Charleville Tidy Towns Update

 

Kerry Group volunteers, with John McMahon CTT, ready for action on their community volunteer day 20 July

 

CHARLEVILLE TIDY TOWNS

Tidy Towns Competition

By now, though no Tidy Towns judge was spotted in the area, we expect that judging has been completed.

Thank you to our group of Tus workers who did trojan work throughout the summer in sometimes very difficult conditions due to the intense heat. Your commitment to the cause is much appreciated and your work has greatly enhanced the appearance of our town.

Our thanks also to Cork County Council engineer and staff for their constant help and support.  They play an important role in keeping our streets clean and tidy and always picked up the bags left for collection by our volunteers after the Monday evening clean-ups.

Thank you to the groups who volunteered their assistance this summer: to the schools for their assistance in the Anti-Litter Challenge; to the staff of AIB who also assisted in the Anti-Litter Challenge; to the volunteers from Kerry Group who cleared and cleaned the footpath on the Kilmallock Rd; to the ladies of Charleville Flower Club for their assistance in the Garden of Remembrance and with the roses behind the library; to the many businesses and Charleville GAA who displayed beautiful flowers, whether in tubs or baskets outside their premises. Your efforts help to add colour and atmosphere to our town.

CTT also planted tubs and put up hanging baskets and we offer our thanks to those who watered and took care of them, they would not have survived this summer’s drought without your assistance.

Charleville Tidy Towns consists of a small but dedicated group of volunteers who give of their time and energy in many ways, especially in the weekly get togethers on Monday evenings to plant and maintain flowers and shrubs, weed footpaths and road edges, pick litter, tidy any area that needs attention and generally attempt to show off Charleville in the best possible light.

WEBSITE : www.charlevilletidytowns.ie

Do check out our website for information on all our projects. You will find extensive coverage of work undertaken to improve Charleville during the past few years accompanied by a lovely selection of photographs.  If you would like to get involved or want to make comments or suggestions we would be delighted if you contact us on: community@charlevilletidytowns.ie. We look forward to your involvement.

 

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Marketing Charleville – Facing The Challenge

Charleville Chamber Press Release

Marketing Charleville-Facing The Challenge.

There will be an open meeting for all Charleville retailers and business people next Monday July 9th in Charleville Park Hotel at 6 pm to discuss ways and means whereby Charleville Town and District can be marketed as an attractive location to Shop. The short-term objective is to prepare for the Christmas shopping period and the long-term objective is to prepare for the bye-pass and any other situations that may arise.  Charleville has a fantastic array of retail outlets from cars to fashion to groceries not to mention a host of speciality retailers. The town has been selected as a location by both National and International retailers as a town worthy of their outlets.

Charleville Chamber are convening this meeting so that all interested businesses and individuals can attend and air their views on the best ways to promote Charleville as a major retail town.  According to Chamber President P.J McCarthy, Charleville has “a great tradition of retail businesses and service providers to local people, businesses and to the farming community”.

Retailers are now facing the challenge of online shopping and city suburban shopping centres and now according to P.J. is “the time for Charleville to face that challenge, meet it head on and deal with it”.

Charleville Chamber has already had preliminary discussions with a leading social media marketing company that has expertise in the retail sector; they will attend on Monday night and they will participate in the meeting. P.J McCarthy urges all those who have a stake in Charleville whether it be retail or business to attend this meeting.

 

 

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Casino Night Fundraiser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casino Night Fundraiser Saturday 7th July

Charleville Chamber of Commerce will host a ‘Casino Night Fundraiser’ at Charleville Park Hotel on Saturday July 7th from 9 pm – 12 am.

There will be 3 Black Jack tables and 2 Roulette tables, each looked after by a professional croupier. You don’t need to be an expert gambler as the rules at each table will be explained in full. Whether you are there for a FUN NIGHT OUT or to win the amazing prizes, this promises to be a great occasion.

Top Prizes on the Night include

€500 voucher to be spent locally in Lees Centra, Bridgets, Fitzgerald Electrical, Morans Menswear and Love Cherish.

2 Nights B&B plus one evening meal at any So Hotel ie Charleville Park Hotel & Leisure Club, Castletroy Park Hotel & Leisure Club, Killeshin Hotel & Leisure Club or Loughrea Hotel & Spa.

€250 McCarthy’s Pharmacy Cosmetics Hamper.

Plus many more individual prizes for Best Dressed Male & Female plus our fun ‘Roulette Raffle’.

Tickets cost €20 and include $100 Fun Money (10 Free Bets) and Finger Food. Full bar services are available on the night. Extra Fun Money available.

Rules

On display of entry ticket, each player receives $100 Fun Money. This Fun Money can be cashed in for chips and entitles the player to 10 free bets on the Black Jack and Roulette tables. More Fun Money is available on the night. At the end of a 2 Hour play period the players with the most chips go on to a ‘Final Table’ to play for the Top Prizes.

It’s an ideal opportunity for a work night out or a catch up with friends.

There will be a limited number of tickets available from Charleville E Centre on Bakers Road and Charleville Park Hotel. Get them early to avoid disappointment. Buy 10 tickets and receive 2 extra FREE  .

