Internationally ranked as one of Europe’s Top 10 Emerging Micro Cities
Drogheda Chamber of Commerce, Love Drogheda BIDS, and The Mill Enterprise Hub are collaborating on a new strategy to encourage more startups, multinationals and remote workers to base themselves in the wider Drogheda region. We believe that a large number of ex-commuters that are currently working from home will not return to working 5 days per week from a HQ in Dublin or elsewhere.
It's critical that we support the 15,000 commuters who previously left the region every day, and harness the expertise in the area to build a self-sustainable regional economy that offers the right work/life balance.
This survey will take circa 4 minutes to complete and assist us in creating a new post-Covid Commuter Strategy, whilst promoting the skills and expertise within the region.
The Census 2016 figures confirmed that there are 15,000 highly-skilled commuters leaving Drogheda every day – that is a massive 42% of the entire available workforce.
We believe that Drogheda is uniquely placed to offer a complementary solution to Dublin’s business infrastructure. Our proximity (30 minutes to Dublin airport), lower housing and office costs, quality of life, and most importantly, access to skilled employees will enable us to offer a very attractive option to start and grow a business here. The Financial Times identified Drogheda as one of the Top 10 Micro European Cities in their 2018/2019 Report.
The recent Covid crisis has highlighted to many commuters the financial, mental, familial, and community benefits of ending a commute that can subsume up to 6 days per month, and ‘cost’ circa 30% of the average salary (if you were paid for travelling time).
From 1991 to 2016, the population of Drogheda and adjacent Laytown / Bettystown / Mornington region grew from 27,208 to 52,828 people, a 94% increase (CSO figures). The population within a 10km radius of Drogheda town centre is circa 80,000 people making it one of the largest populated zones in Ireland, conveniently located on the Dublin to Belfast M1 motorway.
The most recent 2016 census highlighted that Drogheda is the largest populated town in Ireland (40,956 people) AND the fastest growing town with a 6.2% growth rate.
We competed an analysis of the 2016 Census figures, and in addition, 828 commuters completed a survey in February and March 2020 that emphasised how local residents are tired of the daily commute to Dublin and would love to use their strong skills locally.
Commuter Survey Results
The Commuter survey result included:
55% were dis-satisfied or very dis-satisfied with their current Commute
75% are interested or very interested in working locally.
50% would take a salary cut to work locally; up to 15% salary cut was the preferred option.
48% of respondent were in middle or senior roles (24% Manager or Senior Professional, 24% Professional)
Strong response from commuter with highly-valued IT skills – 109 respondents had skills in ‘Data analytics’, with 107 employed in ‘mobile tech’, and 75 respondents with ‘cloud computing’ skills.
The majority were commuting to Dublin City Centre (35%) with another 20% commuting to North Dublin
50% drove a car with no passengers to work
65% departed for work before 7:30am
50% took more than 60 minutes to commute
35% spend more than €350 per month commuting
6% said they were self-employed. 8 people employed more than 50 ftes.
53% of respondents were unaware of local Enterprise hub
64% said they could work remotely up to 2 days per week.
DROGHEDA & DISTRICT CHAMBER
WHO ARE WE?
We are Drogheda & District Chamber, located in Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland. As the leading business organisation in Drogheda, our mission is simple, to promote, engage, support, and ultimately make business better for our members and the wider community. We are a volunteer led organisation and for over 125 years Drogheda & District Chamber has been the beating heart of the business community.
How we collect information about you
When you browse our website www.droghedachamber.ie, we may ask for personal information such as your name, email address. We may also collect information about you when you are on the internet such as the website you came from, IP address, domain types, i.e., .co.uk and.com), your browser type the country where your internet service provider is located, the pages of our site that were viewed during your visit and search terms that you used. This information is only used for our own research and to improve our service to you. We will only collect your personal information when you provide
it to us, when you email us, send an enquiry through our “Contact Us” page and when you subscribe to any of our services. Drogheda & District Chamber use the social media platforms of Facebook, and Twitter to keep our members informed of events and services which we consider may be of interest..
What Personal Information Do We Collect?
When you visit our website, we collect particular information related to your device, such as the IP address, referring website, details of the pages your device visited and the time that your device visited our website.
Drogheda & District Chamber respect your right to privacy, and we will only collect personal information when you provide this to us. When you submit an email enquiry, subscribe to our mailing list or newsletter or register for an event, or complete any of our on line forms we will process your personal information for specific purposes which allow us to provide and deliver our services to you. The categories of personal information that we collect from you include, names, email addresses, postal addresses and phone numbers, transactional information (including invoices due and paid).
