So, what exactly does Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce do?

Ever wondered exactly what Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce do in a one hour meeting each week?

Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce caters for all businesses, be they start- ups or well established. Our aim is to connect with and support our fellow members, create a viable business community in our area and still remain true to our heritage as one of Ireland’s top tourist villages… all in one hour!

How we do it. Your membership supports or sponsors the following; Social Media. Every business needs a social media presence and to many businesses, platforms such as Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest, Blogging and Vlogging (Video blogs) are very dirty words! We have organised very competitive social media interactive workshops with fellow member Sue Pamment (www.synergywebstrategies.com) to cater for all our anxieties as we strive to embrace social media and the proven business it can send our way. See below for more information re dates of workshops. Sue also brings social media tips to each and every meeting free of charge!

Avondhu Blackwater. We work closely with Avondhu Blackwater Development who provides, in conjunction with the Chamber, access to business training. More than 90 Blarney business people have attended business training provided free by the Chamber to our members. Tourist Office. Blarney Tourist Office remains open throughout the entire year with the costs borne by Blarney Chamber, Failte Ireland, and staffing from Avondhu Blackwater. The tourist office is by far our greatest expense but in a tourist town like Blarney we see this as an investment and are happy to be in a position to support this with the help of funding from our members. All members can avail of the FREE ADVERTISING available through the TV in the Tourist Office window (kindly sponsored by DNG Kevin Condon) that is running 24/7 on the window display. Our window display is also available on a rota basis to all members who wish to physically advertise their services/products by contacting Mick Forde at The Farm in Grenagh.

Muskerry News / Blarney Person of the Year Awards. Always worth attending if just to remind us all of how much people in Blarney do behind the scenes year in, year out, without any thought of thanks or praise.

BART. Our reassuring Community Alert Text system is paid for by the Chamber.

We also support, organise or assist with the turning on of the Christmas Lights, kindly sponsored by Blarney Castle; Blarney Tidy Towns, run by the wonderful Tom McGrath and his team; Blarney Policing Forum with chairman John Henchion and Secretary Kate Durrant; Blarney Vintage Car Festival run by the hardworking Healy Family which has raised a considerable amount for charity over the years; and lastly the, soon to be reinstated, hanging flower baskets around the village which we purchased and maintain in conjunction with Blarney Tidy Towns and the wonderful Denis Murphy.

And there is more to come, as soon your membership will entitle you to be part of Blarney & District Chamber Website which is currently under construction and has many features including an up to date business listing for all the catchment area, and a very exciting webcam that will give a live feed of our famous village square to the rest of the world!

We would be delighted to see you at all/any of our April meetings which, apart from the lunch meeting, last for strictly one hour!

Friday 4th 9am. Coffee at The Castle Hotel

Wed 9th 8pm. Presentation given by Pharmacy First Plus Tower followed by tea / coffee and the chance to chat at Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel

Thursday 18th 9am. Coffee at The Muskerry Arms

Friday 25th Lunch 1pm. Venue to be advised.

The next Blarney Chamber sponsored social media workshop is spread over two nights, Tuesday 29th April and Tuesday 6th May from 7pm – 8.30pm, and caters for all levels, from beginners to advanced for just €30. Contact Sue at 021 7332865 to book your place

To receive email notification of our events, and much more, send your details to blarneybusiness@gmail.com

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