Wexford Chamber offices to get a major revamp

By David Tucker

Published 09/06/2015 | 00:00

Wexford Business Expo in Whites Hotel on Thursday. Martin Doyle president Wexford Chamber
Wexford Business Expo in Whites Hotel on Thursday. Martin Doyle president Wexford Chamber

WEXFORD Chamber is embarking on a landmark project with Wexford County Council and Wexford-based ICT solutions and services provider Datapac.

The project will see the Chamber's offices completely revitalised and redeveloped to incorporate the latest technology and communications infrastructure.

The announcement was made at Friday night's Business Awards by Chamber President Martin Doyle (pictured) who said the existing premises at Dr. Furlong's was somewhere the chamber did not want to give up, but needed some serious repair.

Over the past number of years, Wexford Chamber has grown exponentially to become one of the most active and successful Chamber of Commerce in Ireland. Staff numbers, levels of business-to-business meetings, the number of events held, and the range of services offered to its members have all increased in line with this growth.

The rejuvenated offices will serve as a meeting area where Chamber staff and members can work collaboratively to develop and grow the local Wexford economy. A major part of this renovation will be the installation of a new Boardroom and Training Facility, which will be named the Datapac Business Resource Centre.

'We wanted an environment that was welcoming and open to our members and comfortable and collaborative for our meetings. We wanted the best for the future home of the Chamber. Our current location in Dr Furlong's on Hill Street, home for the past two years, is somewhere that we did not want to give up,' said Mr. Doyle.

'It has all the attributes a Chamber building needs - accessibility, strategic alignment and visibility. However, it is a very old building in need of some serious repair. The new space will be welcoming, bright, open, collaborative, spacious and innovative.' Karen O'Connor, general manager service delivery, Datapac, said the company was delighted to play a catalyst role in supporting the transformation of the facilities for Wexford Chamber and its members.

'It was a fantastic opportunity for us to give something back to the business community in Wexford where we began, and to support a chamber that is proactive and progressive and of which we have been members for many years.'

Madeleine Quirke, CEO, Wexford Chamber, who has guided the Chamber through some difficult years, said the addition of the Datapac Resource Centre will enable Wexford Chamber to offer state-of-the-art services to its members in terms of telephone services, video conferencing, wireless connectivity, print services and collaborative working.


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