Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley had the honour to introduce HRH Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall to three Waterford companies, NearForm, Waterford Distillery and Trilateral Research Ireland, during their official visit to Waterford and Tipperary, during a year of engagements to celebrate the Queens 70th year of reign. 

Speaking to their Royal Highnesses, Gerald explained how in recent years Waterford Chamber, Waterford City and County Council and two national agencies IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, along with other key stakeholders, have worked collaboratively to develop Waterford as the best place to live, work, invest, do business and visit.

He went on to say that with the new South East Technological University coming on stream from May 1st, more ambitious plans are afoot that will certainly have a huge impact on the economic development of Waterford and the wider South East region.

Local business Nearform, the developer of the Covid Tracker App which was used worldwide, was represented by Larry Breen, Head of Health and life Science during the short reception.  Also present was Kush Wadhwa, CEO of Trilateral Research Ireland and his team, based in Belview Port who provide ethical AI software solutions for tracking complex social problems in the public sector.

Finally, the Royal party were introduced to Paul McCusker, Distillery Manager at Waterford Distillery, the world’s first producer of organic and biodynamic whisky.

According to Gerald, “The royal visit was a great opportunity to showcase the innovation, investment and expertise in the region and the importance of our continued cooperation with our nearest neighbours.  The opportunity to shine a spotlight on Waterford business and industry as a result of such a high-profile visit is invaluable.”

Waterford Chamber of Commerce is the largest Business Representative body in Waterford.  Established in 1783, we represent 650 members with over 18,000 employees in sectors from Pharma, Med-Tech Manufacturing, Services to Small indigenous SMEs, entrepreneurs and research led enterprises.