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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

On Wednesday 1st May 2013 over 100 Waterford City businesses became founding members of the new Waterford City Centre Business Group (WCCBG).

The group’s steering committee have been working tirelessly since 28th March on the formation of the new group’s structure and have produced a strategic document entitled “Waterford City Centre Development Brief.” The Brief has been produced in order to revitalise the beating heart of Waterford City Centre. The 6,500 word document will be used to engage with all the City’s stakeholders, political representatives, funding bodies, implementation committees and all Waterford businesses who have an interest in making Waterford City the retail capital of the South East.

During the presentation, Chaired by Mr Eddie Mulligan, the group’s steering committee presented extracts from the Waterford City Centre Development Brief touching on topics such as: the City’s Economy (presented by Declan Conway), Strengthening

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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

The Government must wake up to the threat to Post Offices in Waterford City and County, the Annual Conference of the Irish Postmasters’ Union was told by Waterford Postmaster, Sean Martin, at the weekend.

Mr. Martin, who is a Postmaster in Tramore and is Treasurer of the IPU, told the delegates to the conference in Co. Dublin, that the future of hundreds of Post Offices nationally, and a number in Waterford, were in the balance due to the fact that the social welfare payments contract is being internationally tendered.

"We understand that there is a very good chance that in the short term An Post will retain the contract but a second tender is to be issued in June that could result in a major transfer of the social welfare payment system to an electronic form," he said.

"The Government should be very

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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

Waterford-based, FeedHenry drives growth with $7m in funding led by Intel Capital FeedHenry, a provider of cloud-based mobile

enterprise application solutions, has announced that it has secured €7M ($9M) in a funding round led by Intel

Capital and that it plans to create 100 jobs over the next two years, with the majority located in its Waterford and Dublin offices.

The investment was confirmed as Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister, Richard Bruton TD, and the new investors visited the Waterford office where the core research and development work is carried out in the 40-person company. The company has been supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland.

The funding includes a seven figure investment from existing investor Kernel Capital. Other existing investors - VMware

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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

Seán Gallagher, Irish entrepreneur and businessman is to speak at a Waterford City Enterprise Board free business start-up information seminar in the Tower hotel on the morning of Thursday May 16th.

The current economic crisis has changed our business, career and financial plans entirely. One option that many people are investigating is starting their own business. With this in mind, Waterford City Enterprise Board has organised Fresh Start, a free business start up information seminar for those that have left education, been made redundant or about to be made redundant.

The first Fresh Start seminar was held in September 2009 and repeated in January 2011. Both events were a huge success with 120 people in attendance creating an estimated 320 jobs. As one participant Mary Doherty of Granny Maddox

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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government announced that he has given sanction for Waterford Leader Partnership Ltd. to approve funding of €200,000 to SMF Engineering Ltd. for the purchase of new machinery at Portlaw, Waterford under the business creation & development measure of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.

Announcing the funding Minister Hogan said:

"The capital investment with a total project cost of €420,000 will give SMF Engineering the capacity to improve productivity, increase turnover and profitability, protect existing jobs and create potential for increased employment.

The LEADER elements of the Programme offer many challenges and opportunities in terms of addressing the needs of improving the quality of life in rural areas and providing greater opportunities for farm diversification. It is focused on the development of micro-enterprises, rural services, rural recreation and rural tourism. It is

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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

Blue plaque erected at Waterford Health Park to mark tie to Palace of Westminster architect

The Waterford Civic Trust has erected a new blue plaque at Waterford Health Park, the multi-disciplinary healthcare campus on Slievekeale Rd, Waterford.

For the last 23 years, Waterford Civic Trust has worked on the renewal and enhancement of Waterford's architectural heritage and seeks to promote civic pride. The Trust has installed numerous blue plaques in the city to commemorate ties between specific sites and historic events or famous people.

Unveiled by Cllr Jim D'Arcy, Mayor of Waterford at a ceremony also addressed by Gary Breen, Fáilte Ireland; Máire Henry, Waterford Civic Trust and Dr Mark Rowe, Waterford Health Park, the plaque celebrates the building's history and marks the fact the former Presentation Convent was designed by Augustus Welby Pugin, master of the Gothic revival and best known for

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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

1600 jobs and 450 construction jobs to be created by Glanbia Ingredients Ireland in Government-supported investment at Belview

Taoiseach Enda Kenny unveiled details of Government support for Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Limited (GIIL) which the company announced will create over 1600 direct and indirect jobs and contribute an estimated €400 million pa to the economy - with particular benefit to farm families and rural communities. Through Enterprise Ireland, the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will part-fund the development of a world-class dairy facility in Belview, on the Kilkenny/Waterford border.

GIIL is Ireland's leading dairy ingredients company – processing 1.6 billion litres of milk or 30% of Ireland's milk pool into a range of dairy ingredients for export to more than 50 countries.  All produce from the

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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

On Thursday, 25th April, independent garden centres across Ireland left their businesses & headed out to surprise locations in their communities to give away over 12,000 Irish grown plants. The aim? To Spread a Little Happiness across the nation. Twenty four garden centres took part in this initiative to cheer up the nation & rekindle a love of gardening. To ensure the greatest chances of success, recipients were invited to join a community Facebook page, giving weekly care tips to get the most from their free gift

"The weather this Spring was atrocious" says John McGuire of McGuire's Plantsplus Garden Centre, Woodstown. "For experienced & beginner gardeners alike, the last three years have been extremely challenging. People couldn't be blamed for giving up on veg patches & hanging baskets as they simply haven't performed". McGuires Plantsplus & Independent garden centres across

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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

The Government must wake up to the threat to Post Offices in Waterford City and County, the Annual Conference of the Irish Postmasters' Union was told by Waterford Postmaster Sean Martin at the weekend.

Mr. Martin, who is a Postmaster in Tramore and is Treasurer of the IPU, told the delegates to the conference in Fitzpatrick's Hotel, Killiney, Co. Dublin, that the future of hundreds of Post Offices nationally, and a number in Waterford, were in the balance due to the fact that the social welfare payments contract is being internationally tendered.

"We understand that there is a very good chance that in the short term An Post will retain the contract but a second tender is to be issued in June that could result in a major transfer of the social welfare payment system to an electronic form," he said.

"We are

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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

What do LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, Amazon and Waterford's Casey Games have in common? They will all be speaking at the world's largest conference for entrepreneurs in the U.S. on May 17th and18th.

Jordan Casey is the 13 year old Waterford student who rose to fame last year as the youngest person in Europe to develop an app for sale on the Apple App Store.

Following a year of worldwide seminars, conferences, innovation awards and four further successful game launches Jordan has been invited to speak at the prestigious 20th Annual TiEcon conference, to be held in Santa Clara, California. Jordan is the youngest entrepreneur ever to speak at the Conference and will address the 4,000 delegates on the topic, "Things I learned the hard way as

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    No Gun ControlAs much as you might sympathize with the students and families of those who were at the center of one of the worst high school shootings in Florida last week, you easily get the impression that their deaths were all for naught. There is absolutely no way, following the 17 deaths at this shooting, that the law makers in America will bring in legislation that will see the curbing of gun use and gun ownership in that country. It is just not the American way.In actual fact if past histor …

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