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 Cot & Cobble

Treasurer; Tracy Glacken, Glacken Accountants

PRO; Clíona M Boland BL

Chamber Council 2019:

Brian Hopkins Ezewarm.

Peter Loftus of Bourke, Carrigg Loftus Solicitors.

Oliver Murphy of Olivers Menswear.

Mary Doherty of Bank of Ireland, Mayo.

Corinne Beattie of Corinne Beattie Photography.

Tom Horkan of Hollister.

Brian Rouse (formerly of Intrum). 

Maria Carr of The Junction Restaurant.

Shane Walkin of Audioworks 

David Devers, Connacht Print and Signs.

David O’Malley, Callan Tansey Solicitors.

Gregory Connolly, Ballina Motor Care.

Joe Cawley, AIB Bank, Mayo.

John Dunleavy, Dunleavy Meats.

John Newcombe, Ballina Beverages.

Padraig Mc Namara, Hogan’s Bar.

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 2019
  • 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 2019

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 2019.

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 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

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.

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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.

Ballina-Chamber-Logo-Transparent-RGBBallina Chamber – 2019 Networking & Training

    • 16th January/15th & 16th May/5th September/13th November – The Chambers Ireland Chamber Executive Forums
  • 13th February – Other Voices RTÉ programme screening at the Ballina Arts Centre, alongside Ballina’s Purple Flag Celebration the same evening.
  • 21st February – Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Ballina Chamber of Commerce offices.
  • 8th March – International Women’s Day, Ballina Library 10am-12 noon
  • April – Local Election Candidate Forum Date (provisionally 11th April TBC)
  • Early April – Fam Trip Tour around North Mayo, ‘Get to know your Area, North Mayo’ (Date TBC)
  • 10th April – The Chamber of the Year 2019 Dublin (Chambers Ireland)
  • 24th May – Local Elections
  • June – Members Summer Networking event (Date TBC)
  • June – Meet with newly elected BMDC Councillors
  • 26th September – Launch of Food Fleadh (27th & 28th Sept. Food Fleadh & Other Voices Ballina)
  • November – Mayo Business Awards – (Date TBC)
  • November – Mayo Association Dublin Networking Event, 15th November
  • 6th December – Chamber President Christmas Dinner

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Mayo North Events 2019

  • 19th February Mayo North Promotional Networking event: Meet Mayo North Tourism Networking Event
  • 17th May Meet Mayo North Tourism Awards, Mayo North Promotions Office

Limited spaces for both training courses, contact Ballina Chamber & Tourist office for further information 096 72800.

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28th FebruaryPeninsula Ireland. Terrance Morgan focusing in on Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018 – Ballina Tourist Office @ 10am – 12 noon – FREE, however pre-booking is essential

6th March Retail Selling Skills Workshop – ‘Without a sale you don’t have a business’, at Ballina Tourist Office 10am-1pm. Tickets €40 pre-booking essential 096 72800

20th MarchFacebook for Business – Beginners Course, in Social Media training at The Great National Hotel Ballina – €30. To book your place, find this course under the category “Workshop” via the link: Local Enterprise Online Booking

27th March Customer Service Workshop – ‘Good customers service is vital for all businesses, large and small,’ Ballina Tourist Office 10am – 1pm €40 pre-booking essential 096 72800

9th April Trading Online Voucher – Free Information Seminar, at The Great National Hotel Ballina. To book your place, find this course under the category “Business Training” via the link: Local Enterprise Online Booking

17th AprilFacebook for Business – Advanced Course, in Social Media training at The Great National Hotel Ballina – €30. To book your place, find this course under the category “Workshop” via the link: Local Enterprise Online Booking

6th March 2019 – Retail Selling Skills Workshop Without a sale you don’t have a business
Selling is the single most important activity in which you or your company can engage.  Whether you’re looking to learn more about gaining leads, engaging the customers in your sales pitch, making a recommendation or closing deals this course will support you.  Selling successfully is the key to growing your business, which in turn increases your turnover.

27th March-Customer Service Workshop- ‘Good Customers Service is vital for all businesses, Large and Small. It impacts directly with sales and the profit of the business. The aim of this course is to provide the participants with the knowledge, skill and attitudes necessary to provide excellent standards of service. The course also covers the difference between face-to-face communication and telephone communication.

Limited spaces for both training courses, contact Ballina Chamber & Tourist office for further information 096 72800

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 Way

Ballina 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:

  • Promoting town/county as an attractive location for tourism & new business
  • Lobbying to improve town/county as a location for current business
  • Promoting the Shop Local scheme
  • Supporting 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

Pay Your Chamber Membership

Whether you’re an existing member, or joining us for the first time, Ballina Chamber of Commerce now accepts Card payments via PayPal and Stripe, offering security and peace of mind for you and your business.

You can pay for your Chamber of Commerce Membership at the correct business rate by clicking this button:

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