January 24, 2021
Business News

Save Our Shops: New drive to get Waterford back in business

Business in Waterford is making plans to emerge from the lockdown. State agencies and the Chambers of  Commerce are working with Waterford council to ensure a smooth liftoff for compamies and to get our retail and service industries going again.

Part of the campaign is aimed at saving our shops. There is to be a new marketing drive and new branding for the city.

Council chief executive Michael Walsh said his communications and marketing team was assisting on the branding campaign, which would start with Facebook

“They are also currently working on a series of short videos from local businesses in preparation for the unwinding of the lockdown,” he told councillors in a briefing document.

Council officials have been conducting online meetings with the Local Enterprise Office, Waterford Business Group and the Waterford and Dungarvan Chambers of Commerce.

A new web resource has been launched to put supports for businesses onto a single digital platform.

The Waterford Business Supports Hub will let business access just one primary local resource which will have also have summaries of the main national supports .

Chamber CEOs, Gerald Hurley (Waterford) and Jenny Beresford (Dungarvan & West Waterford) are urging their members to used the new resource and help develop it.

They said: “ Having a local online Business Hub eliminates time-wasting and encourages a stronger  connection with other stakeholders. Collaboration is paramount at this time to ensure a cross-county recovery”

Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise with LEO Waterford, added: “This platform has been devised so as to ensure that Waterford businesses have the very best of access to clear, concise information and guidance. Please use it.”

Waterford Business Support Hub is at  http://waterfordcouncil.ie/businesssupportshub/



Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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