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Wednesday, 11th April 2018

Waterford businesses getting greener

The SMILE Resource Exchange has just launched a new environmental support programme available for businesses in Co Waterford interested in finding efficiencies or new opportunities within their current wastes and by-product streams.

This new addition to the SMILE service offering means that members can avail of free expert environmental assistance to identify potential resource efficiencies within their processes, alternatives to recycling or landfill, new product opportunities, linkages with other companies and associated savings.

SMILE Resource Exchange is a national programme that connects businesses throughout Ireland that can reuse each other’s surplus materials, offcuts and waste. The programme now has over 1,500 business members nationally and over 454 successful synergies recorded to date. This equates to an estimated 35,000 tonnes of material diverted from landfill or recycling and a combined cost saving for businesses of over €6.4m million.

"With sustainability fast

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Wednesday, 11th April 2018

The countdown is on for Waterford’s biggest networking event of the year as Waterford Chamber gear up for their annual Business Expo.

'The Ultimate Business After Hours’, which is sponsored by BMCI Insurance & Investments Ltd., will take place on Thursday, April 19th at George Corbett Motors on the Cork Road from 4.30pm to 7.30pm and it is free for the public to attend.

Stop by and join in the fun as local businesses put their best foot forward and showcase their fantastic services. There will be giveaways, fairytale characters, a chance to meet Olympic athlete Thomas Barr and Munster rugby star Jack O’Donoghue and much much more.

WLR’s Teresanne O’Reilly will be broadcasting live throughout the day and Waterford Chamber President Paul Nolan says it’s definitely a date for the diary.

"Promoting our members and facilitating networking opportunities is to the core of

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Wednesday, 4th April 2018

Michael Garland, bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

It’s time to make

"A Holy Show of Oneself!”

Believe it or not and despite the very recent unseasonably bad weather, we are nearly in the middle of Spring. Summer time will be here before we know it, allowing us time to look forward to the visiting hordes, descending on Waterford City and County, in their tens of thousands. To ensure that these visitors come back, we must ALL play our part in making our tourists welcome. After all, the best type of holiday-maker is the one who comes back!

Hopefully they bring with them three or four family members, other relatives or a bus load of friends! Repeat business, as our Waterford Hotels will attest, is the easiest sell, offering the best value for money, in terms of communicating, marketing and securing bed nights.

A long time ago,

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Wednesday, 4th April 2018

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Shopping online and retail’s pain

More people are shopping online because it is easier and more convenient. It makes for a more competitive and fast-moving battleground for retailers and increases disruption among real estate markets.

The move to online shopping has a negative effect on our high streets but is having a positive effect on industrial buildings that deal with logistics. The industrial real estate sector has changed significantly over the past 10 years. The increased demand has been driven by traditional retailers re-shaping their supply chains; third-party logistics companies and the rise of e-commerce operators. Amazon has dominated UK logistics take-up in recent years as it seeks to build capacity into its supply chain.

This surge in demand has driven commercial real estate performance globally and industrial property outperformed the all-property benchmark in most regions in 2016.

As more institutionalised

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Wednesday, 4th April 2018

House prices nationally rose by 2.5% during the first three months of 2018, according to the latest House Price Report released today by Ireland’s No.1 property website, Daft.ie. The average price nationwide was €247,000, 7.3% higher than a year ago. Compared to their lowest point in 2013, prices nationwide have risen by an average of 50% or just over €82,500.

In Waterford City, prices in the first three months of 2018 were 7% higher than a year previously, compared to a rise of 14% seen a year ago. The average house price is now €165,000, 57% above its lowest point. In the rest of Waterford, prices in the first three months of 2018 were 9% higher than a year previously, compared to a rise of 6% seen a year ago. The average house price is now €211,000, 47% above its lowest

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

The truth is a powerful thing, as nobody expects it!

In our world of instant news, via 24-hour satellite TV and social media, it is an interesting debate as to whether or not we are influenced by what is real or fake. We all know that The Donald has been making hay, by constantly trumpeting on about "Fake news". He has singled out every news channel for his twitter treatment. In fact, I am beginning to wonder if there is a news source that The Donald hasn’t targeted?

Finding the truth in news stories and our day to day lives, for that matter, is becoming harder and harder to unravel. As examples, the Facebook revelations last week and the data harvesting of all our information, by companies likes Cambridge Analytica. Were we really so surprised, to find out

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Life Insurance - Perception v Reality of claims paid

Last year, Irish Life Assurance, Ireland’s largest life insurer, commissioned a study of life insurance perceptions in Ireland. The study was conducted by Coyne Research in December 2017 and the results are based on a nationally representative sample of 1,000 adults.

The most surprising finding, from Irish Life’s perspective was that Irish adults believe that overall, only 51% of all life claims made are actually paid out.

In 2017, Irish Life itself paid out an average of 95% of all the claims made. Of these, 98% of all death claims were paid, as were 90% of Specified Illness claims and 96% of malignant cancer Specified Illness Cover claims.

Most people think Life Insurance gives financial security to their family should they die. But it also offers ‘Living Benefits’ that can help financially,

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

The price of the average three-bed semi in Waterford City rose by 2.6% to €195,000 in the past year, according to a national survey carried out by Real Estate Alliance.

In the rest of the county, the average price of three-bed semi now stands at €172,500, a rise of 4.5% in the last 12 months.

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.

"We have observed a noticeable increase in residential rents which is attracting the investor back into the market," according to REA Spratt in Dungarvan.

"In addition, tenants are now being enticed into buying a home rather than continuing to pay increasing rent costs.

The average semi-detached house nationally now costs €229,111,

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

4 Beech Court, Bellfield, Ferrybank, Waterford. Price €155,000

Excellent 3 bedroom family home/ investment property located within walking distance of Waterford city and the new proposed North Quays development when complete the new foot bridge to the city centre will located just 1 mile away, Property prices in the area are expected to increase in value once the development begins.

The property has 3 spacious bedrooms, large family bathroom with bath and shower, Living room, Kitchen diner and guest WC. Full Upvc framed double glazed windows and gas fired central heating along with extra insulation help the property achieve a C2 energy rating.

Viewing comes highly recommended as this property is priced to sell at €155,000. Call William on 051 338888 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak84b46ce6d889021ed5875d29471b0cce').innerHTML = '';

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

38 Hazelbourne, Cleaboy, Waterford

New to the market with Sherry FitzGerald John Rohan is 38 Hazelbourne which is an excellent 3 bed semi detached residence attractively situated overlooking a large green in this lovely small residential development. Hazelbourne is conveniently located within only a few minutes drive from Waterford Industrial Estate, Waterford Institute of Technology and some of the larger pharma employers – Sanofi and Westpharma. There is an excellent choice of schools in the immediate vicinity, with Waterford city centre again within a short drive.

Occupying an enviable position within a small cul de sac of only six houses, this inviting home provides well laid out accommodation with gardens set in lawn to front and rear together with off street parking. Teak double glazed windows throughout, gas fired central heating. Extras include patio, steel shed to rear, French doors from dining

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    When the latest statistic that waiting times for patients had risen to their highest level yet, there can't have been too many people that were surprised.There are now over 700.000 people on waiting lists with over 50.000 of them children. That so many people are waiting for treatment in one of the most developed economies in the world is truly frightening. Of course you can take into account the underfunding of the health sector during the economic downturn but it still wouldn't fully explain why so ma …

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