Tuesday 23 April 2019

Chamber to host breakfast briefing for Mallow businesses

Mallow Chamber president Pat Hayes
Mallow Chamber president Pat Hayes

Bill Browne

The Mallow Chamber host a breakfast briefing and information seminar for the local business community at the Hibernian Hotel this coming Friday morning from 7.30am.

Chamber president Pat Hayes said the seminar will focus on two important issues, the ongoing Garda backed 'Business Watch' initiative and an update on the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which came into force last May. 

"These are both matters of huge importance to the local business community and it is highly recommended that people attended the meeting," said Mr Hayes. 

Keynote speakers on the day will include local community Garda John Fitzgerald who will give an overview of the Business Watch scheme and Philipa Jane Farley, the CEO of Cork-based consultancy ProPrivacy. 

Mr Hayes said that crime accounts for a significant cost to our society, is a "serious threat" to economic development and can place a severe burden on local businesses. 

"Direct losses from theft, attacks on property and vandalism can place the viability of many businesses at risk, as can the sometimes huge cost of taking preventative measures," said Mr Hayes. 

"Most crimes against businesses are opportunist in nature and Business Watch aims to significantly reduced these opportunities. In his presentation, Garda Fitzgerald will speak about effective preventative measures that can be taken to help reduce and prevent crime in Mallow," he added. 

Mr Hayes said that Ms Farley, who provides compliance advice and electronic training on data protection and electronic privacy and law matters businesses, will give a brief summary on data protection obligations for SME's. 

"She will also give a snapshot of the current data protection landscape and an update on the development of cybersecurity governance in Ireland," he said. 

"A member of the North Cork Business Alliance will also be giving a brief outline of what they do and the benefits of being aligned to their organisation," said Mr Hayes. The meeting is open to all members of the local business community and admission will be free. 

For more information and to register interest in attending the meeting contact Liz O'Sullivan on 022 55660 or mail