Fingal Chamber Chief Executive End of Year Statement
I am delighted to announce that 2022 was arguably Fingal Chamber’s most successful year ever and we are looking forward with enthusiasm to 2023.
Some highlights of the year included the Chamber attracting almost 50 new members, introducing our bi-annual business sentiment surveys, appointing a new Head of Public Affairs and hosting some first time high profile events. The re-location of our Chamber offices to No. 2 Dublin Airport Central was also a significant event for us placing us in the economic heartbeat of the region.
Responses from the Fingal business community to our two Business Sentiment Surveys highlighting housing, energy, inflation, recruitment and retention as key issues, have given us a mandate to advocate on their behalf. Consequently we held our first Fingal Connects Expo, a Political Leaders series which featured An Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar TD, who provided a detailed business briefing; Minister for Finance, Paschal Donoghue TD, gave a Budget 2023 update and Minister for Housing, Darragh O’Brien TD brought insights into the government’s efforts to resolve the housing crisis.
The Chamber’s voice was further strengthened with the addition of a monthly Policy Newsletter providing members with insights on its advocacy work, latest relevant legislation, collaborations with Chambers Ireland and submissions to Fingal County Council on consultations in the region.
It was wonderful to meet members in-person again following a two year hiatus with the resumption of the Chamber Golf Day and summer BBQ. The end of the year saw the return of our renowned Fingal Business Excellence Awards, a highpoint for many businesses in the region. A number of virtual events were also held for members in collaboration with our HR partners Adare Human Resource Management. This partnership provides excellent support for businesses on HR issues which included the sharing of ideas, best practices, and planning for the future of Strategic HR
Further success was achieved through the Chamber’s partnership with Skillnet Ireland as almost 650 employees from near 150 companies availed of subsidised training this year, helping to bridge the skills and talent gap.
Documentation certification and certificates of origin is an important service offered by Fingal Chamber and almost 5,000 certified documents were processed during the year.
It was heartening to see Ireland commenced its climb up from the effects of the global pandemic towards the end of Q1 this year and with it the green shoots of recovery. While the economy is growing rapidly there are many challenges ahead.
Fingal Chamber continues to collaborate closely with Fingal County Council representing business in the area not only to find solutions to barriers impeding business but also to showcase the very best the region has to offer.
I want to thank our outgoing President John O’Donoghue for his commitment to the Chamber in 2022 and we look forward to welcoming Helen McNamara from Bank of Ireland as our new President in January 2023.
Our Business Sentiment Survey indicated that businesses in Fingal are optimistic about the future. Fingal Chamber will continue to be an integral part of business in Fingal and we look forward to working with you and for you in advancing business together.