Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony 2016

Friday 16th September 2016


We are delighted to announce that this year’s Arklow & District Chamber Ball and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 16th September in the Arklow Bay Hotel. As usual the ball promises to be a wonderful night to celebrate all that is good about business in south County Wicklow. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. The evening will commence with a drinks reception at 7.15 pm with Dinner served at 8.15 pm followed by the presentation of awards.

The awards will recognise local people & businesses and their achievements in the following categories:

  • Best New Start Upbow tie

For any business opened within the last 12 months

  • Best Established Business

For established businesses who excel in any sector, small, medium or large

  • The Service Excellence Award

To recognise those companies providing outstanding to their customers

  • The Young Achiever Award

This award goes to a young person who has given service to the community through any field such as, entrepreneurial, sport, education, arts, culture or community service

  • Ambassador for Tourism Award

For any business providing tourism related services or a community group or individual who helps support or promote tourism in the area

  • The Employee of the Year Award

Any outstanding employee can be nominated by customers, co-workers or an employer

  • The Person of the Year Award

                This award will recognise a person who, through their achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the town or is an Ambassador for Arklow

Nomination forms will be available soon.

Arklow Town Vision Public Meeting

You are invited to attend a talk by Simon Wall, Westport Town Architect who is helping us to develop our Town Vision for Arklow.  Simon will discuss Westport’s holistic approach to Town Planning and heritage over the past two decades.


Simon Wall has been Town Architect to the Town of Westport Co Mayo for almost two decades; he is responsible for the built environment as part of the Town Management team.

In recent decades, Westport has experienced its largest building programme since Georgian times, from Section 23 tax designation, through the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years to the present day, during this period the town has won many accolades including: three national Tidy Towns wins, and was in 2012 assessed by The Irish Times to be ‘The Best Place to Live in Ireland’.

The town is also one of 3 nationally designated pilot towns for the dep of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Historic Towns Initiative, pilot programme.

Westport has recently been designated a national ‘Smarter Travel’ demonstration town, through competition, by the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport, this entails a cycling infrastructural spend of €5 million over a five year period.

The Town is a pioneer in the development of urban and rural greenways, including the international award winning 45km Great Western Greenway linking the town to Achill Island.

We are sure that there are common points of interest between Arklow and Westport in relation to issues around living, working and attracting investment to a town in Ireland as we prepare a Town Plan for submission to Wicklow County Council later this year.

Date:                     Tuesday 31st May at 7.30 pm

Place:                    Arklow Bay Hotel

We look forward to meeting you at the event which we are sure will be very interesting.

Age Friendly Strategy for County Wicklow

As part of the preparation to develop an Age Friendly Strategy for County Wicklow there will be a number of consultation sessions held to get the views and opinions of older people around the county.

  • Are you over 55?Age
  • You can make County Wicklow a good place to grow old in.
  • Is your town/village a safe and sociable place to live in?
  • Do you have access to the health and public services that you need?
  • Do you have input into decisions about your locality?
  • They would like to hear your views on these and other important aspects of everyday life.

The next consultation session is on:

Date:   Monday 30th May

Time:   11am

Venue: Arklow Bay Hotel

Please go along, this is an opportunity to have your voice and your opinions heard and if you like, bring a friend. These consultations are FREE and for any further information on the upcoming consultations please contact your local Age Friendly County Co-ordinator.

Phone: 0404 20208


Submissions on the development of a Wicklow Age Friendly Strategy can also be emailed to

Arklow Tech firm host Enterprise Resource Planning event

ABECLocal technology firm will host an ERP Information Day on Thursday 2nd June at its Arklow Business Enterprise Centre HQ. The local technology firm built on the success of its product range emerging cloud-based technologies to deliver on line data and real time information to remote sales people via mobile devices and the internet.

This FREE EVENT is designed to give companies considering the transition to enterprise resource planning for the first time and to explore our products in action in a group setting. On the day there will be coffee breaks and lunch (included).  This event is completely free and pre-registration is required, please log onto or call 012449580 for further information.

ERP event



The most Musical Night of the Year 2016

The Penston Vocal Academy presents “The most Musical Night of the Year 2016”. Award winning students of The Penston Vocal Academy celebrate another musical year, displaying their work and vast and varied repertoire in this fantastic night of music making. Vocal excellence, advanced choral singing, superb solo and ensemble performances and pure love of music making are the order of the day for this extremely talented group of students. Tickets are €10 and a family ticket for 4 is €30. These can be purchased on the night, or from Kavanagh’s Wexford Road Arklow, or by calling 0868115682.

The event will take place on Friday 3rd June 2016 in Arklow Bay Hotel at 8 pm.

The Penston Vocal Academy



Arklow Lip Sync Battle

Arklow’s Best Lip Sync’ers battle it out for the title of “2016 Arklow Lip Sync Champion”. Great night of entertainment guaranteed. Admission is only €5. Spread the word and share this event with as many people as you can. The event will take place in Arklow Bay Hotel on Sunday 5th June at 8.30 pm.

For more information contact Oisin Molloy.

Lip Sync Battle



New business and Career Opportunities at South East Franchise Seminar

On June 16th from 6 pm to 9 pm Wexford Chamber is hosting a Franchising seminar in conjunction with the Irish Franchise Association. The seminar will take place in the Talbot Wexford with a number of experts on franchising in Ireland offering constructive advice and guidance in the area of franchising through a variety of case studies, exhibits, Q&A sessions and networking. This event will be highly beneficial to anyone interested in starting-up their first business or expanding an existing one. Currently there will be 10 exhibitors and speakers offering opportunities, advice and support.

According to recent research carried out between March and May 2015 by Ipsos MRBI for AIB and the Irish Franchise Irish FranchiseAssociation, the Irish franchise industry is now poised for strong growth over the coming years with over 28,000 people now working in the Irish franchise sector. The survey also notes that these employees are engaged in the operations of 2,975 different franchise units across a wide range of sectors ranging from retailing and food service right through to an interesting selection of business-to-business and business-to-consumer services.

Tom Shanahan, Executive Director of the Irish Franchise Association, will speak about franchising in Ireland followed by a number of franchise case studies from successful franchisors.  There will also be an opportunity to speak to various franchisors on a one to one basis at their stands.

Speaking about the event, Karl Fitzpatrick, President of Wexford Chamber, said “We are delighted to bring this event to Wexford as part of a concerted effort on behalf of Wexford County Council and Co Wexford Chambers to attract new business to the South East.  We look forward to welcoming the Irish Franchise Association and many of their Members to Wexford on the 16th June.”