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Laois Chamber to host ‘Supporting Business Together’ event

Laois Chamber of Commerce continue to play a very strong virtual game and following events last week involving the Central Bank Governor Gabriel Makhlouf and a cyber security chat with JP Kehoe from Skout Security and Leo Harris from Manguard Plus, they have announced details of their next big event.

On Wednesday, February 17, they are holding a virtual conference titled ‘Supporting Business Together’. It is a big event, one that will run from 9am to 1pm and include a range of speakers, headed up by keynote speaker Anna May McHugh from the National Ploughing Association.

“As we as we move into a post Covid environment over the coming months, it is vital that businesses of all sizes, in the county and region, are aware of the vast array supports available to them,” said this week’s update from the Chamber to its members.

“This event will cover Education, Training, Innovation, Finance and Leadership. We will hear from expert speakers from industry and government bodies including Gas Networks Ireland, LOETB, Carlow IT – Life Long Learning, University of Limerick – Graduate and Professional Studies and Laois County Council.”

An event schedule will be issued in advance of the event.

Virtual break out rooms will be available following the speakers.

Registration is required and can be done so at the following link. 

In case you missed it: More than 700 new Laois websites registered in 2020

Laois businesses, services, and community groups registered 733 new websites in 2020.

The latest .ie Domain Profile Report, which explores and analyses the .ie database, says that the number represents a 13% increase on 2019.

This, the group says, shows how the county has mobilised online in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

You can read our full report here. 

Laois LEO offer another engaging schedule of courses this spring

The Laois Local Enterprise Office (LEO) have had to change how they do things too at this time but they once again have a very busy schedule of training events lined up this spring.

From courses on ‘Managing time and energy while working from home’ to ‘Start your own business’ and ‘Bookkeeping and Taxation’, there is a great range to choose from.

Perhaps a sign of the times is how many of the course that are already fully booked but there’s great quality to be got on these courses, many of which are heavily subsidised and offer incredible value.

You can check out the list of events here. 

Worth a read: How an accountant earning the minimum wage could afford a €10m house and holiday homes in Spain and Florida – and how he got caught

The Currency is a new Irish subscription-based business news website and one that produces some absolutely cracking reads and podcasts.

One of the stories this week details how a chartered accountant came to Revenue’s attention after declaring an income of just €12,302 for ten years, whose wife didn’t declare an income and who was able to afford to privately educate three children, had a house with an indoor swimming pool in holiday homes in Spain and the USA.

He was caught because someone renting his house applied for a tax credit worth €300 but needed to provide Revenue with the landlord’s details.

The story makes for a fascinating read and you can check it out here. 

Worth a listen: That Great Business Show Podcast

Many readers will remember the voice of Conall Ó Móráin, who used to host the excellent Sunday Business Show on Today FM.

That show is no longer running on Today FM but the stockbroker has started his own weekly business podcast alongside former Ireland rugby international Jamie Heaslip, who is now a business coach and investor.

“We highlight all that’s great in Irish business, they say on the blurb on their website.

“Every week we’ll open your ears to a world of business opportunities across every sector. Of course, we’re strictly pro-business.”

It’s worth a listen. You can check it out here.

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