Ballina Chamber

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Ballina Chamber of Commerce, Ballina, Co Mayo, Ireland exists to promote and support the economic well-being of local businesses, in particular that of its members in Ballina and its surrounds.

Its vision for 2017 and beyond is to create a dynamic business climate in which entrepreneurial flair can flourish in the town of Ballina and its surrounds. Its aim is to achieve a consensus for the strategic development of the town as an attractive place to do business, live and visit.

Ballina Chamber of Commerce Council

Current Chamber President Paul Regan, Dillons Bar & Restaurant

Vice President; Gerard Luskin of Luskins Bistro

Secretary; Jane O’Hora of Great National Hotel Ballina

Treasurer; Gregory Connolly, Ballina Motor Care

Chamber Council 2017:

Rory Quinn of Rory Quinn Jewellers,

Steven Hannick of Primary Solutions,

Peter Loftus of Bourke, Carrigg Loftus Solicitors,

Mary Moyles of The Broken Jug,

Andrew Keane of Great National Hotel Ballina

Mary Doherty of Bank of Ireland, Ballina

Corinne Beattie of Corinne Beattie Photography

Garret Michael of TopLine Archers,

Peter Timlin of Timlins Drapery 

Kevin Connolly of Connolly Motor Group

Hugh Rouse of Rouse Insurance

Anthony Moran of Morans Shoes

Patrick Hallahan of The Loft Bar

Tom Horkan of Hollister 

Edel Sweeney of Ballina Manor Hotel

It’s good being a member of your local Chamber, and here are some reasons why…

  • Networking – 60% of members do business to business and refer business on to Chamber members.
  • Business Advice - Chamber seminars, workshops and conferences, with many more planned for Ballina Chamber in 2017
  • Discounted business services from member to member. Part of the Chamber strategic policy.
  • Free Promotion – You can use the chamber website to announce special offers or other business announcements. Have you signed up to our Ballina Business Listing yet?
  • Updates - Ballina Chamber have launched a News Digest newsletter, and are continuing with monthly Chamber council meetings and working groups.
  • Membership Business directory listing. Ballina Chamber will forward out Your ezines and mailshots to our Ballina Listing directory.
  • National influence – Part of a national Chamber movement, with influence on local, regional, national or international as appropriate.
  • Participate in our members only groups for social networking and updates.
  • Lobbying relevant departments to aid businesses in Ballina and the North Mayo region.
  • Trade & Export Services – Issues Export Documentation – Certificates of origin & advice on international trade
  • Ballina Chambers Yearbook 2017

As an inclusive town Chamber, everybody is welcome and we actively encourage businesses to become involved in the 8 Business groups set up to cover all aspects of tourism and business in Ballina (Digital Marketing, Hospitality, Retail, Heritage, Events, Infrastructure, Tourism, Activities.)

Find put more about the benefits of becoming a Ballina Chamber Member in 2017.

For more information, get in touch!

Ballina Chamber needs new members to keep Ballina on the Move to continue the strategy of work it set out to complete from 2013-2015. With the support of existing and New Members, each business can participate in some small way in developing the Ballina Business Network and overall welfare of the town. By becoming a member your financial support will be ploughed back into initiatives and used to develop what is already there.

We are very eager to bring new members on board, those who wish to contribute to the town by paying their Chamber Membership and those who wish to be actively involved in Chamber Council and business development groups; Digital Marketing, Hospitality, Retail, Heritage, Events, Infrastructure, Tourism, Activities.

If you are not a member but are interested in discussing the benefits of Chamber Membership of Ballina’s Chamber of Commerce, please do not hesitate in contacting us.

Ballina Chamber needs Your Membership to Keep Ballina on the Move.

Ballina Chamber of Commerce Membership Enquiry Form

Ballina Business Directory 2017 www.ballina.ie

Register Your Business, Please fill in the following form Business Directory Data 2017 and return it to info@ballina.ie

 

Further information can be obtained from Ballina Tourist Office and Chamber of Commerce 096 72800

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Ballina Chamber of Commerce works alongside Mayo North Promotions Office.

