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 2018 / 2020 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; Hugh Rouse, Rouse Insurance

Vice President; Gerard Luskin of Luskins Bistro

Secretary; Jane O’Hora of The Broken Jug

Treasurer; Gregory Connolly, Ballina Motor Care

PRO; Brian Hopkins Ezewarm

Chamber Council 2018:

Paul Regan of Dillons Bar & Restaurant

Peter Loftus of Bourke, Carrigg Loftus Solicitors,

Andrew Keane of Great National Hotel Ballina

Mary Doherty of Bank of Ireland, Mayo

Corinne Beattie of Corinne Beattie Photography

Garret Michael of TopLine Archers,

Tom Horkan of Hollister

Anne Marie Coleman of Ballina Beverages

Maria Carr of The Junction Restaurant

Shane Walkin of Audioworks 

Oliver Murphy of Olivers Menswear

Stephen McAndrew of Platforms Shoes

Ed Lundy of Lundy Haulage

Clíona M Boland BL

Brian Rouse Intrum

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 2018
  • 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 2018

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 2018.

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, Property.

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 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

Ballina Business Directory 2017 www.ballina.ie

Register Your Business, Please fill in the following form Business Directory Data 2018 and return it to info@ballina.ie

Get in touch if you have any enquiries!

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

mayonorth

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.

With even more events and festivals being added to the Mayo North itinerary, 2017 saw a more collaborative approach towards promoting the area, when the Ceide Coast (Ballycastle, Co Mayo) came runner up in the EDEN Awards- European Destination of Excellence Competition, Tangible Cultural Tourism, Failte Ireland.  Spear headed by Mayo North Promotions, this was a great achievement for the committee who included Belderrig, Ballycastle, Killala and Ballina, as a true community application was presented.

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 was hosted on Tuesday 24th May, 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 Winter / Spring 2018

Ballina Chamber Networking Dinner, Friday 26th January 2018

Ballina Chamber of Commerce celebrates all things positive in the Ballina Community as it hosts its annual Chamber Networking Dinner at Mount Falcon, from 7pm Click here for further information.

 

AGM 20th February 2018

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

 

Enterprise Week, 4th – 9th March 2018

Local Enterprise Office in conjunction with Mayo Chambers & Ballina Chamber of Commerce presents Enterprise Week, Further information click on Enterprise Week

Featuring Ballina Advice Clinic, Ballina Chamber Offices, 8th March 10am – 12noon – FREE, Booking essential Contact Elaine Moyles of LEO Mayo  emoyles@MayoCoCo.ie

 

Pivotal Business Development Workshop 10th April 2018

Ballina Chamber of Commerce is joining forces with Pivotal Business Coaching to run a FREE Business Development Workshop for the businesses of Ballina and surrounds commencing 9.30am – 1pm  Further Information

 

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Ballina 12th April 2018

Are you GDPR ready, this workshop will set out a step-by-step guide on preparing for the GDPR’s arrival to include what the current law is and your obligations and what is coming in May 2018. Further Information

 

Mayo Day Weekend from 4th – 8th May 2018

Further Information at Mayo Day 2018

 

GDPR Workshop – Ballina – 15th May 2018

Data protection applies to every business – it can be a sole trader, partnership or company. The thoird GDPR workshop runs from 6.30pm – 9.30pm to facilitate those businesse who could not attend the daytime workshops. Further information

Digital Transformations – Conference 19th & 20th May 2018

A bold, exciting, and innovative international conference focusing on the cultural impacts of the digitisation of society. This 2-day conference is bringing a panoply of speakers from Ireland, Europe and North America to share radical thinking about the digital society.  Click here for Further Information 

 

Monthly Business Advisory Clinics @ Ballina Chamber Offices

Run in conjunction with Local Enterprise Office Mayo, contact elainemoyles@leo.mayococo 094 904 7555

Friday 4th May 9am-1pm

Friday 8th June 9am – 1pm

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