Wednesday 24 January 2018

Enniscorthy's entrepreneurial spirit to be showcased at business event

Michael Bennett, Marguerite Murphy, manager Enniscorthy branch of Bank of Ireland; Jimmy Gahan, Michael O'Leary and Peter Cooney, Enterprise & Recruitment co-ordinator
Michael Bennett, Marguerite Murphy, manager Enniscorthy branch of Bank of Ireland; Jimmy Gahan, Michael O'Leary and Peter Cooney, Enterprise & Recruitment co-ordinator
Marguerite Murphy, Maree Lyng, president Enniscorthy Chamber; Minister Paul Kehoe T.D. and Andrew Owen, manager Wexford branch of Bank of Ireland pictured at the launch of Enniscorthy Enterprise Town in the Athenaeum

Pádraig Byrne

Enniscorthy's multitude of different business enterprises are set to be showcased later this month at the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town showcase. The event was officially launched in The Athenaeum on Thursday night and details were announced regarding the one day event aimed at showcasing and promoting local businesses and entrepreneurs.

The event will take place on Friday, September 29 at the IFA Centre on Mill Park Road and is open to any exhibitor who might wish to participate. In effect, the Enterprise Town event is a community trade fair at which it is free to exhibit and free to attend with the objective being to generate business and provide an opportunity for networking.

Bank of Ireland has hosted more than 140 of these events to date and new Bank Manager Marguerite Murphy says that feedback has shown that 'people connect with people and businesses that up until now they didn't know existed.'

Surprisingly, Ms Murphy added, only 30% of local businesses have a shop front to help promote them so the need for new ideas and new initiatives to help create awareness of what a town like Enniscorthy has to offer is very important. Bank of Ireland is helping in that process by sponsoring the Enterprise Town initiative, she said, and she hoped the event in The IFA Centre on September 29 will act as a catalyst for similar events going forward.

Upwards of 40 stand holders will be accommodated at the Enniscorthy Enterprise Town evening which will run from 5.30 p.m. until 8.30 p.m. and they will be allocated on a first come, first registered basis. The evening will also feature a motivational talk on health and well being by Karl Henry from 'Operation Transformation' and a panel discussion involving local food producers, Nicholas Dunne from Killowen Foods, Eamon Crean, Greenhill Fruit Farm, Edward Hayden, celebrity Chef of TV3 fame, Pat O' Neill, O'Neill's Dry Cured Bacon and Jean O' Connell of O' Connell Marketing who played such a pivotal role in promoting the recent Rock'n Food Festival in Enniscorthy.

The Enniscorthy Enterprise event is also planned in such a way as to provide attendees with a mix of business, music and sport and throughout the evening the commercial promotions will be interspersed with some lively music and appearances by well known sporting personalities.

Registration for participation is now open and interested parties, sports organisations or individuals who wish to register can do so by contacting any member of the Bank of Ireland staff in Enniscorthy. For those who register early, Bank of Ireland will hold a digi information evening during the week prior to the event with the Bank's Gary Maher who will help with marketing and promotion of individual businesses through the social media channels.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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