Above: Cathy Riordan of PR Wise, Trevor Kingston of High Resolution, and Sheila Browne of Options Boutique attending the launch of Clonakilty’s Enterprise Town
Bank of Ireland recently hosted a Town Hall meeting in Clonakilty to announce its Enterprise Town initiative in partnership with the local community. The Bank has taken a three-pillar approach to this initiative whereby the Bank of Ireland Branch Manager Geraldine Galvin will work closely with the business community, the wider sports and social community and the schools in the town and surrounding areas. Various planned activities will take place over the weekend of May 13 and 14, 2016; the aim is to promote and drive momentum for SME’s in the locality, while showcasing everything that that Clonakilty town, community and surrounding area has to offer.
Around 40 people from the local community attended this meeting in the Parish Centre in Clonakilty on March 3 when many options were discussed of how best to showcase Clonakilty, both from a business and community viewpoint. The Business Expo will take place on May 13 and the Sports and Community on May 14. Both events will take place in the Showgrounds and are free, Bank of Ireland customers and non-customers as well as the general public are all invited to attend.
Commenting on the initiative Geraldine Galvin said, “Bank of Ireland is very excited to have Clonakilty chosen for Enterprise Town. We are delighted to see such a strong level of support from the local community for the event, the local businesses, schools, and societies have already been doing great work in the initial planning for the event. With the platform that Enterprise Town provides, matched with the commitment already shown by the people of Clonakilty the initiative promises to deliver a major boost to the local economy and community life, and will give the schools an opportunity to showcase what our young people do best. Bank of Ireland is committed to supporting the growth in the business recovery in this country, like any business we want to attract new customers and want to continue to be the Enterprise Bank in Ireland. We are the main provider of new SME lending to the market with lending increasing by 18% on last year to a level of c.E5 billion. The outlook for 2016 is positive. We are very pleased with the hugely positive response that we have received from the local community and we look forward to working closely with then over the coming weeks”.
The hardworking committee is made up from the local businesses and community, and they are appealing to everyone to get involved over the weekend May 13 and 14, 2016 and for everyone use this opportunity to showcase your business, your club, your society or your school.
This will be a great weekend for families as well as the business community so to all Business, Clubs or Societies interested in taking part in this free expo should call in to Bank of Ireland and speak to any member of staff , or contact Geraldine Galvin at firstname.lastname@example.org alternatively go to bankofireland.com/business or @BOIbusiness. Everyone is welcome, so save the date.