The Mayo North Promotions Office, now based at Ballina Tourist Office, set in the heart of Ballina Town was originally created to promote the North Mayo region as a single brand, encompassing events, tourist offerings, food, entertainment and accommodation offerings from all of the communities within the area. As well as working alongside Mayo County Council’s Tourism division Mayo.ie to support the council in promoting County Mayo. Businesses within the area have recognised the need and embraced the opportunity to work together to promote this beautiful area and all it has to offer, with inspiring results.

The office is managed by Anne-Marie Flynn, who has extensive marketing and event management experience, specialising in Market Research, Public relations and event communications. Anne Marie has brought MayoNorth.ie to the next level of exposure and promotion, with the MayoNorth.ie tourism product gaining recognition from many travel writes, bloggers and travel guides!

Anne Marie and the Mayo North.ie team have put in place sophisticated marketing plans which cover both online and traditional media, and promote events and festivals to their very full potential across a variety of different mediums, as well as providing information for visitors on accommodation, activities and dining across the entire region.

Over the past three years, since the inception of the Mayo North Promotions office, there has been an growth in visitor numbers, a rise in the number of festivals and events, and increased spend in the region. The team between them delivered immense success in 2014 including the introduction of three new festivals that saw an increase of 12% in visitor numbers to the region, and they along with the businesses, voluntary organisations and communities in the area have continued to build upon this success in 2015.

2015 saw a further visitor increase of 21% overall with additional fantastic events being promoted through Mayo North Promotions.

The Mayo North Office is working hard to further establish the region as a key destination on the Wild Atlantic Way.

More information on the Mayo North region go to www.mayonorth.ie

Meet Mayo North Tourism Exp by MayoNorth.ie and Ballina Chamber

(Left to Right) Billy Lewis (CEO Moy Valley Resources) Paul Regan (President Ballina Chamber of Commerce and proprietor of Dillons Bar & Restaurant) Anne Marie Flynn (Marketing Manager MayoNorth.ie) Killian Rogers Performance Artist with Ballina Salmon Festival, Gerry Luskin (Vice President Balina Chamber and proprietor of Luskins Bistro) Mags Downey Martin (Ballina Chamber of Commerce and Ballina Tourist Office Manager) Daithí Ó Gallachóir (Oifigeach Forbartha Gnó Mhaigh Eo)

The very first Tourism Networking event; Meet Mayo North hosted on Tuesday 24th May in 2016 at the Ballina Manor Hotel.

Mayo North’s most recent event Mayo North Food Tourism Seminar hosted by the Great National Hotel on Tuesday 28th March brought together a plethora of independent food producers, chefs, cafes owners and restaurant and hotel managers from across the region to network and share information.

th March Mayo North Food Tourism Seminar

Ballina Chamber is one of the largest business membership organisation in Mayo, representing over 200 businesses and organisations in Ballina town and the wider County.

Ballina Chamber of Commerce is committed to the Business community but also offers help and support to Voluntary organisations and groups who gives so much to the community. As well as supporting Chamber members in business it also provides additional services to the town and county.

 

Events this Spring 2017

AGM 27th February 2017:

Ballina Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting @ 7pm, Ballina Tourist Office and Chamber of Commerce.

Local on Line,  7th March 2017:

Ballina Chamber of Commerce, Mayo Chamber in association with Mayo Local Enterprise Office hosts Local on Line, Breaffy House, Castlebar @ 7pm.  Further Information at Local on Line, Ballina Chamber

Enterprise Week, 5th – 10th March 2017:

Local Enterprise Office in conjunction with Mayo Chambers presents Enterprise Week, Further information click on Enterprise Week

Mayo North Food Tourism Seminar 28th March 2017;

All types of food businesses from Mayo and West Sligo are invited to attend the first Mayo North Food Tourism Seminar, which takes place in the Great National Hotel Ballina at 9:30am on Tuesday 28th March.

Ballina Chamber of Commerce: Launch of Business Watch with An Garda Siochana and Business Community of Ballina 26th April 2017 – Launch in Ballina Garda Station on Wednesday evening at 7pm.

Wills, Trusts & Enduring Power of Attorney Seminar 27th April 2017:

Presented by Peter Loftus of Bourke, Carrigg and Loftus, this seminar is a must for anyone who has made or is contemplating making a will. Click for further details and to register for the seminar contact chamber@ballina.ie

(27th April 2017 ) Following on from Peters presentation, at 10.30am also in T/Office, Team Unity Racing from St Muredachs College are giving a presentation to the Chamber of Commerce, they want your feedback and any tips you have for giving pitches and improving their presentation skills.