Contact Sean on 063 33133 for more details

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Charleville Chamber Official Statement concerning Roadworks.

Charleville Chamber understands the frustration caused by the current infrastructure works and empathise with both the business people and customers of Charleville Town, we acknowledge that these works are essential within the town and are in the interest of the public’s health and safety.

Charleville Chamber was informed that there would be upgrading works to Main Street, Charleville, with these works being carried out at night in order to minimise the disruption to local business and customers. The last time such works were undertaken on Main Street, Charleville it was successfully completed at night with minimum dispruption to all concerned. The full extent of the current infrastrucutre works beyond the Main Street to Charleville Park Hotel, Limerick Road and to the Medical Centre, Cork Road, has not been communicated to the businesses of Charleville or Charleville Chamber. Charleville Chamber are appealing to TII, Cork County Council and local elected representatives to communicate clearly with the business of Charleville Town and Charleville Chamber.

In light of additional infrastructure works required to replace the water mains on Limerick Road, we strongly recommend that the works would be paused while a proper and full engagement with all stakeholders is carried out in order to limit the disruption to business and customers.

Communications between TII, Cork County Council, resident engineer, the main contractor, the business of Charleville and Charleville Chamber needs to be improved and dealt with as a matter of urgency to avoid any further stress, anxiety and financial risks to local businesses. I call on the professionals in the TII design team, main contractor and Cork County Council to make an extra effort to engage with local business, understand the impact of the current infrastructure works on their businesses and work to minimise the disruption as much as possible. Working together to complete this project is paramount.

We would advise that people would plan their journeys while these works are ongoing, to avoid delays to their journey times.

In the meantime, we would like to acknowledge the loyalty of all customers to businesses in Charleville Town and ask that they continue doing business with the committed and hardworking business people of Charleville. Your patience and understanding is much appreciated and look forward to your continued support.

P.J McCarthy

President Charleville Chamber of Commerce

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Catering To You

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catering to you delivers an exceptional dining experience to your door or venue. Indulge your passion for food with their professional and attention to detail services. They cater for all events big or small, from Birthdays, Communions, Funerals, Weddings and much more!

Catering to you are fully HACCP compliant and registered with the HSE. They deliver to a wide area in their fully refrigerated van. Established by head chef Trish Culloty who has over 25 years of catering experience, Trish and her team promise to make any event you may have a special one for you and your guests

Prices include delivery, crockery and a cutlery service free of charge. Trish is available to meet you and discuss any questions you may have.

Check out the website: http://www.cateringtoyou.ie to view their menu, photos, and reviews. You can also visit their Facebook page where you can see regular updates and news so make sure to give them a like and a follow!

To make an inquiry contact Trish on 086 2420202 or alternatively you can email cateringtoyou@outlook.com

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Online Business Banking Security

As criminals are coming up with more inventive ways of defrauding you in order to steal your personal information and money, here are some tips to stay safe online.

Email Scams
Be wary of emails requesting you to change bank account details or make payment to someone you have not paid before. Scam emails have the following characteristics.

• Emails pertaining to be from Suppliers advising they have changed their account details for payments for a variety of reasons.
• The “from” field is designed to look like the emails are from a company manager, director or senior staff members email account requesting that an urgent payment is made.
• The email address may be slightly different to the genuine one e.g. there may be a slight misspelling.
• The language/wording used may be unusual for your company/supplier ; e.g. asking you to “sort” or complete a “financial obligation” or a “wire transfer”
• The email may have an unusual timestamp, this indicates that it’s coming from a jurisdiction different to what you would expect.
The sender may indicate they are uncontactable on the phone.

Malware
Be wary of malware on your pc that displays screens that purport to be Business banking screens. Examples of fraudulent requests include

• Verify your identity
• Security challenge
• User Authentication
Be wary of opening documents from sources you are not familiar with.
• In particular be wary of opening documents containing macros of which state that the content will not be visible until the macro feature is enabled.
• Ensure macros are automatically disabled as standard on your PC.

DO’S
• Be wary of any emails or phone calls claiming to be from the bank or suppliers requesting you to update information or to make payments.
• Install and regularly update firewall software.
• Review your antivirus software protection on every PC & Laptop used to access Business banking and be on your guard for suspicious activity on your PC e.g. slow response times, unusually high CPU/Memory utilisation.

And DONT’S
• Never make payments on foot of an email request without contacting the supplier, manager or director using the existing agreed phone number to verify the request – do not use any of the information in the email to make contact.
• If you chose to share your logon details with a Third Party, please check that the Third Party is authorised by the Central Bank of Ireland or another European Regulator. Never share your logon details with Third Parties who are not authorised with a relevant Regulator.

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Twitter Tips for Business

How to use Twitter for Business – The Ultimate Guide 2018

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Tidy Towns – Old Photos of Glen River

DO YOU HAVE OLD PHOTOGRAPHS?

