after TD has demanded that their very own field of green deserves much, much more than their nearest neighbour.

There is NO sense of teamwork. Friendships are completely forgotten. Camaraderie goes out the window when budget time comes around. It is dog eat dog in the halls of power, in Leinster House.

I grant you, it is slightly more complicated this year, with the thin bonds holding this Government together. The sticking plaster is under tremendous strain, or so the spin would like

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Tuesday, 10th October 2017

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

What is

Currency Hedging?

Currency movements can have important effects on the return of unhedged foreign investments. For a Eurozone investor, currency returns are positive and increase the returns of unhedged foreign investments when the euro weakens. When the euro strengthens, currency returns are negative.

In 2014, the euro fell by about 7% against the pound sterling. This fall increased the returns of unhedged sterling-denominated investments held by Eurozone investors. Since June 2016, the pound sterling has fallen by 14% against the euro which has reduced the value of unhedged sterling-denominated investments held by Eurozone investors. Many investors, concerned by the impact of such currency movements on their investment returns, ask about the merits of hedging currency exposure within the international component of their portfolio.

Currency volatility is common and from 1974–2014, annualised currency returns, relative to a basket of developed

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Tuesday, 10th October 2017

The Waterford Local Enterprise Office has announced a brand new training programme schedule for autumn.

The LEO in Waterford delivers a comprehensive range of business training programmes across the city and the county, designed specifically for small businesses.

Included in the autumn programme are courses in starting your own business, an introduction to franchising, product merchandising, starting your own online business, book-keeping, training in how to use online revenue services, social media training for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube along with social media marketing and specialist courses in social media for the food, drink and hospitality industry. A range of courses is also on offer in the area of business development and online development.

According to Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise "Our training programmes are subsidised, making them very affordable. Group sizes are small and courses are practical and geared specifically towards owners

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Tuesday, 10th October 2017

Competition opens for applications on Wednesday 11 October

A total of €500,000 in start-up funding will be available from Enterprise Ireland when a new Competitive Start Fund (CSF) competition targeted at Experienced Business Professionals opens for applications on Wednesday 11 October 2017.

This CSF is directed at mature and highly experienced business professionals with 25 years or more of relevant business experience in Ireland or abroad, of which at least 10 years should be at a senior or leadership level.

Up to 10 successful applicants will receive high-level business development support and an investment of up to €50,000 each. Enterprise Ireland’s CSF is designed to accelerate the growth of start-ups and enable companies to reach key commercial and technical milestones.

As well as securing up to €50k in funding, the successful applicants will have the opportunity to participate in a business development programme. Delivered

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Wednesday, 4th October 2017

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Wednesday, 4th October 2017

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

It’s "Oh So Quiet!"

"Sssh, sssh, it’s oh so quiet....sssh, sssh and so peaceful until..." are the words from the first verse of that wonderfully weird, Icelandic singer Bjork’s, 1995 song. A year I remember very, very well. This was the year I would marry an Irish lassie and through the fickle fate of fortune, ultimately end up living here, in Waterford City. Settling with my young family, in January 2001 and I have no intention of moving on.

My during my time to date in Waterford there have been a number of issues constantly courting media attention. Cementing Waterford City as the economic gateway to the South East. Delivering University status for the WIT and not may I add to this argument not a fudged "Technological" status. The full Scotch Bonnet chilli version, with ALL the associated

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  • A Wonderful Harvest

    Even though the weather Gods didn’t exactly play ball over the weekend it doesn’t take away from the fact that this years Waterford Harvest Festival was yet again another wonderful success. It was great to see the streets of the centre of the city so beautifully and thoughtfully decked out. The various food stalls offering tastes from all over were great to wander around. The information and background that each of the stall holders were able to give on the provenance of their food was really interesting an …

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