South Dublin Chamber - the leading business representative body serving the business community in South Dublin County since 1984

Sustainable Business

Sustainable Business Programme

A partnership programme between South Dublin Chamber and South Dublin County Council


This innovative project was established to provide direct support to local business, and to ensure that the public support for local businesses in the area is effective and efficient. Although based out of South Dublin Chamber and supporting Chamber members directly, the programmes, training and advisory services are available to the wider business community.  The aim of this programme is to empower businesses to consider the sustainability and long term future of their business in spite of the recession inIrelandand globally. Businesses must address sustainability rather than just survival.


The sustainability programme ensured access to a wide variety of resources, that were not previously available, and by accessing them through this project we were able to provide a wider range of training and services to our members, and even outside of our membership, at no additional cost. An important principle of this project is to act as an effective conduit for connecting people, business and organisations.


The key challenge for SMEs is to increase its customer base and stabilise its financial situation. This can be done in many cases by embracing technology, changing work practices, reducing cost such as energy without reducing service quality.  In the current climate many SME’s are focused only on cost reduction which may impact on their recovery. A core function of the programme is to illustrate the cost effectiveness of other options such as new technologies and efficient use of energy, transport and marketing. Additional benefits of the programme include


  • Demonstrating leadership that current situation is not about shutting up shop
  • Encouraging solidarity and camaraderie
  • Competitors help each other
  • Encouraging businesses to consider their local impact and the importance of CSR


The results to date are impressive with over 300 small and medium sized businesses being serviced by the programme. These businesses are now in a stronger position to not only survive but to grow. Keeping these businesses growing is key to addressing the economic recession and growing our economy. 


The Business Sustainability Programme has required South Dublin Chamber to engage in new ways of working with Local Government to help businesses survive and grow, and offers the opportunity to share resources with local Government for the benefits of the wider business community.


Training and Employment Survey 2015 - Results

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Results of the Training and Employment Survey for South Dublin, managed by Sustainable Business Programme Manager - Andrea Carroll, with Project Executives Colm O Connor and Ruth Harkness

Economic Profile Survey 2014 - Results

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In 2014, under the Sustainable Business Programme for South Dublin, South Dublin County Council, the Local Enterprise Office and South Dublin Chamber (of Commerce), undertook a landmark survey of businesses and business activity in our county. The goal of this survey exercise was to create a detailed Economic Profile of Business in South Dublin County in order to identify and gain a better understanding of the needs and requirements of our business. This valuable information will help us to Understand the nature and operation of the local economy Establish clusters and networks of like-minded businesses Develop targeted support for distinct business clusters Identify future training and skill requirements for business segments Examine opportunities for business expansion with particular emphasis on exporting.