BLCC and Luxair Networking and Members Event

November 21st 2019 was our “Members Only” event which was held in the Dean Hotel on Harcourt Street.

There were 3 presenters with a special opening presentation from our sponsors Luxair. This was conveyed by Eileen Penrose and gave up to date information on the Airline which is going from strength to strength. It was 6 flights a week from Dublin to Luxembourg during the summer reducing to 4 flights in the winter months. Despite competition from Ryanair travelling with Luxair shows better value for money when you take into consideration all the extra charges by Ryanair and the higher level of service offered by Luxair.

The Luxair Group consist of the Airline, Luxair Tours which are well established in Luxembourg and the greater region. Luxair Cargo which specialises in Air Freight and Luxair Services (airport services). The Group is built on diversity and shared values with a turnover of €530 million.

Jean-Marc Bourguigon of Living Language gave an excellent presentation which included two superb videos showcasing their summer camps and language schools. Living Language was founded by Jean-Marc and his wife Mary-Clare Dever in the early eighties and offers a highly respected programme in four languages French-Spanish-German and English for young students both here and abroad.

Their students benefit from a combination of classes, culture, sports and encounter. They ensure experienced teaching, small numbers and a caring environment. The students learn more than an essential foreign language but what is often initially perceived as a daunting adventure becomes an enjoyable and maturing experience. Living Language has built its excellent reputation on word of mouth and recommendations from very happy students and satisfied parents. Living Language is based at 102 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4. 00353 1 660 4704/660 4911

Next up was Tim Mulhall the Managing Director of Tandem Project Management with offices in Cork-Dublin-Kerry-Waterford and the Netherlands. Tim is a Chartered Engineer with over 20 years’ experience of project management in the biotech, pharmaceutical, industrial and commercial sectors. Tim founded Tandem Project Management in 2010 and is now employing 130 highly trained, experienced personnel. Their Design team has extensive experience across a range of disciplines enabling them to deliver end-to-end engineering consultancy services to life science, food, industrial and commercial clients in Ireland, Uk and Europe.

Tim sees mixed opportunities for his company from the impact of Brexit. It has meant a show down in capital investment from UK clients but thankfully the company is not reliant on the UK market. There will be longer lead times and increased prices for UK sourced materials. But Tandem Project Management sees opportunities too and will continue to monitor the situation.

Final we had a very informative and fun video from Patricia Mackay on behalf of Kilcroney Furniture. Not only did it showcase the beautiful furniture that is available at Kilcroney Furniture but it was a tribute to their long standing and honourable founder Mrs Anny Verwijs who is still at the helm of her beloved Kilcroney Furniture some 40 years later. Brexit will have effect on their transport through the UK but their manufacturers on Mainland Europe are making the necessary arrangements so they feel the impact will only be at the initial stages until everything is up and running. Kilcroney Furniture have worked through Intrastat Forms, Commodity Codes, Duty etc., in the past and feel that Brexit means going backwards instead of forwards and they will deal with it accordingly as each stage presents itself.

After the presentations a warm and chatty reception ensued which was the end to a most enjoyable and informative event.