Sep 25

New Bray Chamber Executive 2014-2015

The Bray Chamber AGM took place on Thurs 11th Sept in the Chamber House and a new Bray Chamber Executive was voted in. Rory Benville will continue his work as President for another term, while Mick Glynn will take over the Vice Presidency role. Long standing Secretary Patricia McHugh stood down and was replaced by Phyl Farrelly. New Executive members include Gordon Anderson, Jonathan Donnelly, Willie Lewins and John McEvoy. Katrina Farrelly Cooke takes on the role as PRO for the Chamber.

The full list of Bray Chamber Executive Members 2014-2015 include:

Rory Benville (President), Mick Glynn (Vice President), Ian Donnelly (Immediate Past Pres), Phyl Farrelly (Hon Sec), Mary Savage (Hon Treasurer), Alan Prendergast (Auditor), Joe Maguire (Hon Solicitor), Katrina Farrelly-Cooke (Hon PRO), Council Members include: Gordon Anderson, Darren Darker, Jonathan Donnelly, Ruth Donnelly, Eugene Finnegan, Linda Fitzpatrick, Gillian Kelly, Willie Lewins, Ollie Mahony, John McEvoy, Pat O’Suilleabhain, Paul Prendergast.

Sep 11

Bray Chamber AGM Thursday 11th Sept 8pm

The Annual Bray Chamber AGM will take place in the Chamber House on Thursday 11th Sept 2014 at 8pm. For more information please contact Bray Chamber at 01-2828248 or email

Aug 19

Pre-Budget Briefing with Stephen Donnelly

Stephen DonnellyPre-Budget Briefing with Stephen Donnellly

Tuesday 16th September:

6.30pm – Coffee on arrival

6.45pm – Briefing

7.15pm – open floor 



Message from Stephen Donnelly TD

Dear Bray Chamber Member,

With Budget 2015 drawing close, I would very much like to meet up with you – to hear what you need from the budget, and to make your voice heard in Dáil Éireann. Most businesses in Bray and across Wicklow have taken a hammering in recent years, and what I hear regularly from the business community is that not enough is being done by Government – either centrally or locally. I recently introduced an Examinership Bill, which would make the option far more attractive for small business owners, and will be introducing to the Dáil Senator Feargal Quinn’s Bill on Upward-Only Rents. I am in regular contact with the Dublin Chamber and will be incorporating some of their budget proposals in my own Budget 2015 submission. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 23

Congratulations to Simon Harris

simon harris“I heartily congratulate Simon Harris on his appointment as Minister of State in the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Simon is an esteemed member of the Bray and District Chamber of Commerce. He is a man of huge ability and talent. To be appointed to what is a very senior position is also a reflection of the regard in which he is held at the very highest level of Government.

As President of the Bray and District Chamber of Commerce I will work with Simon to ensure that Bray maximises this opportunity and to communicate the needs of the business community in Wicklow regarding such matters as the revitalisation of the banking sector, removal of red tape, rates reform and reduction and the bringing of new industry to Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 23

Further enhancement of Bray at “The Well”


The Well.1Bray & District Chamber has recently teamed up with the Municipal District of Bray and The Well (Mountain View Church) to enhance the appearance of the embankment opposite the Royal Hotel, with the addition of some beautiful flowers and plants. What was once just a soil bank is now filled with colourful flowers creating a much nicer impression for people entering or exiting Bray’s Main Street.

Rory Benville, President Bray & District Chamber commented “As part of Bray in Bloom we wanted to brighten up the area and give it a little lift, we contacted The Well and the Municipal District of Bray and we all worked together to create this colourful display of flowers and greenery. We believe that along with the new footpath’s and hanging baskets that were recently put up around the town this will enhance the Main Street and make it a more attractive place to shop.”

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Jul 14

Budget 2015 Must Capitalise on Recovery

Chambers IrelandChambers Ireland has today said that Budget 2015 provides an opportunity to ensure that economic growth and job creation are balanced across the economy and the country.

Speaking this morning, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said “While some regions and sectors of the economy have seen a nascent recovery, there are many areas still facing tough economic conditions. Government must ensure that measures introduced in Budget 2015 support local economic development, encourage job creation and promote balanced growth.”

It is vital that no new taxes are introduced in Budget 2015. Certain taxes, such as marginal tax rates and Capital Gains Tax, should be reduced to incentivise investment, lessen the cost of employment and encourage job creation. Anything that acts as an impediment to employment must be removed. The current system of social welfare must continue to be reformed to help people break their dependency on welfare and support them in moving to part time or full time employment” Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 21

Bray Chamber & Dunlaoghaire Rathdown Chamber Speed Networking Event

Bray & District Chamber LogoDun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber and Bray & District Chamber are delighted to invite you to a Speed Networking evening for business kindly sponsored by Action Coach, Unit 5G/6G, Pottery Business Centre, Pottery Road, Dun Laoghaire on Monday 23rd June, 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm.

Speed Networking is a fast, energetic and amazingly effective way to develop your business! This is your opportunity to meet business people from across the County of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and the Bray District for an evening of business to business networking. You are guaranteed to meet new contacts, all of whom will be decision makers. Business Networking is an essential part of growing your business and gaining new customers, clients and contacts. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 21

Groove Festival Corporate Ticket Deal

Groove ImageWe are blessed to have such wonderful amenities here in Bray to keep us entertained during these beautiful sunny summer days. One such event coming up in 2 WEEKS is the wonderful GROOVE FESTIVAL in the beautiful surroundings of Kilrudderry House. With Paloma Faith on Sat 5thJuly and David Gray on Sun 6thJuly and many more well-known groups and bands to keep you entertained, while you picnic on the grass.

Many people from outside Bray are supporting this great festival but we need more people from Bray to give it the support it so deserves. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 12

Change of Entertainment for Bray in Bloom

FlowersBray in Bloom Family fun day, hosted by Bray Chamber, will take place this Saturday 14th June from 12pm-2.30pm with lots of entertainment for the whole family at the steps of the Holy Redeemer on Bray Main Street. With face painters, planting demonstrations, a wall of flowers, plant sale and Live music from 1.30pm (please note that due to another commitment beyond their control, Bagatelle are unable to play on this occasion but they have promised they will be back to play in their hometown very soon).  Come along and pick up some tips on how to plant up and maintain your summer garden, while the kids enjoy the live music and entertainment.

Jun 09

Bagatelle to bang out the tunes at Bray in Bloom

FlowersBray & District Chamber are delighted to introduce Bray in Bloom. Bray in Bloom will debut on Saturday 14th June. This will be Bray’s first ever bloom festival and with promises of performances from Bagatelle, fantastic plant demo’s, face-painters and a wall of flowers it is definitely not one to be missed.

Bray in Bloom will start with a series of plant demonstrations in the courtyard of the Holy Redeemer on the Main Street from 11am, if you have been thinking about potting some new plants or simply doing up your garden, make sure you get down to the Grange Growers plant demo’s. The very famous and extremely talented local Irish Rock band Bagatelle will be performing on the day, it’s a rare occasion to see these gifted guy’s perform so make sure you don’t miss it. Also showcasing their artistic skills on the day will be our master face-painters who will be transforming the children’s faces into their favourite flower, weather it be a rose or a daffodil or even a daisy they will be on hand from 1pm to ensure the faces of every child go from bud to blossom! Also blossoming on the day will be the wall of flowers, created by Bray Youthreach who have spent weeks creating the wall around the logo of the Bray Cancer Support Centre, this is going to be a beautiful eye catching display, all the flowers will be sold off the wall with proceeds going to Bray Cancer Support Centre. Read the rest of this entry »

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