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Wednesday, 20th September 2017

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Blockchain – What does it mean for financial services?

Blockchain or distributed ledger technology, is an idea that has found its time. It is now engaging the minds and budgets of almost all the most influential players in the financial sector.

Briefly, it is a decentralised network of databases that is updated by network members and uses cryptology to ensure the integrity of the ledger and authenticity of transactions. The technology was first developed for the digital currency, bitcoin, to record transactions. Since then, the financial sector has recognised the potential for a much broader application, from fund management companies, clearing houses and custodians to central banks.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) estimated last year that $1.4 billion had been invested in blockchain projects in more than 25 countries, generating more than 2,500 patents. The WEF concluded the technology will

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Wednesday, 20th September 2017

This week Councillor Eamon Quinlan revealed new numbers for the Council’s housing stock revealing gaps are beginning to show in relation to the Council finding itself with an ever-decreasing number of houses at a time of intense demand by some of the most in need across the entire County.

The main issue for the Council is the success of the Tenant Purchase scheme and how these houses once released from Council control are not being replaced. Cllr Quinlan said. “The Tenant Purchase scheme has in my opinion been a great success and I have personally assisted numerous local families get onto it but the expected second phase, where the Government would either build social housing or pass funds onto the Council to allow us to build social housing at a speed and quantity to cover the number of houses leaving into

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Wednesday, 13th September 2017

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

Our catheterisation laboratory is still “Missing In Action!”

As the temperature dropped, quite dramatically in the last couple of days, we left the Summer behind and Autumn began to colour our lives. Not before one last hurrah in Waterford City. Our Harvest Festival celebrated

“All things foodie” in this South East region.

The Terra Madre Slow Cook Festival organised, by amongst others Donal Lehane and Donald Sutherland (not the actor), was looking to expand, develop and “Grow to the next level”. I was CEO of Waterford Chamber of Commerce at the time and remember this festival’s origins. I jumped at the chance to bring this fledgling festival under our wing, help nurture it, allowing it to mature into the festival we love and recognise today.

A suitable committee was formed, with great support from Waterford Council. Harvest Festival stretched almost

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Wednesday, 13th September 2017

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Are smaller companies suitable for income investors?

Traditionally, income seeking investors have tended to invest in large cap stocks such as those listed on the FTSE All-Share Index. It is logical that the biggest companies should pay the highest dividends which provides the income that investors seek.

Analysis of the above Index, shows us one stock, Royal Dutch Shell, accounted for almost €1 in every €8 of all dividend payments. The top five dividend payers in the Index provide 38% of the index income and the top 15 provide 58%.

It is worrying that so much income comes from such a small percentage of stocks in the Index. Also, the concentration of the income from the Index comes from a narrow band of sectors dominated by oil and gas.

By comparison, in the Numis Smaller Companies Index, the top five dividend

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Wednesday, 13th September 2017

ICSH Responds to Summit’s New Housing Activation Measures –

Welcoming Minister Eoghan Murphy’s announcement of an increase in direct build social housing, Dr Donal McManus, Chief Executive of the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) stated that housing

associations are ready to use their housing management experience and access to finance to help deliver an expanded social housing programme with local authorities using public lands.

Recognising that a whole of Government response is needed to address homelessness, the ICSH has responded favourably to a series of interagency commitments by Minister Murphy. Commenting further on a commitment to 20,000 new social housing homes built directly by local authorities and housing associations over the lifetime of the current capital plan, Dr. McManus said “Currently, we have multiple schemes delivering social housing on small sites. This is insufficient. There is almost 2,000 hectares of public land

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Wednesday, 13th September 2017

Focus Ireland is calling on the people of Waterford to sign up for its annual “Shine A Light Night” to raise 500,000 euro in vital funds for its life-line services to tackle homelessness. This is the sixth year of the event that also sees the business community swap their boardrooms for a night sleeping out in Dublin or Cork on Friday, October 13. Each business leader must raise at least 3,000 euro to help the charity raise its target of 500,000 euro.

Meanwhile, the same night, Focus Ireland is also calling on staff across Waterford to play their part by holding sleep-ins to raise vital funds. These are the two ways for people to get involved in Shine a Light Night on Friday, October 13.

If you are a business leader, sign up for the ‘Business Leaders Sleep-Out’ at Christ Church Cathedral

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

Rise and rise again, like the Phoenix from the ashes!

Well it was not to be. Derek’s young charges did the County proud and Galway were a team inspired, just that wee bit stronger on the day.

It was a pulsating match with so many highs and lows. A rip roaring final, that saw two teams give no quarter. We witnessed colossal hits, a frenetic pace and talented hurlers covering every single blade of grass on Croke Park’s field of green. A better advert for hurling there could not have been.

I watched the match, along with thousands of others, in Waterford City’s newest outdoor venue, The Apple Market. This re-engineered corner of the City was built with many, many detractors. If the truth be told, a venue, which during the construction phase, received endless amounts of unfair criticism

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Pension Poverty

For 25 years, the pensions industry has been talking about the ‘pension’s time bomb’.

The Irish population is ageing and from 2016, we will see a large annual increase in the over 65 population, which is expected to treble in size to 1.4 million by 2040.

There has been much talk about the issue and the Government introduced new pension products such as Personal Retirement Savings Accounts [PRSAs] in an effort to increase pension coverage and reduce the exposure of the State to the cost of providing pensions benefits.

The most significant action from Government to date has been the Social Welfare and Pensions Act, 2011 in which the Government raised the qualification age for the State Old Age Pension to 66; from January 2021 it will rise to 67 and from January 2028 it increases to 68.

None of

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

Waterford is set to welcome more than 1,500 cruise ship passengers during the month of September, completing the summer cruise ship call programme, which saw over 8,000 international visitors arrive to our shores.

The September programme begins with Wind Surf docking in Dunmore East, carrying 386 passengers, on September 11th and concludes with Nautica arriving to Belview Port on September 19th with 824 on board.

According to David McCoy, Chair of Visit Waterford Marketing Group, it is great to see Waterford is a key destination for international visitors travelling on leisure cruises.

The city has always provided a warm welcome to visitors from all around the world. Visit Waterford Marketing Group, through Waterford Chamber, will be issuing posters to retailers and businesses throughout the city to welcome passengers.

Cruise travel provides the city with a

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

Enjoy an evening of delicious food, cooked on site, as Evoke showcase their impressive range of kitchens, created by their team of in-house designers, while Blackwater Distillery will welcome you with a tasty cocktail on arrival.

On the night we will also be launching the Waterford Business Awards, with partners WLR FM and Waterford City & County Council.

About Evoke German Kitchens

Evoke German Kitchens is a family business run by father and son duo, Colm and Declan Furlong. At Evoke, we design, supply and install exceptional quality German kitchens.

From the traditional to modern contemporary, their kitchens are fully fitted by the Evoke team, who can also look after all plumbing and electrical work, tiling, plastering, painting and other renovation works including the demolition of structural and dividing walls.

Evoke will also be launching their range of traditional Irish handcrafted kitchens at the Waterford

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