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New Enterprise Town initiative is on the money

Bank of Ireland recently hosted a townhall meeting in Wexford 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 local branch manager, Andrew Owen, will work closely with the business community, the wider sports and social community and the schools in the town.

Various planned activities will take place over the weekend of Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5, the aim of which is to promote and drive momentum for SMEs in the locality, while showcasing all that the town has to offer.

Plans for the event include a Business and Community Expo which will take place on December 4 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a Sports and Community Expo which will take place on December 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The two-day event will encompass a diverse programme of activity including networking and showcasing opportunities for local businesses, a host of special guest speakers as well as demos and performances by local sports clubs, societies and schools from the community.

Additionally, a range of family-fun activities will keep everyone entertained. The two-day event will take place in Whites Hotel, is free to attend and is open to both customers and non-customers of Bank of Ireland.

Mr Owen said the bank was excited to launch our 'Enterprise Town' initiative in Wexford. 'The level of support from the community for the initiative has been incredible. A number of local businesses and organisations have already signed up to exhibit and this is just the beginning. With the platform Enterprise Town provides, matched with the commitment shown from the people of the town, the Wexford Enterprise Town initiative promises to deliver a major boost to the local economy and community life.

Enterprise Town steering group member Karl Fitzpatrick, from Chevron Training and Recruitment, said: 'The event is a fantastic opportunity for Wexford. We are encouraging people to get involved. By doing so they will contribute to making this a real success story for the town.'

Businesses, clubs and societies interested in taking part in the events can register by calling into the Wexford Bank of Ireland branch to speak to a member of staff or by emailing the branch manager at andrew.owen@boi.com. Alternatively, people can contact members of the Wexford Enterprise Town Steering Group including Michael Hayes (O'Briens) and Madeleine Quirke (Wexford Chamber of Commerce).

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