How We Use Your Personal Information
Drogheda & District Chamber will process your personal information for a variety of legal purposes, including but not limited to the following:
• To provide services to members and potential members
• Networking opportunities
• To respond to any communications, you might send to us
• To send you email alerts and newsletters that you have opted in to receive
• Educational events
• Promoting members
• Start Up Business Assistance
• Process membership transactions (including transaction confirmations and invoices
• Send members industry updates, event/news/notifications, and administrative communications
• Manage members use of our services and to respond to enquiries and comments and provide membership services and support
Use of Non-Personal Information
We gather statistical and analytical information collected on an aggregate basis of all visitors to our website www.droghedachamber.ie. This non-personal information encompasses data that cannot be used to identify you.
Our Legal Bases to Process Your Personal Information
We detail below our identified legal bases which allow is to process your personal information:
• Processing is necessary for the performance of a Contract to which the Data Subject is party or to take steps at the request of the Data Subject prior to entering. The Contract
• Legal Obligation
• Legitimate Interest of the Data Controller
• Public Interest
If we process personal information based on your Consent, you may withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of processing which took place prior to its withdrawal.
Sharing of Personal Information
There may be occasions when it is necessary for us to share your personal information with our external working Partners and Stakeholders for the purposes of providing our services to you. We detail below some of our external Third Partners; however, this is information is not an exhaustive list.
• Web Hosting Company
• Saas Providers
• Email Platform
• Payroll Provider
There may also be occasions when in accordance with Independent Statutory Legislation we are obligated to share personal information. Under certain circumstances, we may be required to disclose your personal information in response to valid requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.
Is Personal Data Transferred outside the EEA?
We do not knowingly transfer personal information outside the EEA, however our CRM system is Hub Spot and is hosted in Europe.
How we keep your Personal information Safe
Drogheda & District Chamber are committed to the protection and security of your personal information. We use a variety of technologies and procedures to protect your personal information from, “unauthorised use, and access, accidental loss, unlawful destruction, alteration, unlawful disclosure. As effective as security practices are, no physical or electronic system is entirely secure. We cannot guarantee the complete security of our data base or can we guarantee that information that you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the internet. We have implemented strict internal guidelines to ensure that your privacy is safeguarded at every level of our organisation. We will continue to revise policies and procedures and review our systems and we will implement additional security features as new technologies become available. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. When we receive your personal information, we use appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being compromised in any way. When you contact us to ask about your personal information, we may ask you to identify yourself, this is to help protect your personal information.
How Long Do We Keep Your Personal Information?
We process and retain personal information to meet our legal and regulatory requirements and for as long as necessary to enable Drogheda & District Chamber to provide our services to our members. It is not our practice to retain personal information for longer than is considered necessary.
We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If you are under 13, do not access, use, or provide any personal information on www.droghedachamber.ie or through any of its features. If we learn that we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13, without parental consent, we will delete that information.
Your Personal information Rights
In accordance with The EU General Data Protection Regulation and The Data Protection Act 2018 you are afforded the following rights in certain circumstances. However, not all “Rights” are absolute, and exemptions may apply.
Right of Access: You have the right to obtain confirmation from us whether or not we process personal information about you and where that is the case, access to the personal data, including the purposes of the processing and the categories of personal data concerned. The recipients or categories or recipients to whom the personal information have been or will be disclosed.
You may also submit a written request for a copy of personal information you believe we may be processing about you. Upon such a written request, Drogheda & District Chamber will verify the validity of the request for security purposes. Your subject access request will be responded to within thirty days, However, where the request is unreasonable, or onerous such requests will be responded to within a two-month time period.
Right to Rectification: You have the right to the rectification of inaccurate personal information about you without undue delay.
Right to Erasure: You may ask us to delete your personal information, however this is not an absolute right and any such request will be considered in connection with our legal obligations and under the legal framework of the EU GDPR
Right to Restricting and Objecting: You have the right to restrict or object to us using your personal information.
Right to Data Portability: Upon your written request, where possible we can share a digital copy of your personal information with you or another organisation.
How to contact us
Should you have any questions regarding how we process your personal information please send an email to email@example.com
You can also address your correspondence The Data Protection Compliance Officer, Drogheda & District Chamber, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland.
The Data Commissioners Office can be contacted at www.dataprotection.ie
Updated - December 2020