Facebook for Business (Advanced ) 2nd & 9th May 2017;

The aim of this two phase programme is to assist those who already have an established Facebook business presence and who wish to use advanced techniques to augment its reach, presented by Louise McDonnell of 2Market. Click here for Further details and to register for the seminar contact chamber@ballina.ie

Networking

Ballina Chamber provide networking opportunities for our members through a number of events each year. In addition to informative seminars and briefings throughout the year, Ballina Chamber also hosts the following:

  • Annual AGM
  • Annual Christmas Luncheon
  • Budget Breakfast
  • Business Event Hosting
  • Presidential Handover Networking
  • Social Evenings

 

Export Documentation

Some countries request a Certificate of Origin with imports. This document proves the place of growth, production, or manufacture of goods. Ballina Chamber provide two types of certificates of origin, a European Union Certificate and an Arab-Irish Certificate. Ballina Chamber is authorised to sign and stamp both of these documents.

Certificate Of Origin

What you are exporting and where you are exporting to will play a major role in determining the export documentation that you require. Ballina Chamber are officially authorised by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and Chambers Ireland to issue and certify export documentation along with professional advice to experienced and new exporters at every stage of the exporting process. Documentation is a key element and Ballina Chamber can provide in-depth services for export documentation including

  • EC Certificates of Origin
  • Arab-Irish Certificates of Origin

 

International Trade Services

In addition Ballina Chamber provides online certification for EC Certs of Origin for exporters through their partner TradeCert.ie. Availing of this service couldn’t be faster thanks to TradeCert’s online application format. Simply submit your application online and we will email you to confirm approval and you then issue an EC Certificate of Origin right at your own printer.

What is a Certificate of Origin?

A Certificate of Origin is a document attesting that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained or produced or manufactured or processed in a particular country (country of origin). Virtually every country in the world considers the origin of imported goods when determining what duty will be assessed on the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all.

Certificates of Origin are intended solely to prove the origin of goods in order to satisfy customs or trade requirements. Certificates of Origin should only be issued when they are actually needed, for example, in the following circumstances;

  • To meet customs requirements in the importing state
  • The customer/buyer/importer (consignee) requires it
  • To meet ‘quota’ or statistical requirements imposed by the importing country
  • To comply with the banking or trade finance requirements / letters of credit

The main forms of Certificates of Origin are:

  1. European Certificate of Origin – Ballina provides this service
  2. Arab-Irish Certificate of Origin – Ballina Provides this service
  3. EUR 1 Movement Certificates
  4. ATR Movement Certificates (for European Community trade with Turkey)

Help your business grow internationally by taking advantage of our unique contacts abroad and export services.

Contact chamber@ballina.ie or 096 72800 for further details.

 

Promotion & Sponsorship

Ballina Chamber promotes the business of our members through a listing in our Business Directory & Diary and on our website. New members are also promoted in our New Members Booklet published each year. From time to time we have opportunities for the business community to sponsor our events or publications. Ballina Chamber are happy to send out Ballina Chamber Members Ezies to the larger Business directory.

If you are interested in sponsoring an event or having a bigger presence on ballina.ie website through advertising, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss your requirements.

Contact chamber@ballina.ie or 096 72800 for further details

 

Communication

Communication with our members is important to us, we therefore regularly contact our members by email, telephone and we issue a monthly newsletter by email. When urgency is required we contact members by text message. We issue a large number of press releases on subjects that are important to Ballina, and the wider Ballina business community. Ballina Chamber provides a circulation service via Email, and group social media platforms to our members from interested companies.

If you would like us to distribute Ezines, and or any correspondence to our Chamber Members and business partners and Business community, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss your requirements.

Contact chamber@ballina.ie or 096 72800 for further details

 

Boardroom

Are you looking for somewhere to hold a meeting, training session or interview in the centre of town?

The Ballina Chamber Boardroom is now available.

