The Westport Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organisation of local business people who make up its membership, board of directors and executive committee.
It is the objective of Westport Chamber of Commerce:
To promote business in Westport
Attract new businesses
Lobby for business interests
Provide services and information for members.
Encourage camaraderie and friendship between members and between other organisations.
The Chamber is affiliated to Chambers Ireland (CCI) which lobbies for business at national and international level.
The Westport Chamber offers year-round support to numerous festival committees and organisations that have huge impacts on the town. Among them are:
The Westport Chamber has been playing an active and leading role in the Mayo Chambers Group, which includes forming part of the representation for the regional authority which contributes to the National Development Plan at Government level on the Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC).
Mayo now have representation on the Atlantic Economic Corridor committee. Westport Chamber have two representatives in the working group and hosted the first seminar on the AEC by Dr. John Bradley earlier this year.
Mayo Chambers also work closely with Mayo County Council’s Enterprise and Investment Unit and Local Enterprise Office on some initiatives, one being Strategic Planning for local organisations and towns.
Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC)
In 2015 Chamber of Commerce and a Group of Action Oriented Partners along 9 Western Counties (Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry) signed up to a Charter to develop the Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC).
2,725 Businesses employing more than 80,000 people operate within the AEC. The vision of developing a ‘city of scale effect’ will enable the AEC to present opportunities for investment and job creation, bringing wealth and population growth to the region, resulting in a more balanced economy in the country as a whole.
Mayo Local Community Development Committee
In addition to our involvement in the Mayo Chambers group, Westport Chamber continues to have an important voice on matters that spread beyond Westport and into the rest of the county through its involvement in the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and the Mayo PPN.
The LCDC aims to develop, coordinate and implement a coherent and integrated approach to local and community development and it will prepare, implement and monitor the community elements of six-year local economic and community plans.
The LCDC has broad representation from public and private interests including business, local development, education, enterprise, agriculture, voluntary and local authority members.
Mayo Business Awards
Westport Chamber has been a driving force behind the revival of the Mayo Business Awards which is now in its fifth year and has been another great success. The Westport Chamber plays a huge role in the administrational and organisational aspects of the event.
In cooperation with fellow Mayo Chambers, business organisations and the Local Enterprise Office, the Awards have become a flagship annual event for Mayo Businesses.
The 2019 Awards had twelve categories and almost 200 entries of very high standard. This years Awards Ceremony was held on the 15th November at the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, with a large crowd in attendance. We are already looking forward to the 2020 Mayo Business Awards, which will be held in Westport.
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP)
The Westport Chamber continues to facilitate the Community Employment Scheme and currently employs 21 participants based in various areas within the local community:
· Westport Tidy Towns
· Westport Town Hall Theatre
· The Leeson Enterprise Centre
· Murrisk Community Development
· Westport GAA
· Westport Family Resource Centre
· Inland Fisheries Ireland
· Westport Chamber
· Westport Sports Complex
Their work often goes unnoticed but it is integral to the smooth and successful running of many community initiatives in Westport, especially Westport Tidy Towns.
Westport Chamber is a member of the Destination Westport marketing committee which aims to highlight what's on offer in Westport and works hard to attract tourism and increase visitor numbers to the area. The Westport Chamber is the support administrative body whom responds to the high volume of queries that Destination Westport receives via phone and email.
Westport Tidy Towns
The Chamber employs eight people under the DEASP Community Employment Scheme who work on behalf of Westport Tidy Towns.
Seven employees work all year round in helping to maintain the cleanliness and appearance of the town, through weeding, sweeping, litter picking and maintenance of the Carrowbeg river.
The Tidy Towns secretary and part-time administrator is based in the Chamber office and works all year round assisting in work such as drawing up clean-up rotas, co-ordination of street cleaning and promotion and awareness.
Westport won Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town 2019 award for the third year running and missed out on the overall prize by just one point!!
Westport Chamber also offers a support to Westival, Westport Music and Arts Festival, and works closely with the festival committee in promotion of the festival through various forms of online media. This year's festival takes place from 21st to 26th of October 2020.
Mayo Age Friendly Alliance
The Westport Chamber CEO is a committee member of the Mayo Age Friendly Alliance on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce in Mayo.
The Age Friendly Programme is a range of key agencies working together with the community at both decision making and operational level to promote and maintain the best possible health and well-being for people in the county.
The programme recognises that older adults are a diverse and ever changing group and that no single group or organisation is able to respond to the challenges and opportunities that our changing demographics present.
At the heart of the programme therefore is partnership, between organisations and with the community, particularly our valuable older adults, with a shared vision of making Mayo a great place in which to grow up and grow old.
The Leeson Enterprise Centre
Completion of The Leeson Enterprise Centre was made possible by Mayo County Council (and Westport Town Council), Enterprise Ireland, the Dept. of Rural & Community Development (REDZ) and the Westport Chamber of Commerce.
The Leeson Enterprise Centre is overseen by the Westport Multi Agency Enterprise Group (MAEG). Westport Chamber is a major stakeholder in the MAEG which also includes elected members of Mayo County Council, members of the executive of the West Mayo Municipal District and representatives of the Westport business community.
The Westport Chamber is the management organisation onsite within the Leeson Enterprise Centre which housed it's first entrepreneurs in 2017 and was officially opened in May 2018.
The enterprise centre provides state-of-the-art facilities to new and fledgling businesses along with shared working space for those who require a desk and professional environment for short or longer term projects.
Certificates of Origin
A Certificate of Origin is a document attesting that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained or produced or manufactured or processed in a particular country (country of origin). Virtually every country in the world considers the origin of imported goods when determining what duty will be assessed on the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all.
Westport Chamber is legally approved to supply and authorise Certificates of Origin to exporting businesses.
Westport Chamber can issue EU Certificates of Origin and Arab Irish Certificates of Origin (both written and online versions are available).