Nov 20

Christmas in Bray 2014

Christmas in Bray 2014

Christmas in Bray 2014

Nov 14

CHRISTMAS IN BRAY 2014

We are busy planning a great Christmas in Bray campaign for 2014. For all the details of when we are switching on our Bray Christmas Lights and when the big man himself is arriving to the town, please check out www.christmasinbray.com.

Nov 12

Save the Date – Cloud Workshop

Free Cloud awareness seminar/workshop with Alpha CC coming up on January 15th.

Please save the date!

Oct 31

Launch of Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland

Chambers Ireland has today (31/10/14) welcomed the launch of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) and highlighted the positive impact it will have on the domestic economy.

Speaking this morning, Ian Talbot, Chief Executive, Chambers Ireland said “The SBCI will be a welcome addition to the funding landscape for Irish SMEs, particularly those businesses that are focused on the domestic market. The flexibility of payment terms and lower cost of capital will facilitate the expansion of small businesses that are experiencing growth due to improved market conditions. The Government must invest in a communications plan to raise awareness of this and other initiatives.”

“There is clearly a growth in confidence and activity under way in the economy. This initiative, combined with the recent banking stress test results, demonstrates that credit is becoming increasingly available and should encourage all businesses in need of credit to proactively engage with their banks to seek funding,” he concluded.

 

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Oct 28

Crime Control Presentation – Tuesday 4th November

The Town Centre Committee have organised a Crime Control Presentation on Tuesday 4th November at 10.30am in Chamber House.  The presentation will be given by Christy O’ Rourke of Crime Control Bray.

This will be about Crime Control, Security Procedures and safety in the workplace.  This is a FREE event, if you would like to attend, please contact the Chamber on 01 2828248 or email info@braychamber.ie.

Oct 23

Bray Retailers enjoy presentation from Maddock’s

On Tuesday 21st October, Janet Maddock gave a great insight into the best way for retailers and local businesses to present their shop windows. A local retailer herself, Janet gave pointers on Christmas displays and presentations to enhance and encourage customers to come into shops. Retailers in attendance were delighted with the Free demonstration and we look forward to seeing the great results this Christmas time in Bray.

Oct 17

TRICK OR TREAT ON BRAY’S MAIN STREET….

Sat 25th October 2014 1.30pm

Our annual Bray Trick or Treat Parade, organised by the Bray & District Chamber is back again this year, due to popular demand following a great event last year.

Superheroes, Princesses, witches, wizards and everyone is invited to come along to the CivicPlaza, in front of the Mermaid Arts Centre, at 1.30pm on Saturday 25th Oct. Fancy Dress is a must, for Mums and Dads too! The Parade is getting bigger each year, FREE fun for everyone! Leaving the Civic Centre, the parade will snake and zig zag through the town, calling into participating shops, to collect goodies and treats (for the party later)

The parade will make its way to the Powerscourt Suite at the Royal Hotel, where the fun starts with a Halloween party with DJ and spot prizes for Best dressed, etc.

The event is kindly sponsored by the local participating businesses.

Oct 16

Window Display Demonstration

There will be a demonstration on Window Displays for all retailers, to be held in the Chamber House on Tuesday 21st OCT at 10.30am. This is a FREE for all event and everyone is welcome – you never know what ideas you might pick up!  If you
would like to attend you can call the chamber on 01 2828248 or email:
info@braychamber.ie.

Oct 15

Notice to Retailers & Members

October 2014

Dear Retailers,

The Town Centre Committee would like to remind you that the Underground Car Park at the Mermaid Arts Theatre/ Civic Centre is available free of charge on Saturdays & Sundays.  We recommend that Shop owners/Managers & Staff avail of this. This in turn should free up parking spaces and provide ample parking for customers.  The barriers will be in the open position.

Below are some points we would like to bring to your attention:

(1)    PARKING: At our last Town Centre Committee Meeting it was agreed to approach the Town Council for Free parking for customers.  The Committee have come up with two ideas, and we would love to know, as soon as possible, which you would prefer by emailing info@braychamber.ie or calling the chamber office on 01-2828248.