The Maigue River Trust has been in contact with Charleville Tidy Towns. They are currently preparing information boards for erection on the banks of the Maigue River and some of its tributaries, including The Glen River in Charleville.
Information about species on/near the river would be included as well as some heritage features.We have established that there were tanneries on Baker’s Rd as well as the creamery. All were in close proximity to the river and may have been dependent on it. We would be delighted to hear more about the relationship between The Glen River and the tanneries and/or creamery We would especially appreciate any old photos that might throw light on the past history of the Glen River. Photos can be put in an envelope with your name and address and can be dropped at Vincents shop FAO Ian Doyle.Your photos will be taken care of and returned to you..
If you can help us please contact Cllr.Ian Doyle at 087 6644654 or by email to iandoyle245@gmail.com.

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M 20 Motorway Survey Results

1. How would you rate the current road network serving Charleville and the Region?
Poor 71% Average 20% Good 9%

2. Are you in favour are you of the M 20 Cork – Limerick Motorway?

Yes 84% Undecided 8% No 8%

3. What impact would the M 20 Motorway have on your business?

No Impact 37% Undecided 19% Significant Impact 44%

4. Are you happy with 14,000 vehicles a day passing through Charleville?

Definitely Not 82% Absolutely Yes 18%

5. Would the M 20 have a positive or negative effect on Charleville Town?

Negative Effect 18% No Effect 17% Positive Effect 65%

6. Would a Relief Road around Charleville improve traffic management?

Yes 76% No 24%

7. What impact would a Relief Road have on your business?

Negative Impact 24% No Impact 28% Positive Impact 48%

8. In your opinion what effect would a Relief Road have on Charleville Town?

Negative effect 17% No Effect 18% Positive effect 65%

9. Do you think that a safer environment for the public would improve trade for businesses in Charleville Town?

Yes 59% stay the same 8% No 33%

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Cork Chamber Press Release: The need for skilled Construction Workers is on the rise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final Cork Chamber Economic Trends Survey of 2017 reflects the business experiences of Cork Chamber members over the course of October, November and December. The survey gathered information on the financial performance and business experiences of Cork Chamber member organisations, recruitment experiences, and also member opinions on what a City needs to make it attractive for family living.

Cork Chamber CEO, Conor Healy noted, “It is particularly encouraging to see the continued high level of business confidence amongst the Cork business community reported at 95% over Q4 2017, and consistent with that surveyed throughout the past number of years. We are experiencing robust growth across Cork, with exciting new construction projects underway and in planning, and with strong year on year jobs announcements across the region. All in all, this is a very positive time for Cork.”

Mr. Healy added, “Alongside this we note an increase in overall confidence levels in the Irish economy compared to 3 months ago, now at 48%, an increase of 9% on the Q3 survey results. Again an encouraging response and a vast improvement on the 25% reported for the same quarter in 2016. There is no place for complacency and however encouraging, there are challenges. Business members reported Cost Competitiveness as the number one threat to business growth over the next 12 months, followed by the availability of housing and rental accommodation, skills, and Brexit. Cork Chamber is committed to continuing our work in addressing these concerns, to enhancing the Cork offering and resilience in the face of global economic uncertainties such as Brexit, and in responding to the housing, skills, and competitiveness challenges”.

Within the Q4 2017 Economic Trends survey as with its predecessors, Cork Chamber also asked about recruitment experiences. The Cork business community reports a number of skills for which there is a continuing and growing demand, these are namely Engineers across a range of disciplines, IT professionals and with the re-emergence of Quantity Surveyors and Construction Workers. In commenting, Mr. Healy added, “There is a national shortage for skilled trade’s people and Cork is no different. The growth across Cork is a positive story and has positive implications across a range of issues, economic and social in offering employment opportunities to those that moved abroad to return to a Cork that is growing.”

When asked about the priorities for growing a City environment for ‘family living’, the number one response by far related to diversity of housing, the quality, affordability, the need for new builds, and the need for refurbishment of vacant buildings. The second priority was for an enhanced Cork transport network and infrastructure, followed by the development of amenities. In concluding, Mr. Healy added, “Cork Chamber is committed to working with stakeholders to developing a City region that continues to grow sustainably, and to meet the needs of current and future business and residents. Housing availability, the development of a transport network and public transport offering, and the promotion of Cork to ensure a thriving and vibrant City region will continue as key priorities into 2018 and a resolute theme across the work of the Chamber.”

Respondents to this survey are reflective of a diverse range of responding businesses and are representative of a broad range of sectors, inclusive of Services (including Financial) at 43%; Industry and Manufacturing at 17%; Science and Technology at 8%; Tourism, Travel, Culture and Arts at 8%; Construction at 12%; Agriculture and Fishing at 2%; Transport at 5%; and Multi-sectoral at 5%.

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  • For further information please contact:Conor Healy, CEO, Cork Chamber, 087 9471858, Michelle O’Sullivan, Policy and Research Executive, Cork Chamber,michelle@corkchamber.ie; 021 4530132/ 087 1404014
  • To read the full publication: Cork Chamber Economic Bulletin http://www.corkchamber.ie/UserFiles/file/Eco%20B%201%202018.pdf
  • Cork Chamber is the leading business organisation in Cork supporting and representing the interests of close to 1,200 businesses employing over 100,000 people in the region.

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