Great turnout for Enniscorthy Enterprise Town event
The IFA Centre was packed to capacity last Friday evening as local businesses of all shapes and sizes took part in the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Business and Community Expo. The event proved a wonderful opportunity for smaller businesses to showcase themselves, network and meet like-minded entrepreneurs in a friendly environment.
Manager of Bank of Ireland Enniscorthy Marguerite Murphy said that there was a total of 43 business stands, many of whom had no shop-fronts or street presence, and that it was a great opportunity to show what Enniscorthy is all about.
'You've already shown your commitment to Enniscorthy with your presence here today,' she said to the assembled crowd. 'I remember the businessman Sean Gallagher once said that nobody starts with a big business. So I'd like to stress to everyone that this is just the beginning.'
Minister Paul Kehoe congratulated Ms Murphy and her staff at Bank of Ireland on the event and said it was a great opportunity for business people in Enniscorthy.
'This is a great opportunity for small businesses to network and share ideas,' he said. 'It's an opportunity to bring your business to a wider audience. Every one of you has come a long way to where you are now. The very best of rural Ireland is in the hall this evening. I salute you for doing what you are doing and I would stress that the supports are there in the form of your Local Enterprise Office.'
Special guest speaker at the evening was fitness expert and broadcaster Karl Henry and Karl Fitzpatrick also hosted a panel discussion featuring local food producers and celebrity chef Edward Hayden. There were also appearances from boxer Adam Nolan and hurlers Austin Gleeson and Liam Ryan. Entertainment was provided by Kermie, Scoil Rince Aisling and Helena Dunbar and friends.