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Saturday 25 October 2014

Helping local retailers grow businesses

Published 16/08/2014 | 00:00

RETAILERS in Kanturk worked with Ireland's leading retail consultant this summer to help grow their businesses.

The Local Enterprise Office Cork North & West Retail Programme engaged with 10 Kanturk retailers on the programme which involved leading consultant James Burke.

The programme was aimed at owner/managers of retail outlets in Kanturk town. The programme entailed four days of training (one day of training per month) as well as a store audit and visual merchandising audit.

Ireland's leading retail consultant and advisor, James Burke, delivered the training workshops and store audit on behalf of the Local Enterprise Office. His colleague, Celine Cummins, delivered the visual merchandising workshop and audit.

Each busines underwent an individual 'store audit'. As retail advisors to the TV programme "Fergal Quinn' Retail Therapy", James Burke operates in an environment where stores are assessed and recommendations made at very short notice.

Using checklists and score cards, the in-store audit is conducted by James Burke together with the store owner/manager over a two hour period. The businesses were reviewed under a number of headings and the visit was customised to each of the retailers and their own individual needs.

The programme was completed last week in the Edel Quinn Hall in Kanturk and hosted by the Local Enterprise Office Cork North & West.

At the presentation of certificates at the final day of the programme, Joan Kelleher, business information advisor with the LEO in Mallow emphasised the importance for local businesses to take a fresh look at their enterprises. "Now more than ever it is important that local retailers explore new ways to bring a fresh approach to their business which will not only aid them in the long term success but also breathe new life into how they work together for the development of the town of Kanturk," she said.

The retailers included Alan Grace of Grace's; Patricia Murphy of Burke's Furniture; Dan Dennehy, Bob's Bar and Restaurant; Joan Harman, Photoshop; Cathal Burke, Tim Burke's Tiles and Bathrooms; Josephine Leonard, The Forge; Patricia Moylan, The Daily Grind; Cathal Cronin, Cronin's Butchers; Mairead O'Keeffe, New Leaf Health & Wellness; Val Keane, Horgan Pharmacy Group and Niall O'Keeffe of The Forge.

If you would like to find out more about the training programmes offered by the Local Enterprise Office Cork North & West log onto:

http://www.localenterprise.ie/CorkNorthandWest

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