  • Free Parking on Saturday’s from Halloween until Christmas
  • Free From 3.00pm every day from Halloween until Christmas

(2)    GRAFFITI: It has been highlighted by retailers and MDC officials alike that we have an issue of graffiti defacing shop fronts, shutters and walls around the town centre. This is unsightly and un-acceptable. Traditionally the Council have undertaken the role of removing graffiti from premises and have been held liable for damage to shutters, however they are not in a position to do this again. John Fitzpatrick (Bray Garda) has provided a document with details on Graffiti and steps to prevent and remove it. One important point is the only way to stop graffiti is to remove it immediately. Paint over it and do not ignore it! If ignored, it will spiral. There have been arrests with charges pending in one case regarding graffiti offenses. It is up to all of us to make our premises look as welcoming and professional as we can. We will be writing to the estate agents in charge of vacant premises to do the same.

(3)

 

WINDOW DISPLAY DEMO: There will be a demonstration on Window Displays held in the Chamber House on Tuesday 21st OCT at 10.30am. This is a FREE for all event and everyone is welcome – you never know what ideas you might pick up!  If you would like to attend you can call the chamber on 01 2828248 or email: info@braychamber.ie

 

(4)    SUMMERFEST: We are now gathering ideas to make plans for the Town Centre Summerfest 2015. So if you have an idea or suggestion that can be manifested into an event, please give a call to the Chamber office on 01-2828248 or email info@braychamber.ie. Get involved! Remember we are all in this together.

(5)    SECURITY (a) We have an agreement from Bray Municipal District officials to install CCTV in the car park on the Florence road/ Quinnsboro road. We will pursue this as with the dark nights on the way, we hope to make the town a safer place to shop.  With security in mind we have organised a Crime Control Presentation on Tuesday 4th November at 10.30am given by Christy O’ Rourke of Crime Control Bray in Chamber House.  This will be about Crime Control, Security Procedures and safety in the workplace.  This is a FREE event, If you would like to attend, please contact the Chamber on 01 2828248 or email info@braychamber.ie.

(b)   We have asked for an increase Garda presence over the winter months.

(c)    We have spoken to the Garda about the anti-social begging in the town. They have asked that we ring the station immediately and request to send a Garda to the incident. This especially applies to ATM and car parking machines. Always make a record or note of the name of the contact Garda and the time of the call – so a follow up is possible. Please realise if we don’t ring it will not improve the current situation. (Last week I made 3 calls on 3 separate days). Eventually it will be a non-desirable area for beggars.

(d)   HALLOWEEN PARADE: The Halloween parade will be taking place on Saturday 25th OCT, starting at 1.30pm at the Civic Plaza, at the Mermaid. Any retailers willing to participate in giving out sweets please call the Chamber on 01-2828248.

(e)   CHRISTMAS IN BRAY: You will have received a request to donate towards the Christmas Lights in Bray. Without lights, the town will be uninviting and un-atmospheric. There are lots of events planned to encourage shoppers to come into the town centre to shop, including the annual Bray Christmas lights switch on with Santa. Please be aware that without your support and contribution, THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN. We would urge you to support your town. The lights are provided for your customers!

 

Please support your town. Don’t leave it to others!!! 

 

Rory Benville                                                       Linda Fitzpatrick

 

Oct 10

SIPTU’s Call for Elimination of 9% VAT Rate Bizarre

siptuChambers Ireland has today (09/10/14) renewed its call for the 9% VAT rate for the hospitality and tourism sectors to be retained in Budget 2015.

 Speaking this afternoon, Mark O’Mahoney, Director of Policy and Communications, Chambers Ireland said “SIPTU’s call for the elimination of the 9% VAT rate is simply bizarre. The hospitality and tourism sectors are labour intensive, and employ significant numbers of people in a variety of businesses. It is vital that the businesses in these sectors are supported in order to protect jobs. Maintaining the 9% rate will help protect and grow employment throughout Ireland.”

 

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