Midlands Gateway Chamber Newsletter



New President calls for Midlands Development to be Hogan’s Priority
JH_5Put the Midlands at the top of your list for development is the message being sent from Midlands Gateway Chamber to the Irish Government.
“The Midland Gateway, Mullingar, Athlone and Tullamore, was identified as one of nine Gateways in the country for economic development in the 2002 National Spatial Strategy. On February 12th Minister Phil Hogan announced that the strategy was to be scrapped.
This chamber will work to be a constant presence reminding the Government and the Minister that the Midlands is the perfect place for development and that the Minister should make this development a priority,” said John Humphries, Midlands Gateway Chamber President 2013.  Read More


Discover what the Midlands Region has to offer your Business

The presentations from this event can be accessed here.
Should you require any additional information or would like to request a meeting to explore opportunities for collaboration please do not hesitate to contact:
Athlone Institute of Technology –  Lorna Walsh –  lwalsh@ait.ie
Enterprise Ireland – Mark Atterbury – mark.atterbury@enterprise-ireland.com
Midland Regional Authority – Sarah Morgan –smorgan@midlands.ie

Mullingar’s first call centre and business process outsourcing course has proven an enormous success

The 10 week course was a joint initiative from Mullingar Chamber of Commerce and Westmeath Community Development (WCD) as a strategy to market Mullingar as the business process outsourcing capital of Ireland, and to fulfil the two organisations pledge to pro actively reduce unemployment in the Midlands. Read More

Upcoming Events:
CIPD Midlands Presents:Performance Management Driving Business Growth
Hodson Bay Hotel
Tuesday, 5th March 2013 at 5:30pm.  Read More
To attend this event, please RSVP to midlandscipd@gmail.com

Free Cloud Technology Seminar with Microsoft in Mullingar; Mullingar Chamber and Microsoft Cloud Technology Breakfast Seminar

Tuesday 5th March, 10:30am – 12.15pm
Annebrook House Hotel, Mullingar.
You will learn why Cloud technology is particularly suited to start-ups and growing businesses and how you can get up and running with the technology for less than €6 per month.’What is Cloud?’ – Microsoft Cloud Expert’Cloud in Action’ – Microsoft PartnerCloud from a Customer & User Viewpoint – Microsoft Cloud Custom Places for the event are limited
 CLICK HERE  to book

Promoting Bio Energy Regions and the Bioenergy Sector in Ireland; BIOREGIONS Seminar and Workshop 
Thursday 7th March 9.00am – 1.30pm
The Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar, Co Westmeath
Westmeath Community Development, acting as the Irish partner in the EU BIOREGIONS project, would like to invite all stakeholders, agencies, organisations and persons active or interested in the development of the Bioenergy sector or projects to attend and participate in a seminar and workshop on the development of Bioenergy Regions in Ireland.  To reserve a place please contact Patrick Daly on 0449372008 or

A Wind Of Change To Blow Through The Midlands Economy
Friday 8th March, 9am to 1pm

Tullamore Court Hotel, O’Moore Street, Tullamore.

A unique workshop to discuss the opportunities these announcements present for sub-suppliers e.g. during the construction phase, the installation phase and ongoing/continuing maintenance phase and others.    If you are an education provider, (secondary level, third level or state agency), an SME in any of the following areas – Electrical, electronics, engineering, precast concrete, specialised adhesives/grouts, utility piping/ducting, fencing, concrete, aggregates; lubricants. This workshop is for you.

Event Schedule and Speakers:
9am Tea/Coffee
9.30am Introduction
9.45am Minister Pat Rabbitte
10.00am Gabriel D’Arcy, Bord na Mona
10.15am Tim Cowhig, Element Power Ireland
10.30am Mainstream Renewable Power
10.45am Questions and Answers
11.15am Tea/Coffee Break
11.35am John Reilly, Bord na Mona Mount Lucas Procurement Case Study
11.50am Gary O’Callaghan, Siemens
12.10pm Kenneth Matthews, IWEA Economic Impact Case Study
12.30pm Questions and Answers
For more information and to register your attendance at the workshop on March 8th, email 
12.45pm Close and Conclusions
1pm Networking  lunch of soup and sandwiches for attendees in the hotel restaurant.midlandswind@gmail.com

Network for Success
Thurs, April 25th, 5.30pm to 8pm
Mullingar Park Hotel,
Guest Speaker: – Frances Jones Image Matters



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