Board room at Ballina Tourist and Chamber Offixce, Pearse St, Ballina Co Mayo  Boardroom at Ballina Tourist and Chamber Offices, Pearse St, Ballina Co Mayo

Contact chamber@ballina.ie or 096 72800 for further details

Ballina Chamber Boardroom is equipped with a projector, screen and WIFI for all your conference needs.

 

Ballina Tourist Office

Ballina Tourist Office, Chamber Offices Mayo North Promotions Office, Ballina Co Mayo along the Wild Atlantic WayBallina Tourist Office is a Failte Ireland approved and licenced Community Tourist Office, run and managed by Ballina Chamber of Commerce, with the support of Community Employment Staff of Moy Valley.  Ballina Chamber employs a part time manager to manage the offices.

 

Ballina Chamber are delighted to host Mayo North Promotions Office and Ballina Salmon Festival Office working together the same building, all working towards the same goal to promote the Mayo North region.

Ballina Tourist  is based on Pearse St, Ballina, Co Mayo (across the road from the Jackie Clarke Collection)

Contact Details:

Ballina Tourist Office, 44 Pearse St, Ballina, Co Mayo

Tel: 00353 96 72800

Email: info@ballina.ie

Opening for Business;

October – April: Mon to Friday 10am – 5pm

May – September: Mon to Saturday 10am – 5pm

Ballina Chamber of Commerce has devised and created a 5 Year strategic plan, both internally for the Chamber as a business and also to give clear vision and definition of what it wants to achieve for the town and surrounds.

The purpose of the 2015 – 2020 Strategic Plan is to provide guidance and goals for the Chamber:

Realising the vision and accomplishing the mission of the Ballina Chamber

Building on the Chamber’s current strengths and addressing its weaknesses,

Seizing opportunities and planning against threats that currently face the Chamber

 

A brief outline of the Ballina Chamber of Commerce 5 Year strategic Plan Objectives includes:

Promote town/county as an attractive location for tourism & new business

Lobby to improve town/county as a location for current business

Promote Shop Local

Support Projects that Promote Businesses

Highlighting 3 points that will enhance living, working and visiting Ballina, Ballina Chamber of Commerce aims to work for:

  1. Infrastructure of the Town

Ring Road in Ballina N26, including road from Swinford to Mount Falcon, Reviewing Car-parking facilities, Bus Parking, Cover in Military Barracks, Boardwalk from Ballina town to Quay Village, Bridge connecting Belleek to The Quay & Enniscrone Greenway.

  1. Promote a ‘Ballina Retail Fights Back’ Ethos

Four Main Streets of Ballina town will be consistent in landscaping, Promoting front window creativity with Ballina town retailers, Promote a lovely town to shop in, Additional loading bays in the high streets, Tackle the unsightly Deanwood property, Christmas Lighting Plan to enhance the whole of the town, Laneway into Diamonds Car park, Better signage in the town, Public Toilets.

  1. Enterprise

Promote & Lobby for Town/County as an Attractive Business Location Work with and in conjunction with Mayo County Council’s Local Enterprise Office, provide Desk for LEO at new Ballina Tourist and Chamber Offices on Pearse St, alongside and in partnership with Ballina Salmon Festival.

To request a full version of Ballina Chamber of Commerce 5 Year Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020 document, please contact chamber@ballinba.ie 096 72800

Ballina Chamber of Commerce has worked hard in forming and creating partnerships with local Government, public sector bodies, private businesses and commercial enterprises. As well as community groups, voluntary committees and sporting organisations, all who play a vital role in contributing to the improvement, development and enhancement of Ballina; with the common aim of Making Ballina a better place to Live, Work and Enjoy.

Ballina Chamber works closely with and alongside Ballina Municipal District Council, Mayo County Council, Mayo County Enterprise Office, Jackie Clarke Collection, Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina Tidy Towns, Ballina Athletic Club, Ballina Farmers Market, Belleek Forest Enhancement Group, Ballina Stephenites GAA, Ballina Community Radio, Ballina Salmon Festival, Coillte, Ballina Rugby Club, Ballina Town Library, Kilmoremnoy LGFC, Ardnaree Sarsfield and Moy Valley Resources.

Combined with working with local industry, Ballina Chamber of Commerce believes the future development of the town lies in building partnerships, and creating networks.

If you would like to build partnerships with Ballina Chamber of Commerce, please contact chamber@ballina.ie or call 096 72800